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October 30, 2014

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Jazz in Arizona/The Nash Center  |   Video
    • Established in 1977, Jazz in Arizona is a non-profit organization that offers jazz education and numerous performances. It also owns “The Nash,” a jazz club in Phoenix that was named after drummer Lewis Nash, a Phoenix native who was named the “most valuable player” in jazz by Modern Drummer Magazine. Nash will be back in town to perform for the second anniversary of The Nash and will talk about the club along with Joel Goldenthal, the executive director of Jazz in Arizona.

October 29, 2014

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Arizona Opera  |   Video
    • Arizona Opera is expanding its repertoire with offerings like the season-opener “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna,” which combines opera and mariachi music. The company is also making progress on eliminating a budget deficit. Arizona Opera general director Ryan Taylor will discuss progress and changes being made by his organization.

October 28, 2014

  • Science of the Zombie Apocalypse  |   Video
    • Can a superbug cause an actual zombie apocalypse? Dave Engelthaler, director of programs and research for T-Gen, has given lectures on that topic at the Arizona Science Center and will tell us about research concerning the science behind a possible zombie apocalypse.

October 23, 2014

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Conductor Tito Muñoz  |   Video
    • At the age of 31, Tito Muñoz has been lauded as one of the most talented conductors of his generation. Muñoz was recently named as music director for the Phoenix Symphony and will talk about his new role and his work as a conductor.

October 15, 2014

  • Arizona Ebola Plans  |   Video
    • A second patient in Texas has been discovered to be infected with the Ebola virus. Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble will talk about Arizona’s plan to deal with the deadly disease if it shows up here.

October 14, 2014

  • Vote 2014: Proposition 122, Sovereignty Amendment  |   Video
    • Proposition 122 would allow Arizona to decline to use state and local tax money to enforce what proponents of the constitutional amendment say is bad federal law. Jonathan Paton of the Yes on 122 campaign and Sandy Bahr, director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club, will debate the pros and cons of the measure.

October 2, 2014

  • Vote 2014: Citizens’ Initiative Review  |   Video
    • Arizona successfully completed its inaugural Citizens’ Initiative Review, a citizen-participant project to help voters better understand complex ballot issues. For nearly four days, 20 participants who represent a sample of Phoenix voters thoroughly examined Phoenix’s Proposition 487, a pension reform proposal. Andrea Whitsett, CIR project manager at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, and Joe Garcia, communications director for the institute, will discuss the results of the project.

September 23, 2014

  • Arizona’s Future: Arizona Leadership Forum  |   Video
    • The Arizona Leadership Forum was held September 19th. It is designed to bring together leaders from the state’s corporate, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors to learn how to achieve greater success in their own organizations, their communities and the state. Lattie Coor, Chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona, and Darcy Renfro, the director of The Arizona We Want Institute, will discuss the forum and more.
  • American Graduate: Arizona’s Graduation Rate  |   Video
    • American Graduate Day is coming up. It’s a day when PBS stations around the nation dedicate hours of programming to showcasing efforts to keep students on the path to graduation. Eight, Arizona PBS is joining that movement, and will kick off a new “American Graduate” series with a look at Arizona’s graduation rate. Dr. Joseph O’Reilly, student achievement director for Mesa Public Schools, and Rebecca Gau, director of Stand for Children Arizona, a group working to improve education in our state, will discuss who is graduating, who is not and why. Also, you’ll hear the story of one student who has come back to school.

September 17, 2014

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Scottsdale Arts Collaboration  |   Video
    • The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale International Film Festival are joining forces to share resources and offer expanded film programs. The alliance will officially start in January, and will provide operational and promotional support to grow the annual festival and expand year-round film programming at the center. Scottsdale International Film Festival Founder and Executive Director Amy Ettinger will join the staff of the Center as a film curator, and will talk about the collaboration.

September 11, 2014

  • Ambassador Volker: United State-Mexico Forum  |   Video
    • The Center for American Progress and the McCain Institute are hosting a discussion on U.S.-Mexico economic relations at Arizona State University. One of the presenters will be former U.S. Ambassador Kurt Volker, who is now head of the McCain Institute. He will appear on Arizona Horizon to discuss security issues and issues related to U.S.-Mexico economic ties.

September 9, 2014

  • Arizona Giving and Leading: Educating Teachers About Asperger’s Syndrome  |   Video
    • On September 15, the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center will deliver 45,000 paper fortune tellers to teachers throughout Arizona to give them information on Asperger’s syndrome, one type of autism. Patty Dion, Co-Founder of SARRC’s Think Asperger’s and Dr. Raun Melmed, SARRC’s Co-Founder and Medical Director, will talk about the effort and Asperger’s syndrome.

September 3, 2014

  • Proposition 480  |   Video
    • Proposition 480 would give the Maricopa County medical care system nearly a $1 billion in new funding if approved. Dr. Kevin Foster, Medical Director of the Arizona Burn Center, will talk about the measure.

September 2, 2014

  • Math Careers  |   Video
    • School is back in full swing and students and parents might be focusing on the ultimate goal, having a career. For many of those students, a career in math adds up, as a new report shows that the top four “Best Jobs of 2014” are all math related. Al Boggess, the director of Arizona State University’s School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, and Jelena Milovanovic, a senior lecturer in the school, will talk about math careers.

August 28, 2014

  • Global Shapers Forum  |   Video
    • The Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Director of International Strategy, Mary Foote Hebert, has been selected to attend the Annual Curators meeting with the World Economic Forum Community of Global Shapers held in Geneva, Switzerland. Hebert oversees the Phoenix hub that is focused on ways to put Phoenix on the map for obtaining young business talent. Hebert will discuss what she learned at the Global Shapers Forum.

August 27, 2014

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Conductor Tito Muñoz  |   Video
    • At the age of 31, Tito Muñoz has been lauded as one of the most talented conductors of his generation. Muñoz was recently named as music director for the Phoenix Symphony and will talk about his new role and his work as a conductor.

August 26, 2014

  • Arizona Focus on Sustainability   |   Video
    • Northern Arizona University Regents’ Professor Zachary Smith has written a new book about sustainability. We tell you about a new report on forest thinning. ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City has released a new report on water reuse in Central Arizona. Micro-dwellings are very small homes, sometimes built with salvage material, and are designed to have positive benefits on the environment.

August 25, 2014

  • Arizona’s Future: Arizona’s Strategic Water Plan  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Water Resources has released a report about Arizona’s water future. “Arizona’s Next Century: A Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability” assesses current and projected demands and water supplies and provides potential strategies that will help Arizona meet its future water needs. Michael Lacey, the director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, will talk about efforts to start putting parts of that plan into action.

August 6, 2014

  • Arizona Technology and Innovation: 2014 Innovation Arizona Summit  |   Video
    • The 2014 Innovation Arizona Summit takes place in Scottsdale August 14. The summit is a joint effort of the Arizona SciTech Festival, the MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix and the Arizona Commerce Authority. It will explore the lifecycle of innovation from inspiration to commercialization. The summit will also enable collaborators to network and engage in discussions about science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Jeremy Babendure, executive director of the Arizona SciTech Festival and Robert Green, CEO of EndoVantage, will discuss the innovation summit.
  • Television and Newspaper Breakups  |   Video
    • The Gannett Company is the latest large media company to announce it will split its television and newspaper holdings. Among Gannett’s holding are the Arizona Republic and KPNX TV in Phoenix. Micheline Maynard, director of the Arizona State University Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, will discuss the move.

August 4, 2014

  • Arizona’s Future: The Future of Medicine  |   Video
    • Much of the future of medicine is in determining how our genes contribute to sickness and how they can be used for wellness. Cutting-edge genomics research is being conducted on a daily basis in downtown Phoenix at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, or TGen. Dr. Michael Berens, TGen's deputy director for research resources, will discuss the myriad of research going on at the facility.

July 30, 2014

  • EPA Rules on Power Plant Emissions  |   Video
    • The Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to control emissions from the Navajo Generating Station to improve air quality around the Grand Canyon and other national parks. Many of the recommendations came from a Technical Working Group composed of stakeholders and owner/operators of the power plant. Three representatives of organizations that were part of the working group will discuss the news rules. David Modeer, General Manager of the Central Arizona Project, Kelly Barr, senior director of environmental management and the deputy legal counsel for the Salt River Project and Stephen Etsitty, executive director of the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency, will discuss the new rules.

July 29, 2014

  • Arizona’s Future: Strategic Roadmap  |   Video
    • Arizona’s Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance has completed its Strategic Roadmap: a plan for Arizona’s future transportation needs. Created by a group of experts from the public and private sectors, the Roadmap seeks to better connect Arizona to the global economy. Arizona Department of Transportation director John Halikowski, Margie Emmermann, the executive director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, will discuss how the plan intertwines commerce, trade and transportation.
  • EPA Rules on Power Plant Emissions  |   Video
    • The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule to control emissions from the Navajo Generating Station in Northern Arizona. Not all are happy with the new rules. Sandy Bahr, director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club, will discuss her organization’s concerns.

July 23, 2014

  • Driving Survey  |   Video
    • A new survey shows Arizonans are driving less and taking other forms of transportation more often. It was released by the Arizona Public Interest Research Groups Organization and St. Luke’s Health Initiatives. Jon Ford, communications director for St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, will discuss the survey.

July 16, 2014

  • Housing Shortage  |   Video
    • A new Arizona State University report indicates a housing shortage could be coming in the Phoenix area. Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business, will discuss his new research.

July 10, 2014

  • Government Spending   |   Video
    • In a two-day event at the State Capitol, Cox Communications and the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University will gather about 40 executive MBA students to learn about policy-making and budget decisions from some of the state’s top lawmakers, staff and advocates. The students, acting as lawmakers and advocates, will then pass their own budget in a mock legislative session. It’s an exercise to help students learn how business and the political process intersect. Gerry Keim, professor of management at the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU, and Michelle Bolton, director of public affairs for Cox Communications, will discuss the event and concepts used by the students.

July 7, 2014

  • Horne Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The Citizens Clean Elections Commission is investigating whether State Attorney General Tom Horne broke any campaign laws. Horne filed a suit Thursday to stop that investigation. Tom Collins, Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, will talk about the suit.

July 4, 2014

  • Economic Special  |   Video
    • An ASU Research professor will talk about why the nation has recovered jobs lost during the economic downturn but Arizona has not. ASU’s Morrison Institute has released a new report about making the Sun Corridor more competitive globally and with other states. The Global Cities Initiative is a joint project that aims to help metropolitan areas strengthen their international connections.

June 30, 2014

  • Export-Import Bank  |   Video
    • The Export-Import Bank of the United States provides loans and loan guarantees to businesses when other financing is not available. The bank’s charter will lapse on September 30 unless Congress acts. Business groups are concerned about the possible demise of the bank. Dennis Hoffman, director of the L. William Seidman Research Institute at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, will talk about what the bank does and its importance.

June 24, 2014

  • Arizona’s Future: Beyond Textbooks  |   Video
    • In a new Arizona Horizon series, “Arizona’s Future,” we look at innovations leading to improvements in a variety of areas, including education. In the Vail Unified School District in southern Arizona, teachers and district officials have created a web-based solution to help meet Common Core standards. The site provides lesson plans and data that educators can use to meet the standards, and any educator can add resources, lesson plans or ideas to the site. It’s being used by 77 traditional public school districts and eight charter schools in Arizona. Kevin Carney, executive director of Beyond Textbooks, will explain how the site helps teachers improve their teaching abilities.

June 17, 2014

  • Sustainability: Water and Growth  |   Video
    • Arizona Municipal Water Users Association Executive Director Kathleen Ferris will discuss why groundwater cannot sustain Arizona’s growth. She will talk about why the state needs to limit new wells, curb groundwater use for new residential subdivisions, and promote smart growth on land with access to renewable water supplies.
  • Five-Year Freeway Plan  |   Video
    • The State Transportation Board recently voted to move forward with Arizona’s Five-year Transportation Facilities Construction Program. The vote gives the go ahead to work on six major road projects in Pima County and four in Maricopa County. Scott Omer, Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Planning Division, will discuss the plans.

June 16, 2014

  • Medical Marijuana Rule Changes  |   Video
    • Several changes are being considered for Arizona’s Medical Marijuana program, including the possible use of the drug for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Public input is being sought on the changes. Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble will discuss the potential changes.

June 12, 2014

  • Arizona Jobs Recovery  |   Video
    • Arizona is lagging behind the national economy in recovering jobs lost during the Great Recession. Arizona State University Research Professor Lee McPheters, director of the JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, will talk about why the nation has recovered jobs lost during the economic downturn but Arizona has not.

June 11, 2014

  • AZ Giving and Leading: Summer Food Needs  |   Video
    • During the summer months, the need for emergency food supplies is affected by kids being out of school. St. Vincent de Paul has come up with a way to help the thousands of struggling families and the homeless. The campaign is called "Be a Summer Action Hero" and the effort encourages people to donate food and money to help St. Vincent de Paul. Shannon Clancy, development director for St. Vincent de Paul, and Beverly Damore, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank, will discuss efforts to keep people fed during the summer months.
  • Sustainability: New Carbon Emission Standards  |   Video
    • The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new carbon emission standards for power plants, which are the single biggest producer of gases that are thought to lead to global warming. Sandy Bahr, Chapter Director of the Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter, will discuss the new rules, along with Henry Darwin, head of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

June 5, 2014

  • Department of Child Safety  |   Video
    • The state legislature has created a new agency to deal with child abuse and neglect. Charles Flanagan, the director of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, will talk about the new organization and its mission.

May 26, 2014

  • National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona  |   Video
    • Since 1979, the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix has been the last resting place for veterans and their families. It was started as a state cemetery, and was transferred to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs in 1989. It is expected to reach capacity after 2030. Jerry Rainey, the director of the cemetery, and administrative officer Deborah Ryan will tell us more about the facility.
  • Arizona Military Museum   |   Video
    • The Arizona Military Museum has been around for about 30 years, housed in an historic adobe building in Phoenix’s Papago Park. Visitors get a look at history long before Arizona was a state to the current war on terrorism and all points in between. Joe Abodeely, retired Colonel, Vietnam veteran and the director of the Arizona military museum, talks about the facility.

May 22, 2014

  • Arizona Tourism Campaign  |   Video
    • The Arizona Office of Tourism is starting a three-month ad campaign to encourage locals and people from neighboring states to vacation here in AZ. Sherry Henry, executive director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, will discuss the campaign.

May 14, 2014

  • Historic Medical Donation  |   Video
    • The St. Joseph’s Foundation has been given a $19 million donation by Arizona philanthropists John and Doris Norton to establish the John and Doris Norton Thoracic Institute. The donation will help create centers for lung, heart and esophageal medicine at Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Ross Bremner, director of the lung transplant program at St. Joseph’s, will discuss this donation and what it means for healthcare in Arizona.

May 13, 2014

  • Mesa Artspace Study  |   Video
    • There’s a new survey out on the Mesa Artspace project, which would provide affordable spaces for Phoenix-area artists and creative businesses. Cindy Ornstein, director of the Mesa Arts and Culture Department and Executive Director of the Mesa Arts Center, and Mesa City Council member Terry Benelli, will discuss the results of the survey and the Mesa Artspace project.

May 7, 2014

  • Sustainability: Legislative Environmental Report Card  |   Video
    • The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club has released an environmental report card on the state legislature. The Sierra Club also graded the governor. Sandy Bahr, chapter director of Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter, will tell us about the report card.

May 6, 2014

  • Real Estate Update  |   Video
    • Although home sales are currently lower right now than at this time last year, recovery may be around the corner. Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business, will discuss his latest report.
  • Killer Heat  |   Video
    • We are on the brink of summer, and the return of killer heat. Last year, 139 people died of heat-related causes in Arizona. Arizona Department of Health Services director Will Humble will talk about the killer heat, along with Arizona State University researcher David Hondula, who has a new report that studied the correlation between hospital room admissions and higher temperatures.

May 5, 2014

  • State of the Air 2014 Report  |   Video
    • A new report by the American Lung Association shows the Phoenix area ranks high among the list of most polluted cities. Christian Stumpf, regional director of government relations for the American Lung Association of the Southwest, will discuss the report.

April 24, 2014

  • CPS Report  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Public Safety released its report on Arizona’s Child Protective Services and five CPS officials were fired afterwards. Charles Flanagan, the director of the Department of Child Services and Family Safety, will discuss the report.

April 23, 2014

  • Legislature/Education  |   Video
    • A good chunk of our state budget is spent on education. We will have a discussion on how education fared this legislative session with Stacey Morley, the Arizona Department of Education Policy Director, Pearl Chang Esau, President and CEO of Expect More Arizona, and Andrew Morrill, President of the Arizona Education Association.

April 22, 2014

April 15, 2014

  • Around Arizona: Forest Thinning Report   |   Video
    • We tell you about a new report on forest thinning. The Nature Conservancy and Arizona State University have teamed up on the report that shows how to create a sustainable, economically viable method for thinning small diameter trees. Dan O’Neill, general manager of S-3, a consulting service offered by ASU’s Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, and Patrick Graham, state director of the Nature Conservancy in Arizona, talk about the report.

March 31, 2014

  • New Waddell Dam  |   Video
    • Lake Pleasant is a water storage reservoir for most of the Valley's cities. The 20th anniversary of the New Waddell Dam at Lake Pleasant is being celebrated. We’ll talk about the importance of the lake and dam to the Phoenix Metro area with Tom McCann, Assistant Director for the Central Arizona Project.
  • Charter Schools/Budget Battle  |   Video
    • Charter schools are being created by traditional public schools and that results in more money per pupil for the schools. The practice is being contested by some lawmakers as they work on the state budget. Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials will discuss how the practice works.
  • AZ Giving and Leading: Joe Foss Institute Dinner  |   Video
    • The Joe Foss Institute is a Scottsdale-based organization that was founded by Medal of Honor Recipient Joe Foss and his wife Didi. It is dedicated to advancing civics education. The "2014 Stars in Service” dinner benefiting the Institute is set for April 6. The event honors some of our Nation’s preeminent heroes, educators, and public servants, and will feature keynote speaker Charles Krauthammer, along with journalist Carl Bernstein and actor Richard Dreyfuss. Local war hero Pat Tillman will be honored posthumously at the event. Event chair Karrin Taylor and Joe Foss Institute executive director Lucian Spataro will discuss the group and its mission.

March 27, 2014

  • Maricopa County Regional Behavioral Health Authority  |   Video
    • The organization that provides behavioral health services in the Maricopa County region is switching from Magellan, a Connecticut-based company, to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care April First. Mercy Maricopa is a non-profit organization sponsored by Maricopa County’s public health-care system. The switch comes at a time when coverage for the mentally ill will be enhanced by the settlement of a decades old lawsuit, Arnold versus Sarn. Charles Arnold, the lawyer who represented the mentally ill in the lawsuit, will discuss the case, along with Eddy Broadway, CEO of Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, and Cory Nelson, Deputy Director for Behavioral Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

March 26, 2014

  • Light Rail Walkable Communities  |   Video
    • Phoenix city officials are conducting community workshops to get ideas and input regarding development along the city’s light rail line. The goal: to develop walkable communities that work in conjunction with mass transit. Alan Stephenson is the acting planning and development director for Phoenix and will discuss the effort.

March 25, 2014

  • ACA Deadline  |   Video
    • The March 31 deadline to enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching. Cheryl O'Donnell of Enroll America will bring us up to date on the latest in efforts to enroll Arizonans for health insurance.
  • Modern Governance Research  |   Video
    • Congress has some of its lowest approval ratings ever. Arizona State University researchers will join an elite group of international experts to study ways to improve governance. Erik Johnston, director of the Center for Policy Informatics at Arizona State University, and Justin Longo, also of the Center for Policy Informatics, will help study new uses of technologies, data, and public engagement to design innovative government programs. Johnston and Longo will talk about their efforts.

March 20, 2014

  • Clinton Global Initiative University  |   Video
    • The seventh annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University will take place this weekend at Arizona State University in Tempe. Former President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will meet with more than 1,000 student leaders from around the world. The students will work at developing solutions to human rights abuses, women’s social and economic empowerment, and HIV/AIDS in the United States. Jacqueline Smith, ASU Executive Director of University Initiatives, will talk about the event, along with two of the student participants: ASU students Kathleen Stafanik and Josue Macias.

March 13, 2014

  • Around Arizona: Drought Designation  |   Video
    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a “drought designation” for 11 Arizona counties. Eligible farmers in the drought designated counties can apply for low-interest loans. Jack Peterson, interim director for the Arizona Department of Agriculture, will discuss the issue.

March 4, 2014

  • Sustainability: Water Reuse  |   Video
    • Arizona State University’s Decision Center for a Desert City has released a new report on water reuse in Central Arizona. Dave White, who co-authored the report, will talk about water reuse.

March 3, 2014

  • Asian Citrus Psyllid  |   Video
    • The Asian Citrus Psyllid has been found in Arizona. It’s a pest that causes citrus tree leaves to turn yellow and ruins the fruit of the tree. Although greening disease caused by the bug has not been found here, agricultural officials are worried about the damage it could do to our $37 million citrus industry. John Caravetta, assistant director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture, will talk about the citrus psyllid.

February 25, 2014

  • New ASU Athletic Director  |   Video
    • Arizona State University has a new Athletic Director. Former NFL executive Ray Anderson was named the new AD earlier this year, and will talk about his new role and vision for ASU athletics.

February 20, 2014

  • 2014 Housing Market  |   Video
    • The 2014 housing market is expected to slow, with big price increases in the Phoenix-area declining, or even reversing. Demand has already fallen sharply, and investors are showing less interest in the market. Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business, will talk about his latest report.
  • Intergenerational Award  |   Video
    • The Greater Phoenix area has been named one of the best intergenerational regions in the country. MetLife Foundation and Generations United have announced the Maricopa region will receive one of four Best Intergenerational Communities Awards on March 25 in Washington, D.C. Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services Director Amy St. Peter and Jacky Alling, Senior Program Officer at the Arizona Community Foundation, will discuss the award and why the Phoenix area is receiving it.

February 19, 2014

  • Sustainability: Arizona’s Water Supply  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Water Resources has released a new report regarding Arizona’s water future. “Arizona’s Next Century: A Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability” assesses current and projected demands and water supplies and provides potential strategies that will help Arizona meet its future water needs. Michael Lacey, the director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, will discuss the report.

February 12, 2014

  • Renewable Energy Standards  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission has decided to take another look at renewable energy standards, which requires that 15% of energy generated in the state come from renewable sources by 2025. Thirty percent of that energy must come from small energy generation sources, mostly rooftop solar. Arizona Public Service Company has asked the commission to end that requirement because the method of counting those sources has been eliminated. Solar panel installers fear it’s an attempt to eliminate the competition on the part of APS. Amanda Ormond, managing director of the Western Grid Group and former director of the Arizona Energy Office, will discuss the possible rule changes.

February 10, 2014

  • Optimal Aging  |   Video
    • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University will hold a forum on “optimal aging.” Six speakers will present information on the latest research on the topic. Richard Knopf, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the ASU College of Public programs, will talk about the event and optimal aging.
  • Broadband for Schools  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer has proposed expanding the state’s internet broadband infrastructure for schools at a cost of $350 million. However, the plan is meeting some resistance from school officials because it calls for schools to pay for it. Chuck Essigs, director of governmental relations for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, will talk about the plan.

February 6, 2014

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Arizona Arts Congress  |   Video
    • The Arizona Arts Congress will be held Wednesday, February 5. Hundreds of arts advocates from around the state will converge on the Arizona State Capitol to learn about legislative issues and meet with elected officials to let them know about the impact arts have on our state. Rusty Foley, executive director, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, and Steve Martin, managing director of Childsplay, will discuss the Arts Congress.
  • Mexican Gray Wolves Bills  |   Video
    • A bill has been introduced that would authorize employees of the Arizona Department of Agriculture to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves that have been preying on livestock. Two other bills relating to that issue have been introduced. Sandy Bahr, chapter director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club and Bas Aja, executive vice president of the Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association, will discuss the pros and cons of the bills.

February 3, 2014

  • CARE Team Report  |   Video
    • The CARE Team, formed by Governor Jan Brewer to look into uninvestigated child abuse cases, has issued its report. The 50-page report reveals that understaffing and lack of training led to the uninvestigated cases. Charles Flanagan, director of the new Child Safety and Family Services agency and head of the CARE Team, will discuss the report.

January 20, 2014

  • Arts Funding  |   Video
    • The Arizona Commission on the Arts received a one-time budget allocation of $1-million from the state legislature last session. The money is set to be used to support existing statewide grants and to develop new programs targeting innovative arts initiatives. Robert Booker, the arts commission’s executive director, discusses how the money will be used.

January 16, 2014

  • New ALS Center  |   Video
    • Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital has opened a new center expected to bring Arizona to the forefront of research and treatment for ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Dr. Shafeeq Ladha, clinical director of The Gregory W. Fulton ALS and Neuromuscular Disorders Center at Barrow, will discuss the new center.

January 8, 2014

  • End of Unemployment Benefits Extension  |   Video
    • Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits started to help people during the recession, ended recently, impacting 12,100 Arizona families. The Grand Canyon Institute, a private non-profit corporation that provides non-partisan research, has analyzed the economic impact of the loss of extended federal unemployment benefits. David Wells, research director for the institute, will talk about the impact.

January 7, 2014

  • Business Leaders/Legislature  |   Video
    • Local business leaders will discuss what they would like the state legislature to do for the business community in the upcoming legislative session. Among the guests, Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Farrell Quinlan, state director for the National Federation of Independent Business in Arizona.

January 6, 2014

  • Social Services/Legislature  |   Video
    • Budgets for social services in Arizona have been hard-hit in the past few years. Join social services advocates as they talk about what they would like to see from the Arizona legislature in its upcoming session. Dana Naimark, president and CEO of the Children’s Action Alliance, Andrew Morrill, president of the Arizona Education Association and Tara McCollum Plese of the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers will discuss issues important to social services advocates.

December 19, 2013

  • ADL Director Bill Straus  |   Video
    • Bill Straus, the Arizona Regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, is stepping down from his position at the end of this year after 13 years at the helm. Straus looks back at his years running the Arizona ADL, including the murder of Mesa gas station owner Balbir Singh Sodhi days after the 9-11 attacks.

December 18, 2013

  • 2016 College Football Championship Game  |   Video
    • The Fiesta Bowl has been awarded the 2016 College Football Championship Game. The game will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Robert Shelton, executive director for the Fiesta Bowl, will talk about the acquisition.

December 17, 2013

  • CPS Oversight Committee Hearing  |   Video
    • The state legislature’s Child Protective Oversight Committee heard from the director of the Department of Public Safety on its investigation on why child abuse cases were ignored. State Representative Debbie McCune Davis, who is a member of the oversight committee, talks about what was discussed at the meeting.
  • Buy Local  |   Video
    • The holiday shopping season is in full swing. Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona will discuss how buying from locally-based companies can help create more jobs than if you buy from chain stores.
  • Sustainability: ASU Zero Waste   |   Video
    • Arizona State University commits to minimizing waste through its Zero Waste Campus Initiative. The initiative covers both liquid and solid wastes. Nick Brown, director of university sustainability practices, will discuss the Zero Waste Campus Initiative.

December 12, 2013

  • Housing Report  |   Video
    • A new report shows the Phoenix-area housing market is ending the year with a drop in demand and activity. The report also shows reluctance on the part of first-time home buyers, especially those under 30, to jump into the housing market. Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business, will talk about his report.

December 9, 2013

  • CPS CARE Team  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer has created a team to provide oversight for the 6,000 child abuse cases not investigated by Child Protective Services. The Child Advocate Response Examination Team, or “CARE Team,” will also examine CPS to point out areas of concern. CARE Team chair and Director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, Charles Flanagan, and CARE Team member representative Kate Brophy McGee will talk about the organization and its goals.

December 5, 2013

  • Arizona Artbeat: Arizona Opera New Director  |   Video
    • The Arizona Opera has a new director. Arizona Opera General Director Ryan Taylor will talk about his vision for the organization and upcoming productions.
  • CPS Forum  |   Video
    • Following the discovery of 6,000 uninvestigated child abuse cases, hundreds of people showed up at a forum in Phoenix Tuesday to talk about problems with Child Protective Services. The forum was spearheaded by the Children’s Action Alliance, and Beth Rosenberg, the director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Policy for the Alliance, will discuss what people talked about at the forum.

December 4, 2013

  • Around Arizona: USDA Rural Development Funding  |   Video
    • At the end of the last federal fiscal year, USDA Rural Development in Arizona reported a record $474 million in investment in housing funding for Arizona. That brought the five-year total to over $2 billion. Besides the housing funding, money was spent on tribes, towns, school districts, community centers, food banks, colleges, hospitals and small businesses. USDA Rural Development in Arizona State Director Alan Stephens will discuss how the funding has impacted the state.

December 2, 2013

  • Mesa Light Rail Extension  |   Video
    • Federal officials announced last week that Mesa’s light rail extension to Gilbert Road posed no environmental or cultural threats and allowed it to proceed. Mesa’s Transit Services Director Jodi Sorrell will discuss the extension.

November 27, 2013

  • ASU Indian Legal Program  |   Video
    • Arizona State University’s Indian Legal Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The program was established in 1988 to provide legal education, scholarship in the area of Indian law and public service to tribal governments. Regents' Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program Rebecca Tsosie, and Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community President Diane Enos, an Indian Legal Program alumna, will talk about the program and its impact on both tribes in Arizona and the state as a whole.
  • Customer Rage Study  |   Video
    • The holiday shopping season has been pushed back even earlier than ever before. With that season upon us, a new study on “customer rage,” designed in part by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, shows more of us are unhappy with our shopping experience. Professor Mary Jo Bitner, executive director of the Center for Services Leadership at ASU, will discuss the study.

November 26, 2013

  • Uninvestigated CPS cases update  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Economic Security, which oversees Child Protective Services, has come out with a plan to investigate over 6,000 uninvestigated child abuse cases by January 31. DES Director Clarence Carter says nearly 3,000 of those cases have already been reviewed. Over 1,700 have been sent to case workers. Mary Jo Pitzl of the Arizona Republic has been covering the story, and will bring us up to date on the report.

November 25, 2013

  • Spirit of Enterprise Awards  |   Video
    • Every year, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University hands out Spirit of Enterprise Awards to local businesses to honor them for ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship. Gary Naumann, director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center, will talk about the award winners.
  • Uninvestigated Child Abuse Cases  |   Video
    • Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter revealed last week that over 6,000 cases of child abuse have not been investigated over the past four years. Child Protective Services Oversight Committee Co-chair Senator Nancy Barto and Representative Debbie McCune Davis, a member of the committee, will discuss the failure to investigate the cases.

November 21, 2013

  • Winter Air Quality  |   Video
    • Get an update on winter air quality in Maricopa County with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality director Eric Massey and Maricopa County Air Quality director Bill Wiley.
  • Disruptive Innovation  |   Video
    • Michael Horn is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Education at The Clayton Christensen Institute For Disruptive Innovation, a think tank that applies the theories of “Disruptive Innovation” to problems in social areas. He will talk about how Disruptive Innovation theories, where innovative, simpler and more affordable ideas replace older, more complicated and expensive ideas, can be used to improve education by identifying the root causes of schools’ struggles and suggest ways to customize learning for students.

November 19, 2013

  • Exculpatory Evidence  |   Video
    • The Arizona Supreme Court issued new rules last week that require attorneys to reveal evidence that could prove the innocence of a criminal defendant. Executive Director of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council Elizabeth Ortiz, and Keith Swisher, a defense attorney, discuss the issue.

November 18, 2013

  • Net Metering  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission voted to add a fee for those using rooftop solar panels. The new fee is 70 cents per kilowatt hour, which will add about $5 a month for a typical rooftop solar user. The fee was much less than sought by Arizona Public Service, which is seeking to reduce the subsidy given to solar power users by about half. Pat Quinn, director of the Residential Utility Consumer Office, will discuss the commission’s decision.

November 14, 2013

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Update  |   Video
    • It’s been more than a month since the Affordable Care Act was launched. The web site used to sign up for health insurance under the plan has been plagued with problems. The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers received the biggest amount of money granted by the federal government to Arizona “Navigators,” who are charged with helping people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Senior Director for External Affairs of the Alliance Tara McCollum Plese give us an update on her organization’s experiences in helping people sign up for insurance.
  • Arizona ArtBeat: New Arts Funding  |   Video
    • The Arizona Commission on the Arts received a one-time budget allocation of $1 million for fiscal year 2014 from the state legislature. The new money will be used to support the commission’s existing statewide grant-making activities to promote arts education and access to nonprofit art organizations. It will also be used to create a pair of brand new grant programs designed to support innovative art initiatives. Arts Commission Executive Director Robert Booker will discuss the new funding.
  • BioXFEL Center  |   Video
    • Arizona State University is teaming up with seven other research universities to form a new Science and Technology Center that will use x-ray lasers to image bioparticles, make molecular movies and help design new drugs. The BioXFEL Center will be based at the University at Buffalo and will focus on developing a new bio-imaging technique to analyze molecules at which drug molecules can be targeted. Regents’ Professor of Physics at ASU John Spence will serve as the center’s director of science. He will talk about the BioXFEL Center.

October 31, 2013

  • Airport Expansion  |   Video
    • Plans are progressing for a $500 million expansion at Sky Harbor Airport. Airport Deputy Aviation Director Deborah Ostreicher will discuss the expansion plans.
  • Food Stamp Cuts  |   Video
    • More than one million Arizonans will be impacted by cuts starting November 1 in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps. Cynthia Zwick, executive director of Arizona Community Action Association, will talk about how the cuts will impact Arizonans.

October 23, 2013

  • School Overrides  |   Video
    • More than 30 school districts in Maricopa County will turn to voters this year in school override elections which, if approved, allow schools to override their budget. Some district officials say they need money from local taxpayers to make up for cuts in state funding. Scottsdale Superintendent David Peterson and John Fischer, executive director of Stand for Children in Arizona, will discuss overrides and the reasons schools seek them.

October 22, 2013

  • After School Education  |   Video
    • The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is proposing quality standards for out-of-school-time programs. The standards, “School’s Out, Make It Count: Arizona Quality Standards for Out-of-School Programs,” were produced in partnership with the Valley of the Sun United Way. They were based on statewide input from out-of-school time providers, educators, families, business leaders and policymakers. Melanie McClintock, executive director of the Center, will discuss the standards.

October 15, 2013

  • Arizona Medical Board  |   Video
    • The executive director of the Arizona Medical Board was fired over the weekend. Lisa Wynn was fired following a report by the Arizona Ombudsman-Citizens’ Aide that revealed the board violated rules and laws when giving new doctors credentials. Arizona Republic reporter Mary K. Reinhart, who has been following the story, will tell us more.

October 9, 2013

  • Flu Season  |   Video
    • Flu season has started in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed the first flu case of the season. Health Services director Will Humble will talk about the flu and what you can do to avoid it.

October 7, 2013

  • Arizona Voter Registration  |   Video
    • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne his issued a legal opinion that will impact how people can vote next year. Those who register to vote using a federal form will only be able to vote in federal elections. Those who register to vote using a state form will be able to vote in all elections. Horne’s legal opinion comes after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires Arizona to allow people to register to vote using a federal or state form. The state form requires proof of citizenship, the federal form does not. Phoenix Attorney Joe Kanefield, a former elections director for Arizona, will discuss the issue.
  • AZ Giving and Leading: Crisis Nursery  |   Video
    • Since 1977, Phoenix-based Crisis Nursery Inc. has provided a shelter to children suffering from abuse, neglect or homelessness. Crisis Nursery also operates head start and foster care programs. Crisis Nursery Executive Director Marsha Porter will talk about her organization’s efforts to help protect children.

October 2, 2013

  • ASU Obesity Research  |   Video
    • Arizona State University researchers will discuss their findings regarding the causes of obesity. Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic-ASU Obesity Solutions Initiative, will talk about the impact of sitting on weight gain. Alexandra Brewis Slade, director of operations for the ASU-Mayo Obesity Solutions Initiative, will talk about her research that compares obesity in different countries.

September 30, 2013

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators  |   Video
    • Over $5 million in federal grants have been awarded to community organizations in Arizona to help people enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers has received over $2 million of that money. Tara McCollum Plese, Senior Director for External Affairs for the Alliance, will talk about her agency's role as a Marketplace Navigator.

September 25, 2013

  • Real Estate Update  |   Video
    • The percentage of homes that have mortgages which are “underwater” has gone down dramatically in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Mike Orr, Director of the Real Estate Center at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, will give us a real estate update. Joining him will be Kristena Hansen, who covers real estate for the Phoenix Business Journal.

September 24, 2013

  • Campaign Finance Lawsuit  |   Video
    • An Arizona Supreme Court ruling allowing higher limits on campaign contributions in Arizona is being appealed to the Court of Appeals. The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission has filed the appeal, claiming that the new law allowing higher contributions violates the Voter Protection Act. Tom Collins, Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, and Arizona House Speaker Pro Tempore J.D. Mesnard, will debate the new law.

August 28, 2013

  • AZ Technology & Innovation: Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference  |   Video
    • Hundreds of the state’s business, science and education leaders will gather in Scottsdale for the Second Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference on September 4. The conference will include 16 panel discussions, a keynote address and roughly 50 interactive stations to help those participating in the 2014 Arizona SciTech Festival make the most of their planning. Jeremy Babendure, Executive Director of the Arizona SciTech Festival, and Jeanine Jerkovic, Glendale’s Economic Development Administrator, will discuss the conference and the SciTech Festival.

August 20, 2013

  • Colorado River System Reservoirs  |   Video
    • Lower water levels in Lake Mead are expected to trigger a water shortage for 2016. If there is a Colorado River shortage then, no direct impact is expected for cities, residential water users, and Native American Indian Tribes served by the Central Arizona Project. Sandra Fabritz Whitney, Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, and David Modeer, General Manager of the CAP, will discuss the possible water shortage.

August 7, 2013

  • Home Ownership  |   Video
    • President Barack Obama’s speech in Phoenix focused on homeownership. Mike Orr, Director of Arizona State University’s Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice, will talk about the president’s plans to improve homeownership.

August 1, 2013

  • Economic Development/Site Selector  |   Video
    • Economic Development is a constant topic for government and business leaders. For site selectors, it’s their job. Site selectors help companies in search of new territory find the best deal in terms of economic and tax incentives. Site selector John Lenio, Economist & Managing Director of CBRE’s Economic Incentives Group and Economist Jim Rounds of the Elliott D. Pollack and Company, will discuss economic development in Arizona.

July 31, 2013

  • Grand Canyon Haze  |   Video
    • Salt River Project and other partners who operate the Navajo Generating Station say they plan to close one of three generators to address a demand from the EPA concerning haze at the Grand Canyon. The operators also say they will stop burning conventional coal by 2044. SRP Senior Director of Environmental Management Policy and Compliance Kelly Barr and CAP General Manager David Modeer will discuss the issue.

July 25, 2013

  • Kolb Studio  |   Video
    • The Grand Canyon Association is launching a fundraising campaign to renovate Kolb Studio, a 109-year-old building perched on the edge of the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Kolb Studio served for decades as a business and home for brothers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb. They photographed hikers and tourists starting down the Bright Angel Trail. Their images helped document the Grand Canyon and early tourism in the West. Helen Ranney, Assistant Director of Philanthropy for the Grand Canyon Association, will talk about the Kolb Studio and the fundraising effort.

July 24, 2013

  • Medical Marijuana Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services has set an August 7 deadline for medical marijuana dispensaries to open after receiving their certificate for operation. Several dispensaries say they have been bogged down by court fights over medical marijuana, and have sued to get more time to open. Three days of hearings are being held to determine if those operators will get more time. Department of Health Services Director Will Humble will talk about the hearing and give us an update on medical marijuana.
  • Charities Performance Indicator  |   Video
    • A major announcement was recently made in the charity world regarding a key indicator of a non-profit’s performance. Guidestar, Charity Navigator and Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance are the three national organizations that set the leading criteria of a nonprofit’s performance: overhead ratio, the percent spent on administrative and fund raising costs. However, the three organizations just sent out a letter denouncing those criteria as a leading indicator. Steve Zabilski, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul and Ellen Solowey, Program Officer for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, will discuss the development.

July 23, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Wind Energy Project  |   Video
    • U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewel recently announced the approval of a massive new wind energy project in Arizona. The Mohave County Wind Farm will create up to 500 megawatts of electricity, enough for 175,000 homes. It will also create 750 jobs. The project, proposed by BP Wind Energy North America, will have up to 243 wind turbines on federal lands. It will be located about 40 miles northwest of Kingman. Ray Suazo, the State Director for the Arizona Bureau of Land Management office, will talk about the new project.

July 16, 2013

  • Arizona Tourism Update  |   Video
    • New numbers have been released on tourism in Arizona. The Arizona Office of Tourism reports that 38.1 million people visited Arizona in 2012, with $19.3 Billion in direct spending. Sherry Henry, Director of the office of tourism, will talk about the numbers and more.

July 10, 2013

  • Housing Foreclosures  |   Video
    • The housing market in the Phoenix area has returned to normal historic levels for foreclosures. Also, prices are up 26 percent. Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, will bring us up to date on the Phoenix-area housing market.

July 4, 2013

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Sky Train Art  |   Video
    • The Sky Train at Sky Harbor Airport started operations recently. Six art projects at the airport were added along with the new Sky Train. Find out about the new art work. Ed Lebow, Public Arts Program Director for the City of Phoenix, discusses the new art projects.

July 2, 2013

  • Legislative City Issues  |   Video
    • The state legislature made big changes to the state’s sales tax system, changes that will affect cities. Ken Strobeck, Executive Director of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, will talk about the sales tax changes and other legislative issues that impacted cities.
  • AZ Giving & Leading: Waste Not   |   Video
    • Waste Not is a Scottsdale-based organization that collects excess food from restaurants, resorts, caterers, grocers and others six days a week. That food, which would normally be tossed into the garbage, is taken to schools, daycare centers, senior facilities and other organizations to feed the hungry. Waste Not Executive Director Dee Mitten will tell us about her organization.

June 25, 2013

  • Voting Rights Case  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court today struck down a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The provision required some states to get preclearance for changes in voting laws. Arizona was among those states. Attorney General Tom Horne, who presented a Friend of the Court Brief in the case, will talk about today’s ruling. In a separate interview, Sam Wercinski, Executive Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, will discuss the case as well. He is against today’s ruling.

June 24, 2013

  • Health Care Study  |   Video
    • The University of Arizona Integrative Health Center in Phoenix is undertaking a new study to determine the effectiveness of a whole-person approach to health care. The three-year Integrative Medicine Primary Care Trial (IMPACT) will compare outcomes for patients treated using integrative care with patients treated using solely conventional medical care. Dr. Heidi Rula, medical director for the U of A Integrative Health Center, will discuss the study.

June 20, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion  |   Video
    • Now that state lawmakers have approved expanding Medicaid to add more than 300,000 people, it is up to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to implement the new plan. Tom Betlach, the director of AHCCCS, will discuss what’s next for the state’s health care plan for the poor.
  • Evolving Libraries  |   Video
    • The days of municipal libraries just offering books have changed. Libraries now offer iPads concierges, computers and even live chats with experts you can “check out.” Barbara Roberts, Tempe Deputy Community Services Director of Library & Cultural Services Division, will discuss how libraries have evolved.

June 11, 2013

  • No Housing Bubble  |   Video
    • Housing prices in Maricopa and Pinal Counties are up 30 percent from last year, but a local housing expert doesn't see a housing bubble on the horizon. Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business, will talk about why he thinks there won’t be a housing bubble.

June 3, 2013

  • Sales Tax End/Education  |   Video
    • A one-cent state sales tax ended at the end of May. Most of the money from the tax went to education. Chuck Essigs, Director of Governmental Relations for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, will talk about the impact of the end of the sales tax on education.
  • AZ Giving & Leading: Kids at Hope  |   Video
    • Kids at Hope is a Phoenix-based national organization that believes all children are capable of success and has programs to foster that success. The programs work through schools to support the success of kids. Kenna Hough, Executive Director of Training and Programs for Kids at Hope, will tell us more about the organization and its goals.

May 27, 2013

  • National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona  |   Video
    • Since 1979, the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix has been the last resting place for veterans and their families. It was started as a state cemetery, and was transferred to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs in 1989. It is expected to reach capacity after 2030. Jerry Rainey, the director of the cemetery, and administrative officer Deborah Ryan will tell us more about the facility.

May 23, 2013

  • Da Vinci – The Genius Exhibit  |   Video
    • An Arizona Science Center exhibit titled “Da Vinci - The Genius” is the most comprehensive exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci to tour the world. It shows the full range of his genius as an inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist and more. The exhibit blends science, engineering, art and culture, and features a look at the secrets of the Mona Lisa. Sari Custer, director of guest experience at Arizona Science Center, will tell us more about the exhibit. Robert Bjork, director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University and a world-renowned expert in medieval studies, will talk about da Vinci and his work.
  • Arts and the Economy Report  |   Video
    • The Arizona Cultural Data Project Task Force recently released a report that reveals the impact of Arizona’s arts and culture sector on the lives of Arizonans and the state’s economy. Jaime Dempsey, Deputy Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, will discuss the report, which will be released for the first time on Arizona Horizon.

May 20, 2013

  • Economic Update  |   Video
    • The economic rebound continues, but it seems to be slowing. Arizona State University Economists Lee McPheters and Dennis Hoffman and ASU Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice Director Mike Orr will give us an update on the economy.

May 16, 2013

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Ballet Arizona’s TOPIA  |   Video
    • The Ballet Arizona’s TOPIA is back for the season. It’s a night of dining and ballet under the desert sky at the Desert Botanical Garden. Ballet Arizona Director Ib Andersen’s ballet was created specifically for the Garden and is performed on a giant 80-foot stage. Andersen will discuss the performance on Arizona Horizon.

May 14, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion Report  |   Video
    • The Grand Canyon Institute, a centrist public policy think-tank, has released a new analysis of Medicaid expansion in Arizona. The report examines three scenarios regarding Medicaid expansion over the first three full years of implementation. David Wells, research director for the institute, will talk about the report.

May 13, 2013

  • DES Restructuring  |   Video
    • The Department of Economic Security plans to reinvent the safety net system. The changes will emphasize how DES can help its clients and also reduce their dependency. Arizona DES Director Clarence Carter will discuss the changes.

April 29, 2013

  • Sky Train Art  |   Video
    • The Sky Train at Sky Harbor Airport started operation on Monday, April 8th. Six art projects at the airport were added along with the new Sky Train. Find out about the new art work from Ed Lebow, the Public Arts Program Director for the City of Phoenix.

April 23, 2013

April 16, 2013

  • Campaign Contribution Limits  |   Video
    • Campaign contribution limits were increased tenfold in a bill just signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer. Sam Wercinski, executive director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, and Stan Barnes, of Copper State Consulting, will discuss the impacts of the increase in donations that can be given to candidates.

April 11, 2013

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Sky Train Art  |   Video
    • The Sky Train at Sky Harbor Airport started operation on Monday, April 8th. Six art projects at the airport were added along with the new Sky Train. Find out about the new art work. Ed Lebow, the Public Arts Program Director for the City of Phoenix, will tell us about the art.

March 28, 2013

  • Surviving the Phoenix Area Real Estate Market  |   Video
    • The Arizona Republic and ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business will host an event to talk about how to survive the rapidly-evolving real estate market in the Phoenix area. Arizona Republic Real Estate Reporter Catherine Reagor and Mike Orr, Director for the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at ASU, will also discuss the market and the event.

March 20, 2013

  • Sales Tax Reform Impact on Cities  |   Video
    • The Governor’s plan to reform Arizona’s sales tax has cities worried that they will lose revenues. Ken Strobeck, Executive Director of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, will tell us more about the concerns of cities and bring us up to date on negotiations to resolve the issues.

February 27, 2013

  • Trauma System Report  |   Video
    • The American College of Surgeons has a new report out on Arizona’s hospital Trauma System. The report makes five major recommendations for improving our trauma system. Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble will give us the details.

February 26, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Compressed Natural Gas Garbage Trucks  |   Video
    • The city of Phoenix has unveiled its new compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste trucks, which collect trash and recyclables for nearly 400,000 Phoenix households. Currently, the Public Works Department operates six CNG solid waste trucks and within two months, 20 percent of its fleet of solid waste trucks will be CNG vehicles. John Trujillo, Acting Director of the Phoenix Public Works Department, will tell us more about the CNG trucks.

February 25, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion/Hospital Assessments  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer has proposed allowing the director of the state’s health care plan for the poor to assess a levy on hospitals to pay for an expansion of Medicaid in Arizona. Byron Schlomach of the Goldwater Institute and John Arnold, Governor Brewer’s Budget Director, will discuss the pros and cons of the idea.

February 20, 2013

  • The Latest Procedure: 30th Anniversary  |   Video
    • In 1983, Channel 8 broke broadcasting ground by airing an open-heart surgery performed by local surgeon Dr. Ted Diethrich of the Arizona Heart Center. Join Dr. Diethrich; former Producer Dr. Richard D’Alli; and director Jeff Hallberg as they look back at the surgery production and talk about its 30th anniversary.

February 14, 2013

  • CPS Funding Increase  |   Video
    • Lawmakers voted to give Arizona’s Child Protective Services money to hire 50 new case workers. Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter, who oversees CPS, will discuss how the new money will be implemented.

February 6, 2013

  • Trio Gala  |   Video
    • For the first time ever, Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera and The Phoenix Symphony will perform together in an inaugural fund-raising event. The event at Symphony Hall in Phoenix combines performances from each group, dinner and more. Allison Johnston, Ballet Arizona Executive Director, Scott Altman, Arizona Opera General Director, and Jim Ward, The Phoenix Symphony CEO and President, will talk about the Trio Gala.

February 4, 2013

  • Circle the City Medical Respite Center   |   Video
    • Circle the City Medical Respite Center is a place where the homeless in Phoenix can go to recover following treatment at a hospital instead of having to recover on the streets. The visionary behind the center, Sister Adele O’Sullivan, and Marisue Garganta, the director of Health Integration for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, will discuss Circle the City.

January 30, 2013

January 29, 2013

  • Paying for Basic Needs  |   Video
    • Cynthia Zwick, Executive Director of the Arizona Community Action Association, talks about a new report showing that nearly 1 in every 3 working families in Arizona doesn’t earn enough money to pay for basic necessities.
  • Adult Probation Program  |   Video
    • A look at recent successes within Arizona’s Adult Probation Program with Kathy Waters, director of the Division of Adult Probation Services for the Arizona Supreme Court. State Schools Chief John Huppenthal, the chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee who sponsored the probation-reform bill, gives his take on the issue.

January 23, 2013

  • Inquiry Based Science Instruction  |   Video
    • The editors of Science magazine selected Kip Hodges, founding director of Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), as one of 15 recipients of the Science Prize for Inquiry Based Instruction. Hodges talks about his inquiry-based approach to science education.
  • Commercial Real Estate Market  |   Video
    • CBRE has released a year-end report that shows positive news for the Valley’s office, industrial and retail real estate markets. Craig Henig, CBRE’s Senior Managing Director and Arizona Market Leader, talks about the report.

January 22, 2013

January 10, 2013

  • Flu Cases on the Rise  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Public Health Director Dr. Bob England provides an update on the spread of flu in Arizona, which is now categorized at the highest level of activity.

January 8, 2013

  • Sustainable Health Care   |   Video
    • Dr. Denis Cortese, MD, director of ASU’s Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, talks about his recent report “A Roadmap to High Value Healthcare Delivery” and what it suggests should be done to make the nation’s healthcare system more economically sustainable.

January 2, 2013

  • Legislative Priorities  |   Video
    • LIVE AT 5:30 p.m. - The state legislature hears from many different types of advocates who express their desires for state funding and legislation. Hear from several of those advocates as they talk about what they would like to see from the upcoming legislative session. Joining us will be Andrew Morrill, President of the Arizona Education Association, Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tara McCollum Plese, Senior Director for External Affairs of the Arizona Association of Community Health Centers and Amy Kobeta, Vice President of the Children's Action Alliance.

December 31, 2012

  • Focus on Sustainability  |   Video
    • REPEAT FROM SEPT. 20, 2012

      Transportation planners and bicycle advocates talk about what’s being done to make the Valley a better place to travel by bicycle.

      Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton talks about what he’s doing to promote sustainability in the City of Phoenix.

      The nonprofit Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) was established to create sustainable economies in Northern Arizona. SEDI executive director Carol Bousquet and Board Member Holly Yeager talk about the organization.

December 27, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat Special   |   Video
    • REPEAT FROM 12/07/12

      ASU Professor Mark Robinson, the principal investigator for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), discusses “Lunar Landscapes,” an exhibition of LROC images using large-scale panoramic panels and digital projection. A look at the contemporary Western-American art of Ludvic now on exhibition at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg. Ballet Arizona Executive Director Alison Johnston and Arizona Opera General Director Scott Altman talk about teaming-up with the Phoenix Symphony for a special performance early next year. They also speak about the new performance venues their organizations are building.

December 26, 2012

  • A Matter of Science with Lawrence Krauss  |   Video
    • REPEAT FROM 12/18/12

      World-renown physicist Lawrence Krauss, an ASU professor and Director of the ASU Origins Project, discusses the significance of the Higgs boson particle and the science of climate change.

December 18, 2012

  • A Matter of Science with Lawrence Krauss  |   Video
    • World-renown physicist Lawrence Krauss, an ASU professor and Director of the ASU Origins Project, discusses the significance of the Higgs boson particle and the science of climate change.

December 13, 2012

  • Bill of Rights Monument  |   Video
    • The executive director of MyBillofRights.org, Chris Bliss, talks about the nation’s first Bill of Rights monument that is being dedicated on Bill of Rights Day, Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at the Arizona State Capitol.
  • Arizona’s School Choice Policy   |   Video
    • ASU professor David Garcia, director of the Arizona Education Policy Initiative for ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, comments on his research on the effectiveness of Arizona’s school choice policies.

December 12, 2012

  • Colorado River Basin Study   |   Video
    • We’ll take a look at what a new report new says about the Colorado River’s ability to meet Arizona’s growing need for water with Sandra A. Fabritz-Whitney, the Director of Arizona’s Department of Water Resources. The Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study is being released this week at the Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
  • Medical Marijuana update  |   Video
    • Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, discusses his department's oversight of the State’s medical marijuana program and provides an update on this year’s flu season.

December 11, 2012

December 4, 2012

  • Land and Housing Forecast  |   Video
    • The Land Advisors Organization is hosting its annual Metro Phoenix Land and Housing conference December 5th in Downtown Phoenix. Get a preview with Land Advisors President and CEO Greg Vogel and Mike Orr, Director of ASU’s Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice.

December 3, 2012

  • AZ Furnace – First 10 Startups  |   Video
    • The first 10 startup companies have been selected to participate in the AZ Furnace Accelerator, an innovative initiative that encourages entrepreneurs to commercialize innovations developed at Arizona’s universities and research institutions. Gordon McConnell, Executive Director for Venture Acceleration at Arizona State University, talks about AZ Furnace’s first group of startups.

November 27, 2012

  • Focus on Sustainability:“PHX Renews”  |   Video
    • Tom Waldeck, Executive Director of Keep Phoenix Beautiful, talks about PHX Renews, a project to transform a 15-acre vacant lot in central Phoenix into a sustainable public space.

November 21, 2012

  • Arizona's Renewable Energy   |   Video
    • Kris Mayes, a former Arizona Corporation Commissioner and current Faculty Director for the Program on Law and Sustainability at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, talks about Arizona’s renewable energy standard and plans to launch a Utility of the Future Center at ASU.

November 19, 2012

  • Saving Billions with Energy Efficiency  |   Video
    • The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) has released a report that shows how Arizona households and businesses can save billions of dollars through improved energy efficiency. SWEEP Executive Director Howard Geller talks about the report.

November 15, 2012

  • Child Fatality Report  |   Video
    • 837 Arizona kids died last year according to the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program’s 19th annual report. The overall number of child deaths continues to decline, but homicides and suicides are on the rise. Find out more about the report from Will Humble, Director of the State Department of Health Services, and Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance.
  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange  |   Video
    • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer must decide soon Arizona will establish a state-run health insurance exchange or let the federal government be in charge of providing that service to Arizona residents. It’s a key part of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health-reform law. Suzanne Kinney, Executive Director of the Arizona Chamber Foundation, a research and education arm of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, explains how a health insurance exchange works and what happens if Arizona decides not to operate its own exchange.

November 14, 2012

  • Education Funding  |   Video
    • The temporary 1-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2010 to fund public education expires next year. Prop 204, which would have permanently extended that tax, failed at the ballot box this November. We’ll take a look at how that affects the funding of public schools with John Arnold, Director of the Governor’s Budget Office; Chuck Essigs, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials; and Timothy Ogle, Executive Director of the Arizona School Boards Association.

November 13, 2012

  • Focus on Sustainability: Energy  |   Video
    • Kris Mayes, a former Arizona Corporation Commissioner and current Faculty Director for the Program on Law and Sustainability at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, talks about Arizona’s renewable energy standard and plans to launch a Utility of the Future Center at ASU.

November 1, 2012

  • Spirit of Enterprise Awards  |   Video
    • For the 16th year, ASU is honoring Arizona companies for excellence in ethics, energy and entrepreneurship. Gary Naumann, Director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, talks about this year’s award winners.
  • Arizona State Parks  |   Video
    • Bryan Martyn, the new director of Arizona State Parks, talks about funding needs and strategies to improve the agency.

October 23, 2012

October 22, 2012

October 9, 2012

  • Child Welfare Investigations  |   Video
    • Arizona’s Department of Economic Services is opening an Office of Child Welfare Investigations at the end of the year. The new unit will coordinate with statewide local law enforcement and CPS case managers on cases of severe child abuse and/or neglect from which criminal allegations or charges may arise. Learn more about it from DES Director Clarence Carter and veteran Phoenix Police Detective Gregory McKay, who was selected to lead the new investigative unit.

October 8, 2012

  • Vote 2012: Prop 116 (Personal Property Tax)  |   Video
    • Farrell Quinlan, Arizona State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business, explains Prop 116, a constitutional amendment that was referred to the ballot by state lawmakers. Prop 116 raises the personal property tax exemption on newly-acquired business equipment and machinery. The measure has no organized opposition.

September 27, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Ballet Arizona and Arizona Opera  |   Video
    • Ballet Arizona Executive Director Alison Johnston and Arizona Opera General Director Scott Altman talk about teaming-up with the Phoenix Symphony for a special performance early next year. They also speak about the new performance venues their organizations are building.

September 26, 2012

  • Arizona’s Public Lands  |   Video
    • Dean Bibles of the Public Lands Foundation, BLM State Director for Arizona Ray Suazo, and ASU West History Professor Dr. Eduardo Pagan, discuss the history, purpose, and evolving role of Arizona’s public lands. The discussion is a preview of some of the topics that will be discussed at the Public Lands Commemoration Forum that takes place September 27th in Phoenix.

September 19, 2012

  • Move on When Ready  |   Video
    • More Arizona schools are getting involved in the second year of a national pilot program designed to allow high school students to move on to college or advanced coursework as early as their sophomore year. Dr. Sybil Francis, Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Arizona, provides an update on the Move on When Ready initiative.

September 17, 2012

  • Arizona Giving & Leading: Uniting Education and Business  |   Video
    • The Arizona Educational Foundation is launching the “UnitED” program to establish beneficial partnerships between public schools and businesses. Learn more about the program from Bobbie O’Boyle, Executive Director of the Arizona Educational Foundation, and Alicia Mandel, VP for Organization Effectiveness and Inclusion at the Apollo Group.

September 12, 2012

  • Booker’s Place Documentary  |   Video
    • Yvette Johnson is a Phoenix resident whose grandfather, Booker Wright, appeared in a 1966 NBC documentary speaking boldly and honestly about his experience with racism in the southern United States. What he said while the cameras were rolling changed his life forever. His story is featured in the new documentary “Booker’s Place”. Learn more about the film from Johnson, a co-producer, and Raymond De Felitta, the director.

September 11, 2012

  • Sustainability: Solar Tower Technology  |   Video
    • Australian company EnviroMission is planning to build a massive solar tower in La Paz County, Arizona. Chris Davey, EnviroMission’s executive director, talks about his company’s solar tower technology that uses virtually no water to produce utility scale amounts of solar energy.

August 23, 2012

  • Voter Initiative Short on Valid Signatures  |   Video
    • The “Top Two Primary” initiative designed to change how Arizona’s primary elections are conducted might not make it to the ballot after the Maricopa County Elections Department found a high percentage of petition signatures are invalid. County Elections Director Karen Osborne explains what her department found during the signature verification process.

August 7, 2012

  • VOTE 2012 Debate: CD9 Democratic Candidate Debate  |   Video
    • Three candidates are competing in the Democratic primary election for Arizona’s new Ninth Congressional District. Meet two of those candidates, State Senator David Schapira and former director of the State Democratic Party, Andrei Cherny, as they debate the issues. The third candidate, Kyrsten Sinema, has chosen not to participate in the debate.

August 6, 2012

  • Luke Air Force Base & F-35 Pilot Training  |   Video
    • The U.S. Department of Defense has selected Luke Air Force Base to train pilots to fly the F-35 fighter jet. Find out what that means for the West Valley Air Force base and surrounding communities from Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs; James "Rusty" Mitchell, Director of the Luke AFB Community Initiatives Team; and Ron Sites of Fighter Country Partnership.
  • Arizona Giving and Leading: Back to School Clothing Drive  |   Video
    • Karl Gentles, Executive Director of “Back to School Clothing Drive”, talks about the organization’s efforts to provide new school clothes and school supplies to children in need.
  • “Curiosity” Lands on Mars  |   Video
    • On Sunday, August 5th, NASA successfully landed the rover “Curiosity” on the surface of Mars. Find out more about the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Mission, and ASU’s involvement in it, from ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration Director Kip Hodges

August 2, 2012

  • Team ACA Private Donations  |   Video
    • Team ACA, the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Arizona Commerce Authority, has been criticized for not revealing the amounts of donations from private sources. Team ACA Executive Director Don Cardon addresses those criticisms.

August 1, 2012

  • 47 Years of Medicare & Medicaid  |   Video
    • 47 years ago the nation’s Medicaid and Medicare programs were born. We’ll take a look at the history and evolution of those programs and the challenges they’re facing today with a special emphasis on Arizona’s Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), which is now in its 30th year. Guests include AHCCCS Director Tom Betlach and AARP Arizona State President Dr. Leonard Kirschner who is a former AHCCCS Director (1987-1993).

July 24, 2012

  • Expanding Medical Marijuana  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services has decided not to expand Arizona’s medical marijuana program to include new ailments. Hear what ADHS Director Will Humble and UA assistant professor Dr. Sue Sisley have to say about the decision.
  • Focus on Sustainability: Sustainable Economic Development Initiative  |   Video
    • The nonprofit Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) was established to create sustainable economies in Northern Arizona. SEDI executive director Carol Bousquet and Board Member Holly Yeager talk about the organization.

July 16, 2012

July 2, 2012

  • Valley Housing Market Update  |   Video
    • Prices are rising, inventory is shrinking, and new home builders are back in business. Mike Orr, Director of the Real Estate Center for ASU’s W.P. Care School of Business, provides an update on the Valley’s housing market.
  • Health Insurance Exchanges  |   Video
    • The Affordable Care Act requires every state to have at least one health insurance exchange in place by 2014. The Arizona Chamber Foundation Executive Director Suzanne Kinney talks about the issues and opportunities facing Arizona as it considers how to establish an exchange.

June 28, 2012

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Former AHCCCS director Dr. Leonard Kirschner and Dr. Daniel Lieberman, a Phoenix neurosurgeon, share their views on ObamaCare and what it will mean for Arizonans with and without health insurance.

June 27, 2012

  • College Football Playoffs  |   Video
    • Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Robert Shelton talks about the new college football playoff system that’s set to begin in 2014 and what it could mean for the Fiesta Bowl.

June 13, 2012

  • AZ Tech and Innovation: Large Flexible Display  |   Video
    • The largest flexible color display has been developed by researchers at Arizona State University’s Flexible Display Center. The director of the center, Nick Colaneri, will talk about the 7.4 inch display.

June 12, 2012

  • Real Estate Future  |   Video
    • As the Phoenix Area recovers from one of the worst real estate markets it has ever seen, will the same mistakes that resulted in the real estate bust be repeated? Mark Stapp, the Fred E. Taylor Professor in Real Estate and director of the Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program at Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business, will discuss the possibilities of that happening again.
  • Clean Elections   |   Video
    • Fewer candidates are signing up for Clean Elections public campaign funding in Arizona because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling two years ago that struck down additional funding for candidates to match spending from those running with private dollars. Todd Lang, Arizona’s Clean Elections Director, will talk about the trend.

June 11, 2012

  • Arizona Sales Tax Reform  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer’s Transaction Privilege Tax Simplification Task Force is set to start working on recommendations for simplifying Arizona’s sales tax code. Hear what Arizona Horizon's own panel of experts thinks the task force should focus on. Guests include Executive Director of the Arizona Retailers Association Michelle Ahlmer and tax attorney James Busby of Gallagher and Kennedy.

June 7, 2012

June 5, 2012

  • LISC Phoenix   |   Video
    • Executive Director of LISC Phoenix, Teresa Brice, talks about her organization that, for the past 20 years, has been helping Valley residents transform neglected neighborhoods into areas of pride by way of financial aid, technical assistance and advocacy.

June 4, 2012

  • SB 1070 lawsuit  |   Video
    • A hearing was held in another lawsuit looking to overturn the state’s immigration law, SB 1070. It’s a separate case from the one being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court right now. Plaintiffs in the case are asking a federal judge in Phoenix to grant them class action status in fighting the law. Dan Pochoda, Legal Director for the ACLU of Arizona, discusses the case on Arizona Horizon.

May 30, 2012

  • Expanding Medical Marijuana  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services recently took public testimony about adding debilitating medical conditions to the state’s medical marijuana program. ADHS Director Will Humble provides an update.

May 24, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Mesa Arts Center’s Festival of Creativity  |   Video
    • A look at the Mesa Arts Center’s recent Festival of Creativity and its mission of community outreach. The event offered festival goers the opportunity to enjoy as well as participate in a variety of arts and performance activities, while also providing artists and performers with a unique opportunity for collaboration.

May 21, 2012

  • Agreement in Lawsuit Over Services for the Seriously Mentally Ill  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer and plaintiffs in the 1981 Arnold v. Sarn lawsuit have signed a 2-year agreement that creates a framework for improving services for people who have serious mental illnesses. Dr. Laura Nelson, Director of the Division of Behavioral Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services, and plaintiffs’ attorney Anne Ronan discuss details of the agreement.
  • Tribal Gaming  |   Video
    • The amount of money Arizona gets from tribal gaming is on the rise. Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming Mark Brnovich shares the latest numbers.

May 17, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA  |   Video
    • Combining acrobatic performance with the art of clowning, Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA will be performed under a big top in Glendale from June 8 – July 15. Michael Smith, the artistic director of KOOZA, talks about this production that returns to the roots of Cirque du Soleil.

May 16, 2012

  • Alzheimer’s Prevention Drug Trial  |   Video
    • The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix is involved in a groundbreaking clinical trial to test an Alzheimer’s prevention drug on people who are genetically likely to get the disease. Learn more about the trial from the Institute’s director Dr. Pierre Tariot.

May 15, 2012

  • ASU Economic Outlook  |   Video
    • Economic experts from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business share their midyear economic forecasts for Arizona and the United States. Guests include: Robert Mittelstaedt, dean and professor of management, Lee McPheters, economics research professor and director of the JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center; and Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice.

May 14, 2012

  • Childsplay  |   Video
    • David Saar, the Artistic Director and Founder of Tempe-based “Childsplay”, talks about the work of his professional theatre company that’s now concluding its 35th season with the original production “The Color of Stars”.

May 7, 2012

  • Arizona Jobs Report  |   Video
    • Aruna Murthy, Director of Economic Analysis for the Arizona Department of Administration’s Office of Employment and Population Statistics, explains why the new Arizona jobs forecast is good news for the State’s economy.

May 3, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Arizona Commission on the Arts  |   Video
    • The State Legislature has reauthorized the Arizona Commission on the Arts for another ten years. The commission’s executive director Robert Booker discusses the commission’s vital role in economic development and public education.
  • J.T. Ready  |   Video
    • The suspected shooter in Wednesday’s murder-suicide in Gilbert, that left five people dead, is a man with past ties to a neo-Nazi organization. He was also the founder of an armed vigilante group that patrolled Arizona’s southern border for illegal immigrants. Learn more about J.T. Ready and the status of hate groups in Arizona from Bill Straus, Executive Director of the Arizona Anti-Defamation League.

May 2, 2012

  • Mortgage Relief Fund Sweep  |   Video
    • Arizona Housing Alliance Executive Director Valerie Iverson explains why her organization is considering legal action after state lawmakers pass a budget that sweeps $50 million from a mortgage settlement fund.

May 1, 2012

  • BCS Championship  |   Video
    • The BCS has recommended a four-team championship series to replace the current controversial system to determine a champion in college football. Robert Shelton, Executive Director of the Fiesta Bowl, will talk about the new plan and how the Fiesta Bowl may be involved.

April 30, 2012

  • Merrill/Morrison Poll   |   Video
    • Dr. Bruce Merrill, senior fellow at ASU’s Morrison Institute and director of the Merrill/Morrison Institute Poll, shares the latest results of his polling about the Presidential race and Arizona politics.

April 26, 2012

  • Arizona Town Hall: Civic Engagement  |   Video
    • The 100th Arizona Town Hall is exploring the topic of civic engagement and how to get citizens more involved in their government and their communities. Guests include: Kelly Campbell Rawlings, an assistant Research Professor and Co-Director of the Participatory Governance Initiative for ASU’s School of Public Affairs; Jane Prescott-Smith, Managing Director of the National Institute of Civil Discourse at the UofA; and Alberto Olivas, Director of the Center for Civic Participation for Maricopa Community Colleges.

April 24, 2012

  • Doctor Residencies Report  |   Video
    • A new report highlighting physician residency programs and the role they play in economic development, ensuring Arizona’s health care workforce is robust enough to meet the State’s health care needs. Guests include: Suzanne Taylor, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Michael Grossman, Director of Medical Education for Maricopa Integrated Health System; and Dr. Michael Whitcomb, a Flinn Foundation Medical Innovation Visiting Scholar at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.

April 19, 2012

  • Arizona Supreme Court Ruling: Tucson v Arizona  |   Video
    • Ken Strobeck, Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, explains what a recent decision by the Arizona Supreme Court says about how much control the State Legislature has over local charter governments.

April 17, 2012

  • Charter Schools vs. Traditional Public Schools  |   Video
    • Join Arizona Horizon for a conversation about charter schools & traditional public schools’ differences, similarities, advantages, disadvantages and shared challenges with Eileen Sigmund, Executive Director of the Arizona Charter Schools Association and Jeff Smith, Superintendent of the Balsz Elementary School District in Phoenix.

April 16, 2012

  • Arizona Budget  |   Video
    • John Arnold, the Governor’s budget director, discusses the latest State revenue forecast and its impact on budget negotiations.

April 12, 2012

  • Citizenship Counts  |   Video
    • The Phoenix-based nonprofit Citizenship Counts is spreading its message of the value of American citizenship, and the rights and responsibilities that go along with it, to the Nation’s youth with a cross-country bike ride and walk. Learn more about it from Alysa Ullman, executive director and founder of Citizenship Counts.
  • Arizona ArtBeat: A Ludwig Dance Theatre  |   Video
    • The Tempe-based A Ludwig Dance Theatre is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a series of performances April 19-22.Learn more about it and the art of dance from the company’s founder and director Ann Ludwig.

April 10, 2012

April 3, 2012

  • Autism Increase  |   Video
    • New Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate more children than previously thought have autism. The increase is attributed to wider screening. Dr. Bryan Davey of the Arizona Autism Coalition Board and Director of Behavioral Services at ACCEL (Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills) will discuss the new numbers.

March 29, 2012

March 26, 2012

March 13, 2012

  • Arizona’s Solar Energy Future   |   Video
    • A preview of issues that will be featured at the Arizona Solar Summit, which takes place at the end of March, and a discussion about the challenges Arizona faces in becoming a leader in solar energy. Guests are: Kris Mayes, director of the Program on Law and Sustainability for ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Lon Huber, Southwest Regional Policy Specialist for Suntech; and Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

March 7, 2012

  • Economic Growth: Start-Up America Policy Challenge  |   Video
    • Jonathan Koppell, director of ASU’s School of Public Affairs and the dean of ASU’s College of Public Programs, explains how the university is teaming up with the White House on a national initiative to accelerate entrepreneurship.

March 6, 2012

  • Taxing Online Sales  |   Video
    • A bill (SB 1338) is moving through the Arizona State Legislature that would require Internet-based companies like Amazon.com to collect state taxes on the products it sells. Michelle Ahlmer, Executive Director of the Arizona Retailers Association, explains why her organization is supporting the bill.

March 5, 2012

March 1, 2012

  • Society for American Baseball Research   |   Video
    • The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) moved its headquarters from Cleveland to Phoenix in 2011. SABR Executive Director Marc Appleman explains why SABR is a good fit in Arizona.

February 29, 2012

  • “Rock the Presidents”  |   Video
    • Childsplay, a Tempe-based nonprofit professional theater company for young audiences is staging an original musical called “Rock the Presidents”. Director Anthony Runfola talks about the production.

February 28, 2012

  • Fast Pitch Philanthropy  |   Video
    • On March 6th Social Venture Partners is holding its "2nd Annual Fast Pitch Social Innovation Expo." It’s the culmination of a seven-week training and mentoring program for innovative nonprofits that are effecting social change. Finalists have three minutes to make a “pitch” that could earn their nonprofit $100,000 in funding. SVP Executive Director Terri Wogan talks about the program.
  • Valley Home Prices   |   Video
    • Mike Orr, Director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, comments on a new report that shows some encouraging news for Phoenix area homeowners.

February 7, 2012

  • Clean Elections  |   Video
    • A new online system is helping candidates collect the $5 contributions they need to qualify as a publicly-funded candidate. Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission Todd Lang explains how the system works.

January 25, 2012

January 24, 2012

  • Medical Marijuana  |   Video
    • The Department of Health Services Director Will Humble provides an update on Arizona’s implementation of its voter-approved medical marijuana program.
  • Focus on Sustainability: Tribal Sustainable Energy Accomplishments  |   Video
    • A look at the challenges and successes Arizona’s tribal governments are experiencing as they develop sustainable energy resources. Guests include Ann Marie Chischilly, Executive Director of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University, and the Hopi Tribe’s Renewable Energy Director Ken Lomayestewa.

January 19, 2012

  • Water for Arizona’s Next 100 Years  |   Video
    • University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center Director Sharon Megdal and Grady Gammage of ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy discuss issues related to Arizona’s water future. These topics will be explored at a January 24th statewide water conference titled “Urbanization, Uncertainty and Water” at the UA in Tucson.

January 12, 2012

  • Phoenix Real Estate Market  |   Video
    • Arizona Horizon updates the Valley’s real estate market with Mike Orr, founder of The Cromford Report and director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

January 5, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Phoenix Opera  |   Video
    • Phoenix Opera's Artistic Director John Massaro and Creative Director Gail Dubinbaum discuss the organization's upcoming performances, including its January 10th opera gala featuring internationally acclaimed Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

January 4, 2012

  • Fiesta Bowl
    • Oklahoma State’s thrilling overtime victory over Stanford was just what the Fiesta Bowl needed as the organization continues to repair its reputation that was tarnished by scandal. The Fiesta Bowl’s new executive director Robert Shelton explains what the organization is doing to win the public’s trust.

January 3, 2012

  • Business Leaders' Legislative Priorities  |   Video
    • Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer, National Federation of Independent Business State Director Farrell Quinlan and Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Sanders discuss their organizational legislative priorities for 2012.

January 2, 2012

  • 2012 Education Priorities  |   Video
    • Education advocates share their views on the state of public education in Arizona and what state lawmakers should focus on in 2012. Guests include Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Arizona School Administrators Executive Director Dr. Debra Duvall and Arizona Business and Education Coalition Executive Director Susan Carlson.

December 15, 2011

  • Move on When Ready  |   Video
    • 14 Arizona schools are participating in the Move on When Ready initiative designed to prepare students for college and careers as early as their sophomore year of high school. It’s part of a national pilot program that seeks to make American high schools more globally competitive and more responsive to students' individual needs. Learn more about the program from Center for the Future of Arizona Executive Director Dr. Sybil Francis, Yuma Union High School District Superintendent Toni Badone and Helios Education Foundation President and CEO Paul Luna.

December 12, 2011

  • 2012 Education Priorities  |   Video
    • Education advocates share their views on the state of public education in Arizona and what state lawmakers should focus on in 2012. Guests include Arizona Education Association (AEA) President Andrew Morrill, Arizona School Administrators (ASA) Executive Director Dr. Debra Duvall, and Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC) Executive Director Susan Carlson.

December 1, 2011

November 29, 2011

  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange  |   Video
    • Arizona has received a $30 million federal grant to create a health insurance exchange to help individuals and small businesses find affordable health insurance. The Governor’s Director of Health Care Policy, Don Hughes, explains how the money will be used.

November 28, 2011

  • State Parks   |   Video
    • Arizona State Parks Director Renee Bahl is leaving the agency next month to pursue other career opportunities. Before she leaves, we ask her about the current state of Arizona’s Parks System.

November 23, 2011

  • AZ Technology and Innovation: Science Festival  |   Video
    • Planning is underway for an Arizona Science and Technology Festival next year. The plan is to rival the best science festivals in the nation. Jeremy Babendure, director of the Arizona SCITECH Festival, and Steve Zylstra of the Arizona Technology Council Foundation will discuss the festival.

November 22, 2011

  • Arizona Child Safety Task Force  |   Video
    • Task force chairman Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and vice chairman DES Director Clarence Carter, outline the issues the Task Force is dealing with.
  • Arizona Wilderness Coalition  |   Video
    • Sam Frank, Central Arizona Director of the Wilderness Coalition of Arizona talks about the group’s Wilderness Stewards Program a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to maintain, protect and restore wilderness areas.

November 16, 2011

  • Personalized Medicine  |   Video
    • The Greater Phoenix Economic Council is hosting a summit on the future of the personalized medicine industry in Arizona. GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome; Richard Mallery, Founder and Chairman of the International Genomics Consortium; and ASU Professor Anna Barker director of the university’s Transformative Healthcare Networks initiative talk about Arizona’s growth opportunities in personalized medicine.

November 14, 2011

  • ASU Morrison Institute Poll  |   Video
    • Poll Director Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Tara Blanc discuss the results of their latest poll on immigration and a proposal change to Arizona’s primary elections.

November 8, 2011

  • ASU Spirit of Enterprise Awards  |   Video
    • Gary Naumann, director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center for ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, talks about the 15th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards honoring some of Arizona’s top entrepreneurs.

October 31, 2011

  • Barry Goldwater, Mr. Conservative  |   Video
    • Pollster Bruce Merrill and playwright Ben Tyler talk about Barry Goldwater and the November 1st performance of the play “Mr. Conservative, the story of Barry Goldwater”.

October 26, 2011

  • Saving for College  |   Video
    • Dr. April Osborn, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, talks about the value and affordability of a college education and programs that help families pay for college.

October 25, 2011

  • Arizona Fall League  |   Video
    • Now in its 20th season, the Arizona Fall League has been preparing Major League Baseball’s hottest minor league prospects to move up to the big leagues. AFL Executive Director Steve Cobb talks about the league’s first two decades.
  • Commercial Real Estate Analysis  |   Video
    • Craig Henig, Senior Managing Director of the Arizona region for CBRE, discusses his company’s analysis of the Metro Phoenix commercial real estate market for the third quarter of 2011.

October 24, 2011

  • Domestic Violence: Address Confidentiality  |   Video
    • The new “Address Confidentiality Program” allows victims of domestic violence to keep their residential addresses confidential by substituting the address of the Secretary of State’s Office. Betty McEntire, the program’s first Executive Director, explains how the program works.

October 13, 2011

  • Expediting Electrical Transmission Lines  |   Video
    • President Obama’s plan to fast-track the permitting and construction of major electrical transmission line projects - including one in Arizona - is touted as a way to create jobs; increase capacity and reliability of the nation’s electrical grid; and accelerate the growth of domestic clean energy. Find out what the plan means for Arizona from Kris Mayes, former Arizona Corporation Commissioner who is now in charge of the Program on Law and Sustainability at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and Sandy Bahr, Director of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter.
  • Arizona ArtBeat: Arizona Theatre Company   |   Video
    • ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein discusses the Company’s original play, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, that makes its Phoenix premiere this week.

October 12, 2011

  • Teacher Quality Documentary   |   Video
    • “Mitchell20: Teacher Quality is the Answer”, a new documentary that explores issues of teacher quality, was filmed at Mitchell School in Phoenix’ Isaac Elementary District. Executive Producer Kathy Wiebke, who also serves as Executive Director of the Arizona K12 Center, and Barnett Berry, the Founder and President of the Center for Teaching Quality discuss some of the issues the film brings to light.

October 11, 2011

  • Shift Arizona: Campaign to Buy Locally  |   Video
    • Local First Arizona and METRO Light Rail are teaming-up on an advertising campaign to encourage people to shop at locally-owned businesses near the light rail line. Kimber Lanning, director of Local First Arizona, talks about the partnership.
  • Sky Harbor Passenger Increase   |   Video
    • Despite the tough economy, air travel is up at Sky Harbor Airport. Sky Harbor Deputy Aviation Director Deborah Ostreicher discusses that and provides an update on the airport’s Sky Train.

September 29, 2011

  • Centennial Theatre Foundation  |   Video
    • Organized to develop and fund new plays that focus on the Arizona experience, the Centennial Theatre Foundation’s first event is a staged reading by the cast of the play, The Wallace & Ladmo Show. Find out more about the project with CTF Executive Director Ben Tyler.

September 28, 2011

  • Civic Leadership Academy  |   Video
    • The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming elected officials, policy advisors and government leaders. Learn more about the program from Nancy Welch, Director of the Flinn Foundation’s Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and David Martinez, a graduate of the leadership academy.
  • Digital Learning Seminar  |   Video
    • Dr. Sybil Francis, Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Arizona and State Senator Rich Crandall, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, discuss the Southwest Digital Learning Seminar that focused on the use of technology in education.

September 22, 2011

  • Downtown Phoenix Revitalization  |   Video
    • Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona; David Roderique, President and CEO of Downtown Phoenix Partnership; and Robert Melikian, owner of Hotel San Carlos share their views about what’s happening, and what needs to happen, to revitalize downtown Phoenix.

September 13, 2011

  • Flu Shots  |   Video
    • Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services Will Humble talks about strategies to encourage people to get their flu shots.

September 12, 2011

  • Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert  |   Video
    • Dr. Edgardo Rivera, the Medical Director of Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, talks about the economic and community benefits of the new facility that’s opening in Gilbert on September 26th.

August 31, 2011

  • Child Protective Services  |   Video
    • Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security Clarence Carter discusses his department’s division of Child Protective Services.

August 25, 2011

  • ASU Homeowner Advocacy  |   Video
    • The Civil Justice Clinic, part of ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, has established a Homeowner Advocacy Unit that will provide legal assistance to homeowners facing mortgage fraud and foreclosure, while giving law students an opportunity to gain real-life legal experience. Director of the unit, Mary Ellen Natale and ASU law students Barbara Strnad and Kyle Robertson discuss the program.

August 23, 2011

  • BLM Arizona  |   Video
    • Jim Kenna, the state director for the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona discusses issues related to the natural resources that are managed by his agency.
  • Medical Marijuana Certifications  |   Video
    • According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, eight doctors have issued nearly half of all medical marijuana certifications in Arizona. DHS Director Will Humble discusses his response to the data.

August 22, 2011

  • Rural Energy  |   Video
    • The Obama Administration will be giving grants to help small businesses, ranchers and farmers in Arizona install renewable energy systems or make energy efficient improvements. Ten Arizona rural businesses will be given the Rural Energy for America Program grants. Arizona State Director for Rural Development Alan Stephens will discuss the grants.

August 18, 2011

  • Biofuels Initiative  |   Video
    • The Obama Administration is planning a major investment in biofuels for military and commercial transportation. Dan Rees, the president of REV Biodiesel in Gilbert, AZ and Dr. Milton Sommerfeld, Co-Director of ASU’s Laboratory of Algae Research and Biotechnology talk about how this new investment could impact Arizona’s biofuels industry.

August 16, 2011

  • Downtown Phoenix Revitalization  |   Video
    • Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona; David Roderique, President and CEO of Downtown Phoenix Partnership; and Robert Melikian, owner of Hotel San Carlos share their views about what’s happening, and what needs to happen, to revitalize downtown Phoenix.

August 15, 2011

  • Hunger in Arizona  |   Video
    • A new report from the Food Research and Action Center indicates that Arizona has the seventh highest percentage of families with children who can’t afford to put food on the table. Cynthia Zwick and Katie Kahle of the Arizona Community Action Association discuss the report’s findings.

August 3, 2011

  • Arizona’s Wine Industry Tourism Survey  |   Video
    • Northern Arizona University’s Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center has released the results of a survey of visitors to Arizona’s wine regions. Learn more about Arizona’s wine tourism industry with one of the authors of the report and industry representatives.

August 2, 2011

  • New Fiesta Bowl CEO  |   Video
    • Former UA President Robert Shelton talks about his new role as executive director of the Fiesta Bowl.

August 1, 2011

  • Rural Health Conference  |   Video
    • A preview of the 38th annual Rural Health Conference sponsored by the University of Arizona’s Rural Health Office. UA Professor Lynda Bergsma, Director of the State Office of Rural Health and Jim Dickson, the CEO at Copper Queen Community Hospital talk about health issues pertaining to rural Arizona.

July 25, 2011

  • Downtown Smart App  |   Video
    • Students from Arizona State University’s Cronkite New Media Innovation Lab have developed a smart app to help people navigate attractions and businesses in downtown Phoenix. Lab director Retha Hill will talk about the new smart app.

July 19, 2011

  • Valley Fever  |   Video
    • John Galgiani, MD, Director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona College of Medicine explains why he expects a significant increase in Valley Fever infections following the huge dust storm that swept across the Valley on July 5th.

July 18, 2011

  • Tourism Economic Impact  |   Video
    • The Executive Director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, Sherry Henry, talks about the latest Arizona tourism industry statistics.

July 12, 2011

  • Arizona Tourism  |   Video
    • The Governor’s Conference on Tourism takes place July 13-15th in Scottsdale. We’ll discuss the state of Arizona’s tourism industry with Debbie Johnson, President and CEO of the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association; Brian Johnson, General Manager of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson; and Rachel Sacco, executive director, Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

July 11, 2011

  • Senate President Russell Pearce Recall  |   Video
    • A citizens group has submitted enough valid signatures to force Senator Russell Pearce into a recall election. Find out what the next steps are with State Election Director Amy Bjelland.

June 30, 2011

June 29, 2011

June 22, 2011

  • Sierra Club Views on Mining Issues  |   Video
    • Sandy Bahr, Director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club, responds to recent comments by Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar about uranium mining near the Grand Canyon and a huge copper deposit near Superior, AZ .

June 13, 2011

  • Forest Health  |   Video
    • Experts say Arizona’s catastrophic wildfires are the result of unhealthy, unnaturally dense forests that are the product of America’s forest management policies. The Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) is an effort to create healthier ecosystems on parts of four Arizona forests. Learn about the challenges facing 4FRI from stakeholders Wally Covington, Regents’ professor of Forest Ecology and executive director of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University; Henry Provencio of the U.S. Forest Service; Ethan Aumack of the Grand Canyon Trust and a representative of the Center for Biological Diversity.

May 31, 2011

  • Medical Marijuana Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Arizona’s Governor and Attorney General have filed a lawsuit to determine if Arizona’s medical marijuana system violates federal law. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services talks about how the lawsuit will impact the medical marijuana program.

May 26, 2011

  • Medicaid Cuts Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest is suing the State over budget cuts to Arizona’s Medicaid program known as AHCCCS. The Center’s Executive Director, Tim Hogan, explains the lawsuit.

May 18, 2011

  • Justa Center  |   Video
    • Homeless senior citizens find help daily at the Justa Center in downtown Phoenix. Executive Director of the Nonprofit Day Resource Center, Rev. Scott Ritchey, describes the Center’s unique mission and the challenges it faces.
  • Arizona Technology and Innovation: Rapid DNA Testing   |   Video
    • After Osama bin Laden was killed, his identity was quickly verified through DNA. It likely required massive equipment in a nearby command center, but the UofA is working on technology to make the process more portable. Dr. Frederick Zenhausern, Director of the Center for Applied Nano-bioscience and Medicine at the UA Medical School in Phoenix, discusses the development of Rapid DNA testing equipment.

May 16, 2011

  • Arizona Centennial: Arizona Military Museum  |   Video
    • Designated as an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, the Arizona Military Museum chronicles the military history of Arizona. Museum Director Joe Abodeely shares some of that history as he describes what the museum has to offer.

May 10, 2011

  • PHX Sky Train  |   Video
    • Builders are making progress on tracks and other infrastructure for the PHX Sky Train, an automated train that will shuttle passengers around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Deputy Aviation Director Deborah Ostreicher discusses the project.

May 3, 2011

  • Department of Economic Security  |   Video
    • Clarence Carter, the new director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, outlines his plans and priorities for the agency.
  • Arizona State Parks  |   Video
    • After several years of substantial budget cuts, Arizona State Parks are facing significant financial challenges. The agency’s director, Renee Bahl, discusses the impacts of budget cuts and strategies to keep the parks open.

May 2, 2011

  • Death of Osama bin Laden  |   Video
    • Experts discuss the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden. Guests include Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, and ASU professor Steve Corman, director of the Consortium for Strategic Communication at ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.

April 28, 2011

  • Legislative Wrap-up: Social Services  |   Video
    • Find out how state budget cuts to Medicaid, child care and cash assistance may affect Arizona’s most vulnerable populations. Guests include Jacki Taylor, CEO of Save the Family; Eddie Sissons, Executive Director of Arizona Foundation for Behavioral Health; and Timothy Schmaltz, director of the Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition.

April 27, 2011

April 26, 2011

April 25, 2011

  • Economic Future of Indian Lands  |   Video
    • ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is hosting a conference that examines issues of economic development on Indian lands. Carl Artman, director of the College of Law’s Tribal Economic Development Program, and Diane Enos, president of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, discuss some of the issues that impact tribal land management and strategic development.

April 19, 2011

  • Arizona Geological Survey  |   Video
    • He recently briefed the Arizona Corporation Commission about earthquake hazards near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. Lee Allison, state geologist and director of the Arizona Geological Survey, talks about the state’s seismic monitoring network which is due to run out of funding this summer; earth fissures; and what may be a large deposit of a highly sought- after mineral near Holbrook.

April 18, 2011

  • Arizona Centennial Museum  |   Video
    • The latest on plans to transform the state’s Mining and Mineral Museum into a Centennial Museum from Anne Woosley, executive director of the Arizona Historical Society.

April 14, 2011

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Governor’s Arts Awards  |   Video
    • Rusty Foley, interim executive director of Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts, shares the results of the 30th annual Governor’s Arts Awards taking place April 12th at the Herberger Theater.

April 12, 2011

  • AHCCCS/Medicaid Cuts Lawsuit   |   Video
    • The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest is preparing to file a lawsuit challenging state budget cuts to Arizona’s Medicaid program known as AHCCCS. Tim Hogan, the Center’s executive director, explains why he believes a lawsuit is warranted.

April 4, 2011

  • AHCCCS Budget  |   Video
    • State lawmakers and the governor are proposing big cuts to the state’s health insurance for the poor. Tom Betlach, director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, will talk about how those cuts will impact his agency and its clients. Kim VanPelt, associate director of Arizona Health Futures for St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, will explain what the proposed AHCCCS enrollment freeze will mean for Arizona’s Medicaid population and their health care providers.

March 30, 2011

  • Economic Growth: Invest Arizona  |   Video
    • Senate Bill 1041, the Invest Arizona bill, establishes tax incentives for companies that meet certain job creation and investment thresholds. Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and Farrell Quinlan, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Arizona, debate the merits of the bill.
  • Medical Marijuana Rules  |   Video
    • The State Department of Health Services has issued the final rules that will govern Arizona’s medical marijuana program that starts in mid-April. DHS Director Will Humble explains how the system will work.

February 22, 2011

  • States' Rights  |   Video
    • Fed-up with federal mandates, Arizona lawmakers are trying to assert states rights. What does that mean, and how much power do states really have? Hear what legal experts have to say about the issue.

February 21, 2011

  • Healthcare Safety Net  |   Video
    • As Arizona contemplates removing 280,000 people from its Medicaid rolls, we’ll take a look at the state’s health care safety net and whether or not it’s prepared for the additional caseload.

February 14, 2011

  • Countdown to Arizona’s Centennial  |   Video
    • On Arizona’s 99th birthday, we’ll take a look at plans to celebrate its 100th as the Countdown to Arizona’s Centennial begins. Guests include Karen Churchard, Director of the Arizona Centennial Commission, and Catherine May, Vice President of the Arizona Historic Advisory Council.

February 3, 2011

  • Challenges of Local Government   |   Video
    • State lawmakers have introduced a number of bills that would impact cities and towns in a variety of ways. Here to discuss what Arizona's local governments are facing is Ken Strobeck, Executive Director of League of AZ Cities and Towns.

February 2, 2011

  • Technology & Innovation: Compressed Air Energy Storage  |   Video
    • Researchers at the University of Arizona are looking at how to use compressed air to store solar and wind power. Professor Pierre Deymier, director of the School of Sustainable Engineered Systems at the University of Arizona, and graduate student Krishna Muralidharan discuss the project.

January 31, 2011

  • State Budget Deficit: Raise Taxes or Reduce Spending?  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have two primary options to erase the State’s massive budget deficit: 1) raise taxes or, 2) cut government spending. Both have a negative impact on Arizona’s economy, but according to a new analysis by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business, one option is less economically harmful than the other. Tom R. Rex, associate director of the Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research, explains.
  • Revised Medical Marijuana Rules  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services released a set of revised rules regarding medical marijuana. The changes focus on a number of issues including doctor-patient relationships and the location of marijuana dispensaries. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, discusses.

January 27, 2011

  • Mental Health Assistance  |   Video
    • In light of the recent shootings in Tucson, the state's division of behavioral health has developed a mental health checklist that provides assistance and information to those that believe someone they know needs help. Dr. Laura Nelson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health, Arizona Department of Health Services, discusses.

January 24, 2011

  • School Choice  |   Video
    • We kick-off National School Choice Week with a discussion about Arizona’s experience with school choice. Guests include Lisa Graham Keegan, a former Arizona Schools Superintendent and Founder of the Education Breakthrough Network, and ASU Professor David Garcia, director of the Arizona Education Policy Initiative for the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College.

January 19, 2011

  • ASU Microscopy  |   Video
    • Arizona State University is known worldwide for the quality of its electron microscopes. Nathan Newman, director of the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science at ASU, talks about microscopy at ASU.

January 18, 2011

  • Budget Deficit   |   Video
    • Arizona faces a budget deficit of about $2 billion over the next 18 months. Governor Brewer has released a plan to shrink the deficit. John Arnold, the Governor's Budget Director, discusses the plan.

January 6, 2011

  • State Health Care  |   Video
    • How state budget cuts are impacting services provided by AHCCCS, Arizona's Medicaid program, and how health providers can adapt to the changes. Guests include Banner Health CEO Peter Fine and Dr. Leonard Kirschner, President of AARP Arizona and a former director of AHCCCS.

January 4, 2011

  • Greenhouse Gas Regulation  |   Video
    • The start of a new year finds the Environmental Protection Agency taking over regulation of greenhouse gas emissions in parts of Arizona. The move was made after Arizona refused to provide a program of its own to deal with the gasses. Henry Darwin, the acting director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, discusses the situation.

December 27, 2010

  • Water Sustainability  |   Video
    • As Arizona faces a growing demand for water and looming water shortages, a panel of experts contemplates how to stretch and manage Arizona’s water supplies through conservation, water recycling and reuse, and changes to Arizona’s water laws and policies. Guests include: Sharon Megdal, Director of the UA Water Resources Research Center; water attorney Rita Maguire; and Tom McCann of the Central Arizona Project.

December 16, 2010

  • Water Sustainability  |   Video
    • As Arizona faces a growing demand for water and looming water shortages, a panel of experts contemplates how to stretch and manage Arizona’s water supplies through conservation, water recycling and reuse, and changes to Arizona’s water laws and policies. Guests include: Sharon Megdal, Director of the UA Water Resources Research Center; water attorney Rita Maguire; and Tom McCann of the Central Arizona Project.

December 13, 2010

  • West Nile Virus  |   Video
    • Arizona is leading the nation for 2010 in cases of mosquito-spread West Nile Virus. Dr. Bob England, Director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, discusses this unusual phenomenon.

December 6, 2010

  • Law and Sustainability  |   Video
    • Arizona Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes discusses her role as director of the new Program on Law and Sustainability at the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

November 24, 2010

  • Medicare Payments  |   Video
    • AARP wants Congress to stop a cut in Medicare payments to doctors from taking effect at the end of the year. The organization says a 25% cut in reimbursement rates could make it difficult for seniors to find doctors willing to see Medicare patients. David Mitchell, AARP Arizona State Director, and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Arizona Medical Association, discuss the issue.

November 15, 2010

  • Gerrymandering, the Documentary  |   Video
    • In many political districts, the outcome is a foregone conclusion. It’s no accident. It’s the way the lines for the districts are drawn. Learn more about the once-a-decade process in a new documentary, “Gerrymandering.” Director Jeff Reichert will discuss his new film.
  • Medical Marijuana   |   Video
    • Arizona voters have approved Prop 203 which allows the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Service, talks about how medical marijuana will be governed.

November 4, 2010

  • Valley Fever Awareness  |   Video
    • Dr. John Galgiani, Director of the University of Arizona’s Valley Fever Center for Excellence, talks about efforts to treat and prevent this disease. Learn how you can help during events planned for Valley Fever Awareness Week in early November from Pat White, founder of Arizona Victims of Valley Fever.

October 25, 2010

  • BLM and the Border  |   Video
    • The Government Accountability Office recently issued a report criticizing the Bureau of Land Management for a lack of cooperation with the border patrol. BLM Arizona State Director Jim Kenna and Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Victor Manjarrez Jr. will discuss cooperation between the two agencies.

October 21, 2010

  • Intel Investment in Arizona  |   Video
    • This week, Intel announced it will be making a 6 to 8 billion dollar investment to expand and build the next generation of computer chip fabrication facilities in Arizona and Oregon. The plan includes upgrading two facilities the company currently operates in Chandler. Intel Government Relations Director Jason Bagley provides additional details.
  • Arizona Fall League  |   Video
    • For Major League Baseball, October means playoffs, but it’s also the month when every MLB team sends its best and brightest prospects to Arizona to compete in the Arizona Fall League. Executive Director of Fall League, Steve Cobb, explains what the league is all about.

October 19, 2010

  • Clean Energy Innovation  |   Video
    • Participants in the Southwest Energy Innovation Forum, held this week in Scottsdale, discussed ideas to improve the nation’s clean energy future. Two speakers at the event, Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Kris Mayes and Gary Dirks, director of ASU’s Lightworks, talk about opportunities for Arizona to reach its potential as a leader in renewable energy.

September 28, 2010

September 27, 2010

  • Public Health Law Network  |   Video
    • ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law has been named a regional office for the national Public Health Law Network. James Hodge Jr., who directs ASU’s Public Health Law and Policy Program, discusses the new regional office, which he will co-chair.

September 16, 2010

  • Phoenix Symphony  |   Video
    • Michael Christie, The Phoenix Symphony’s Music Director, provides a preview of the new 2010-11 season.

August 30, 2010

  • Dust Pollution Sanctions  |   Video
    • Lindy Bauer, Environmental Director for the Maricopa Association of Governments, discusses the severe financial sanctions Maricopa County will face if the EPA disapproves a MAG dust reduction plan that’s been in effect since 2007.

August 26, 2010

  • ASU Human Rights Scholar  |   Video
    • Meet Daniel Rothenberg, the new Executive Director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He comes to ASU from the International Human Rights Law Institute at the De Paul University College of Law in Chicago. Learn about his plans for creating a set of human rights indicators, and hear his take on Arizona’s immigration debate.

August 24, 2010

  • Arizona Unemployment  |   Video
    • The latest on Arizona’s jobs market with Aruna Murthy, Director of Economic Analysis for the Arizona Department of Commerce.

August 19, 2010

  • West Nile Virus  |   Video
    • Arizona is leading the nation in reported human cases of West Nile Virus. Pinal County Health Department Director Tom Schryer talks about how to avoid becoming infected.

July 22, 2010

  • SB 1070 Court Hearings Analysis  |   Video
    • Analysis of the hearings provided by Paul Orfanedes the Director of Litigation for Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog group that’s representing Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce.

July 19, 2010

  • Backfiring Facts  |   Video
    • Research has shown that not only do facts not sway some people’s political opinions, they can actually backfire and cause a person to become more entrenched in their beliefs. Patrick Kenney, the Director of ASU’s School of Politics and Global Studies, will discuss how facts can backfire with regard to political beliefs.

July 15, 2010

  • Discover Papago Park  |   Video
    • An effort is underway to change how the public perceives and uses Papago Park. Phoenix Parks and Recreation Director Dale Larsen talks about how his city is partnering with Tempe, Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima Indian Community to shape the future of Papago Park.

July 14, 2010

  • The Political Impact of SB 1070  |   Video
    • Director of ASU's School of Government, Politics and Global Studies Dr. Patrick Kenney and ASU Political Science Professor Emeritus Dr. Bruce Merrill talk about how the battle over Arizona’s immigration law could impact the upcoming elections and the political landscape in both Arizona and the nation’s capitol.

July 12, 2010

  • Mental Health Funding  |   Video
    • State funding for the seriously mentally ill has been cut in Arizona. Richard Clarke, CEO of Magellan Health Services of Arizona, and Dr. Laura Nelson, interim deputy director of the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Services, will discuss how people with serious mental illnesses will get the help they need after the reduction in funding.
  • Monsoon  |   Video
    • A look at Arizona’s monsoon with Randy Cerveny, director of the meteorology program at ASU.

June 14, 2010

  • Matching Funds Halted  |   Video
    • The U.S. Supreme Court has suspended the distribution of matching funds during the 2010 election cycle. That means Arizona’s publicly-financed “Clean Elections” candidates will not get additional taxpayer dollars to match spending of their traditionally funded opponents. Hear from Nick Dranias, an attorney from the Goldwater Institute who challenged the constitutionality of “matching funds,” and the Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission Todd Lang.

June 1, 2010

  • Air Quality Violations  |   Video
    • Maricopa County is in danger of losing millions of dollars in federal funding because of repeated violations for dust in the air. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Benjamin Grumbles explains the situation.
  • Abandoned Mines, Habitat Restoration  |   Video
    • Arizona Bureau of Land Management Director Jim Kenna discusses issues regarding BLM land in our state, including efforts to mitigate danger from abandoned mines and restore natural grasslands.
  • International Water Association Leading Edge Technology Conference  |   Video
    • The International Water Association Leading Edge Technology Conference was held this week in the Valley to bring together experts from around the world to discuss challenges in finding sustainable water solutions. Paul Westerhoff, Director of ASU's School of Sustainability Engineering, talks about the conference.

May 26, 2010

  • Heat Fatalities  |   Video
    • Arizona’s heat can be deadly. The Arizona Department of Health Services has put out a report on heat deaths over an 18-year period, showing 1,485 heat-exposure fatalities. ADHS Director Will Humble will talk about heat exposure fatalities in Arizona.

May 24, 2010

  • National Health Reform  |   Video
    • A discussion about the impacts of the national health reform legislation with Dr. Jane Orient, a Tucson physician who serves as executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and Dr. Nicholas Vasquez, an emergency room doctor in Phoenix.
  • Clean Elections  |   Video
    • A federal appeals court upheld the constitutionality of part of Arizona’s law for publicly-financed elections known as Clean Elections. Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission Todd Lang discusses the court’s decision.

May 20, 2010

  • AZ Town Hall - Jobs and the Economy  |   Video
    • Just days before members of the 96th Arizona Town Hall met in Tucson to develop ideas for growing jobs and improving Arizona’s economy, Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law. Amid the ensuing drama and debate surrounding Arizona’s tough new immigration law, town hall participants drafted a report of recommendations for building a more economically stable Arizona. Find out what the recommendations say about immigration and the challenges facing rural Arizona. Guests include the following Arizona Town Hall participants: Mignonne Hollis, director of the Small Business Development Center for Cochise County in Sierra Vista; Andy Groseta, a rancher from Cottonwood; and Wayne Benesch a Yuma attorney.

May 19, 2010

  • Prop 100 and the State Budget  |   Video
    • By a wide margin, Arizona voters approved Proposition 100 raising the state sales tax by a penny per dollar for three years. John Arnold, Director of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budget, explains how the extra revenue will help the State.
  • Immigration Law Enforcement Guidelines  |   Video
    • Lyle Mann, executive director of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST), shares the proposed training guidelines to enforce Arizona’s new immigration law.

May 18, 2010

  • Canine Cancer  |   Video
    • The Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is partnering with the Van Andel Research Institute in Michigan to study cancers in dogs. The goal is to find ways to improve the health of both dogs and people. President and Research Director for TGen Dr. Jeffrey Trent talks about the research project.

May 17, 2010

  • Heard Museum  |   Video
    • A conversation with Dr. Letitia Chambers, the Heard Museum’s new director.

May 11, 2010

  • State Parks   |   Video
    • Arizona State Parks Director Renee Bahl explains why some parks that had been scheduled to close may get to stay open. Plus, get an update on recently-approved legislation that impacts the parks system

May 6, 2010

  • Move on When Ready  |   Video
    • State lawmakers passed a bill that allows high school students to advance academically and move on to college or career and technical study when they prove they’re capable of doing so. Learn more about “Move on When Ready” with program advocate Sybil Francis, executive director of the Center for the Future of Arizona.

May 4, 2010

  • Ballet Arizona  |   Video
    • A conversation with Ib Anderson, artistic director of Ballet Arizona. He’ll discuss the new production, "Play" and the Ballet’s financial situation.
  • Arizona Jobs  |   Video
    • A look at Arizona’s employment numbers with Aruna Murthy, Director of Economic Analysis for the State Department of Commerce.
  • Behavioral Health Cuts  |   Video
    • Dr. Laura Nelson, Acting Director of the Division of Behavioral Health for the State Department of Health Services talks about implementing state budget cuts, and how they may impact people with serious mental illnesses.

April 22, 2010

  • Arizona Department of Commerce  |   Video
    • Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce, Don Cardon, discusses plans to replace the department with a new economic development authority.

April 21, 2010

  • Earth Day Arizona   |   Video
    • On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Sandy Bahr, Director of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter, talks about some of the greatest environmental challenges facing Arizona.

April 14, 2010

  • Clean Elections  |   Video
    • A federal judge declared unconstitutional the “matching funds provision” of Arizona’s public campaign financing program, known as Clean Elections. The decision was appealed to the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard oral arguments on Monday. Join us for a discussion with participants on each side of the case; state Representative John McComish and Todd Lang, Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
  • Tribal Energy Economies  |   Video
    • ASU Professor Carl Artman, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, is now in charge of the university’s Economic Development in Indian Country Program. He talks about opportunities for tribes in the production of traditional and renewable energy.

April 7, 2010

  • First Things First  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have referred a measure to the 2010 general election ballot asking Arizona voters to repeal First Things First, an early childhood development and education program, funded by a tax on cigarettes, that was passed by voters in 2006. If approved, the measure would redirect tax money collected for First Things First to the state general fund. Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of First Things First, discusses the referendum.

March 24, 2010

  • Drought  |   Video
    • We’ve had a lot of rain lately. Does that mean the drought is over? Rita Maguire, a water law attorney and former Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, will offer her perspective.
  • “Blood into Wine”  |   Video
    • This new film documents efforts to create great wines in Arizona. Hear from Ryan Page, a co-director of the film, and one of its featured winemakers, Eric Glomski of Page Springs/Arizona Stronghold Vineyards.

February 8, 2010

  • BLM renewable energy land  |   Video
    • The Bureau of Land Management will be holding hearings this month to discuss land that could be restored to make it suitable for renewable energy projects. Jim Kenna, BLM State Director, explains the project.

January 25, 2010

  • Arizona State Parks  |   Video
    • State parks are in a life or death battle for their existence as state lawmakers look for ways to cut the budget. Renee Bahl, Executive Director of Arizona State Parks, will talk about the dire situation.

January 21, 2010

  • Juvenile Justice  |   Video
    • A look at best practices in juvenile justice with Beth Rosenburg of Children’s Action Alliance and Elisabeth Donahue, Executive Director of “The Future of the Children”, a joint project of the Woodrow Wilson Schoolf for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution.

January 14, 2010

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Representative Kyrsten Sinema, assistant leader of the House Democrats, and Kim Van Pelt, Associate Director of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, share their views on efforts to reform the nation’s health care system.

December 15, 2009

  • Space Exploration   |   Video
    • A discussion about the future of space exploration and NASA's efforts to return astronauts to the moon, including how ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) is making a significant contribution to the effort. Guests include SESE Director, Kip Hodges and Lawrence Krauss, Director of ASU's Origins Initiative.

November 25, 2009

  • Phoenix Symphony  |   Video
    • Symphony Director, Michael Christie talks about the current season of concerts and some of the challenges the Symphony faces in our current economic climate.

November 24, 2009

November 23, 2009

  • 1,000 Foot Free Power Line Extension  |   Video
    • In the past, to encourage growth, landowners were not charged by APS for the first $25,000 of costs to extend power lines to their properties. The Arizona Corporation Commission has reversed that policy. Now, landowners must pay the complete cost of connecting their properties to a source of power. Critics say this has unfairly lowered property values and negatively impacted Arizona’s economy. Ted Simons will discuss the issue with Bobby Miller, a realtor representing Arizonans for Fair Power Policy and Sandy Bahr, Director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club.
  • H1N1 Update  |   Video
    • Dr. Bob England, Director of the Maricopa County Public Health Department, dispels myths and misinformation about the H1N1 flu virus.

November 18, 2009

  • Transportation for America  |   Video
    • T4America is leading a campaign to re-shape federal transportation policy, linking land use, housing and transportation more closely to create more livable communities. Lea Shuster, Field Director for Transportation For America, discusses her group’s goals and how federal transportation policy impacts transportation in Arizona.

November 10, 2009

  • Weatherization  |   Video
    • Federal stimulus dollars are providing a huge financial lift to a program that helps low income Arizonans save money on their utility bills while making their homes more energy efficient. We'll take a look at this program that saves energy, lowers utility bills, makes homes safer, and keeps people employed.

October 29, 2009

October 28, 2009

  • Cancer Screening  |   Video
    • For decades, we’ve been told that cancer screening saves lives through early detection and subsequent treatment of the disease. Now, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that screening for breast and prostate cancer may not be as beneficial as once thought. Dr. Peter Lance, Director of Cancer Prevention and Control for the University of Arizona’s Arizona Cancer Center shares his views on cancer screening.

October 27, 2009

October 26, 2009

  • H1N1 Update  |   Video
    • Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, provides an update on the H1N1 virus and the vaccine. He’ll also talk about his trip to Washington, D.C. to advocate for changes to the nation’s food stamps program.

October 22, 2009

  • Mental Health Overhaul  |   Video
    • Responding to a court order in the decades-old Arnold v. Sarn lawsuit, Governor Jan Brewer has filed a proposal in Maricopa County Superior Court to make structural changes to Arizona’s behavioral health care system. Hear what Dr. Laura Nelson, Acting Deputy Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services Division of Behavioral Health and Anne Ronan, an attorney representing Arnold v. Sarn plaintiffs have to say about the Governor’s plan.

October 19, 2009

  • DPS Budget  |   Video
    • A report out on the Arizona Department of Public Safety's budget indicates the agency could be forced to lay off one-third of its patrolmen. DPS Director Roger Vanderpool will talk about the budget.
  • Feminism  |   Video
    • What is the role and character of feminism today? Former Planned Parenthood national director Gloria Feldt will discuss feminism.

October 13, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Arizonans share their views on health care reform. Guests include: Roger Hughes, Executive Director of St. Luke's Health Initiatives, a public foundation focused on health policy and creating healthy communities; Ritch Steven, Chair of the AARP Arizona Advocacy Network; Suzanne Taylor, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Bernadette Melnyk, Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

October 6, 2009

  • LightWorks Research Initiative  |   Video
    • Meet former BP Pacific and BP China President Gary Dirks who has been selected by ASU as director of LightWorks, a new initiative to position the university as a leader in solar power and other light-inspired research.

September 30, 2009

  • Arizona State Parks  |   Video
    • AS PBS and Ken Burns examine the rich scenic and cultural values of our national parks, HORIZON focuses its lens on Arizona State Parks. We’ll preview an upcoming report from ASU’s Morrison Institute that considers the role and future of Arizona’s 30 State Parks. Guests include State Parks Director, Renee Bahl; State Parks Board member, Bill Scalzo; and Morrison Institute’s Grady Gammage, Jr. who also serves on the Sustainable State Parks Task Force.

September 29, 2009

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • Find out what Arizonans think about President Obama, Governor Brewer, and health care reform in the latest Cronkite-Eight Poll. Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Dr. Tara Blanc discuss the results.

September 24, 2009

  • Arizona Gaming Department  |   Video
    • The Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, Mark Brnovich, discusses the role and responsibilities of the department.
  • New EPA Rules  |   Video
    • New rules by the EPA require big businesses to monitor and report greenhouse gases. Benjamin Grumbles, the new head of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, discusses the new rules.

September 23, 2009

  • State Budget  |   Video
    • Just weeks after the Governor signed the latest round of budget bills, state agencies are being told to prepare for additional cuts. Eileen Klein, Director of the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, talks about the budget probklems.

September 17, 2009

  • Civic Education  |   Video
    • Director of ASU’s Center for Civic Education and Leadership, Sherman Elliott, talks about the center’s mission to enhance civics education in Arizona’s public schools. He’ll comment on the Center’s Study of Civic Education in Arizona which indicates that civic education has been pushed to the back burner and is not being effectively delivered in Arizona.

September 16, 2009

  • Desert RATS and Human Space Exploration  |   Video
    • NASA scientists spent some time in a lunar-like Arizona environment this month conducting their Desert RATS (Research and Technology Studies) tests of technology they hope to take to the moon, Mars and beyond. See what they’re working on. And hear what Kip Hodges, Director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration has to say about the future of U.S. human space flight.

September 10, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • The day after President Obama delivers a national speech on health care reform, hear what local experts have to say about the issue. Roger Hughes, Executive Director of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, and Dr. Eric Novack, Chairman of Arizonans for Health Care Freedom, share their ideas for improving our system of health care and insurance.

September 7, 2009

  • Economic Growth: A HORIZON Special  |   Video
    • Growing jobs with the sun and science. We’ll take a look at Arizona’s new tax incentive bill for solar companies that becomes law Sept. 30th, efforts to recruit solar companies to Arizona, and the challenges facing a Tempe based biotech company as it tries to move from start-up to commercial success.

August 27, 2009

  • H1N1 Update  |   Video
    • Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, has the latest on the H1N1 virus and the State’s vaccination plans.

August 25, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Roger Hughes, Executive Director of St. Luke's Health Initiatives, a public foundation focused on health policy and creating healthy communities, shares his views on health care reform.

August 19, 2009

  • Arizona's Growing Bioscience Sector  |   Video
    • Dr. Jeffrey Trent, President and Research Director of TGEN; Marty Shultz, Chair of the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee; and Dr. Michael Mobley of ASU's Biodesign Institute and Board Chairman of the Arizona Bioindustry Association discuss what Arizona is doing to grow its biotech sector and become a global leader in bioscience research and commerce.

August 18, 2009

  • State Parks  |   Video
    • Renee Bahl, Director of Arizona State Parks, explains how budget cuts have affected her agency's ability to properly care for Arizona's parks system.

August 12, 2009

  • Arts Conference  |   Video
    • The Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Robert Booker, discusses the Southwest Arts Conference which will address the current economic crisis and its impact on the arts.

July 29, 2009

  • Education Roundtable  |   Video
    • Education experts discuss the state of public education in Arizona and President Obama’s “Race to the Top” education reform initiative that provides more than $4 billion in incentives for states and schools that meet certain requirements. Guests Eileen Sigmund, President of the Arizona Charter Schools Association; John Wright, President of the Arizona Education Association; and Dr. Marjorie Kaplan, Director of the “Beat the Odds Institute” for the Center for the Future of Arizona.

July 28, 2009

  • Felony Warrants  |   Video
    • Roger Vanderpool, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, talks about efforts to deal with a backlog of felony arrest warrants.
  • Health Care Task Force  |   Video
    • Health care experts in Arizona are sharing their views on health care reform in meetings and conference calls organized by the White House Health Reform Task Force. One of the experts is from Arizona State University. She is Marjorie Baldwin, Director of the School of Health Management at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. She joins Ted Simons on Horizon.

July 22, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • A discussion about President Obama’s ideas for health care reform with Dr. Jonathan Weisbuch, a former director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Dr. Jeffrey Singer, a surgeon and treasurer for Arizonans for Health Care Reform, and Dr. Michael Powers, a neurologist and former president of the Arizona Medical Association.

July 21, 2009

  • Solar Jobs  |   Video
    • Hear from representatives of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Arizona Department of Commerce who are back from a solar trade show in San Francisco where they were trying to recruit solar companies to set up shop in Arizona. They hope a bill recently signed by the Governor will help them accomplish their mission.

July 14, 2009

  • Tax Policy  |   Video
    • Arizona Tax Research Association Director Kevin McCarthy offers his perspective on revenue options available to lawmakers as they look for ways to balance the current year state budget.

July 9, 2009

  • CPS Audit  |   Video
    • Arizona Office of the Auditor General found that Child Protective Services investigators are failing to investigate complaints of abuse in group homes and treatment centers in a required time frame.

June 11, 2009

  • Arizona Anti-Defamation League  |   Video
    • Bill Straus, Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League of Arizona, talks about Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon’s call for Sheriff Joe Arpaio to apologize for what Gordon calls the Sheriff’s associations with neo-Nazi groups. Straus also discusses hate groups in Arizona.

May 28, 2009

  • Voter Registration  |   Video
    • We’ll take a look at what may account for the differences in changing voter registration The Democratic party in Arizona lost registered voters in the latest report, and the Republican party lost even more. More and more Arizonans are registering as independents. Cronkite-Eight Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill analyzes the change in Arizona’s voter registration numbers.

May 27, 2009

  • Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO)  |   Video
    • When utilities ask the Arizona Corporation Commission for permission to raise rates, RUCO goes to work to protect the interests of residential electric, natural gas, telephone and water utility ratepayers. Learn more about this state agency and what it does to protect Arizona citizens from excessive utility costs.

May 21, 2009

  • Special Session: Corporate Tax Credits  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer called a special session to expand Arizona’s corporate tax credit law to benefit disabled and foster kids. Already, corporations that owe state income tax can choose to give some, or all, of that money to a school tuition organization which uses the money to help low income kids attend private and religious schools. The special session seeks to create a similar program for foster and disabled kids.

May 18, 2009

  • Metro Light Rail  |   Video
    • Executive Director of METRO Light Rail Rick Simonetta talks about plans for future rail extensions.

May 13, 2009

  • School District Cash Balances  |   Video
    • Arizona State lawmakers passed a plan to use $300 million in school district cash balances to help erase the state’s remaining $650 million dollar budget shortfall in FY 2009. Chuck Essigs, Director of Government Relations for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials explains why the move will result in a property tax increase for some Arizonans.

May 7, 2009

  • STEM Education  |   Video
    • The director of Science Foundation Arizona’s STEM Education Center (STEMAz) and a representative of one of the center’s major corporate sponsors talk about the importance of preparing Arizona students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Science Foundation Arizona

May 6, 2009

  • Tax Incentives  |   Video
    • CityNorth, a mixed-use commercial development in north Phoenix, is at the center of a legal battle over the constitutionality of tax incentives that cities offer private developers for the purpose of economic development.

May 5, 2009

April 30, 2009

  • ADOT Director  |   Video
    • Interim Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation John Halikowski discusses the challenges and opportunities facing his agency.

April 28, 2009

April 9, 2009

  • Arizona Budget Options  |   Video
    • A team of experts in finance and public administration from Arizona’s universities have released a report of options to help erase Arizona’s $3 billion budget shortfall. A member of the Fiscal Alternatives Choices Team talks about some of the options included in the FACT report.

April 6, 2009

  • Science Special: Telescope   |   Video
    • Richard Green, director of the Large Binocular Telescope, talks about the world's most powerful binocular telescope which resides on Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona.

March 25, 2009

March 18, 2009

  • Flexible Displays  |   Video
    • Researchers at Arizona State University's Flexible Display Center are developing flexible video displays. Learn about the people involved and the manufacturing process.

February 16, 2009

  • Science Special: Telescope  |   Video
    • Richard Green, director of the Large Binocular Telescope, talks about the world's most powerful binocular telescope which resides on Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona.

February 2, 2009

  • Cardinals Super Bowl  |   Video
    • For the first time in their history, the Arizona Cardinals went to the Super Bowl. What kind of an impact did the run have on our economy? Ted Simons talks with Ray Artigue, executive director of the Sports Business MBA program at Arizona State University.

January 15, 2009

  • New State Archives Building  |   Video
    • On the day of the grand opening of the Polly Rosenbaum State Archives and History building, State Archives Director GladysAnn Wells and historian Doug Kupel talk about the new facility, what visitors can expect and the long process of constructing it.

December 16, 2008

  • senator Jon Kyl  |   Video
    • Arizona's Jon Kyl is one of the most vocal critics of a proposed bailout for the Big 3 automakers. The Senator joins us to talk about the plan, other economic issues, and the incoming Obama administration.
  • ADOC-Award-winning Prison Program  |   Video
    • Dora Schriro, Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, talks about the department's award-winning program to prepare inmates to leave prison and re-enter society. The program, "Getting Ready: Keeping Communities Safe," recently won a "2008 Innovations in American Government Award" from the Harvard Kennedy School.

November 25, 2008

  • Rep. Jeff Flake
    • Congressman Jeff Flake of the 6th District joins us to talk about the election, a lame duck session of Congress, and the struggles his Republican party is having, as we head into an Obama presidency.
  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • Find out how Arizonans feel about the results of the presidential election, why they voted the way they did, and what they think the GOP should do to revive itself nationally. Cronkite/Eight Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Dr. Tara Blanc analyze the results of their latest poll.

November 19, 2008

November 13, 2008

  • Obama Administration   |   Video
    • President-Elect Barack Obama continues his transition to power. Arizona State University Political Science Professor Rudy Espino talks about Obama's transition to power.
  • Arizona Asian-American Report  |   Video
    • A report on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in Arizona is being released for the first time. Learn about Arizona's Asian-American and Pacific Islander population from Dr. Karen Leong. The report is being issued by the Arizona State University Asian Pacific American Studies program and the ASU Public Affairs Office.
  • Teacher of the Year  |   Video
    • Arizona's Teacher of the Year has been named. Meet Kyrene Elementary Math Teacher Sarah Baird

October 28, 2008

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • With the election just days away, find out who Arizona's registered voters support in the upcoming presidential election according to the latest Cronkite/Eight Poll. Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Dr. Tara Blanc explain the results. Read the complete Poll results.
  • Catching Up with Governor Raul Castro  |   Video
    • Raul Castro was elected governor of Arizona in 1974. President Jimmy Carter appointed him Ambassador to Argentina in 1977. HORIZON catches up with Castro.

October 27, 2008

October 20, 2008

  • Census  |   Video
    • Census officials are worried about an undercount in the Hispanic community in the next census. Dr. Steve Murdock, the director of the U.S. Census, discusses this issue and others regarding the 2010 census.
  • Leonard Downie, Jr.  |   Video
    • Leonard Downie, Jr., the former executive publisher of The Washington Post, talks about media issues, including how the media is covering the presidential race and the future of newspapers.

October 8, 2008

  • Arizona Fall League  |   Video
    • The Arizona Diamondbacks are done for the year, but baseball isn�t over in Arizona. On Oct. 7, the Arizona Fall League begins its 17th season. Every MLB team sends its most promising prospects to the AFL to hone their skills against other top talent. Since its inception, the AFL has produced 136 All-Stars, five MVPs and three Cy Young Award winners. Join Roland Hemond, the �architect� of the league, and AFL Executive Vice President Steve Cobb as they discuss the league, its mission, and its future.

September 30, 2008

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • The latest Cronkite/Eight Poll reveals where Arizona voters stand on the presidential election, the November ballot proposition that calls for banning same-sex marriage and the federal government bailout of the financial industry. Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Dr. Tara Blanc discuss the results.
  • Prop 105: Majority Rules   |   Video
    • Proposition 105 would change the Arizona Constitution to require that any future ballot proposition that calls for raising taxes or mandates state spending must receive a majority of all registered voters, not just a majority of votes cast. HORIZON examines both sides of the issue.

September 25, 2008

  • Emergency Preparedness  |   Video
    • september has been declared "Emergency Preparedness Month" on both the national and state level. Arizona Department of Homeland Security Director Leesa Berens Morrison offers tips to be better prepared for disasters.

September 24, 2008

  • Proposition 200: Payday Loan Reform Act  |   Video
    • Arizona's law that allows payday loan companies to operate is set to terminate on July 1, 2010. Prop 200 repeals that termination date, allowing payday loans to continue indefinitely. The proposition also makes various changes to how payday loan companies may do business. Former state lawmaker Stan Barnes (�Yes on 200�) and an opponent of the proposition debate its merits.

September 18, 2008

  • VCAT  |   Video
    • DPS Deputy Director Penny Gillette discusses the latest updates on the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.

August 19, 2008

  • supai Flooding  |   Video
    • Flash Flooding force the evacuation of the Supai Village on the Havasupai reservation near the Grand Canyon over the weekend. Judy Kioski, Public Information Officer of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, updates us on the situation.
  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • Find out who leads Arizona in the presidential race in the latest Cronkite-Eight Poll. Dr. Tara Blanc, associate director of the poll, analyzes the results.
  • Employment/Economy   |   Video
    • The jobless rate is at its highest in years, but some employment sectors continue to show growth. One of which, according the Arizona Department of Commerce, is the restaurant and hospitality industry. We profile the reopening of several Dunkin Donuts stores around the Valley and the jobs it is creating. Dennis Doby from the Department of Commerce joins us to talk about employment in Arizona.

August 14, 2008

  • small Town Challenges: Eloy Amusement Park  |   Video
    • A new amusement park is about to hit the small town of Eloy. The legislature has approved a funding mechanism for the Decades Rock and Roll theme park, and once funding is raised, the new park is expected to create more jobs than there are workers in Eloy. Find out what city officials think about the new park.

August 12, 2008

  • China Olympics  |   Video
    • Frank Neville, associate vice president of communications and outreach for the Thunderbird School of Global Management, talks about the potential political and economic impact on China as the Olympic host nation.
  • Public Health Update  |   Video
    • school is back in session and we discuss the importance of immunizations. We also examine this summer's public health issues, including pool health safety and salmonella with Maricopa County Department of Public Health Nursing Administrator Machrina Leach.
  • small Town Challenges: Transportation  |   Video
    • How do small towns handle the challenge of improving roads while maintaining their charm? The town of Sedona is working on doing just that with a huge transportation project through town. We talk with the Arizona Department of Transportation about different projects around the state.

July 23, 2008

  • Teach for America  |   Video
    • More than 600 recent college graduates � with plans to become everything from doctors to lawyers to engineers to architects � were in Phoenix this summer preparing to put their careers on hold in order to teach at economically disadvantaged schools for two years. It was all part of Teach for America's first training institute held in Phoenix. We�ll take a look at this rigorous five-week training program and Teach for America's efforts to improve public education.

July 22, 2008

  • Arpaio Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Sheriff Joe Arpaio is facing a lawsuit over racial profiling of Latinos during his immigration sweeps in Maricopa County. Alessandra Soler Meetze of the ACLU of Arizona joins Horizon to talk about the lawsuit.
  • Health Care Choices  |   Video
    • Opponents of a proposed ballot measure called the �Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act� say it reduces health care choice. Dr. Jonathan Weisbuch challenges several points of the measure.
  • state of the Arts  |   Video
    • With the economic downturn, are arts organizations experiencing reduced attendance and patronage? As with all state agencies, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which sponsors artists and arts-related programs, took a budget reduction this legislative session. Bob Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, talks about the state of the arts in Arizona.

July 15, 2008

  • sheriff Joe Arpaio  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio joins HORIZON to talk about his controversial Illegal Immigration Interdiction Unit.
  • Artificial Cervical Disc  |   Video
    • An amazing new implant gives patients relief from degenerative disc disease. We take you through one Valley woman's surgery and recovery.

July 10, 2008

  • Cities and Counties  |   Video
    • Ken Strobeck, Executive Director of The League of Arizona Cities and Towns talks about the 2009 budget provision that requires cities and counties to give money to the state.
  • state of Healthcare  |   Video
    • HORIZON examines the state of healthcare. We interview Donna Smith, who was featured in Michael Moore's Sicko, a documentary about healthcare.
  • The Face of Immigration  |   Video
    • We update the immigration story of Canadian citizen and valley journalist Diane Brennan.

July 9, 2008

July 3, 2008

  • Baby Boomers: Preparing for an Aging Workforce   |   Video
    • studies reveal that the U.S. is shifting toward an older workforce. Labor shortages are forcing employers to rely on older workers to fill the gap. AARP Director of Workforce Issues Deborah Russell joins HORIZON to discuss health benefits are a motivating factor for retirees to stay in the workforce. We look at Scottsdale Healthcare's AARP-lauded program designed to hire and keep older workers who have experience and institutional memory. Representatives from AARP and Rio Salado College discuss how they are preparing employers and workers over 50 for this changing dynamic.

July 1, 2008

  • CPS Changes  |   Video
    • A package of four bills aimed at improving Arizona's Child Protective Services agency have been passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Napolitano. The new rules open the records of children who have died or suffered serious injuries after contact with CPS and also open disciplinary records of state employees. Ken Deibert, director of the Department of Economic Security's Division of Children, Youth and Families, which oversees CPS, talks about how the agency will implement the changes.
  • NALEO - Immigration  |   Video
    • National political leaders met in Washington DC to talk about issues of importance in Arizona and other states. One of those issues is immigration. We get a recap of how immigration issues were addressed at the recent conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
  • Fire Conditions and Restrictions  |   Video
    • As the forested areas of the state return to dry conditions, the danger for wildfires increases. Is Arizona prepared? State Forester Kirk Rowdabaugh updates us on fire conditions and restrictions throughout our state.

June 30, 2008

  • state Budget  |   Video
    • Dr. Tony Sanders, ASU Professor of Finance and Real Estate for the W.P. Carey School of Business, will discuss the economic impact of the state budget.
  • One on One  |   Video
    • HORIZONs weekly segment examines issues at the legislature and in the elections. House GOP Spokesman Barrett Marson debates the issues with Arizona Democratic Party Communications Director Emily DeRose.
  • NALEO  |   Video
    • HORIZON visits the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Conference, which was held in the nations capital last weekend.

June 24, 2008

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • Find out which presidential candidate will be the choice of Arizonans. HORIZON examines how a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton ticket would fare against John McCain in the latest Cronkite Eight Poll. Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill will analyze the results. Read the complete poll results.
  • stimulus Plan  |   Video
    • A measure to energize the states economy through a number of deals has been proposed at the state legislature. The package includes tax breaks and credits to create jobs and development across the state. Key backer of the stimulus plan, Representative Michele Reagan joins Horizon for a discussion of the proposal.
  • Made in Arizona  |   Video
    • You can find fresh goat milk fudge and fresh goat cheese at the Fossil Creek Creamery in Strawberry, Ariz. Llamas guard a herd of dairy goats. Visitors learn how the goat milk products are made; then they play with the goats, help with milking, feed them and assist with farm work.

June 16, 2008

  • One on One  |   Video
    • HORIZON�s weekly segment examines issues at the legislature and in the elections. House GOP Spokesman Barrett Marson debates the issues with Arizona Democratic Party Communications Director Emily DeRose.

June 10, 2008

  • sharlot Hall Museum  |   Video
    • Eighty years ago, Sharlot Mabridth Hall began a small museum in the Governor's Mansion in Prescott. Today, the museum offers visitors a look into some of the trials and triumphs of Arizona's historic territorial days. John Langellier, director of the museum, joins HORIZON to tell us about its upcoming 80th anniversary celebration.

May 22, 2008

  • Arizona's Ailing Economy  |   Video
    • Can government rescue the economy? Tax cuts, rebate checks, economic stimulus plans? We talk with ASU economics professor Dennis Hoffman, and Byron Schlomach, chief economist for the Goldwater Institute about how government can best aid the economy.
  • school Vouchers  |   Video
    • The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that Arizonas school voucher programs violate a provision of the state constitution that prohibits tax dollars from being appropriated to aid private or religious schools. The affected programs provide public grants and scholarships to foster and disabled children allowing them to attend a school of their choice. Well talk with an Institute for Justice attorney representing families who use these vouchers, and a representative of the Arizona Education Association, a plaintiff in the case. Read the Appeals Court Opinion in the school vouchers case.

May 20, 2008

  • Arizona's Ailing Economy  |   Video
    • From mortgages to car loans to credit cards, many people are deep in debt because of our ailing economy. In part two of our series we look at the "credit crunch". Dr. Tony Sanders, ASU Professor of Finance and Real Estate for the W.P. Carey School of Business, joins HORIZON to talk about debt and credit and how it relates to the current economy. Arizona Employment How are the state and national economy affecting Arizona's job market? Joining us to talk about employment issues in Arizona are Department of Commerce Deputy Director Kent Ennis, a former Joint Legislative Budget Committee Senior Economist who has headed up the research division at Commerce, and Dennis Doby, Senior Director of Research Administration.
  • Dream in Doubt  |   Video
    • Just days after the 9-11 terrorists attacks, an Arizona Sikh man became the first to die in a retaliatory attack by a Mesa man who thought he was attacking a terrorist. A national film examining that murder and the American dream will premier tonight on PBS stations, including Eight T.V. Learn more about the film from the filmmaker and one of the victim's brothers.

May 15, 2008

  • Arizona Town Hall: Teachers  |   Video
  • Jewish News  |   Video
    • For 60 years, The Jewish News has served the Valley's Jewish community, reporting the latest news about the community and events from around the world. Rabbi Maynard Bell and Vicki Cabot, former president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and longtime Jewish News writer, will talk about the impact of the paper and the impact of the Jewish community on our Valley and state.

May 6, 2008

  • Polygamy-related Crimes  |   Video
    • Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard explains his work seeking federal assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice for help with nvestigations and prosecutions of polygamy-related crimes in our state.
  • Tobacco Cessation/AHCCCS  |   Video
    • A new law allows AHCCCS, the states Medicaid program, to provide programs and medications to help people stop smoking and using tobacco products. The measure allows AHCCCS to use tobacco tax funds to pay for the programs. Research shows Medicaid recipients smoke at a rate higher than the national average. State Senator Barbara Leff and Colby Bower from the American Cancer Society explain how the program will provide help to those who need it most.
  • Algae Bio-Fuel  |   Video
    • Researchers at the University of Arizona are working on a new alternative fuel that can really make your vehicle "green."

April 29, 2008

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • Who do Arizona voters favor in the upcoming presidential election? Also, find out what they feel about the job President Bush is doing in the latest Cronkite/ Eight Poll. Poll director Dr. Bruce Merrill and assistant poll director Dr. Tara Blanc will analyze the results. Read the complete results.

April 28, 2008

  • Protecting Arizona's Children Part 1
    • Child Protective Services is constantly under public scrutiny as it carries out its job of protecting Arizona�s children. Find out about the challenges CPS faces as we begin a four-part series about the agency. Department of Economic Security Deputy Director Ken Deibert and Janice Mickens, program administrator for CPS, will talk about how the agency does its job and what it does.

April 24, 2008

  • Walk Like MADD  |   Video
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving will hold a national �Walk Like MADD� event on Saturday, April 26th to raise funds for the anti-drunk driving group. The president of the local MADD organization and the president of UMADD, an Arizona State University anti-drunk driving organization, will talk about the event and efforts to combat drunk driving.

April 23, 2008

  • Conserving Arizona�s Land and Water Initiative  |   Video
    • The Nature Conservancy�s Arizona Director discusses an initiative petition drive his organization has launched. If successful, it will place a proposition on November�s general election ballot asking voters to amend the State Constitution to allow 570,000 acres of state trust land to be set aside for permanent conservation. More than ten million acres of trust land were given to Arizona by the federal government at statehood. They�re held in trust, leased and sold by the State Land Department to raise money for public schools and other beneficiaries. Initiative application

April 22, 2008

  • Environmental Bill  |   Video
    • We discuss an important environmental issue on Earth Day. HB2017 restricts implementation of programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Arizona unless they are expressly authorized by federal law and consistent with federal law. We hear support and opposition to the measure.

April 8, 2008

  • 9/11 Memorial  |   Video
    • state lawmakers narrowly passed a bill to remove 12 inscriptions from Arizona's controversial 9/11 memorial in Phoenix. Rep. John Kavanagh, who sponsored the legislation, and Rep. Steve Farley, who opposes it, join us for a discussion on the measure.
  • Beat the Odds   |   Video
    • We profile Beat the Odds, an initiative created for schools to increase student achievement among minorities.
  • st. Vincent de Paul  |   Video
    • The slowing economy is hitting social service agencies such as St. Vincent de Paul with a double whammy--- fewer donations and increased needs. Steve Zabilski Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul joins Horizon to talk about what his and other charitable organizations are doing about the problem.

April 3, 2008

  • LBT Telescope  |   Video
    • The Large Binocular Telescope on Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona is the world�s largest telescope. Arizona universities own 25 percent of the telescope. The device is expected to provide images 10 times sharper than the Hubble Telescope. Richard Green of the University of Arizona will tell us more about it.

April 1, 2008

  • Arizona Song  |   Video
    • Arizona has an official song that is being used to help promote tourism. Arizona Office of Tourism Director Margie Emmermann talks about the song and the tourism industry.

March 31, 2008

  • One on One  |   Video
    • House GOP Spokesman Barrett Marson and Arizona Democratic Party Communications Director Emily Bittner square off in our regular Monday segment focusing on issues at the state Legislature.

March 26, 2008

  • school to Work Program  |   Video
    • students considering a career in theater take a tour of Arizona State University�s Gammage Theater and learn what it takes to put on a play. HORIZON takes you behind the scenes of Gammage�s �School to Work� program.

March 24, 2008

  • One on One  |   Video
    • state House Republican Spokesman Barrett Marson and State Democratic Party Communications Director Emily Bittner debate the issues in our weekly segment in which two political pundits go head-to-head on state politics.

February 27, 2008

February 26, 2008

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • Who would Arizonans vote for in a presidential match-up between Arizona Senator John McCain and Illinois Senator Barack Obama? And who would they vote for in a contest between McCain and New York Senator Hillary Clinton? Find out when Cronkite/Eight Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Tara Blanc join us to discuss the latest poll results. Read the complete results.
  • Baby Boomers: Preparing for an Aging Workforce�Part 2  |   Video
    • In the second part of our Baby Boomers series, we look at Scottsdale Healthcare's AARP-lauded program designed to hire and keep older workers who have experience and institutional memory.
  • Jason Manning  |   Video
    • Washington Post Politics Editor Jason Manning joins HORIZON to talk about new technologies in newsgathering.

February 25, 2008

  • Baby Boomers: Preparing for an Aging WorkforcePart 1   |   Video
    • studies reveal that the U.S. is shifting toward an older workforce. Labor shortages are projected in a growing number of economic sectors and employers are relying on older workers to fill the gap. AARP Director of Workforce Issues Deborah Russell joins HORIZON to discuss how many people are working beyond their traditional retirement age to retain health and other benefits.

February 14, 2008

  • Improving Education  |   Video
    • What must be done to improve education in Arizona? Join our panel of education leaders as they discuss options and opportunities to make the state more responsive to the needs of its students. Guests include former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan, Arizona Business and Education Coalition Executive Director Susan Carlson and Arizona Board of Regents Vice President Ernest Calderon.

February 12, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times joins us to talk about the big issues at the state legislature.
  • Widespread Flu  |   Video
    • The flu has now spread across Arizona, earning the state the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions highest flu-activity designation. Will Humble, assistant director for health preparedness for the Arizona Department of Health Services, shares the latest news on the flu and talks about the importance of prevention.
  • Love Your Kids  |   Video
    • Roughly 130,000 children in Arizona qualify for KidsCare but are not enrolled. "Love Your Kids" is the first-ever statewide KidsCare enrollment event. Its goal is to raise awareness for the low-cost health insurance available to many of Arizona's working families, and to help qualifying families apply. Dana Naimark, president & CEO of Childrens Action Alliance, tells us more about the event.

February 11, 2008

  • Ward Connerly  |   Video
    • A conversation with the former University of California Regent, who was instrumental in passing Prop 209 in that state, outlawing race and gender-based preferences in state hiring and state university admissions.
  • One on One   |   Video
    • In our weekly analysis of important issues facing the State Legislature, House Republican Spokesman Barrett Marson and Sam Coppersmith, columnist, attorney for Coppersmith, Gordan, Schermer and Brockelman and former Democratic Congressman, bring their different viewpoints to HORIZON.
  • Sustainability  |   Video
    • A look at some of the issues Western Progress is promoting at the Legislature. Alan Stephens, executive director for the non-partisan think tank, joins us in the studio.

February 4, 2008

  • Super Tuesday Preview  |   Video
    • We look at Tuesdays potential for presidential candidates, as voters visit the polls in more than 20 states. Cronkite/Eight Poll Director Bruce Merrill joins us to offer his insight.
  • One on One  |   Video
    • Our non-moderated forum featuring political experts with opposing viewpoints discussing state legislative issues returns tonight with House Republican Spokesman Barrett Marson and former House Democratic Minority Leader John Loredo, who is now a political consultant with Tequida and Gutierrez.
  • super Bowl Post-View  |   Video
    • Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman Michael Kennedy joins HORIZON to look back at the committees preparation for this years Super Bowl in Glendale and to examine the results of their work.

January 29, 2008

  • Legislature A to Z: Immigration  |   Video
    • The first part of our annual look at key legislative issues examines immigration. Why do many Democratic and Republican policy makers say the federal government has not done enough to curb illegal immigration in Arizona? What bills are being introduced that address the problem?
  • NFL Experience  |   Video
    • If you don't have a Super Bowl ticket, but want to get a feel for it, you might want to try the NFL Experience in Glendale. HORIZON was there when some lucky kids had the run of the place.
  • Trauma Centers  |   Video
    • The Super Bowl and FBR Open will bring an estimated 225,000 visitors to Arizona. How are Arizonas seven Level 1 trauma centers prepared to deliver emergency services if needed? Learn about the work that goes on in the trenches from a trauma center physician who talks about the policies and procedures that support our states centers.

January 24, 2008

  • Improving Education  |   Video
    • What must be done to improve education in Arizona? Join our panel of education leaders as they discuss options and opportunities to make the state more responsive to the needs of its students. Scheduled guests include former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan, Arizona Business and Education Coalition Executive Director Susan Carlson and Arizona Board of Regents Vice President Ernest Calderon.

January 22, 2008

  • Economy  |   Video
    • There's more and more bad news about the economy. ASU Economist Tracy Clark talks about the economy.
  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • Arizona's presidential preference election is coming up soon. Who will Arizonans select as their choice for Republican Party and Democratic Party presidential nominees? Find out in the latest Cronkite/Eight Poll with analysis by Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Tara Blanc. Read the complete Poll results.
  • Employer-Sanctions Bills  |   Video
    • state Representative Bill Konopnicki talks about his that propose changes to Arizona's employer-sanctions law.
  • Mortgage Seller Licensing  |   Video
    • Did you know that people who sell mortgages in Arizona don't have to be licensed? State Senator Jay Tibshraeny has introduced a bill that would require licensing, education and regulation for those who sell mortgages.

December 20, 2007

  • Environmental Settlement  |   Video
    • The State of Arizona today announced a major environmental settlement. A lawsuit had charged a Scottsdale land developer with destruction of state trust land, natural resources and archeological sites. Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Steve Owens talks about the settlement.
  • The Phoenix Metropolitan Opera
    • The Phoenix Metropolitan Opera is Arizonas first Phoenix-based opera company. It is set to debut its staging of classical operatic performances with La Bohme, currently scheduled for a two-night run at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix on Dec. 21 and 23. Artistic Director John Massaro and Creative Director Gail Dubinbaum are the husband-wife team that founded the company. They join us to talk about the organization and its premiere.

November 29, 2007

  • Proposed High School Graduation Requirements
    • The Arizona State Board of Education is considering a plan to increase the number of math and science credits required to earn a high school diploma. Its also considering a new rule that establishes a dual diploma system. The Board President and a Marana Unified School District official talk about the proposals. Proposed Board of Education rules
  • Nixon and Elvis
    • Egil Bud Krogh was the man President Richard Nixon placed in charge of the Special Investigations Unit, or plumbers. During a recent visit to ASU, he sat down with us to tell the amazing story of Elvis Presleys visit with Nixon at the White House, asking for a badge to be a special narcotics agent.
  • French Fry Trucks
    • An Arizona Carls Jr. franchisee has converted his company's trucks to run on french fry oil.

November 27, 2007

  • Sustainability
    • Rob Melnick, Director of ASU's Morrison Institute for Public Policy, and Jonathan Fink, Ph.D., Director of ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability, discuss the Morrison Institutes new study, "Sustainability for Arizona, the Issue of Our Age."
  • silvestre Herrera
    • Mexican-born Arizonan Silvestre Herrera was awarded the Medal of Honor for his deeds during World War II. Herrera died yesterday at age 91. We look back at his courageous actions.
  • Pancreatic Cancer
    • This year, more than 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 33,000 will die from the disease. We discuss efforts to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer with Kay Kays, 13 year pancreatic cancer survivor and volunteer with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Web site

November 21, 2007

November 20, 2007

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • How do Maricopa county voters feel about Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas? How do they feel about the Phoenix New Times? Those are some of the questions we asked in a special Cronkite-Eight Maricopa County-only survey. Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Tara Blanc will explain the results. Read the complete poll results.
  • super Bowl: Beyond the End Zone
    • The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee estimates that Super Bowl XLII will attract 125,000 visitors and contribute more than $400 million to Arizonas economy. Well take a closer look at those figures and what they mean to the state.

November 19, 2007

  • super Bowl: Beyond the End Zone
    • The city of Glendale is working 24/7 to prepare for the 2008 Super Bowl. From public safety, to sanitation, to marketing, Glendale is getting ready for visitors, residents and the eyes of the world to focus on the city for the big game. In the area around the stadium, there are nine new hotels under development. Glendale mayor Elaine Scruggs joins HORIZON to talk about all of the work that has been going on leading up to the game.
  • Arizona Democrats
    • Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director Maria Weeg discusses the upcoming primaries and congressional campaigns.
  • Domestic Violence
    • Anne-Renee Testa, the author of The Bully in Your Relationship, talks about escaping domestic violence.

November 7, 2007

  • Arizona Town Hall: Land Use Planning
    • More than 6 million people live in Arizona today, but according to state estimates that number will more than double by the year 2050. Participants in the 91st Arizona Town Hall met at the Grand Canyon in late October to recommend ways to plan for that growth while protecting our states views and values. Town Hall participants discuss some of their recommendations.
  • Tribal Sovereignty
    • Throughout the month of November, HORIZON will look at key issues affecting Arizona's Native Americans tribes. Tonight, we hear from leaders in Washington, D.C. about tribal sovereignty.

November 6, 2007

  • Racial Preferences Initiative
    • A group called the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative has filed to circulate petitions for an initiative that would eliminate race and gender preferences in state hiring, contracting and university admissions. Max McPhail, Executive Director of the group, will be on Horizon to explain the initiative.
  • MRSA Superbug
    • The heavy news coverage of antibiotic-resistant staph infection known as MRSA worries the health care community and the general public. Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, deputy state epidemiologist for the Arizona Department of Health Services, explains why it is so prevalent and what can be done about it.
  • East Valley Partnership
    • Expanded freeways and Kids Voting are two projects that were developed by the East Valley Partnership. Roc Arnett, President and CEO of the East Valley Partnership, and Charles Wahlheim, one of the original founders of the group, will talk about what EVP has done as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

October 30, 2007

  • Breast Health
    • strides have been made in the area of breast cancer awareness and diagnostic tools. Still, there is a need for more information and education about the best possible treatment for breast cancer. We look at how digital mammograms differ from conventional film. Christine Lessard, Executive Director of the Arizona Institute for Breast Health and 11-year breast cancer survivor joins us in the studio. Learn more. Visit the Arizona Institute for Breast Health Web site.

October 22, 2007

  • Arizona's Immigration Strategy Part 1
    • This segment is the first of a four-part series examining Arizonas employer-sanctions law and the issues surrounding it. Arizona Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Alonzo Pea is our guest.

October 16, 2007

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • What do Arizonans think about the employer sanctions law? Do they think local police should enforce federal immigration laws? Find out, as we release the results of the latest Cronkite/Eight Poll. Poll Director Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Tara Blanc will dissect the results. Read the complete poll results.

October 15, 2007

  • Domestic Violence
    • October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Linda Scott, vice president of the Child & Family Solutions department for the Jewish Family and Children's Service, talks about the issues facing the community in connection with domestic violence. Find out more. Visit http://www.wipeoutdomesticviolence.org
  • Robin Wright
    • We talk with author and journalist Robin Wright, who has covered the Middle East since the mid-70s. Her book, "The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran," was selected as one of the 25 most memorable books of the year in 2000.
  • Arts and Economic Prosperity
    • A recent Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture report has determined the arts contribute a great deal to the valley economy.

September 27, 2007

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • This month, we asked Arizona voters for their thoughts on the presidential race and a possible state law banning text messaging while driving. We discuss the results of this poll. Read the complete results.
  • The World Without Us
    • University of Arizona journalism professor Alan Weisman wrote an intriguing book that is currently No. 7 on The New York Times bestseller list. His book explains what would happen to earth and its man-made structures and cities if humans disappeared. Weisman will talk about his book on HORIZON.

September 19, 2007

  • Los Veteranos
    • A discussion with the director of a new documentary that examines how Hispanic veterans fought for civil rights in Arizona.

September 11, 2007

  • AZ Homeland Security / 9-11
    • Leesa Berens Morrison, director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security, joins HORIZON to talk about being prepared in the event of a public emergency caused by terrorism, or manmade or natural disasters. We also visit the annual Patriot Memorial Healing Field in Tempe, which is a display of nearly 3,000 3by-5-foot American Flags erected as a memorial to the victims of the attacks of 9/11.

August 28, 2007

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • The latest Cronkite Eight Poll will attempt to reveal what Arizona voters think about Sheriff Joe Arpaio's new hotline for reporting illegal immigrants, what they think about President' Bush's new immigration rules, and who is the voters' favorite presidential candidate. Cronkite Eight Poll Associate Director Tara Blanc will discuss the details. Read the complete Poll results.
  • The Cost of Teaching English Part 2
    • state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and Tim Hogan, executive director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, revisit Flores v. Arizonathe original court case that questioned the adequacy of the states education of English Language Learners. They discuss the primary points of contention and how the state has addressed the problem.

August 22, 2007

  • Arizonas Presidential Primary
    • Dr. Bruce Merrill, Director of the Cronkite-Eight poll talks about Governor Napolitanos decision to move Arizonas primary to February 5th.

August 21, 2007

  • Health Special
    • On Tuesdays, HORIZON brings you stories on a variety of health topics. Tonight, we look at smoking, nutrition, diabetes and allergies.

July 31, 2007

  • West Nile Virus
    • In the past month, the number of confirmed West Nile Virus cases in Maricopa County has significantly increased. Backyards are a primary culprit for hidden breeding places for the mosquitoes that carry the disease. We examine a typical backyard with Maricopa County Environmental Services Vector Control to find some surprising breeding places and learn how to eliminate these areas.
  • USS Tucson
    • Two ships of the United States Navy have been named after the city of Tucson, Arizona. The first was a light cruiser, commissioned in 1945 and decommissioned in 1949. The second is a Los Angeles-Class nuclear attack submarine commissioned in 1995 and on active duty as of 2006. Recently, reporter Christopher Conover and a group of residents from The Old Pueblo took a tour of the sub.
  • Arizona Stories St. Mary's Basilica
    • st. Mary's Basilica in downtown Phoenix is known for its beautiful, historic stained-glass windows. We look at the inspiration to restore them to their original brilliance.

July 30, 2007

  • Pinal County Report
    • For most of the past 50 years, Pinal County wasnt terribly concerned about its image, choices or growth. But now, Pinal County is changing faster than anyone ever imagined. The Morrison Institute just released a new study on the future of this rapidly-growing county. Morrison Institute Director Rob Melnick talks about the study, The Future of Pinal - Making Choices, Making Places.

July 26, 2007

  • Health Epidemics? Obesity
    • As more Americans become obese, more are diagnosed with the diseases that follow. Osteopath Dr. Art Mollen talks about obesity and the conditions to which its linked, including diabetes, heart problems and high blood pressure.
  • Renewable Energy
    • Arizona State University is hosting a renewable energy conference this week. Cheri Faso of the American Council On Renewable Energy in Washington DC is taking part in the conference, and will appear on Horizon to talk about it. Find out more. Visit the Acore Web site.
  • Baby Boomer Advice
    • From retirement planning to sex to guns, it's all covered in a new book called "Alive and Kicking: Legal Advice..for Boomers." Kenney Hegland, a U of A Law Professor and one of the authors of the book, will tell us more about his book.

July 25, 2007

July 9, 2007

  • One on One
    • Rebekah Friend, executive director of the Arizona AFL-CIO, and Jessica Pacheco, senior vice president of public affairs for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, will go head to head on issues that affect workers, the new employer sanctions law and the Right to Work law.

July 3, 2007

  • NALEO Presidential Debate
    • All major Republican and Democratic presidential candidates were invited to speak at the 24th annual NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) in Orlando Florida recently. All the Democrats but only one Republican accepted. Here what they had to say.
  • Independents Week
    • Local First Arizona/Arizona Chain Reaction is a nonprofit organization that encourages Arizona consumers to shop at locally owned, independent businesses. They say when doing so, 45 cents of every dollar stays in state versus only 13 cents of every dollar spent at a national chain. They are asking Arizonans to support Arizona-based businesses during Independents Week, July 2 through July 8. Kimber Lanning, executive director of Local First Arizona, joins the studio discussion.
  • Arizona Stories: Arizona Falls
    • When crews building the Arizona Canal in the 1880s reached the area south of Camelback Mountain, they found a ridge of hard rock in their way. Instead of blasting it, they let the water flow over it and Arizona Falls was born. It was a place where people gathered to socialize and escape from the heat. Now, Arizona Falls is a piece of Arizona history that has been renewed to a present-day place of beauty, power...and picnics.

July 2, 2007

  • West Nile Virus
    • Dirty pools and stagnant water contribute to the growth of mosquitoes, which can lead to the spread of West Nile Virus. John Townsend, the division manager for the Environmental Services Vector Control office and the Maricopa Director of Public Health Dr. Bob England join us to discuss this issue.

June 28, 2007

  • Democratic Presidential Debate
    • PBS is airing a debate between eight people running for President on the Democratic ticket. Three journalists of color will be asking the candidates questions in PBS All-American Presidential Forums on PBS. Cronkite Eight Poll Director Bruce Merrill will preview the debate.
  • Made in Arizona: Evacuation Slides
    • Its a product that you never hope to use, yet its a good thing its there. Evacuation slides for jets are made in just two places in the world, one of them being right here in Arizona. Learn more about the evacuation slides made by Goodrich in Phoenix.
  • Paul Davies
    • A conversation with Paul Davies, the director of the Beyond Institute for Fundamental Concepts in Science at ASU. Davies is a renowned quantum physicist and author of several books, including, Cosmic Jackpot and The Mind of God.

June 26, 2007

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • The Senate continues its attempt to pass an immigration bill. Find out what Arizonans think about components of the bill in the latest Cronkite Eight Poll. [Complete Poll Results.] Poll Director Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Tara Blanc discuss the results. Read the complete Poll results.
  • Made in Arizona: Filmmaking
    • Most people think of Hollywood when they think of movie making. Arizona also has a long history in film production. Our weather, diverse terrain, proximity to Los Angeles, and our states Motion Picture Production Tax Incentive Program are among the many reasons why filmmaking is a successful Made in Arizona commodity. We profile Arizona-grown filmmaker, Jeff Santo. Harry Tate, director of the Arizona Film Office and Barry Kluger, chair of the Arizona Film Commission, join the studio discussion.
  • Arizona Stories
    • In a state where historic buildings are sparse, the Florence courthouse stands as a monument to the past, while maintaining its role in the present. Find out what makes the historic courthouse unique.

June 20, 2007

  • English Learners program
    • The English Learners Program once again became an issue, with a U.S. Court ruling that the State Government needs to come up with a comprehensive plan by the end of the legislative session. Tim Hogan, Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest was on hand to discuss this ruling and its impacts.

June 19, 2007

  • New Provider for County Mental Health Services
    • Magellan Health Services is Maricopa Countys new behavioral health provider for public mental health services beginning Sept. 1. Eddy Broadway, Arizona Department of Health Services deputy director, joins Horizon to talk about the transition.
  • Repackaged Beef Could Contain E.coli
    • Public health officials continue to warn the public about the expansion of a USDA ground beef recall because of concerns that repackaged meat by grocery stores may contain E. coli. Arizona Department of Health Services Will Humble joins HORIZON to talk about the recall.
  • Arizona Stories: Jerome
    • Join us for a look at the picturesque town and its history. See how the mining industry helped put Jerome on the map and how its disappearance nearly destroyed it. Today, its a popular tourist destination.

June 7, 2007

  • DPS Director
    • Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Roger Vanderpool discusses the issues affecting the agency. Vanderpool will talk about how the DPS handles human smugglers and efforts to get more money for DPS officers.

May 30, 2007

  • Earth Fissures
    • The Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) is working on the first comprehensive maps of earth fissures in Arizona. These tension cracks in the earth occur when groundwater is extracted faster than its replenished. The survey director talks about the mapping project and some of the problems caused by earth fissures. Arizona Geological Survey Web site
  • Tuskegee Airmen
    • After more than sixty years, the Tuskegee Airmen are honored with a Congressional Gold Medal for their efforts during World War II.

May 29, 2007

  • Environmental Legislative Update
    • Arizona state lawmakers recently passed two bills dealing with water, one deals with water adequacy and one that sets up a fund for infrastructure. Meantime it looks like Senate Bill 1552 the Air Quality Program--- will go to conference committee for additional amendments next week. The Sierra Club is asking legislators to make it as strong as possible. Joining Horizon is Sandy Bahr, Conservation Outreach Director for the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter.
  • Autism
    • We talk with Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, founder and executive director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), about the study and treatment of autism.
  • Arizona Stories: Tempe's Hispanic Heritage
    • In the late 19th century, the communities of San Pablo, Sotelo Ranch, Haydens Ferry made up what is now known as Tempe. They were thriving neighborhoods, alive with the people and culture of Mexico, despite being hundreds of miles north.

May 24, 2007

  • Arizona Military Affairs: Veteran Home
    • In March, the state health department documented cases of poor patient care and neglect at the Arizona State Veteran Home; the governor removed the director of the Department of Veterans' Services. Have conditions improved at the facility? Well get an update.
  • Fort McDowell Sovereignty Day
    • It's been 15 years since a standoff between state and federal agents and residents of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Reservation over Indian gaming. Since then, Indian gaming has flourished in Arizona. We talk to President Raphael Bear about the historic event.

May 22, 2007

  • Arizona Military Affairs: Reservist and Guard Rights
    • Federal law protects the employment reinstatement rights of Reserve and National Guard members returning from active duty. Butch Wise, executive director of the Arizona Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, joins us to talk about the conflicts that can occur between civilian employers and Reservists over an employee's military commitment.
  • Arizona Stories: Ernest McFarland
    • A look back at the career and accomplishments of the only politician in Arizona who was a senator, governor and chief justice of the State Supreme Court. Ernest McFarland was the man who got the G.I. Bill passed, which increased educational opportunities for U.S. veterans. He was also instrumental, with Senator Carl Hayden, in obtaining water for Arizona with the Central Arizona Project.

May 16, 2007

May 10, 2007

  • Apprehension Reductions
    • Apprehensions of Illegal Aliens are down at the U.S. Mexican border. Tougher enforcement, including 6,000 additional guard troops, is being credited. But ASU Economist Dawn McLaren says the real credit belongs to a worsening economy.
  • Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform
    • A new group will start an ad campaign Friday, pushing Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Sheridan Bailey, co-founder and president of Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform and owner of Ironco Enterprises, a Phoenix-based iron fabricator, will talk about the group's efforts.
  • DPS Director
    • We talk to the director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Roger Vanderpool, about issues affecting the agency. Vanderpool will talk about how the DPS handles human smugglers and efforts to get more money for DPS officers.

May 8, 2007

  • Mesa Budget
    • Dial-A-Ride and Saturday transit services are in jeopardy of being cut by the City of Mesa because of its budget jam. We look at what the city is considering.
  • Autism
    • We talk with Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders about the study and treatment of autism.
  • Arizona Stories Apache Trail
    • It's a rough stretch of Arizona road that has enough mystique to draw in tourists from all over the world. Learn more about the Apache Trail and how it was built.

May 7, 2007

  • One on One
    • John Loredo of Tequida And Gutierrez and Barrett Marson, communications director for the State House Of Representatives, debate the budgets currently being considered by the legislature.
  • Arizona Heritage Project
    • students from Cactus Shadows High School have published several books that focus on war veterans and their stories. Advisor for the Arizona Heritage Project, Barbara Hatch and one of her students, Mark McCullough are guests.
  • Meat Lab
    • A look at the University of Arizona Meat Science Laboratory. Students and faculty deal with the issues related to feeding our societys appetite for meat.

May 2, 2007

  • student Testing & School Accountability
    • state and federal school accountability systems are sending mixed messages about the quality of Arizonas public schools. Find out why Arizonas top-rated schools can fail to meet federal standards for adequate yearly progress. Guests: Tom Horne, Arizona Superintendent of Schools; Ed Sloat, Peoria Unified School District Department of Education School Report Cards
  • state Lawmaker/Soldier
    • We talk with Arizona State Representative Jonathan Paton of Tucson about war, and his recent service as an Army Intelligence Officer in Iraq.

April 24, 2007

  • Day Laborers
    • We discuss a bill dealing with day laborers which is working its way through the legislature.
  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • What do Arizonans think about the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on partial birth abortion? Are President Bush's approval ratings as low in Arizona as they are in the rest of the nation? Those are a couple of questions we asked registered Arizona voters in the latest Cronkite-Eight Poll. Poll Director Bruce Merrill and his Associate Director Tara Blanc will discuss the results. Read the complete Poll results.
  • Arizona's Climate Change Part two
    • In the second part of our series on climate change, we focus on the scientific explanations for it.

April 23, 2007

  • Arizona's Climate Change Part one
    • We begin our four-part series on climate change with a look at the politics of current environmental policy on global warming and emissions reduction. HORIZON examines the phenomenon of the film, An Inconvenient Truth and the work of former Vice President Al Gore on the subject. We talk about the role partisan politics plays in shaping environmental policy in the United States.
  • At the Capitol
    • Tequida & Gutierrez political consultant John Loredo, a former state legislator, debates issues preoccupying state government with Bret Mecum, communications director of the Arizona Republican Party.
  • Coyote Crisis Campaign
    • state epidemiologist Dr. Bob England and E. Lorenzo Jones, Emergency Management and Homeland Security director for the City of Scottsdale, join us to discuss the focus of this years disaster preparedness project the possibility of a bird flu pandemic.

April 18, 2007

  • Air Quality
    • The Phoenix area continues to violate the federal health standard for PM-10 airborne particulates, or dust. Find out what needs to be done to meet a deadline (at the end of this year) for a plan to reduce particulate pollution by five percent a year until the standard is met. Guests: Steve Owens Director, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Bob Kard Director, Maricopa Countys Air Quality Department Resources: ADEQ Web site: http://www.azdeq.gov/index.html Maricopa Countys Air Quality Web site: http://www.maricopa.gov/aq/ Maricopa Countys BringBackBlue.org Clean Air Initiative: http://www.bringbackblue.org/
  • Arizona Meth Project
    • We take a look at the newly-launched advertising campaign intended to reduce methamphetamine use among Arizona teenagers. Resources: Arizona Meth Project Web site: http://www.arizonamethproject.org/

April 16, 2007

  • At the Capitol
    • Bob Grossfeld of The Media Guys and Barrett Marson, director of communications for the State House of Representatives, debate issues currently boiling at the Capitol.
  • Robyn Waters
    • A conversation with the author of The Hummer and the Mini, and one of the trend-spotting marketers who helped make retail chain Target into the competitive operation it is today.
  • state Land
    • A look into issues facing Arizona State Land Department Commissioner Mark Winkleman.

April 9, 2007

  • At the Capitol
    • We begin a new Monday night segment in which political representatives square off on state government issues. Tonight, it's Barrett Marson, Director of Communications for the State House of Representatives and Bob Grossfeld, of The Media Guys, Inc.
  • Sustainability
    • sir Crispin Tickell, director of the Policy Foresight Programme of the James Martin Institute at Oxford University, and Chuck Redmond, Director of ASUs School of Sustainability, discuss climate change and the importance of conservation.
  • Chamber Schism
    • Charlie Deaton, President and CEO of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, and Jessica Pacheco, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, will talk about the the employer sanctions bill currently making its way through the state legislature. The two organizations differ in their support of the bill.

April 2, 2007

  • Terry McAuliffe
    • A conversation with the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee about his book, What a Party! and his position currently as Campaign Director for Senator Hillary Clintons run for president.

March 29, 2007

  • Lottery funds for Homeless
    • A bill is progressing through the state legislature that would use lottery funds to help the homeless. Representative Robert Meza will talk about the bill.
  • Health Insurance for the Poor
    • state lawmakers are working on getting some money to help promote state health care plans for the poor. Dana Naimark of Children's Action Alliance and Representative Kirk Adams will talk about the effort.
  • Nanotech
    • Arizona State University professor Steve Goodnick brings us up to date on the latest in nanotechnology, an emerging technology that takes place at the molecular level.

March 27, 2007

  • Department of Corrections
    • Dora Schriro, director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, joins us to talk about the growing state prison population, building sufficient bed capacity and sustaining a cadre of strong prison security supervisors.

March 20, 2007

  • Environmental Day
    • Tuesday is Environmental Day at the Arizona Legislature. Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club will discuss legislative action regarding the environment.
  • Walking for Health
    • The benefits of walking for people over 50 are becoming more and more apparent with every step. The AARP and the National Recreation and Park association have teamed up to promote a 10-week walking program.
  • Wildcat School
    • We have an update on an Arizona charter school and its goal to further students academic careers.

February 27, 2007

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • Find out what Arizonans think about several bills being considered by the state legislature, including immigration-related bills, as we unveil the latest Cronkite Eight Poll. Poll Director Bruce Merrill and Graduate Assistant Trivs Murphy will discuss the results. Read the complete Poll results.
  • Rwandan Hero
    • Paul Rusesabagina was portrayed in the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda by actor Don Cheadle. Rusesabagina saved 1,260 people from being slaughtered in the 1994 Rwandan genocide by letting them take refuge in the Hotel Mille Colines, where he was manager. Well speak with Rusesabagina, who was recently in Flagstaff at Coconino High School to talk to students about his experience.

February 22, 2007

  • senator Jon Kyl
    • senator Jon Kyl talks about his recent trip to Iraq.
  • Immigration March
    • Another immigration march is planned for May 1st. State representative Ben Miranda, one of the organizers of the march, will tell us about plans for the march and other events.
  • ASU School of Computing Informatics
    • Well talk to Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the Arizona State University School of Computing Informatics. The school combines computer and information sciences with other academic disciplines such as geography, anthropology, public health, urban planning and biology.

February 20, 2007

  • school Vouchers
    • A group of education and political organizations filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop state scholarships, which pay for some children to attend private or religious schools. We hear both sides of the school voucher issue from John Wright, President of the Arizona Education Association which supports the lawsuit filed against school vouchers. Also joining us is Tim Keller, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice, which plans to intervene in the suit on behalf of parents and children to defent the voucher programs.
  • Iraqi Refugees
    • There is hope for hundreds of Iraq war refugees here in Arizona. The United Nations is screening and registering refugees this month. Joining HORIZON is Jamal Al-Fakhouri, Regional Director from the Tucson area of the International Rescue Committee, which works with placing refugees in our state.
  • Transporation Legislation
    • The way Arizona funds our highway construction projects continues to fall behind the state's needs. Lawmakers are working to seek funding options for highway expansion projects. Senator Jay Tibshraeny, (R) Chandler, joins us to talk about current legislation dealing with transportation.

February 14, 2007

  • Arizona Centennial Plan
    • Arizona's Centennial is five years away. State officials are gearing up to commemorate Arizona's 100th birthday. Learn more about their plans.
  • Black History Month: Calvin Goode
    • We continue our Black History month series with Calvin Goode. Goode grew up in a Phoenix, where African-Americans were not allowed to eat in many restaurants, and were restricted in housing. But Goode went on to earn business and education degrees from Arizona State University. For 22 years, he served on the Phoenix City Council. Learn more about Goode's life and the obstacles he faced growing up as an African-American in the Valley.

February 7, 2007

  • Prop 207 Waivers
    • Private property activists are crying foul as valley cities hand out waivers to prop 207 to development planners and others seeking zoning changes. Ken Strobeck, Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, and Lori Klein, the Executive Director of Arizona Homeowner Protection Effort are guests.
  • south American Art
    • Arizona is playing host to a rare look at the old masters of South America. This is the first North American exhibition to focus exclusively on the paintings of South America's Visceregal period.
  • Phoenix Firefighter's go back to the classroom
    • Phoenix Firefighters are going back to the classroom to become bilingual.
  • M.C.C. Resignations

February 6, 2007

  • Disabled Workers
    • The unintended consequences from increasing the minimum wage to $6.75 are at the center of a conflict between groups advocating for the same people: disabled workers. Prior to the passage of the measure, disabled workers could be paid less than minimum wage depending on their capabilities. Some advocacy groups say disabled workers should be paid at least the minimum wage, others say the loophole allowing lower wages give disabled workers the opportunity to be employed. A bill circulating at the state legislature would allow disabled workers to earn less than the minimum wage. We look at all sides of the issue.
  • Arizona Foundation for Women Report
    • Arizona Women 2007: A Status Update

January 24, 2007

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • Who do Arizonans feel should be the next president? And who will do a better job with state issues, the Governor or the legislature? Those are a couple of issues we dealt with in the latest Cronkite-Eight Poll. Join Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Poll Director Tara Blanc for analysis. Read the complete Poll results.

January 18, 2007

  • Legislature A to Z: Immigration
    • Republican lawmakers promise that immigration will be a big issue again this session. Republican Representative Russell Pearce and Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema will discuss immigration bills being considered this session.
  • HORIZON 25th Anniversary
    • As we continue our look back at the big stories Horizon has covered during it's 25 years, the effort to get a Martin Luther King Junior holiday in Arizona was a big part of our coverage for many years.
  • Education Issues
    • susan Carlson of The Arizona Business and Education Coalition will talk about the governor's plans for education.

December 20, 2006

  • Air Quality
    • Cooler temperatures early this week gave us a break from the previous weeks bad air quality but that doesnt mean we are clear of future sightings of the Valley's winter brown cloud. The layer of visible particulates that blankets the skyline during the winter season will surely be back. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Steve Owens joins Horizon to talk about the regions air quality as wells as ways to reduce particulate matter-producing emissions.
  • NAU President John Haeger
    • The president of Northern Arizona University discusses the new Arizona Universities Network that will allow students to enroll in online courses from any of the Arizona state universities. Through this consortium, students will have access to nearly 1,500 online classes.
  • HORIZON 25th Anniversary - Space Probe
    • As we continue our look back at the 25 year history of HORIZON, we remember Space Probe 8. In the mid-Eighties, HORIZON covered the return of Halleys Comet, with nightly reports on space.
  • Photographer Jay Dusard
    • The near mythical life and land of the cowboy are witnessed in an exhibition of black and white photography by Jay Dusard. A student of Frederick Sommer and Ansel Adams, Dusard has long established himself as a master technician and consummate image-maker, as well as skilled teacher in his own right.

December 19, 2006

  • Transportation Acceleration
    • Widening of the I-10 and I-17 freeways, speedier commutes on the loop 101 and improved mobility on the loop 303 could be a reality sooner than originally expected. Those are a few of the transportation acceleration projects recently approved by the Maricopa Association of Governments and the State Transportation Board. Legislation passed in the last session paved the way for the acceleration of construction or rebuilding of freeways, state highways, bridges and interchanges in the MAG Regional Transportation Plan. Some of those projects will be accelerated by as much as 14 years. Guest: Eric, Anderson Maricopa Association of Governments Transportation Director.

November 21, 2006

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • This month the Cronkite-Eight Poll takes a look at why Arizonans voted the way they did on one of the propositions and the U.S. Senate race. Poll director Bruce Merrill and his assistant Tara Blanc talk about the poll. Read the complete results.
  • Taking Charge of Your Health
    • Part two of three Health Insurance Some people are fortunate to get health care coverage through their employer. Others must purchase health insurance individually. But insurance plans are not uniform in design and consumers can find them very confusing. Dr. Len Kirshner, former director of AHCCCS, joins us to talk about Arizona health insurance reform and how to navigate the maze of HMOs, PPOs and POSs and combinations and hybrids of those plans.

November 20, 2006

  • Proposition 107
    • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will talk about the success of Arizona Together in defeating Proposition 107. Arizona was the only state this last election in which a same-sex marriage amendment failed.
  • Taking Charge of Your Health
  • Proposition 202
    • Rep. Steve Gallardo talks about the impact the states new minimum wage will have in Arizona.

November 14, 2006

  • smoking Ban
    • Voters have passed a statewide ban on smoking in most public places, including bars and restaurants. Part of the measure includes an addition tax on cigarettes. When will the different provisions go into effect? Corey Woods, Director of Government Relations for the American Lung Association of Arizona joins HORIZON to explain the details.
  • Jim Lehrer
    • The anchor of PBS The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer talks about his latest book, The Phony Marine.
  • New American City Exhibition
    • New American City: Artists Look Forward at the ASU Art Museum explores some of the design, culture, and art that distinguishes the Phoenix area from other cities. Youth, astronomical growth, geographic limitations, desert environment and its active arts community are some of the themes exhibited in the work. The exhibition looks at how artists and the art being produced plays an active role in envisioning the citys future, developing areas and revitalizing neighborhoods in the process.

November 9, 2006

  • special Eight programming
    • Buzz Buzz is more than just a TV show. It comprises television, an interactive Web site (www.azpbs.org/buzz) and uniquely Arizona educational materials that help teachers meet new Arizona arts standards. Discussions for the concept showcasing Arizonas emerging arts scene began more than a year ago, eventually involving more than 20 community organizations. The pilot episode features work by three Valley artists Phoenix Symphony violist and director of Downtown Chamber Series Mark Dix who brings chamber music to new audiences at downtown art galleries; fashion and ASU Dance Department costume designer Galina Mihaleva designs for dancers, models, rock stars and nanotechnologists; and urban designer and Dean of the ASU College of Design Wellington Reiter who envisions a Phoenix Sky Harbor airport where planes, condos and pools might one day co-exist. The pilot also lets viewers know where they can see and hear the work of the featured artists as well as other artists in the same fields.

November 7, 2006

  • Alzheimer's Awareness
    • November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. It is marked by events around the Valley and the state including the opening of the new Banner Alzheimer's Institute. The Institute staffed by world-class researchers and physicians who provide compassionate care to patients and their families and caregivers, while also finding treatment and prevention therapies for those afflicted with the disease. Dr. Pierre Tariot, Banner Alzheimer's Institute's Associate Director and Director of its Memory Disorders Clinic joins Horizon in the studio.
  • MPAC and PHX: 21st Century City
    • Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture (MPAC) develops and implements entrepreneurial partnerships that advance arts and culture as an important part of the region's economic prosperity, distinctiveness and vibrancy. One of those partnerships involves a new book called PHX: 21st Century City. Joining Michael Grant in the studio will be Myra Millinger, President & CEO, Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture, Edward Booth-Clibborn, Editor and Publisher, PHX: 21st Century City, and Nan Ellin, Author, PHX: 21st Century City.
  • Vote 2006: A Horizon Special Election Night Report
    • Beginning at 9 p.m., HORIZON reports on election night results and offers analysis from The Arizona Republic's Richard Ruelas and Bob Robb, and political analysts Stan Barnes and Sam Coppersmith.

November 1, 2006

  • Real Estate
    • A look at the current state of the Valley Real Estate Market with Jay Butler of ASUs Real Estate Center.
  • Phoenix Art Museum Expansion
    • The Phoenix Art Museum gives HORIZON a sneak-peek at its 43,000 square foot expansion of museum space. You'll see a new lobby, an expanded gift shop, a sculpture garden and a four-level gallery wing.
  • Photographer Jay Dusard
    • The near mythical life and land of the cowboy are witnessed in an exhibition of black and white photography by Jay Dusard. A student of Frederick Sommer and Ansel Adams, Dusard has long established himself as a master technician and consummate image-maker, as well as skilled teacher in his own right.

October 31, 2006

  • Voting
    • New laws have gone into effect for next week's election. New identification requirements are in effect, as well as a new law to eliminate long election lines. Get the details as Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and County Elections Director Karen Osborne explain the changes for voting on November 7.

October 17, 2006

  • Navajo Presidential Candidate
    • Join HORIZON for an interview with Joe Shirley, current Navajo president who is running for reelection. Discussion topics include gaming rights, trade with Cuba, and other issues that affect the Navajo people.
  • Flu season
    • The flu vaccine should be in good supply this year. We talk about flu season, vaccination programs, nasal influenza vaccine versus the shot, and general flu prevention.

October 10, 2006

September 26, 2006

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • Who will Arizonans vote for this coming election for U.S. Senate, Governor, Secretary of State and other top state races? And what do they think about some of the propositions on the ballot? Those are some of the questions from the latest Cronkite-Eight Poll. Poll Director Bruce Merrill and Assistant Poll Director Tara Blanc will analyze the results.
  • Propositions 201 and 206
    • Two competing anti-smoking measures will be on the November ballot and both say they work in the interest of helping to protect people from secondhand smoke. Prop 201, Smoke Free Arizona, is backed by a coalition of health organizations and would ban smoking in most public spaces and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, arenas, offices, bowling alleys and nursing homes. Prop 206 from the Arizona Non-Smoker Protection Committee would ban smoking in most enclosed public places and places of employment but allow smoking in freestanding bars, and bar areas that are closed off and separately ventilated from adjacent non-smoking areas.

September 21, 2006

  • Proposition 207
    • An examination of the proposition that would limit the definition of public use in eminent domain seizures, and would ensure compensation to property owners if the government enacts a law that diminishes the value of private property. Ken Strobeck, the Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and State Senator Chuck Gray will discuss the issue.
  • Proposition 205
    • Proposition 205 would change Arizona's voting system to a largely vote by mail process. Hear the pros and cons of the measure.

September 12, 2006

  • Voter Turnout
    • Relatively low voter turnout is a continuing feature of American politics, particularly in primary elections. State and local elections officials, as well as political organizations in Arizona, are increasing efforts to raise the percentage of registered US voters who actually exercise their right to vote. What brings people to the polls on Election Day, or lulls them to a state of political apathy? We talk with ASU Political Science Professor Patrick Kenney about civic engagement in elections.
  • Grand Canyon Art
    • The Grand Canyon is known as one of the most compelling places on earth and a symbol of the grandeur of American West. Capturing the scale and beauty of the Grand Canyon has been a creative challenge for artists since the mid 1800s. The Grand Canyon: From Dream to Icon is featured until next January at the Tucson Art Museum. Photographs and paintings from early to contemporary artists are featured.
  • Arizona Arts Commission
    • While arts organizations work to enrich our community with beauty and culture, funding for the arts faces challenges. Robert Booker, executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, joins HORIZON to talk about funding for the arts, arts education, cultural tourism and other issues.

September 5, 2006

  • Labor Day Rally
    • A coalition of organizations supporting immigrants' rights will be staging a rally on Labor Day at the Arizona State Capitol to register Hispanic voters and introduce candidates. Find out more about the effort.
  • New voting requirements
    • One week out from the primary election we review the identification process and requirements at the polls.

September 4, 2006

  • Labor
    • AFL-CIO Executive Director Michael McGrath talks about current efforts to deal with the immigration issue.

August 29, 2006

  • Arizona Education Update: Arts Education Part two of four
    • Few will argue against arts education as a way to develop imaginative, higher-level thinking skills. But what are the standards for arts education in public schools? How widely does funding and program framework for arts education vary from district to district and school to school? Vivian Wessel, executive director of the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education and Darcy Olsen, president of the Goldwater Institute join the studio discussion.
  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • How do Republican candidates for governor stack up against Governor Napolitano? And how do Arizonans feel about immigration and same-sex marriage propositions? Get the answers in the latest Cronkite-Eight Poll, with analysis from poll director Dr. Bruce Merrill and his assistant Tara Blanc.

August 23, 2006

  • New Voting Law
    • A new law passed by the legislature this year will affect the upcoming elections. It will require a hand count of a portion of some races, will require equipment and personnel to be brought in if there's a long line at the polling place, and require a paper receipt for electronic voting. Joe Kanefield, elections director of the Secretary of State's office, and Karen Osborne of the Maricopa County Recorders office, will talk about the new law.
  • Jim Pederson, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate
    • Developer Jim Pederson hopes to unseat Jon Kyl in the United States senate. We talk to the candidate about the issues.

August 22, 2006

  • sky Harbor Security
    • There are some new restrictions for airline passengers related to the terrorism plot uncovered on August 9. British law enforcement made multiple arrests on suspicion of plotting to blow up passenger planes. The alleged plan was to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the United States using benign liquids to make an explosive. For that reason, the U.S. Government raised the nations threat level and is prohibiting any liquids, including beverages, gels, and lotions from being carried onto airplanes. What does this mean in terms of security at Sky Harbor Airport? Paul Blue, Assistant Aviation Director at Sky Harbor Airport joins HORIZON.
  • New census date on minority population
    • Phoenix is one of three big cities in America where minorities now have become the majority, this identified in newly analyzed census data.
  • Celica disease
    • Help for a serious digestive illness that affects people when they eat certain grains and foods.

August 16, 2006

  • AIMS Test
    • The Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) is designed to provide educators with information about students knowledge and understanding of various subjects, including math, reading and writing. While many support such standardized testing programs, others say the AIMS test is neither fair nor accurate in determining a student's potential. James Middleton, Division Director of Curriculum and Instruction at ASU College of Education and David Berliner, Regents Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at ASU College of Education will discuss the issue.

July 25, 2006

  • ELL Issue in 9th Circuit
    • Judges at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on both sides of the case regarding Arizona English language learners requirement to pass the AIMS test. In April, appellate judges agreed to continue to block enforcement of a trial judges order that the state cannot deny diplomas to students classified as English language learners just because they failed to pass the standardized test. Reporter Howard Fischer joins us from San Francisco with an update.
  • Light rail update
    • Construction of the METRO light rail project is well underway. The bridge over Town Lake Bridge is almost completed and the Light Rail trains are currently being manufactured in Japan. Valley Metro CEO Rick Simonetta, appears on HORIZON to give us an update.
  • Ed Peck
    • A conversation with the former Ambassador to Iraq, Edward Peck, on his views of the current situation.

July 18, 2006

  • Amphibians
    • Amphibians are disappearing worldwide. Climate changes, pollution and habitat destruction have all played a significant role in the reduction of diverse amphibian species numbers. Researchers at Arizona State University have discovered an additional threatdeadly diseasesthat are killing these creatures at an alarming rate.
  • Baseline killer and serial shooter
    • Valley citizens concerned about two killers who continue to dodge law enforcement and watchful citizens. Police are calling them the baseline killer. And the serial shooter. They are thought to be responsible for a series of violent crimes involving robberies, sexual assaults and homicides. Some of the shootings have also been directed at animals. The crimes have taken place from May of last year to this month in Phoenix and Tempe.
  • Israel and Lebanon border conflict
    • The six-day war between Israel and Lebanon rages on. More than 200 people have been killed. Can the United Nations and the U.S. prevent further escalation?

July 13, 2006

  • Real Estate Values
    • The skyrocketing housing values of last year created a sellers market. Now buyers are finding themselves in the power position. Find out what both parties should consider in the coming months.
  • Indian Voting Rights
    • July 15 marks the 58th anniversary of an Arizona Supreme Court ruling that upheld Native American voting rights. The ruling came after a Maricopa County registrar refused to allow two Native Americans to register to vote, even though Indian people were granted citizenship and the right to vote in 1924. Learn more about this important ruling and its affect on our state.

June 29, 2006

  • GA$: A HORIZON Miniseries
    • Conclusion. HORIZON concludes its four-part miniseries with a look into alternatives to gas. Guests include: Michael Ruby, associate professor, School of Geographical Sciences, ASU, and Neal Woodbury, Director, Center for Biooptical Nanotechnology, ASU's Biodesign Institute.

June 20, 2006

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • How do Arizonans feel about Governor Janet Napolitano's veto of an immigration bill? And how popular is President Bush's in Arizona? Those are among the issues addressed in the latest Cronkite-Eight Poll. Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Assistant Poll Director Tara Blanc discuss the results. Read the complete Poll results.

June 12, 2006

  • Don Bolles
    • It's been 30 years since investigative reporter Don Bolles was murdered. Prosecutor George Weisz and Arizona Republic reporter Charles Kelly will discuss the case.
  • New Freeway
    • The Southeast valley picked up another 12 mile stretch of freeway this morning, when the newest leg of the Santan Freeway opened. Arizona Department of Transportation Director Victor Mendez joins us to talk about the difference this stretch of road will make, plus he will discuss an upcoming summit, organized to try to speed up highway construction in the Valley.

June 8, 2006

  • Orde Kittrie
    • HORIZON introduces one of the most prominent professors on the Arizona State University campus, Assistant Law Professor Orde Kittrie. A former U.S. Department of State Director of International Anti-Crime Programs, Orde Kittrie has worked on U.S.-Mexico border issues, the reform of Jordanian business law, and negotiated five nuclear nonproliferation agreements between the U.S. and Russia, among many other initiatives. His efforts are now being recognized across the country, including being named one of the top international legal experts in the U.S.
  • Hot Weather
    • We've had some unusual June weather that included several days above 110 degrees. National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Haffer talks about the weather. Will Humble of the Arizona Department of Health Services will talk about staying safe in the heat.
  • Native American Town Hall
    • A Native American Town Hall was held this week in the Valley. Among the issues being discussed, the retention of Indian culture. Debra Utacia Krol, a reporter for the Fort McDowell newspaper, will tell us about the town hall.

May 30, 2006

  • AIDS in Arizona
    • Part two of three Body Positive, a Phoenix-based AIDS research and resource center, is having a positive impact on the global fight against HIV and AIDS. The center has conducted clinical trials on 23 of the 26 drugs now prescribed to fight HIV and AIDS. Body Positive Executive Director Brian Helander joins HORIZON for an in-depth discussion about the centers research and the future of the global pandemic.

May 23, 2006

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • How do Arizonans feel about Sheriff Joe Arpaios immigration posse, President Bushs immigration plan and NSA spying? Those are some of the issues we surveyed Arizona voters on in the latest Cronkite-Eight Poll. Poll director Bruce Merrill and assistant director Tara Blanc will discuss the results. Read the complete Cronkite-Eight Poll results.

May 22, 2006

  • southwest Human Development
    • For 25 years now, Southwest Human Development has been helping children ages newborn to five and their families with a multitude of services. Ginger Ward, director and founder of the agency, tells us more about its mission.

May 18, 2006

  • New Hospital
    • As Arizonas population grows so does the need for health care services across the state. HORIZON profiles one new 300-thousand square-foot, $152-million dollar hospital opening in the East Valley and ongoing efforts to meet the need for more health care facilities.
  • New CPR
    • It's Emergency Medical Services Week and Horizon introduces us to the new CPR called the Cardiocerebral Resuscitation and Arizona is the first state to adopt it. A survivor who was treated with the new Cardiocerebral Resuscitation will share his experience and Dr. Ben Bobrow, Medical Doctor of the Arizona DPH, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services will talk with Michael Grant about Arizona's effort to educate the public on the new CPR.

May 17, 2006

  • Adjustable Rate Mortgages
    • Interest rates are on the rise and homeowners who took advantage of Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM) in recent years are feeling the financial pinch. And according to experts, foreclosures in the Valley are climbing at an alarming rate. Jay Butler, Director of the ASU Real Estate Center, will talk about today's housing market and the numerous homeowners left reeling.

May 8, 2006

  • Immunizations
    • Last year our state experienced a whooping cough epidemic. This year there is an outbreak of mumps in the Midwest. The introduction of vaccines has helped to control these types of diseases. Now researchers are working on a vaccine for the avian flu virus. We talk about this and other topics related to immunization with Dr. Anne Schuchat, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions National Immunization Program.

April 25, 2006

  • Power Hungry: Supply
    • Part two How do we develop more energy? How are suppliers of electricity, natural gas and fuel racing to keep up with the demand from our rapid growth? Stan Barnes of Copper State Consulting and Greg Patterson of the Arizona Competitive Power Alliance join the studio discussion.
  • Eight/Cronkite Poll
    • How do Arizonans feel about illegal immigration and efforts to reform immigration policies? Poll Director Bruce Merrill shares the results of the latest Eight/Cronkite Poll.

April 24, 2006

  • Power Hungry: Demand
    • Part one HORIZON launches a four-part series that examines energy consumption and conservation in Arizona with a look at our states insatiable demand for power.
  • APS Rate Hike?
    • A discussion about whether the Arizona Corporation Commission should allow Arizona Public Service to raise rates.
  • George Hanson
    • HORIZON profiles the Music Director/Conductor of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

April 20, 2006

April 11, 2006

  • Immigration March Follow-Up
    • Join Brenda Thomson, Director of the ASU Center of Law, Leadership and Management and Arturo Rosales, Ph.D, Professor of ASUs Department of History for a fascinating discussion about the historic civil rights implications of Mondays immigration march.

March 23, 2006

  • Private Prisons
    • Arizona lawmakers are considering privatizing more Arizona prisons. Department of Corrections Director Dora Schriro will talk about a recently commissioned study that examined the cost of privatization versus state-run prisons.

March 10, 2006

  • Governor Napolitano's Vetoes
    • Gov. Napolitano has vetoed more than 100 bills since becoming Arizona's Governor in 2002. Why has she vetoed so many bills? Michael Grant talks with Dr. David Berman, Senior Research Fellow with ASU's Morrison Institute for Public Policy, about Napolitano's possibly record-breaking vetoes.
  • Medicare deadline
    • The Medicare deadline is fast approaching. The program is known for its complexities, but the state has developed the 'benefits checkup' which can assist with determining what service is right for each person.
  • Education legislation
    • A proposed bill would allow high school seniors to earn more bonus points for good grades on core classes and electives.

February 28, 2006

  • Eight-Cronkite Poll
    • The issue of allowing a United Arab Emirates company to control ports in America has become a political hot potato for the Bush administration. Find out what Arizonans think about that issue and others, such as photo radar, in the latest Eight-Cronkite Poll. Poll Director Bruce Merrill and Assistant Tara Blanc provide analysis.
  • Eminent Domain
    • In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision concerning eminent domain powers, a flurry of legislation is making its way through the capitol. Representatives Chuck Gray and Tom Prezelski discuss the issue.

February 22, 2006

  • scholars Program
    • More than a dozen Arizona high school students will travel to Washington D.C. to attend the Honeywell Scholars Presidential Classroom Program. At the conference, students get a behind the scenes look at the interrelations between science, technology and public policy. Michael Grant will talk with Don Wilt, the Director of Public Affairs for Honeywell Aerospace, and Dustin Young of Gilbert High School, a student who will attend the one week program.

February 20, 2006

  • Disaster Response
    • susan Cutter, Director of the Hazards Research Lab, an anti-terrorism research center for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security joins HORIZON to talk about the botched response to Hurricane Katrina.

February 14, 2006

  • Phoenix Bond 101
    • HORIZON examines Proposition 3 - For building small high schools, higher education and health science facilities; Proposition 4 - For new parks and open spaces. and Proposition 5 - For libraries and youth, senior and cultural centers Find out more, visit the companion Web site.
  • Voter Identification
    • The Phoenix Bond Election is the first election impacted by the passage of Proposition 200. Voters will be required to present various forms of identification before they are issued a regular ballot. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and Maricopa County Director of Elections Karen Osborne explain what voters can expect.
  • Pandemic Flu Plan
    • Is Arizona prepared for possibly the greatest public health challenge of our time ---an influenza pandemic? The Arizona Department of Health Services has recently released an updated Influenza Pandemic Readiness Plan. Will Humble, Bureau Chief for the State Department Of Epidemiology & Disease Control joins Michael Grant for a discussion. For more information on the Readiness Plan go to www.azdhs.gov.

February 6, 2006

  • Medicare Prescription Plan
    • The new Medicare prescription drug plan got off to a rocky start. David Mitchell, State Director for AARP and Tom Betlach, Deputy Director for AHCCCS join us to discuss the problems and what you can do about them.
  • Credit Cards
    • Jeanine Lipka from Consumer Credit Counseling Services joins HORIZON to talk about recent developments that might cause credit card companies to increase your minimum payments.

January 26, 2006

  • Corrections Director Schriro
    • Retention of corrections officers is a problem for the Arizona Department of Corrections because of low pay. Corrections Director Dora Schriro will talk about what lawmakers and the Governor are proposing to solve the problem.

January 24, 2006

  • KAET-ASU Poll
    • Arizona voters provide their opinions about the proposals Governor Napolitano outlined in her State of the State address as well as President Bush's approval ratings. ASU Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Assistant Poll Director Tara Blanc join the discussion.
  • Legislature 2006: Education
    • Education issues will be at the forefront during the 2006 legislative session. Full-day kindergarten, English language learners and salary increases and professional development programs for teachers will be among hotly debated topics. Senator Toni Hellon, Chair of the Senate K-12 Education Committee and Rep. Mark Anderson, Chair of the House K-12 Education Committee join the discussion.

January 19, 2006

  • Credit Card Payments
    • It's a dose of medicine for consumers that's going to be painful at first. This month, your credit card minimum payments could double. That's because of new rules put in place by federal regulators to help people pay off credit cards, instead of just treading water. Learn more about the new rules.
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
    • David Mitchell, the Arizona State Director of the AARP, and Tom Betlach of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System join us to discuss recent problems with the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

December 21, 2005

  • Economic Forecast
    • Our economy has held strong this year despite hurricanes, skyrocketing housing prices and rising gas prices. What does the economy hold for 2006? ASU economists Tracy Clark, Jay Butler and Stephen Happel offer their impressions of the 2005 economy and predict what to expect in 2006.

December 20, 2005

  • Air Quality
    • The winter brown cloud hanging over the Valley is especially bad this season, prompting the Arizona Department of Air Quality to issue several high-pollution advisories. ADEQ Director Steve Owens joins us to talk about air quality.

December 13, 2005

  • sky Harbor Update
    • Did you know there is a "Stage and Go Lot" at Sky Harbor Airport where you can park for free and wait to pick up passengers? From parking to the new features of Terminal 4, there are a lot of changes at Sky Harbor Airport. We'll have an update with City of Phoenix Aviation Director David Kreitor.

December 12, 2005

  • Plan B
    • Join HORIZON for a look at the controversy surrounding the so-called "morning after pill" and whether pharmacists should have a right to refuse to dispense medications they find objectionable due to moral or religious grounds.
  • Arizona Stories: WWII Flyboys

November 29, 2005

  • Flu Season
    • It is early in the flu season, but sporadic cases of influenza are already being reported in Arizona. We have more available flu shots than we did last year, but a spike in demand for flu shots so far this year already has some doctors running low. We talk about who is at high risk and how to find flu shots, as well as what to expect later when flu season hits full force in December or January.
  • Winter Heating
    • skyrocketing gas prices have hit us all, but consumers have also been put on notice to expect substantial increases in their home heating bills this winter. The AARP says this year Americans are expected to face the largest one-year increase in home heating prices in three decades. Older Americans devote a higher percentage of total household spending to residential energy costs. Find out what to expect this year and how your family can save on home heating costs.

November 23, 2005

  • Growing Pains
    • Part three of three As the Valley continues to grow, there are areas inside the city that remain vacant. Learn how these areas are being "in-filled" in this conclusion of our series.
  • Holiday shopping season

November 22, 2005

  • Growing Pains
    • Part two of three Some people are taking a big city approach and moving into high-rise condos. HORIZON examines the growing trend.
  • KAET-ASU Poll
    • President Bush's approval ratings have hit an all-time low. The latest KAET-ASU Poll reveals how Arizonans feel about the President. Also, we asked Arizona voters if they think the nation and the state are headed in the right direction. Join Poll Director Bruce Merrill and his assistant Tara Blanc for an analysis. Complete poll results.

November 15, 2005

  • International Emergency Responders
    • Emergency response professionals from around the world will meet in Phoenix to talk about saving lives and protecting property during emergencies, and the similarities and differences of disaster response efforts between various nations. Gunnar Keupper, president of the International Association of Emergency Managers, joins us to talk about the impact, response and consequences of the Kashmir earthquake that claimed up to 80-thousand lives in Central Asia.
  • Arizona's real estate market
  • Civil liberties in a time of national cri

November 14, 2005

  • National Hunger and Homelessness Week
    • You might be shocked to find out what happened when Phoenix City Councilman Greg Stanton posed as a homeless person to try and better understand the plight of homelessness in the Valley. HORIZON marks National Hunger and Homelessness Week with a series of conversations with Stanton, Ginny Hildebrand, Executive Director of The Association of Arizona Food Banks and Bob Evans, Executive Director of United Food Bank about what we can all do to stem the tide of poverty and homelessness in our city.
  • Arizona Stories: St. Mary's Basilica
    • The downtown Phoenix icon has a rich history and a special place in the hearts of Arizonans.

October 20, 2005

  • Light Rail Update
    • Construction has started on the Valley's light rail system. It's impacted businesses. We'll get an update on light rail progress from John Farry, Valley Metro Rail's Director of Community Relations.

October 13, 2005

  • Arizona Commission on the Arts
  • Google
    • Google, the internet search engine company, has announced it is searching for a site in the Valley to put an office that would employ 600 people. Learn more about the move from a Google company representative.
  • Teacher Pay Raise
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne has proposed giving teachers a pay raise by giving them a $2,500 tax credit. Horne will be on HORIZON to talk about his plan.

October 11, 2005

October 4, 2005

  • seymour Hersh
    • Join HORIZON for an extraordinary conversation with one of the preeminent investigative journalists of our time. Hersh's latest book "Chain Of Command, The Road From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib" tackles the complexities of Iraq and the U.S. role in torturing prisoners of war.
  • Domestic Violence Chairs
    • Eleven chairs have been created by ASU Interior Design Students in an effort to bring awareness to domestic violence and kick off Domestic Violence Awareness month. The chairs make statements about domestic violence and will be auctioned at a dinner event benefiting the Phoenix Family Advocacy Center. PFAC Director Ginger Spencer joins the discussion.

September 29, 2005

  • Medal of Honor Convention
    • Phoenix is playing host this year to the annual Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention. 75 of the 121 living recipients are attending. We'll talk to one of them, Fred Ferguson, a Valley resident who is also the Deputy Director of the Veterans Services Department.

September 27, 2005

  • Arizona Opera - Ballet Arizona
    • Ballet Arizona and Arizona Opera are partnering for a spectacular one-time event to celebrate their return to the newly renovated Phoenix Symphony Hall and kick off their new seasons. Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen joins the studio discussion.

September 22, 2005

  • Arizona's Health Insurance Crisis: Insura
    • Part four of four What about health insurance during the retirement years? Some employers continue to pay for it, but many retirees are carrying more of the burden. Patrick Klein of the Arizona State Retirement System is the guest.
  • Chief Justice McGregor
    • Ruth McGregor, recently appointed Arizona's second female Chief Justice, will join HORIZON to talk about her new role and her interest in increasing the court's public outreach efforts.

September 19, 2005

  • Arizona's Health Insurance Crisis
    • Part one of four This week's four-part series begins with an examination of why it's so difficult for so many to obtain health insurance coverage. Also, AHCCCS Medical Director Dr. John Molina joins Michael Grant to discuss the recent DES disclosure that cites Wal-Mart as the employer of the largest number of Arizonans on AHCCCS.
  • Arizona Stories: The Lowell Obervatory
    • This Flagstaff fixture has played an integral role in the history of astronomy. Learn about the observatory's many contributions to the field.

September 14, 2005

September 12, 2005

September 6, 2005

  • Disaster Relief
    • In response to Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross is launching the largest mobilization of resources in its history for a single natural disaster. Businesses and organizations across the state are raising funds to send to hurricane victims. A representative from the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross joins HORIZON to talk about the effort and how you can help.
  • Economic Impact
    • Economists agree, the death and destruction left in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina will cause long-lasting damage to the U.S. economy. Tracy Clark, Associate Director and Senior Research Economist for the ASU Economic Outlook Center, discusses how extensive the economic impact will be.

September 5, 2005

  • Labor Day Special
    • A look at the labor struggles in Arizona, particularly the Asarco strike in Kearny and the AFL-CIO convention in Phoenix. Guests include ASU economist Dawn McLaren and Executive Director of the Arizona AFL-CIO Michael McGrath.

August 29, 2005

  • Meth Task Force
    • Phoenix officials have formed a task force to fight the prevalence of methamphetamine in the Valley. Phoenix Councilman Tom Simplot joins Michael Grant to discuss potential ordinances to restrict the sale of pseudoephedrine, the primary ingredient used to make meth.
  • Base Realignment
    • The Base Realignment And Closure Commission has voted to close Mesa's Air Force Research Lab.
  • Arizona Stories: Elizabeth Hudson Smith
    • Discover the extraordinary story of an African-American woman's experience in the early days of Wickenburg.

August 24, 2005

August 23, 2005

  • Housing Arizona
    • Horizon's Housing Arizona Special offers an in-depth look at the Valley's housing boom. What happens it the so-called housing bubble bursts? How will it affect home sales and the rest of our economy?

August 17, 2005

  • Tax Bills
    • There is a backlog of unsettled property tax issues at the Maricopa County Treasurer's Office an issue that has been compounded by the hot housing market. Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert joins Michael Grant to talk about the million and a half property tax bills he is poised to send out.
  • Rising price of gas
  • Governor Janet Napolitano declares a stat

August 1, 2005

  • Arizona's Crime Rate
    • A recent report by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission revealed that Arizona ranks number one overall in crime. Steve Ballance of the commission will tell us more about the statistics.
  • Arizona Stories: Arizona's Civil War Batt
    • The battle at Picacho Pass was the western-most civil war battle. Learn how Arizona was once a confederate state, and how the battle near Picacho Peak played a role in keeping Confederate troops from reaching California.

July 25, 2005

  • Land Initiative
    • HORIZON examines the Arizona State Land Conservation Initiative voters will be asked to consider on the general election ballot next year. Arizona Education Association President John Wright and Andy Laurenzi, the Sonoran Institute's State Trust Lands Program Director will discuss the details.

July 19, 2005

  • Housing Arizona: Affordable Housing
    • The latest real estate figures show the median sales price for an existing home topped a quarter of a million dollars this year in Maricopa County. HORIZON examines the impact Arizona's housing boom is having on thousands of families who are now unable to afford a home. Stardust Cos. CEO Greg Holmes, housing consultant David Rosen, and Michael Pyatok, Executive Director of the ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family, join Michael Grant to discuss the growing concern over affordable housing.

July 18, 2005

  • Housing Arizona: Housing 101
    • HORIZON begins a four-part series on the booming housing market. Find out what's causing the market to grow and who's buying. Jay Butler of ASU's Arizona Real Estate Center joins Michael Grant in studio.
  • Arizona Stories: St. Mary's Basilica
    • Founded in 1881, St. Mary's Basilica, in downtown Phoenix is the mother of Catholic parishes in the Valley.

July 13, 2005

  • Immigration Summit
    • Governor Napolitano has organized an immigration summit Tuesday in Flagstaff. State and federal law enforcement officials are expected to develop proposals for cracking down on illegal immigration and related crime.

July 6, 2005

  • Environmental Issues
    • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality director Steve Owens evaluates the environmental issues facing our state.

June 28, 2005

  • KAET - ASU Poll
    • How do Arizonans feel about rising home prices and housing affordability? How do they feel about the Downing Street Memo? Join Poll Director Bruce Merrill and his assistant Tara Blanc for the latest results of the KAET-ASU Poll.

June 27, 2005

  • Eminent Domain
    • The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that local governments can seize homes and turn them over to private developers. We'll discuss the ramifications of the decision with Kevin Adam, the Legislative Director of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns and Tim Keller of the Institute For Justice.
  • Arizona Stories: Taliesin West
    • The visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright made Scottsdale his winter home and created a working and living environment, literally, with the labor of apprentices. The beautiful Taliesin West is a manifestation of Wright's vision. Beverly Hart of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will talk about the foundation's recent difficulties and decisions.

June 16, 2005

  • Superstition Vistas
    • Land development in Arizona has been haphazard in many areas. As growth in our state starts moving into Pinal County, state, county and local planners are looking to avoid that in a 275-square-mile area known as Superstition Vistas. State land director Mark Winkleman and land use attorney Grady Gammage sit down with Michael Grant to talk about planning for the area south of the East Valley and north of Florence.

June 13, 2005

  • Water Fight
    • secretary of the Interior Gale Norton has ruled that water from Lake Powell will flow into Lake Mead. That decision has upper basin states worried about drought, but lower basin states including Arizona, Nevada and California, are applauding the ruling. The Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Herb Guenther, joins us to discuss the ruling's implications.

June 9, 2005

  • ASU China Exhibit
    • Arizona State University was the first university outside of China invited to participate in the country's annual celebration of science and technology. ASU's exhibit "Welcome to Mars" featured the university's Mars research team. KAET went along to give you an up-close look at the historic visit.
  • soaring State Revenues
    • For the first time ever, Arizona passed the one billion dollar mark in state revenues in April. That was fueled by a 77\% increase in state income tax revenue. That's being attributed to money being made in Arizona's red-hot housing market. We'll talk to Arizona State University Economist Tracy Clark about rising state revenues.

May 16, 2005

  • Diabetes epidemic
    • A global epidemic of diabetes is forcing a hard look at lifestyles. We'll visit an Arizona community that has battled that disease.
  • Housing market
    • The Valley is undergoing a housing boom but are more buyers unable to pay the high prices?
  • Arizona Stories: Wrigley Mansion
    • An eclectic mix of style and history - the Wrigley Mansion on tonight's Arizona Story.

May 5, 2005

  • First Thursday: The Governor on HORIZON
    • Budget negotiations between the Governor and state lawmakers have finally borne some fruit. The two sides came to an agreement after a veto of the first budget and Governor Napolitano now holds the record for the most number of vetoes by a Governor. And the Governor met today with the nation's homeland security director who was visiting the border in Arizona, all issues we'll discuss with the Governor.

May 4, 2005

  • senator Jon Kyl
    • U.S. Senator Jon Kyl discusses border security and immigration, judicial appointments and Social Security reform.
  • science fair
    • Local high school students take science to new heights as they prepare for an international science fair.

April 28, 2005

  • Budget talks
    • state lawmakers continue to work on a budget. An update from the Senate president.
  • Nursing shortage
    • There's a nursing shortage in Arizona. One state lawmaker has a bill that would help ease that by helping to educate more nurses.
  • Homeownership myths
    • A new campaign designed to educate minorities about home buying myths kicked off today.

April 27, 2005

  • state budget
    • state lawmakers present a budget that contains what the Governor wants, funding for full day kindergarten. The problem is it also contains items the Governor doesn't want.
  • Domestic Violence
    • Thousands walk the walk on Saturday to end domestic violence, and another step in the right direction, a new bill dealing with spousal rape is signed by the Governor this week.

April 26, 2005

  • KAET-ASU Poll
    • The latest KAET-ASU Poll shows strong support for the minutemen project. Volunteers looking for illegal immigrants along the border. The poll also measured approval for President Bush's guest worker program.
  • Indian Water Rights Settlement
    • A decades long struggle to regain water that was taken from them is over. We'll look at the largest Indian water rights settlement in U.S. history and what it means not only to the Gila River Indian community, but also to valley cities and other water users.

April 14, 2005

  • Kids in Pickups
    • No kids in the back of pickups. That's a bill lawmakers have been trying to pass for 10 years. We'll talk to the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Jerry Weiers.
  • Housing Market
    • Arizona's housing market continues its blistering pace. Two economists will talk about the hot housing market.
  • Arizona Refinery
    • Gas prices are at record highs. A proposed Arizona refinery might bring some relief.

April 5, 2005

  • New DPS Director
    • The Arizona Department of Safety is responsible for much more than patrolling the state's freeways and highways. "Horizon" talks to the new DPS director about the issues affecting the state police agency, and the priorities for his administration.
  • Vouchers/Tuiton Tax Credits
    • The issue of school vouchers is back in Arizona's capitol for the first time in almost a decade. The senate has okayed a bill for the senate to provide money for private school tuition. "Horizon" looks at school choice issues at the legislature.

April 4, 2005

March 29, 2005

  • Illegal Immigrant Benefits
    • Adult education classes, college scholarships and child care subsidies would all be denied to illegal aliens, under a bill working its way through the legislature.
  • Juvenile Corrections Update
    • Federal investigators found several glaring problems at the juvenile corrections last year. A new report looks at what's being done to improve conditions.
  • state Archive Building
    • The condition of the state archive building led lawmakers to approve funding for a new one. "Horizon" looks at the need for a new facility and why it's been difficult to get one built.

February 9, 2005

  • school Nutrition
    • Will removing soda and candy from vending machines and school sales have a negative fiscal impact on school budgets?
  • Chinese New Year
    • On the Chinese calendar, 4703 is the year of the rooster. Find out about the Chinese new year festival and how to celebrate this year of courage and good luck.

January 25, 2005

  • AZ Legislature: A to Z "Term Limits"
    • Arizona voters imposed term limits on state lawmakers more than a dozen years ago. It's caused some to leave office after eight years, but other legislators have found a way around them.
  • KAET-ASU Poll
    • The latest KAET-ASU poll looks at support for a constitutional amendment to prevent gay marriages in Arizona.

January 19, 2005

  • Titan Landing
    • Extraordinary images of Saturn's largest moon, titan, beamed to earth with an imaging system developed at the University of Arizona.
  • Pros and cons of tax incentives and revenue sharing
    • Valley cities have battled to attract developers by offering subsidies. The pros and cons of tax incentives and revenue sharing.

January 18, 2005

  • How Arizona Compares
    • A new report by ASU's Morrison Institute compares how Arizona stacks up to other states in several quality of life areas. We'll take a look at some of the statistics and what they mean.
  • Federal Sentencing Guidelines
    • The Supreme Court throws out the way federal judges determine sentences. ASU law professor Paul Bender talks about last week's rulings and its implications.

January 12, 2005

  • Arizona Department of Water Resources
    • Water conservation and Colorado River water revitalizing the Arizona department of water resources were topics Governor Napolitano spoke about in her state of the state address. Herb Guenther, Director, State Department of Water Resources, spoke to "Horizon" on the issue.

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