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July 10, 2014

  • Uncompensated Hospital Care  |   Video
    • A new survey by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association shows that care given to those unable to pay their bill has fallen 31 percent for the first four months of this year as compared to the same time period last year. Jim Haynes, senior vice president and chief operating officer for the association, will talk about the new survey.

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 19, 2014

  • Central Arizona Project Water  |   Video
    • Recent reports reveal that Central Arizona Project water users could face shortages in coming years. Tom McCann, assistant general manager for the CAP, will explain why the reports are inaccurate.

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.

June 10, 2014

  • Global Cities Initiative  |   Video
    • The Global Cities Initiative is a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase that aims to help metropolitan areas strengthen their international connections and competitiveness. The initiative recently held a forum in Phoenix. Curtis Reed, Jr., Market Manager for Arizona, Chase, spoke at the event and will tell us more about making the Phoenix area more competitive in the global market.

June 4, 2014

  • International School of Biomedical Diagnostics  |   Video
    • Arizona State University and Dublin City University are joining forces to develop the International School of Biomedical Diagnostics, in collaboration with Ventana Medical Systems Inc. The school will be launched in August 2014 at ASU and September 2014 at DCU. Mara G. Aspinall, president and CEO of Ventana Medical Systems, and Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president of ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, will discuss the new school.

May 21, 2014

  • AZ Technology and Innovation: International Science Fair Winner  |   Video
    • An 18-year-old Corona del Sol High School student from Tempe recently took home the top award for electrical and mechanical engineering at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Sarah Galvin will talk about her award and the project she created to win it. Nathan Newman, a professor at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, mentored Galvin and will join her on the show.

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 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 14, 2014

  • MAG Demographic Map Viewer  |   Video
    • The Maricopa Association of Governments has created several interactive maps that give a variety of key information for the Phoenix Metro area. Businesses and other groups can search individual areas to get information on land use, population density, percentage of minority groups, bikeways and much more. Anubhav Bagley, MAG Information Services Manager, will walk us through the map viewer.

April 9, 2014

  • Around Arizona: Native American Education  |   Video
    • Dr. Heather Shotton, former president of the National Indian Education Association and Dr. Bryan Brayboy, an ASU professor of indigenous education, will discuss Indian education issues, including student retention, graduation and higher education.

April 4, 2014

  • Literary Special  |   Video
    • Hear from two top-selling authors about their newest works. International bestseller Bill Bryson, author of “A Walk in the Woods, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home,” will talk about his latest book, “One Summer: America, 1927.” Thomas Moore, author of the bestselling “Care of the Soul,” will talk about his new book, “A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.”

April 2, 2014

  • Charles Keating  |   Video
    • Charles Keating was a man who exemplified how money could influence politics. Keating has died in Phoenix at age 90. His association and political contributions to the so-called “Keating Five,” a group of lawmakers that included then Arizona Congressmen John McCain and Dennis DeConcini, helped him get favorable treatment from regulators. Keating’s Lincoln Savings and Loans collapsed, leaving many with worthless investments and costing taxpayers billions of dollars. Michael Manning was the lead counsel for the FDIC in prosecuting Keating, and will look back on his role.

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.

March 25, 2014

  • 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 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

  • NAFTA 20 Year Anniversary  |   Video
    • It’s been 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement was put into place. It was designed to eliminate investment and trade barriers between the United States, Mexico and Canada. An international conference will be held at Arizona State University in March regarding NAFTA. Jonathan Koppell, Dean of ASU’s College of Public Programs, will discuss how the trade agreement has impacted Arizona and the three countries it covers.

February 24, 2014

  • SB 1062  |   Video
    • Another controversial Arizona bill is making national and even international headlines. Senate Bill 1062 gives business owners protection from lawsuits when they deny service to anyone based on their sincerely held religious beliefs. Arizona State University Law Professor Zachary Kramer will sort out some of the legal issues regarding that bill.

February 20, 2014

  • 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 10, 2014

  • 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

  • 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 5, 2014

  • Hospital Issues  |   Video
    • With the New Year, Arizona hospitals are facing new issues, such as the Affordable Care Act and hospital price transparency, which requires hospitals to list prices. Greg Vigdor, the CEO and president of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, will discuss new issues hospitals are facing in our state.

January 28, 2014

  • Arizona Culinary Ambassadors  |   Video
    • Five Arizona chefs have been given the “Ripe Award” at an event at the Phoenix Art Museum. The award requires them to represent Arizona food culture to the rest of the nation and world in 2014. Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri, who has served as the president and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association, will talk about the awards and the mission of the awards. Joining him are Chefs Justin Beckett of Beckett’s Table, and Gio Osso of Vitru, both 2014 “Ripe Award” winners.

January 21, 2014

  • Historian/Author Jack August  |   Video
    • Arizona historian and author Jack August will discuss his latest work, “The Norton Trilogy," the story of three generations of Arizona's Norton family and their impact on western water supplies and policies.

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 18, 2013

  • Aging Initiatives Grants  |   Video
    • Valley communities will be better able to fight social isolation and strengthen the connections that older adults have, thanks to two new grants awarded to the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network. The funding will help three pilot communities launch new programs to help older adults live independently. Amy St. Peter, the Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services manager, will talk about how the money will be used.

December 3, 2013

  • Program for International Student Assessment  |   Video
    • The Program for International Student Assessment, otherwise known as PISA, will be released December 3. It will offer results on the 2012 international assessment measuring 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics and science literacy skills. President and CEO of Expect More Arizona Pearl Chang Esau will talk about where Arizona students ranked in the international assessment.
  • The Arizona We Want Grant  |   Video
    • The Center for the Future of Arizona announced today it has raised $1.375 million to fund implementation of The Arizona We Want 2.0: The Case for Action. The plan calls for improving the lives of Arizonans in eight key areas, including education, job creation, environment, water management and healthcare. The Center for the Future of Arizona Chairman and CEO Dr. Lattie Coor will discuss the implementation of the new funds.

December 2, 2013

  • School Funding Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Some charter school students and their families are asking that the Arizona Court of Appeals reverse a Maricopa County Superior Court ruling from last April that upheld the current funding system for K-12 schools. Those filing the suit say that system gives much more money per pupil to traditional public school students. The plantiff’s attorney, Korey Langhofer, and Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, will discuss the case and school funding for charter and traditional public schools.

November 12, 2013

  • Environmental Plan for Navajo Generating Station  |   Video
    • The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules that will require owners of the Navajo Generating Station to pay $1.1 billion dollars to limit emissions from the plant. Owners of the plant say if approved, that will force them to shut down the power plant. Much of the electricity from the plant is used to pump water uphill in the Central Arizona Project Canal. A technical working group has come up with an alternative plan, and the CAP is asking members of the public to contact the EPA by January 6 to support their plan. CAP General Manager David Modeer will discuss the issue, along with Marshall Johnson of To Nizhoni Ani, a group with a mission to protect and preserve the environment.

October 31, 2013

  • 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 9, 2013

  • Author Bill Bryson  |   Video
    • International bestseller Bill Bryson, author of “A Walk in the Woods, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home,” will talk about his latest book, “One Summer: America, 1927.” His new book details historical events of that summer.

October 8, 2013

  • International State of the State  |   Video
    • The 9th Annual International State of the State conference will be held October 15 in Phoenix. It’s a luncheon panel discussion hosted annually by the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations to look at Arizona’s place in the global economy and discuss ways to sell Arizona products and services internationally. Glen Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, will talk about Arizona competing globally.

September 26, 2013

  • SNAP Challenge  |   Video
    • As part of Hunger Awareness Month, the Arizona Community Action Association challenged community members to spend a week living on a food stamp budget of $4.14 a day or $29 a week for an individual. We’ll show you how one person met that challenge.

September 24, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: VerdeXchange Conference  |   Video
    • The inaugural VerdeXchange Conference, which seeks to connect businesses with sustainability projects, will be held at Arizona State University’s SkySong Innovation Center October 7 and 8. The conference will feature numerous panels, speakers and hundreds of attendees, all aimed at helping regional and international business leaders tap into sustainability and infrastructure projects. Arizona organizers of the event, Doug Bruhnke of Growth Nation and Maryanne Weiss of Gustare Ltd., will discuss the conference.

September 12, 2013

  • Education Funding  |   Video
    • A new report shows that Arizona had the third-highest state funding cuts per pupil since the recession started. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows state funding for school districts has fallen an inflation-adjusted 17-percent since 2008. Education-funding expert Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials will talk about education funding in our state.

September 10, 2013

  • Water Management Research for Cotton Farmers  |   Video
    • Researchers at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona are working on a study to understand farmers’ perspectives on water management and how water policies affect their operations. ASU Associate Professor Hallie Eakin, who is working on the research, will talk about the study.

September 5, 2013

  • Scorpius  |   Video
    • A Phoenix dance company is gaining international attention for its unique style. Last month, Scorpius Dance Theatre became the first Arizona Company invited to the Booking Dance Festival, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is considered the largest arts festival in the world. We’ll take a look at the unique style of Scorpius.

August 27, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Goodyear Fire Station Energy Efficiency  |   Video
    • The city of Goodyear’s fire station was recently honored for its energy efficiency. The local chapter of the Building Operators Manager’s Association ranked the fire station the best among nearly 75 Valley public safety facilities. We will take a look at what makes the fire station energy efficient.

August 21, 2013

  • Danny’s Car Wash Immigration Raids  |   Video
    • Sixteen Danny’s Car Washes were raided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over the weekend. That occurred after a two-year investigation which alleges the company hired back many of the 900 employees they fired two years ago following a federal audit that revealed those workers were in the country illegally. The 78-count indictment alleges document fraud and i.d. theft, and targeted managers of the company. That is different than previous raids conducted by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which targeted workers. Here to talk about the raids is immigration attorney Liz Chatham, who is also the Arizona Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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 19, 2013

  • Salt and Verde Reservoirs  |   Video
    • Reservoirs for the Salt and Verde Rivers, such as Roosevelt Lake, have been refilled to levels they were at last year, thanks to snowmelt. Salt River Project, which manages the system, reports the reservoirs also received a boost from a better-than-average monsoon season. Charlie Ester, SRP’s manager of Water Resource Operations, will discuss the status of water levels in the reservoirs that supply much of the water for the Phoenix area.

August 13, 2013

  • Construction Worker Shortage  |   Video
    • As the housing market heats up, Arizona is facing a shortage of construction workers. David Jones, president of the Arizona Construction Association, will talk about the shortage.

August 12, 2013

  • Climate Change Negotiations  |   Video
    • A group of Arizona State University professors and students traveled to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany recently, where the students presented white papers on international climate change negotiations. Daniel Bodansky, an ASU professor of Law, Ethics and Sustainability, and law student Ashley Votruba, will talk about the trip, climate change negotiations and the paper presented by Votruba. She focused on the impact of bottom-up approaches to protecting wetlands internationally and preventing the rapid depletion of plant life and loss of top soil in desert and arid regions.

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 23, 2013

  • HOA Laws Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Several bills making changes to Homeowner Association laws in Arizona were approved by the state legislature this past session. The HOA bills were tacked onto election law bills. Critics say that violates the single-subject rule, which prohibits placing multiple topics into one bill. The Center for Law in the Public Interest has filed suit against the new HOA laws. Attorney Tim Hogan of the center will talk about the lawsuit.

June 26, 2013

  • AZ Technology & Innovation: Nanovoltaics  |   Video
    • Nanovoltaics is a Phoenix-based firm that specializes in providing manufacturers of solar power cells equipment that lower capital costs. The company offers equipment engineering and design and management of large scale construction projects. It also offers nanomaterials for thermal insulation, water purification, timed-release fertilizers, and biofuels production. Henk de Waard, CEO of Nanovoltaics, will talk about his company.

June 10, 2013

  • Education Savings Accounts  |   Video
    • The Arizona Court of Appeals denied a request to block Arizona’s education savings account program recently, a ruling expected to be appealed. The program allows families to use money that would have been spent in traditional public schools for private schools, homeschooling or education therapy. Clint Bolick, the lead attorney from the Goldwater Institute, and Don Peters, an attorney representing the Arizona Education Association, will discuss education savings accounts.
  • Cross Border Crime  |   Video
    • The 29th Annual Policia International Sonora-Arizona Conference was held recently in Tempe. The annual international conference includes law enforcement agencies from all jurisdictional levels in the United States and Mexico, who gather to address law enforcement related issues plaguing both sides of the border. U.S. Marshall for Arizona David Gonzales will discuss the conference and issues affecting regarding cross-border crime.

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.

May 8, 2013

  • Biomimicry and Janine Benyus  |   Video
    • Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature that is used to create a healthier, more sustainable planet. One example is solar cells that mimic leaves. Another is paint that mimics leaf surfaces to be self-cleaning with just water. Janine Benyus co-founded the world’s first bio-inspired consultancy, which has done work for more than 250 clients. Benyus will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa for her groundbreaking work specializing in biomimicry at the Arizona State University undergraduate commencement ceremony May 9. She will appear on Arizona Horizon to talk about biomimicry and her work.

April 30, 2013

  • Union Work Time Ruling  |   Video
    • A judge issued an injunction that stops Phoenix police officers from doing union work while on the job. The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, a police union, says it will fight the injunction that was issued after a lawsuit by the Goldwater Institute. Clint Bolick, the lead attorney for Goldwater, will discuss the issue along with Mark Spencer, the Southwest Project Coordinator for Judicial Watch.

April 22, 2013

  • Transparent Medical Pricing  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have required hospitals and other medical providers to list prices for common medical procedures. The Arizona Senate has revived the bill. Senator Nancy Barto, sponsor of the bill, will talk about her measure. Pete Wertheim, of the Arizona Hospital Association, will speak in opposition to the bill.

April 18, 2013

  • Toll Roads  |   Video
    • A transportation panel of the Maricopa Association of Government voted to move ahead with a study on how to make toll roads work in the Valley. Arizona Republic reporter Sean Holstege will talk about the issue.

April 10, 2013

  • AZ Technology & Innovation: Intel International Science and Engineering Fair  |   Video
    • The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair will be held May 12-17 at the Phoenix Convention Center, with aspiring scientists from all over the world competing. Renee Levin, Intel’s community engagement manager, will talk about the fair. Sarah Sakha, a student from Xavier High School, will talk about her winning project, which seeks to develop emergency food products used in famine relief.

March 12, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: New Tree Trail  |   Video
    • A new tree trail program has been established in Glendale. The tree trail would promote programs to care for trees and give information about water conservation. Jo Miller of the Glendale Water Conservation Office will tell us more.

February 18, 2013

  • Black Board of Directors Project  |   Video
    • Since 1984, the Black Board of Directors Project in Phoenix has placed over 2,000 African-Americans and other minorities on various corporate, charitable and public-policy making boards and commissions. Tamika Curry Smith, president of The TCS Group, a human resources company; and Susan Shultz, founder of SSA Executive Search International, Ltd., an executive search firm; will talk about the Black Board of Directors.

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.

January 3, 2013

  • USASU International Piano Competition  |   Video
    • Arizona State University is hosting the 6th Bosendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competitions on January 6-13, 2013. Competition founder and ASU Associate Professor of Piano, Dr. Baruch Meir, talks about some of the special features of this year’s competitions.

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 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.

November 26, 2012

  • U.S.-Mexico Colorado River Water Agreement  |   Video
    • The United States and Mexico have a new agreement on Colorado River water. The new deal will allow the U.S. to get a one-time increased allotment from the river in exchange for $10 million and helping Mexico to repair canals damaged in a 2010 earthquake. It also lets Mexico store water in Lake Mead, which will boost water levels by 15 feet and could lead to more tourism at the lake.

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.

October 31, 2012

  • Fighting Heart Disease and Stroke  |   Video
    • Lynne Love, Chairman of the American Heart Association’s 2012 Phoenix Heart Ball, talks about some of the programs the annual fundraiser supports, such as the Halle Heart Children’s Museum in Tempe.

October 9, 2012

October 8, 2012

  • Vote 2012: Prop 117 (Property Value Taxes) Debate  |   Video
    • Prop 117 is a constitutional amendment referred to the ballot by the Arizona Legislature that would limit - to 5% - annual increases in property value which is used to calculate property taxes. Hear from Arizona Tax Research Association President Kevin McCarthy, who supports Prop 117, and Maricopa County Treasurer Charles “Hos” Hoskins, who is opposed to the measure.

October 3, 2012

  • Vote 2012: Debate - Prop 120 (State Sovereignty)  |   Video
    • Proposition 120 was placed on the ballot by the state legislature to give the state exclusive control over public lands, air, water, minerals and wildlife in Arizona. Those for the measure say it's an important step in asserting states' rights. Opponents say the state cannot afford to manage the lands, and also say it is unconstitutional. Supporters and opponents debate the merits of the proposition.

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.

September 10, 2012

  • Arizona Common Core Education Standards  |   Video
    • Arizona is implementing new, more rigorous education standards this year. The Common Core Educational Standards have been adopted by 44 states to improve math and language skills among students. Arizona State Superintendent John Huppenthal and Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill will discuss the common core standards.

June 25, 2012

  • U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: SB 1070 - Legal  |   Video
    • ASU law professors Paul Bender and Carissa Hessick and immigration attorney Regina Jefferies provide legal analysis of the Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070. Plus, State Representative John Kavanagh and former state lawmakers/political consultant John Loredo talk about the opinion and the politics of enforcing SB 1070 moving forward.

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.

May 31, 2012

  • Arizona Giving & Leading: Food Banks & Hunger  |   Video
    • Find out how Arizona food banks are responding to the challenges of ending hunger. Guests include President and CEO of the Association of Arizona Food Banks Ginny Hildebrand, and Beverly Damore, Chief Operating Officer for the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

May 30, 2012

  • Smoke-Free Arizona Act  |   Video
    • In 2006, Arizona voters passed an initiative that prohibits smoking in most public places. We take a look at the impact of the Smoke-Free Arizona Act five years after it went into effect. Guests include Bill Pfeiffer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Southwest and Harmony Duport who is responsible for enforcing the Act for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

May 24, 2012

  • McCain Institute for International Leadership  |   Video
    • Arizona State University is launching the nonprofit McCain Institute for International Leadership. ASU President Michael Crow talks about the mission of the new nonpartisan education and research institute that is funded initially by a $9 million gift from a charitable trust established by Arizona Senator John McCain.

May 16, 2012

  • PHX Sky Train Testing  |   Video
    • The automated and elevated train that will shuttle passengers around Sky Harbor Airport took its first test run this week. We’ll have an update on progress of the PHX Sky Train.

May 1, 2012

  • Aging in Place Pilot Project  |   Video
    • The Maricopa Association of Governments and the Greater Phoenix region is one of five areas in the country invited to take part in the Aging Pilot City Leaders Institute on Aging in Place, a new national pilot project striving to help people aged 65 years and more to live independently in their homes. Amy St. Peter of MAG and Joe LaRue of Sun Health Senior Living explain how Valley residents will benefit from the project.

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 11, 2012

  • Debt Collection Bill  |   Video
    • While creditors are supporting a bill (HB 2664) moving through the state legislature that deals with credit card debt, others are saying it’s a bad deal for consumers. Hear from attorneys on both sides of the issue.

March 27, 2012

March 26, 2012

  • Government Employees  |   Video
    • Government workers talk about how their jobs and the public services they provide would be impacted by legislative efforts to change the state’s personnel and public union laws.

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.

February 21, 2012

  • Municipal Aging Services Project  |   Video
    • The Valley’s 65 and over population is expected to double in size by the end of this decade. Find out what “MAG”, the Maricopa Association of Governments, is doing to help local governments determine how to best serve this growing population. Guests include MAG Human Services and Special Projects Manager Amy St. Peter, Carol Kratz of Piper Trust, and Michelle Dinisio, the President and CEO of Benevilla, a nonprofit that provides services to seniors.

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 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 20, 2011

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.

November 30, 2011

  • Arizona Counties: Financial Challenges  |   Video
    • Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney, who also serves as President of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona, and Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek discuss the financial challenges facing Arizona’s 15 counties and their legislative priorities for 2012.

November 29, 2011

  • Education Empowerment Savings Accounts  |   Video
    • Attorneys on opposite sides of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s education empowerment savings accounts make their cases for and against the program.

November 25, 2011

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 11, 2011

November 7, 2011

October 19, 2011

  • State Public Affairs Networks  |   Video
    • The National Association of State Public Affairs Networks is promoting the creation of state versions of C-SPAN in all fifty states. Hear from NAPAN President Paul Giguere who was in Phoenix recently to testify at an FCC hearing on the future of media.

September 20, 2011

September 19, 2011

  • Environmental Excellence Awards  |   Video
    • Each year, the Valley Forward Association recognizes environmentally sensitive projects throughout the Valley of the Sun that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. VFA President Diane Brossart and Lori Singleton of Salt River Project review the 2011 award winners.

August 17, 2011

  • AZ Technology & Innovation: Hydro Technology  |   Video
    • Hydration Technology Innovations has developed a forward osmosis water filtration system that can produce clean drinking water from just about any water supply. Walter Schultz, President and CEO, explains how the technology works.

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.

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.

June 21, 2011

  • Colorado River Water Supply  |   Video
    • Central Arizona Project General Manager David Modeer talks about the Colorado River Basin Water Supply & Demand Study, a collaborative effort between the federal government and seven western states to assess the adequacy of Colorado River water now and in the future.
  • Clean Car Program  |   Video
    • Clean air advocates respond to proposed changes to rules that govern vehicle emissions in Arizona.

June 14, 2011

  • Arizona Centennial: Vulture Mine  |   Video
    • Discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg, the Vulture Mine was Arizona’s most productive gold mine. Now, a group is trying to raise money to renovate the mine’s historic buildings. Bernadine McCollum and Penny Pietre, of the Vulture Mine Preservation and Restoration Association, discuss the mine and efforts to save its crumbling infrastructure.

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 5, 2011

April 27, 2011

  • Development Impact Fees  |   Video
    • Governor Brewer signed a bill that regulates the impact fees cities charge home builders to help pay for growth-related infrastructure. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and Spencer Kamps, Vice President of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, discuss the bill which represents a compromise between cities and developers.

April 26, 2011

  • Legislative Wrap-up: Education  |   Video
    • We take a look at the impact of budget cuts and other legislation on public education with Senator Rich Crandall, Chair of the Senate Education Committee; Ann-Eve Pedersen, president of the Arizona Education Network; and Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

April 25, 2011

  • Medical Marijuana  |   Video
    • Joe Yuhas, co-founder of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association, describes the challenges, and progress, that’s been made in getting the state’s medical marijuana program up and running.

April 18, 2011

  • Career and Technical Education  |   Video
    • The FY2012 state budget eliminates career and technical education funding for 9th grade students. Find out how that impacts Arizona’s efforts to prepare high school students for the workforce. Guests include Carolyn Warner, co-chair of the Arizona Skill Standards Commission; Jac Heiss, superintendent of the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology; and Brandon Ames, CEO of ABLE Information Technologies.

April 7, 2011

  • State Budget: Impact on Counties and Cities  |   Video
    • Navajo County Supervisor and President of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona David Tenney and Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny discuss the impact of the $8.3 billion FY 2012 state budget on local government.

March 21, 2011

  • Theodore Roosevelt Dam Centennial  |   Video
    • For 100 years, Roosevelt Dam has provided Phoenix, and the rest of the Valley, with a reliable water supply making it possible for the desert region to grow and prosper. Salt River Project historian James LaBar shares some remarkable stories about the making of the dam.

March 3, 2011

  • Water in the West  |   Video
    • Using modern scientific tools, a team of researchers led by John Sabo, an ASU Professor in the School of Life Sciences, tested assertions, from the 1986 book “Cadillac Desert”, that the American West was running out of water. Sabo discusses the group’s findings.

February 16, 2011

  • Medicaid Cuts  |   Video
    • Laurie Liles, President and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, discusses the state’s proposed cuts to Medicaid and possible ways to avoid, or limit, those cuts.

January 18, 2011

  • Halle Heart Children’s Museum  |   Video
    • Learn about the American Heart Association’s new Halle Heart Children’s Museum in Tempe. It’s billed as the only cardiovascular disease educational facility in the United States. Thousands of Arizona kids are expected to visit the museum each year, free of charge, to gain a better understanding of what causes heart disease and how to prevent it.

January 6, 2011

  • Green Building  |   Video
    • Currently in development, the International Green Construction Code will guide the future of sustainable, more energy efficient, buildings. Learn about the “green code” from local experts Anthony Floyd of Scottsdale’s Green Building Program and architect Phil Weddle, President of the American Institute of Architects Phoenix Metro Chapter.

January 3, 2011

  • State Budget/Public Education  |   Video
    • A look at the fiscal challenges facing public education. Guests include State Representative John Kavanagh and Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

December 31, 2010

  • State Budget/Public Education  |   Video
    • A look at the fiscal challenges facing public education. Guests include State Representative John Kavanagh and Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

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 14, 2010

  • Focus on Sustainability: A HORIZON Special  |   Video
    • Find out how Arizona can benefit from a green economy. We'll take a look at the latest strategies to promote clean energy innovation. And we'll show you how recycled waste water can help the state achieve a sustainable water future. Made possible by ASU Global Institute of Sustainability.

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 8, 2010

  • Navajo Generating Station  |   Video
    • A public forum will be held November 15th to consider the impact on water and energy users if expensive federal pollution regulations force the closing of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Northeastern Arizona. Susan Bitter Smith, President of the Central Arizona Project’s Board of Directors, discusses the issue.
      More information on the forum

November 1, 2010

  • U.S. Supreme Court: Arizona Tuition Tax Credits  |   Video
    • Wednesday, November 3rd, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn. Goldwater Institute attorney Clint Bolick and Chris Thomas, an attorney for the Arizona School Boards Association, explain the legal arguments in this case that challenges the constitutionality of an Arizona law that provides tax credits to taxpayers who donate money to school tuition organizations (STOs).

October 19, 2010

  • Environmental Excellence Awards  |   Video
    • The Valley Forward Association has named the winners of its 2010 Environmental Excellence Awards. Join Valley Forward President Diane Brossart and the competition’s Lead Judge John Kane, design principal of Architekton, as they spotlight some of this year’s award recipients.

September 28, 2010

September 14, 2010

  • Federal Education Fund  |   Video
    • Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill discusses the nearly $212 million Arizona has been awarded from the federal government to help keep teachers employed.

September 13, 2010

  • Prop 301: Land Conservation Fund  |   Video
    • The merits of Prop 301 are debated. It’s a measure, referred to the ballot by the legislature, that transfers the balance of money in the Land Conservation Fund to the state general fund to help balance the budget.

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 30, 2010

  • Water Report  |   Video
    • ASU Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow Grady Gammage Jr., discusses the Institute’s newly released report “Watering the Sun Corridor” and what it says about a sustainable water future for Arizona.

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

  • Federal Tax Changes  |   Video
    • A new report from the non-partisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy says federal tax changes have made itemized deductions more unfair to low-income taxpayers and more costly for government. Dana Naimark of the Children’s Action Alliance and Kevin McCarty of the Arizona Tax Research Association discuss the report.

August 16, 2010

  • Private Prisons  |   Video
    • A recent escape from a private prison in Kingman has brought up the issue of private prisons. Chuck Coughlin of Highground and Tixoc Munoz of the Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association discuss the pros and cons of private prisons.

July 22, 2010

  • SB 1070 Court Hearings  |   Video
    • With the effective date of SB 1070 just a week away, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton heard arguments in suits filed by civil rights groups and the U.S. Justice Department asking for a preliminary injunction to stop the law from taking effect. UA Law Professor Andy Silverman who filed an amicus brief, in both cases, for the American Bar Association, comments.

July 15, 2010

  • Prop 302 – First Things First  |   Video
    • At the general election in November, Prop 302 will ask voters if they want to continue using tobacco taxes to fund early childhood development and health programs through the voter-approved program known as First Things First. Debating the proposition are Nadine Mathis Basha, a board member for First Things First; and Kevin McCarthy, President of the Arizona Tax Research Association.

July 7, 2010

  • Business Leaders Respond to SB 1070  |   Video
    • The economic fallout from SB 1070 has grabbed the attention of Arizona’s business community. Hear how it’s reacting to the matter. Guests include Debbie Johnson, President and CEO of the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association; Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, the CEO of Old World Homes and a member of GPEC’s Board of Directors; and Glenn Hamer, CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

June 16, 2010

  • Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association  |   Video
    • John Rivers has served as the President and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association since 1986. Now, after more than two decades as an advocate for hospitals and improving health care, Rivers is retiring from his post. Join us as we talk to Rivers about his job and how it’s changed through the years.

June 1, 2010

  • 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 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.

April 13, 2010

  • Restore Our Border Plan  |   Video
    • The murder of a rancher in southern Arizona prompted the Arizona Cattlemen’s Association to expedite the release of a border security plan it had been developing. Gary Thrasher, a member of the Association’s Executive Committee discusses the plan.

April 5, 2010

  • Race to the Top  |   Video
    • Arizona didn’t exactly race to the top in its effort to win federal education funding in round one of the national “Race to the Top” grant competition. In fact, Arizona’s grant application was very near the bottom. Find out what went wrong, and what Arizona must do to become more competitive in round two.

March 25, 2010

  • Short Sale Seller Advisory  |   Video
    • Michelle Lind, General Counsel for the Arizona Association of REALTORS discusses a new guide to help homeowners understand the benefits and risks of short sales.

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.

March 22, 2010

  • Tax Increase Debate  |   Video
    • Voters will be deciding this May whether to increase the state sales tax by one-cent for three years. State Senator Thayer Verschoor of “Ax The Tax,” a group which opposes the increase, will discuss the proposal with John Wright of the Arizona Education Association, who supports the tax increase.
  • AHCCCS  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have voted to cut $310,000 from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s health care plan for the poor. John Rivers of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association will address the ramifications of the cuts.

February 18, 2010

  • Educating Like Florida  |   Video
    • Improvements on test scores for Florida’s K-12 students are linked to education reforms enacted in that state more than a decade ago. But, can Florida’s success be exported to the Grand Canyon State? Some Arizona lawmakers think so. We’ll take a look at bills they’re considering that follow Florida’s lead.

February 15, 2010

  • Hunger  |   Video
    • A national report on hunger reveals the problem has increased tremendously during the past four years. Ginny Hildebrand of the Association of Arizona Food Banks and Bob Evans of the United Food Bank in Mesa will discuss hunger in America and Arizona.

February 11, 2010

  • Mexican Drug Cartels  |   Video
    • Is Mexico on the verge of becoming a “narco-state”? Recent news about drug cartels dismantling local governments suggests they’re power is growing. Dr. Llewellyn Howell, an Emeritus Professor of International Management at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, shares his thoughts about how to address the growing power of Mexico’s drug cartels.

February 4, 2010

  • Education Solutions  |   Video
    • An exchange of ideas to improve public education with Chairman of the House Education Committee Representative Rich Crandall; Jack Lunsford, President and CEO of Westmarc; and John Wright of the Arizona Education Association.

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.

November 24, 2009

  • Teacher Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The Arizona Education Association has filed a special action with the Arizona Supreme Court against Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona State Legislature over policy changes approved in special session that impact teacher’s salaries, contracts and their involvement in professional association activities. AEA President John Wright talks about the lawsuit.

November 18, 2009

  • Navajo Generating Station  |   Video
    • The EPA may force the Navajo Generating Station to install expensive emission controls on the coal-fired power plant located in Page, Arizona. The plant has long been criticized for contributing to haze in the Grand Canyon. Central Arizona Project Board President Susan Bitter Smith explains how new emission controls could impact the price of water.

November 11, 2009

  • Tempe Transit Center  |   Video
    • The heart of Tempe’s public transportation infrastructure is gaining international attention for its world class sustainable design. Architect and Principal Planner for the city’s Transportation division, Bonnie Richardson, takes us on a tour of this award-winning building.

November 2, 2009

  • Water and Energy  |   Video
    • The Arizona Legislature’s Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Energy holds its second meeting to talk about energy and water issues vital to Arizona’s future. The Co-chair of the committee, Senator Al Melvin, discusses the committee’s work.

October 29, 2009

  • State Land Department Self-funding Challenge  |   Video
    • The State Land Department sells and leases State Trust Lands to raise money for public schools. Now, a new state law allows the Department to keep up to ten percent of those earnings to manage those lands. That’s illegal, according to the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest which is asking the Attorney General to stop those payments from continuing. Hear from former State Land Commissioner Mark Winkleman who helped establish the law and Arizona Education Association President John Wright who is supporting the legal challenge.

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 14, 2009

  • Water and Energy  |   Video
    • It takes large amounts of water to produce energy, and it takes energy to treat and distribute water. The demand for both are ever-increasing in a growing state like Arizona. Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Kris Mayes, Arizona Investment Council President Gary Yaquinto, and Professor Mike Pasqualetti of ASU’S School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning discuss this inter-relationship between energy and water and how to ensure Arizona has a sustainable supply of both.

September 23, 2009

  • Private Prisons  |   Video
    • Arizona is in a fiscal mess. To clean it up, the state will have to cut costs or raise revenue. Privatizing prisons might be a way to do both. Earlier this month, Governor Brewer signed House Bill 2010 which allows the state to start looking for a private company to operate one or more state prisons. Mike Duran, President of the Arizona Correctional Peace Officers' Association, and Ken Gilroy, Editor of "Privitization Watch" for the Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank that advances free market principles and limited government, debate the idea of private prisons.

September 21, 2009

  • Tuition Tax Credits  |   Video
    • A legislative panel is searching for ways to stop reported abuses in Arizona’s tuition tax credit law. Meanwhile, there are those who say the law cannot be fixed because it’s unconstitutional. Hear what Institute for Justice attorney Tim Keller and AEA President John Wright have to say about the issue.

September 3, 2009

  • Chandler History Program  |   Video
    • We’ll take a look at the City of Chandler’s History in Your Own Backyard Program that shares local history with permanent signage in city parks featuring stories and photographs of the people and places that once existed in the surrounding area. The program is a winner of an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.

August 25, 2009

  • Water and Energy  |   Video
    • It takes large amounts of water to produce energy, and it takes energy to treat and distribute water. The demand for both are ever-increasing in a growing state like Arizona. Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Kris Mayes, Arizona Investment Council President Gary Yaquinto, and Professor Mike Pasqualetti of ASU’S School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning discuss this inter-relationship between energy and water and how to ensure Arizona has a sustainable supply of both.

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 13, 2009

  • “Racinos”  |   Video
    • As the State of Arizona faces a budget shortfall of more than $3 billion, lobbyists for dog and horse tracks are suggesting that Arizona can generate much needed revenue by allowing casino games at dog and horse racing tracks. But are “racinos” a good idea? Hear what Sheila Morago of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association has to say about the issue.

July 30, 2009

  • Foreclosure Law Amendment  |   Video
    • Recent changes to a state foreclosure law may have unintended consequences. The changes were an attempt to protect banks from financial losses when they foreclose on homes purchased by speculators. Critics say the changes go too far and may cause a new wave of bankruptcies. Tanya Wheeless of the Arizona Bankers Association and Scottsdale-based bankruptcy attorney, Randy Nussbaum discuss the law set to take effect September 30th.

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 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 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 7, 2009

  • Education Funding  |   Video
    • Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials talks about the budget challenges that continue for public education even after lawmakers restored K-12 funding.

June 23, 2009

  • Obama Health Care Plan  |   Video
    • President Obama spoke to members of the American Medical Association recently. Hear from Dr. Jacqueline Chadwick of the Arizona Medical Association about the speech and the president’s plan.

June 16, 2009

  • Development Impact Fees  |   Video
    • Avondale City Manager Charlie McClendon and Spencer Kamps of the Homebuilders Association of Central Arizona debate the merits of development impact fees. The legislature is currently considering placing a moratorium on impact fees that cities charge homebuilders to help pay for roads, sewers and other public infrastructure related to growth.

June 11, 2009

  • Arizona Hospitals and Healthcare  |   Video
    • John Rivers of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association talks about how the latest budget impacts hospitals and programs for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable people.

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 13, 2009

  • NRA Convention  |   Video
    • With a new administration in the White House, gun owners are concerned about their rights. That is sure to be an issue as the National Rifle Association holds its annual convention in Phoenix this year. Hear more from an NRA representative.
  • 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.

April 29, 2009

March 25, 2009

February 26, 2009

  • Health Care Cuts  |   Video
    • Arizona's health care system is enduring severe budget cuts made by the state legislature. Arizona Hospital and Health Care Association President John Rivers discusses the impact of the cuts.

February 10, 2009

  • School Choice  |   Video
    • Arizona School Tuition Organization Association President Harry Miller talks about the state's tuition tax programs, some of which are facing legal challenges.

December 31, 2008

  • small Town Challenges  |   Video
    • small towns in Arizona are facing some big challenges. In this HORIZON special, you'll learn about water problems in Payson, growth issues in Prescott, a proposed theme park in Eloy and highway issues in Sedona.

December 11, 2008

  • The State of Education in Arizona  |   Video
    • As a follow-up to the PBS documentary Where We Stand: America's Schools in the 21st Century, HORIZON asks John Wright, president of the Arizona Education Association; Eugene Garcia, VP of Education Partnerships at ASU; and Michael Block, co-founder of BASIS charter schools how to improve public education in Arizona.

November 19, 2008

  • The State of Education in Arizona  |   Video
    • As a follow-up to the PBS documentary Where We Stand: America's Schools in the 21st Century, HORIZON asks John Wright, president of the Arizona Education Association; Eugene Garcia, VP of Education Partnerships at ASU; and Michael Block, co-founder of BASIS charter schools how to improve public education in Arizona.

September 17, 2008

  • The State of Education in Arizona  |   Video
    • As a follow-up to the PBS documentary Where We Stand: America's Schools in the 21st Century, HORIZON asks John Wright, president of the Arizona Education Association; Eugene Garcia, VP of Education Partnerships at ASU; and Michael Block, co-founder of BASIS charter schools how to improve public education in Arizona.

September 16, 2008

  • Economic Update  |   Video
    • There is news about the economy in turmoil, much of it related to the banking industry. Arizona State University Economist Anthony Sanders discusses problems in the banking industry as well as other issues.
  • Election Update  |   Video
    • The Maricopa County Recorder's Office has canvassed the final tallies for elections across the valley. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell discusses the elections canvas results and other election issues.
  • Hospital Community Benefits  |   Video
    • The Desert Mission Food Bank is an affiliate of John C. Lincoln Health Network. It is one example of how hospitals reach beyond providing medical care to offer a variety of social services. John Rivers, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, joins us to talk about the role of hospitals in the community.

August 13, 2008

August 11, 2008

  • small Town Challenges: Payson Water  |   Video
    • We begin a four-part series looking at specific challenges Arizona's small towns face. Payson, like many other state communities, must ensure an adequate water supply for its residents. A recent deal with SRP has allowed Payson to pursue a sustainable economy.

July 2, 2008

  • Race and Gender in Elections  |   Video
    • The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) hosts a discussion in Washington D.C. on race and gender in elections.

July 1, 2008

  • 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.

June 30, 2008

  • NALEO  |   Video
    • HORIZON visits the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Conference, which was held in the nations capital last weekend.

June 25, 2008

May 22, 2008

  • 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.

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

  • Healthcare and the State Budget  |   Video
    • How will balancing the state budget affect agencies such as AHCCCS and payments to hospitals and healthcare programs? John Rivers, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, joins us to talk about the cost of providing healthcare in a lean economy.

March 26, 2008

  • English Learner Funding  |   Video
    • How much additional money will it take to educate Arizona�s English Language Learners (ELLs), $40 million or $300 million? State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and Arizona School Administrators Association President Greg Wyman talk about their differing cost estimates.

February 21, 2008

February 18, 2008

  • Phoenix Trade  |   Video
    • Chris Padilla, the Under Secretary of International Trade (a division of the Commerce Department), discusses the importance of exports for the Phoenix Economy.

December 17, 2007

  • Immigration Town Hall  |   Video
    • Representative Steve Gallardo and Los Abogados attorney Daniel Ortega discuss the outcome of the immigration town hall where citizens offered their opinions about Mayor Phil Gordons decision to no longer support current police policy on checking immigration status.
  • steve Forbes  |   Video
    • A conversation with Forbes magazine editor Steve Forbes on the economy and Rudi Guilianis presidential campaign. Forbes is a senior adviser for the campaign.

October 31, 2007

  • Career Ladder Lawsuit
    • Career Ladder is Arizonas performance-based pay program for teachers. Twenty-eight Arizona school districts participate in the program while more than 200 others do not. They couldnt participate if they wanted to because the State legislature hasnt approved new Career Ladder funding since 1994. Gilbert Public Schools, a nonparticipating district, has filed a lawsuit claiming the program violates the State Constitutions general and uniform requirement for public education. A Gilbert Public Schools representative and the President of the Arizona Education Association discuss the lawsuit. Read the lawsuit. [pdf file] 598 KB Arizona Education Association Web site
  • scott Ritter
    • A conversation with the former U.N. weapons inspector who contradicted the Bush Administrations claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Ritter says the Bush Administration is trying to make a similar case for war against Iran.

July 24, 2007

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.
  • 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

  • Immigration bill reaction
    • The Senate failed to pass an immigration bill last week. The failure of the bill occurred during the annual conference for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Horizon was there, and reports on reaction from Hispanic leaders on the failure of the bill.
  • 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 27, 2007

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.

May 22, 2007

  • 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.

April 30, 2007

  • smoking
    • The new statewide smoking ban goes into effect at midnight. We look at the effect the ban will have on businesses that have permitted smoking. Bill Pfeifer, the former chairman of the Smoke-Free Arizona campaign, is the guest.
  • At the Capitol
    • Two political consultants discuss the issues currently being considered at the Arizona Capitol.

March 20, 2007

  • 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.

February 21, 2007

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 15, 2007

  • Air Tran
    • AirTran Airways launched new non-stop low-cost flight service between Atlanta and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

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 11, 2007

  • Bush Iraq Plan
    • President Bush has announced a new plan for Iraq. Paul Kinsinger of the Thunderbird Garvin School of International Management analyzes the plan.
  • Capitol Mall Makeover
    • A group of University of Arizona Landscaping Architecture students have come up with plans to renovate the Mall at the Arizona State Capitol. We'll tell you more about their plans.
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital Expansion
    • Phoenix Children's Hospital is planning a major expansion. The hospital's CEO, Bob Meyer, will tell us more about it.
  • HORIZON stadium coverage
    • As Horizon celebrates its 25th Anniversary, we look back at some of the big stories we've covered, starting with a look back at our stadium coverage.

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.
  • Tobacco Prevention
    • Most people resolve to quit tobacco use for health reasons, but there are some additional reasons to make your New Year's resolution to stop smoking. Two voter-approved tax hikes have caused the price of a carton of cigarettes to increase by more than $8. In addition, smoking will soon be prohibited in all public places throughout the state due to another voter-approved measure. The Arizona Department of Health Services is rolling out a new Smoking Prevention campaign, and Maricopa County also has its Tobacco Use Prevention Program ready to help those who want to kick the habit.

December 13, 2006

  • Innovation America
    • The National Governors Association, chaired by Governor Janet Napolitano, announced a 17-member task force to guide the Innovation America initiative. The task force will discuss strategies, policies and programs centered around K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and the role of postsecondary education as an engine of innovation. Innovation America brings together a bipartisan group of governors and members of the academic and business communities to support private sector innovation and strengthen the competitive position of the United States in the global economy.

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.

October 30, 2006

  • Women in Politics
    • The local Democratic and Republican parties aren't the only ones trying to increase political participation among women. Non-partisan organizations are involved as well. Learn about "Running And Winning," sponsored by the Arizona League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women Arizona, with guests Kathy Schwarz and Beverly Weiss.
  • Arizona Corporation Commission
    • HORIZON gives the five candidates running for the two seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission an opportunity to explain why you should vote for them.

October 11, 2006

  • Remaking American Medicine
    • Thousands of Americans die in hospitals each year of preventable medical errors and one million more are injured. The nationally aired 4-part PBS program Remaking American Medicine examines critical health care issues facing Americans today including patient safety, medical and medication errors and hospital-acquired infections. The series also explores innovative solutions undertaken by providers, patients and their families to transform the care provided by the health care institutions on which we all depend. Arizona Medial Association President Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser and Maureen Dicker, Patient Safety Officer, Veterans Integrated Service Network, join Michael Grant to talk about these efforts.
  • Federal appeals court decision would put voter I.D. requirements on hold
    • A federal appeals court has put a temporary hold on requirements to show I.D. when voting and proof of citizenship when registering to vote. Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says he is going to appeal the case to the United States Supreme Court. Arizona State University professor Paul Bender will talk about the legal issues involved in the case.
  • Arizona Opera Companys production of Macbeth
    • A sneak preview of the Arizona Opera Company's production of "Macbeth."

September 19, 2006

  • IFESH 25th Anniversary
    • The International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), based in Scottsdale, was founded twenty-five years ago by the Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, a visionary leader and Baptist minister. The organization helps Africans reduce hunger and poverty, empower local communities, raise the standard of literacy and foster cultural, social and economic relations between Americans and Africans. IFESH is gearing up for a 25th anniversary celebration on September 25 with speakers and a workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility: Advancing Education in Africa through Public & Private Partnerships. Dr. Julie Sullivan, President and CEO of IFESH, joins HORIZON.

August 30, 2006

  • Arizona Education Update: Teacher Pay Part three of four
    • In 2006, the legislature passed a bill which would increase Arizona's teachers salaries ... but is it enough? We'll examine the policies and economics of teachers salaries in the Valley.
  • Protect Our City
    • A group that wants to require Phoenix police officers and other city employees to enforce federal immigration laws has collected enough signatures to put the measure to a public vote. Randy Pullen, chairman of Protect Our City and Jake Jacobsen, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association weigh in on the issue.

August 24, 2006

  • Pluto Demoted
    • Pluto is no longer a planet. It has been demoted to "dwarf planet" status. The International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of planetary status it's held since being discovered at an Arizona observatory in 1930. Dr. Phil Christensen, Regents Professor in the Department of Geological Science at Arizona State University, joins us to talk about the change.

August 1, 2006

  • Medication Errors
    • The Institute of Medicine recently released a report outlining the prevalence of medication errors in the United States. Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the Arizona Medical Association provides information about prescription medication safety.
  • Arizonas power providers
    • Arizona's two biggest power providers have assured the public there will be plenty of electricity this summer to run air conditioners across the state. We check in with one of those utility providers.

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.

May 1, 2006

  • Thunderbird Marks 60th Year
    • This year the world-renowned Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management celebrates its 60th anniversary. Dr. Angel Cabrera, the President of the Glendale school, will tell us about the institution, its history and future.

April 17, 2006

  • Water Conservation
    • Phoenix City Councilman Claude Mattox talks about the importance of water conservation this summer.

April 10, 2006

  • Water Conservation
    • Phoenix City Councilman Claude Mattox talks about the importance of water conservation during Arizonas dry, hot summer months.

March 21, 2006

  • senator Jon Kyl
    • Arizona Senator Jon Kyl joins HORIZON to discuss issues before the Senate including spending and immigration bills.
  • spring Weather
    • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the U.S. spring outlook at a news conference Thursday. Find out what Arizona can expect in terms of weather this year. Also, Charlie Ester, the manager of Water Resource Operations with Salt River Project talks about our water supplies.

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.

November 21, 2005

  • Growing Pains
    • Part one of three HORIZON begins a three-part series that focuses on the effects of rapid growth in the Valley. Tonight, we take a look at sprawl and the vast distances between Valley metropolitan areas. Grady Gammage Jr., attorney and author, Sam Ariaratnam, Associate Professor from ASUs Del E. Webb School of Construction, and Scott Peterson, Chairman of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, join the discussion.
  • Arizona Stories: Governor Hunt
    • Dont miss this fascinating look at the life and times of Arizona's first Governor, George W.P. Hunt.

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.

November 8, 2005

  • Biodesign and Biotechnology
    • The recent Arizona Town Hall studied the benefits of maximizing Arizona's opportunities in the biosciences and biotechnology. In part, it found that Arizona has a substantial skilled workforce, but needs to build greater capacity for the 21st century bioscience and biotechnology economy.
  • 2007 Farm Bill
    • The 2007 Farm Bill May Impact the Entire Country and Arizona. The undersectretary of the USDA joins us to talk about why.
  • Western Governor's meeting
    • Governors of the western states meet in Arizona to talk about disaster preparedness, jobs, education, and other issues.

October 24, 2005

  • Disaster ... Is Arizona Prepared?
    • HORIZON begins a four-part series on Arizona's emergency management plan. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina's impact on the Gulf Coast, we see what preparations our state has in place. Tonight, we examine what potential disasters could affect Arizona. Our guests include Leah Farr, President-Elect of the Arizona Emergency Services Association board.
  • Palo Verde
    • Get an update on the status of Arizona's Nuclear Power Plant from APS spokesman Jim McDonald.
  • Arizona Stories: Bead Museum
    • Glendale is the home of the world's only museum dedicated to the history and use of beads.

October 19, 2005

  • Role of religion in international relations
    • Join Michael Grant for a conversation with Marc Gopin, a leading expert on the role of religion in international relations and conflict resolution. Gopin is the James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.

October 3, 2005

  • Walk to Shool
    • Children and parents around the world celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 5th. The purpose of the day is to bring visibility to walking and biking conditions and inspire positive health and safety by walking to school. Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman joins Michael Grant to talk about his city's successful Walk to School Day campaign.

September 1, 2005

  • Colorado River Water
    • There's a potential lawsuit that could cut our Colorado River water supply in half if it is successful. Central Arizona Project General Manager Sid Wilson will be on HORIZON to talk about the situation.

August 30, 2005

  • senator Jon Kyl
    • U.S. Senator Jon Kyl joins host Michael Grant to talk about his immigration reform bill, border security, Arizona's water supply and the Federal Transportation Bill.

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.

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 8, 2005

  • Drought Update/Business Water Conservatio
    • The Salt River Reservoir system is 95\% full. Is the metro area still in a drought? An update on the status of our valley's water resources with SRP Hydrologist Charlie Ester. With our limited water supply, how can businesses conserve water and continue to be motivated to be good stewards of our water resources? Joining the discussion is Jay Hicks, Executive Board Member for environmental public interest organization Valley Forward.

May 4, 2005

  • science fair
    • Local high school students take science to new heights as they prepare for an international science fair.

May 2, 2005

  • 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 with dynamite, they let the water flow over it. Arizona falls began as a cool escape from the heat in Phoenix that eventually came to be used in some very different ways.

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 26, 2005

  • 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 18, 2005

  • Arizona Education Report Card: K-12
    • We start a series on the challenges affecting education in our state. Arizona Education Report Card - tonight K-through-12. From all day kindergarten to classroom dollars, where do school officials stand on the issues?
  • Arizona Stories: The Biltmore
    • The Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa has uniquely impacted the history and style of the Valley. We'll take a look at its remarkable story.

April 13, 2005

  • Mary Robinson
    • A locally-based international humanitarian organization gets some support from a global leader, Mary Robinson, the former United Nations High Commissioner for human rights and the former president of Ireland.

April 12, 2005

  • Business Property Tax Rate
    • Businesses could see their property taxes lowered. Does that mean homeowners will pay more taxes? Horizon takes a look at a bill that attempts to make Arizona's property tax system more fair for businesses.
  • Cable TV Fees
    • An attempt to lower the fees cable companies pay cities falls one vote short at the legislature. We'll look at why the cable industry and cities are at odds over fees and the number of cable channels given to local government.

February 24, 2005

  • Tuition tax credits
    • A couple of bills that would allow corporations to make donations to school tuition organizations and receive a tax credit are making their way through the legislature.
  • same-sex marriage
    • A bill has been passed by the House, a "postcard" to Congress from the legislature calling for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
  • Black Board of Directors
    • For more than 20 years, the Black Board of Directors has been helping African-Americans get on boards like the State Board of Education.

February 18, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • The City of Phoenix released the results of its investigation into the month's water debacle. Groundbreaking was held for the start on the valley's new light rail system. State lawmakers are once again trying to make changes to the controversial AIMS test.

February 17, 2005

February 15, 2005

  • Phoenix Water Investigation
    • How did one of the largest cities in America lose the ability to produce clean water? The city of Phoenix releases results of an investigation into the events that triggered a boil water advisory.

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 28, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon says he isn't happy with the way the water crisis was handled and raises some serious questions. The U.S. Justice Department has approved the voting provisions of Prop 200 while lawyers were back in court Thursday arguing about the scope of the voter approved law. And the Clean Elections Commission looking at removing Representative David Burnell Smith for violating finance laws.

January 26, 2005

January 13, 2005

  • Water Conservation Leadership forum
    • We've had plenty of rain in the Valley lately. More importantly for our water supply, there's been above-average snowpack in northern Arizona. But water is still a big concern in our state. Last week, a water conservation leadership forum was held to talk about our water problems. It was sponsored by "The Arizona Republic" and Think AZ. We'll talk to the president of Think AZ.

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.

January 10, 2005

  • Governor Napolitano's 2005 State of the State Address
    • The first regular session of the 47th legislature commencing today with Governor Janet Napolitano's third state of the state address. The governor's theme this year, "moving Arizona forward," allowed her to touch upon the issues promising to be high on the legislative agenda such as full-day kindergarten, the AIMS test, water and land policy and, of course, the state's budget. Governor also talking extensively about homeland security saying previous governors didn't have to talk about that issue in state of the state addresses but the times have changed. Reactions and analysis in this special hour-long "Horizon."

January 5, 2005

  • Weather Outlook
    • Rain, hail, even tornado warnings. Is it a fluke or will it be a wetter winter for the Valley? We'll look at the big picture.
  • Drought Outlook
    • The storms have caused runoff from the Salt River Project's water shed to prompt the release of water down the normally dry Salt River. It's now flowing through Tempe Town Lake. We'll have an update on our reservoir system.
  • Maricopa County Attorney
    • He is the newly elected Maricopa County Attorney. Find out what Andrew Thomas has in store as the chief prosecuting officer for the County.

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