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September 15, 2014

  • Smartphone Apps and Dieting  |   Video
    • A new Arizona State University study finds that using a smartphone app to monitor dieting helps more than the use of paper and pen to keep track. Chris Wharton, associate professor of nutrition at ASU's School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, will talk about the study.

September 8, 2014

  • Vote 2014: No on Proposition 480  |   Video
    • The Arizona Tax Research Association says a proposition to provide nearly $1 Billion to the Maricopa Integrated Health System should not be approved. The pro side of the argument recently discussed Proposition 480 on Arizona Horizon. Kevin McCarthy, President of the Arizona Tax Research Association, will talk about why Maricopa County voters should not approve the measure.

September 4, 2014

  • VA Healthcare Update  |   Video
    • A new report was released recently on the problems regarding delayed wait times for care at the Phoenix veterans’ healthcare system. Arizona Republic reporter Dennis Wagner, who has been covering the story, will give an update.

September 3, 2014

  • Tax Scam  |   Video
    • People across the country and here in Arizona are falling victim to a tax scam. The IRS is holding a press conference in Phoenix on September 3 to warn the public about the scam, which has already hit 1,100 victims to the tune of $5 million. Potential phone scam victims are being told they owe taxes that must be paid immediately with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer by callers claiming to be IRS employees. Bill Brunson of the Phoenix IRS office will talk about the scam.
  • Proposition 480  |   Video
    • Proposition 480 would give the Maricopa County medical care system nearly a $1 billion in new funding if approved. Dr. Kevin Foster, Medical Director of the Arizona Burn Center, will talk about the measure.

August 21, 2014

August 18, 2014

  • E-Cigarette Smoking Bans  |   Video
    • In 2006, Arizona voters passed a ban on smoking in public places. As electronic cigarettes grow more popular, questions are being raised as to whether those smoking devices are included in the ban. Attorney Pavneet Singh Uppal of Fisher and Phillips will discuss the gray areas when it comes to banning e-cigarette use in public places.

August 14, 2014

  • Beatitudes Dementia Care  |   Video
    • A long-term care community in Arizona is receiving national recognition for its best practices in dementia care. Beatitudes Campus has created replicable ways to decrease drugs prescribed, eliminate physical restraints, stop adult diaper usage and increase the comfort of patients. Arizona Horizon visited the Beatitudes Campus to see the ground-breaking principles in use.

August 12, 2014

  • ASU Ebola Virus Research  |   Video
    • An experimental treatment for the Ebola virus has been developed by an Arizona State University researcher. Charles Arntzen will discuss his work on a tobacco-derived drug being used to treat two Ebola virus patients flown to the U.S. for treatment.

August 4, 2014

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

July 29, 2014

  • Arizona’s Future: Strategic Roadmap  |   Video
    • Arizona’s Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance has completed its Strategic Roadmap: a plan for Arizona’s future transportation needs. Created by a group of experts from the public and private sectors, the Roadmap seeks to better connect Arizona to the global economy. Arizona Department of Transportation director John Halikowski, Margie Emmermann, the executive director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, will discuss how the plan intertwines commerce, trade and transportation.

July 23, 2014

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

July 15, 2014

July 14, 2014

July 10, 2014

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

June 30, 2014

June 24, 2014

  • Arizona’s Future: Beyond Textbooks  |   Video
    • In a new Arizona Horizon series, “Arizona’s Future,” we look at innovations leading to improvements in a variety of areas, including education. In the Vail Unified School District in southern Arizona, teachers and district officials have created a web-based solution to help meet Common Core standards. The site provides lesson plans and data that educators can use to meet the standards, and any educator can add resources, lesson plans or ideas to the site. It’s being used by 77 traditional public school districts and eight charter schools in Arizona. Kevin Carney, executive director of Beyond Textbooks, will explain how the site helps teachers improve their teaching abilities.
  • Huppenthal Anonymous Comments  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has been facing increasing pressure for anonymous comments he’s made online, with some calling for his resignation. Laurie Roberts of the Arizona Republic will bring us up to date.

June 23, 2014

  • Custom Drug Treatments for Children  |   Video
    • Researchers from Phoenix Children’s Hospital, TGen, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine are working on developing individualized drugs for children with cancer and other diseases, with the drugs based on their genetics. Dr. Robert Arceci is the Division Chief of Oncology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and he will talk about the research.

June 18, 2014

  • Chemotherapy for Prostate Cancer  |   Video
    • Researchers have found a way to use an old treatment to extend the life of prostate cancer patients. Men who received a chemotherapy drug lived nearly 58 months versus 44 months for those not receiving it. The Mayo Clinic in Arizona was one of the sites for clinical trials for the drug study. Dr. Alan Bryce of the Mayo Clinic will discuss the treatment.

June 16, 2014

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

June 3, 2014

  • Downwinders  |   Video
    • They’re called “Downwinders”; people affected by the fallout from nuclear testing in Nevada during the 1950s and early 60s. Many of those impacted lived in Northern Arizona, like John Hanna Sr. of Prescott, who died this past October of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Hanna’s widow Sherrie Hanna will discuss the impact of nuclear fallout on Northern Arizona residents and what she’d like to see done to address the issue.

June 2, 2014

  • Veterans’ Affairs Controversy  |   Video
    • Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has resigned, the latest in a series of events that started with allegations that 40 veterans may have died while waiting for medical care at the Phoenix VA hospital. Dennis Wagner of the Arizona Republic has been writing about the issue and will bring us up to date.

May 28, 2014

  • Public/Private Service Partnerships  |   Video
    • Many challenges prevent successful collaborations between public, private and nonprofit organizations—collaborations that can lead to greater efficiencies, better service delivery and higher citizen satisfaction. Arizona State University professor David Swindell has researched the topic and will discuss his Collaborative Service Delivery project.

May 22, 2014

  • Intelliwound  |   Video
    • Every 20 seconds, a diabetes patient undergoes a limb amputation. We’ll show you how a new start-up company called “Intelliwound” is using tracking technology to combat diabetic complications before they become severe.
  • Wrong-Way Drivers  |   Video
    • In a recent six-day period, there were three fatal wrong-way accidents in the Phoenix area. That alarmed state officials, who are meeting to address the issue. Rob Samour, the senior deputy state engineer for the Arizona Department of Transportation, and Bart Graves, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, will discuss efforts to reduce the number of wrong-way crashes.

May 21, 2014

May 20, 2014

  • Young Voter Survey  |   Video
    • A survey conducted among young voters at Arizona State University shows that although a big majority of students are registered to vote, many are not politically active and don’t keep up with political news. Arizona State University Public Policy professor David Wells and ASU journalism graduate Richard Flores will discuss the survey and attitudes among young voters.

May 15, 2014

  • Deep Brain Stimulation  |   Video
    • For the first time in its history, the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital performed an advanced form of brain surgery called deep brain stimulation on several children with dystonia. That’s a disease that produces chronic, involuntary contortions of the trunk and limbs. The procedure involves placing electrodes deep in the brain and then connecting them with a pacemaker-like device placed in the abdomen. The surgery has allowed children to walk again and perform everyday functions. Neurosurgeon Dr. Ratan Bhardwaj will discuss the procedure.

May 14, 2014

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

May 13, 2014

  • Full Body Skin Imaging  |   Video
    • A new technology has been developed by a Tucson company that provides a full body scan of a person’s skin, allowing doctors to track changes over time to detect skin diseases.

May 6, 2014

  • Arizona Town Hall  |   Video
    • Nearly half of Arizona’s households are just one financial disaster away from falling into extreme poverty. For people of color, it’s nearly 70 percent. The latest Arizona Town Hall deals with what to do about the state’s vulnerable population, people who are on the brink of financial disaster, yet are not currently poor enough to be covered by our safety net. Two Town Hall participants, attorney J. Scott Rhodes and Catherine Chiang of Arizona Public Service Company, will discuss the report.
  • Killer Heat  |   Video
    • We are on the brink of summer, and the return of killer heat. Last year, 139 people died of heat-related causes in Arizona. Arizona Department of Health Services director Will Humble will talk about the killer heat, along with Arizona State University researcher David Hondula, who has a new report that studied the correlation between hospital room admissions and higher temperatures.

April 29, 2014

  • VA Hospital  |   Video
    • More members of Arizona’s congressional delegation are calling for the resignation of top administrators at the Phoenix Veterans Hospital. The hospital allegedly had a secret list of extremely long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, some so long that patients died waiting for treatment. Dennis Wagner of the Arizona Republic, who has been tracking the story, will discuss the issue.

April 24, 2014

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

April 22, 2014

  • Moratorium on Regulations  |   Video
    • One of Governor Jan Brewer’s first actions as governor was to impose a moratorium on new regulations. A new report is out on that issue. The Grand Canyon Institute’s report, “Why Arizona’s Regulatory Moratorium is Unnecessary,” reveals how moratoriums can lead to less public oversight and are not meeting the stated goal of creating more jobs. Grand Canyon Institute fellow Karen Smith, who wrote the report, will discuss her findings.

April 21, 2014

  • Child Abuse in Arizona  |   Video
    • “Keeping Children Safe: Ask an Expert” is a show that will air on 8pm on Monday, April 21 on Eight Arizona PBS. During the show, viewers can call in and talk to an expert with their questions about child abuse and human trafficking. Leading up to that on Arizona Horizon, Maricopa County Juvenile Court presiding judge Colleen McNally will discuss the issue of child abuse in Arizona.

April 10, 2014

  • Medical Marijuana Research  |   Video
    • Funding for medical marijuana research was blocked at the state legislature. Dr. Sue Sisley, a medical marijuana researcher, will talk about the issue.

April 8, 2014

  • Attacks on Journalism   |   Video
    • The Committee to Protect Journalists and Bloomberg News will host a public forum at the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication regarding attacks on journalism. One of the Panelists, former Washington Post Executive Editor and now ASU Professor Leonard Downie Jr., will talk about the attacks, which come from sources such as the Obama Administration’s war on leaks and NSA surveillance.
  • Tempe Town Lake Dam  |   Video
    • The rubber dam on the west end of Tempe Town Lake will be replaced with a hydraulically-operated steel dam, with work starting this summer. On April 23 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, the city will give the public information about the dam replacement. Jeff Kulaga, assistant city manager for Tempe, will discuss the issue.

March 31, 2014

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

March 27, 2014

  • Maricopa County Regional Behavioral Health Authority  |   Video
    • The organization that provides behavioral health services in the Maricopa County region is switching from Magellan, a Connecticut-based company, to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care April First. Mercy Maricopa is a non-profit organization sponsored by Maricopa County’s public health-care system. The switch comes at a time when coverage for the mentally ill will be enhanced by the settlement of a decades old lawsuit, Arnold versus Sarn. Charles Arnold, the lawyer who represented the mentally ill in the lawsuit, will discuss the case, along with Eddy Broadway, CEO of Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, and Cory Nelson, Deputy Director for Behavioral Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services.
  • Arizona ArtBeat: Automotive Art  |   Video
    • Brenda Priddy is known as one of the world’s top automotive “spy” photographers, snapping photos of test vehicles before they are shown to the public. She’s turned her lens to photographing cars artistically. We’ll show you Priddy’s art photography, on display in Chandler, and talk to her about that and her work as an automotive spy photographer.

March 25, 2014

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

March 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 12, 2014

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

February 10, 2014

  • Optimal Aging  |   Video
    • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University will hold a forum on “optimal aging.” Six speakers will present information on the latest research on the topic. Richard Knopf, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the ASU College of Public programs, will talk about the event and optimal aging.

February 4, 2014

  • Flu Update  |   Video
    • The flu has turned deadly in Arizona, with at least one adult and one pediatric death being reported in Yuma County. State health officials say it is widespread in the highest category possible. Jessica Rigler, Bureau Chief for the State Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease control, will give us a flu update.

February 3, 2014

  • Arizona State of Education  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal delivers his Arizona State of Education speech, Monday, February 3, and will discuss the status of our education system on Arizona Horizon.

January 30, 2014

  • Arizona Artbeat: Ground Cover Public Art Project  |   Video
    • An ambitious idea from a Phoenix artist attracted hundreds of volunteers who turned a vacant lot into a textile garden of desert flowers. The creation was part of a public art project that not only attracted knitters, crocheters and quilters from across Arizona, the United States and Canada, but also helped hundreds of people in need. You’ll meet artist and project manager Ann Morton along with a volunteer and beneficiary of this unique project.

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 17, 2013

  • CPS Oversight Committee Hearing  |   Video
    • The state legislature’s Child Protective Oversight Committee heard from the director of the Department of Public Safety on its investigation on why child abuse cases were ignored. State Representative Debbie McCune Davis, who is a member of the oversight committee, talks about what was discussed at the meeting.

December 11, 2013

  • Healthcare Marketplace   |   Video
    • The Healthcare Marketplace will be available until Dec. 23 for those seeking insurance coverage by Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act. Pati Urias of AZ Enroll America will talk about the “Get Covered America” campaign, an effort to get people enrolled in health care coverage.

December 4, 2013

  • Around Arizona: Yarnell Hill Fire Report  |   Video
    • The Arizona Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is releasing its report on the Yarnell Hill Fire, which killed 19 firefighters. Jim Cross, who covers wildfires for KTAR radio, will discuss the report.

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 27, 2013

  • ASU Indian Legal Program  |   Video
    • Arizona State University’s Indian Legal Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The program was established in 1988 to provide legal education, scholarship in the area of Indian law and public service to tribal governments. Regents' Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program Rebecca Tsosie, and Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community President Diane Enos, an Indian Legal Program alumna, will talk about the program and its impact on both tribes in Arizona and the state as a whole.

November 26, 2013

  • Cactus League Hall of Fame  |   Video
    • For six years, local Public Affairs consultant Robert Johnson has been searching for a home for a Cactus League Hall of Fame. Johnson now has fresh renderings of his proposed facility, and hopes to have a site selected by the end of next year. Johnson will talk about his efforts to create a Cactus League Hall of Fame.

November 18, 2013

  • Net Metering  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission voted to add a fee for those using rooftop solar panels. The new fee is 70 cents per kilowatt hour, which will add about $5 a month for a typical rooftop solar user. The fee was much less than sought by Arizona Public Service, which is seeking to reduce the subsidy given to solar power users by about half. Pat Quinn, director of the Residential Utility Consumer Office, will discuss the commission’s decision.
  • Distracted Driving  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Public Safety announced plans to crack down on drivers who text or use their phones while driving. Linda Gorman of AAA Arizona will discuss what this means for Arizona drivers.

November 14, 2013

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Update  |   Video
    • It’s been more than a month since the Affordable Care Act was launched. The web site used to sign up for health insurance under the plan has been plagued with problems. The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers received the biggest amount of money granted by the federal government to Arizona “Navigators,” who are charged with helping people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Senior Director for External Affairs of the Alliance Tara McCollum Plese give us an update on her organization’s experiences in helping people sign up for insurance.

November 13, 2013

  • Net Metering Hearings  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission will have two days of hearings on a proposal by Arizona Public Service to cut incentives for those looking to install rooftop solar panels on their homes. Arizona Capitol Times reporter Luige del Puerto will talk about the issue.

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.
  • Sustainability: Solar Home Tour   |   Video
    • In honor of Arizona Solar and Renewable Energy Month, several homeowners and businesses opened their doors to the public. They were part of a free, self-guided tour featuring ten solar and sustainable buildings in the Phoenix metro area. We’ll show you what kind of technology, materials and designs go into a Vali Homes prototype.

October 21, 2013

  • I-11 Freeway Hearings  |   Video
    • The Arizona and Nevada departments of transportation hosted five public meetings this month to present a range of alternatives for the Interstate 11 freeway, proposed to link Phoenix and Las Vegas. Mike Kies, the Arizona lead for the I-11 study, will discuss the meetings and the freeway.

October 9, 2013

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

October 1, 2013

  • Twitter Analysis of Public Opinion  |   Video
    • Two Arizona State University computer science doctoral students are developing computer models for analytical systems that can gather data generated by Twitter and organize it in a way that can lead to analysis of public opinion. ASU Computer Informatics professor Subbarao Kambhampati will talk about the twitter analysis tools.

September 30, 2013

  • Affordable Care Act   |   Video
    • Registration for the Health Insurance Marketplace starts October 1. The regional administrator for Arizona’s Medicaid program, David Sayen, will discuss the Marketplace, how it works, and how Arizonans without health insurance can get ready to enroll in coverage.
  • Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators  |   Video
    • Over $5 million in federal grants have been awarded to community organizations in Arizona to help people enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers has received over $2 million of that money. Tara McCollum Plese, Senior Director for External Affairs for the Alliance, will talk about her agency's role as a Marketplace Navigator.

September 26, 2013

  • Condor Release  |   Video
    • There are only 431 California Condors left in the world. Some will be released to the wild in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona this Saturday. The public is welcome to observe the release. Jeff Humphrey of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Mike Rabe of the Arizona Game and Fish Department will discuss the release and the state of California Condors.

September 19, 2013

  • Rodel Education Forum   |   Video
    • The Rodel Foundation of Arizona, which is committed to helping create a world-class system of public schools in Arizona, is hosting an education forum to foster a conversation about better education. Education leaders will act as “table hosts” to facilitate discussions with leaders from the business and education worlds. Also, a panel will discuss education reform. Jackie Norton, President & CEO of the Rodel Foundation will share details.

September 12, 2013

  • Same-Sex Couples Tax Filing Status  |   Video
    • The U.S. Treasury and Internal Revenue Service have issued new rules that say all legally married same-sex couples are entitled to the same tax benefits as married heterosexual couples. That new rule resulted from the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. It means same-sex couples can now file joint tax returns. Certified Public Accountants, Jared Van Arsdale and David Walser, discuss what the new rule means for Arizona same-sex couples who are legally married.

September 11, 2013

  • Health Insurance Marketplace  |   Video
    • The regional administrator for Arizona’s Medicaid program will be in the state Wednesday and Thursday to talk about the Health Insurance Marketplace. David Sayen’s agency will be in charge of the health exchange in Arizona, and he will discuss the Marketplace, how it works, and how Arizonans without health insurance, or who buy their own insurance, can get ready to enroll in coverage.

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 19, 2013

  • Affordable Care Act  |   Video
    • University of Arizona health policy expert Dr. Dan Derksen will talk about some of the basics of the Affordable Care Act, as enrollment in Health Care Marketplaces for those without insurance starts October 1.

August 12, 2013

  • Beatitudes Dementia Care  |   Video
    • A long-term care community in Arizona is receiving national recognition for its best practices in dementia care. Beatitudes Campus has created replicable ways to decrease drugs prescribed, eliminate physical restraints, stop adult diaper usage and increase the comfort of patients. Arizona Horizon visited the Beatitudes Campus to see the ground-breaking principles in use.

August 7, 2013

  • Common Core  |   Video
    • New curriculum standards called “Common Core” go into full implementation this year at Arizona public schools. Arizona has joined 46 other states to use the Common Core standards for K-12 math and English. The standards will be tested using the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. Schools are facing challenges in implementing the new standards and testing. Denise Birdwell, the superintendent of the Higley Unified School District, will talk about the challenges schools face in implementing the new standards.

August 5, 2013

  • Arizona Schools Report Card  |   Video
    • Letter grades have been issued for Arizona public schools by the Arizona Department of Education. State Superintendent John Huppenthal will talk about the grades, which have shown some improvement.

August 1, 2013

  • Putting the Brakes on Inflammation  |   Video
    • A team led by a University of Arizona researcher has discovered a previously unknown mechanism that prevents the immune system from going into overdrive. That could shed light not only on how our body controls its response to pathogens but on conditions such as autoimmune diseases, allergies and chronic inflammation. The group found a protein previously believed to only play a role in blood clotting acts to tell defense cells to slow down, thereby preventing an immune reaction from spiraling out of control. Sourav Ghosh, assistant professor in the department of cellular and molecular medicine at the UA College of Medicine, and Dr. Jonathan Leighton of the Mayo Clinic will discuss the new findings.

July 31, 2013

  • APS Solar Power Charges  |   Video
    • Arizona Public Service released a plan recently to charge residential customers who install solar panels $50 to $100 more a month. The utility says the charges are needed to maintain the electricity grid, but the move is facing lots of opposition, including a vote by the Cave Creek town council to oppose the plan. Barbara Lockwood, General Manager of Energy Innovation for APS, will discuss the plan.

July 24, 2013

  • Medical Marijuana Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services has set an August 7 deadline for medical marijuana dispensaries to open after receiving their certificate for operation. Several dispensaries say they have been bogged down by court fights over medical marijuana, and have sued to get more time to open. Three days of hearings are being held to determine if those operators will get more time. Department of Health Services Director Will Humble will talk about the hearing and give us an update on medical marijuana.

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.
  • Cave Creek Solar Power Vote  |   Video
    • The town of Cave Creek is the first Arizona town or city to officially oppose rate hikes for solar power users being proposed by Arizona Public Service. The town unanimously voted to oppose the rate hikes, saying that it could hurt the installation of solar power in homes and hurt the economy. Cave Creek Councilman Ernie Bunch will talk about the vote.

July 15, 2013

  • Arizona State Retirement System  |   Video
    • The Arizona State Retirement System is a $28 Billion system with over half-a-million members. Its ten-year-rate of return has been over six percent. Paul Matson, the Chief Executive of the Arizona State Retirement System, will give us a status update on the pension system and will talk about a plan being proposed in congress that would uses private insurance companies to pay out annuities for public pensions.

July 8, 2013

  • Legislative Environmental Issues  |   Video
    • The state legislature is not getting good marks for its work on the environment from one local organization. Sandy Bahr of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club will talk about legislation she says put at risk health and safety; public lands, wildlife habitat, and cultural resources.

July 4, 2013

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

June 24, 2013

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

June 20, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion  |   Video
    • Now that state lawmakers have approved expanding Medicaid to add more than 300,000 people, it is up to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to implement the new plan. Tom Betlach, the director of AHCCCS, will discuss what’s next for the state’s health care plan for the poor.

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.

June 3, 2013

  • AZ Hospital Compare  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services is launching AZ Hospital Compare, an online searchable database to help consumers make educated decisions about their healthcare. The new website will allow patients and their families to explore the care, costs and charges of Arizona’s licensed hospitals. Donna Courtney of the department of health services will talk about the system.

May 21, 2013

  • Electric Deregulation   |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission may be looking at the issue of deregulation for electric utilities again. The commission is taking steps to set up public hearings about the issue. Former commissioner Jeff Hatch-Miller and current commissioner Bob Burns will discuss electric deregulation.

May 16, 2013

  • South Mountain Freeway  |   Video
    • A public hearing on a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed South Mountain Freeway will be held Tuesday, May 21. The hearing will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the proposed new freeway and provide formal comments. Timothy Tate of the Arizona Department of Public Transportation will discuss the upcoming hearing and the latest on the freeway proposal.
  • Alzheimer’s/Blood Sugar Link  |   Video
    • A new University of Arizona study suggests a possible link between elevated blood sugar levels and risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. Christine Burns, a researcher at the U of A, will talk about the study.

May 14, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion Report  |   Video
    • The Grand Canyon Institute, a centrist public policy think-tank, has released a new analysis of Medicaid expansion in Arizona. The report examines three scenarios regarding Medicaid expansion over the first three full years of implementation. David Wells, research director for the institute, will talk about the report.
  • Ozone Levels Alert  |   Video
    • Temperatures are soaring, and that brings on an increase in ozone, which is created in a chemical reaction spurred by heat. Excess ozone levels can cause health problems. Randy Cerveny, a weather expert and professor of geographical sciences at Arizona State University, will explain how ozone is formed and talk about the heat.

April 29, 2013

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

April 25, 2013

  • APS and Solar Power  |   Video
    • A new poll shows that Arizonans support solar energy and want choices beyond utility-provided energy. Mark Schiavoni, the senior Vice President of Operations for Arizona Public Service, and Jeff Guldner, senior Vice President of Customers & Regulation for APS, will respond to the poll’s results.

April 11, 2013

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

April 4, 2013

  • “United States of ALEC”  |   Video
    • There will be a free screening of the Bill Moyers production, “The United States of ALEC,” sponsored by AFSCME, the Arizona public employees union. ALEC IS the American Legislative Exchange Council, and critics say it allows corporations to direct and produce legislation for state legislatures. Common Cause President and CEO Bob Edgar will introduce the film and present a new report on all ALEC-backed legislation introduced in Arizona this year.

April 2, 2013

  • Immigration Poll  |   Video
    • A new poll commissioned by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce shows that overwhelmingly majorities support the comprehensive immigration reform plan being worked on by the so-called “Gang of 8,” a bi-partisan group of lawmakers that includes Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. Garrick Taylor of the chamber will discuss the findings of the Public Opinion Strategies poll.

March 14, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion Bill  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer has introduced a bill to expand Arizona’s health coverage for the poor to include 300,000 more people. Hear the pros and cons of the idea. Representative John Kavanagh will speak about the cons of the bill.

March 12, 2013

  • Bills to Change Public Unions  |   Video
    • Several bills that would make changes to public unions are making progress through the state legislature. Senator Rick Murphy, sponsor of the bills, and Senator Steve Gallardo will discuss the pros and cons of the bills.

February 28, 2013

  • ASU President Crow on Medicaid Expansion  |   Video
    • Arizona State University President Michael Crow has come out in favor of Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid in Arizona. President Crow and ASU Economist Dennis Hoffman will discuss the issue.

February 27, 2013

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

February 26, 2013

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

February 25, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion/Hospital Assessments  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer has proposed allowing the director of the state’s health care plan for the poor to assess a levy on hospitals to pay for an expansion of Medicaid in Arizona. Byron Schlomach of the Goldwater Institute and John Arnold, Governor Brewer’s Budget Director, will discuss the pros and cons of the idea.
  • Flu Shot Effectiveness  |   Video
    • A new government report shows the flu shot was effective only nine percent of the time in those 65 or older against the most common and dangerous flu bug. Dr. Cara Christ, the Chief Medical Officer for the Arizona Department of Health Services, will discuss the flu shot and its effectiveness.

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.

February 12, 2013

  • Mental Health First Aid  |   Video
    • In light of recent gun violence, an Arizona lawmaker is introducing a bill to help render mental health first aid to those in need. Representative Victoria Steele will discuss her bill with Barbara DiClemente, a Mental Health First Aid Specialist from First Presbyterian, a behavioral health organization.
  • Focus on Sustainability: Maricopa Solar Power Plant   |   Video
    • A hearing was held recently on a proposed 300-megawatt solar power plant in Maricopa. The Maricopa Solar Park Project would be built on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. BLM Arizona representative Dennis Godfrey will discuss the idea.

February 11, 2013

  • Betsey Bayless Pay Raise   |   Video
    • Betsey Bayless, the head of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, a public hospital system for the poor, received a $125,000 raise, bringing her salary to $500,000. Arizona Republic Columnist Laurie Roberts will discuss the raise.

February 5, 2013

  • Child Welfare Reform  |   Video
    • Maricopa County and its court system have come up with a new plan to deal with infants and toddlers who go through the child welfare system. The new system strives to help the parents of infants and toddlers with parenting skills and make sure that the babies receive the care they need. Judge Aimee Anderson will discuss the new “Cradle 2 Crayons Child Welfare Center.”

February 4, 2013

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

January 28, 2013

January 21, 2013

  • Giving & Leading: An Arizona Horizon Special  |   Video
    • Visit SpoFit, a Valley fitness center designed for people with disabilities; see what Native American Connections is doing to help Native Americans in need of housing and other critical services; the leader of the Veterans Medical Leadership Council explains how the VMLC improves the health and well-being of veterans in need.

January 17, 2013

  • Fix the Debt  |   Video
    • Arizona has joined Fix the Debt, a nonpartisan campaign to encourage our leaders in Washington, D.C. to reach a comprehensive agreement on reforms that will improve America’s fiscal health. Learn more about the campaign from members of the Fix the Debt Arizona Steering Committee, former Arizona Attorney General and new CAP Board member, Terry Goddard, and Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

January 10, 2013

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

January 8, 2013

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

January 2, 2013

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

December 12, 2012

  • Medical Marijuana update  |   Video
    • Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, discusses his department's oversight of the State’s medical marijuana program and provides an update on this year’s flu season.

December 11, 2012

  • Suicide Prevention Award  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services and Magellan Health Services of Arizona are recipients of a national award from the Council of State Governments for the Arizona Programmatic Suicide Deterrent System which launched in 2009. Dr. Karen Chaney of Magellan provides an overview of the program.
  • Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook   |   Video
    • Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, Research Medical Director at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute talks about his book of recipes that promote a healthy brain.

December 4, 2012

  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange  |   Video
    • ASU Professor Marjorie Baldwin, who teaches in the Economics Department for the W.P. Carey School of Business, explains the ramifications of Arizona’s decision not to create a State-run health insurance exchange under the Nation’s health reform law.

November 27, 2012

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

November 15, 2012

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

November 14, 2012

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

November 5, 2012

October 29, 2012

  • Giving and Leading: Native American Connections  |   Video
    • President and CEO of Native American Connections Diana Yazzie-Devine talks about her nonprofit that provides behavioral health services, affordable housing and economic development opportunities to Native Americans in the Phoenix area and tribal communities.

October 22, 2012

  • Public Meetings on Transit Fare Increases  |   Video
    • Valley Metro is seeking public comment on plans to raise fares for light rail and Express/RAPID bus services. Valley Metro spokesperson Susan Tierney explains the options that are being considered.

October 17, 2012

  • Phoenix to Tucson Passenger Rail  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Transportation is studying a number of options for passenger rail service from Phoenix to Tucson. ADOT has identified several potential routes and is now asking for public input on those options. Sean Holstege, a transportation reporter for The Arizona Republic, provides the latest details on this story.

October 15, 2012

  • Mayo Clinic Telestroke Program  |   Video
    • A recent agreement between Tuba City Regional Health Care and Mayo Clinic in Arizona will bring state-of-the-art stroke care to Navajo and Hopi patients through telemedicine. Dr. Bert Vargas, a Mayo Clinic telestroke neurologist, will talk about the new program, set to start in November.

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.
  • Medicaid Coverage for Childless Adults  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic reporter Mary K. Reinhart explains why thousands of childless adults could lose their Medicaid coverage under the State’s AHCCCS program at the end of 2013.

October 2, 2012

  • Vote 2012: Prop 119 (State Trust Lands)  |   Video
    • Proposition 119 would amend the constitution to allow Arizona to trade state trust land, with various limitations, for other public land. Learn more about this measure, which faces no organized opposition.

September 26, 2012

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

September 17, 2012

  • How to Fix a Broken Border  |   Video
    • Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard talks about his plan for securing the Arizona-Mexico border that’s being released as a three-part series by ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy.
  • Arizona Giving & Leading: Uniting Education and Business  |   Video
    • The Arizona Educational Foundation is launching the “UnitED” program to establish beneficial partnerships between public schools and businesses. Learn more about the program from Bobbie O’Boyle, Executive Director of the Arizona Educational Foundation, and Alicia Mandel, VP for Organization Effectiveness and Inclusion at the Apollo Group.

September 10, 2012

  • New Subscription Model for The Arizona Republic  |   Video
    • On September 10th The Arizona Republic is launching a new subscription model for its print and online content. Home delivery prices will change and the public will no longer have free unlimited access to online content. Randy Lovely, Senior VP for Republic Media, discusses the new subscription model.

August 20, 2012

  • Deferred Action Status  |   Video
    • The U.S. government is now accepting applications for Deferred Action status from certain young illegal immigrants who were brought to America as children. Individuals who are granted Deferred Action status are protected from deportation for two years, and are eligible for employment authorization. Immigration attorney Regina Jefferies talks about the program and an executive order by Governor Jan Brewer denying driver licenses and other public benefits to Deferred Action grantees.

August 8, 2012

  • Medical Marijuana Legal Concerns  |   Video
    • This week the State Health Department held a lottery for applicants wanting to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona. 97 of 433 applicants were awarded dispensary registration certificates, but it’s unclear if they’ll ever get to open for business. Attorney General Tom Horne has issued an opinion that the State’s medical marijuana law is preempted by federal law. Hear from Horne and Andrew Myers who managed Arizona’s Prop 203 (medical marijuana initiative) campaign.

August 1, 2012

  • 47 Years of Medicare & Medicaid  |   Video
    • 47 years ago the nation’s Medicaid and Medicare programs were born. We’ll take a look at the history and evolution of those programs and the challenges they’re facing today with a special emphasis on Arizona’s Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), which is now in its 30th year. Guests include AHCCCS Director Tom Betlach and AARP Arizona State President Dr. Leonard Kirschner who is a former AHCCCS Director (1987-1993).
  • Arizona’s Latino Vote  |   Video
    • The ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy has released a new report, “Arizona’s Emerging Latino Vote”, which focuses on the potential for Arizona’s young and growing Latino population to change the State’s political landscape over the next few decades. Learn more about the report from co-authors Bill Hart, a Morrison Institute senior policy analyst, and Dr. Eric Hedberg, a faculty associate in the ASU College of Public Programs.

July 26, 2012

  • 2012 KIDS COUNT: Child Well-being Data  |   Video
    • Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, discusses the 2012 KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that ranks Arizona in the bottom 5 states for child well-being.

July 24, 2012

  • Expanding Medical Marijuana  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services has decided not to expand Arizona’s medical marijuana program to include new ailments. Hear what ADHS Director Will Humble and UA assistant professor Dr. Sue Sisley have to say about the decision.

July 19, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Jazz from A to Z  |   Video
    • The Jazz from A to Z program represents a unique partnership between the Mesa Arts Center, Arizona State University’s Public History Department, Mesa Public Schools and Jazz at Lincoln Center. This segment profiles how the program uses jazz to help teach history in the classroom and provides music students and their teachers with jazz workshops and other learning opportunities.

July 16, 2012

July 9, 2012

  • Medicaid Expansion  |   Video
    • Arizona has to decide if it will expand Medicaid eligibility to Arizonans with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. We’ll take a look at the costs and benefits of participating in this voluntary portion of the Affordable Care Act.

July 2, 2012

  • Health Insurance Exchanges  |   Video
    • The Affordable Care Act requires every state to have at least one health insurance exchange in place by 2014. The Arizona Chamber Foundation Executive Director Suzanne Kinney talks about the issues and opportunities facing Arizona as it considers how to establish an exchange.

June 28, 2012

  • Supreme Court Ruling: Affordable Care Act  |   Video
    • ASU Law Professor Andy Hessick explains the High Court’s rationale for finding the Affordable Care Act constitutional.
  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Former AHCCCS director Dr. Leonard Kirschner and Dr. Daniel Lieberman, a Phoenix neurosurgeon, share their views on ObamaCare and what it will mean for Arizonans with and without health insurance.

June 21, 2012

  • Affordable Care Act  |   Video
    • Health care expert Susan Gerard explains what’s at stake for Arizonans as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to release its ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

June 14, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Contra Tiempo  |   Video
    • Arizona ArtBeat takes a look at the Mesa Arts Center’s Culture Connect program featuring the Los Angeles-based Latin dance company, Contra Tiempo. The Company taught Salsa workshops to students in elementary schools and coached a select group of students for a performance piece that was included in Contra Tiempo’s public performance at the Center.

June 12, 2012

  • Clean Elections   |   Video
    • Fewer candidates are signing up for Clean Elections public campaign funding in Arizona because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling two years ago that struck down additional funding for candidates to match spending from those running with private dollars. Todd Lang, Arizona’s Clean Elections Director, will talk about the trend.

June 11, 2012

  • Former Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano  |   Video
    • Former Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano talks about his new book, The Campaign Within: A Mayor's Private Journey to Public Leadership. It’s a personal memoir of his private and public life as Tempe Mayor, during which he was forced to reveal he is gay.

June 6, 2012

  • Public Education: U.S. vs. China  |   Video
    • After visiting more than 20 public schools in China and India, San Diego school teacher Keith Ballard, a 2003 Milken U.S. National Educator of the Year, launched a public awareness campaign to improve public education. Ballard talks about the campaign and what he’s hoping to accomplish.

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

May 24, 2012

May 23, 2012

  • Hayden Flour Mill in Tempe   |   Video
    • It’s been off-limits to the public and locked behind a fence since 1998, but now the historic Hayden Flour Mill in Tempe is getting new life as a venue for public and private events. Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman talks about the mill’s history and its latest transformation.

May 21, 2012

  • Agreement in Lawsuit Over Services for the Seriously Mentally Ill  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer and plaintiffs in the 1981 Arnold v. Sarn lawsuit have signed a 2-year agreement that creates a framework for improving services for people who have serious mental illnesses. Dr. Laura Nelson, Director of the Division of Behavioral Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services, and plaintiffs’ attorney Anne Ronan discuss details of the agreement.
  • Arnold v. Sarn Lawsuit History  |   Video
    • Mental Health Attorney Charles “Chick” Arnold explains how his name became associated with the class action lawsuit Arnold v. Sarn. Filed in 1981, the lawsuit seeks to force the State of Arizona to provide the community-based system of care for individuals with serious mental illnesses that is promised in state statute.

May 17, 2012

  • Facebook IPO  |   Video
    • Wayne Stutzer of RBC Wealth Management discusses the initial public offering of Facebook shares on Wall Street.

May 16, 2012

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

May 9, 2012

  • Stroke Awareness  |   Video
    • Strokes are one of the leading causes of death and disability. Dr. Dan Capampangan of the Mayo Clinic explains how to recognize and respond to symptoms of stroke and how the Mayo Clinic is using robots to help stroke patients in rural Arizona .

May 3, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Arizona Commission on the Arts  |   Video
    • The State Legislature has reauthorized the Arizona Commission on the Arts for another ten years. The commission’s executive director Robert Booker discusses the commission’s vital role in economic development and public education.
  • The Legislature & Children’s Issues  |   Video
    • Dana Naimark of the Children’s Action Alliance talks about how the new State budget and other legislative actions will impact Arizona’s children.

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 30, 2012

  • Award-winning Physicist Lawrence Krauss  |   Video
    • A discussion with ASU’s world renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, who has been named as the recipient of the 2012 Public Service Award from the National Science Board for his efforts to improve the understanding of science.

April 26, 2012

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

April 24, 2012

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

April 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 12, 2012

  • Feds Approve “KidsCare” Funding Plan  |   Video
    • Federal officials have approved a plan that makes about 22-thousand low income Arizona children eligible for Arizona’s “KidsCare” health insurance program. In addition, the plan helps three of the State’s largest hospital systems cover costs of providing uncompensated care. Maricopa Integrated Health System CEO Betsey Bayless explains how the plan is designed to work.

April 3, 2012

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

March 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 22, 2012

  • Ex-lawmaker’s Legal Troubles  |   Video
    • Former State lawmaker Richard Miranda resigned from the legislature in February citing health and family reasons. Since then, he has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and tax evasion. Learn about the details of the story from Arizona Guardian reporter Dennis Welch.

March 14, 2012

  • Improving Public Education  |   Video
    • As Arizona joins other states in seeking federal approval to opt-out of certain requirements of No Child Left Behind, Horizon takes a look at what Arizona is doing right, what it’s doing wrong, and what it must start doing to improve public education. Guests are: State Representative Heather Carter and AEA President Andrew Morrill.

March 8, 2012

  • Living with a Serious Mental Illness  |   Video
    • Randye Kaye, the author of “Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope”, talks about her family’s struggle to help their son recover from a serious mental illness.

March 7, 2012

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

March 5, 2012

February 27, 2012

February 20, 2012

  • Sheriff Paul Babeu  |   Video
    • Marcus Dell’Artino of FirstStrategic, Communications & Public Affairs comments on the political fallout facing Pinal County Sheriff and Congressional candidate Paul Babeu after allegations that the Sheriff threatened to deport an ex boyfriend.

February 16, 2012

  • Guns on Campus  |   Video
    • ASU Chief of Police John Pickens shares his views on a bill that would require Arizona’s public universities to allow anyone who has a concealed-carry permit, and who’s at least 21 years old, to carry a gun on campus.

February 15, 2012

  • Arizona’s Science Standards  |   Video
    • Science Standards for Arizona’s public schools recently received a “D” grade from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington-based education think tank. Darcy Renfro of Science Foundation Arizona comments on the findings.

February 13, 2012

  • Public Sector Union Bills  |   Video
    • Arizona State Lawmakers are considering several bills that limit the power of labor unions for public sector employees, including police and firefighters. The sponsor of the bills, Republican Senator Rick Murphy, and Democratic Senator David Lujan debate the legislation.

January 24, 2012

  • Medical Marijuana  |   Video
    • The Department of Health Services Director Will Humble provides an update on Arizona’s implementation of its voter-approved medical marijuana program.

January 23, 2012

  • Corporate Financial Disclosure  |   Video
    • A discussion about HB 2385, a bill introduced in the Arizona State House of Representatives, that is designed to strengthen corporate financial disclosure requirements, making it easier for the public to know the source of political ads.

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.
  • Piper Trust Investment in Health Outcomes at ASU  |   Video
    • Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust President and CEO Dr. Judy Mohraz and ASU President Dr. Michael Crow discuss the $10-million dollar investment fund Piper Trust has established at ASU that the university will use to improve the delivery of health care.

January 12, 2012

  • Tucson School District Ethnic Studies  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal discusses his final ruling that the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Program violates state law.
  • Storing Nuclear Waste to Fund Education  |   Video
    • State Senator Al Melvin, Tucson Republican and Chair of the House Commerce and Energy Commission, explains his plan to raise money for public education by storing nuclear waste in Arizona.

January 5, 2012

  • Public Safety and Mental Illness  |   Video
    • It's been a year since the tragic shooting in Tucson that left six people dead and many others injured, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Experts explore the challenges they face when mental health, criminal justice and public safety are intertwined.

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 12, 2011

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

December 1, 2011

  • American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)  |   Video
    • Representative Debbie Lesko, Majority Whip of the Arizona House of Representatives and Arizona State Chairman for ALEC discusses the nonprofit organization that has had an influential role in shaping public policy in Arizona.

November 29, 2011

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

November 28, 2011

  • Governor’s Health Care Initiative  |   Video
    • 19-thousand kids would be enrolled in Kids Care and hospitals would get help covering costs of care for the uninsured if the federal government approves a plan to allow Phoenix Children's Hospital, Maricopa Integrated Health System, and the University of Arizona Health Network to use their own money to draw down federal matching funds. Betsey Bayless, President and CEO of MIHS, discusses the details of the proposal.

November 23, 2011

  • Family Caregivers  |   Video
    • November is National Family Caregiver Awareness Month. David Besst, Co-chair of the Arizona Caregiver Coalition and Dr. David Coon, Associate Vice Provost for Research Collaborations at Health Outcomes @ ASU talk about the valuable service family caregivers provide and the services available to help them.

November 21, 2011

  • Controlling Diabetes  |   Video
    • Tim Vaske, head of the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease for the Arizona Department of Health Services, talks about the incidence and impact of diabetes in Arizona and programs that help control the disease.

November 17, 2011

  • Solar Energy: AZ Sun Program  |   Video
    • Pat Dinkel, VP of Power Marketing and Resource Planning for Arizona Public Service Company, talks about the Paloma Solar Power Plant, the first solar plant to reach commercial operation as part of the utility’s AZ Sun Program.

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 10, 2011

  • Teaching Patriotism  |   Video
    • Lucian Spataro, President and CEO of the Scottsdale-based Joe Foss Institute talks about how the organization is teaming-up with veterans to teach elementary students about the values of patriotism and public service.
  • Legislative Arts Appropriations  |   Video
    • State funding for the arts has gone from little to nothing in recent years according to a policy briefing from ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Hear from the author of the report Rhonda Phillips, Associate Dean of ASU’s Barrett Honors College Downtown Campus

November 9, 2011

  • AZ Senator-Elect Jerry Lewis  |   Video
    • It appears as if State Senate President Russell Pearce lost his recall election. Victorious challenger Jerry Lewis discusses his win.

November 3, 2011

October 24, 2011

  • Medicare Study  |   Video
    • New research from the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU is shows that the Medicare Part D program is preventing wasteful spending on health care. The study’s lead author, Jonathan Ketcham, talks about the research and its implications for health care in general.

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 29, 2011

  • ASU and Mayo Clinic  |   Video
    • The latest news on the partnership between ASU and the Mayo Clinic with ASU President Dr. Michael Crow and Dr. Wyatt Decker, CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

September 27, 2011

  • Arizona State Treasurer  |   Video
    • State Treasurer Doug Ducey comments on economic uncertainties facing the state from his perspective as a businessman now working in the public sector.

September 19, 2011

  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange   |   Video
    • 40 Arizona organizations are backing the creation of a health insurance exchange to make health care more affordable for more Arizonans. Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance and Jack Beveridge, CEO of Empowerment Systems, describe the proposal.

September 13, 2011

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

September 12, 2011

  • Same Sex Health Benefits for State Employees  |   Video
    • State Representative John Kavanagh shares his views on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that agrees with a lower court decision to block an Arizona law from taking effect that would have eliminated same sex health care benefits for domestic partners of state government employees.

September 7, 2011

  • Health Benefits for Same Sex Partners of State Employees  |   Video
    • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges upheld a lower court decision to block an Arizona law from taking effect that would have eliminated same sex health care benefits for domestic partners of state government employees. Dan Barr, the plaintiffs’ attorney in the legal challenge to the law discusses the case.

August 29, 2011

  • Arizona School Nutrition   |   Video
    • Mary Szafranski, Deputy Associate Superintendent in charge of Health and Nutrition Services for the Arizona Department of Education talks about school nutrition in Arizona.
  • Redistricting Politics  |   Video
    • Arizona established an Independent Redistricting Commission to try to take politics out of the process of redrawing Arizona’s legislative and congressional boundaries. Political consultants Stan Barnes of Copper State Consulting Group and Barry Dill of First Strategic Communications and Public Affairs talk about the reality of removing politics from the redistricting process.

August 23, 2011

  • Medical Marijuana Certifications  |   Video
    • According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, eight doctors have issued nearly half of all medical marijuana certifications in Arizona. DHS Director Will Humble discusses his response to the data.

August 17, 2011

  • Child Well-Being in Arizona  |   Video
    • Dana Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, discusses the 2011 Kids Count Data Book just released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and what it says about the well-being of children in Arizona.

August 3, 2011

  • Stressed-out Kids in School  |   Video
    • While some kids can't wait to go back to school, others get stressed-out by the very thought. Erika Feldpausch, a behavioral health therapist, informs us what parents should look for and how they can help.

August 1, 2011

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

July 21, 2011

  • Fish Consumption Advisory  |   Video
    • Due to rising mercury levels in some species of fish, the Arizona Game and Fish Department warn that eating too much of the fish could make you very sick.

July 13, 2011

  • AIMS Test Results  |   Video
    • Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal discusses the results of the 2011 AIMS test.

July 7, 2011

  • Medicaid Enrollment Freeze  |   Video
    • Anne Ronan from the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest discusses the impact of freezing enrollment for childless adults in the AHCCCS program.

July 6, 2011

  • Clean Elections Ruling Impact  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court ruled that the matching funds provision of Arizona’s Clean Elections public campaign financing system is unconstitutional. That means publicly-funded candidates will no longer get extra public money to match spending by privately-financed candidates. Political analysts Bob Grossfeld of the Media Guys and Stan Barnes of Copper State Consulting Group talk about the decision will change Arizona’s political landscape.

June 30, 2011

  • Higher Education Funding  |   Video
    • Incoming Chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents Fred DuVal talks about his priorities which include a one-year tuition freeze and predictable levels of state funding at Arizona’s public universities.

June 29, 2011

June 28, 2011

  • Restoring Competency to Stand Trial  |   Video
    • Accused of the mass shooting in Tucson, Jared Loughner was found mentally incompetent to stand trial. He is now undergoing treatment in an attempt to restore competency. Phoenix-based forensic psychologist Michael B. Bayless discusses what it means, and what it takes, to restore mental competency.

June 27, 2011

  • DPS Computer Hack  |   Video
    • Ken Colburn, the CEO of Data Doctors, discusses the recent breach of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s computer system.
  • Cause of the “Yips”  |   Video
    • The Yips are a sudden twitch or jerk that strikes a golfer as he prepares to take a swing. Now, researches at the Mayo Clinic have looked into the cause of the yips and are closer to figuring out what causes that annoying jerk or twitch in some golfers. Dr. Charles Adler of Mayo Clinic will discuss his research.

June 21, 2011

  • Clean Car Program  |   Video
    • Clean air advocates respond to proposed changes to rules that govern vehicle emissions in Arizona.

June 14, 2011

  • Men’s Health  |   Video
    • Wayne Tormala, Men’s Health coordinator for the Arizona Department of Health Services, talks about nationwide health indicators that show Arizona men leading and lagging in various categories.

June 13, 2011

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

June 7, 2011

May 31, 2011

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

May 26, 2011

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

May 23, 2011

  • Learning From China's School  |   Video
    • State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal recently visited schools in China. He’ll discuss what he discovered, and what Arizona can learn from China’s schools.
  • Veterans Health Report  |   Video
    • After veterans return home from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, they all too often experience substance abuse and mental health problems. Kim Van Pelt of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives and Wendy Wofersteig of ASU’s Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center discuss a new report that examines the problem and the related health care challenges facing Arizona.

May 5, 2011

May 2, 2011

  • Redistricting: Online Mapping Tool  |   Video
    • The Arizona Competitive Districts Coalition has launched an online mapping tool and a redistricting competition that lets the public try its hand at redrawing Arizona’s political boundaries. Learn more about it from co-chairs of the Coalition, Roberta Voss and Ken Clark.

April 28, 2011

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

April 26, 2011

  • National Institute for Civil Discourse  |   Video
    • The UA School of Government and Public Policy is home to the new National Institute for Civil Discourse. Learn about the Institute from its director, Brinton Milward.
  • 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 12, 2011

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

April 4, 2011

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

March 30, 2011

  • Medical Marijuana Rules  |   Video
    • The State Department of Health Services has issued the final rules that will govern Arizona’s medical marijuana program that starts in mid-April. DHS Director Will Humble explains how the system will work.

February 28, 2011

  • Sports Concussions  |   Video
    • Arizona State University quarterback Steven Threet is calling it quits because of multiple concussions. Dr. David Dodick of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale is a nationally recognized expert on concussions, and will discuss the injury that is common to athletes in some sports.
  • State of Education in Arizona  |   Video
    • Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal explains what he told lawmakers about the state of education in Arizona.

February 21, 2011

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

February 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.

February 14, 2011

February 10, 2011

  • State Pension Reform  |   Video
    • House Speaker Kirk Adams has introduced legislation to reform Arizona's public employee pension system. Among other things it would raise the retirement age, increase employee's payments and eliminate cost-of-living increases. Speaker Adams discusses.

February 7, 2011

  • Organ Transplants   |   Video
    • Last fall Arizona stopped funding certain kinds of organ transplants under the state's Medicaid program. State legislators promised to revised the issue following a few deaths that resulted from the decision. Representative Anna Tovar, a transplant recipient herself, discusses.

January 31, 2011

  • Revised Medical Marijuana Rules  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services released a set of revised rules regarding medical marijuana. The changes focus on a number of issues including doctor-patient relationships and the location of marijuana dispensaries. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, discusses.

January 27, 2011

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

January 24, 2011

  • Arizona's Mental Health Laws  |   Video
    • The tragic shootings in Tucson have raised questions and awareness about mental illness in Arizona's mental health laws. Medical health attorney Charles "Chick" Arnold discusses the issues.

January 11, 2011

  • Arizona’s Structural Deficit  |   Video
    • Arizona’s budget has a huge structural deficit that threatens its economic future, according to a new report released by ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy and Brookings Mountain West. The report’s chief author, University of Tennessee economist Matthew Murray, discusses the report and what it says about Arizona’s ability to close its budget gap.

January 6, 2011

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

January 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 28, 2010

  • Brain Special  |   Video
    • Researchers at Arizona State University and Phoenix Children's Hospital are working on a brain-computer interface that will allow people to control electronic devices directly with their brain. Stephen Helms Tillery of the ASU School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering will discuss the research on a special Technology and Innovation segment.

December 14, 2010

  • Brain-Computer Interface  |   Video
    • Researchers at Arizona State University and Phoenix Children's Hospital are working on a brain-computer interface that will allow people to control electronic devices directly with their brain. Stephen Helms Tillery of the ASU School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering will discuss the research on a special Technology and Innovation segment.

December 13, 2010

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

November 15, 2010

  • State Schools Chief-elect  |   Video
    • State Senator John Huppenthal discusses his goals and priorities as the next Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • Medical Marijuana   |   Video
    • Arizona voters have approved Prop 203 which allows the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Service, talks about how medical marijuana will be governed.

November 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.
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November 2, 2010

  • 8-10pm - Vote 2010: LIVE ELECTION COVERAGE  |   Video
    • Horizon’s Vote 2010 coverage culminates on election night with two full hours of live, up-to-the-minute, election returns and in-depth analysis. Our team of election night analysts includes former political and public affairs consultant Christa Severns; Arizona Republic columnist Bob Robb; Bob Grossfeld, president of The Media Guys; and Stan Barnes, president of Copper State Consulting.

October 28, 2010

  • Health Record Bank  |   Video
    • eHealthTrust is a health record bank that recently launched its service in Arizona. Dr. Bill Yasnoff, the company’s founder, explains the benefits of health record banking.

October 14, 2010

  • Public Opinion Polls  |   Video
    • Pollsters are the soothsayers of the election season. Arizona State University Pollster Dr. Bruce Merrill tells us all we need to know about polling in this election season.

September 27, 2010

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

September 23, 2010

  • City of Mesa Prop 420: Spring Training Stadium  |   Video
    • Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts discusses Prop 420, a measure that asks city voters to approve public expenditures for a Cactus League Spring Training stadium and related facilities.
  • Arizona's Poor Civic Health  |   Video
    • The Arizona Civic Health Index finds that Arizonans are not as well informed as people in other states, voter turnout continues to decline and residents feel a disconnected with their elected leaders. Lattie Coor, of the Center for the Future of Arizona, discusses the report.

September 20, 2010

  • Prop 107: Banning Affirmative Action Programs  |   Video
    • Prop 107 is debated. It’s a measure, referred to the ballot by the legislature, that bans affirmative action programs in the operation of public employment, public education and public contracting. Guests include Representative Steve Montenegro who sponsored and is for the measure, and Representative Kyrsten Sinema who’s opposed to it.
  • Public Opinion Polls  |   Video
    • Pollsters are the soothsayers of the election season. Arizona State University Pollster Dr. Bruce Merrill tells us all we need to know about polling in this election season.

September 16, 2010

September 15, 2010

September 14, 2010

  • Ballot Propositions  |   Video
    • As a public service to voters, ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy has prepared a series of briefings intended to clarify and explain the 10 propositions on November’s general election ballot. Kristin Borns, a senior policy analyst for the Institute, discusses the reports that are available online.

August 31, 2010

  • Prop 106: Health Care Freedom  |   Video
    • The pros and cons of Proposition 106, a measure on the general election ballot in November that amends the state constitution in an effort to ensure that no law shall infringe on a person’s freedom to choose the health insurance/system of their choice.

August 30, 2010

  • Child Protective Services  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts talks about instances when Arizona’s Child Protective Services fails to protect children in its care from further abuse. She discusses her struggle to gain access to records in cases of a fatality and near fatality that, if made public, can help hold the agency accountable by giving the public a better understanding of what went wrong.

August 19, 2010

  • West Nile Virus  |   Video
    • Arizona is leading the nation in reported human cases of West Nile Virus. Pinal County Health Department Director Tom Schryer talks about how to avoid becoming infected.
  • Domestic Partner Benefits  |   Video
    • The latest on the legal challenge to an Arizona law that denies state health benefits to domestic partners of state workers. Dan Barr, an attorney for the plaintiffs; and State Representative John Kavanagh discuss the case.

August 16, 2010

  • Race to the Top  |   Video
    • Arizona is in the running to win nearly $250 million for public education in the federal Race to the Top competition. As one of 19 finalists, the state recently defended its application in Washington, D.C. Now, it waits to find out if it’s a winner. Eileen Klein, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, and Paul Koehler of WestEd discuss the state’s application.

August 10, 2010

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

July 12, 2010

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

June 30, 2010

June 29, 2010

June 22, 2010

June 21, 2010

  • Arnold v. Sarn Mental Health Lawsuit  |   Video
    • A three-decades-old lawsuit seeking to improve services for people with serious mental illnesses is all but dead. We’ll talk with Chick Arnold about the long, often frustrating, struggle to get people the care state law says they’re entitled to.

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 3, 2010

  • Illegal Immigration Myths  |   Video
    • There is a lot of misinformation about illegal immigrants. Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute has completed a research study, busting some of those myths. Study author Bill Hart will discuss his findings.

May 26, 2010

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

May 25, 2010

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.

May 19, 2010

  • Prop 100 and Politics  |   Video
    • Mike O’Neil, President of the public opinion research firm O’Neil Associates, talks about the outcome of the Prop 100 special election and what it says about Arizona’s political landscape.

May 18, 2010

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

May 4, 2010

  • Behavioral Health Cuts  |   Video
    • Dr. Laura Nelson, Acting Director of the Division of Behavioral Health for the State Department of Health Services talks about implementing state budget cuts, and how they may impact people with serious mental illnesses.

April 28, 2010

  • Access to Public Records  |   Video
    • University of Arizona Journalism Professor David Cuillier talks about why he’s touring the nation to teach reporters and the public how to gain access to public records.

April 14, 2010

  • Clean Elections  |   Video
    • A federal judge declared unconstitutional the “matching funds provision” of Arizona’s public campaign financing program, known as Clean Elections. The decision was appealed to the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard oral arguments on Monday. Join us for a discussion with participants on each side of the case; state Representative John McComish and Todd Lang, Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

April 12, 2010

  • ACE Study  |   Video
    • The largest scientific study of the relationship between childhood trauma and health and behavioral problems later in life is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Vincent Felitti, one of the lead investigators, will talk about the Ace Study.

April 8, 2010

  • Health Reform Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Arizona has joined more than a dozen other states that are suing the federal government over the new health care reform law. ASU law professor Paul Bender discusses the merits of the case.

April 7, 2010

  • AARP on Health Reform  |   Video
    • Ritch Steven, Chair of the AARP Arizona Advocacy Network, explains some of the ways AARP members, and others, will be affected by the national health reform legislation.

March 22, 2010

  • 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.

March 2, 2010

  • Women’s Safety, Health and Economic Security  |   Video
    • The economic recession and state budget cuts may be having a disproportionately negative impact on women. Leading advocates for women talk about how the current economic climate is threatening the safety, health and economic security of Arizona women. Guests include: Allie Bones, of the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Jodi Liggett, Arizona Foundation for Women; and Marie Sullivan of Arizona Women’s Education and Employment.

February 25, 2010

  • Cutting AHCCCS  |   Video
    • A report by Arizona State University economists shows that cutting funding to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s medical insurance for the indigent, could cost the state a lot in terms of jobs and money. ASU economist Timothy James, one of the authors of the report, talks about the findings.

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 28, 2010

  • Mental Health Services  |   Video
    • Arizona is under a court order to provide services for people with serious mental illnesses, as required by state law. But as part of her budget plan, Governor Jan Brewer wants to remove that law from the books and eliminate most non Title XIX (Medicaid) funding for 14,600 adults with serious mental illnesses. Attorneys Charles “Chick” Arnold and Anne Ronan discuss their concerns and possible repercussions of the Governor’s plan.

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.
  • High Court Campaign Finance Rule  |   Video
    • ASU law professor Paul Bender discusses the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that supports a corporation’s First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money to help elect or defeat candidates for public office.

January 14, 2010

  • Senator Jon Kyl  |   Video
    • United States Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona will discuss national issues including health care reform, immigration and security.
  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Representative Kyrsten Sinema, assistant leader of the House Democrats, and Kim Van Pelt, Associate Director of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, share their views on efforts to reform the nation’s health care system.

January 7, 2010

January 5, 2010

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Arizona Congressman John Shadegg and Steve Forbes, President and CEO of Forbes, Inc. are asking voters to support the Arizona Health Care Freedom Act, a measure on November’s ballot that would amend the State constitution to prohibit mandatory health care programs. Find out why they support the measure, and hear what they have to say about congressional efforts to pass health care reform.

December 9, 2009

  • County Government Feud  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley discusses the ongoing battle between public officials in Maricopa county including the latest grand jury indictments of county supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley.

November 23, 2009

  • H1N1 Update  |   Video
    • Dr. Bob England, Director of the Maricopa County Public Health Department, dispels myths and misinformation about the H1N1 flu virus.

November 19, 2009

  • Maintaining Arizona’s Bioscience Momentum  |   Video
    • The Arizona Biosciences Roadmap Steering Committee has identified “Four Key Needs” to maintain Arizona’s recent momentum in building its bioscience industry. We’ll discuss those needs with Stuart Flynn, Dean of University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University; Craig Thatcher, Exec. Dean of the ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation; and Don Keuth, President of the Phoenix Community Alliance.

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 4, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • A discussion on the latest Congressional efforts to pass health care reform with House Assistant Minority Leader, State Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and one of 32 state lawmakers nationwide to serve on the White House Health Reform Task Force. And Tom Patterson, Chairman of the Goldwater Institute, a former state senator and a retired emergency room doctor.

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 26, 2009

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

October 22, 2009

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

October 19, 2009

  • DPS Budget  |   Video
    • A report out on the Arizona Department of Public Safety's budget indicates the agency could be forced to lay off one-third of its patrolmen. DPS Director Roger Vanderpool will talk about the budget.

October 13, 2009

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

September 30, 2009

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

September 29, 2009

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

September 21, 2009

  • H1N1 Swine Flu  |   Video
    • Several dignitaries will be getting their flu shots Monday in preparation for the upcoming flu season. Also, the Arizona Department of Health Services has released a new report on the swine flu. Bob Khan of the Phoenix Fire Department will discuss the seasonal flu and the swine flu.

September 17, 2009

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

September 14, 2009

  • Drop Houses  |   Video
    • Find out about a project to arrest illegal aliens in drop houses. Lt. Robert Smart of the Arizona Department of Public Safety will talk about the effort.

September 10, 2009

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

September 1, 2009

  • Kidscare Parents  |   Video
    • At the end of September, thousands of working Arizonans will lose their health insurance. That’s because lawmakers did not reauthorize funding for KidsCare Parents, a low-cost health insurance program for working parents whose income is below 200% of the federal poverty level. Dana Wolfe Naimark of Children’s Action Alliance and Brenda Cardenas of Healthcare Connect talk about the limited options available to these families.

August 31, 2009

  • Superstition Vistas  |   Video
    • Public hearings will be held soon on how to manage the growth of an area in Pinal County that could be home to up to a million people. Learn more about Superstition Vistas as Dr. Jim Holway of the Sonoran Institute and Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club discuss the massive project.

August 27, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Suzanne Taylor, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shares her views on health care reform.
  • H1N1 Update  |   Video
    • Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, has the latest on the H1N1 virus and the State’s vaccination plans.

August 26, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Ritch Steven, Chair of the AARP Arizona Advocacy Network, shares his views on health care reform.

August 25, 2009

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

August 24, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Bernadette Melnyk, Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at the Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation, shares her views on health care reform.

August 18, 2009

  • Schools and Swine Flu  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne updates us on what schools are doing to prepare for what could be a swine flu outbreak this school year.

August 17, 2009

  • Town Halls  |   Video
    • Town halls being held nationwide on President Obama's health care reform plan have been tumultuous. Patrick Keney, chair of the Arizona State University Political Science Department, will talk about the town halls in terms of democracy and freedom of speech.

August 13, 2009

  • Congressman Trent Franks  |   Video
    • Congressman Trent Franks talks about health care reform, Federal stimulus dollars and other issues facing Arizona and the nation.

July 29, 2009

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

July 28, 2009

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

July 22, 2009

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

July 15, 2009

  • Health Care Reform and Children  |   Video
    • How will proposed health care reform affect children, and how will it address their needs? Bob Meyer, CEO of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, will address the issue.

July 9, 2009

  • Swine Flu and West Nile Virus  |   Video
    • The state has had its first case of West Nile Virus and officials are preparing for a possible new outbreak of the Swine Flu. Dr. Karen Lewis of the Arizona Department of Health Services will give us an update.

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 18, 2009

  • Ethnic Studies  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne talks about why he wants to ban ethnic studies in Arizona.

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.

May 28, 2009

  • Arizona Education Funding  |   Video
    • How much does Arizona spend on public education? It depends on how you do the math. Comparisons of how much states spend, per pupil, on K-12 education often list Arizona at, or near, the bottom. Typically, Arizona is shown to spend around $6,000 per student compared to a national average of more than $9,000, but the Goldwater Institute is reporting that Arizona spends more than $9,500 per student.

May 27, 2009

  • Healthcare Reform  |   Video
    • The president and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare talks about health care reform and Health for Life.

May 5, 2009

April 30, 2009

  • Arizona Town Hall/Transportation  |   Video
    • Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters talks about recommendations from the 94th Arizona Town Hall on Transportation that recently took place in Tucson. Peters also shares her ideas for improving how Arizona finances and manages its public transportation resources.

April 28, 2009

  • Swine Flu  |   Video
    • What is Arizona doing to get ready for the swine flu and is the problem as bad as it is being portrayed? Arizona Acting State Health Director Will Humble discusses the swine flu.

April 22, 2009

  • Education Legislators  |   Video
    • Members of the House Education Committee discuss the outlook for public education as legislators try to balance the 2010 state budget while facing a $3 billion dollar shortfall.

April 21, 2009

  • Arizona Education Funding  |   Video
    • How much does Arizona spend on public education? It depends on how you do the math. Comparisons of how much States spend, per-pupil, on K-12 education often list Arizona at, or near, the bottom. Typically, Arizona is shown to spend around $6,000 per student compared to a national average of more than $9,000, but the Goldwater Institute is reporting that Arizona spends more than $9,500 per student. We’ll take a look at what may account for the differences.

April 13, 2009

  • State Schools Superintendent  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne talks about the state budget crisis’ affect on education. He also addresses the lawsuit over the state’s English Language Learner spending, which is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.

April 9, 2009

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

March 23, 2009

  • Former U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini  |   Video
    • For 18 years, Dennis DeConcini represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate. In this special, Catching Up With..., we find out what the former senator has been up to since he retired from public office.

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 12, 2009

  • State of Education  |   Video
    • Arizona K-12 schools were hit hard by budget cuts. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne addresses the state of K-12 education.

February 5, 2009

  • Mental Health Audit  |   Video
    • A court-ordered audit reveals the private, for-profit company that has managed Maricopa County's behavioral health care system since 2007 has shown �a pattern of regression and significant declines in a number of areas.� The court-assigned monitor joins us to talk about the audit.

February 4, 2009

  • Education  |   Video
    • Dr. Jim Zaharis, Vice President for Education for Greater Phoenix Leadership, a CEO business group whose mission is to improve economic vitality and the quality of life in our state, talks about investing in public education in light of recent state budget cuts.

January 29, 2009

  • Phoenix Budget Problems  |   Video
    • The city of Phoenix is making big cuts to its budget, but before doing so, officials are gathering public opinion. Hear from the public and a city official about the budget cuts.

January 22, 2009

  • KidsCare  |   Video
    • The state-run health insurance program that provides affordable coverage for children and adults who do not qualify for Medicaid celebrates its 10th birthday as lawmakers consider eliminating the program completely. Guest: Matt Jewett, Children's Action Alliance.

January 19, 2009

  • Obama Inauguration  |   Video
    • Arizona State University history Professors Matthew Whitaker and Brooks Simpson discuss the history of the inauguration and how the election of Barack Obama impacts minority communities.
  • Business Community   |   Video
    • suzanne Taylor, senior vice president of public policy for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, explains the business community's needs that will soon be brought to the state legislature's attention.
  • Chihuly Display  |   Video
    • Join HORIZON for a tour of artist Dale Chihuly's latest blown-glass display at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

December 17, 2008

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.

November 13, 2008

  • Arizona Asian-American Report  |   Video
    • A report on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in Arizona is being released for the first time. Learn about Arizona's Asian-American and Pacific Islander population from Dr. Karen Leong. The report is being issued by the Arizona State University Asian Pacific American Studies program and the ASU Public Affairs Office.

November 12, 2008

October 29, 2008

  • Greater Phoenix Forward Report  |   Video
    • The Arizona State University College of Public Programs and the Morrison Institute have released a new report regarding the future needs of the human services infrastructure in the Valley. ASU Public Programs Dean Debra Friedman talks about the report.

October 27, 2008

  • Catching Up with Senator Dennis DeConcini  |   Video
    • For 18 years, Dennis DeConcini represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate. In the first of our four-part series, Catching Up With..., we find out what the former senator has been up to since he retired from public office.

September 23, 2008

  • Proposition 101: Health Care  |   Video
    • supporters of a ballot initiative called the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act say it will preserve our freedom to choose health care coverage. Opponents of the measure say it will stop the future option for a universal health care plan and reduce health care choice. We talk with both sides of the issue.

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

  • 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 19, 2008

  • supai Flooding  |   Video
    • Flash Flooding force the evacuation of the Supai Village on the Havasupai reservation near the Grand Canyon over the weekend. Judy Kioski, Public Information Officer of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, updates us on the situation.

August 13, 2008

August 12, 2008

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

July 31, 2008

  • Fueling Trouble  |   Video
    • We continue our four-part series on what impact high gas prices are having on transportation with a look at light rail and bus transit. Susan Tierney of Valley Metro talks about bus service.
  • McCain Hispanic Vote  |   Video
    • During his Arizona senate races, John McCain garnered up to 70 percent of the Hispanic vote. Now, with Senator Barack Obama as his opponent in the presidential election, he's struggling to get Hispanic support nationwide. Find out what McCain can do to increase Latino support.

July 23, 2008

  • Photo Radar  |   Video
    • Learn about the Arizona Department of Public Safety's plans to roll out its statewide photo radar system as part of the state budget approved by lawmakers and signed by the governor last month.
  • Teach for America  |   Video
    • More than 600 recent college graduates � with plans to become everything from doctors to lawyers to engineers to architects � were in Phoenix this summer preparing to put their careers on hold in order to teach at economically disadvantaged schools for two years. It was all part of Teach for America's first training institute held in Phoenix. We�ll take a look at this rigorous five-week training program and Teach for America's efforts to improve public education.

July 22, 2008

  • Health Care Choices  |   Video
    • Opponents of a proposed ballot measure called the �Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act� say it reduces health care choice. Dr. Jonathan Weisbuch challenges several points of the measure.

July 17, 2008

  • Medical Choices for Arizona  |   Video
    • An initiative being evaluated for inclusion on the November ballot would guarantee Arizonans a right to make their own choices for health coverage and health insurance, according to the backers of the Initiative. Dr. Eric Novak, chairman of the "Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act" will discuss the proposal.

July 3, 2008

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

June 19, 2008

  • US Airways  |   Video
    • The President of US Airways, Scott Kirby, talks about rising fuel prices, the sluggish economy, and other challenges facing the airline industry.
  • Maricopa Health System Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The Maricopa Medical Center is operated by the Maricopa Integrated Health System. System officials are using a new state law to stop millions of dollars from flowing to the states general fund. Its money they say should be going to the Medical Center. Now the state is suing. Bil Bruno, a member of the MIHS Governing Board talks about the case.

June 17, 2008

  • Peter Singer  |   Video
    • Doctor peter singer is known internationally as a philosopher and professor of public ethics. His views on issues have drawn attention as well as controversy. Larry Lemmons sat down with Dr. Singer to talk about his ideas.

June 16, 2008

  • 2008 Kids Count  |   Video
    • We look at how Arizona fares in an annual study that measures children�s health and safety. Dana Naimark of the Children�s Action Alliance is the guest.

June 10, 2008

  • RN Shortage  |   Video
    • Arizona faces one of the nation�s most critical shortages of registered nurses (RNs), according to an Arizona Healthcare Workforce Data Center study that ranks the need for RNs nationwide. Kathy Scott, RN, PhD, regional vice president of Clinical Services for Banner Health joins us to discuss the study, and the shortage of RNs.

May 27, 2008

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  |   Video
    • More than one million Americans suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. However, it is still a misunderstood illness and it is difficult to find health care professionals who know how to diagnose and treat it. The Centers for Disease Control recently announced that CFS is a real illness and that it is a public health concern. We talk with a doctor who is a CFS specialist and a patient who is battling the syndrome.

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.

May 1, 2008

  • United-U.S. Airways merger  |   Video
    • There's talk of a merger between local airline U.S. Airways and United Airlines. Arizona State University aviation law professor Michael Pearson discusses the potential merger and its possible impacts.
  • school take over bill  |   Video
    • A new law has just been created that will let the state take over underperforming school districts. Hear from Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne on what's next now that the law has been passed.
  • Protecting Arizona's Children Conclusion  |   Video
    • Child Protective Services is the last resort for children who are in danger of being abused. Groups like Healthy Families attempt to keep kids out of the CPS system through a holistic approach with families.

April 30, 2008

  • Protecting Arizona's Children Part 3  |   Video
    • State Representatives Jonathan Paton and David Bradley talk about legislative efforts to make Child Protective Services more accountable, in part by providing public access to CPS records about cases that result in a child fatality or near fatality.

April 28, 2008

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

April 24, 2008

  • Anti American teaching ban  |   Video
    • A bill has been introduced by State Representative Russell Pearce that would prohibit teaching of course matter in public schools that was anti-American or against Western values. Pearce will talk about his bill with State Representative David Lujan speaking against it.

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 15, 2008

  • Healthcare Group  |   Video
    • Funding for a �Healthcare Group of Arizona," a state-run health insurance plan for small businesses, is at the center of a debate at the state legislature. State representatives Kirk Adams and Steve Farley discuss the pros and cons of freezing enrollment in the program.

April 9, 2008

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

February 25, 2008

  • Rep. Rick Renzi  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic Editorial Columnist Bob Robb talks about the impact of the 35 count indictment handed to First District Congressman Rick Renzi.
  • One on One   |   Video
    • Jaime Molera, former Superintendent of Public Instruction, and former State Legislator John Loredo join us in our regular Monday night segment featuring two viewpoints on important State Legislature issues.
  • Baby Boomers: Preparing for an Aging WorkforcePart 1   |   Video
    • studies reveal that the U.S. is shifting toward an older workforce. Labor shortages are projected in a growing number of economic sectors and employers are relying on older workers to fill the gap. AARP Director of Workforce Issues Deborah Russell joins HORIZON to discuss how many people are working beyond their traditional retirement age to retain health and other benefits.

February 21, 2008

February 14, 2008

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

February 12, 2008

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

January 30, 2008

  • state of Education  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne talks about key issues affecting public education.

January 24, 2008

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

November 27, 2007

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

November 19, 2007

  • super Bowl: Beyond the End Zone
    • The city of Glendale is working 24/7 to prepare for the 2008 Super Bowl. From public safety, to sanitation, to marketing, Glendale is getting ready for visitors, residents and the eyes of the world to focus on the city for the big game. In the area around the stadium, there are nine new hotels under development. Glendale mayor Elaine Scruggs joins HORIZON to talk about all of the work that has been going on leading up to the game.

November 15, 2007

  • Economy
    • Both the state and Maricopa county governments are seeing revenue shortfalls. ASU Economist Tracy Clark will explain why tax collections are down.
  • James Carville
    • Former President Bill Clintons campaign adviser, writer, television pundit and major Democratic force talks about his predictions for the presidential election and what he believes Democrats should do.
  • Valley Fever
    • Cases of Valley Fever have increased over 50 percent. Dr. Peter Kelly of the Arizona Department of Health Services will tell us what's happening and why.

November 14, 2007

November 6, 2007

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

October 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.

October 30, 2007

  • Underage Drinking
    • Governor Napolitano and the Arizona Underage Drinking Prevention Committee has launched a new public awareness campaign that calls on parents and adults to "Draw the Line" against underage drinking. Holly Orozco, Governor's Senior Advisor on Substance Abuse Policy and Manuel Medina, Vice President of Diversity for Terros Behavioral Health Services join the studio discussion. Learn more. Visit the Draw the Line Against Underage Drinking program Web site.
  • Breast Health
    • strides have been made in the area of breast cancer awareness and diagnostic tools. Still, there is a need for more information and education about the best possible treatment for breast cancer. We look at how digital mammograms differ from conventional film. Christine Lessard, Executive Director of the Arizona Institute for Breast Health and 11-year breast cancer survivor joins us in the studio. Learn more. Visit the Arizona Institute for Breast Health Web site.

October 16, 2007

  • s-CHIP
    • Congress approved legislation to add 4 million children to a popular health-care-coverage programS-CHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) also known as KidsCare in Arizonabut the bill was vetoed by President Bush. Some say the expansion pushes the program beyond its original intent. Supporters of the expansion say it is needed to cover uninsured children of poor working families. Congress is poised to vote on a possible override of the Bush veto. We discuss both sides of the issue.

September 12, 2007

  • Public Safety Tax
    • Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris talks about how his department will benefit from a new sales tax increase approved by Phoenix voters.

September 11, 2007

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

September 4, 2007

  • Health Epidemics?
    • On this HORIZON special, we examine what some call health epidemics--conditions that appear to be diagnosed more frequently. We look at why asthma, sleep disorders, autism and obesity are becoming common topics of conversation and media coverage.

August 30, 2007

  • sen. McCain
    • senator John McCain was in town Thursday for a campaign stop in his home state. Hear what the senator had to say.
  • Hot Weather
    • This has been the hottest summer on record in Phoenix. National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Haffer tells us why it was so hot.
  • The Cost of Teaching English Part 4
    • A panel is working on a model to instruct ELLs in Arizona. Find out more about the model and how close the panel is to completing this project.

August 28, 2007

  • The Cost of Teaching English Part 2
    • state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and Tim Hogan, executive director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, revisit Flores v. Arizonathe original court case that questioned the adequacy of the states education of English Language Learners. They discuss the primary points of contention and how the state has addressed the problem.

August 27, 2007

August 22, 2007

August 21, 2007

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

August 1, 2007

July 31, 2007

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

July 26, 2007

  • Health Epidemics? Obesity
    • As more Americans become obese, more are diagnosed with the diseases that follow. Osteopath Dr. Art Mollen talks about obesity and the conditions to which its linked, including diabetes, heart problems and high blood pressure.

July 25, 2007

July 24, 2007

July 23, 2007

  • Health Epidemics? Asthma
    • The first in our four-part series on increasingly prevalent health issues examines a condition that afflicts more than 600,000 Arizonans asthma. Our guest is M. Magda Ciocazan, program manager for Steps to a Healthier Arizona Initiative, Arizona Department of Health Services asthma liaison and member of the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Nutrition Services.
  • One on One
    • Molera Alvarez Groups Jaime Molera and Andrei Cherny of Democracy Journal go head to head on issues that affect Arizonans.

July 17, 2007

  • Victims' Rights
    • The Governor's office of Victims' rights promotes public awareness of victims rights and assists crime victims. Dan Levey, Adviser to the Governor for Victims and National President of Parents Of Murdered Children joins us to talk about his work advocating for victim's rights as well as recently passed victims' rights legislation.

July 9, 2007

  • Employer Sanctions
    • A discussion of the new law signed by the governor that punishes employers who knowingly hire undocumented migrants. The bills sponsors, Representative Russell Pearce and Minority Whip Representative Steve Gallardo, will be our guests.
  • One on One
    • Rebekah Friend, executive director of the Arizona AFL-CIO, and Jessica Pacheco, senior vice president of public affairs for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, will go head to head on issues that affect workers, the new employer sanctions law and the Right to Work law.
  • Arizona Economic Forum
    • Forum President Alan Maguire shares what the forum participants considered last month in Flagstaff.

July 2, 2007

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

June 20, 2007

  • Alternative Energy Mandate
    • An Alternative Energy mandate for public utilities company was imposed by the Corporation Commission. Commissioner Kris Mayes was present talking about the new mandate.
  • English Learners program
    • The English Learners Program once again became an issue, with a U.S. Court ruling that the State Government needs to come up with a comprehensive plan by the end of the legislative session. Tim Hogan, Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest was on hand to discuss this ruling and its impacts.

June 19, 2007

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

June 7, 2007

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

May 24, 2007

  • Arizona Military Affairs: Veteran Home
    • In March, the state health department documented cases of poor patient care and neglect at the Arizona State Veteran Home; the governor removed the director of the Department of Veterans' Services. Have conditions improved at the facility? Well get an update.

May 23, 2007

May 15, 2007

  • Doctor shortage
    • Arizona is the fastest growing state in the nation---- and ranks among the lowest for physicians to care for its population. We look at our doctor shortage and efforts to solve the problem.
  • Arizona Stories Tovrea Castle
    • Tovrea Castle was born out of the vision of Italian immigrant Alessio Carraro. Carraro came to Phoenix in 1928 with a dream to build a resort hotel castle surrounded by an exotic cactus garden and a subdivision of deluxe homes. While Carraros dream of a hotel-resort never came to be, he still built the castle, which was purchased by stockyard mogul E.A. Tovrea in 1931. We tell the story of the unique home and how it became the historic Arizona icon that it is today.

May 10, 2007

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

May 2, 2007

May 1, 2007

  • Healthcare Group
    • Healthcare Group, a state-run health care plan for small business, is running at a deficit and asking for funding from the state. State lawmakers Representative Kirk Adams and Representative Steve Farley join us to discuss it.

April 26, 2007

  • Arziona's Climate Change Part four
    • Environmental public interest organization Valley Forward is holding a half-day Livability Summit on Friday, April 27. The event will spotlight ways business and industry can help reduce greenhouse gases, and it will facilitate meaningful public dialogue on challenges to building a sustainable future.

April 18, 2007

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

April 9, 2007

  • Chamber Schism
    • Charlie Deaton, President and CEO of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, and Jessica Pacheco, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, will talk about the the employer sanctions bill currently making its way through the state legislature. The two organizations differ in their support of the bill.

April 3, 2007

  • Arizona Congressman Harry Mitchell
    • Arizona Congressman Harry Mitchell is back in Arizona as Congress takes its Spring Recess.Well talk to Congressman Mitchell about the Iraq War, health care for our Nations veterans, and experiences during his first term in Congress.
  • Human Smuggling
    • Attorney General Terry Goddard joins us to discuss the breakup of one of the largest human smuggling operations in the states history.
  • Gas Prices
    • The price of gasoline has been climbing and drivers across the state and the nation continue to feel the pain at the pump. Premium fuel already hit the $3 mark and regular unleaded is not far behind. We get an update with Linda Gorman of AAA Arizona about what is behind the rising gas prices and where they might be headed this summer.

March 29, 2007

  • Health Insurance for the Poor
    • state lawmakers are working on getting some money to help promote state health care plans for the poor. Dana Naimark of Children's Action Alliance and Representative Kirk Adams will talk about the effort.

March 27, 2007

  • Diabetes Expo
    • An upcoming educational event open to both medical professionals and the public will focus on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nutrition and healthy lifestyles choices. More than 100 exhibitors will present the latest information on medications, medical devices, products, health plans, technology and samples; and theyll conduct free health screenings. Expo attendees can also hear featured keynote speakers on a variety of diabetes-related topics throughout the day.

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 22, 2007

  • ASU School of Computing Informatics
    • Well talk to Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the Arizona State University School of Computing Informatics. The school combines computer and information sciences with other academic disciplines such as geography, anthropology, public health, urban planning and biology.

February 14, 2007

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

February 13, 2007

  • Domestic Violence
    • Domestic violence is a big issue right now at the State Legislature. Chris Groninger, Systems Advocate, AZ Coalition Against Domestic Violence, joins us to update the progress of several domestic violence-related bills as they come up for key votes at capitol.
  • Black History Month: Elizabeth Hudson Smith
    • We continue our series honoring Black History Month with the extraordinary tale of an African-American woman in the early days of Arizonas history. Elizabeth Hudson Smith was an African-American woman who owned several properties in Wickenburg in the early 1900s, but also faced the heavy hand of discrimination.
  • Women in Politics
    • The founder of The Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series, Christine Olson, talks about getting women involved in public service.

February 12, 2007

  • Black History Month
    • We begin a four-part series looking at the contributions of African-Americans to Arizona history. Tonight, Representative Cloves Campbell, Jr., talks about the fight to get a Public Accomodation Bill passed in Arizona and the part played by his father, Arizona legislator Cloves Campbell, Sr.

January 30, 2007

  • Photo Enforcement / Traffic Safety
    • DPS Highway Patrol Chief Jack Lane joins us to discuss traffic safety issues, including Governor Janet Napolitanos suggestion that the photo radar on the Loop 101 in Scottsdale be expanded statewide.
  • 50 Years of State Parks
    • Kartchner Caverns State Park gears up for its big Cave Fest celebraton as Arizona State Parks commemorates fifty years of public recreation, education and natural beauty. Ellen Bilbrey of Arizona State Parks joins Jose Cardenas in the studio.

January 24, 2007

  • state of the Education
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne gives his State of Education speech to the Arizona Senate, and he appears on HORIZON to discuss his agenda.

January 16, 2007

  • Legislature A to Z: Health Bills
    • Improving health care coverage for children is among the governors top issues in 2007. What do top lawmakers at the state legislature who deal with health measures say about those proposals? Find out what Senate Health Committee Chairman Sen. Carolyn Allen and House Health Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Stump have on their agendas in the new session.

January 8, 2007

January 4, 2007

  • Inaugurations
    • The Governor and other top state officials were inaugurated today. Hear what they had to say after their inauguration.
  • College Bowl Games
    • The Fiesta Bowl played at the University of Phoenix Stadium is a game still being talked about. The BCS Championship game will be played there Monday. Find out how stadium and Glendale officials are dealing with the big bowl games. Brad Parker of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority and Jennifer Reichelt of the City of Glendale will talk about stadium management and traffic issues.

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.

November 30, 2006

  • Preventative health care
    • We take a look at how prevention can help you manage your health care. Dr. Art Mollen gives some tips on how do that.

November 28, 2006

  • Arizona Ideas
    • Arizona Ideas, a new report released by The Morrison Institute for Public Policy and ASUs Office of Economic Affairs, examines Arizona-related ideas rather than issues, comparisons and problems. Twenty-six public policy ideas were selected based on how they affect people and whether the idea is original to Arizona or significantly adapted to our circumstances. We discuss how innovation and new ideas have made the state a better, more livable and more competitive place. Email your ideas to Kathleen Ingley at the Arizona Republic.

November 22, 2006

  • Taking Charge of Your Health
    • Conclusion Prevention In the final episode of our series, we take a look at how prevention can help you manage your health care.

November 21, 2006

  • Taking Charge of Your Health
    • Part two of three Health Insurance Some people are fortunate to get health care coverage through their employer. Others must purchase health insurance individually. But insurance plans are not uniform in design and consumers can find them very confusing. Dr. Len Kirshner, former director of AHCCCS, joins us to talk about Arizona health insurance reform and how to navigate the maze of HMOs, PPOs and POSs and combinations and hybrids of those plans.

November 20, 2006

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

November 15, 2006

  • AARP's Bill Novelli
    • The largest generation of Americans ever recorded78 million baby boomersis nearing traditional retirement age and they are changing the way Americans over 50 live their lives. Boomers are no strangers to the gym, the voting booth, starting new careers, becoming active in their communities, managing their own health care and their 401(k)s. Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP joins HORIZON to talk about this transformation and his new book: 50+: Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America.

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.

November 8, 2006

October 17, 2006

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

October 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.

October 2, 2006

September 26, 2006

  • Propositions 201 and 206
    • Two competing anti-smoking measures will be on the November ballot and both say they work in the interest of helping to protect people from secondhand smoke. Prop 201, Smoke Free Arizona, is backed by a coalition of health organizations and would ban smoking in most public spaces and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, arenas, offices, bowling alleys and nursing homes. Prop 206 from the Arizona Non-Smoker Protection Committee would ban smoking in most enclosed public places and places of employment but allow smoking in freestanding bars, and bar areas that are closed off and separately ventilated from adjacent non-smoking areas.

September 21, 2006

  • Proposition 207
    • An examination of the proposition that would limit the definition of public use in eminent domain seizures, and would ensure compensation to property owners if the government enacts a law that diminishes the value of private property. Ken Strobeck, the Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and State Senator Chuck Gray will discuss the issue.

September 20, 2006

  • Proposition 104
    • Proposition 104 would change Arizona's constitution to allow voters to approve a higher debt level for public safety, law enforcement, fire and emergency facilities, and street and transportation facilities. Learn more about the measure we'll vote on this November.

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.

September 13, 2006

  • Proposition 203
    • A look at a proposition created to fund a childhood development and health program. Is Proposition 203 reasonable for taxpayers and smokers? A proponent and opponent will help us understand the measure and examine its pros and con.

August 30, 2006

  • 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 29, 2006

  • Arizona Education Update: Arts Education Part two of four
    • Few will argue against arts education as a way to develop imaginative, higher-level thinking skills. But what are the standards for arts education in public schools? How widely does funding and program framework for arts education vary from district to district and school to school? Vivian Wessel, executive director of the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education and Darcy Olsen, president of the Goldwater Institute join the studio discussion.

August 28, 2006

  • Arizona Education Update: All Day K Part one of four
    • In June, the governor signed legislation making money available to expand the availability of all day kindergarten across the state. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Horne, joins HORIZON to discuss the issue.

August 17, 2006

  • Cardinals Stadium
    • The Arizona Cardinals have now hosted the first game at the new, state-of-the-art stadium in Glendale. This weekend the public is invited for free tours of the facility. Horizon gives you a preview of the tours, with a behind-the-scenes look. Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs and Global Crossing's Scott Norton join us to talk about the stadium and its impact on Glendale and the West Valley.

August 1, 2006

  • 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.

July 31, 2006

  • Health and safety travel guide for touri
    • Two books written by Tempe doctors encourage tourism to Mexico by offering a directory to doctors and hospitals in that country. "Mexico Health and Safety Travel Guide and Yucatan Travelers Safety Guide" are designed to ease travelers worries when traveling into that country.

July 17, 2006

  • Dem. Supt. of Public Instruction Debate
    • Democratic candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Slade Mead and Jason Williams, explain their views on Arizona education in this official Clean Elections Commission debate.

July 12, 2006

  • science and Technology
    • Join Dr. Richard Toon for a fascinating look at his recent ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy study about people's attitudes on science and technology and its affect on the economy and politics.

June 29, 2006

  • AHCCCS - New Citizenship Requirements
    • Effective July 1, a change in federal law, The Deficit Reduction Act, will require all Medicaid (AHCCCS) members and applicants claiming U.S. citizenship to provide proof of both U.S. citizenship and identity when renewing or applying for AHCCCS health insurance benefits. Get the facts about the change and what it means for Arizonans.

June 8, 2006

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

June 7, 2006

  • Everything you know is wrong
    • John Stossel, ABC News 20/20 co-anchor discusses his recent book Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the ShovelWhy Everything You Know is Wrong, his investigation of America's public education system

May 29, 2006

  • AIDS in Arizona
    • Part one of three Join this first of a three-part examination of the HIV and AIDS problem in Arizona. Bruce Porter, chief of the HIV and AIDS office for the Arizona Department of Health Services is our guest.
  • Discouraging desert deaths
    • Find out what's being done to discourage illegal immigrants from attempting to cross the Sonoran desert in the deadly summer heat.

May 18, 2006

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

May 8, 2006

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

April 24, 2006

  • APS Rate Hike?
    • A discussion about whether the Arizona Corporation Commission should allow Arizona Public Service to raise rates.

April 11, 2006

  • Immigration March Follow-Up
    • Join Brenda Thomson, Director of the ASU Center of Law, Leadership and Management and Arturo Rosales, Ph.D, Professor of ASUs Department of History for a fascinating discussion about the historic civil rights implications of Mondays immigration march.
  • AIMS Update
    • This is the first year that high school seniors must pass the AIMS test to graduate. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne will give us an update. He will talk about his successful appeal to a lawsuit that exempted English learners from taking the AIMS test. Tim Hogan of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public interest, who filed the lawsuit, will be on to give the other side.

March 27, 2006

  • Hope VI
    • The HOPE VI Project is a federal grant-funded program created to rebuild old and/or severely distressed public housing. The project has turned one central Phoenix government housing project into a new mixed-income community. Dee Wheeler-Cronin, Hope VI Project Manager for the City of Phoenix, and David Adame, Arizona Operations Vice-President, McCormack Baron Salazar are guests.

March 10, 2006

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

February 22, 2006

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

February 14, 2006

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

February 6, 2006

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

January 19, 2006

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

January 12, 2006

January 11, 2006

  • English Learning
    • Last month, a federal judge ordered the state to provide adequate funding of English Language Learning programs. Tim Hogan from Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and House Majority Leader Representative Stephen Tully discuss the ruling and the issue.

December 14, 2005

  • Health Insurance Special
    • More than one million people in Arizona are on health insurance for the indigent, and many of them are employed. What if you don't have insurance at all? Those are a couple of issues covered in HORIZONs special "Arizona's Health Insurance Crisis."

November 30, 2005

  • Disaster: A HORIZON Special
    • Dont miss this special half-hour devoted to disaster preparedness. How will the government and the public respond in the event of a catastrophic emergency in Arizona?

November 29, 2005

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

November 9, 2005

November 7, 2005

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 20, 2005

  • state Worker Pay
    • Arizona state employee pay ranks near the bottom when compared to other states, and even to other governments locally. A legislative panel is working to bring state workers pay more in line with other similar public and private sector jobs. State Senator Jay Tibshraeny, co-chair of a legislative panel addressing the problem, will talk about what's being proposed.
  • Ethics in Entertainment
    • The Ethics of Entertainment (E2) Conference and Film Festival will explore the powerful roll of entertainment media in our lives. Workshops, film screenings and speakers will delve into the decision-making process that artists go through when portraying social, political and health issues. We profile local filmmaker Chuck LeVinus and his film Never Been Thawed. Conference organizers F. Miguel Valenti and Laurie Trotta join Michael Grant in the studio. Important Links & Resources www.e2filmfest.com

October 13, 2005

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

October 11, 2005

October 10, 2005

  • Avian Flu
    • In Asia, a virus transferred from birds to humans has killed 65 people. If the virus mutates and becomes transferable between humans, it could prove catastrophic to the world's health and economy. State epidemiologist David Engelthaler discusses the possibilities.

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 22, 2005

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

September 21, 2005

  • Arizona's Health Insurance Crisis: Insurance Alt
    • Part three of four There are available coverage alternatives for those without employer-provided insurance. HORIZON looks at health care discount plans and Congressman John Shadegg's proposal to allow individuals to buy insurance from any provider in the nation.

September 20, 2005

  • Arizona's Health Insurance Crisis: AHCCCS
    • Part two of four It's been more than 20 years since state lawmakers created the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, which insures more than one million people in Arizona. How much does the system cost, how does it work and who qualifies for coverage?

September 19, 2005

  • Arizona's Health Insurance Crisis
    • Part one of four This week's four-part series begins with an examination of why it's so difficult for so many to obtain health insurance coverage. Also, AHCCCS Medical Director Dr. John Molina joins Michael Grant to discuss the recent DES disclosure that cites Wal-Mart as the employer of the largest number of Arizonans on AHCCCS.

August 25, 2005

  • Congressman John Shadegg
    • shadegg discusses his trip this week to Iraq, a plan he has to allow people to buy health insurance across state lines, and immigration.

August 24, 2005

  • HealthCare Connect
    • HealthCare Connect is a non-profit organization that connects low-income, uninsured residents of Maricopa County with complete, coordinated health care at affordable rates. Executive Director of HealthCare Connect Terry McPeters discusses the program and how it can help people in Maricopa County.

August 18, 2005

  • Arizona's Capitol Women
    • Last year, the group "Women Impacting Public Policy" hosted an awards ceremony and forum at the Wrigley Mansion featuring Arizona's three female Governors, and Horizon was there to capture the historic event. Arizona is the only state in the U.S. to have three female governors.

August 2, 2005

  • High School Drop Out Rate
    • New statistics reveal that Arizona is tied with Louisiana for the worst high school drop out rate in the country. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne will talk about the latest numbers.

July 18, 2005

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

July 14, 2005

  • PBS President Pat Mitchell
    • The Public Broadcasting Service is facing challenges on a couple of fronts lately. First, there was the effort in Congress to cut PBS funding. Second, the head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides funding for PBS programs, says he is working to correct what he believes is a liberal bias in PBS. PBS President and CEO Pat Mitchell visits HORIZON to talk about these and other issues.

June 21, 2005

  • Arizona's Border Crisis: A HORIZON Specia
    • How much does illegal immigration cost Arizonans? Costs associated with illegal immigration include health care, criminal justice and education. Horizon examines the various ways illegal immigrants benefit consumers, but cost taxpayers.

June 13, 2005

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 31, 2005

  • school district controversies
    • An investigation conducted by the Arizona Department of Education has turned up video apparently showing children crossing the Mexican border to attend school in Arizona.
  • Native American education
    • For over a century, attempts to meet the educational needs of Native American students have been unsuccessful and despite legislation and numerous government programs, much still needs to be done. We'll look back at Native American education and what some educational facilities are doing now.
  • Republican leadership's reaction to Governor's vetoes
    • Governor Napolitano set a veto record this year, surpassing Jane Hull's 28 bills in 2001 with her own 58. Republican leaders say the vetoes were a breach of trust. Republicans say future negotiations will be hampered.
  • school district controversies
    • The Arizona Attorney General is investigating reports of possible financial mismanagement in the Colorado City School District and the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction says his investigation has confirmed allegations that Mexico residents are attending Arizona schools. Both Terry Goddard and Tom Horne will discuss these issues.
  • Native American education
    • A look at the history of Native-American education in Arizona and a discussion of current education issues affecting Native Americans.
  • Republican leadership's reaction to Gover

May 18, 2005

  • AIMS changes
    • Passing the AIMS Test just might have gotten a little easier because of a vote by the State Board of Education, as well as a bill passed by state lawmakers.
  • Motorcycle safety
    • May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Find out how you can be safer on the road whether you are on a motorcycle or driving next to one.

May 9, 2005

  • Possible military base closures
    • Fewer U.S. military bases are likely to be affected by the new round of base realignment and closures. The list of affected bases is expected to be made public as early as tomorrow, but no later than a week from today. Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the percent of affected bases would be less than half the 25\% originally targeted. Producer Larry Lemmons tells us of the potential impact a base closure could have in the west valley.

April 25, 2005

  • Immunizations
    • Over 90,000 children born in Arizona every year must be immunized against childhood diseases. By the way this week has been designated national immunization week. Also you may not be aware of a new chickenpox vaccine requirement for preschoolers.
  • Newt Gingrich
    • A visit with the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.
  • Arizona Stories: Canyon Records
    • A record company that's preserving a Native American treasure on tonight's Arizona stories.

April 21, 2005

  • Arizona Education Report Card: Charter Schools
    • We wrap up our education series with a look at charter schools.
  • Republican Gubernatorial Candidates
    • Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley was widely considered to be the man Republicans would turn to in the gubernatorial race next year. But this morning, Romley announced he would not be running for Governor. Romley said that although there are many pressing issues facing Arizona, he is not going to run to be able to spend more time with his family, volunteering and reaching out to veterans.

April 19, 2005

  • Arizona Education Report Card: Community Colleges
    • Community colleges serve more students than the state's three public universities. But how will they keep up with a growing population? And should they be allowed to offer four-year degrees? We'll take a look at the role community colleges play and the challenges they face.

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 15, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • Governor Janet Napolitano surprised some lawmakers Thursday when she vetoed a forest health bill. The State senate made changes to a proposed liquor bill that would block any new drive-through lanes at liquor stores and would prohibit tasting samples from being given out at stores. And because of soaring gas prices, Governor Napolitano wants the EPA to give Arizona a waiver on the use of summertime fuel.

April 14, 2005

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

April 6, 2005

  • Legislative update
    • An update from a Capitol reporter about the State legislature, where lawmakers continue to look for a compromise on the State's budget.
  • Minutemen Project
    • The Minutemen Project is a controversial endeavor of private citizens watching the border for illegal aliens
  • Last minute tax tips
    • With less than two weeks to file taxes, "Horizon" has some last-minute tips to help you get that done.

April 5, 2005

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

April 4, 2005

March 1, 2005

February 23, 2005

  • stadium update
    • Despite the wet weather, the Arizona Cardinals' stadium roof construction is moving ahead. Horizon has an update.
  • Medical malpractice
    • The debate over malpractice reform is one of the issues facing state lawmakers, a subject also considered by medical students entering the field. Horizon looks at a medical malpractice bill working its way through the state legislature.

February 1, 2005

  • Expanding municipal convention centers
    • The $600 million expansion of the Phoenix Civic Plaza is expected to bring more conventions to the city, but a new report by a Washington think tank questions the public benefit of expanding municipal convention centers.

January 4, 2005

  • State of Education
    • Help is on the way for Arizona high school students who fail the AIMS test. The state board of education approved $10 million for tutoring. Superintendent of public instruction, Tom Horne will talk about that and other education issues.
  • Tsunami Relief
    • Food and medical supplies are on the way for those who survived the earthquake and the Tsunami in Southeast Asia. But relief agencies and nonprofit are still asking for support in the aftermath of the worst natural disaster in the past century. We'll look at local efforts to help.
  • Mars Rover Anniversary
    • Researchers celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Mars Rover landing. We'll talk to an ASU scientist involved in the historic mission.

December 31, 1969

  • Lunch Wars
    • Author Amy Kalafa discusses her book “Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Health.”

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