December 2020

The Show on KJZZ

Leighton Accardo and Lyndsey Fry
The Arizona hockey community is mourning the passing of one of their own this season — 9 year-old Leighton Accardo died Nov. 24 from Stage 4 cancer. Accardo’s former coach, Olympian Lyndsey Fry, remembers her positivity and fight on the ice and in her battle against cancer.
Dec. 16, 2020
Rolf Halden ASU Biodesign
Rolf Halden of ASU’s Biodesign Institute was a pioneer in using wastewater to determine how much toxins and pharmaceuticals were impacting communities, and then he turned to wastewater and COVID-19. The Show spoke with Halden and Adam Gushgari of Aquavitas about what could be next.
Dec. 16, 2020
Adrian Fontes
Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes will be leaving office after one term; he lost last month to Republican Stephen Richer by about 4,600 votes. The Show spoke with Fontes as he gets ready to leave office.
Dec. 16, 2020
Dr. Joe Gerald
As the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continues to go up in Arizona, there is also increased hope because the first vaccinations are scheduled to start this week in Maricopa and Pima Counties.
Dec. 16, 2020
Maricopa County Elections Department opening envelopes
The head of Arizona’s Senate Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed for access to copies of more than 2 million ballots cast by Maricopa County voters in last month's election. State Republican Sen. Eddie Farnsworth says an audit needs to be done on the voting equipment used, despite a similar audit already completed.
Dec. 16, 2020
Welcome to the final episode of “Word” for this season. As we close out the 2020, we’re exploring nonfiction, something we don’t often discuss as a literary art form.
Dec. 18, 2020
water on the Hopi Reservation
Clean water is one of the basic tools of human survival, and a huge percentage of us have easy access to it whenever we want. That hasn’t applied to members of the Hopi Tribe, many of whom have to drive miles to wells and then load up their vehicles to bring the water back home.
Dec. 15, 2020
An empty movie theater
Movie theaters might be among the hardest hit businesses by the pandemic — 96% of movie theaters have reported over 70% in losses in 2020, according to the National Association of Theater Owners. And now, the group is calling on Congress for aid. But even with federal help, are people just becoming more accustomed to watching movies at home?
Dec. 15, 2020
Debkanya Mitra Malcolm poster
Arizona Theatre Company announced last week that it was canceling its 2020-21 season because of the spike in COVID-19 cases. That isn’t stopping the troupe from being involved — through its ATC Teen program — with the national project "#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence."
Dec. 15, 2020
angry office worker
One of President-elect Joe Biden's goals for his presidency is to get the nation back to a point where respectful civil discourse occurs. The National Institute for Civil Discourse — based in Washington, D.C., and under the University of Arizona umbrella — has been working on that for nearly a decade.
Dec. 15, 2020