January 2021

The Show on KJZZ

Diana Wise
More than 12,000 Arizonans have died from COVID-19. Many of those deaths took place in long-term care facilities, which means the person who was passing might have died alone. For surviving family members, that can lead to overwhelming feelings of guilt and regret.
Jan. 28, 2021
Kelli Ward
The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling led to greater political influence from wealthy individuals. Two of those individuals are Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, who, according to a report in the Intercept, appear to be fans of Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward.
Jan. 27, 2021
Arizona Corporation Commission building
Republican lawmakers in the state Legislature are trying to strip the Arizona Corporation Commission of some of its most fundamental powers. Twin bills in the House of Representatives and the state Senate would strip utility regulators of the power to force electric companies here to shift to 100% carbon-free energy.
Jan. 27, 2021
Jake Angeli
Some white supremacist groups have decided to adopt the Scandinavian Viking appearance for themselves. To learn more about the real history and why white supremacists have turned toward the Scandinavian imagery, The Show spoke with Mathias Nordvig, head of Nordic studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Jan. 27, 2021
Tents line the sidewalks near the intersection of 12th Avenue and Madison Street near the state capitol on January 29, 2020. This location has one of the highest densities of people living on the street in Phoenix.
The feds allowed communities to opt out of it due to the pandemic, and the Maricopa Association of Governments decided to take that route. To learn about what that will mean for agencies who work with residents experiencing homelessness, The Show spoke with Amy Schwabenlender, executive director of the Human Services Campus in Phoenix.
Jan. 27, 2021
Raquel Terán
Arizona voted for a Democratic presidential nominee for the first time since 1996. And the election of Mark Kelly gives the state two Democratic U.S. senators for the first time in seven decades. But Republicans still control both legislative bodies, and the redistricting battle is in its early stages.
Jan. 27, 2021
 John Charpiot and David Harmon
The Arizona Department of Corrections is not giving any more details on how two men managed to escape from a medium security state prison in Florence this weekend, but several layers of security must have failed to allow the inmates to walk free.
Jan. 27, 2021
The first shipments of coronavirus vaccine
In the six weeks since the first coronavirus vaccines were administered in Arizona, the state has given fewer than 10,000 shots per day and Arizona has used only about half of the vaccines it's been allocated. Gov. Doug Ducey wants the process to go faster.<br><small><b>→ <a href="https://kjzz.org/coronavirus" target="blank">Get The Latest News On COVID-19 In Arizona</a> | <a href="https://kjzz.org/content/1651133/qaz-what-you-need-know-about-getting-coronavirus-vaccine-arizona" target="blank"> FAQ About Vaccines In AZ</small></a></b>
Jan. 26, 2021
Maricopa County seal
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors may hold another election audit, their latest effort to dispel doubts about the 2020 election, but it might not satisfy Senate Republicans.
Jan. 26, 2021
The Upper Colorado River.
Last week, dry conditions activated a 2019 drought plan for the first time in the upper reaches of the Colorado River basin, forcing states and the region to plan for an even drier future. The Show spoke with KUNC's Luke Runyon, who covers the Colorado River basin, for more on the situation.
Jan. 26, 2021