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Hand holding colorful art of building in front of the actual building
When you’ve lived in a place for a long time, it can be easy to miss the vibrancy of it. But artist Jacob Newman looks at Phoenix with fresh eyes — and draws it.
Feb. 23, 2024
Gila monster
Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked on social media if it's illegal to keep Gila monsters as pets and breed them in Arizona.
Feb. 22, 2024
Lowrider car
The Show spoke with Rick Ruiz, vice president of the Sophisticated Few Car Club, about Arizona's potential to end local bans on cruising.
Feb. 22, 2024
Sandra Day O'Conner at the O'Connor House in Tempe
The Show spoke with late Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's son, Scott O'Connor, about why he says the idea of a statue honoring his mother at the U.S. Capitol is redundant.
Feb. 21, 2024
Cathedral Rock Trailhead Sedona Arizona
No matter what types of movies you enjoy, over the next several weeks, Arizona has hundreds of offerings, whether that’s in the Phoenix metro region or Sedona. Here's some of the highlights from three film festivals in Arizona, as well as a bonus take in this director’s cut.
Feb. 21, 2024
USS Arizona
The University of Arizona recently received a donation of what it’s calling an “exceptional” trove of materials from the USS Arizona. The items were donated by the family of a sailor who served aboard the battleship, which was destroyed in the Pearl Harbor attack.
Feb. 16, 2024
view of Bisbee from Temby Avenue House
Fire destroyed two of Bisbee’s historic buildings this week. Until the buildings are stabilized, Main Street will be partially closed, but some sections will be open to pedestrian traffic. The investigation into the fires continues.
Feb. 16, 2024
Saguaro cactuses typically endure in the Sonoran Desert for 150 to 200 years — unless their lifespan is cut short. A recent government report found that in the rush to put up a border wall, that’s exactly what happened.
More Arizona politics news
Feb. 14, 2024
Ferris wheel
There will be a special discounted online presale for State Fair general admission tickets on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Wednesday, Feb. 14. Tickets will be available for $7 on Tuesday and $10 on Wednesday.
Feb. 13, 2024
The bust of Don Bolles
Lawmakers in the Arizona House voted 47-9 to add a memorial to slain Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles in Wesley Bolin Plaza. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it died last year.
Feb. 6, 2024
Winnie Ruth Judd Phoenix Theatre
Phoenix's infamous “Trunk Murderess” case has inspired a mystery novel and even a feature-length film that acts out the story with puppets. Now, the Phoenix Theatre Company is premiering a new stage adaptation of the Winnie Ruth Judd story, which opens Wednesday.
Feb. 5, 2024
A historic building in Phoenix once slated for demolition will be preserved in downtown’s Roosevelt Historic District. The single-story home, built in 1909, is surrounded by five-story apartment buildings near near Third Avenue and McKinley Street.
Feb. 1, 2024
Menu for The Salt Cellar restaurant
The Show’s Sativa Peterson visited Isabel Cazares, librarian at the Arizona Historical Society, where Valley menus from throughout the decades have been collected and talked about what we can learn from these menus.
Jan. 19, 2024
Woman looks at book
A two-year project powered by a $3.7 million grant will record oral histories of Indigenous children who attended federal boarding schools. Arizona's Heard Museum was a pioneer in researching and presenting those stories.
Jan. 8, 2024
Gabby Giffords
Monday, Jan. 8, marks the 13th anniversary of the 2011 Tucson shooting that left six people dead and injured 13, including former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
Jan. 8, 2024
The Milum Textile Services complex
The Milum Textile Services complex, a pair of buildings with a white brick facade and a teal-striped metal sign near Seventh Avenue and Van Buren Street in Phoenix, have been standing for 100 years — but their future is in doubt.
Jan. 5, 2024
The seven very tall silos next to the Hayden Flour Mill are in the foreground of this picture. The mill itself is seen in the background. Another, mostly glass, building is seen behind that. There is a clear blue sky.
The development project calls for the Hayden Flour Mill silos and building new restaurants and shops, a public park, restoration of the mill and its silos, and an improved trailhead to the A Mountain.
Jan. 3, 2024
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was raised on a rural Arizona ranch near the border with New Mexico, and that’s where she’ll return, said son Scott O’Connor at her Phoenix funeral.
Dec. 22, 2023
Smiling woman in tan shirt and book cover
Historian and author Alaina Roberts spoke with The Show about how some efforts to focus on diverse icons of the West are more successful than others, and more about the historical figure Bass Reeves.
Dec. 20, 2023
Paolo Soleri
Preservationists are working to try and save a chapel on the University of Arizona campus that was designed by architect Paolo Soleri. Soleri is the person behind Arcosanti and its trademark bells.
Dec. 19, 2023

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