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Hotel San Carlos
A major makeover is planned for a 95-year-old hotel in downtown Phoenix. When Hotel San Carlos opened in 1928, the San Carlos was Phoenix’s first air-cooled, high-rise hotel.
Oct. 12, 2023
Cooler with cake on shelves
This year, the Arizona State Fair runs Sept. 22-Oct. 29, a little more than five weeks. So you might wonder: How do the winning items stay fresh in their cases at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum throughout the event?
Oct. 9, 2023
Colorful signs are staked inside NATIVE HEALTH's 1,700-square foot traditional garden along West Pierson Street.
Years after the Interior Department displaced a traditional garden from a blight-infested site, NATIVE HEALTH of Phoenix hasn't forgotten about its roots.
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Sep. 28, 2023
President Joe Biden waves on stage
President Joe Biden was in Phoenix on Thursday to give the fourth speech in a series of addresses warning that Donald Trump and his allies represent an existential threat to the country's democratic institutions.
Sep. 28, 2023
Guitar in case
State fairs certainly didn’t start in Arizona, although the fair and the fairgrounds predates statehood. But if you visit the Arizona State Fair, you might see some things that are uniquely Arizona.
Sep. 28, 2023
Welcome to Melrose sign
Drivers in Phoenix are familiar with streets following a grid like structure. But a few stretches of road break that rule. Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked why Seventh Avenue is curved between McDowell and Camelback roads.
More Q&AZ questions answered
Sep. 27, 2023
Sen. John McCain
The Show spoke with Arizona Republic columnist Phil Boas and editorial page editor Elvia Díaz about the support for former Sen. John McCain's legacy coming largely from Democrats over Republicans.
Sep. 25, 2023
Turf Paradise horse tile
Turf Paradise in Phoenix will stop live horse racing at the end of the month. The racetrack at 19th Avenue and Bell Road is for sale, after a prospective buyer backed out.
Sep. 21, 2023
Turf Paradise
It’s the end of an era at Turf Paradise, the historic horse racing track in north Phoenix. The track’s owner, Jerry Simms, announced he would retire after 23 years running it and there would be no more live racing.
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Sep. 20, 2023
Landscape with a UFO in the sky.
The Show spoke with Tony Ortega, the former editor-in-chief of the Village Voice, about what he makes of the fact that there seems to be a lot of conversations and questions about what the Pentagon knows and what it’s telling us and lawmakers about UFOs.
Sep. 20, 2023
Globe's train depot, built in 1916.
Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: “Who owns all those big, beautiful, historic buildings and schools in old downtown Globe? Are they just sitting there empty?"
More Q&AZ questions answered
Sep. 12, 2023
Black and white photo of three men playing instruments
Soundies are the music videos that came decades before MTV -- even before television was widespread. A small subset of these Soundies brought a more diverse reflection of 1940s America to the mainstream–partially contributing to, as some experts claim, the foundation of the Civil Rights movement.
Sep. 7, 2023
Hualapai Tribe’s historic Osterman Gas Station on Route 66
The Show spoke with Timothy Sandefur and Beatrice Moore on their opinions on whether or not Arizona should invest more into historic preservation.
Sep. 6, 2023
raul castro
On this Season 10 opener, it’s all about anecdotes. We feature conversations about minor league baseball; the only Latino governor of Arizona, Raúl Héctor Castro, affectionately known as Raúlito; plus tales of the legendary troubadour Bob Dylan.
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Sep. 5, 2023
A train on the Verde Canyon Railroad
The ninth annual Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival opens Thursday. Entertainment will continue to be offered in a variety of unique venues, according to Jason Ryan, managing director of the festival, who spoke about it recently on PBS’s “Arizona Horizon.”
Sep. 3, 2023
Photo of 1902 Hopi runners
The life and legacy of one famous Hopi Olympic athlete is being honored on Sunday. Up to 300 runners will dash in his memory, competing in 5k and 10k races through Hopi homelands, including the village of Shungopavi where he grew up.
Sep. 1, 2023
Nile Theater
Next year, the Nile Theater in Mesa will turn 100 years old. Now, city officials are moving forward with an ordinance to designate the theater a historic landmark.
Aug. 25, 2023
Arizona 2021 congressional map
Arizona’s boundary history is shared with its neighbors, particularly the states of New Mexico and Nevada. At one point, Arizona had lobbied to have part of Baja California so there would be ports, but the Mexican government rejected the proposal, Riddle said.
Aug. 22, 2023
Photo of cactus in sun
It’s clear our climate is getting hotter — but just how different was it a generation or two ago? For that, The Show turned to you, our listeners. Hear four stories: Life before AC, summer sleeping porches, wearing bathing suits to bed and chilly Halloweens.
Aug. 18, 2023
A 1,700-acre ranch is now the most expensive property for sale in southern Arizona with an asking price of nearly $30 million.
Aug. 17, 2023

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