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A bola tie
Bola ties have been Arizona’s official state neckwear since 1971. They have a distinctly western feel, so it makes sense that the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg has such a large collection — about 300 — of them.
Apr. 19, 2023
metrocenter mall
Phoenix residents with fond memories of the former Metrocenter Mall will get a chance to say goodbye during a public party. Fans of the 1989 movie “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” which was partially filmed at Metrocenter, can enjoy it again.
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Apr. 14, 2023
Turf Paradise
Turf Paradise, the historic horse-racing facility in Phoenix, is up for sale.
Apr. 14, 2023
Ken Koshio
Every morning for the past three years, Ken Koshio has been waking up before sunrise to hike Phoenix's Piestewa Peak.
Apr. 10, 2023
Plaque that reads, "This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior"
A group of residents and business owners along Grand Avenue in Phoenix wants the city to stop plans to turn a church into apartments.
Apr. 4, 2023
Biruni Hariadi
Country music in the West and poetry reverberate the sounds of spring in this episode of Word, a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Apr. 2, 2023
S’edav Va’aki Museum volunteer mudslinging
Once a month, while weather allows, volunteers gather at S’edav Va’aki in Phoenix to throw mud at an over 800-year-old structure. Its outside walls are vulnerable to erosion from wind and rain, and the mudslinging helps keep it standing.
Mar. 31, 2023
LOOKOUT PHX is an online newsletter
"When I moved back here two years ago, I noticed that all the queer news that I used to go to as a kid was gone," said Joseph Darius Jaafari, a reporter with the Arizona Republic. In January, he founded LOOKOUT PHX, an online LGBTQ newsletter on Substack
Mar. 28, 2023
Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
A city-owned museum marking where Hohokam people settled, ran their irrigation system, and lived for more than a thousand years has been renamed in Native language. Phoenix Parks and Recreation officials now plan to market the repository as the “gateway to Phoenix heritage.”
Mar. 24, 2023
Route 66 sign along a highway against a desert sunset with mountains in the distance
Route 66 has long been a nostalgic symbol of American opportunity and Western expansion. But for many people of color who made their lives along the historic route, it was a different story.
Mar. 24, 2023
A nuclear bomb being tested in Nevada in 1957.
An estimated 2,000 Arizonans currently living in Mohave County suffered the effects of radiation exposure from nuclear testing during the Cold War. Yet, the U.S. government doesn’t recognize them as victims. The Downwinders Parity Act introduced last month by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is the latest in a long line of bipartisan attempts to compensate them.
Mar. 23, 2023
History is a collection of stories. It’s easy to get bogged down in dates, dead presidents, or disputes about what really happened, but Chris Smith brought history to life. If you took a history class at ASU a couple of decades ago, or shopped at Old Town Books in Tempe, you may have run into him.
Mar. 22, 2023
Tom Zoellner
Tom Zoellner is a fifth-generation Arizonan. He wanted to get a deeper understanding of his home state — so he walked across it. The result is his new book, "Rim to River: Looking into the Heart of Arizona."
Mar. 22, 2023
Ostriches in Chandler.
The city of Chandler will be holding its annual Ostrich Festival this weekend. It’s a big event featuring rides, live music headliners and more. But why ostriches? Turns out, while ostriches are not native to Arizona, they go a long way back in Chandler.
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Mar. 17, 2023
The exhibit “Rebuilding Home plate — Baseball in Arizona’s Japanese American Incarceration Camps” at the Arizona Heritage Center.
During World War II, Japanese Americans living along the west coast were forced to move into incarceration camps. Many yearned for a way to find normalcy and some turned to America’s national pastime — baseball.
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Mar. 16, 2023
creosote bush
New Mexico’s Senate Bill 188, which would grant the state an official aroma, passed the Senate. It now moves on to the House. If passed, and if the governor signs the bill into law, New Mexico’s official smell will become green chilies roasting over an open flame. That got The Show wondering — what might Arizona’s state smell be?
Mar. 6, 2023
An Arizona man who was one of the last known survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack, has died at the age of 101.
Feb. 27, 2023
Shakespeare, hiking in Arizona, poetry on vinyl and a haiku winner share some thematic space on this KJZZ podcast about literature in Arizona and the region. It's hosted by Tom Maxedon.
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Feb. 27, 2023
It’s been a little over a month since the African American Museum of Southern Arizona started welcoming visitors at the University of Arizona campus. It’s the first and only African American museum in the state.
Feb. 24, 2023
The Dirty Drummer Restaurant & Spirits sign
But in 2018, the last location of the Dirty Drummer was set to close until Dana Armstrong, whose father co-founded chain, stepped in to save the dive bar and restore it to its former glory.
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Feb. 22, 2023

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