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Maricopa County's election equipment and software passed two audits, and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman expressed optimism about reopening Arizona's schools. Our Friday NewsCap analyzes the week’s top stories. Plus, why downtown Mesa could be on the verge of a second golden age. That and more on The Show.

Emily Ryan and Tom Ryan
Emily Ryan of Copper State Consulting and attorney Tom Ryan joined The Show to talk about the latest from the state Capitol, Superintendent Kathy Hoffman's statements about reopening schools and more.
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Politics and society have become more polarized over the past several years. A look at some of the surprising impacts of that. Plus, we’ll meet an opera singer who traded the stage for the kitchen during the pandemic. That and more on The Show. 

Ty Chiko
As the pandemic has caused dramatic hits to companies big and small plus millions of employees, many people have seen significant career shifts. Ty Chiko, though, made what has to be one of the more uncommon moves when he decided to deemphasize his training as an opera singer and focus instead on baking.
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The Biden administration is talking about plans to make community college free. We'll hear what that might mean for Arizona. Plus, an asteroid hunter will explain why one of the big rocks hitting the earth is low risk but brings the potential of major damage. That and more on The Show.

Maricopa County Elections Department tabulation machines
On Feb. 23, the two audits commissioned by the county to test voting equipment and software concluded there wasn't any evidence of tampering. Republican members of the state Senate don’t believe in the process and still want more information and access to ballots — which members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors say is likely unconstitutional.
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Some Arizona lawmakers have complained about Gov. Ducey not giving them a seat at the table, when it comes to managing the pandemic. We'll look at what the legislature is doing about COVID-19. Plus, Nevada looks to move to the top of the presidential primary calendar. That and more on The Show.

Woman embracing daughter
Over the course of the last year, worries have changed how many people approach their jobs. Mamta Popat is a photojournalist with the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. Some of her assignments have been very different during the pandemic, and she’s also been less eager — in certain situations — to gather images the way she had before.
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Arizona’s COVID-19 numbers have been moving in the right direction, although health experts are warning about getting complacent.We'll hear the latest from the chief clinical officer at the state’s biggest health care system. And what to expect this week at the state Capitol. That and more on The Show.

Dr. Marjorie Bessel
One of the leading medical voices in Arizona during the pandemic has been recognized for her work. Dr. Marjorie Bessel, chief clinical officer for Banner Health has been named one of the country’s 25 Women Leaders for 2021 by the health care news publication Modern Healthcare. The Show spoke with her for more about the honor and the latest vaccine shipment delays.