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Arizona’s political maps will be redrawn after this year’s census. A look at the finalists for the commission that’ll do that redistricting. Plus, a new position at ASU aims to look at how the arts can influence social change. That and more on The Show.

arizona congressional districts
Arizona voters decided in 2000 that the state’s legislative and congressional districts should be drawn by an independent commission instead of by the Legislature, which had controlled the process since statehood. But even the independent commission has not avoided political controversy.
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Sen. Martha McSally and challenger Mark Kelly faced off in their only live debate — and disagreed about the pandemic and health care, among other things. We'll hear our Friday NewsCap on the debate — and the Biden campaign finally landed in Arizona. And does this year make it feel like we’ve all been zombified? That and more on The Show.

Julie Erfle, Matt Benson
KJZZ's Friday NewsCap revisits some of the biggest stories of the week. The Show discussed the week in news with Julie Erfle, communications consultant at Erfle Uncuffed, and Matthew Benson, director at Veridus.
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Arizona has traditionally accepted a lot of refugees, but the Trump administration has set a historic low cap on refugees for next year. We'll hear how that could affect the state, and its economy. And the Page Turner series continues, with an immigrant story from the American West. That and more on The Show.

Phoenix Children's Hospital Flu Pod Chalk Art
Phoenix Children’s Hospital provided influenza vaccines to its staff on Wednesday — like any other year. But the effort was more important than ever as the medical community braces for a meeting of flu season and the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospital’s "flu pod" was an exercise meant to both protect and prepare front line workers for what’s to come.
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Tuesday featured the only official debate for U.S. Senate in Arizona between Martha McSally and Mark Kelly. We'll hear how their exchange could affect the Nov. 3 outcome. And why solar plants aren’t always good for nearby native plants. That and more on The Show.

Mark Kelly and Sen. Martha McSally before the debate
Sen. Martha McSally and Mark Kelly faced off Tuesday night in the lone debate between the two U.S. Senate candidates. McSally labeled her opponent “counterfeit Kelly,” attacking him as a pawn for a radical left agenda. Kelly criticized McSally for failing to stand up to what he called a lackluster response to the pandemic from the Trump administration.
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Arizonans and the state’s economy are working to recover from the pandemic-induced recession. Why, despite that, a record number of apartments are being built in the Valley. And, former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster on how President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis affects the country and its allies and adversaries. That and more on The Show.

The Arizona Capitol building
Arizona is now considered a battleground state where polls show former Vice President Biden holds a slim lead over President Trump. That means state Capitol observers are asking a very familiar question: Is this the year Democrats take control of the state Senate or the House of Representatives?
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