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Recent articles by Lauren:

Why Buying A Frank Lloyd Wright House Isn't For Everyone

The last home Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed recently sold for $1.6 million. The 3,100-square-foot Norman Lykes Home is located on the edge of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. It was originally listed for sale for twice as much money last year.The house was completed in 1967 and its long, sweeping curvilinear lines compliment the desert hills it was built upon.So why can it be → Read More

Grand Canyon University Levels Up Its Esports Program

The 2019 World Championship for the game Dota 2 set a new record: There was a more than $34 million prize pool, and the winner took home $15 million.That was just one of the many esports events with prize money reaching far into the millions.Now, colleges are getting in on the action. Grand Canyon University in Phoenix is one of 141 colleges across the country that has its own → Read More

Atmospheric Rivers Bring Wet Weather To Arizona

LAUREN GILGER: Here's a phrase you might have heard lately: atmospheric rivers. This weather phenomenon is back this winter in the West, and we're seeing the results right here in Arizona. But what exactly are they? Well, according to our next guest, it's a lot like it sounds: rivers in the sky. Here is University of Arizona Professor Christopher Castro. → Read More

How Netflix Took Over The 2020 Golden Globe Nominations

That’s right, it’s officially awards season. The Hollywood Foreign Press is out with their annual Golden Globe nominations, and it’s going to be an interesting one. → Read More

The Moth Holds Inaugural GrandSLAM Storytelling Event In Phoenix

Twenty years ago, storytelling events were not the cultural phenomenon they are today. In fact, when the Moth started in the late '90s, it was in a living room.Now, the Moth and it’s storytelling events take place all over the country all the time — including here in Phoenix, where the Moth holds a StorySLAM every month. They're open mic storytelling competitions where 10 → Read More

Arizona's 'Zombie Mines' Are Waiting For The Next Boom

The mining industry is boom and bust, but as the busts get longer and the booms come less often, mining companies across the country are leaving them idle.They say they’re waiting for the next increase, but environmentalists say they’re hurting workers and avoiding costly cleanup for sometimes decades. → Read More

Supporters Work To Make The Land And Water Conservation Fund Permanent

LAUREN GILGER: But first, in addition to impeachment, Congress is trying to finish the budget process for the current fiscal year. That can crowd out other bills, even bipartisan ones, like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It's a fund for governments to buy land, and advocates are trying to make it permanent. Here to explain more is KJZZ's Bret Jaspers. Good morning, → Read More

Points Of View: Helping Foster Kids Transition To Adulthood

Kids who "age out" of the foster care system at age 18 nationwide face daunting odds. About 50% of them don’t graduate high school, and only 3% graduate from a four-year college. They’re more likely to end up on public assistance or in the criminal justice system.But, for a lot of important reasons, only about a quarter of them take advantage of services designed to help them → Read More

University Of Arizona Ready To Receive Students At Veterinary School

The University of Arizona is launching the first public veterinary school in the state, and it’s been a long time coming. → Read More

Phoenix Art Museum's 'Legends Of Speed' Shows Off The Beauty Of High-Performance Cars

The Phoenix Art Museum is exhibiting 22 race cars that exemplify the marriage of form and function in automotive design."Legends of Speed" includes cars made by Mercedes, Alfa Romeo and Ford that feature shapes and lines that elicit as much of an emotional response as a surge of adrenaline — cars that are pieces of art as well as vehicles for competition. → Read More

These Are The Issues Arizona Voters And Non-Voters Care About

And now, let’s turn to a new poll of Arizonans — voters and non-voters.Water quality, public education and health insurance are among the issues at the top of voters' minds as we head into another election season.But, according to this new data from ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizonans have also broadly found agreement on some surprising aspects of public → Read More

BBC Look-Ahead: The Ukraine President's Trip

Ukraine's President, Volodomyr Zelensky will be making a foreign trip to Lithuania.For more on that and other international stories coming up this week, The Show was joined by BBC’s Rob Hugh-Jones. → Read More

ASU Football And Wrestling Notch Upset Wins In Big Homecoming Weekend

It was a huge homecoming weekend for ASU sports. Hundreds of students swarmed the football field after the Sun Devils took down the sixth ranked Oregon Ducks Saturday night.But it was a contest the night before that left lots of people shaking their heads in disbelief.The 10th ranked Sun Devils wrestling team hosted the No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions, a team that hadn’t lost a → Read More

Arizona Farmers Take Issue With New Farm Workers Bill

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives addresses the need for more agricultural workers in the United States.The Farm Workforce Modernization Act also establishes minimum requirements for pay, transportation and housing, which has some in the agricultural industry worried. Stefanie Smallhouse, state president of the Arizona Farm Bureau, joined The Show to talk about this bill. → Read More

Activist: Phoenix Police Firings 'Hopefully The Beginning Of A Change'

Monday on The Show, there was some news about the future of the Phoenix Police Department. → Read More

Dr. Joseph Sirven: Honest Placebos

The Show will start checking in with in with Dr. Joseph Sirven, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, to discuss the latest news from the medical world.Today, we discuss placebos.Some new research out of Germany used something called “honest placebos” to explore just how effective they are. → Read More

Wizard Rock Disappears, Reappears In Prescott National Forest

LAUREN GILGER: With that music, you can't be surprised that this is my question — Mark, do you believe in magic?MARK BRODIE: I'm not sure I believe in magic. I do believe in Lovin' Spoonful references, though. Is this some kind of late Halloween joke you're coming up with here? → Read More

This Gross Clam Can Help Us Understand Climate Change

The geoduck sort of looks like a giant clam with a long, gooey arm sticking out of it, and they're apparently delicacies in Japan.But instead of focusing on the way they taste, scientists are looking at what their shells say about climate change. That might seem like an odd connection, but it turns out the method of studying tree rings works similarly for geoduck shells.For → Read More

KJZZ's Friday NewsCap Nov. 1, 2019

KJZZ's Friday NewsCap revisits some of the biggest stories of the week.Former state schools superintendent Jaime Molera with the firm Molera Alvarez and Julie Erfle, communications consultant at Erfle Uncuffed joined KJZZ's The Show to talk about the vote in the House to formalize the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, the latest on now-suspended Maricopa → Read More

Corporation Commissioners Debate Shutoff Temperature Threshold, Some Are Skeptical

Ninety-five degrees? One hundred five degrees? Arizona Corporation Commissioners are debating just how hot is too hot when it comes to indoor heat. Over the summer, regulators instituted a moratorium on power shut-offs that came after a Sun City West woman died after her power was shut off on a 107 degree day. She owed $50 to her utility, APS. → Read More