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Recent articles by Lauren:

Commentary: AP Writer Courtney Bonnell On The Appeal Of Self-Quarantining

After several weeks — and at this point several months — of self-quarantining to help stop the spread of coronavirus, some people are getting a little antsy to get out there. To see friends, to go to restaurants, to travel — to have some sense of normalcy.But for people like Associated Press writer Courtney Bonnell, staying at home is normalcy.The Show asked Bonnell to record → Read More

Study: Minorities More Likely Than Whites To Wear Mask, Know Someone With The Coronavirus

MARK BRODIE: It wasn't so long ago that the idea of wearing a face mask in public would have seemed ludicrous. But today, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, those who are willing to don the coverings and those who aren't has become a political hot potato. President Trump, for his part, won't wear one in public. Neither has anyone spotted Gov. Doug Ducey wearing one. And on the other side of… → Read More

2020 Arizona High School Graduates Share Their Thoughts

As the school year wraps up, it is high school graduation season. But, instead of taking place in theaters or stadiums, most ceremonies are being held virtually, at least for now.The Show gave a few graduating Arizona seniors an opportunity to share their observations. → Read More

Maricopa County Health Department Ramping Up COVID-19 Contact Tracing

The Maricopa County Public Health Department is ramping up its staffing and partnerships to reach more people infected with COVID-19 and their close contacts.Marcy Flanagan, executive director, said hiring more epidemiology investigators and contact tracers is especially important as testing has increased in the state. “It is our goal to ensure that by July 1, public health → Read More

Arizona Senate To End Legislative Session On Friday

Arizona senators are pulling the plug on the 2020 legislative session.The move, announced Thursday morning by Senate President Karen Fann, comes more than a month since lawmakers recessed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with hopes at that time of returning to act on unfinished business once the pandemic had passed.But the virus has proved more long-lasting than planned, and at → Read More

Why Summer Weather Is Already Here In April

Triple-digit temperatures are already here — it's not even May and forecasters are already predicting temperatures as high as 104 degrees as April wraps up.To find out why the summer is starting so soon, The Show spoke with Matt Pace — meteorologist for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. → Read More

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker Wins NBA 2K Players Tournament

If you’re missing sports, you’ll be happy to know the Phoenix Suns dominated the championship game of the NBA 2K Players Tournament. The tournament, while fun, wasn’t being played in arenas. It was a video game.It’s now been over a month since people have been able to go in-person to see a professional basketball game. → Read More

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert: Congress Has A 'Moral Obligation' To Protect Small Businesses

As of yesterday morning, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 3,539 cases of COVID-19 in our state and 115 deaths.And, the situation on the Navajo Nation is becoming increasingly severe. 698 residents there have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Saturday and there have been 24 confirmed deaths. → Read More

LosJones: Tiny Desert Concert

Today we bring you a band that is steeped in Arizona’s landscapes: LosJones. → Read More

Opioid Deaths Rising Despite Arizona Lawmakers' Efforts

Two years ago, Gov. Doug Ducey convened a special legislative session to address the opioid epidemic in Arizona. The Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act allocated millions for outreach and treatment and took other steps intended to mitigate the growing problem.But Andrew Niccola with the Arizona Capitol Times has reported that more Arizonans are dying from opioid related overdoses today. → Read More

How Arizona's Transgender Athlete Ban Fits Into The National Conversation

State lawmakers voted along party lines last week to pass a ban on transgender students athletes from competing in girls sports. It’s a controversial bill that’s making national headlines. → Read More

Reporter Uncovers Arizona Inmate Making $90,000 Leading Telemarketing Sales Force

The biggest bonuses paid to state government employees went to a handful of individuals overseeing prison work programs. → Read More

State Health Director Says Arizona Now Doing Its Own Testing For Coronavirus

Gov. Doug Ducey and state health department director Dr. Cara Christ sought to reassure Arizonans the state is ready for the spread of the COVID-19 virus. “We know the disease is spreading, and we can expect additional cases in Arizona,” Christ said at a press conference Monday at the state public health laboratory. → Read More

Get A Tattoo, Get Free Coffee For Like At Cartel Coffee Lab

Some coffee drinkers in Arizona are taking brand love to the next level.“We had eight artists create a design loosely inspired by the love of coffee and we got those made in temporary tattoos, and anyone who is looking to make this permanent on their body by the original artist at Dame of the West will get free coffee for life," said Jeff Yang, brand coordinator at Cartel → Read More

Alamo Draft House Hosting CatVideoFest

LAUREN GILGER: In the past, we’ve spoken about the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival, the Scottsdale International Film Festival, the Phoenix Jewish Film Festival. It is time for a film festival celebrating the greatest asset on the internet.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: The Space Jam website? The Tom Jones alarm clock?GILGER: Those are good guesses, but no. Cats!GOLDSTEIN: Oh, yeah, the → Read More

How America Can Keep 'Recyclable' Plastic Containers Out Of Landfills

A new report finds your yogurt cup or hummus container that you throw in the blue bin is probably not being recycled. Greenpeace surveyed all 367 recycling facilities in the U.S. to find out what types of plastic are being reused and what types are just going on to the landfill. → Read More

Page Turner: 'Hymns Of The Republic'

The Show's Page Turner series asks local booksellers to talk about their latest recommendations.Meet Larry Siegel with Poisoned Pen Bookstore. He shared about the book "Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War" by S. C. Gwynne. → Read More

How Social Media Helps People Connect Through Food

We all have a food story that we tell people to explain how crazy our family is, where we come from, how our grandmother made her orange-carrot jello mold set every Christmas. Vanessa Fonseca-Chavez argues social media is making it easier than ever before to share those stories — and connect through food. → Read More

Democratic Debate Cements Arizona's Battleground Status

Phoenix will host a Democratic presidential debate on March 15. The announcement speaks to Arizona’s new status as a battleground state and some candidates' high-dollar spending here to woo voters. There are still details to be sorted: The venue and, really, the participants — the debate will come after Super Tuesday primaries in 14 states, which will likely thin the field. → Read More

How Desert Botanical Garden Keeps Arizona's Most Endangered Cactus Growing

When you think about endangered species, you might think about pandas in China or the Siberian tiger. Here in Arizona, we hear about efforts to keep the jaguar alive, as well as the Mexican wolf. → Read More