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Arizona Spotlight

Arizona Spotlight
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Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. on NPR 89.1 FM
From state and local news to in-depth interviews with artists, authors, and the people behind the headlines, Arizona Spotlight keeps you informed on what's happening in our community. Arizona Spotlight is hosted and produced by Mark McLemore and features music from the critically-acclaimed Tucson band Calexico.

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The Fearless Jazz of Dee Dee Bridgewater

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Two local churches make room for Central American refugees; electronic music emerges from virtual space in Tucson; and an overview of the 2017 Tucson Jewish International Film Festival.

Vanishing Sand at the Grand Canyon

Also on Arizona Spotlight: The 2017 Arizona legislature starts work; exploring diction with Anna Risley; and film & stage stars Renèe Taylor & Joseph Bologna visit Tucson with "My Life on a Diet".

The Drum & The Story: "Why the Owl Flies at Night"

Also on Arizona Spotlight: A Closer Look at Arizona's Electoral College; Saying Farewell to 2016 with Stories of Loss and Hope; Video Game Nostalgia at the Holidays.

The Art of Paying Attention: Great Horned Owls

Author & wildlife illustrator Beth Surdut tracks some of nature's most accomplished masters of camouflage in Tucson.

Celebrating Lalo Guerrero

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Love Letters to the Pima County Public Library; The Art of Paying Attention to Great Horned Owls; Looking back on Hollywood's Golden Age "Star System".

The Art of Paying Attention: Great Horned Owls

Author & wildlife illustrator Beth Surdut tracks some of nature's most accomplished masters of camouflage in Tucson.

Growing and a Lot of Giving at Felicia's Farm

Tucson's north-side urban farm donates all of its produce to the Casa Maria soup kitchen.

Feeding Our Future: Farmers and Markets

New ways to support small farmers and backyard gardeners, to grow our local food system

Feeding Our Future: Growing Community in Tucson’s Barrios

Home-grown efforts to improve Tucson’s struggling neighborhoods start with vegetable gardens.

Feeding Our Future: The Politics of Produce Rescue

They share the same goal of feeding the hungry, but sometimes food banks step on each other’s toes.