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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 cast of "Desert Bloom" (1986), a film largely shot in Tucson.

"Desert Bloom"

Film writer Chris Dashiell shares his thoughts on a little-known film that used mid-1980s Tucson as a stand-in for 1951 Las Vegas.

Kimble is a Tucson Community Supported Agriculture member. She pays for a share in a local farm and in exchange, gets a supply of fruits and vegetables each week.

How One Woman Learned to Redefine Food

Megan Kimble on her new book 'Unprocessed: My city-dwelling year of reclaiming real food'.

Arizona Spotlight for June 26, 2015

Eating "Unprocesssed" for a full year; National Independents Week stresses importance of buying local; Chris Dashiell reviews "Desert Bloom" from 1986; and foibles of would-be Arizona outlaws Cyclone Bill & Climax Jim.

Inside Bicas, a local bike shop that not only fixes and builds bikes for customers, but shows them the ins and outs of bicycle maintenance.

Independents and Independence

Tucson residents join national celebration to support local businesses.

Arizona Spotlight For June 19, 2015

Father's Day edition with guest producer and host Fernanda Echavarri.

Familiar Sounds of Summer

Some "singing cicadas" are associated with the monsoon but a bug expert disagrees.

How One Woman Learned to Redefine Food

Megan Kimble on her new book 'Unprocessed: My city-dwelling year of reclaiming real food'.

"Desert Bloom"

Film writer Chris Dashiell shares his thoughts on a little-known film that used mid-1980s Tucson as a stand-in for 1951 Las Vegas.

Independents and Independence

Tucson residents join national celebration to support local businesses.

Graduating Forster

Find out how a knock at the door changed the life of a young man who dropped out of high school.

Raising the Flag Again

Police officers hope to see more United States flags throughout Arizona and the country.
Live music recorded in a unique space, The Stairwell Sessions  give musicians and songwriters a chance to to dig deep. Sessions are produced and mixed by Jim Blackwood.