"On the seventh day, only the owl and the panther were still awake. Because they did not succumb to sleep, they were given the power to see in the dark."
- from a Cherokee creation story
Featured on the June 24, 2016 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:
Vanessa Barchfield introduces us to a Scottsdale family who recently lost a loved one to a rare disease. Her dying wish? That her husband and daughters work to change state law, and give the terminally ill in Arizona the legal option to face death on their own terms...
In a follow-up conversation, Gisela Telis talks to two experts about the legal and emotional issues that surround choosing to die...
- And, Sunday, June 26th is designated by the United Nations as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Abby Hungwe, an American from Zimbabwe, tells about The Owl and Panther Project, a support group for refugees of all ages and all nations who have escaped torture and violence in their homelands. Hungwe stresses the importance of creating a safe place where torture survivors can cultivate compassion in a community environment.
Then, Owl & Panther member Leonardo Maturana, a Tucsonan who came here as a refugee from Chile in 1976, shares his story of persecution and imprisonment. He tells Mark McLemore about the changing political and social conscious in Chile that is helping many victims come to terms with their experience...
ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT airs every Friday at 8:30 am and 6:00 pm, and every Saturday at 5:00 pm, on NPR 89.1 FM / 1550 AM.