November 26, 2021 / Modified nov 28, 2021 6:21 p.m.

"Reservation Dogs" has found a global audience, and castmember Jon Proudstar knows why.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: How much difference can 2 degrees make in terms of our water table? Plus, Ann Hampton Callaway sings songs that moved a generation!

reservation dogs teens hero Paulina Alexis as Willie Jack, D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai as Bear, Lane Factor as Cheese and Devery Jacobs as Elora; the four teen actors who comprise the central cast of the 2021 FX series "Reservation Dogs".

Arizona Spotlight

November 25, 2021

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Featured on the November 25th, 2021 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • Droughts have been in the headlines, as climate change threatens to further shrink water supplies in the Colorado River Basin. But what factors truly make this situation a drought? From Colorado, KUNC’s Alex Hager spoke with two scientists who track the numbers that define "dryness", and they had some stark warnings about where we are currently heading.
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  • And - this fall, the debut season of the FX / Hulu series “Reservation Dogs” became an instant hit with many TV viewers. The show features both dramatic & comedic stories about teenage life on a Native American reservation in Oklahoma. These stories are being told by an almost entirely Indigenous North American crew, including artists, writers, technicians, directors and performers. This includes Tucsonan Jon Proudstar, who plays Leon, the single father of main character Willie Jack. Hear the interesting story of how Proudstar landed the part, and what it means to him to be working on this groundbreaking TV series.

leon and willie jack hero Jon Proudstar as Leon and Paulina Alexis as Willie Jack in the 2021 FX series "Reservation Dogs".

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