/ Modified jul 20, 2018 10:34 a.m.

The Secret Life of Spiders

Also on Arizona Spotlight: a new dust detection system on I-10; cumbia rhythm energizes downtown Tucson; and a story about the perils of being a king.

sand spider hero The sand spider, Homalonychus selenopoides, takes a dust bath after each molt. (PHOTO: Amazing Arachnids/Jillian Cowles)

LISTEN

Featured on the July 20th, 2018 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • Find out how Arizona is creating a new dust detection system that will help warn drivers on I-10 when dangerous conditions exist. Arizona 360's Lorraine Rivera shares what she learned from talking to a meteorologist about the severity of haboobs, and why they’re increasing in frequency.
Haboob dust storm spotlight (PHOTO: University of Arizona)
  • We may not want them, but spiders and scorpions often invite themselves into our homes. Jillian Cowles is a naturalist and a clinical microbiologist who is not afraid to enter the world of these often misunderstood creatures. She talks with Mark about the photographic odyssey behind her new book, Amazing Arachnids, from Princeton University Press.

Jillian Cowles with book hero Jillian Cowles, author of Amazing Arachnids, from Princeton University Press. (PHOTO: Sabrina Colonna, AZPM)

An extended interview about Amazing Arachnids:

LISTEN



Photos from "Amazing Arachnids" by Jillian Cowles

  • Listen to cumbia music of bands from both sides of the Mexican - American border as they come together during El Tambó Fest at Hotel Congress. Although this style of music originated in Colombia, these weekly dance parties are helping to make downtown Tucson a creative hub for the genre.



El Tambó Fest

  • Traveling storyteller Jordan Hill shares a folktale from Jewish tradition about a court jester who was promoted to become king -- but will his newfound power make him forget his humble origins?



Jordan Hill

Arizona Spotlight
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. You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. See more from Arizona Spotlight.
By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona