/ Modified jan 9, 2019 6:28 p.m.

Exploring "Zero Hour", and the Rebellion of Zero Mostel

Also on Arizona Spotlight: A family separated for 6 years by the U.S. / Mexico border; Gary Paul Nabhan on "Food from the Radical Center"; and the Zoppè Family Circus legacy.

Arizona Spotlight

Exploring "Zero Hour", and the Rebellion of Zero Mostel

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Featured on the January 10th, 2019 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • While thousands of separated families are fighting the deportation of some of their members, a growing number say they are tired of battling the U.S. government amid rapidly shifting immigration policy. Nancy Montoya profiles one family who, after 6 years of legal struggle, have accepted that they may never live together in one home - or one country - again.

sanchez family hero 15 year old Diego Sanchez Jr., Carmen Sanchez, mother, 15 year old Cassandra Sanchez (by request, the family's last name is an alias).
Nancy Montoya

morley avenue border crossing hero Morley Avenue foot crossing at the U.S. / Mexico border. The Sanchez teens cross here at least once a month to spend a night or two with their father.
Nancy Montoya

  • Mark talks with actor and playwright Jim Brochu about bringing his one-man show Zero Hour to The Invisible Theatre in Tucson. The play explores the remarkable life of actor & artist Zero Mostel, who was famous for many things: originating the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, starring in the hit comedy The Producers, and being blacklisted during the McCarthy era of the 1950s. The Invisible Theatre presents Jim Brochu in Zero Hour at The Berger Performing Arts Center, this Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 3 pm.

jim brochu zero hour hero 2 Actor and playwright Jim Brochu portrays actor and artist Zero Mostel in "Zero Hour".
courtesy Jim Brochu

  • Tony Paniagua interviews author Gary Paul Nabhan about the concept of Food from the Radical Center. Based in Tucson, Nabhan is a world-renowned agricultural ecologist and ethnobotanist who says restoring our lands can bring people together, regardless of differences like race and politics.

gary paul nabhan and cactus hero Tucson-based author, agricultural ecologist and ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD.
Tony Paniagua

food from the radical center hero Gary Paul Nabhan's 2018 book "Food from the Radical Center", published by Island Press.
Tony Paniagua

  • And meet Giovanni Zoppè, a man who didn't have to run away with the circus, because he was born into one. Find out how his family has been keeping their show business dreams alive since 1842. The Zoppè Family Circus will be performing at the Mercado San Augustin from January 11th to the 20th, with shows everyday except Mondays and Tuesdays. The circus kicks off their stay in Tucson with a value show aimed at younger kids this Friday, January 11th at 10 AM.

The Zoppé Circus Legacy from "Arizona Illustrated"

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jim brochu zero hour unsized hero VIEW LARGER Actor and playwright Jim Brochu as actor and artist Zero Mostel in "Zero Hour".
courtesy Jim Brochu
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