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"Wise Bodies, Beautiful Elders" - photographer Jade Beall confronts ageism in the raw.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: The facts regarding mental illness and gun violence; and mushroom hunters go on a monsoon quest.

jade beall hero 3 Gerry & Darwin Hall, photographed by Jade Beall.
courtesy Jade Beall

Arizona Spotlight

"Wise Bodies, Beautiful Elders" + more

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Featured on the August 8th, 2019 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • AZPM’s mental health reporter Gisela Telis talks with Patricia Harrison-Monroe, the the director of the early psychosis intervention resource called EPICENTER. They explore what many are getting wrong in the national conversation about the connection between mental illness and gun violence.

A story about EPICENTER, produced by Gisela Telis & Sandra Westdahl for Arizona Illustrated

  • NAMI of Southern Arizona welcomes new interim director Catherine Wells, Phd. She talks with Mark about her reaction to President Trump's speech following deadly attacks in El Paso and Dayton, and about some progressive policies that embrace mental wellness.

If you or a loved one needs help coping with mental illness, NAMI is available at 520-622-5582 / 1-866-495-6735 / The Hope Incorporated Warm Line: 520-770-9909 / Community Crisis Line: 866-495-6735.

  • Meet photographer Jade Beall, who believes "everyone has the right to feel beautiful". Her upcoming book Wise Bodies, Beautiful Elders is taking on ageism directly with mostly nude photographs. Devoted couple Gerry & Darwin Hall share why they decided to bare their bodies, and their relationship, to the intimate gaze of Beall’s camera.

jade beall hero 2 A photo taken for the book "Wise Bodies, Beautiful Elders".
courtesy Jade Beall

jade beall unsized hero 1 Jade Beall, self portrait.
courtesy Jade Beall
  • Tucson has a growing community of mushroom enthusiasts. A popular activity is braving the humid monsoon conditions to explore Mt. Lemmon, where a huge variety of mushrooms can be found -- if you know where to look.

"Monsoon Mushrooms", produced by Tony Paniagua for Arizona Illustrated

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