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Episode 826

Yuma Farmers, Fine Revolution, Engineering by Touch

Yuma Farmers Assess Water Usage Amid Drought
Water is a finite resource in the American Southwest, though it hasn’t always been viewed as such. As states in the Colorado River Basin manage their water supplies, agriculture is adapting to new restrictions. Despite Arizona’s limited water resources, it’s a major agricultural center with a portfolio that includes several water-intensive crops, such as lettuce. The Colorado River is responsible for irrigating over 230,000 acres of farmland in Yuma, Arizona, and 90 percent of all leafy winter vegetables grown in the United States come from this area. What are regional lettuce producers doing to make lettuce farming more sustainable, and what is the future of this water-intensive crop that depends on the Colorado River?

Fine Revolution
The themes in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet, Prince of Denmark’ are as relevant now as they were when it was written four hundred years ago. Director Kevin Black sets Hamlet in a modern society that's ruled by artificial intelligence systems. Through the use of multimedia, Black interrogates media itself, our relationships to technology and one another.

Engineering by Touch
Traditionally, it’s been difficult for visually-impaired students to learn about aerospace engineering because understanding the mechanics of machine parts often requires being able to see how they move. But Dr. Kavan Hazeli, Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona, hopes to change that. He is using cutting-edge robotics, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality technologies to develop advanced educational tools that rely more on touch and sound. Together with roboticist and former pupil Sahand Sabet, Hazeli is testing prototypes of these educational tools with students from the Arizona State School of the Deaf and the Blind.

“A” Mountain Memories
Tucsonans and visitors share their favorite memories of “A” Mountain.

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