/ Modified sep 30, 2022 11:30 a.m.

Episode 905

Comic Book Chemistry, 50 Years of Tucson Bonsai, Field Notes: Coral Beans, Nogales Eye in the Sky, Salvation Army Cooling Centers

Comic Book Chemistry
Think chemistry is boring? Think again! A class with University of Arizona Chemistry instructor, Colleen Kelley, is filled with colorful characters and exciting storylines that translate complex chemistry into comic books. Yes — comic books. About chemistry. Her comics and unique imagination have turned the periodic table into a playground of chemical adventure, and have allowed elementary school students to master concepts often taught at the college level.

50 Years of Tucson Bonsai
The Tucson Bonsai Society is celebrating its golden anniversary. Since it was founded in 1972, it has inspired generations of people to delve into this ancient tradition right here in Arizona. In addition to monthly meetings and outreach, the group also holds special events and has classes to teach people about the art and science of bonsai. (We are also doing a story about the Tucson Orchid Society, which coincidentally, was also founded in 1972)

Field Notes: Coral Beans
The Coral Bean (Erythrina flabelliformis in Latin) looks like a bunch of dried-up sticks for most of the year. Then in the spring, brilliant red flowers appear atop the sticks. Producer David Fenster recounts his first time seeing the blooms and discusses the plant with fellow Coral Bean enthusiast Robert Villa. This story is part of the series Field Notes in which Fenster brings us observations from the Sonoran Desert and beyond.

Nogales Eye in the Sky
An aerostat balloon has been deployed by Customs and Border Protection in Nogales, Arizona. Its expressed purpose is to surveil the US-Mexico border 24-7. It is 22 meters long and flies at 3,000 feet. It is located one mile from the border, next to a residential neighborhood. Some Nogales residents and local law enforcement fear that the blimp’s positioning is threatening the privacy of American citizens.

Salvation Army Cooling Center
During the hottest days of the summer, a patchwork of local organizations partners with The Salvation Army to come together and provide residents a place to just come and cool off. Once the temperature reaches 100 degrees outside these “Cooling Centers” open their doors to anyone in need. They not only provide water and shade but food, entertainment, access to clothing, and even counseling resources.

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