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Arizona Spotlight for January 29, 2016

Listen to the first Arizona Spotlight to be recorded in front of a live audinece, on Jan. 24, 2016 at the historic El Casino Ballroom in Tucson.

Arizona Spotlight for January 15, 2016

StoryCorps in Tucson preents a grandfather's tale of adventure during World War II; new biography tells the story of the first American woman to become a doctor; Tucson unemployed look for work "Under the Sun".

Arizona Spotlight for December 18, 2015

Brothers share memories of growing up in an unconventional family; author Tom Van Dyke talks about "A Cowboy Christmas"; learn about the first Tucson Solo Theater Festival; meet a young cellist chosen to perform with The Moscow Ballet.

Arizona Spotlight for November 6, 2015

A walking meditation in the All Souls Procession; How does a warrior heal?; Developing Tucson's startup culture; What will local election results mean for Tucson?

Arizona Spotlight for September 18, 2015

Comedian Dana Carvey brings his characters to Tucson; local organization offers support and safety to victims of domestic abuse; author Johanna Skibsrud reads from her novel "Quartet for the End of Time".

The Haunting of the Mexican Border

Artist, filmmaker and author Kathryn Ferguson discusses her book about the changing social and political landscape of the U.S. - Mexico Border.

Arizona Spotlight for August 7, 2015

Author Kathryn Ferguson discusses "The Haunting of the Mexican Border - One Woman's Journey"; Cooperative Extension offers expert help with agriculture and wellness; Chris Dashiell explores the heroic legacy of Zorro.

Arizona Spotlight for July 31, 2015

The Tucson Museum of Art displays work from refugee artists who are part of The Owl and Panther Project; space scientist Chris Impey looks "Beyond"; and Beth Surdut faces off with an angry raptor in "The Art of Paying Attention".

Arizona Spotlight for July 24, 2015

Author and scientist Stephen Buchmann discusses "The Reason for Flowers"; three film scores that added dimension to their classic films; how one man overcame illiteracy; paying attention to stink bugs in love.

Fantasy author Janni Lee Simner in the AZPM Radio Studio.

Janni Lee Simner

Tucson author creates fantasy worlds from imagination, research, and a knack for creating sense of place.

Arizona Spotlight for July 10, 2015

A community finds common ground in a local park; Sun Sounds of Arizona reads print media for those who can't; author Janni Lee Simner talks about creating fantasy fiction; unusual style of yoga offers "Authentic Movement".

Finding Abbey

Sean Prentiss' book explores the complicated legacy of Edward Abbey, and follows his footsteps through the Sonoran Desert region.

Arizona Spotlight for June 5, 2015

Non-profit "Flags for the Flagless" honors veterans; book details author's personal quest to better understand the life of Edward Abbey; Tucson car show draws diverse crowd; Molly McCloy shares a story about growing up.

Arizona Spotlight for March 20, 2015

Upcoming space experiment has a local connection; UA Science lecture series explores "Life in the Universe"; fitness as the front line against Parkinson's; "A Book I Love" from the 2015 Tucson Festival of Books.

Arizona Spotlight for March 13th, 2015

Meet a local man who overcame his illiteracy while in his 50s; all-around entertainer Ben Vereen reflects on a stellar career; author Elizabeth Evans explores friendship & betrayal in her novel "As Good as Dead"; National Pi Day gets a closer look.

Author J.A. Jance: Second-Grade Teacher Inspired Her

Mystery writer, coming to Tucson Festival of Books, had to overcome gender discrimination at UA.

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