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Airs Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. on NPR 89.1

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The Buzz is an interview-focused show to give listeners in Southern Arizona a deeper understanding of news, politics, science, current events and more.
Pima County expands COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Pima County expands COVID-19 vaccine rollout

January 15, 2021 As counties across Arizona work to innoculate more people, vaccine availability remains a problem.
 Looking ahead 10 years after deadly Jan. 8 shooting

Looking ahead 10 years after deadly Jan. 8 shooting

January 8, 2021 Survivors and advocates discuss progress on reducing gun violence and what still needs to be done.
Checking in on the health of the Santa Cruz River

Checking in on the health of the Santa Cruz River

December 18, 2020 Upgrades to the county’s wastewater treatment continue to improve the vitality of the river and the wildlife it supports.
Exploring unions in Arizona

Exploring unions in Arizona

December 11, 2020 A growing number of white-collar workers are forming unions in industries like higher education and journalism.
Digging into campaign spending in the 2020 election

Digging into campaign spending in the 2020 election

December 4, 2020 How much difference did record-breaking campaign spending make in Arizona?
Downtown development renews scrutiny of economic incentives and community preservation

Downtown development renews scrutiny of economic incentives and community preservation

November 20, 2020 A tax incentive helped revitalize Tucson’s downtown, but some residents say it also threatens to push them out.
A look at how zoning shapes Tucson development

A look at how zoning shapes Tucson development

November 13, 2020 Zoning is increasingly at the heart of conversations around housing affordability and environmental sustainability.
Understanding election results in Pima County and Arizona

Understanding election results in Pima County and Arizona

November 6, 2020 Democrats saw encouraging voter trends in a state once considered a Republican stronghold.
Lecture series examines ‘Woman Power’

Lecture series examines ‘Woman Power’

October 30, 2020 The fall talks at the UA touched upon the way women wield power in language, family life and their communities.
Exploring the myth of monolithic voting blocs

Exploring the myth of monolithic voting blocs

October 23, 2020 Campaigns often target voting "blocs" based on gender, religion and race, despite these groups being politically diverse.
Tucson Electric Power looks to expand renewables, raise customer rates

Tucson Electric Power looks to expand renewables, raise customer rates

October 16, 2020 TEP’s plans to raise rates and install a transmission line near historic neighborhoods are not without controversy.
A look at Arizona’s two ballot measures

A look at Arizona’s two ballot measures

October 9, 2020 Arizona voters will decide on taxing top earners to fund education and legalizing recreational marijuana.

Show Details

WHEN TO LISTEN: Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. / Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.WHAT CHANNEL: NPR 89.1 or 1550 AMWHERE ELSE CAN I LISTEN: The Buzz is available on iTunes and NPR One. Subscribe today and don't miss an episode!
Christopher Conover

About the Show

The half-hour show focuses on conversations about current topics in Southern Arizona that deserve a deeper look. Each episode of The Buzz addresses a single theme, using studio interviews to delve into what you really need to know to understand a complex topic, one you may have heard mentioned in the news, or something new.

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