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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.
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.
Pima County Board of Supervisors races could bring changes

Pima County Board of Supervisors races could bring changes

October 2, 2020 All five seats are up for grabs on the board, which sets major local policy decisions.
Pima County Sheriff candidates face off in AZPM debate

Pima County Sheriff candidates face off in AZPM debate

September 25, 2020 In the debate, each candidate made their case for why he should be reelected to the role of sheriff.
Races for Pima County recorder and Santa Cruz County sheriff

Races for Pima County recorder and Santa Cruz County sheriff

September 18, 2020 Longtime public servants are leaving the roles, leaving those races wide open.
Race underway for Corporation Commission, Arizona's 'fourth branch of government'

Race underway for Corporation Commission, Arizona's 'fourth branch of government'

September 11, 2020 The Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities, pipelines and securities, has three open seats this fall.
The risks of severe heat

The risks of severe heat

September 4, 2020 The hottest summer in the city’s history came during a global health crisis, leaving many residents at risk for heat-related issues.
Revisiting the danger to pedestrians in Tucson

Revisiting the danger to pedestrians in Tucson

August 28, 2020 A troubling trend is playing out on Tucson's streets: It's getting deadlier for pedestrians. The city, like others, has seen a steady rise in people struck and killed while walking, though the trends may be shifting amid the pandemic.
Getting out the vote ahead of the November election

Getting out the vote ahead of the November election

August 21, 2020 Arizona is a battleground state this year, and multiple groups are working to register as many voters as possible.
As Congress stalls on another stimulus bill, a look back at the last round of federal aid

As Congress stalls on another stimulus bill, a look back at the last round of federal aid

August 14, 2020 Many businesses have struggled since the start of the pandemic, but federal funds have helped some.
 Looking back at SB 1070 a decade later

Looking back at SB 1070 a decade later

August 7, 2020 Though the infamous “show me your papers” law was partially struck down, it has left a legacy in Arizona.

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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