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New Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell wants to fix her office's public perception

Last month, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Rachel Mitchell to be the interim county attorney. We’ll hear her ideas about fixing the public perception of the office. Plus, why the demand for immigration attorneys is skyrocketing. That and more on The Show.


Why some people have not gotten COVID-19, even after being exposed

COVID-19 infections seem to rising a bit recently, although hospitalizations are generally not. Scientists are trying to figure out why some people have not gotten COVID-19, even after being exposed. And a preview of what to expect this week at the state Capitol. That and more on The Show.


What's next for Rep. Andy Biggs after Jan. 6 Committee subpoena

Election season is heating up with primary candidates facing off in debates. Our Friday NewsCap panelists discuss what Republican attorney general candidates said about certifying the 2020 election. And a new musical brings the high court careers of Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the stage. That and more on The Show.


Arizona's election workers are quitting over threats and misinformation

Election officials are leaving their jobs across the country, tired of dealing with misinformation and threats. A longtime election security expert in Arizona explains why he left and what worries him about November. Plus, a new documentary reveals the prevalence and destructive power of Lyme disease. That and more on The Show.


Former public defender: 'The death penalty just doesn't work'

Arizona is scheduled on Wednesday to carry out its first execution in eight years. A former public defender explains the politics and problems surrounding the death penalty. Plus, the spacecraft that took an asteroid sample gets a new mission. That and more on The Show.


What low preschool enrollment means for education in Arizona

Enrollment in public preschool in Arizona is among the lowest in the country. We’ll hear why that is and what it means for the state’s education system. Plus, the effort to improve immigration courts, which are dealing with a case backlog that’s likely to get worse. That and more on The Show.


Charges against Arizona's former prison director baffle critics

The former director of the state Corrections Department has been indicted after a standoff with police in January. We’ll hear why some critics say the charges are not enough. Plus, one Arizona city has achieved pay parity between men and women under 30. That and more on The Show.


What the Supreme Court abortion leak means for 2022 elections

Maricopa County Supervisors strongly criticized Attorney General Mark Brnovich this week over his interim report on the 2020 election. Our Friday NewsCap analyzes that and the rest of the week’s top stories. Plus, Ballet Arizona’s Ib Andersen on the Latin inspiration behind his new production. That and more on The Show.


Phoenix has a plan to protect unsheltered residents from summer heat

Phoenix could see its first triple-digit day this week. The city’s heat director on how officials are planning to help residents affected by the summer’s scorching temperatures. Plus, how May 5 doesn’t commemorate what many partiers think it does. That and more on The Show.


These Arizona members of Congress are now vulnerable after redistricting

Arizona’s primary elections are just a few months away. We’ll gear how redistricting has changed the dynamics in a handful of Congressional races. Plus, a musical taking the stage in Phoenix tells the story of the belle of Tombstone. That and more on The Show.


Why the Arizona Board of Clemency denied a death row inmate's request

A death row inmate is set to be executed next week. We’ll hear the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency rejected his request for a reprieve. Plus, witchcraft is having a moment, but one purveyor of magic says it's not all the real deal. That and more on The Show.


This top Phoenix chef is rethinking how restaurant employees work

Cooks serving guests, servers washing dishes? An award-winning Valley chef takes an unorthodox approach to staffing his restaurant. Plus, a mother’s honest — and sometimes funny — look at life’s challenges. That and more on The Show


Can Arizona Republican candidates move past the 'big lie'?

This week, Arizona Republican candidates Kari Lake and Rep. Mark Finchem filed lawsuits in an effort to ban the use of vote-counting machines in Arizona's 2022 elections. Meanwhile, another Republican, Steve Gaynor, dropped out of the gubernatorial race. To discuss these stories and more, The Show spoke with Chuck Coughlin of Highground and Julie Erfle of Erfle Uncuffed.


Can Arizona Republican candidates move past the 'big lie'?

A pair of Republican candidates in Arizona has sued to do away with the machines used to count ballots. Our Friday NewsCap analyzes that and the rest of the week’s top stories. Plus, a look at different potential futures — with climate change in mind. That and more on The Show.


How the Valley's top behavioral health hospital is rebuilding its nursing staff

Arizona has faced a nursing shortage for a while now, and that need was exacerbated during the pandemic. Even without a COVID-19 surge, the impact on psychiatric nurses is dramatic. Plus, why scientists have developed a new message to send into outer space, searching for life. That and more on The Show.


Arizona is set to execute Clarence Dixon, but there are 2 big problems with the case

Arizona is scheduled to resume capital punishment next month for the first time since 2014. One expert explains why this particular execution is so disconcerting. Plus, the surprising challenges of keeping succulents alive in the desert. That and more on The Show.


What sets Arizona's new Right to Try legislation apart from federal law

The Food and Drug Administration has been criticized for not approving potentially life-saving drugs more quickly and efficiently. Will an Arizona bill help improve the system or put patients in danger? Plus, a Democratic strategist on why his party should prepare for the 2024 election as major losses loom this year. That and more on The Show.


Climate change is a 'performance enhancer' for megafires

Wildfire season has already started in Arizona, as the Tunnel Fire continues to burn acreage near Flagstaff. We’ll hear how climate change is affecting megafires and how much land they destroy. Plus, a weaver creates art on the border to bring attention to migrants who have died trying to cross the desert. That and more on The Show.


How Democrats might get a say in Arizona's state budget

The state supreme court struck down a referendum on Arizona’s flat tax, state budget talks remain stuck in neutral and it seems increasingly unlikely that Mark Brnovich will get Donald Trump’s endorsement. Our Friday NewsCap panelists weigh in on those and the week’s other top stories. Plus, a local arts group turns a Tarantino film into a play featuring swearing puppet dogs. That and more on The Show.


Maricopa has a new county attorney. Here's what you need to know

The Board of Supervisors has unanimously chosen a new Maricopa County Attorney. What role did the so-called ballot audit play in the selection? And a new poetry journal merges art and personal experiences with health and medicine. That and more on The Show.