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KJZZ's The Show


Phoenix, AZ


KJZZ's The Show






Why the fight against school vouchers fell short this time

Save Our Schools Arizona failed to garner enough signatures to bring the Empowerment Scholarship Account program back to the ballot. Our Friday NewsCap panelists analyze that and the rest of the week’s top stories. Plus, comedian Lewis Black brings his rants to Arizona. That and more on The Show.

An Arizona author's journey to reach the U.S. from El Salvador

It’s not hard to find hate on social media and elsewhere. A new effort aims to prevent kids from falling prey to hate groups online. Plus, an Arizona author on his traumatic journey through the U.S. borderlands as a child and how writing about it has helped him heal. That and more on The Show.


How the Vision Zero road safety plan is working in two cities

More pedestrians die in Phoenix every year than in most cities. Will the new Vision Zero program do enough to protect people on our streets? Plus, meet the University of Arizona student who is competing on this season of “LEGO Masters.” That and more on The Show.


Undocumented students band together as they await the fate of DACA

A court ruling could soon mean the end of the DACA program. We’ll hear how undocumented students in Arizona are leaning on one another as the decision looms. Plus, how public opinion is shifting against abortion bans since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. That and more on The Show.


Where Arizona's older voters stand on the big issues

Candidates up and down the ballot are trying to appeal to as many voters as they can leading up to the election. We’ll hear why one demographic may be worth a little more of campaigns’ time. Plus, how bringing back accent marks in their names is helping some younger Latinos reclaim their heritage. That and more on The Show.


What we learned from the Arizona secretary of state debate

The candidates for Arizona secretary of state — the state’s top election officer — have met for a debate. Our Friday NewsCap panelists analyze that and the rest of the week’s top stories. Plus, former NBA star and current USA Basketball official Grant Hill talks about his career. That and more on The Show.


Railroad workers are in an 'abusive relationship,' union leader says

Unions representing rail workers will vote on a proposed deal to avoid a strike that would have a major impact on the U.S. economy. Why one union leader says workers are walking away from their jobs at record numbers. Plus, the University of Arizona professors who created AI technology to write people’s wills for them. That and more on The Show.


How Joe Johnston engineered Agritopia to fight suburban loneliness

President Biden says the pandemic is over, although many public health officials disagree. Is it time to stop masking? Plus, take a tour of Agritopia on the cusp of change and more than 20 years into its neighborhood experiment. That and more on The Show.


Why so many Americans are captivated by royalty

The opioid epidemic has impacted all corners of Arizona. How one particularly hard-hit county is trying to help its residents. Plus, as the world mourns Queen Elizabeth II, why Americans are so obsessed with the royals. That and more on The Show.


Redistricting leaves AZ Native voters worried their votes won't matter

The state will be using new maps for this year’s legislative and congressional elections, and some Indigenous voters are worried the new districts may dilute their voices. Plus, a speculative fiction writer on taking her words from the page to the screen. That and more on The Show.


How Hobbs can bounce back after ditching the Arizona governor debate

For the first time in 20 years, Arizona’s general election gubernatorial battle will not feature a formal debate. Our Friday NewsCap panelists will discuss that and the state’s other top stories. Plus, remembering a local jazz legend. That and more on The Show.


Border Patrol made migrants throw away passports, birth certificates

Migrants continue to cross the southern border into the U.S., and advocates say Border Patrol is discarding their property — from religious items to government documents. Plus, how Arizonans lived in the desert before air conditioning. That and more on The Show.


Nearly 30% of Phoenix heat deaths occur in manufactured homes

Heat can be dangerous — both inside and outside. Why residents of manufactured homes may face more health dangers from the heat because of the cost of air conditioning. Plus, the founder of Nikola Motor goes on trial for fraud. That and more on The Show.


One idea to prevent heat deaths: Naming heat waves like hurricanes

Too many people in Arizona and elsewhere die each year because of extreme heat. Would it help bring the numbers down if we named heat waves the way we name hurricanes and other significant weather events? Plus, how the Navajo Nation achieved high COVID-19 vaccination rates among kids. That and more on The Show.


Wil banning gas vehicles will wreck California's car culture?

Sedona is among a number of Valley cities dealing with a shortage of affordable housing and problems from short-term rentals. We’ll hear how it’s using incentives to try to address both issues. Plus, how California’s decision to ban gas-powered cars in coming years will affect car culture there. That and more on The Show.


Name-calling and chaos: How the Arizona governor debate became a top issue

Even though a formal debate still seems unlikely, Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake were on the same stage this week — at different times. Our Friday NewsCap panelists weigh in on that and the state’s other top stories. Plus, why night markets have become popular — even in the Valley’s sizzling summer. That and more on The Show.


How to make your garden grow, even in triple-digit heat

The Valley’s summer temperatures are difficult to endure for those of us who live here. But some people aren't hiding indoors. How to make your garden grow, even in triple-digit heat. And our next Tiny Desert Concert features an all-female rock band. That and more on The Show.


How a Phoenix building was designed to combat the unforgiving heat

It’s been 10 years since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Arizona immigration law known as SB 1070. How the state’s policies related to immigration have changed over those years. And how a downtown Phoenix building was designed to try to mitigate the region’s unforgiving heat. That and more on The Show.


The history of women who built lives along Route 66

Data from the state education department show most of the applications for new school vouchers come from families with students who have never been in public school. Proponents and critics of the expansion weigh in. And why it’s important for Phoenicians to embrace the summer heat. That and more on The Show.


This Arizona town depends on the labor of incarcerated people

On this Labor Day, The Show is listening back to conversations with people who hold interesting jobs. Hear from a dressmaker, a puppeteer and the owner of a brewery — and find out why the popularity of labor unions is on the rise. That and more on The Show.