Since the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag took over the conversation surrounding the legendary awards in 2015, the Academy of Arts and Sciences has been trying to diversify. The Academy announced last week that it has opened its doors to 774 new members — many of them people of color and women.
As affordable housing continues to be a challenge in the Valley, Mesa nonprofit A New Leaf is opening 30 new housing units aimed at chronically homeless and low-income residents of Maricopa County. For more on this, I spoke with Laura Bode with A New Leaf.
Unless you’re from southern Arizona, when you hear the last name "Ronstadt," you’ll automatically think of legendary singer Linda Ronstadt first. And though her artistic impact has been felt internationally, the city of Tucson was associated with the Ronstadt family long before that — as early as the late 19th century with the Fred Ronstadt Hardware company.
Reality Winner, the former federal contractor, is scheduled to go on trial in October; she’s accused of leaking classified information to a media outlet. Scott Sagan writes about these inside threats. He’s a political science professor at Stanford, and co-author and co-editor of the book "Insider Threats."
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that unaccompanied minors who enter the U.S. illegally must be given a court hearing. For more on this, Evelyn Cruz joins us. She’s a clinical professor at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
The number of displaced people around the world reached more than 60 million in 2015. But at the same time, the number of refugees entering the U.S. has dropped sharply in the last year. To break down these numbers further, we’re joined now by Philip Conner, research associate with Pew.
A seven-year investigation into whether former Attorney General Tom Horne broke campaign laws has come to a close. Cochise County Attorney Bill McIntyre said there isn’t enough evidence to conclude Horne broke any laws during the 2010 election cycle. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez is with the Arizona Republic and has covered the investigations into Tom Horne, and she joins us now.
A lot of people following politics — not just Democrats and progressives — are looking for guidance on how to deal with the current environment. The progressive publication The Nation is doing its best to offer advice to troubled liberals in the column called Asking for a Friend. We speak with Liza Featherstone, contributing editor at The Nation.