The Star Wars universe has been a vital part of popular culture for more than 40 years, and that passion was renewed by the box-office smash "The Force Awakens." And thousands of people have decided that they want the force to be with them, even when they’re not watching one of the films.
The role of the music journalist has changed so much over the years — especially now that anyone who wants to tweet or post or blog about music can and does. So, do we even need so-called “professional” music journalists now?
One of the biggest health-care scandals in the state and ultimately the country started with a whistleblower. But what are some of the risks of being whistleblower? We speak with Elizabeth Tippett, an assistant professor and co-director of the master’s program in dispute resolution at the University of Oregon School of Law.
When Cori Runyon was asked to do a social justice project as part of a mentorship program at her yoga studio, she decided to fix something that doesn’t get a lot of attention normally: How do homeless women afford to get feminine hygiene products once a month?
Bonnaroo, the annual four-day music and arts festival in Tennessee, has become a mainstay on the festival route since it began in 2002. And now the founders of that groundbreaking festival are coming to Phoenix.
What does a shopping center do when a big box store turns into a big empty space? Increasingly in the Valley, they’re looking for other ways to fill it, instead of replacing one massive retailer with another.
Homelessness on community college campuses is a bigger problem in our country than we may have known. We speak with Linda Speranza, who has taught ceramics at Mesa Community College for almost 35 years, and she launched a program there called Empty Bowls, which raises money to fight homelessness and hunger.
There’s been some talk in Washington of implementing what’s known as a Border Adjustment Tax. It would basically tax imports coming into the country. We talk with Michelle Ahlmer, executive director of the Arizona Retailers Association.
Nine in 10 Freedom of information experts said in a recent study they expect access to public information to get worse. “What we’ve seen is an increasing level of secrecy at all levels of government really developing over the past 20 or 30 years,” said the study’s author David Cuillier.
Gov. Doug Ducey is facing a philosophical compromise — extend a 0.6 cent education sales tax or let it expire. The 2000 voter-approved Prop. 301 sales tax ends in 2020, unless voters approve its extension.
Complaints from residents and business owners are leading Phoenix police and Valley Metro to increase security along the light-rail line. Thursday, the Valley Metro Board will be asked to approve 16 more security officer positions to be spread along the 26-mile line. But the 19th Avenue corridor is getting the most attention.