KJZZ Explains

Episode 4: Saguaro Science

Why do saguaro cacti have arms? Why do they grow the way that they do? KJZZ's Mariana Dale went to the desert to find out.

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Episode 3: Fixed Index Annuities

They say the earlier you decide to invest your money, the better. But, before you sign anything, you need to know exactly how your money may, or may not, perform — especially in a fixed index annuity. The market for these insurance products has boomed, but the complexity of these investments may feel misleading to the average consumer.

HEAR MORE: How Have Fixed Index Annuities Evolved And How Are Consumers Protected? →

Episode 2: Tepary Beans

Arizona’s earliest residents grew teparies for thousands of years, but in recent history, the beans were at risk of shriveling into obscurity.

HEAR MORE: Arizona-Grown Tepary Beans Preserve The Past, Hold Promise For The Future

Episode 1: Water Supply

Water is a precious commodity, especially in the desert. Phoenix relies on surface water infrastructure, like dams and reservoirs, but the snowpack feeding those rivers was near record low this year. So managers are looking to bank future water supplies underground.

HEAR MORE: Water Savings And Checking Accounts: How Cities Bank On Future Supply