Arizona History

It’s estimated that nearly 500,000 veterans live in our state, ranking Arizona 13th in the U.S. both in population and per capita. Hear four stories from people who served from WWII to modern day.
Nov. 9, 2023
F-35A Lightning II
The Show spoke with Dennis Hoffman, economist with Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business, about the long history of U.S. aerospace and defense industries in Arizona.
Nov. 7, 2023
the Post in mesa
An old post office in Mesa has found new life as a city-owned community and event space called The Post. The city unveiled the renovated building earlier this week.
Nov. 3, 2023
The 71-acre Vista del Camino Park is situated near the community center and historic Penjamo Yaqui neighborhood in south Scottsdale.
This weekend commemorates a milestone for the Penjamo neighborhood that had been home to many laborers who worked on the Salt River Project canal system around the turn of the 20th century.
Nov. 3, 2023
Gravestones and trees in a cemetery
The Show spoke with Jennifer Shaffer Merry, who is an expert on the historical aspect of cemeteries. She is an archivist at the Arizona Historical Society, Pioneer Cemetery Association board member and chair of the Arizona Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies.
Nov. 3, 2023
Luis Gonzalez and Derrick Hall
The Show spoke with Dbacks legend Luis Gonzalez about his historic win, Arizona sports, and how impactful a team like this can have on us all.
Nov. 1, 2023
The city of Globe celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Ghosts of Globe walking tour this weekend, but some residents say they see ghosts year-round.
PHOTOS: Bauler Family Lights and Scary Christmas House
Oct. 30, 2023
Black and white selfie photo of woman
One of this year’s selfie entries features Flagstaff’s blue sky and orange foliage. Another was taken on a roller coaster by a woman with wide eyes and a big, open mouthed smile. She looks excited, if not a little nervous about dropping her phone.
Oct. 23, 2023
Second edition of Jen Urso's cactus map.
The Show continues it's Saguaro Land series with a conversation with Jen Urso and maps she creates.
Oct. 19, 2023
Artist alejandro t. acierto's "Uninvited Guests" art installation at ArtSpace
The Show spoke with Arizona State University professor and artist alejandro t. acierto about his new exhibition at ArtSpace West focusing on developments on the outskirts of the Valley.
Oct. 18, 2023
"Welcome to Tempe" sign at the Tempe History Museum.
The Show went to the Tempe History Museum to check out a collection of signs from historic Tempe.
Oct. 17, 2023
On this episode, Word spotlights horror in numerous ways from banned books to a new novel about a murdered Indigenous woman, as well a murder satire of cozy mysteries. Guests include Carew Papritz, J.A. Jance and Chuck Palahniuk.
Oct. 15, 2023
A herd of buffalo that Charles Jesse Jones raised.
The American buffalo was almost slaughtered into extinction in the 1800s before one of their biggest hunters turned caretaker and revived the species in Arizona. Hear the story of "Buffalo" Jones.
Oct. 15, 2023
Ken Burns shooting "The American Buffalo."
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns discusses his latest PBS project, "The American Buffalo," with KJZZ News in an in-depth conversation about this iconic species and the Indigenous communities that share a traumatically intertwined history spanning hundreds of generations on this continent.
Oct. 15, 2023
Hotel San Carlos
A major makeover is planned for a 95-year-old hotel in downtown Phoenix. When Hotel San Carlos opened in 1928, the San Carlos was Phoenix’s first air-cooled, high-rise hotel.
Oct. 12, 2023
Cooler with cake on shelves
This year, the Arizona State Fair runs Sept. 22-Oct. 29, a little more than five weeks. So you might wonder: How do the winning items stay fresh in their cases at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum throughout the event?
Oct. 9, 2023
Colorful signs are staked inside NATIVE HEALTH's 1,700-square foot traditional garden along West Pierson Street.
Years after the Interior Department displaced a traditional garden from a blight-infested site, NATIVE HEALTH of Phoenix hasn't forgotten about its roots.
More tribal natural resoures stories
Sep. 28, 2023
President Joe Biden waves on stage
President Joe Biden was in Phoenix on Thursday to give the fourth speech in a series of addresses warning that Donald Trump and his allies represent an existential threat to the country's democratic institutions.
Sep. 28, 2023
Guitar in case
State fairs certainly didn’t start in Arizona, although the fair and the fairgrounds predates statehood. But if you visit the Arizona State Fair, you might see some things that are uniquely Arizona.
Sep. 28, 2023
Welcome to Melrose sign
Drivers in Phoenix are familiar with streets following a grid like structure. But a few stretches of road break that rule. Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked why Seventh Avenue is curved between McDowell and Camelback roads.
More Q&AZ questions answered
Sep. 27, 2023

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