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Legend City amusement park in Tempe
Less than a decade after Disneyland opened in California, Phoenix got its own magic kingdom of sorts: Legend City. Through our Q&AZ project, a listener asked what was Legend City like, and why did it shut down?
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Jun. 21, 2023
Monica Aissa Martinez.
The Show kicks off a new portion of Saguaro Land with a look at how Phoenix artist and educator Monica Aissa Martinez incorporates maps into her work.
Jun. 21, 2023
Juneteenth event at the Arizona Heritage Center
In Tempe, the Arizona Historical Society hosted its annual Juneteenth Community Celebration on Sunday to honor African American history and culture.
Jun. 18, 2023
Summer movie posters
The Show spoke with film critic M.V. "Mark" Moorhead about what to look out for as summer blockbusters roll into theaters.
Jun. 16, 2023
Scottsdale city seal
Scottsdale officials are seeking online public comment on plans for a three-and-a-half acre dog park near Thompson Peak Parkway and Hayden Road.
Jun. 15, 2023
aerial view of phoenix
Phoenix’s newest sister city is its first in South America. Medellin, Colombia, will become Phoenix’s 12th sister city after the City Council approved the relationship.
Jun. 15, 2023
Michael 23 running.
Last week, Arizona lost a unique member of our state’s arts community. Artist and gallery owner Michael 23 posted to Facebook that he was in the hospital after collapsing at work. A few hours later, his wife, Joanna, announced that he had died.
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Jun. 15, 2023
person looking at a sports betting app
Sports bettors wagered more than $644 million in Arizona in March. That’s the second-highest monthly total reported by the state since sports betting became legal here in September 2021.
Jun. 14, 2023
Carlos Gamez, Debra Sierra and Gretchen Baer
The wall at the U.S.-Mexico border has long been a source of controversy — for its political message, impacts on the environment and costs, among other things. But for a group of children in a small Sonoran town, it’s also become a canvas.
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Jun. 14, 2023
Demonstrator holding "No AI" protest sign
Molly Crabapple and Marisa Mazria Katz are behind the letter; Crabapple is an artist and journalist, while Katz is a journalist and executive director of the Center for Artistic Inquiry and Reporting. The Show spoke with them earlier, and started by asking Molly how much it’s happening that publications are using art that’s generated by artificial intelligence.
Jun. 13, 2023
black hockey jersey with gila river resorts and casinos patch on top left
The commissioner of the National Hockey League has committed to keeping the Arizona Coyotes here despite Tempe voters rejecting last month the team’s bid for a new home. Connecticut’s chief executive says he spoke with Gary Bettman about moving the Coyotes to Hartford.
Jun. 12, 2023
golf ball
The Show was joined by BBC's Pete Ross in London to discuss some of the key global stories in the coming days.
Jun. 12, 2023
On this episode of Word, it’s the season-ender! We discuss reading events beyond the upcoming Juneteenth holiday that offer a deeper connection to why it’s celebrated. Plus, a literary convo from Kenya happened while on "vacation," and I returned to the Valley to discuss a debut novel from an ASU professor emerita.
Jun. 11, 2023
Desert Diamond West Valley casino
Tribal gaming in Arizona reaches a major milestone. The Arizona Indian Gaming Association said the state has received $2 billion in gaming revenue and an official recording of the amount is expected in July.
Jun. 8, 2023
Family eating together.
The Show spoke with photographer Jill McNamara about a new way of capturing family moments through documentary family photography.
Jun. 8, 2023
an aerial shot of downtown phoenix
A few years ago, Megan Thee Stallion ushered in the “Hot Girl Summer," which was followed by a slew of TikTok spinoffs. And there was, of course, the mostly unfulfilled “hot vax summer” of 2021. The Show spoke with Craig Outhier, editor of Phoenix Magazine, on what the theme of the summer could be.
Jun. 7, 2023
Scottsdale has long been one of the most popular destinations for snowbirds, retirees, golfers, baseball fans and other tourists seeking warm temperatures and desert landscapes. But it’s more recently become party central for bachelorettes and a lucrative cottage industry has been springing up around all that revelry.
Jun. 6, 2023
Summer solstice
After a three-year pandemic pause, Phoenix Burton Barr Central Library will resume its month in-person summer solstice celebration. Hundreds of visitors are expected to witness a unique light effect on the first day of summer, which is also the longest day of the year.
Jun. 6, 2023
Scottsdale city seal
The city’s parks and recreation department is working on a master plan for the 50-acre park that runs from Camelback to Indian School roads and Hayden Road to 82nd Street.
Jun. 6, 2023
Ryan Allison
Ryan Allison has loved graphic design since he was a kid wearing band T-shirts. Today, he’s a graphic designer himself, as well as a musician. Allison is Navajo. He grew up surrounded by real-life cowboys in Fort Defiance, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. Allison talked to The Show about how his culture — rich with art and history — feeds his work.
Jun. 6, 2023


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