Monsoon Stories

Lightning in Phoenix
In this season of Monsoon Stories, The Show has looked at the effects of the changing monsoon on our cities, our growth, our wildlife and how we grow food here. Now we turn to something a little less concrete: What a changing monsoon means for our state’s identity, and what it means to be an Arizonan.
Sep. 17, 2021
san carlos apache reservation sign
KJZZ's Monsoon Stories 2021 has been looking at ways monsoon season is affecting our wildlife and our cities — and their potential for future growth. This time, we leave the city and head to San Carlos Reservation in eastern Arizona, where one small farm is working to produce food — and to heal its community.
Sep. 10, 2021
monsoon rain
In this episode of KJZZ's Monsoon Stories, The Show dives into urban water — and how monsoon rains can help, or hurt, our city’s ability to grow in the future.
Sep. 3, 2021
So far, Monsoon 2021 hasn’t disappointed. We’ve seen dark skies, cooler temps and, yes, rain. Lots of rain. It’s eased Arizona’s ongoing drought — for the time being, at least. For the plants and animals that call the Sonoran Desert home, all that rainfall can be a double-edged sword.
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Aug. 27, 2021
phoenix wash
In this year’s monsoon series, we’re looking at how climate change meets the monsoon, and what that could mean for our environment, growth, traditions and identity.
Aug. 20, 2021
ACONAV monsoon 2020 design
Loren Aragon is Acoma Pueblo, a New Mexican tribe, and his ACONAV designs evoke his people. So, in his T-shirt and scarf design for our Monsoon Series, he created an intricate design that illustrates the beauty of the rains and evokes the pottery his people are known for.

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Sep. 10, 2020
Raquel Denis
Raquel Denis is a poet, songwriter and a Tiny Desert Concert alumnus. The monsoon season gives her a sense of place and even some fear. But as she grew, her connection with the storms grew too.
Sep. 3, 2020
Teatro Bravo Upon Leaving
This monsoon season has been unlike any other. Most of us have spent it sequestered in our homes waiting for an end to this pandemic. We’re anxious, and tired of waiting. Our situation seems endless. Susanna Velarde Covarrubias of Teatro Bravo captured these feelings and more in her poem, "upon leaving."
Aug. 27, 2020
rainy sidewalk during a monsoon
Unlike many Arizonans, Phoenix poet laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski is not entranced by the monsoon storms. In fact, for her, they conjure up traumatic memories of her childhood growing up in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Aug. 20, 2020
Lightning in Phoenix
Monsoon season is here, and that means The Show's annual "Monsoon Stories" series is back. Robrt Pela, a culture critic for the Phoenix New Times, shared his essay "Summer's Third Act," which explores the sensations of waiting and experiencing a monsoon.
Aug. 13, 2020
coffee pot storm
Arizona's monsoon season is nearly over, but September still might have some surprises in store.
Sep. 13, 2019
This year, for KJZZ's "Monsoon Stories" series, we’re zeroing in on the ways that the monsoon season awakens our senses. This week is all about what we see when a storm is brewing.
Sep. 3, 2019
Rusty Williams
While most of us would like a respite from the scorching temperatures, the wetter weather brings its own discomforts. Humidity, bugs and even storm damage.
Aug. 23, 2019
A beautiful sunset at Organ Pipe National Park
This year, for KJZZ's "Monsoon Stories" series, we’re zeroing in on the ways that the monsoon season awakens our senses. This week, we bring you another look at how the monsoons sound. This is radio after all.
Aug. 16, 2019
Grand Canyon Monsoon
American classical composer Ferde Grofe ends his 1929 “Grand Canyon Suite” with a particular movement called “Cloudburst.” The Phoenix Symphony performed it last year as part of their centennial celebration of Grand Canyon National Park. Phoenix Symphony’s resident conductor Matthew Kasper talked to The Show about the performance.
Aug. 9, 2019
The monsoon is officially here, and while the first storms have barely rolled into the Valley, we’re still waiting for the big ones. This year, for KJZZ's "Monsoon Stories" series, we’re zeroing in on the ways that the monsoon season awakens our senses. This Week: touch.
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Aug. 2, 2019
saguaro fruit
The monsoon is officially here, and while the first storms have barely rolled into the Valley, we’re still waiting for the big ones. This year, for KJZZ's "Monsoon Stories" series, we’re zeroing in on the ways that the monsoon season awakens our senses.
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Jul. 26, 2019
creosote bush
This year, for KJZZ's Monsoon Stories series, we’re zeroing in on the ways that the monsoon season awakens our senses. First up: Smell.
Jul. 18, 2019
Monsoon clouds
Arizona's monsoon storms are an unpredictable weather phenomenon unique to the desert Southwest. Matt Pace, former TV news meteorologist, now with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, tells The Show how the storms develop.
Jul. 12, 2019
Monsoon Stories
We're bringing our series "Monsoon Stories" back this summer — and we'd like to hear from you! This time around, we're telling stories about how the monsoon tickles our five senses — how they look, feel, sound, smell and even taste. Call 480-774-8299 to leave us a voicemail about your experiences.
Jul. 11, 2019

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