Flagstaff, AZ – Poet and hip hop artist Saul Williams believes there's power in words. In his most recent book The Dead Emcee Scrolls he writes about taking control of one's fate. This theme resonates in much of his work. In his critically acclaimed film Slam, Williams portrays a drug dealer who uses his poetry to change his fate and influence others caught in the cycle of crime. He recently told Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales growing up in Newburgh, New York, prepared him for the role.
Flagstaff, AZ – For 10 years the Northern Arizona Book Festival has brought writers like Toni Morrison, Annie Proulx, Robert Pinsky and Ishmael Reed to Flagstaff. Each of these world-renowned writers came at a price.
Flagstaff, AZ – Tom Russell is the kind of songwriter who makes you want to start bad habits. His lyrics are bold and irreverent. He started his music career in the bars of Vancouver's skid row. Tonight, instead of a seedy smoke-filled bar, he's performing at the Cline Library auditorium at Northern Arizona University. Russell recently talked to Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales from his home in El Paso. Living so close to the border inspired his recent provocative song Whose Gonna Build Your Wall.
Phoenix, AZ – Skinned human bodies - muscles, bones, organs, veins and arteries exposed.
Captured in an eternal game of freeze tag: a soccer goalie jumping for the ball, a skateboarder forever upside down.
Both healthy and diseased: Arthritic bones, cancerous tumors, pickled livers all on display at Gunther (GOON-thur) von Hagens' (HAH-guns) Body Worlds 3 exhibit. Some of it educational, some of it playful, some of it artistic, all of it real.
Flagstaff, AZ – The costs associated with teen pregnancy include public health care, child welfare and lost tax revenue due to decreased earning and spending. Most teen moms don't graduate from high school so they don't typically get well paying jobs and contribute to the economy. More often they rely on government funded programs to take care of them.
Prescott, AZ – Philip Gates is not your stereotypical prison inmate. He's seventy, for one. And he's the former superintendent of the Scottsdale school district. He retired in Prescott three years ago. But today he begins a two month sentence at a federal prison in Los Angeles, for trespassing on a military base during a political protest. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker explains how he got there.