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10:30 pm
Wed April 18, 2007

Northern Arizona Book Festival Struggles

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.

Former director Rick Swanson:

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Earth Notes
9:29 pm
Tue April 10, 2007

Middle School Mystery

Flagstaff, AZ – Middle School - an awkward time period when parts of your body are growing faster than other parts, you embarrass easily and suddenly you're incredibly aware of the opposite sex.

Walking through the hall at Flagstaff Middle School it all comes back. It's no wonder parents and educators are dealing delicately with these adolescent years.

EBERHARD: Chris, wait up!

It's lunchtime. And seventh grader Josh Eberhard is hanging out with his friends.

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Earth Notes
11:15 pm
Wed April 4, 2007

Tom Russell's songs tell stories

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.

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Earth Notes
10:27 pm
Tue March 27, 2007

Body Worlds: Science or Art?

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.

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Earth Notes
10:14 pm
Mon March 26, 2007

Narcissism at NAU

Flagstaff, AZ – Host Intro:

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Earth Notes
10:03 pm
Sun March 25, 2007

Flagstaff Rallies for Peace and for the Troops

Flagstaff, AZ – Host Intro:

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Earth Notes
11:03 pm
Thu March 22, 2007

Teen pregnancy has financial impact

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.

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Earth Notes
5:13 am
Wed March 21, 2007

Prescott Retiree Heads to Prison for Protest

Prescott retiree Phil Gates

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.

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Earth Notes
10:11 pm
Thu March 15, 2007

Poets spark memories with Alzheimer's patients

Poet Christopher Lane recites a classic poem to residents at the Encore Senior Village in Phoenix.

Flagstaff, AZ – Skip McGuinness is visiting his mom Ollie at a senior living facility in Flagstaff.

MCGUINNESS: Do you want to see a picture of your new great grandson? There he is 9 pounds 1 ounce. How many is that for her? That's three - two girls and one little boy.

Ollie has dementia. Alzheimer's is a form of dementia -- a degenerative, incurable disease that affects people's memories. During our visit Ollie asks who I am six times.

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Earth Notes
8:53 am
Mon March 12, 2007

Court Rejects Snowmaking Plan

Flagstaff, AZ – The 9th circuit court of appeals in San Francisco has reversed a decision that would have allowed the Arizona Snowbowl to use treated wastewater to make artificial snow. The decision came one day after warm weather and a lack of snow on the San Francisco Peaks forced the ski area to close. As Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports, the decision could have ramifications far beyond the southwest.

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