Flagstaff, AZ – It's not news to most people that housing prices in Flagstaff and other parts of Arizona are skyrocketing. According to Zillow dot com, Flagstaff and Yuma are in the top five cities in the nation when it comes to housing appreciation. So why are prices in Flagstaff still going through the roof, at a time when the real estate frenzy has subsided in other parts of the country? Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer explores that question in part one of her series on housing in northern Arizona.
Amidst all the natural beauty and rich wildlife of northern Arizona, there's one particular bird that's thriving not so much in the wild, but in urban areas like Flagstaff. And many of us haven't even noticed. Producer Diane Hope has this sound portrait of an often maligned and misunderstood species.
Flagstaff, AZ – In Ann Cummins debut novel Yellowcake we get to know two families - one white and one Navajo - three decades after the closing of a uranium mill that had a big impact on their lives. The title yellowcake is another word for processed uranium ore. Cummins spent much of her childhood on the Navajo reservation. And her father worked in the uranium mills. She told Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales it was his subsequent illness and death that prompted the book.
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.