KNAU and Arizona News
8:16 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Brain Food: The Unlikely Harmony of The Saxophone And The Clarinet

Musicians and NAU professors John Masserini (L) and Jonathan Bergeron
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

In the world of chamber music, not many pieces have been written for the clarinet-saxophone duo. That's because they haven't been around nearly as long as the violin or piano, the darlings of chamber music. So when clarinetist John Masserini and saxophonist Jonathan Bergeron decided to produce a CD, they put out the call to composers to create new music for the single reed instruments.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:22 am
Fri May 22, 2015

The Slide Fire: 1 Year Later - Ecological Recovery Of The Burn Area

Map of the Slide Fire burn area.
Credit Arizona Highways

Every day this week, we've been hearing from some of the people closest to last year's Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. We've checked in with investigators, evacuees, emergency responders and firefighters. And today, we hear from two fire scientists about the ecological recovery of the burn area. We start with Rory Steinke, Watershed Manager for the Coconino National Forest and leader of the Burn Area Emergency Response Team.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:22 am
Thu May 21, 2015

The Slide Fire: 1 Year later - The Problem With Cell Phones

Our Slide Fire series continues today with a look at how cell phones worked - and DIDN'T work in Oak Creek Canyon during the fire. Thousands of visitors drive through the scenic switchbacks every day. But once they descend below the canyon's rim, cell phones generally become useless. In an emergency situation, there's no 911 access for several miles. As KJZZ's Laurel Morales reports, that was a big problem when the Slide Fire broke out.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:17 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Brain Food: How The Slide Fire Changed Community Preparedness

Robert Rowley, director of the Coconino County Department of Emergency Management, points to the area in Oak Creek Canyon where thousands of firefighters battled the blaze
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

KNAU's Slide Fire series continues with a special installment of Brain Food. In early May of 2014, Coconino County emergency responders practiced a community disaster exercise. At the time, none of the participants knew just how soon they'd have to use it in "real time".

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Earth Notes
4:39 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Earth Notes: Where There's Smoke, Plants Notice

Credit USDA Forest Service

Smoke is a complicated substance. Most people who live in or near western forests have a good feel for how it affects people. But what's less well known is that it affects plants, too.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Slide Fire: 1 Year Later... Residents Reflect on Evacuation

Current manager of Garland's Lodge, Taylor Swain and former owner Mary Garland stand in the Lodge's lower orchard. Some of the trees were burnt before the fire was diverted away from the Lodge.
Credit Justin Regan

This week, KNAU is airing a series of stories marking one year since the Slide Fire ripped through Oak Creek Canyon. We're sharing a collection of perspectives and experiences from some of the people closest to the first; investigators, fire crews, researchers, and evacuees. Hundreds of people fled under evacuation orders as the wildfire raced up the narrow canyon. In today's installment of KNAU's series The Slide Fire: 1 Year Later, residents of Oak Creek reflect on what it was like to leave that day not knowing how long they'd be gone, or what they'd be coming home to. Arizona Public Radio's Justin Regan produced this audio postcard.

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
4:34 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: A Tale of Two Cabins

Hull Cabin, the oldest remaining cabin in the Grand Canyon region of the Kaibab National Forest.
Credit Scott Thybony

Hull Cabin is the oldest remaining cabin in the Grand Canyon region of the Kaibab National Forest. It was built 125 years ago by brothers William and Philip Hull - early ranchers, prospectors and guiding entrepreneurs. It's near the remnants of another cabin which belonged to John Hance, the first resident of the South Rim. And as commentator Scott Thybony says, between the sublime views and the deep solitude, it's not hard to see why these early pioneers set up shop where they did.

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Southwest Book Reviews
4:41 am
Fri May 8, 2015

KNAU's Southwest Book Review: Laraine Herring's 'Writing Begins With the Breath'


If you've ever decided that you're finally going to sit down and write the novel, article, or collection of short stories you've always wanted to do only to find that months later you haven't written a word, then author Laraine Herring has some advice for you. In her new book Writing Begins with the Breath, the Prescott-based writer offers an almost yogic perspective on the influence breathing can have on writing. It's an idea KNAU's Southwest Book reviewer Mary Sojourner thinks is spot-on.

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Earth Notes
11:56 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Earth Notes: Arizona's 'Water' Hawks

Arizona's "Water" Hawks
Credit Northern Arizona Audubon Society

Each spring, common black hawks soar into Arizona skies from their wintering grounds in Mexico. These large, coal-black raptors, with distinctive white-banded tails, spend the warmer six months of the year here breeding, nesting and raising young.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:52 am
Fri May 30, 2014

An Interview With Garrison Keillor, Host of A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor in Flagstaff for the Summer of Love Tour.
Credit PHC/

One of public radio's most popular shows is coming to Flagstaff. The cast of A Prairie Home Companion will perform a live national broadcast tomorrow from the amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris had a chance to talk  with the show's host, Garrison Keillor. He's on the road, making his way from Minnesota to Flagstaff, and celebrating 40 years with A Prairie Home Companion.

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