Three elementary schools in Mesa are participating in a plastic waste reduction initiative that aims to keep millions of plastic water bottles out of the waste stream. The “Rethink. Refill.” project was created by an international nonprofit called Plastic Oceans.
Study Documents 18 Ocelots Living Near U.S.-Mexico Border
An endangered species that has been spotted in southern Arizona is living undisturbed south of the border. The ocelot is a medium-sized species of Leopard that can be found as far north as southern Arizona and Texas and as far south as northern Argentina.
Jan. 27, 2020
Dr. Joseph Sirven: Heart Disease In U.S. Shows Rates Are Up
A new analysis of heart disease in this country shows rates are up — even in places that are usually considered "healthy." For more on why — and what needs to happen to reverse it — The Show spoke with Mayo Clinic neurologist and KJZZ’s Medical Commentator Dr. Joseph Sirven.
Jan. 27, 2020
Childhood Flu Exposure Could Impact How Well We Fight Illness As Adults
Arizona health officials have reported more cases of flu this season than last. As of earlier this month, there were nearly twice as many reported cases in 2019-20 as the season before.
Jan. 27, 2020
Study Says Faking Your Feelings At Work Could Backfire
Anyone who's waited tables or sat through a performance review knows the importance of projecting positivity. But new research in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests faking your feelings can sometimes do more harm than good.
Jan. 23, 2020
Water Rule Leaves Ephemeral Streams Unprotected
The Trump administration made final its definition for Waters of the United States. And it has big implications for Arizona. “EPA and the Army [Corps of Engineers] are providing much needed regulatory certainty and predictability for American farmers, landowners and businesses to support the economy and accelerate critical infrastructure projects."
Jan. 23, 2020
Tusayan Town Council OKs Latest Development Application
The Tusayan Town Council plans to vote Thursday on a permit application that would allow a developer to build a large-scale residential and resort area south of Grand Canyon National Park.
Jan. 23, 2020
Bill To Outlaw Nonconsensual Pelvic Exams Passes Health Committee
A bill that would make it illegal to perform pelvic exams on unconscious patients without medical need or consent has unanimously passed the Health Committee of the Arizona House. For years, OB/GYN training for some medical students has included performing pelvic exams on women under anesthesia for unrelated medical procedures.
Jan. 23, 2020
Adolescence For Humans, Animals Isnt As Different As You Might Think
It sounds like the punchline of a joke: Teenagers, it turns out, are a lot more like animals than we might have thought. Well, according to Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, it’s actually true. From peer pressure and impulse decisions to cliques and irrational risk-taking, Natterson-Horowitz found the experience of adolescence is truly universal.
Jan. 23, 2020
As Uranium Cleanup Continues, Whats Next For Red Water Pond Road?
Uranium mining waste continues to cause upheaval in the village of Red Water Pond Road in the southeast corner of the Navajo Nation. The pollution has caused the relocation of some residents. Eric Jantz, interim executive director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, talked about what could be next for the village and the people who live there.
Jan. 23, 2020
Reporter Examines Waymos Cozy Relationship With Chandler Police
Parts of the Phoenix area have essentially been used as training areas for autonomous vehicles, and that has led to some interesting developments. One that happened in the spring of 2019 involving a Waymo vehicle caught the attention of Phoenix New Times reporter Meg O’Connor.
Jan. 23, 2020
Bill Would Ban Balloon Releases From Arizona Skies
A Tempe lawmaker has followed up on a local Girl Scout troop's request asking for a ban on balloon releases into the atmosphere in Arizona. Democratic state Rep. Mitzi Epstein equated it to throwing trash out of a car window, and called it just as damaging to the environment.
Jan. 23, 2020
AZ Health Director: State Monitoring For Coronavirus
Public health officials throughout the nation are on alert for the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. It has killed nine people in China. Another 470 cases have been confirmed, including one in the state of Washington involving a man who had traveled to China. Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, joined The Show to talk about what public health officials in Arizona are doing.
Jan. 22, 2020
Why Phoenixs Air Quality Actually Improved In 2019
It’s no secret that Maricopa County has one of the worst air pollution problems in the country. But the ADEQ reports air quality was much improved last year thanks in large part to the weather. No major monsoon dust storms were reported last summer, and rain keep our air cleaner in the winter and spring months.
Jan. 22, 2020
National Geographic Photographer Tracks Down Black Panther
Photographer and cinematographer Shannon Wild spent 18 months in southern India to produce a documentary about the black panther. It was the only one in a 250-square-mile range of forest.
Jan. 22, 2020
Banner Healths Paired Kidney Exchange Program Changing Lives
In Arizona, more than 1,800 people were waiting for a kidney transplant last year. It’s a wait that can be many years long. And, even for people who think they’ve found a living donor, they often find they’re not a match. So Banner Health is doing something to help everyone involved.
Jan. 22, 2020
Southern Ocean Has Climate Change Clues For Arizona
New research from the Southern Ocean has some important news about climate change for Arizona. Scientists say their ability to do more work in that area will likely mean better climate change models for other parts of the globe, including the Sonoran Desert. Joellen Russell, an oceanographer and climate scientist at the University of Arizona, is one of the researchers working on this.
Jan. 22, 2020
Scientists Explain How Stress Can Turn Hair Gray
From Marie Antoinette to late Arizona Sen. John McCain, history and folklore teem with tales of trauma turning hair gray. Now, Harvard scientists have discovered how stress can suddenly sap hair of its color.
Jan. 22, 2020
ASU Report: Climate Restoration Will Net Trillions
Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management has released a report projecting multi-trillion-dollar opportunities and benefits they say could accrue from climate restoration efforts.
Jan. 21, 2020
Why Geriatrics Isnt Attracting Enough Young Doctors
The U.S. continues to see a growing population of older adults and that means there’s an increased need for senior-specific health care providers. But just as we’ve seen a general physician shortage, that also applies to the field of geriatrics — which could mean that more seniors are lacking the type of perspective they need from their doctors.
Jan. 21, 2020
How Grasshoppers Can Stay Upside Down So Long
Insects spend a lot of time upside-down and sideways, but scientists know surprisingly little about how their bodily fluids handle the pull of gravity in these awkward positions. A study sheds new light on the topic.
Jan. 17, 2020