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Rich in the fundamental elements of creativity and freedom, Southern Arizona is home to an arts scene that defies expectation. Each week, Arizona Spotlight explores the local creative community, including interviews with visiting performers and people around the country who are making important connections through art. The goal is to seek out and celebrate our shared humanity.

Produced and hosted by Emmy award-winner Mark McLemore, Arizona Spotlight features the distinctly Southwestern music of the acclaimed Tucson band Calexico.
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"40 years of Missing You": rock singer John Waite celebrates his hit-making career.
February 28, 2024

"40 years of Missing You": rock singer John Waite celebrates his hit-making career.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: "A Conversation with Edith Head" returns to Invisible Theatre; the founder of Odyssey Storytelling on building community for 20 years; and Luis Alberto Urrea remembers giving his first autograph.
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Mandy Patinkin shares stories and laughter.
February 14, 2024

Mandy Patinkin shares stories and laughter.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Being last in line to get water from the Colorado River; and four short films debut at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center.
Bestselling authors unite to oppose book banning through an intriguing collaboration.
February 8, 2024

Bestselling authors unite to oppose book banning through an intriguing collaboration.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Water in Utah is draining Laker Powell; How Ehrenberg, Arizona got its name; and seeing color for the first time.
A Show about Healing
February 1, 2024

A Show about Healing

Spiritually, Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally.
Celebrating Sonoran beauty through both science and art.
January 25, 2024

Celebrating Sonoran beauty through both science and art.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Arizona Theatre Company reveals "Intimate Apparel", starring Tracey N. Bonner, directed by Oz Scott.
What it is to see, and be seen... ArtWorks explores the portrait in "Face 2 Face".
January 19, 2024

What it is to see, and be seen... ArtWorks explores the portrait in "Face 2 Face".

Also on Arizona Spotlight: The inspiring story of Shirley Chisholm on stage; and an ambitious new musical called "Alice by Heart".
Atascosa Borderlands: Connecting the land, the wildlife, and the people.
January 11, 2024

Atascosa Borderlands: Connecting the land, the wildlife, and the people.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal on helping loved ones survive dark times; and, how do YOU pronounce "Sahuarita"?
Dickens for Christmas? Listen to Rogue Theatre's adaptation of "The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton"!
December 21, 2023

Dickens for Christmas? Listen to Rogue Theatre's adaptation of "The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton"!

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Family & friends hold a unique memorial for a loved one; and the musical bond shared by Emma & Martha Peterson.
Friends of Aphasia celebrates the life and work of Pete Kozachik.
December 13, 2023

Friends of Aphasia celebrates the life and work of Pete Kozachik.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Local experts weigh in on feeding the future; Meet composer and pianst Larry Redhouse; and a new series of productions at The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre called The Late Night Radio Hour.
Jane Lynch brings "A Swingin’ Little Christmas" to Tucson.
December 6, 2023

Jane Lynch brings "A Swingin’ Little Christmas" to Tucson.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Head into the magical Valley of the Moon; New horizons encourages seniors to explore music; Spotlight Community Theatre presents "Christmas Shorts" and, Stories that Soar! returns with a touching story of motherly love.
A new radio drama: "Six Ways to Get Bit by a Rattlesnake"
November 29, 2023

A new radio drama: "Six Ways to Get Bit by a Rattlesnake"

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Hydropower on the Navajo Nation; Preview the upcoming Oro Valley Arts Festival; Listen to a poem by Rick Wamer, and a new song from Gabrielle Pietrangelo.
Celebrating a unique vision with "Bruce McGrew: Continuum".
November 22, 2023

Celebrating a unique vision with "Bruce McGrew: Continuum".

Also on Arizona Spotlight: How Prop 308 made higher education attainable for undocumented students; and why Kidz At Play is not a rap group.
StoryCorps invites you to join "The Great Thanksgiving Listen."
November 15, 2023

StoryCorps invites you to join "The Great Thanksgiving Listen."

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Alejandro Canelos' short stories explore secrets of the desert; How Bisbee is supporting Arizona's pollinators; and the Arizona Wildlife Federation celebrates 100 years.
"Stewart Udall: The Politics of Beauty"
November 8, 2023

"Stewart Udall: The Politics of Beauty"

Also on Arizona Spotlight: How teachers are dealing with AI in classrooms; and a story of survival in plain sight from Children of the Holocaust.
"The Left Hand of Darkness" grips The Rogue Theatre.
November 2, 2023

"The Left Hand of Darkness" grips The Rogue Theatre.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: NPR's Ari Shapiro on "Och & Oy: A Considered Cabaret"; Luis Alberto Urrea recalls his friendship with K. Le Guin ; and, Stories that Soar! returns with "The Spelling Test".
The 15th Annual Haunted Halloween Arizona Spotlight!
October 25, 2023

The 15th Annual Haunted Halloween Arizona Spotlight!

Gather around the campfire for this year's collection of spooky seasonal stories!
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