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In-depth news and discussion about the people, ideas and issues shaping Tucson’ future.

Zach Yentzer


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    The Last Show | Thanks, Reminiscing, Listener Calls, and What Comes Next --

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 51:13


    The Last Show | Thanks, Reminiscing, Listener Calls, and What Comes Next --

    Governor Doug Ducey, an extended interview; Sarah Smallhouse from Save Democracy AZ

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 51:27


    Zach sits down for an extended interview with Governor Doug Ducey to discuss water, education funding, recent developments on abortion and border issues, and questions from listerners. Also, his legacy, thoughts on the Republican Party today, and more. Sarah Smallhouse from Save Democracy AZ talks about the state of elections in Arizona, and potential reforms to make it more competitive and inclusive.

    Faith and Culture Contributor Pastor Jeff Logsdon on the role of the church after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade; Devon Underwood of The Talent Store discusses successful succession planning.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 51:10


    Faith and Culture Contributor Pastor Jeff Logsdon on the role of the church after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade; Devon Underwood of The Talent Store discusses successful succession planning.

    Syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette debriefs the overturning of Roe v Wade; Zach

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 51:23


    Syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette debriefs the overturning of Roe v Wade; Zach

    Danny Seiden, CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, talks about Arizona's housing crisis; Gracie Soto shares more about Anita's St. Market in Barrio Anita.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 51:29


    Zach talks with Danny Seiden, the President/CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, about his recent piece on why Arizona's housing shortage could be the only thing that slows down Arizona's red-hot economy. Then, Gracie Soto comes on to share about Anita's St. Market in Barrio Anita, part of a conversation series supported by Vantage West Credit Union.

    Daniel Hernandez for Congress; one of the most powerful people in our country today who calls Arizona home

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 51:27


    Zach talks with Daniel Hernandez, running for Congress in CD6, and a current AZ state legislator, about his race, and the AZ State Budget passed earlier this week. Zach takes calls from listeners. And, discusses one of the most powerful people in our country today who calls Arizona home - Kyrsten Sinema.

    Arizona passes an historic budget; Doug Kelly from the American Edge Project; Patricia Schwabe talks reboot of Tooley's Cafe.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 51:23


    Zach talks with Doug Kelly, the CEO of the American Edge Project, about their view on maintaining American technological competitiveness. Zach discusses the first bipartisan budget passed by the Arizona State Legislature in 14 years. Patricia Schwabe shares news about the reboot of Tooley's Cafe in the Lost Barrio!

    How are students responding to the uncertain world around them? Space, or Safety? - Zach settles the debate; Ruben Navarrette shares fatherly advice for kids growing up in a divided America

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 51:20


    Zach talks with Faith and Culture Contributor Pastor Jeff Logsdon, and special guest Eric Loveland from Decision Point, about the many new challenges facing students in middle school and highschool today, and what to do about it. Zach settles the debate between do we focus on Space, or safety and community nuts and bolts, spurred by a listener comment. Ruben Navarrette shares his fatherly advice for kids growing up in a divided America, a piece he wrote recently for The Daily Beast.

    Mike and Amber Wall talk Bottle Breacher; Luis and Holly Barnett discuss an old family recipe reborn!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 51:16


    Zach sits down with Mike and Amber Wall to talk about Bottle Breacher, of Shark Tank fame, a local company producing hand crafted 50 caliber bottle openers made by Active Duty service members and Veterans. Luis and Holly Barnett discuss how an old family relish recipe is being reborn as we speak into a new Tucson food company!

    Tribute to Fathers and Juneteenth; Zach shares a personal update; Earn to Learn CEO Kate Hoffman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 51:30


    Zach tributes Father's Day and Juneteenth. A big update about the show, and then Earn to Learn CEO Kate Hoffman comes on to talk about their work supporting students attaining higher education.

    Karrin Taylor Robson for Governor | ASU President Dr. Michael Crow

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 51:19


    Zach sits down with Karrin Taylor Robson, Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, to talk about the state of the race, water and housing issues. Arizona State University Dr. Michael Crow comes on to talk about Arizona as a Space State, economic growth across the state of Arizona, and ASU as a designated HSI institution by the US Department of Education.

    Sanda Clark, LD19 candidate; Devon Underwood with The Talent Store

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 51:31


    Zach sits down for a candidate conversation with Sanda Clark, a Democrat running in the new LD19 in Southern Arizona. An unusual story, and message. Devon Underwood, principal and founder of The Talent Store, talks about how organizations and leaders can be better prepared for employees leaving/resigning, and do a better job of retaining them in the first place!

    Ruben Navarrette discusses what's on the minds of Latino voters in 2022; Lisa Hansen and Jeff Logsdon talk about warning signs of sexual abuse and how to prevent it

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 51:29


    Faith and Culture contributor Pastor Jeff Logsdon of Hope City Church, and Lisa Hansen the ED of Power over Predators, talk about the troubling statistics around sexual abuse and exploitation, the warning signs and what caretakers can do about it, and a citywide summit coming up in the Fall to address the growing challenge. Ruben Navarrette talks about how his recent writings on how the Democratic Party is losing touch with Latino voters in 2022, and what both parties have to do to speak to the issues important to this constituency.

    Edgar Soto on Sports Authority legislation, James Beard Award goes to Don Guerra

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 51:08


    Anger and Heartbreak on Bus No. 15. | Tom Heath talks Life Along the Streetcar

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 51:24


    Zach talks about a heart-breaking piece in the Washington Post over the weekend, how American urban governance is breaking, and what the Tucson connection is; then, Tom Heath talks Life Along the Streetcar, and his new book My Life Along the Streetcar, conversations with the people and about the places of Tucson's downtown core.

    UA Economist George Hammond and ACC Candidate Kim Owens

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 51:24


    Tucson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 51:18


    Zach chats with Amanda Powers for an update on FC Tucson and some great games coming up! Sam Credio, Tucson

    Power over Predators; Supervisor Steve Christy talks Pima County issues and news.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 51:22


    Zach talks with Faith and Culture Contributor Pastor Jeff Logsdon, and special guest, Lisa Hansen, Executive Director of Power over Predators, about sexual abuse and predators in young peoples' lives today, what to do about it, and how organizations like churches are on the front lines like many institutions, for good or for bad. Supervisor Steve Christy updates on the prior day's meeting regarding affordable housing, a new poverty report, e-poll books and voter cards, and a small business commission proposal for a third-party study of the impact of COVID-19 policies on small business and the local economy.

    Joe Erceg for Oro Valley Town Council; why only half of Tucson's pools are open this summer.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 51:08


    Zach talks with Joe Erceg, candidate for Oro Valley Town Council, about the issues he wants to tackle and his vision for the Town. Then, Zach talks about why only half of Tucson's pools are open this summer and what it means more broadly.

    Louie Christensen for the Monday Morning News Hour | Tourism, the economy, neighborhood identity and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 51:29


    Zach talks with Louie Christensen, curator of Tucson Tomorrow on Twitter, about tourism, the Tucson economy, neighborhood identities and more, a wide-ranging conversation about the present and future of the Tucson region.

    Where's the best doughnut in Tucson? Tech Launch Arizona talks $1.6billion in economic impact

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 51:14


    Zach commemorates National Doughnut Day by taking calls from listeners about the best places to get a doughnut in Tucson. Paul Tumarkin and Doug Hockstad from Tech Launch Arizona come on to discuss the 5-year findings of $1.6billion in economic impact helping faculty research and ideas exit into the market as private sector companies creating higher-wage jobs.

    Has America lost a step? WaPo Editorial Board writes stunning piece on inflation. Poverty in Pima County

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 51:16


    Zach listens back to Kennedy's speech at Rice University about going to the moon, and asks "has America lost a step?" The Washington Post Editorial Board writes a stunningly honest and frank piece about getting honest about inflation. Then, poverty in Pima County and how it's killing our regional opportunity.

    Pastor Jeff Logsdon and Columnist Ruben Navarrette

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 51:15


    Tim Swindle, Director of UArizona Space Institute; why are Arizona cities booming?; is a recession ahead?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 51:13


    Zach sits down with Tim Swindle, the Director of UArizona Space Institute, to talk about their mission and vision to make the University and the region the leader in the New Space Economy. Zach discusses a recent piece in the state on why Arizona cities are booming, and what that means for Southern Arizona. Then, is a recession ahead? Zach thinks so and he shares why.

    Dante Lauretta, Principal Investigator OSIRIS-Rex

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 50:58


    Jansen Azarias, CEO of Higher Ground; Devon Underwood from The Talent Store

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 51:27


    Zach talks with Jansen Azarias, CEO of Higher Ground, about Restart Smart, a strategy for getting students caught up from COVID learning loss and socioeconomic impacts. Devon Underwood from The Talent Store comes on to talk about succession planning for organizations and companies.

    Keneshia Raymond with Startup Tucson and Columnist Ruben Navarrette

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 51:17


    Rex Scott, Pima County Supervisor (D, District 1); a new public charter highschool opens in August in Tucson

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 51:30


    Zach talks with Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott (D, District 1) about affordable housing, vote center implementation, and FY 23 budget. And, a new public charter highschool opens in August in Tucson, and the organizers come on to talk about it.

    520 Day! | Highlighting Tucson art, business, and the great American uniter.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 51:06


    Zach wishes some special people a happy birthday, talks with the Tucson Museum of Art about a new exhibit, catches up with Krystal Popov about a new business incubator in downtown Tucson for retail businesses, and the things that unite Americans. It's 520 Day!

    Tucson Industrial Development Authority launches Essential Workers Housing Fund; Candidate for Governor Matt Salmon talks the issues.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 51:06


    Zach talks with Dre Thompson, CEO of the Tucson IDA about the launch of the new Essential Workers Housing Fund in Tucson. Then, Republican candidate for Governor Matt Salmon comes on to talk about housing, inflation, education spending, the Arizona budget surplus and what to do with it, and his Operation Copper Shield plan to address his concerns about border security.

    Chris Squires with 1055 Brewing on a special release beer celebrating United Way in Tucson...and Zach recaps Prop 411

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 51:25


    Carol Stewart with Tech Parks Arizona and Anthony Avila with The Drawing Studio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 51:16


    Monday Morning News Hour | National security analyst and former FBI Chief Inspector Frank Figliuzzi ; The Suns' historic collapse in Game 7; where's the love, Tucson?!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 51:10


    Zach talks with National security analyst and former FBI Chief Inspector Frank Figliuzzi about Buffalo and challenges to American Democracy; Zach discusses the Suns' historic collapse in Game 7 the night before; and, with Tucson in the national news last week, where was the local love?

    Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Rob Elias and Barbra Coffee, Director of Economic Initiatives, City of Tucson

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 51:22


    Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Rob Elias and Barbra Coffee, Director of Economic Initiatives, City of Tucson

    Mark Marley with UA LPL, Devon Underwood with The Talent Store

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 51:25


    The Modern Confessional; why trust in the media has eroded

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 51:28


    Zach talks with Faith and Culture Contributor Jeff Logsdon about the modern state of confession; Ruben Navarette calls-in to discuss his piece on the thing that is continuing to erode trust in media.

    National Small Business Day, with Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Guymon, and Board Chair Edmund Marquez

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 51:27


    Zach sits down with Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Guymon, and Board Chair Edmund Marquez to talk about the role of the Chamber in today's Tucson, supporting and growing small and large businesses alike, and what comes next.

    Monday Morning News Hour | Tucson Space Company hits 1,000 reservations to go to space, Teamsters in Tucson push back on free transit, and Lea Marquez Peterson talks about the clean energy shift in Arizona.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 51:17


    For the Monday Morning News Hour, Zach talks about World View hitting 1,000 reservations from people who want to go to the stratosphere, the Teamsters in Tucson push back on free transit after violence and vandalism increases, and Lea Marquez Peterson talks about Arizona's shifts to clean energy over the few couple decades.

    A new fund aims to increase Latino voter turnout; $7 million dollars spent on Tucson internet connects less than 1,000 homes; a visit from Kurtis Dawson, CEO of the YMCA

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 51:23


    Zach talks with Joe Garcia and Lydia Aranda of Chicanos Por La Causa, about their new, nonpartisan $10-million dollar campaign to turnout Latino voters, and what issues Latino voters want candidates to discuss. Zach talks briefly about the piece in the Arizona Daily Star about the City of Tucson spending $7 million dollars to provide less than 1,000 homes with internet; in a special segment sponsored by Vantage West Credit Union, President/CEO of the YMCA of Southern Arizona, Kurtis Dawson, comes by to talk about some big YMCA news and how to support.

    Biosphere 2 pushes New Space Industry in Tucson

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 51:28


    Zach sits down with John Adams, Deputy Director of Biosphere 2 to talk about the Center for Human Space Exploration (CHaSE) and the Space Analog for the Moon and Mars (SAM) at B2. Zach talks about the 5-year (max) window Tucson has to lock in its national position as a leader in the New Space Industry.

    Bikes for Refugees, a Mother's Day Tribute; Homeless deaths on the rise, and debriefing the Roe v. Wade leak.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 50:53


    Zach sits down with Pastor Jeff Logsdon, Faith and Culture contributor, to discuss the Bikes for Refugees initiative, and Zach and Jeff share a Mother's Day Tribute segment. Zach discusses homeless deaths on the rise and the issues underpinning that. Ruben Navarrette, the most widely read Latino columnist in the country, calls in to debrief the Roe V. Wade decision leak from his perch.

    Edmund Marquez, Executive Board Member for the Rio Nuevo District, discusses the District, the future of downtown, Proposition 411 and more

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 51:29


    Zach sits down with Edmund Marquez, Executive Board Member for the Rio Nuevo District, to discuss District updates, the future of downtown, Proposition 411 and more.

    What happened to Duster? Also, tackling Tucson's pedestrian fatality problem

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 51:27


    Zach sits down with Peter Catalanotte, Director of Film Tucson, to talk about the previous week's news that HBO series Duster would not continue filming in Tucson, as well as the state film incentive bill that the legislature is considering. Zach also discusses the City of Tucson's potential plan to address Tucson's pedestrian fatality problem, and the piece of the solution we should be more intentional about in the near-term.

    State Representative Morgan Abraham....and a new logo for Tucson!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 51:20


    Lessons for Tucson from Portland; Devon Underwood and the 5 workplace culture trends of 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 51:28


    Zach talks about a recent piece in the NYT outlining Portland

    Mentorship opportunities and Ruben Navarrette

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 51:29


    Zach welcomes Faith and Culture Contributor Jeff Logsdon discussing a mentorship opportunity and checks in with Ruben Navarrette to discuss Twitter and what should influence our children.

    What is Tucson doing with its transportation dollars? / Prop 411. UArizona releases Tucson economic report

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 51:25


    Zach talks, and takes calls, about what the City of Tucson is doing with its transportation dollars, and what that means for the Prop 411 item on the ballot. the University of Arizona releases its most recent jobs and economy report for Tucson; Zach discusses key takeaways and what it all means.

    Monday Morning News Hour with Sam Kmack, Arizona Daily Star City Government Reporter

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 51:10


    Zach spends the Monday Morning News Hour with Sam Kmack, the City Government Reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, covering everything from Prop 411, Regional Transportation Authority, electrifying City of Tucson busses, the Los Reales Sustainability Campus, and should Sun Tran and Sun Link be free forever?!

    Dr. Ravi Shah talks TUSD test scores and funding; who really understands Arizona?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 51:02


    Zach talks with Dr. Ravi Shah, TUSD governing board member, about TUSD English and Math proficiency numbers, what to do about them, school funding and more. Then, does either party really understand Arizona today?

    Economic Development from the AZ Assn for Econ Development Conference

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 51:11


    Zach talks economic development and checks in with the Arizona Association for Economic Development Conference to talk with Tucson Dept of Economic Development Initiatives Director Amanda Bruno. In the fourth segment Zach talks economic development with Greater Tucson Leadership CEO Justin Lukasewicz.

    Debriefing City of Tucson and Pima County meetings; Ruben Navarrette talks immigration

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 51:26


    Zach debriefs the City of Tucson Council meeting and Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting from the day prior, then talks with syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette about immigration policy and conversation.

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