New governor, new budget and the same old broke Arizona
Mike O | January 23, 2015 5:04 pmThere is a new governor in Arizona, and he has crafted his first budget.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day musings
Mike O | January 19, 2015 10:47 amI went to see Selma this weekend. The story of some of the earliest days of the civil rights movement in this country was moving -- one that would inspire all but the coldest heart. I pondered...
Terrorism in France, new regime/old problems in Arizona
Mike O | January 16, 2015 5:53 pmJ'Lein Liese, international conflict resolution expert, and an old friend of The Think Tank, comments on recent terrorism in France and the worldwide reaction to it.
Think Tank year-end show: Santa Claus tax policy
Mike O | December 19, 2014 10:11 pmThis week's show presents a rare opportunity. We start out by presenting a problem, an inequity in the tax code. OK, nothing new there. But this week the problem we present is one that can be partially...
Police shootings: Ferguson, New York and now Phoenix
Mike O | December 12, 2014 9:59 amThree police shootings in Ferguson, New York City and Phoenix are oddly similar -- white cop and unarmed black victim who resists or runs from the officer.
Great Arizona books, with three great Arizona authors
Mike O | December 04, 2014 2:44 pmJan Boomersbach (of Winnie Ruth Judd fame) has written a new historical novel set in the late 19th century West. Jack August has written more books than I can count about significant historical...
Civil Rights in America 1962-2013 - A Personal Retrospective
Mike O | November 30, 2014 6:41 pmWhat was it like for a northern student to go to Mississippi to help register black voters in 1962? Some were killed; all were intimidated. Our guest this week is Dave Tierney, a prominent local...
Think Tank political potpourri
Mike O | November 20, 2014 11:40 pmFour segments with Paula Pennypacker: 1. Why did the Democrats get clobbered in this year's midterm elections? 2. Uber Obamacare? Uber is the darling of Republican free enterprise types...
VA scandal: Whistleblower Paula Pedene and labor attorney Tom Rogers
Mike O | November 16, 2014 3:40 pmHear the inside story of the ongoing Veterans Affairs scandal from one of the chief whistleblowers who was responsible for bringing the story to public attention.
What it was like to visit the Berlin Wall
Mike O | November 10, 2014 1:37 pmI visited a divided Germany years ago. The East was dull and machine gun-toting soldiers were everywhere.