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  • Is Arizona politics irreparably broken?

    The recently completed legislative session was one of the most rancorous in Arizona history. Will the Republican Party turn on itself? Will legislative Republican leaders be able to mend fences with Governor Brewer? Longtime Capitol reporter Howard Fischer and KTAR veteran reporter Jim Cross discuss prospects. The Think Tank, Sunday July 14, 5-6 p.m.
  • July 4 Weekend Special: Immigration

    What could be more appropriate this July 4th weekend than to take another look at the issue of immigration?
  • What is it like to be homeless?

    The guests this week are Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who once spent time as a homeless person to understand the issues and Mark Holleran, executive director of Central Arizona Shelter Services, Arizona’s largest provider of services to the homeless. • What was like to be “homeless?” • How big is the problem? • How are […]
  • What does the rest of the country think of Arizona and Arizona politics?

    Hear Fernanda Santos, New York Times Phoenix Bureau Chief and Ralph Hallow, chief Political Reporter for the Washington Times. • Has Immigration/SB1070 had an enduring impact on the state’s image? • What of Medicare expansion/Obamacare? The Think Tank, 5-6 p.m. Saturday June 22
  • Security, terrorism, and privacy rights

    How much privacy are we willing to give up for promises of greater security? Has government surveillance helped the government thwart dozens of terrorist attacks (as the Director of the NSA has claimed)? Or has it unnecessarily intruded on our liberties? This week’s Think Tank addresses these issues. Saturday June 15, 5-6 p.m.
  • An economic fix

    Most economists are concerned that the economy, though recovering, is still weak. It needs further stimulation, they say. Unemployment, for example, has dropped considerably from a high of about 10 percent to a still disappointing 7.5 percent. To others, however, the very word “stimulus” implies mindless and unfocused government spending, addressed to things we don’t […]
  • The economy where are we headed?

    The worst of the Great Recession is clearly over. Are Boom Times ahead? Or are we in a temporary bubble headed for a crash? Hear the take of Dennis Hoffman, the state’s premier economic forecaster (and Director of the Seidman Research Institute at the Carey School of Business at ASU) and Wayne Stutzer, a financial […]
  • Politics and the law

    All of the most pressing political issues seem to end up in court sooner or later.
  • Taxes! Everything you ever wanted to know. . .

    Everyone hates ‘em. But how much do you know about… • How can Apple, one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world pay no taxes? • How heavily are we taxed compared to other countries? • Who gets taxed and who doesn’t? • What is the likely impact of the Affordable Healthcare […]
  • The political persuaders

    For the last four weeks we have done policy wonk stuff, talking about issues and policy. But ultimately, all of these issues get decided by people we elect. And we elect them based on perceptions of who they are. And these perceptions are shaped by consultants. This week we have two of the best of […]