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Celebrating one of the Sonoran Desert's most popular visitors.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: The secrets of the Vegan Night Market; how the Noyce Teaching Scholarship is helping to find and retain good STEM teachers in Arizona; and Julie Sasse says goodbye to the Tucson Museum of Art.

birds of arizona trogon hero 1 A male Elegant Trogon, as featured in Richard Cachor Taylor's 2022 book "Birds of Arizona".
Fred Forssell

Arizona Spotlight

May 30, 2024

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Featured on the May 30, 2024 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • Learn the secrets of the Vegan Night Market from founder Hannah Hernandez. It’s a chance to sample and shop from a range of local vendors, each offering a variety of meatless and dairy-free food options in a community building environment. Hernandez is also involved with an organization called Death Free Foodie which can be found on instagram @deathfreefoodie
Hannah Hernandez in studio VIEW LARGER Hannah Hernandez visits the AZPM studio to talk about her "Vegan Night Market" event taking place on June 1st.
AZPM/ Tony Paniagua

Tucson Vegan Night Market sign The Tucson Vegan Night Market will be held Saturday June 1st from 6-10 p.m.at the Rillito Park Race Track.

Vegan Night Market Hot Dog Vegan style sporran hot dogs are just some of the cornucopia of food choices at the event.

  • Nearly 90 percent of public schools in the U.S. reported challenges in hiring teachers for the 2023-24 school year. In response, there is a scholarship program in Arizona that is helping address the teacher shortage, and finding out how to retain teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math across our borderlands. Summer Hom tells us more about the Robert Noyce Teacher's Scholarship.

Noyce Classroom The Robert Noyce Teachers Scholarship program helps to mitigate the teachers shortage affecting many schools across Arizona.
AZPM/Summer Hom

  • Nature writer Rebekah Doyle offers a celebration of the annual arrival of the migrating elegant trogon to Madera Canyon, and explains why this small bird is one of the most eagerly sought-after subjects to bird watchers from around the world.
Rebekah Doyle VIEW LARGER Photo of Author Rebekah Doyle
Rebekah Doyle

Elegant Trogon Resting A male elegant trogon displays some of the colors that have made it very attractive for birders.
Steve Riggs, AZPM

Elegant Trogon Female A female elegant trogon perches among the trees in Madera Canyon southeast of Tucson.
Steve Riggs, AZPM

  • In April, Julie Sasse, the chief curator at the Tucson Museum of Art retired after more than twenty years of important contributions to the Tucson arts community. AZPM’s Andrew Brown talks with Sasse about her accomplished career, and heard from friends and colleagues at a party held in her honor.
Andrew and Julie Sasse VIEW LARGER AZPM's Andrew Brown interviews Julie Sasse about her career at the Tucson Museum of Art.
Julia Granlund

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