KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd

4:10pm

Tue August 14, 2012
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 5:37 pm

A Metro Light Rail train rolls by the Devine Legacy apartment building along Central Avenue in Phoenix. The energy-efficient complex includes 65 "urban style" apartments.
Courtesy of Mica Thomas Mulloy

It's been a record hot summer in many cities across the nation. Phoenix is no exception. This Sonoran Desert metropolis already records more days over 100 degrees than any other major U.S. city. Now, climate models predict Phoenix will soon get even hotter.

A hotter future may mean a more volatile environment — and along with it, natural disasters, greater pressure on infrastructure, and an increased physical toll on city residents.

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3:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Around the Nation

U.S. Border States Have Stake In Mexico's Presidential election

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 8:48 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

In southern Texas and in Arizona, people are paying a lot of attention to the presidential election - Mexico's presidential election. From member station KJZZ, Peter O'Dowd explains why millions of Americans are awaiting July 1st, Mexico's election day.

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3:00am

Wed January 25, 2012
Politics

Obama Campaign Sees Shift In Arizona Politics

President Obama visits Phoenix Wednesday as part of a five-state campaign tour. The campaign thinks it can win Arizona, and that's an unlikely ambition for this conservative state. But Obama might have a chance. Unlikely upsets have dominated Arizona politics lately. The electorate is in flux.

11:01pm

Tue December 27, 2011
Economy

'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions?

Originally published on Wed December 28, 2011 7:22 pm

Unfinished subdivisions like this one in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, Ariz., have led urban planners to suggest "smart decline" strategies that sometimes even dismantle existing infrastructure.
Laura Segall Bloomberg via Getty Images

On the western edge of Phoenix, it's easy to find vast tracts of empty land once prepped for two-by-fours and work crews. Utility stanchions emerge like errant whiskers from the desert floor.

This is the land of zombie subdivisions. Some experts believe up to 1 million dirt lots in central Arizona were in some stage of approval for new homes when the market crashed.

"It's tragic," says Realtor Greg Swann. "It's heartbreaking."

Urban planners are floating a radical solution for areas like this. It's known as "smart decline."

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3:00am

Thu November 3, 2011
Business

Troubled First Solar, Inc. To Announce Earnings

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 6:54 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

First Solar, viewed as the golden child of the solar industry, hold its quarterly call today with nervous investors. They're on edge because the Arizona-based company announced a CEO shake-up late last month and have said almost nothing publically since then. From member station KJZZ in Phoenix, Peter O'Dowd reports.

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