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President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden held a final debate Thursday in Nashville, with Kristen Welker of NBC News moderating. After a haphazard first debate, and a canceled second one, this final debate followed a new set of rules. Get analysis and fact checks from NPR.
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Oct. 22, 2020
Rebecca Roanhorse
On this episode, we welcome Annika Clark, chosen by Creative Youth of Arizona as the Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate. Plus, we talk to poet and retired teacher Joey Connolly and Pueblo Indian writer and NYT bestselling author Rebecca Roanhorse, who has a new fantasy novel called “Black Sun” out this month.
Oct. 9, 2020
On this episode, the coronavirus pandemic continues to present challenges for creatives. We’ll talk to a returning guest about it. Plus, we turn our attention to younger audiences and readers, beginning with puppets.
Sept. 29, 2020
"Word" is a KJZZ original podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region. We begin this season with the first of three returning guests, David Hemphill, executive director of Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix.
Sept. 1, 2020
Craig Santos Perez
Before we go on summer break, we close out Season 3 of “Word” by continuing our celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month with honest conversations about how those communities are coping in the age of COVID-19.
May 27, 2020
Hari Alluri Candian Writer From Vancouver
Is the planet getting an environmental reset in the age of COVID-19? That’s the question we begin with in this penultimate episode of “Word” this season. Plus, we celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.
May 14, 2020
On this edition of “Word,” we put a cap on National Poetry Month in the state and the region.
April 29, 2020
National Poetry Month continues in the age of COVID-19. And, in this episode, we are heading to Tucson, virtually, to check in with our neighbors in Southern Arizona.
April 20, 2020
Rosemarie Dombrowski
It’s National Poetry Month. And even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to shutter brick and mortar performance spaces, poets conquer with technology to stay in contact with audiences and promote their writing.
April 7, 2020
While we hunker down amid a pandemic, creatives are facing tough times, too. Performances have been canceled. Open mics have been shut down. But we carry on with trying to stay in touch.
March 27, 2020
We celebrate International Women’s HERstory Month with some influential Arizona writers and readers.
March 13, 2020
Established writers and those aspiring to become one met recently for the 16th-annual Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference. The series of events presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University celebrated writers and readers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
March 6, 2020
KJZZ's second annual Haiku Writing Contest comes to an end as we round out NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month).
Feb. 28, 2020
Kristi Garboushian
KJZZ's second annual Haiku Writing Contest is underway as we celebrate NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month) on Word--a podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region.
Feb. 21, 2020
Miriam Sagan
We're back from vacation and ready to kick off Season 3 of Word. KJZZ's second annual Haiku Writing Contest launches this month as we celebrate NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month). We're teaming up with The Show again for the contest and offering some spirited discussions about haiku on episodes of Word this month.
Feb. 7, 2020
Krampus: The Reckoning (2015)
This is the final episode of "Word" for 2019. We explore the spookier side of Christmas with a look at the tradition of telling ghost stories during the holiday season.
Dec. 18, 2019
On this National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) retrospective and seventh episode of Season 2, we get back on the mic with some guests who joined us previously.
Dec. 6, 2019
Laura MacKenzie
We continue our focus on National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in this sixth episode of Season 2. Guests include Michelle Rabe, Laura MacKenzie and Valley teacher Sonja Momon, who incorporates NaNo into her classroom in a unique way and is going rogue this month for what might be called "NaNoMyMo."
Nov. 26, 2019
Arizona writers gather at Burton Barr Central Library
Word is a podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region. In this fifth episode of Season 2, we celebrate writers all over Arizona who are participating in the annual NaNoWriMo.
Nov. 8, 2019
For writers in Arizona and around the world, November means composing 50,000 words for the annual NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It began 20 years ago with a small cadre of fiction writers and has become the signature yearly challenge for aspiring authors the world over.
Word: A Podcast Exploring The Literary Arts In Arizona And The Southwest
Nov. 6, 2019