September 16, 2022

Episode 903

50 years of Tucson Orchids, Borderlands Produce Rescue, Housing Crisis: A Microcosm, Field Notes: Gila Monsters
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50 years of Tucson Orchids
The Tucson Orchid Society was founded in 1972 and thousands of people have been members over the years. The club helps them learn about the plants and grow them, and it also holds different events such as monthly meetings, an orchid show, and an orchid sale. While considered exotic and difficult to grow, members say the proper kind of orchid under the right conditions can thrive rather easily.

Borderlands Produce Rescue
Bell peppers, grapes, cucumbers, watermelon… you name it! In 2021, over 3 billion dollars worth of produce entered the United States from Mexico through the Nogales, Arizona Port of entry. While this produce is destined for grocery stores and distributors across the country, millions of pounds only make it as far as the Nogales landfill. Since 1994 Borderlands Produce Rescue has worked to save edible produce from going to waste, by providing it at a discount for consumers who come to the Nogales warehouse or participate in their other programs.

Housing Crisis: A Microcosm
We look at the human cost of the housing crisis by focusing on one apartment complex, where after the sale to a real estate investment company in December 2021, the leases of all 52 units were terminated. Through the experiences of five tenants, we learn about some of the many ways in which the system is stacked against people in finding and securing affordable housing in Tucson.

Field Notes: Gila Monsters
Gila Monsters can be elusive, but occasionally they turn up in strange places. Producer David Fenster recounts two memorable encounters with this Sonoran Desert icon. This story is part of the series Field Notes in which Fenster brings us observations from the Sonoran Desert and beyond.
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