/ Modified jul 15, 2022 12:13 p.m.

Travel Route 66 with "The Great Muslim American Road Trip."

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Archive Tucson features Cesar Aguirre; the Longfin dace's return to the Santa Cruz river; and the fantastical story of a "Mythical Creature of the Southwest."

Mona Sebastian car Sebastian Robins and Mona Haydar
Courtesy of Adam McCall

Arizona Spotlight

July 14, 2022

(Download MP3)

Featured on the July 14th, 2022 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • This month, PBS presents “The Great Muslim American Road Trip” is a 3-part documentary series. Follow hip hop artist Mona Haydar and her husband Sebastian Robins as they drive the length of Route 66, learning about history and connecting with Muslims along the way. Mark talks with the couple about the experience.

  • The mission of Archive Tucson is to collect and preserve personal stories, both large and small. This week, Cesar Aguirre recounts some of his misspent years as part of a drug ring that operated out of a neighborhood house.
cesar Aguirre Cesar Aguirre, conscious rap artist, family man and the "Pride of Casa Maria."
  • After the successful reintroduction of the gila topminnow in 2020, the longfin dace is being reintroduced in Tucson’s Santa Cruz River. The Longfin dace is considered by US Fish and Wildlife Service as a “Species of Concern”. The longfin dace was, historically, a very abundant fish in the Santa Cruz River. Thanks to the efforts of Pima County, Arizona Department of Game and Fish, and the Santa Cruz Heritage Project, this will be the first time the Longfin dace will swim in the waters of downtown Tucson in 110 years. This Arizona Illustrated story was produced by Liz Scherffius and Megan Myscofski, with videographer & editor Bob Lindberg.

  • And, listen to the first in a series about “Mythical Creatures of the Southwest”, created by students from the Youth Center at Literacy Connects. 7th grader Izzy shares a story about a strange water elemental called “Ark”.

Webpage by Leah Britton

Arizona Spotlight
Arizona Spotlight airs every Thursday at 8:30 am and 6:00 pm and every Saturday at 3:00 pm on NPR 89.1 FM / 1550 AM. You can subscribe to our podcast on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, or the NPR App. See more from Arizona Spotlight.
By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
AZPM is a service of the University of Arizona and our broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents who hold the trademarks for Arizona Public Media and AZPM. We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples.
The University of Arizona