Arizona in Focus is a podcast from Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS. Each season we dive deep into a particular topic or story to bring you stories you haven’t heard elsewhere.
Fifty grades of shade
MaRTy is an instrument that collects data about, and scientists use the information to help cities like Tempe and Phoenix understand what makes for the best shade.
Arizona golfer shares life on and off the green
Bobbi Lancaster is a transgender woman who lived most of her life hiding who she was. She found solace in golf, but at some point, she had to live as herself, off the course.
Arm-wrestling champ reflects on his journey
Travis Bagent is a professional arm wrestler from West Virginia who came to the desert in June to showcase his sport at the Arizona Arm Wrestling Championship.
Bagent, who’s one of the organizers of the championship, also participated in it. He helped promote the event by talking to local news media and sometimes doing-off-the wall promotional events to boost the profile of the championship and the organization that runs it, the National Armwrestling League. When Bagent wasn’t competing, he played host and color commentator for other bouts.
The event filled a showroom at Talking Stick Resort and Casino with dozens of contestants over two days.
In this episode of Arizona in Focus, Cronkite News talks with Bagent, 43, about how he became a professional arm wrestler, and the super heavyweight wrestling champion of the world.
This episode begins with Bagent’s beginnings in West Virginia, where he grew up poor with a father who wasn’t around much.
Volcanic soil, old artillery shells challenge crews managing the Maroon Fire
Firefighters are controlling a wildfire near Flagstaff, but unusual circumstances complicate process.
‘Georgia cubes’ used to save Arizona fish
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is making “fish cities” to help fish that live in lakes around the state.
The heat is on: Ways coaches and athletic trainers keep athletes safe
School’s out for summer, but high school football players are sweating it out to prepare for fall games. And that can put their lives at risk in Arizona’s sweltering heat.