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Whether you're a longtime Arizona resident or a newcomer, chances are there's something you've always wondered about the Valley. From The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com comes Valley 101, a weekly podcast where our journalists find answers to your questions about metro Phoenix. From silly to serious, you tell us what to investigate. You can submit questions at valley101podcast.azcentral.com or reach us on Twitter @Valley101pod.
 
Helping you keep up with what matters in Arizona's political news. Each week we interview politicians, public figures or journalists to break down one local issue and how it affects your life in Arizona. Coming to you every Wednesday morning, The Gaggle is hosted by The Arizona Republic's national political reporters Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen. You can find them on Twitter at @yvonnewingett and @ronaldjhansen.
 
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Arizona Republican leaders such as Gov. Doug Ducey and Chair Kelli Ward had opposing reactions to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Ducey initially condemned the riots on Twitter and then again addressed it in Monday's State of the State address. "In the United States of America, violence and vandalism have no place in the people’s house. Perpe…
 
Jordan Hamm fills in for Brad again. The National Championship game last night was a landslide, which should’ve been expected with this year’s Alabama football team. Arizona Daily Star reporter Justin Spears (10:38 on podcast) joined to discuss everything going on with Wildcat athletics. A couple of Jordans talk about ASU football as Jordan Simone …
 
Jordan Hamm hosts the show today afters sitting on his couch watching Super Wild Card Weekend. The Nickelodeon broadcast for the Bears-Saints game was exciting to watch. Jordan is all about more of those in the future. The 7-3 Suns are impressing Jordan on a nightly basis, but they still have room for improvement. Pro Football Focus Podcast Host St…
 
If you fell down the TikTok rabbit hole in 2020, odds are you probably came across one or two videos of people roller skating. It's a trend and hobby people took up to get outside during the pandemic. Valley 101 listener Antonio Moody is a teacher and heard about the exact same trend from his students. Some of them even thought of taking up roller …
 
On Wednesday, during a joint session of Congress, a pro-President Donald Trump mob invaded the Capitol. The riot spilled into the Capitol as the debate over Arizona’s votes began. Republican Rep. Paul Gosar was on the microphone when debate was halted. As events developed, national political reporters Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen rea…
 
Brad discussed the first place Phoenix Suns and their 6-2 start. Jae Crowder looks like a big get from the offseason. Brad believes they are set for a great season and is glad they are relevant right now and fun to watch. NBCSports.com NFL Columnist Peter King (9:02 on podcast) did his weekly NFL segment discussing the state of the Arizona Cardinal…
 
Following a year of turmoil, the next legislative sessions kicks off on Monday, Jan. 11. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has faced criticism of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic from Republicans and Democrats alike. Although Republicans held onto their majorities in the Arizona House of Representatives and Senate, there’s disunity among both parties…
 
Brad is still bitter about the Cardinals missing the playoffs, because the fans deserve better. However, he agress with Kent Somers that Kliff Kingsbury shouldn’t be fired because he needs more games under his belt. Lead analyst for Pro Football Focus Sam Monson (15:53 on podcast) tells Brad what he think went wrong for the Cardinals the past few w…
 
Brad recaps the Cardinals 8-8 season in which they missed the playoffs by one game. Is Kliff Kingsbury on the hot seat? The Phoenix Suns are entertaining. Point blank. Brad thinks they are about to run the town with all their upcoming success. Dick Vitale joined the show (9:02 on podcast) to discuss ASU hoops after they’ve been off for three weeks.…
 
If you're a transplant to Arizona from New England, you may have been surprised at the seeming absence of cemeteries in the Phoenix area. After all, they feel like they're located at every corner in some northeastern states. That's how Christopher Bunce felt when he moved to the Valley in January of 2020. So he submitted a question to Valley 101, o…
 
As we wrap up 2020, The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen look towards 2021. In this week's episode, they'll breakdown five stories they are keeping their eyes on throughout the upcoming year. That includes how the COVID-19 vaccine will impact the state's recovery from the pandemic. They'll also r…
 
For almost 20 years, the Outlets at Anthem decorated with the largest Christmas tree in Arizona. This year is no exception. Their 70-foot tall white fir tree weighs four tons after it's decorated. How did that tradition start? And how does the mall know that its tree is the tallest in the state? Podcast editor Katie O'Connell found out during this …
 
The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for many to pay rent. Various government protections were put in place throughout the year to protect renters against evictions, including rental assistance and eviction moratoriums. However, reporting from The Arizona Republic found that hundreds of Arizona renters may have been wr…
 
Every winter, Arizona sees an influx of retirees that from out of state. They come to enjoy our mild sunny winters and to escape their snowy season. Many come from Midwestern states like Minnesota or Wisconsin. But what brings snowbirds to Arizona specifically? And once they're here, what's their economic impact on the Valley? In this week's episod…
 
Season two of Rediscovering, a podcast from The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, explored the events leading up to and following the passage of Senate Bill 1070 in Arizona. The 2010 “show me your papers” law was met with pushback from Latino organizers, grassroots activists, DACA recipients and more. That pushback didn’t end after SB 1070 was si…
 
Barry Goldwater was a businessman, a Phoenix city councilman, and a prominent U.S. Senator from Arizona. He loved flying his plane across the state's diverse landscapes, and most would say he was a pretty good photographer. In the biggest race of his life, the 1964 presidential election, Goldwater lost significantly to Democrat Lyndon Baines Johnso…
 
President-elect Joe Biden officially received Arizona's 11 electoral votes on Monday after the state certified the election results. Almost a month after the election, many are wondering how a traditionally conservative state flipped for Biden this election. In this week's episode of The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast, hosts Yvonne Wingett San…
 
Cooling off during the summer months is no easy feat. While people in other parts of the country may retreat to the cooler depths of their basements, that's not an option here in Phoenix. Rather, it's not a popular option. Instead, folks across the Valley take a dip in a pool to find some relief. But why is that? Why do houses here tend to have poo…
 
"The media" is blanket term that covers everything from social media to 24-hour TV networks to traditional newspapers like our own. Despite the catch-all nature of the plural phrase, consumers can treat news outlets as though they're singular, particularly if they disagree with the news as it's reported. In today's episode of The Gaggle: An Arizona…
 
For the first time, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport ranked number one in J.D. Power's 2020 North America airport satisfaction study. This made Valley 101 listener Gregory Yost wonder: why? What made the airport so satisfying to customers? This wasn't the first question about Phoenix Sky Harbor submitted to the team. Producer Maritza Doming…
 
When it comes to politics, Arizona is truly a purple state. For the first time in 24 years, Arizona's electoral votes went to a Democratic Presidential candidate. Arizona also elected Democrat Mark Kelly to the U.S. Senate. The state will now have a pair of Democratic senators in the upper chamber for the first time since 1953. At the same time, Ar…
 
Buckeye, Arizona was founded in 1888. But it wasn't always called Buckeye. So how did it get that name? And does it have anything to do with Ohio? This week's episode of Valley 101, a podcast from the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, dives into those questions Guiding us through the journey are: Jackie Meck, the soon-to-be former mayor of Buckey…
 
As a swing state, all eyes were going to be on Arizona this election. That was certainly the case when a conspiracy theory over Sharpies took hold on social media. The theory claimed that ballots marked with Sharpies would not be counted. Not only is this false, but the Maricopa County Elections Department said it prefers Sharpies because they are …
 
It wasn’t a football weekend to remember for the Arizona Cardinals and ASU. First, the Sun Devils let a fairly dominating performance slip away in LA against USC. Brad and Eric both feel this could still be a good season for the Devils. The Cardinals couldn’t hold off the Dolphins Sunday and Kliff Kingsbury is somewhat under siege for his late deci…
 
Phoenix's light rail system isn't the first time the city had rail travel. From 1887 to 1948, the Phoenix Street Railway System shuttled riders from downtown through growing neighborhoods to rural areas. In 1929, the system had 6.6 million passengers. That year, the system really lived up to its motto, "Ride a Mile and Smile the While." The system …
 
The Pac-12 football season kicks off this weekend and Brad and Eric are pumped, despite the lingering and growing COVID concerns. Sports360AZ.com’s Devon Henry (9:38 on podcast) previewed the big NASCAR weekend as “The Sport of Speed” invades the Valley this weekend. Sande Charles had her weekly segment with SI.com Senior Fantasy Analyst Michael Fa…
 
Votes are still being counted in Arizona; 470,000 to be exact. While there are some races in the state that have yet to be called, our knowledge about the results continues to grow. The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast is dropping a bonus episode to chat about the evolving results and biggest headlines since Tuesday's election. Hosts of the Gagg…
 
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