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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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Brad and Spurge discuss the latest news of the day. Russell Wilson might be on the trade block, might. This would affect the Cardinals. NAU broadcaster Mitch Strohman (17:27 on podcast) talks about the Lumberjacks season opener on Saturday. The post News Of The Day, Offseason NFL Rumors, NAU Broadcaster Mitch Strohman first appeared on Sports360AZ.…
 
Two years ago, Arizona voters rejected a GOP law to expand the state’s school voucher-style program. Despite that rejection, and against the backdrop of at-home learning in the era of the pandemic, Arizona’s Republicans are once again trying to dramatically expand the program. This year, the Arizona Senate voted not just to expand the voucher syste…
 
It’s Brad’s birthday. Brad and Spurge discuss Lyndsey Fry and other Arizona stories. Former Suns player Danny Manning (7:13 on podcast) joined Brad to share his stories from tv and with the Suns. John Kentera (23:05 on podcast) from 97.3 The Fan in San Diego talked about the Fernando Tatis Jr. contract and his thoughts on Padres and Dodgers rivalry…
 
The Phoenix Bakery was a downtown staple in the city’s earliest days. German immigrant Ed Eisele Sr. started working there in 1881, purchasing the shop at West Washington Street and Center Street (now Central Avenue) three years later. As the city grew, the bakery grew, leaving its original location in 1929. But the red-brick building that housed t…
 
Brad discusses the Carson Wentz trade to the Colts and how it potentially relates to the Cardinals. Brad talked about Naomi Osaka versus Serena Williams. Bob Stoops (7:20 on podcast) was recently inaugurated in the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame. Bill GoodyKoontz (16:04 on podcast) talks about the best movies he’s scene …
 
From 2-16. Brad and Spurge talk about the Suns recent success and ASU sports. Brad talked about his weekend off. Hall of fame WR Drew Pearson (9:51 on podcast) joined the show to tallk about his hall of fame nomination, stories of Cowboys greats, and what he sees from Kyler Murray and Larry Fitzgerald. The post Suns Winning, NFL HOF Drew Pearson fi…
 
From 2-15. Sande Charles fills in for Brad. NFL Agent Molly McManimie (4:39 on podcast) discusses how COVID has affected the pre-draft process, her clients, and herself throughout the past year. Cam Cox (29:24 on podcast) gives his thoughts on Spring Training, the Suns, and more around Arizona sports. The post Sande Charles Fills In, NFL Agent Moll…
 
Arizona has been in the national political spotlight recently. It was labeled a swing state heading into the 2020 elections and barely turned blue, handing Joe Biden his narrowest victory in November. While this was happening, the state's elected leaders were gathering national attention too. Republican Governor Doug Ducey has entered the final two…
 
Before Las Vegas became known as the quickie wedding hotspot, people flew to Phoenix. Or at least that's what Phoenix's Junior Chamber of Commerce hoped for. The story dates back to 1937. The city had purchased Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport two years prior in 1935. Most states across the U.S. at this point had laws mandating a 3-day wait…
 
The Phoenix Suns are better than they’ve been in the past 11 years for numerous reasons. Brad had a chance to visit with actor Kevin James (10:08 on podcast) on his new sports sit-com series on Netflix, “The Crew.” Broadcaster Thom Brennaman (13:32 on podcast) had a lengthy conversation about numerous topics, including Pedro Gomez. The post Sports …
 
Former President Donald Trump is the only president to face impeachment twice, after the House of Representatives signed a single article of impeachment on Jan. 25. The Senate began its formal trial on Tuesday, although there isn't a clear consensus on whether Trump should be held accountable for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and what…
 
Brad has heard so many amazing stories about the late Pedro Gomez, because of the impact he had on everyone he met. The Suns are playing well, even when Chris Paul had to miss last night’s game. The team is close to turning the page towards being a really good team. Jody Jackson (5:24 on podcast) from FOX Sports AZ discussed her COVID-19 vaccine, l…
 
Brad and Jordan Spurgeon recapped their favorite moments from Super Bowl LV. Herm Edwards (8:24 on podcast) joined the show to discuss his NFL ties to the Super Bowl and the status of ASU spring practice this year. Eric Sorenson (18:00 on podcast) and Brad tell some stories about Pedro Gomez and the impact he had on their lives. Kaelen Jones (26:56…
 
Today, the West Valley is home to 1.7 million people, according to data collected by the Western Maricopa Coalition. And it’s still growing. The coalition anticipates that over the next 25 years, 49.5% of the growth in Maricopa County will happen in the West Valley. That's vastly different from what it was like in the beginning of the 20th century.…
 
The Suns are struggling big time. The ASU athletic department is adding some key members. AZCentral film critic Bill GoodyKoontz (11:16 on podcast) joined Brad to discuss his thoughts on the Super Bowl broadcast elements. Jimmy Vaccarro (27:30 on podcast) gave the latest updates on gambling in Las Vegas during the big game. The post Super Bowl Talk…
 
The 2020 election marked the first time in modern Arizona history that Democrats had a lead in early ballots a week before election day. Republicans closed that gap, putting the percentage of ballots returned within 1% of each other. Still, it was a shock to the system for some Republicans. Now, Republican lawmakers are looking to change how Arizon…
 
There is a lot happening in Arizona this week. The Waste Management Open, the Suns are playing, Diana Taurasi announced she’s staying with the Mercury, and more. Bob Harig (10:17 on podcast) talked about the Waste Management Open happening this week, Patrick Reed, and the state of the PGA Tour. Solomon Wilcots (27:37 on podcast) explained some of t…
 
In 1964, at the age of 51, Richard E. Harris became the first Black reporter at The Arizona Republic. His tenure came during a momentous and tumultuous period in our nation’s history. The year before, thousands were arrested while protesting segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. Among them was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who would deliver his famed “…
 
The Arizona Democratic and Republican parties held elections on Jan. 23 to elect their party chair. During an in-person meeting that was largely closed to the media, the Arizona GOP narrowly re-elected the fractious Kelli Ward as its leader. Democrats opted to vote for a new chair in a virtual meeting, electing Raquel Terán overwhelmingly with 75% …
 
Winter in Arizona means peak hiking season. The weather is beautiful, the landscapes are breathtaking and, because of COVID-19, the fact that you can socially distance in the open air while getting in some exercise is an added perk. But if you take your dogs with you, there are some things you need to know. Maybe you’re new to the Valley and your t…
 
Today is the inauguration day for President-elect Joe Biden. He becomes the 46th President of the United States of America. After the two Democratic Senate victories in Georgia, Biden has a clearer path towards setting are more liberal agenda. Biden has already released plans for his first 100 days in office, including plans for a national COVID-19…
 
There are the normal highway signs, ones that feature messages about travel times or road conditions. Then there are the funny ones. Ones that say things like, "Cut off? Don’t get bad blood. Shake it off” in reference to a Taylor Swift song. Or “Aggressive driving is the path to the dark side,” a nod to “Star Wars.” Arizona isn't unique in having s…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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