Q&AZ - Questions Our Reporters Have Answered

Arizona has more insect diversity than any other state — including four dozen different species of cicadas. Best known for their loud buzzing in the summer, each species of cicada has their own unique call.
Mar. 18, 2019
Why does Arizona have the longest license renewal period in the country? And what are the impacts? Many people have asked about Arizona driver’s licenses through our Q&AZ project — so we decided to tackle them all.
Mar. 11, 2019
The medical marijuana business in Arizona has grown and changed rapidly since voters approved a medicinal program in 2010. But what hasn't changed are federal laws classifying marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance — considered just as dangerous and illegal as heroin and LSD.
The Debate Over Arizona's Medical Marijuana Extract Law Explained
Mar. 7, 2019
How did Mesa get its name? A listener wanted to know and asked our Q & AZ project, pointing out that the city doesn't appear to be sitting on a mesa or plateau. Jimmy Jenkins from KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau went looking for the city’s namesake with a local historian.
Mar. 4, 2019
As Arizona celebrates the Grand Canyon National Park’s centennial, one listener wanted to know more about another of Arizona’s signature features — the Mogollon Rim.
Mar. 4, 2019
Much like human snowbirds, geese flock to Arizona in the winter for warmth. But, also like some snowbirds, some have set up a permanent home here.
Feb. 19, 2019
Fifteen teams have been training in Arizona's Cactus League since 2010, but there have been multiple teams in Arizona since 1947. According to Marshall Trimble, Arizona's state historian, the first team to train in Arizona was the Detroit Tigers in the late 1920s.
Feb. 11, 2019
Phoenix voters approved a transportation tax that went into effect in 2016. Part of that tax money is helping refurbish or replace existing bus stop shelters to make them more hospitable.
Feb. 6, 2019
Coal-fired power plants, vehicle emissions and mining activities release far more mercury into the atmosphere than natural sources, and it's a global issue.
Feb. 4, 2019
A report on the forces that shape saguaro cacti from their start as "diamond-shaped green blobs" to adulthood as towering desert sentinels. Carol Gibson asked about the sometimes whimsical desert dwellers through our Q&AZ. Carol Gibson first saw a saguaro cactus when she was 7 years old and her family moved to Arizona from Tennessee.
VIDEO: KJZZ Explains Saguaro Science
Jan. 24, 2019
“I moved to the Valley over 20 years ago. My fiance has lived here for 40. She insists that the lights on South Mountain can be turned on in a way the spells out 'LOVE.' Any truth to this?”
Jan. 9, 2019
“Why does the state give me my money back when I make a donation to a private school? The state’s money should go back to the public schools.” Chris W. from Scottsdale asked us this question through Q&AZ.
Jan. 7, 2019
The Sonoran-native shrub grows leaves four to five times a year. While often used as an ornamental plant, Native Americans have used the ocotillo for its practical purposes.
Dec. 31, 2018
About one third of Arizona’s housing stock is in a community association, which means almost two million Arizonans are connected a home-owners or condominium association.
Dec. 31, 2018
Phoenix is known for its scenic mountains and unusual weather. One listener wanted to know more about these features and how they relate to one another. The answer to this Q&AZ question explores on the geology, geography and prehistory of the Valley of the Sun.
Nov. 26, 2018
Arizona has the second largest number of bat species in the United States, behind Texas. A KJZZ listener remembered seeing these flying mammals on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus and asked about their fate via Q&AZ.
Nov. 24, 2018
For decades, there has been talk of a rail service linking Arizona’s two biggest cities. But will it ever happen? KJZZ listener Liana Garcia asked that via our Q&AZ reporting project.
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Nov. 23, 2018
Have you ever wondered why Interstate 17, which does not go beyond the state of Arizona, is called an interstate… and not a state route? Well, Brian Joseph Lesinski did and KJZZs Kathy Ritchie found an answer.
Nov. 22, 2018
There are 13 species of rattlesnakes in Arizona, so it’s impossible to cover every deviation in a single saying.
Nov. 5, 2018
So you’ve finished a can of soda, a bottle of wine or maybe a box of cereal. You toss it in the recycling bin and put it outside to get picked up. But what happens to your recyclables once they leave the house? One listener wanted to know, and KJZZ investigated as part of the Q&AZ reporting project.
Nov. 5, 2018

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