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  • New governor, new budget and the same old broke Arizona
    Mike O | January 23, 2015 5:04 pm
    There is a new governor in Arizona, and he has crafted his first budget.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day musings
    Mike O | January 19, 2015 10:47 am
    I went to see Selma this weekend. The story of some of the earliest days of the civil rights movement in this country was moving -- one that would inspire all but the coldest heart. I pondered...
  • Terrorism in France, new regime/old problems in Arizona
    Mike O | January 16, 2015 5:53 pm
    J'Lein Liese, international conflict resolution expert, and an old friend of The Think Tank, comments on recent terrorism in France and the worldwide reaction to it.
  • Think Tank year-end show: Santa Claus tax policy
    Mike O | December 19, 2014 10:11 pm
    This week's show presents a rare opportunity. We start out by presenting a problem, an inequity in the tax code. OK, nothing new there. But this week the problem we present is one that can be partially...
  • Police shootings: Ferguson, New York and now Phoenix
    Mike O | December 12, 2014 9:59 am
    Three police shootings in Ferguson, New York City and Phoenix are oddly similar -- white cop and unarmed black victim who resists or runs from the officer.
  • Great Arizona books, with three great Arizona authors
    Mike O | December 04, 2014 2:44 pm
    Jan Boomersbach (of Winnie Ruth Judd fame) has written a new historical novel set in the late 19th century West. Jack August has written more books than I can count about significant historical...
  • Civil Rights in America 1962-2013 - A Personal Retrospective
    Mike O | November 30, 2014 6:41 pm
    What was it like for a northern student to go to Mississippi to help register black voters in 1962? Some were killed; all were intimidated. Our guest this week is Dave Tierney, a prominent local...
  • Think Tank political potpourri
    Mike O | November 20, 2014 11:40 pm
    Four segments with Paula Pennypacker: 1. Why did the Democrats get clobbered in this year's midterm elections? 2. Uber Obamacare? Uber is the darling of Republican free enterprise types...
  • VA scandal: Whistleblower Paula Pedene and labor attorney Tom Rogers
    Mike O | November 16, 2014 3:40 pm
    Hear the inside story of the ongoing Veterans Affairs scandal from one of the chief whistleblowers who was responsible for bringing the story to public attention.
  • What it was like to visit the Berlin Wall
    Mike O | November 10, 2014 1:37 pm
    I visited a divided Germany years ago. The East was dull and machine gun-toting soldiers were everywhere.

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