This episode re-airs interviews from the March 7th, 2019, edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore.
Author Joanna Frueh and fine art photographer Frances Murray have collaborated on projects for more than three decades. Their latest book is "Unapologetic Beauty," which explores Freuh's evolving perception of feminine identity before and after her bilateral mastectomy. Mark McLemore talks with the pair about how their friendship and artistic connection has deepened along the way.
Nathalie Aall shares her path to becoming a certified scientific illustrator and what inspires her to capture the spirit of Sonoran Desert wildlife with her art. This story by Tony Paniagua originally aired on Arizona Illustrated, and Mya Hoffman-Long adapted it for radio.
A New York Times article called "The Insect Apocalypse" alerted the general public to a threat known to scientists for decades: how a rapidly diminishing global insect population will impact our food supply and the environment. McLemore talks to Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, and University of Arizona entomologist Justin Schmidt, the author of "The Sting of the Wild." They discuss what is happening to Earth's insects and what could possibly be done to avert disaster.