/ Modified apr 27, 2016 11:34 a.m.

David Cross: Staying Busy from Stage to Screen

Also on Arizona Spoitlight: Charles Mingus Celebrated in Nogales; Update on Budget Dealmaking; Building Tucson with Mud, Straw & Sweat.

arizona spotlight for april 22, 2016

Featured on the April 22nd 2016 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:


  • The Arizona Legislature is working towards completing a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and children’s advocates are hoping an insurance program will make the final bill...

  • How has comedian and actor David Cross made the transition from being a radical counter-culture voice to mainstream success without losing his edge? Mark McLemore talks with Cross about his busy career, reuniting with his Mr. Show partner Bob Odenkirk on w/ Bob & David, and taking his "Let's Make America Great Again!" comedy tour on the road...

Listen to an extended conversation:

  • The titles of bassist Charles Mingus' jazz compositions give some glimpse into his creative complexity: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Orange was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk, and All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother.
    charles mingus stamp portrait small

A native of Nogales, Arizona, Mingus worked with some of the greatest names in jazz, and became one himself before his death in 1979 at age 56 from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Since 1994, his memory and music have been celebrated in Nogales, with The Mingus Hometown Jazz Festival. Alicia Schooler-Hugg is Charles Mingus' niece, a journalist and lifelong jazz fan, who wrote a detailed biography called Art and Soul of Jazz, a Tribute to Charles Mingus, Jr....

Listen to an extended conversation:

  • And, explore the work of the Tucson Indigenous Adobe Initiative, a group that is preserving and passing on local traditions of building with adobe and earth, often in support of low-income families...

ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT airs every Friday at 8:30 am and 6:00 pm, and every Saturday at 5:00 pm, on NPR 89.1 FM / 1550 AM.

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