/ Modified aug 25, 2022 7:14 p.m.

As Lake Powell's water level declines, what is emerging in Glen Canyon?

Also on Arizona Spotlight: "The King of Sting" talks monsoons and insects; Author and illustrator Adam Rex on being "Writer in Residence" at the library; and a Medieval marital dispute -- over a video game -- from "Stories That Soar!".

lake powell comparison hero Mike DeHoff of Returning Rapids matches a historic photo taken near the mouth of White Canyon to see how far Lake Powell has dropped.
Courtesy of Alex Hager / KUNC

Arizona Spotlight

August 25, 2022

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Featured on the August 25th, 2022 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • For decades the Colorado River filled Glen Canyon to the brim. But climate change and overuse are causing the reservoir to decline to a record low. Go on a boat trip with some longtime river runners for a firsthand look at the situation, as reported by KUNC's Luke Runyon.

This story is part of ongoing coverage of the Colorado River, produced by KUNC and supported by the Walton Family Foundation.

Lake powell 4 spotlight An ore cart, encrusted in invasive mussel shells, rests on a ledge above a receding Lake Powell.
Courtesy of Alex Hager / KUNC

  • How is our active monsoon summer impacting the local insect community? We’ll get some insight from Dr. Justin O. Schmidt. He earned the nickname “The King of Sting” due to his research personally comparing the pain caused by hundreds of different bites and stings, a book called "The Sting of the Wild: The Story of the Man who Got Stung for Science". He is joined by his wife Li Schmidt, a family physician and lover of music. The Schmidts often collaborate on educational opportunities including insects and ecology for children.
schmidt sting of the wild unsized VIEW LARGER In his recent book, the "King of Sting" Justin Schmidt describes his adventures with insects and the pain scale that has made him an entomological celebrity.
justin schmidt spotlight Dr. Justin O. Schmidt, University of Arizona entomologist, in the AZPM radio studio.
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  • The Pima County Public Library offers free advice and one-on-one writing workshops to aspiring authors through the “Writer in Residence” program. Popular children's book creator Adam Rex currently holds the position, and he’ll share some of his advice for bringing the written word to life.

On Saturday, August 27th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Adam Rex will be at the Woods Memorial Library sharing the process of putting together an illustration at the event Composition: The Really Important Part of Art That People Mostly Never Think About.

Adam rex unsized VIEW LARGER Adam Rex in the Arizona Public Media studio
courtesy of Leah Britton / AZPM
billy by Adam rex unsized an Illustration by Adam Rex from the book Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem by Mac Barnett
Courtesy of Adam Rex
RPS Adam rex unsized VIEW LARGER An Illustration by Adam Rex from The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt
Courtesy of Adam Rex
Adam rex frankenstein unsized VIEW LARGER Frankenstein from Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex
Courtesy of Adam Rex
  • And, what happens when a King and a Queen just can’t agree – on a video game? “Stories That Soar!” presents "King and Queen Fight", a short audio play written by Saviah, a 4th grader from Coronado Elementary in the Amphi School District. Other aspiring student-age writers can submit their own stories right now, via "The Magic Box Story Portal" at literacyconnects.org.
queen king STS! unsized VIEW LARGER Performers from "Stories That Soar!" in "King and Queen Fight" written by Saviah, a 4th grader from Coronado Elementary.
Courtesy of Literacy Connects

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