The Phoenix File is a weekly news magazine broadcast on RADIO PHOENIX featuring conversations with the people, programs and issues that are making a positive impact on the quality of life in the Greater Phoenix area. Guests come from a variety of areas such as:
- social service, social justice and human rights;
- arts, culture and education;
- advocates for equality on behalf of all populations with special emphasis on the underserved;
- civic, political and other public affairs issues;
- newsworthy topics covered in-depth with balance, fairness and objectivity;
- nonprofit volunteerism, leadership and philanthropy;
- effective and responsible charitable giving and nonprofit accountability;
- community building;
- and more topics as suggested by listeners.
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August 15, 2017 — Guest Barbara Lewkowitz, Executive Director of Justa Center. For senior citizens who are homeless in the Phoenix area, the answer is Justa Center, a day resource center specifically designed to help those over the age of 55 find appropriate housing, employment, and other much-needed services.
August 8, 2017 — Guest Lloyd Asato, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Community in Action, will talk about how his organization provides services, advocacy and education for diverse communities resulting in a more empowered population seeking good health. Asian and Pacific Island communities are the fastest growing segment in Arizona. APCA partners with community members to advance health equity for all Arizonans, to champion access to care, and defend community rights.
August 1, 2017 — Guest Kuol Aman, Executive Director of The Lost Boys Center for Leadership Development, will discuss the extraordinary story of the Lost Boys of the Sudan. In 1983 the Sudan civil war produced a mass exodus of 20,000 children, mostly young boys. They fled on foot in small groups, walking for months while facing gunfire, wild animals and starvation, seeking refuge in Ethiopia and Kenya. These became known as the “lost boys of Sudan” and they spent most of their childhood in refugee camps before being resettled in the U.S., where the majority found new homes in Phoenix. Here, there was an immediate need to help them learn the language, obtain an education and find jobs. Many found their struggles to assimilate to their new country compounded by post-traumatic stress and childhood trauma. The Arizona Lost Boys Center was established in 2002 with the goal of providing assistance and help for Sudanese Lost Boys all over the country. Initially committed to supporting basic refugee resettlement issues, the Arizona Lost Boys Center quickly evolved to address the educational and employment needs of both male and female African refugees from a variety of countries by providing college scholarships, citizenship classes, language training, job placements and workforce readiness programs. Now, after more than a decade of serving as the emotional center of the Lost Boys community, the Arizona Lost Boys Center is shifting its focus to the newly-formed Republic of South Sudan. On January 1, 2012 the Arizona Lost Boys Center became the Lost Boys Center for Leadership Development. And now the Lost Boys are returning to their new country with a new mission: to build the leaders of tomorrow.
July 25, 2017 — Guest Dee Mitten, President & CEO of Waste NOT, will discuss her organization’s simple, uncomplicated strategy that significantly impacts the quality of life for hundreds of men, women and children throughout the Valley by helping to transform a despairing life to one of hope by addressing one of the most basic of human needs – hunger. By providing wholesome and nourishing food to its recipient partners, Waste NOT frees them to address the various needs and challenges of the individuals and families that they serve by providing food for and the impact this food has on their day to day operations.
July 18, 2017 — Guest Lisa Doromal, Founder & CEO of Dress for Success Phoenix discusses her organization’s mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Their vision is a world where women do not live in poverty; are treated with dignity and respect; and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities. Dress for Success Phoenix has suited more than 5,000 women since its inception in 2009, distributing more than $575,000 in apparel and accessories to their clients by collaborating with more than 130 agencies to assist women to become job ready.
July 11, 2017 — Guests Jason Barlow, President & CEO and Dusty Parsons, Director of Marketing of Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona will talk about how their organization operates with one simple yet bold vision – to see a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope through collaborations between individuals, corporations, faith groups, foundations, cities and tens of thousands of volunteers.
July 4, 2017 — Guest Catherine O’Donnell, Associate Professor of History at Arizona State University will help celebrate the Fourth of July by discussing some of the little known facts behind the drafting and publishing of the Declaration of Independence and some of the little known and misunderstood facts about the critical document that led to the establishment of the United States of America. This special Independence Day edition of THE PHOENIX FILE will include an extraordinary 1957 recording of John Fitzgerald Kennedy reading the full text of the Declaration of Independence.
June 27, 2017 — Guest Janine Skinner of Feed My Starving Children, will discuss how her faith based organization works to end childhood hunger in impoverished communities throughout the world. Since 1987 Feed My Starving Children has sent food to nearly 70 countries including Haiti, Sudan, Jamaica, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Lesotho, Liberia, Ghana, Guatemala, Malawi, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Cameroon, Niger, Colombia and El Salvador, as well as to Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana, Mississippi and many more.
June 20, 2017 — Guest Karen Jayne, CEO of Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies will describe how her organization provides quality reclaimed materials for reuse. They operate three Valley home improvement thrift stores and donation centers that collect and resell salvaged, gently-used, and new building materials. Annually their free deconstruction and donation pick up services keep more than 4 million pounds of usable building and household items out of the waste stream and back into the hands of the community. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
June 13, 2017 — Guest Sue Reckinger of Duet will discuss the way her organization has worked for more than 30 years to improve the quality of life for older adults across the Valley by focusing particular attention on the needs of home bound elders and adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and grandparents raising grandchildren. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
June 6, 2017 — Guests Tracey Beal, Executive Director & Jill Hicks, Director of Business Partnerships of School Connect which helps build partnerships by engaging the faith community and collaborating with community partners to adopt local schools. School Connect envisions, networks, trains and coaches community partners to build strong, sustainable relationships to support education through community involvement. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
May 30, 2017 — Encore presentation of Nov. 15, 2016 program with guests Sherry Rampy, a member of the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission and President of the Roosevelt Action Association and local realtor will be joined by Tim Sprague, Principal with Habitat Metro to discuss responsible development in downtown Phoenix. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
May 23, 2017 — Encore presentation of Nov. 22, 2016 program with guest Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz , President and Dean of Valley Beit Midrash, explains what motivates him to be an untiring social justice advocate and which causes he has been a champion for and why. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
May 16, 2017 — Guests Judge Gregg Maxon, retired Army Brigadier General and retired Director of Arizona Veterans Services, Judge Pro Tem in the Tempe and Mesa municipal Courts and presiding judge of the East Valley Veterans’ Court is joined by Patricia George the lead prosecutor in the City of Phoenix Veterans Court which is the largest single jurisdiction veterans court in the country. They will discuss how the Veteran’s Court works to reduce the recidivism rate for Veterans who transition from military to civilian life and face criminal justice issues because of the challenges of that transition. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
May 9, 2017 — Encore presentation of Dec. 13, 2016 program with guest Nate Rhoton of one-n-ten, which serves LGBTQ youth and young adults ages 14-24 by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
May 2, 2017 — Guest Alicia Sutton, Executive Director of Free Arts of Arizona, the only nonprofit organization in Arizona delivering creative and therapeutic arts programs, at no cost, to children ages 3 to 21 who have faced abuse, neglect and homelessness. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
April 25, 2017 — Guest Katherine Cecala, President of Junior Achievement of Arizona will be joined by JA Young Ambassador, Alexia Moreno, to discuss how Junior Achievement helps to prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
April 18, 2017 — Guest Ron Adelson, CEO of AASK~Aid to Adoption of Special Kids which recruits, trains and supports families to help children through adoption, foster care and mentoring. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
April 11, 2017 — Guests Jacki Taylor, CEO and Syri Gerstner, a board member of Save the Family discuss the way in which their organization equips families to address poverty, overcome homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
April 4, 2017 — Guest Jerry Ketelhut, Program Director of Daring Adventures, a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and significant life challenges through the power of outdoor recreation. Joining Jerry will be Sarah Lindvay and Brenna Bean, adaptive recreation coordinators. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
March 28, 2017 — Guest Mary Lou Brncik, Founder and Executive Director of David’s Hope whose mission is to reduce the numbers of those with mental disorders and addictions who are incarcerated through Prevention, Intervention and Treatment. David’s Hope promotes and secures treatment for those with mental health disorders and addictions through increasing collaboration between our mental health and criminal justice systems. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
March 21, 2017 — Guest Brandi Devlin of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona which provides Arizona youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
March 14, 2017 — Guests Allison Hurtado, Marketing and Outreach Specialist at CASA of Arizona and Lawrence Falvey, a volunteer with Voices for CASA Children will talk about the work of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and their goal of ensuring that each of the 13,000 children in Arizona state dependent care in Maricopa County has the support of a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA volunteer) who focus on giving every lost and voiceless child a brighter future. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
March 7, 2017 — Guest Sherie Siegel, VP of Operations of Arizona Helping Hands which supports foster and indigent families at times of crisis or need and acts as a resource helping to connect families to other community based services. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
February 21, 2017 — Guest Melissa Elliott, VP of Programs and Services for the Area Agency on Aging, an organization that provides an extensive array of services for the elderly in Maricopa County. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
February 14, 2017 — Guests Angie Rodgers, President & CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Food Banks, Tom Kertis, President & CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and Kelli Shepard, Chief Impact Officer of United Food Bank who are among the local leaders and experts on the issue of food insecurity. CLICK TO LISTEN
February 7, 2017 — Guest Mark Holleran, Chief Executive Officer of CASS (Central Arizona Shelter Services) which empowers homeless men, women and children with diverse needs to become self-sufficient and end their homelessness by providing shelter and supportive services. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
January 31, 2017 — Guest Kendall Jones of Local First Arizona, a nonprofit organization that celebrates independent, locally owned businesses and supports, promotes and advocates for a strong local business community by raising public awareness of the economic benefits provided by strong local economies. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
January 24, 2017 — Guest Tara Jackson, President of the Arizona Town Hall, a nonprofit organization that brings diverse people together to solve critical and often divisive policy issues. Arizona Town Hall safely and effectively solicits public input and discussion on significant and potentially controversial issues. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
January 17, 2017 — Guests Lisa and Jeff Geyser, co-founders of Families Giving Back, are joined by their sons Alex & Jackson to discuss how their program inspires volunteerism and helps to raise compassionate, socially conscious children who understand the importance of giving to others. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
January 10, 2017 — Guest Phil Pangrazio, President & CEO of Ability 360, one of the largest Centers for Independent Living in the United States with a variety of programs and services designed to empower people with disabilities to achieve or maintain independent lifestyles within the community. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
January 3, 2017 — Guest Torrie Taj, Chief Executive Officer of Child Crisis Arizona which provides Arizona’s children a safe environment, free from abuse and neglect, by creating strong and successful families with a variety of programs including emergency shelters, foster care and adoption programs, family counseling and early childhood education. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
December 27, 2016 — Guest Pam Gaber, the founder of Gabriel’s Angels, a pet therapy program that visits facilities serving abused and at-risk children in the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
December 20, 2016 — Guest Liz Barker Alvarez, Chief Policy Advisor at First Things First will explain why a child’s most important developmental years are those leading up to kindergarten and how First Things First is committed to helping Arizona kids five and younger receive the quality education, healthcare and family support they need to arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
December 13, 2016 — Guest Nate Rhoton of one-n-ten, serving LGBTQ youth and young adults ages 14-24 by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
December 6, 2016 — Guests Sharon and Stewart Levine, local volunteer leaders of the national Shoes That Fit organization, devote their time to ensuring that underprivileged school age children have appropriate shoes to wear. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
November 29, 2016 — Guest Matt Lehrman, an arts consultant with Audience Avenue talks about the challenges faced by arts and cultural organizations in the Phoenix area and ways to create greater audience engagement. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
November 22, 2016 — Guest Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz , President and Dean of Valley Beit Midrash, explains what motivates him to be an untiring social justice advocate and which causes he has been a champion for and why. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
November 15, 2016 — Guests Sherry Rampy, a member of the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission and President of the Roosevelt Action Association and local realtor will be joined by Tim Sprague, Principal with Habitat Metro to discuss responsible development in downtown Phoenix. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
November 8, 2016 — Guest Patrick McWhortor, State Chair for Open Primaries Arizona, will discuss sensible election reform and how it could better engage voters and make the election process more equitable and fair. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
November 1, 2016 — Guest Christine Tuttle of the Arizona Talking Book Library talks about the FREE audio book services available for people with low vision and physical challenges who are not otherwise able to read books. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
October 25, 2016 — Guest Victor Aronow, President of the Arizona Community Media Foundation, talks about the founding and evolution of RADIO PHOENIX and his vision for the future of community radio in Phoenix. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
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