Lou Gum

News and Operations Director and Host, All Things Considered

Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.

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90 years ago 20 women competed in the first Women’s National Air Derby, an airplane race that took them from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland, Ohio -- with a stop in Yuma.

You may have heard of one of the race participants – Amelia Earhardt, but by and large the women, each a pioneer in aviation, are largely forgotten.

Today we’ll talk to the producer of a documentary about the race to learn more about the First Women’s National Air Derby, including tales of sabotage, sexism, and even death.

Hispanic voters in Arizona are critical to the re-election of Donald Trump.  So says the Director of Regional Communications for the Trump Campaign, Rick Gorka.

On July 25th in Phoenix the campaign, with the Arizona Republican Party, hosts a “Latinos for Trump and Trump Victory Leadership Initiative” training to mobilize volunteers to register voters and stump for Trump around the state.

Gorka tells KAWC’s Lou Gum that he thinks the President’s record, and message, will resonate with Latino voters across Arizona.

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The Cocopah Indian Tribe wants to revive a traditional tea recipe that uses the beans of the screw bean mesquite tree.  But finding the beans is more difficult now than it was just decades ago.  Turns out the tree that was part of Cocopah culture for millennia is dying off. 

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Arizonans see opportunity in renewable energy and think government at all levels should respond to climate change.

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Roger Naylor loves Arizona and his new book has him walking and eating in some of the state’s most picturesque and unique places.

Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers is a collection of hiking trails and eateries from across the state. The entries describe each hike, assesses their difficulty, and suggest both activities on the trail and nearby.  And since hiking can lead to a healthy appetite, Naylor offers up suggestions for where to grab a great burger afterward.

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