KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd http://wvasfm.org en Frank Lloyd Wright Home Threatened In Arizona http://wvasfm.org/post/frank-lloyd-wright-home-threatened-arizona Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.<p>There's a battle under way in Arizona to stop the demolition of a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The legendary architect lived his later years outside of Phoenix. And in 1952, he designed the Spiraling House for his son.<p>Now, the architectural community is trying to save it as Peter O'Dowd reports from member station KJZZ.<p>PETER O'DOWD, BYLINE: Today, the scene at the David and Gladys Wright House is far from midcentury glamorous. A chain-link fence lines its perimeter. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:03:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 16180 at http://wvasfm.org Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future http://wvasfm.org/post/scorching-phoenix-plans-even-hotter-future It's been a record hot summer in many cities across the nation. Phoenix is no exception. This Sonoran Desert metropolis already records more days over 100 degrees than any other major U.S. city. Now, climate models predict Phoenix will soon get even hotter.<p>A hotter future may mean a more volatile environment — and along with it, natural disasters, greater pressure on infrastructure, and an increased physical toll on city residents.<p>While some city planners around the country discuss ways to mitigate climate change, planners in Phoenix assume that change is already under way. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:29:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 13437 at http://wvasfm.org Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future 'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions? http://wvasfm.org/post/smart-decline-lifeline-zombie-subdivisions On the western edge of Phoenix, it's easy to find vast tracts of empty land once prepped for two-by-fours and work crews. Utility stanchions emerge like errant whiskers from the desert floor.<p>This is the land of zombie subdivisions. Some experts believe up to 1 million dirt lots in central Arizona were in some stage of approval for new homes when the market crashed.<p>"It's tragic," says Realtor Greg Swann. "It's heartbreaking."<p>Urban planners are floating a radical solution for areas like this. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 05:01:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 3796 at http://wvasfm.org 'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions? Troubled First Solar, Inc. To Announce Earnings http://wvasfm.org/post/troubled-first-solar-co-announce-earnings Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>First Solar, viewed as the golden child of the solar industry, hold its quarterly call today with nervous investors. They're on edge because the Arizona-based company announced a CEO shake-up late last month and have said almost nothing publically since then. From member station KJZZ in Phoenix, Peter O'Dowd reports.<p>PETER O'DOWD, BYLINE: 2011 and the solar industry just don't get along. There was a bankruptcy at Solyndra, political fallout over government loan guarantees, and now the quasi-mysterious firing of First Solar CEO Robert Gillette. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 08:00:00 +0000 KUNM-FM: Peter O'Dowd 99 at http://wvasfm.org