March 1, 2024 / Modified mar 21, 2024 4:48 p.m.

March Highlights and Happenings

Letter from the CEO

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Dear Friends,

March brings desert wildflowers, the return of many species of birds to the Southwest, outdoor events and festivals, and the close of AZPM’s most important on-air fundraising campaign of the year. Viewer and listener support during the March campaign helps to offset the substantial expenses AZPM pays each fall, including PBS and NPR member dues and other recurring major expenditures.

Maintaining a balanced budget would not be possible without the support of community members who give during the spring television and radio campaigns. 100% of the program license fees paid to PBS, NPR, the BBC, and other program distributors is funded by viewers and listeners like you. If you have already given, thank you! If you haven’t, there’s still time. If you need additional encouragement, you can still receive tickets to see Benise at the Fox Tucson Theatre this April or Celtic Woman at Centennial Hall this May; please go to to make your pledge.

March is also Women’s History Month, commemorating women who have shaped history, arts, culture, politics, science, medicine, and other fields. AZPM honors groundbreaking women with special programs throughout the month on PBS 6, including AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Cancer Detectives, premiering March 26 at 9 p.m.. Examine the fight against cervical cancer led by three extraordinary people whose work saved hundreds of thousands of women from what was often a death sentence.

Call the Midwife s13 bicycles hero Call the Midwife returns for a 13th season on Sunday, March 17 on PBS 6.

The beloved series Call the Midwife returns for a 13th season, Sundays on PBS 6, with eight brand-new episodes set at the close of the turbulent 1960s. The new 7 p.m. start time ushers in a new block of Sunday evening drama programming, with Call the Midwife followed by two new series from MASTERPIECE, both of which feature strong and focused women characters. At 8 p.m., Helena Bonham Carter stars as Noelle “Nolly” Gordon, one of the most famous faces on British TV in the 1960s and 70s, whose unceremonious firing from her hit show at the height of her career was front-page news. Told in three episodes, Nolly is a bold exploration of how the establishment turns on women who refuse to play by the rules. At 9 p.m. Alice and Jack shows how love plays out between two very different people over many years, and questions whether the bonds between us are stronger than the bonds that would tear us apart.

scenic railways from above hero Epic Train Journeys from Above premieres March 20 on PBS 6.

Railway fans won’t want to miss Epic Train Journeys from Above. This six-part series follows some of the world’s most extraordinary railway journeys, flying above spectacular scenery, exploring exceptional engineering, and meeting the people who maintain and operate these incredible railroads. Epic Train Journeys from Above is available to members through AZPM Passport.

Southern Arizona foodies won’t want to miss Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros, a film by Frederick Wiseman that showcases the Troisgros family and their three restaurants located in central France. The artistry, ingenuity, and imagination that go into creating meals of the highest quality are at the center of family tradition handed down from Michel Troisgros to his son, César. Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros premieres Sunday, March 24 at noon on PBS 6.

Morris Robinson and Andy Bade Opera singer Morris Robinson (right) is interviewed by AZPM's Andy Bade (left).
Classical 90.5 has much to celebrate during March, including the Tucson Symphony Orchestra community concert series on Sundays at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 p.m. And a new Extempore with Andy Bade featuring opera singer and former football star Morrison Robinson. The shift to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 10 may have affected the start time of the opera broadcasts on Saturday afternoons; please check the radio program schedule for details.

AZPM is able to offer top-quality educational television, radio, and digital programming only because of your support. Thank you for your membership and your ongoing investment in AZPM and in our community.


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Jack Gibson
Chief Executive Officer

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