In Heaven There is No Beer....

That's why we drink it here. 

At least that's what one of our favorite polka tunes claims.

We're producing a series of programs for Mr. Beer, manufacturers of the biggest selling make-your-own-beer kits in the U.S.  In  addition to learning some of the fine points of the beer making process (yeast,yeast, yeast), we've come to realize that beer is the foundation this great country was built upon.


Many also claim music is the universal language, but after spending some time with Mr. Beer, it's obvious Beer is the real language everyone understands.  Despite that, we're still translating the whole thing into Spanish and French.

And here's an interesting time lapse sequence of the first 72 hours of fermentation...

The Bee Line


Consider the Honey Bee.  Its day-to-day is filled with collecting nectar, feeding larvae, and general care and cleaning of the hive.

Most would agree there's enough to do without having to worry about Varroa mites.  An infestation of Varroas can lead to sickness and the eventual death of the colony.

Well, we've been shooting some material on a new product from BetaTec Corporation that's made from hop extract—hops like in beer—that rids the hive of the dreaded Varroas.

Flexible strips coated with the stuff are inserted into the hive— the bees come into contact with the strips and carry the goo around the house.  No more Varroa.

Now consider the camera crew.  It's day-to-day is filled with concerns about picture and sound, lighting and composition.  Most would agree there's enough to do without having to worry about bee stings, funny webbed hoods you can't see out of....




Built outside Benson as a dynamite factory in 1922, Apache Powder Company supplied explosives to Arizona and New Mexico mines.  Today, Apache Nitrogen is a major ammonium nitrate supplier.  Ammonium nitrate replaced dynamite around 1955 as the principal explosive used in mining.

There’s a steampunk atmosphere around the plant with all the pipes and motors humming. Decayed remains of original buildings sit at the property’s edge – a dynamite factory ghost town.

We’re producing English and Spanish language informational programs for contractors and vendors.  Do’s and don’ts — rules and regulations.

They don’t let just anyone into a bomb factory.



There’s an interesting story behind every revolutionary technology.

Tucson resident Mark Bannister owned a landscaping company on the east coast - involved in a motorcycle accident he had to sell the company and concentrate on recovering his health.  During this time he moved to Arizona.

A shade tree scientist and builder, Bannister was experimenting with ways to make a non-mechanical device move material under control. He developed a polymer substance that expands and contracts when fed a small electrical current.

Thinking there could be a market for the material, he networked with various tech industry groups, meeting some people who know how to bring new medical products to market.  Satisfied with Mark's claims, lab work results, and after rigorous testing, they decided it would be perfect for medical infusion pumps - expensive mechanical devices carried by a patient and giving small doses of medication on a regular schedule.

Since the substance can, in mechanical engineering terms, do "work," infusion pumps are only the beginning.

Shooting in Tucson and San Diego, with a series of time-lapse sessions to show the material in action.

Con los Inmigrantes


An update on our Border Project with Washington, D.C.'s Sautter Films.  We recently spent some time in Sasabe, Sonora,  a major staging area for illegal border crossers.  The Department of Homeland Security  fence is under construction here and there is a U.S. border station on the Arizona side that doesn't seem to get much traffic. That might explain why we were greeted by 10 agents with automatic weapons in hand when we drove back across to the U.S.

We had a chance to talk a bit with some men, pictured above, who were setting out for Phoenix and higher pay--they told us they were set to get $6 per hour compared to the $6 per day they could get working in Mexico.  The town of Sasabe probably has a population of 1,000, yet we were told the Western Union office handles about $20 million per year--mostly money to pay the "mules" who guide the crossers to halfway houses or spots where they will be picked up and transported by vehicle.

There's a Light Up Above


Working in a coal mine...well, not exactly, it's a training mine owned by the University of Arizona for the benefit of mining technology students.

Mary Poulton is the first woman Dean of the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, (and a member of The Mining Hall of Fame), and we've been following her around both above and below ground for the past month--working on a profile piece for The Arizona Board of Regents.

Mining is not often thought of as a high tech industry.

"Mars rover types of technologies are the types of things that we need to be transferring into the mining industry, so we're in this giant laboratory on campus where people have done things in different environments where that technology is transferable in some way to the mining industry," says Poulton.

Look for this and others in our series of profiles as they appear on Arizona Public Media.

One and Two and...


A  golf enthusiast of 30 some odd years, I've come to realize the shoulder turn on the back swing is not quite what it used to be. Among my playing partners, the prescription for this kind of thing usually calls for two martinis the night before your next round.  You know, for lubrication.

Recently I learned about another  solution--no olives needed--during the production of a show on Dynamic Stretching Technique  with exercise expert Susan Dawson-Cook.

A mix of Pilates and Yoga,  you could make this part of your daily routine and regain that 15 yards you've lost off the tee.

We shot at the beautiful La Hacienda Club at Saddlebrook Ranch.