Podcast—In Focus

About In Focus

In Focus is a Cronkite News podcast that unearths the stories and voices of young adults across Arizona you haven’t heard before. We’ll bring you a new episode every Friday, right here on this page.

Our first season highlights the health issues young Arizonans face. We’ll hear how a service dog changed the life of a woman in Chino Valley with autism, how an ASU student copes with sleep paralysis and what health reform could mean for young Arizonans trying to access care. Of course, we also want to hear from you. Be sure to let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter.


Episode 1: Service dog helps navigate life with autism Producer Ben Flores talks with 25-year-old Lynsie Andreasky about living with autism. Lynsie was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when she was 16. Since then, she has faced a lot of challenges, including depression and overwhelming anxiety.

In this episode, Lynsie shares her personal story and how she has overcome challenges thanks to a service dog named Kaycee. We learn how even the smallest dogs can be trained to help reduce anxiety and facilitate social interaction. Share your feedback about the episode here.

Episode 2: What plans to defund Planned Parenthood could mean for Arizonans A Republican health care reform bill stalled in the House of Representatives this week, but the proposal gave an inside view into plans to defund Planned Parenthood. In Arizona, approximately 33,000 people received care at a Planned Parenthood clinic in 2015. If government health plans no longer covered care there, thousands of people might have to look elsewhere. Could other clinics step in to serve them instead? Producer Freesia DeNaples brings us the story. Share your feedback about the episode here.

Coming up

Next week: Only 11 percent of university students report getting good sleep, according to a study from researchers at Brown University. More than 70 percent report some sort of sleep problem. Producer Brooke Ramos explores why young adults struggle so much to get good rest, and what sleep deprivation can mean in their lives.