COVID VARIANTS: A discussion with Dr. Joshua LaBaer, executive director of ASU’s Biodesign Institute, about current variants of COVID-19, including a mutation that developed in Arizona that his institute identified. LaBaer also discusses concerns about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. MASKING STUDIES: University of Arizona sociologist Dr. Jim Shockey explains factors that go into a person’s decision to wear or not wear a mask. Fellow sociologist Dr. Brian Bayer discusses how discrepancies in enforcing mask policies at grocery stores has had an impact on the mental wellbeing of some store employees. SUN TRAN RIDERSHIP: After more than a year into the pandemic, Tony Paniagua reports on updated ridership numbers for Sun Tran. ARIZONA LEGISLATURE: Arizona Capitol Times reporter Julia Shumway provides an update on bills passed by the Legislature.