Ozarks at Large for Monday, November 20, 2017

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On today’s show, with Sears closing stores in Fayetteville and Fort Smith, what does this mean for the malls left with empty retail space? Plus, a classic love story connects an embattled nation with northwest Arkansas. And what became of the hopes and dreams for the Arkansas delta catfish to be as important as poultry in northwest Arkansas? We find out.

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In October, Sears announced it would be closing its stores at the Northwest Arkansas Mall and Central Mall in Fort Smith. Mervin Jebaraj, the interim director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas discusses why Sears was a game changer in the past and what has happened since, as well as how department stores and malls are trying to stay relevant in today's retail landscape.

Brad Graham is driving his truck along the edge of a catfish pond near Lake Village, blowing a soybean grain mixture into the water.

“My stepdad was into fish farming, and I just decided I wanted to do a little bit of farming,” he says.

He began farming with four ponds right after college during a time when politicians and entrepreneurs hoped catfish in the Mississippi Delta could become what chicken is in the Ozarks. That was before Vietnamese and Chinese fish flooded the American market about 10 years ago.

Adapting Shakespeare To Tell Syrian Story

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Ozarks at Large takes you inside the artistic process as Fayetteville-based theater director Kholoud Sawaf brings her hometown of Damascus Syria to life for US audiences. Sawaf is adapting Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in a project at TheaterSquared that aims to let audiences in northwest Arkansas, and beyond, learn more about her native country and city. Today we begin a series of behind-the-scenes stories leading up to the production.y.

Leigh Wood, host of The KUAF Vinyl Hour on KUAF 3, gives us a small preview of her next show. Earlier this year, the Vinyl Hour hosted an "80s Ladies" party at Stage 18 in downtown Fayetteville, and Sunday evening at 5 o'clock, we'll hear highlights.

Locals Vie for Holiday Shopping

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Becca Martin Brown, with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says the Little Craft Show will be in two locations this year. First, the show will be in Fayetteville on Nov. 25 at the Fayetteville Town Center and then at Record Downtown in Bentonville on Dec. 16.

Here Comes the 2018 Political Season

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Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, sits down with veteran political observers Rex Nelson and Shane Broadway to discuss the building political season for the upcoming new year.

Ozarks at Large for Friday, November 17, 2017

Nov 17, 2017

On today’s show, we remember one of the most-watched Arkansas nights ever. Plus, we learn about the power of radio in Africa, and a NWA-based musician recently had the opportunity to perform at the Grand Ole Opry’s pre-show; we hear music from Caleb Ryan Martin on today’s program.

Before he was part of Talk Business and Politics, Roby Brock was given the job of putting together the celebration in downtown Little Rock the night Bill Clinton was elected to the White House.

Election night 1992 brought a horde of people to the steps of the Old State House in Little Rock, where Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, along with his wife and daughter, and Tennessee Sen. Al Gore and his family, were waiting. Just after midnight, Nov. 4, the party stepped out onto the portico.

"Gives me goose bumps today just thinking about it," said Jimmy Moses, a downtown Little Rock developer.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, a day after talks to form a new ruling coalition collapsed, signaled that she prefers a fresh election over trying to stay in power as part of a minority government.

Merkel said that she was "very skeptical" of the prospect of leading a minority government — something that hasn't even been tried since the end of World War II.

"The path to the formation of a government is proving harder than any of us had wished for," she told broadcaster public television ARD, adding that "new elections would be the better path."

More than half of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans say they have experienced violence, threats or harassment because of their sexuality or gender identity, according to new poll results being released Tuesday by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

After his wife died, Dan Peterson didn't know what to do with himself. He spent a lot of time in his garden remembering his wife's favorite flower, white roses.

"I've never been able to get a white rose to grow — all mine are red," Peterson says.

Before she died, Dan and his wife would do everything together. Now, the world just felt darker.

"I'm sitting here starring out the back window of my house, just waiting it out to see how long I was going to live," he says.

One day on a dreaded grocery run, Dan felt particularly depressed.

As millions of people have fled Syria, they haven't been able to take much with them on their journey. Families often had to abandon the things that reminded them of home. So the recipes that bring them back to the places they left behind are precious.

Dina Mousawi and Itab Azzam are the authors of a new cookbook, Our Syria: Recipes From Home. For the book they interviewed Syrian refugees scattered around Europe and the Middle East. The book gathers their stories, along with the recipes that remind them of home.

About a month ago, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. He's spent a lot of time talking about the severity of the drug crisis. But he's spent less time outlining the specific steps he'll take to fight it. Today, a White House analysis declared that the true cost of the opioid epidemic in 2015 was more than half a trillion dollars.

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