On today’s show, as the younger workforce numbers continue to grow in northwest Arkansas, young professionals are reaching out to each other. Plus, an Arkansas-based study on fracking. And from Austin, Texas...the band Knife in the Water plays in the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio.

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A pair of Hendrix College research biologists have assessed the ecological cost of damage to natural habitat from oil and gas fracking on major plays across the U.S., as well as in Arkansas. The research is published in the June issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

People between the ages of 20 and 34 make up the largest percentage of residents in Washington County, northwest Arkansas as a whole, and the entire state. Government numbers show 27 percent of Arkansas residents are millennials, or people born between 1981 and 2000. That’s a slightly larger percentage of Natural State residents than baby boomers, who make up roughly 24 percent of the population. Those numbers are for 2015 and most, if not all, estimates predict the number of millennial residents has only increased and will continue to increase in northwest Arkansas.

It's hot outside, so Becca Martin Brown of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette gives us some weekend options of things to do away from the scorching heat.

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Knife in the Water is a band that formed 20 years ago in Austin, Texas. In their early days, they released three records and one EP and even toured with Calexico. The band slowly ran out of steam, until a new record began to take shape in 2015. That record, titled “Reproductions” was released earlier this year. Most of the band’s members have changed, but guitarist and vocalist Aaron Blount and pedal steel player Bill McCullough are still fixtures of the five-piece band. While the band was touring the region in support of the album, they made their way to Fayetteville.

On today’s show...how Facebook is making global medicine better. An Arkansas-based pathologist has created a world-wide effort to bring better medical information to people. Plus Arkansas’ second-leading industry rolls along; we hear a conversation with Kane Webb, the director of the state’s parks and tourism department. And, how an old movie spurred Slaid Cleaves to write a new song.

Looking Ahead in Fort Smith

Jul 20, 2017

Michael Tilley, from Talk Business and Politics, joins us a day early this week to discuss how traffic, education and art are playing a role in Fort Smith's future.

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A Facebook group of thousands of doctors is helping spread medical information and advice around the world. We talked with Dr. Jerad Gardner at UAMS about the effort.

Thursday roundup: an Arkansan on a national commission examining voting, money for Eureka Springs and Governor Asa Hutchinson asks for bipartisan work on health care.

Tourism Rolls on in Arkansas

Jul 20, 2017

This week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal includes a conversation with Kane Webb, the director of Arkansas Parks and Tourism, about the state's second-leading industry.

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In this week's edition of our education news roundup, we take you from school vouchers to AP exams to community college.

Betsy DeVos speaks to American Legislative Exchange Council

Protests greeted the education secretary in Denver this week at her speech to the American Legislative Exchange Council. Her family has close ties to the organization, which brings together state legislators, free-market conservatives and corporate sponsors to write model bills that get adopted all over the country.

Some of the best minds of our times, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have warned that human beings may invent intelligent machines that could wind up destroying humankind. But a small incident this week might make you wonder: Will intelligent machines become so smart that they'll grow depressed as they learn they're brilliant but lifeless, and decide they can't go on?

Will those machines begin to wonder: Is that all there is?

NPR reporters are returning to their hometowns this summer to find out how they've changed – from job prospects to schools and how people see their community and the country.

Once home to thriving timber and fishing industries, Gold Beach, Oregon now subsists on tourists and retirees looking for a quiet beach, a nice river trip and, in a few cases, marijuana.

I left Gold Beach after graduating from high school in 1985. Back then, it was a blue-collar town dominated by the timber industry.

On this week's Behind the Headlines on WKNO, leaders of Memphis 3.0 discuss the next phase of the city's comprehensive plan for the future. Host Eric Barnes talks with John Zeahah, deputy director of the Memphis & Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, Ashley Cash, comprehensive planning administrator for the City of Memphis and Eric Robertson, president of Community LIFT. 

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