On today's show, one of the grandest movie theaters in Northwest Arkansas in the 1950s and 60s reopens after years of renovations, the City of Rogers proposes annexing nearly 4,000 acres of unicorporated land, and Ken Burns asks Arkansas Vietnam War veterans to tell their stories.

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The Apollo was one of the grandest movie theaters in Northwest Arkansas in the 1950s and 60s. After falling into a state of disrepair and remaining empty for years, the building has been renovated and converted into a rental venue in Springdale.  

The City of Rogers is proposing the annexation of nearly 4,000 acres of unincorporated land on the east and west sides of Highway 112. The largest tract of land is nearly 3,500 acres on the west side of the highway. The annexation would mean services like water and sewer would be extend into the annexed areas, but it would also mean increased property taxes for those who live there. The city would hold a special election for Rogers residents and those who live in the areas marked for annexation.

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Evin Demirel's new book, African-American Athletes in Arkansas chronicles a vist from Muhammad Ali in 1969, barnstorming baseball and much more.

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On a blistering Monday afternoon in July, retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. George Hollingsworth sat down with Hot Springs Village Voice managing editor Jeff Meek to talk about the Vietnam War.

"I hope this," Hollingsworth said, meaning Ken Burns' The Vietnam War, and perhaps his own small part here on this set, "could start a national dialogue again about America, not only its tendency to war, but its tendency to govern in a dishonest fashion."

The Many Legacies of Frank Broyles

Aug 17, 2017

This week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report examines many of the ways Frank Broyles had an impact on Arkansas.  

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American pianist Simone Dinnerstein chose the unlikely setting of Cuba to tackle two Mozart piano concertos. "In Havana, wherever you walk there is music," she explains of the vibrant city. The resulting Mozart in Havana, a collaboration with the vibrantly youthful Havana Lyceum Orchestra conducted José Antonio Méndez Padrón, exemplifies the way music transcends boundaries.

On today's show, local sheriffs hear from the community about their decision to participate in the 287(g) program that allows deputies to get involved in immigration enforcement. Plus, the staff at the Buffalo National River puts together a song parody to encourage visitors to come see the solar eclipse at the park and Farmington students start the year at a new high school.

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Local and national officials affiliated with the 287(g) program hosted an annual meeting Aug. 15 to explain the initiative to the public as well as listen to questions and comments from community members.  

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Supporters of a program that allows undocumented children to stay in the U.S. are urging Arkansas’s Attorney General to change her position on the issue.

A large group of supporters and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program crowded into the Little Rock office of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday. They met with Carl Vogelpohl, Rutledge’s Chief of Staff, and presented him with a petition organized by the Arkansas United Community Coalition.

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At least seven people were wounded by a man with a knife who went on a stabbing rampage in the northern Russian city of Surgut.

No one was killed in the attack in the central Siberian city, but four of those hurt were in serious condition, according to state-run Tass news agency, who cited a regional health official.

Islamic State says the man — shot dead by police — was a "soldier" of the extremist group. However, Russian authorities say psychiatric information on the assailant is being sought, suggesting they believe the claim by ISIS may be opportunistic.

President Trump will skip the annual Kennedy Center Honors this year to allow the "artists to celebrate without any political distraction," the White House said Saturday.

Three of the five artists set to be honored had either expressed a specific intent to boycott the traditional White House reception before the event, or were said to be considering it.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Thousands of counterprotesters gathered on the Boston Common on Saturday, far outnumbering a "Free Speech" rally of a few dozen conservative activists who said they have no connection to last week's violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., which drew white nationalists and sparked violent clashes and a deadly vehicle attack.

Under police escort, the Free-Speech demonstrators left the location where they said they would rally as they faced a sea of counterprotesters. It wasn't immediately clear if they would reassemble elsewhere.

A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was removed from the entrance to Duke University Chapel early Saturday by order of the university president who said in a letter that the move was not only a safety measure but also meant to express the "abiding values" of the school.

The decision to remove the statue from the Durham, N.C., campus, comes after it was defaced on Wednesday and follows violent clashes last week in Charlottesville, Va., between right-wing extremists and counterprotesters over plans to remove another statue of Lee.

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