The 21st century's "concurrent abundance and scarcity" proves a deep well for artistic exploration in 'Labor&Materials,' the latest exhibition hosted by 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, offering blazing color, knowing kitsch, and a deep ambivalence towards a world in flux. 

Ozarks at Large for Monday, February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018

On today’s show, more breweries keep launching in NWA, but what impact is that having on the market? We explore the growth of craft beer in the region. Plus, we explore why water scarcity is considered a major challenge for the 21st century. We’ll preview a talk on the University of Arkansas later this week about the subject.

More and more breweries keep launching in Northwest Arkansas. With more than a dozen breweries and counting in the region, is the market getting oversaturated? Compared to other communities across the country, owners of Saddlebock Brewery, Apple Blossom Brewing Company and Core Brewing Company say no, there is still plenty of room for growth.

Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics says the recent groundbreaking connected to the 188th Wing in Fort Smith is good news for the city. He says the announced new studios for KFSM in northwest Arkansas (and not Fort Smith) is seen as unfortunate news by some in the city.

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This week Eric Wailes, who is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Arkansas, will offer a public talk about water scarcity in the 21st century. His lecture, at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in Gearhart Hall Auditorium on the U of A campus, is a preview of an Honors College Signature Seminar he'll lead next fall. He gives us a preview.

A Monday roundup includes continued reactions to Governor Hutchinson's tax cut plan, calls for a special session, and developing thoughts regarding Arkansas water quality trading.

Taking Note of George Washington Carver

Feb 19, 2018

Becca Martin Brown, with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says we can learn more about George Washington Carver this week. First, she suggests we attend a program Wednesday afternoon at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. Then, plan to travel north to the national monument devoted to Carver.

Weekend OAL for Sunday, February 18, 2018

Feb 18, 2018

This morning, we hear about a new yoga program designed for veterans, a new center designed to help those with substance abuse problems in the Arkansas River Valley, and we speak with an  attorney to consider the ramifications, rules, and regulations regarding immigration.

Hot Wheels at The Amazeum

Feb 18, 2018

Becca Martin Brown, features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, gives us details about Hot Wheels - Race to Win, which is open at The Amazeum through Apr. 29.

Walmart in 2018

Feb 18, 2018
NWA Business Journal

In this morning's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Michael Tilley talks with Kim Souza about what has impacted Walmart so far in 2018, and what challenges lay ahead for the company. 


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For a company that's all about the future of communication, Facebook is looking to the past to solve at least some of its problems.

After months of intense scrutiny over the role the company played in the 2016 presidential election, the social network giant announced it wants to use postcards to verify the identity of advertising buyers to prevent future foreign meddling.

Growing up in rural Idaho, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. Her parents were religious fundamentalists who stockpiled food, mistrusted the government and believed in strict gender roles for their seven children.

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