Ozarks at Large for Friday, October 20, 2017

Oct 20, 2017

On today’s show, access to early childhood education can help working parents remain in the workforce, and we hear more on a new early childhood initiatives center on today’s OAL. Plus, Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics examines the week’s news, and our Militant Grammarian examines a few words. And, we’ll advance into an autumn weekend with an all-star band in the Firmin-Garner Production Studio.

Michael Tilley's Optimism

Oct 20, 2017

Michael Tilley, from Talk Business and Politics, says this week he saw reasons for smiling in what can be an otherwise vitriolic world. He also gives us updates on a major acquisition in the medical world and the latest Arkansas tourism numbers.

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The Scott Family Amazeum is getting a new neighbor. In a little over a year, the empty field just south of the museum will be the site of the new Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center and Early Childhood Initiatives Center.

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This autumn see how grains were turned into flour in the olden days along the Buffalo River. The National Park Service is hosting guided weekend tours of a historic grist mill in beautiful Boxley Valley, as well as guidance on nearby elk viewing and trail hikes. Park rangers and volunteers from the nonprofit Buffalo National Rivers Partners will be on duty to assist the public over the next three weekend.

Pronouncing GIF (and Other Older Words) Correctly

Oct 20, 2017

Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, makes a Friday visit to offer a list of often mispronounced words.

Away From the Gridiron

Oct 20, 2017

Becca Martin Brown, from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says if you're not watching football this weekend there are plenty of other ways to spend your time.

Last week, as many as 19 area folk and bluegrass musicians performed together as the ShindigMusic Hillberry Harvest Festival Orchestra at the annual music festival in Eureka Springs. Prior to that performance, seven of those musicians came to our studio to talk a little bit about the local music scene, and to perform several folk and bluegrass standards.

This weekend is the third annual HeART of Rogers Craft Fair. The event hosts booths from local artisans and is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. This year, visitors can browse crafts at two locations- the newly renovated Haas Hall Academy and the First United Methodist Church -both in historic, downtown Rogers. 

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017

On today’s show, we learn about a proposal for a communal shelter for people without homes in Fayetteville. Plus, in conjunction with the One Book, One Community initiative, the Latin/x Youth Theatre Project will host two performances this week. And Jennifer Lin explains the book that’s taken her nearly a lifetime to write.

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The Fayetteville Planning Commission is considering a proposal submitted by ServeNWA for a homeless community called New Beginnings that would provide micro-shelters to those in need of somewhere to sleep. Kevin Fitzpatrick, who is the director of the University of Arkansas' Community Family Institute and is a board member for ServeNWA, says the micro-shelters would serve as a stepping stone between homelessness and a permanent residence like an apartment.

 

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On most days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mary Grimes can be found pacing along a crowded street in Orlando, Fla., with clipboards in both hands.

"Can I have five minutes of your time?" the 58-year-old says to a parade of passers-by. Those who are in a rush, she quickly wishes well; the others, Grimes directs to a blue and yellow form, reciting her spiel and soliciting a signature from each.

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Spain's prime minister says he'll fire the government officials of Catalonia and hold new elections there within six months. Spain's Senate will have to approve that plan next week.

The wildfires in Northern California cut across a wide swath of the state — including dozens of school districts, hundreds of schools and hundreds of thousands of students. At one point, classes were canceled for 260,000 students in 600 schools.

And while schools are slowly coming back on line, there remain many that may not resume classes for days or even weeks.

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