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On today's program, we're live from Haxton Road Studio in Bentonville for The Power of Music Festival. We hear a special songwriters-in-the-round session with Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, and Jerry Salley.

Scratching The Surface: Planet Classification

Apr 28, 2017

In this episode of Scratching the Surface, Caitlin explores the vast number of orbiting objects that have characteristics of both planets and comets.  For more on the center for Space and Planetary Science, visit spacecenter.uark.edu

On today's program, we learn about a field expedition scheduled for this weekend that will retrace English botanist Thomas Nuttall's route through the Poteau River Valley more than 200 years ago.. Also, we hear from the artistic director of Patch Theatre Company about the group's production of The Moon's a Balloon, onstage Friday at Walton Arts Center.

Considering the Future of Executions

Apr 28, 2017

Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics considers what may happen regarding executions in Arkansas in the future.

Arkansas executed two men in one night this week, and there is a dispute about how it went. Attorneys for the first man executed Monday, Jack Jones, say he gasped for air as he died. Media witnesses say they simply saw Jones’ lips moving. None of the execution witnesses were allowed to hear Jones’ sounds.

Andrew DeMillo, an Associated Press reporter who witnessed Jones’ execution, reported back to other journalists at the prison that Jones’ lips had moved during the lethal injection process.

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"Tracing the Steps of Thomas Nuttall through the Poteau River Valley," will take place Saturday April 29th. Participants will be guided along portions of a route originally taken by English botanist Thomas Nuttall. The naturalist, two centuries ago, is credited as being the first to document native flora along the Arkansas River, pre-settlement. Steven Patterson, a restoration ecologist, is leading the field expedition.

An event this week at Oak Cemetery in Fort Smith will introduce visitors to past figures from Fort Smith.

The Moon is a Balloon

Apr 28, 2017

Patch Theater Company from Australia brings a child-friendly show of imagination to Walton Arts Center.

Northwest Arkansas Healthier Than State

Apr 28, 2017

In this week's edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, we hear how a new report suggests counties in northwest Arkansas are healthier than those in the rest of the state. Also, a conversation with Mike Preston, head of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Ozark folklorist Willi Carlisle and Artist's Laboratory  Theatre director/producer Joseph Fletcher explore the unsung past of folk in a vaudeville-cabaret-operetta, There Ain't No More: Death of a Folksinger.

This one-man show, starring Carlisle, centers around what he describes as "a very white, very male folksinger trying to navigate--politically and personally--the fraught territories of a life in folk song."


World News from NPR

Marine Le Pen, France's far-right presidential candidate, said she would name former rival, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, as her prime minister if she wins the May 7 election.

The two appeared together at a news conference in Paris, Saturday. "We will form a government of national unity that brings together people chosen for their competence and their love of France," Le Pen said, as quoted by Reuters.

Turkish residents were unable to access Wikipedia Saturday after the government blocked the site, citing content "showing Turkey in coordination and aligned with various terrorist groups," according to the Anadolu news agency.

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Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Saturday in Washington, D.C., and cities across the globe, for the People's Climate March, demanding action on protecting the environment.

On a sweltering hot day in the nation's capitol, protesters made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue chanting, singing and banging drums. Once they reached the White House, some staged a sit-in and others marched past carrying signs and shouting, "Shame, shame, shame."

Pope Francis Winds Up Trip To Egypt

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Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Cairo, Saturday, winding up a two-day visit to Egypt. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi saw the Roman Catholic leader off at Cairo Airport at the end of the visit.

The Mass was held in a stadium under heavy security as Sylvia Poggioli reported on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, while military helicopters flew overhead. According to The Associated Press, some 15,000 Catholic Egyptians attended the service.

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:

'Veep' Executive Producer On Making A Show About The 'Craven Desire For Power': The HBO series is now in its sixth season. Producer Frank Rich also writes a column for New York magazine about the intersection of politics and popular culture.

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