On today's program, we visit Temple Shalom of Northwest Arkansas to hear how the congregation is coping with growing national anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence. We also learn how last week, Fayetteville clothing mainstay Cheap Thrills nearly closed its doors for good, but now has a new lease on life.

Federal, State Pot Laws Not Always in Sync

Feb 24, 2017

Michael Tilley, from Talk Business and Politics, explains how TB&P's Roby Brock started a national conversation about conflicting marijuana laws.

MUSIC: "Telegram" Benjamin Monday

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We visit Temple Shalom Northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville to hear how the congregation is coping with growing national anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence.

MUSIC: "Selfoss" GusGus

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Cheap Thrills, a beloved thrift store in downtown Fayetteville, had announced it was closing until two women stepped in to buy it and keep the little shop's legacy alive.

MUSIC: "Cheap Thrills" Vitamin String Quartet

Mardi Gras (and Mardi Gras-like) Events

Feb 24, 2017

Becca Martin Brown from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says there are Mardi Gras parties and parades this weekend in Eureka Springs, Fayetteville and Fort Smith.

Defining the music Route 358 plays isn't easy, but listening to the band is.

Scratching The Surface: Episode 3

Feb 24, 2017

Welcome to Scratching the Surface with Caitlin Ahrens!  Caitlin is the Pluto Manager within the U of A Center for Space and Planetary Science. This week, we learn about Saturn's rings and the moons that are helping keep them in place. Join us each Friday for a new episode of Scratching the Surface.  For more information on the Center for Space and Planetary Science, visit spacecenter.uark.edu

On today's program, we learn how a building in Springdale is being transformed into transitional housing and into a home for various agencies providing services to former prison inmates. Also, we hear highlights from Senator Tom Cotton's town hall that was held in Springdale last night.

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, faced more than 2,000 people at his town hall Wednesday evening in Springdale. Many of those in attendance expressed anger and frustration about issues ranging from the impending repeal of the Affordable Care Act to the proposed border wall with Mexico. You can listen to the full town hall below. It's been divided into two parts. Cotton began the town hall with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Steele Center Office Suites building in Springdale is being transformed into a resource for people who used to be incarcerated. Various agencies like Goodwill will provide services for ex-prisoners in the front half of the building. The back portion will serve as a transitional living facility for men. The Returning Home Center will host an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 25.