Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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On today’s show, now that it's almost Thanksgiving Day, what does giving thanks mean? Pastor Clint Schnekloth returns to our show to consider the holiday. Plus, for Thanksgiving week, our Militant Grammarian asks about food. And, we have a Thanksgiving week visit with John Brummett.

The Week in Politics: Taxes and Bad Behavior

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Talk Business and Politics

John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, talks with Roby Brock from our partner Talk Business and Politics, about increasing allegations of sexual misconduct involving powerful men. They also talk about the continued effort to pass tax reform.

Thanksgiving as Holiday and Ideal

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Pastor Clint Schnekloth, the lead pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, returns to our show to discuss Thanksgiving...as a holiday and as a concept.

How Old is That Word?

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Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, brings us a quiz about the age of words and terms.

A Tuesday roundup: Fort Smith approves tax breaks for new manufacturer, Fayetteville City Council has a vacancy and it is officially Turkey Week in Arkansas.

Soy has been widely accepted as a heart-healthy food for nearly two decades.  Manufacturers of packaged food products have claimed that soy protein reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, and labeled their products thusly.

Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn’t so sure and is seeking an unprecedented revocation of the authorized claim.  With an authorized claim, manufacturers get a stamp of approval from the FDA to directly state a health benefit — calcium, for instant, helps stymie osteoporosis.

The agency said a review of evidence linking soy protein to improved heart health wasn’t conclusive enough to warrant an authorized claim. 

Douglas Balentine, director of the Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling, said studies have evolved since the authorized claim for soy's heart benefits was approved in 1999.

Ozarks at Large for Monday, November 20, 2017

Nov 20, 2017

On today’s show, with Sears closing stores in Fayetteville and Fort Smith, what does this mean for the malls left with empty retail space? Plus, a classic love story connects an embattled nation with northwest Arkansas. And what became of the hopes and dreams for the Arkansas delta catfish to be as important as poultry in northwest Arkansas? We find out.

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In October, Sears announced it would be closing its stores at the Northwest Arkansas Mall and Central Mall in Fort Smith. Mervin Jebaraj, the interim director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas discusses why Sears was a game changer in the past and what has happened since, as well as how department stores and malls are trying to stay relevant in today's retail landscape.

Brad Graham is driving his truck along the edge of a catfish pond near Lake Village, blowing a soybean grain mixture into the water.

“My stepdad was into fish farming, and I just decided I wanted to do a little bit of farming,” he says.

He began farming with four ponds right after college during a time when politicians and entrepreneurs hoped catfish in the Mississippi Delta could become what chicken is in the Ozarks. That was before Vietnamese and Chinese fish flooded the American market about 10 years ago.

Adapting Shakespeare To Tell Syrian Story

Nov 20, 2017

Ozarks at Large takes you inside the artistic process as Fayetteville-based theater director Kholoud Sawaf brings her hometown of Damascus Syria to life for US audiences. Sawaf is adapting Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in a project at TheaterSquared that aims to let audiences in northwest Arkansas, and beyond, learn more about her native country and city. Today we begin a series of behind-the-scenes stories leading up to the production.y.

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The ride-hailing service Uber revealed that the personal information of 57 million people, customers and drivers, was hacked last year and that the company kept the massive theft secret for more than a year.

Uber also paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the stolen data and stay silent about it.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the key to Jonesboro’s success in the future lies in how it can attract more people to not only come to the city, but decide to stay.  Perrin says some of next year’s budget has specific items that will address quality of life issues, such as this example from the city’s Parks and Recreation budget.

“We had four tournaments that were rained out this year and that means that $70,000 in sales tax revenue has been lost because we couldn’t hold those tournaments,” says Perrin.  “That is important because it is a quality of life issue.”

Back in the 1960s, the fact that our diets influence the risk of heart disease was still a new idea. And there was a debate about the role of fats and the role of sugar.

The sugar industry got involved in efforts to influence this debate. "What the sugar industry successively did," argues Stanton Glantz of the University of California, San Francisco, "is they shifted all of the blame onto fats."

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