We hear from the only Syrian refugee to be resettled through Arkansas since 2011, talk with the actor portraying Daddy Warbucks at Walton Arts Center for the production of Annie, and we get some insight on how to survive the Thanksgiving holiday with family.

Bentonville-based Walmart will begin selling items for Cyber Monday a few hours before Monday begins. Plus, a new survey of Arkansans shows mixed results when it comes to consumer confidence.

MUSIC: "Looking Glass" Steep Canyon Rangers

Courtesy Omar Al-muqdad

Omar Al-muqdad, the only Syrian to find refuge in Arkansas since the Syrian Democratic uprising began in 2011, reflects on his journey in light of the Paris Attacks November 13th. Al-muqdad, who is now 35, is currently living and working in Alexandria, Virginia as a freelance journalist. 

New Boat at Arkansas' Maritime Museum

2 hours ago

The collection of vintage ships increases by one this week in North Little Rock at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum.

MUSIC: "Golosli" Sigur Ros

Seeking Highway Help

2 hours ago

Among the topics up for discussion for this week's Talk Business and Politics round table is the continuing search for highway funding in Arkansas.

A new president has been chosen for the United Way of Northwest Arkansas. TheatreSquared chooses noted theatre designers Charcoalblue and architect Jonathon Marvel as lead designers for its proposed new home in Fayetteville. The U of A System board of directors approves creation of a new center at the U of A to help students learn about design of virtual reality spaces and video games. And the city of Fort Smith prepares to hire a new city director, a position that has been vacant since July.

Not all family members see politics the same way and that can cause problems during the holidays. Clint Schnekloth, lead pastor at Good Lutheran Shepard Church in Fayetteville, suggests we seek what we do have in common when we sit down for the big meal.

MUSIC: "Almost Thanksgiving Day" Graham Parker

The man who is Daddy Warbucks during this week's run of Annie at Walton Arts Center knows a thing or two about optimism and thinking about tomorrow.

Of Note for Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015: The Viola of Love

19 hours ago

The viola d’amore, or viola of love, is an entirely different instrument from the standard viola. With sympathetic strings to compliment the bowed ones, the viola d’amore has a sound all its own. Baroque violinist Rachel Barton Pine takes on Vivaldi’s complete works for this instrument on her latest recording, showcasing the depth and emotion created by its rich sound. Tune in to Tuesday’s program for highlights from this recording and much more.

We hear highlights from a building rededication at the U of A in honor of former chancellor David Gearhart, learn more about Sheep Dog Impact Assistance and how it supports and uses skills of former and current military and first responders. And, we learn about a new book about instrument maker Ed Stilley from the book's author and from Stilley himself.