With 2018 marking 100 years since Leonard Bernstein's birth, many recording projects and concerts honor his legacy, including the intimate For Lenny from pianist Lara Downes. 

"We're living in a time when there's so much division and there's so much disconnect and I think people feel very isolated from each other and very confused about where our common ground is anymore," says Downes. "My experiece is that we can still find that through American music."

Ozarks at Large for Friday, April 20, 2018

Apr 20, 2018

On today’s show, we hear about a local march against sexual assault. Plus, we hear a story of the power of literacy. And, members of both Arkansauce and National Park Radio perform inside the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio.

Michael Tilley, from Talk Business and Politics, is with us to discuss expected financial reports from J. B. Hunt and new support for a Fort Smith school millage request.

The ME TOO March on Fayetteville will begin at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Fayetteville Town Center plaza. The event will feature guest speakers, a proclamation from Mayor Lioneld Jordan, and a one-mile march. In case of inclement weather, a rain date will be posted to the event's Facebook page.

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After winning the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery, Ghadir Abass Goodarzy chose to immigrate to Fayetteville to embark on a new life and second career. This story is part of our continuing series of profiles on Ozark Literacy Council students. Ozarks Literacy Council offers all classes free of charge.

Try Something New This Weekend

Apr 20, 2018

Becca Martin Brown, the features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says she wants us to stretch this weekend and try some new things. Her suggestions include a renaissance fair near Siloam Springs and a Grammy-winning guitarist playing tonight in Bella Vista.

Arkansauce and National Park Radio will perform May 5 at George’s Majestic Lounge. Earlier this week, the four members of Arkansauce, as well as two members of National Park Radio, stopped by the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio to give us a preview of the concert.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, April 19, 2018

Apr 19, 2018

On today’s show, Oklahoma teachers are back in the classroom, but they are not done fighting for funding. Plus, we learn about a project that will result in a traditional hand-carved Marshallese canoe in Springdale. And after months of renovating a bigger space, the Grove Restaurant and Comedy Club is ready to reopen.

  

Continuing our spotlight on Intersections NWA, a monthlong celebration of women in the arts, we visit with theatre company ArkansasStaged regarding two upcoming productions.

The plays, Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson and An Old Woman Speaks based on poems from Sue Coppernoll, feature solo performances from women April 20 and May 2 respectively. 

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Although the Oklahoma Education Association ended the official teacher walkout last week, many educators are vowing to keep fighting for school funding by other means. Some districts are sending delegates each day to the capitol, many teachers have decided to run for office themselves, and others are rallying behind candidates who support education funding. We catch up with Roland High School math teacher Steven Ostrander, who has been part of the walkout effort in Sequoyah County, about what has happened in the last week and how his school district plans to move forward.

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Wallop'n Monsters: Eve of the Ozarks

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In this episode we speak with comic book creator and illustrator Gustav Carlson. His book series Eve of the Ozarks Girl & Goat follows the adventures of Eve, her Pa, and her best friend-- a silent goat Hieronymus.

Together, they fight the one-horned elk to save the bluff, try to cheer up the sad sap, and stop the thunderbird from making so much noise. Eve's father, Pa Duncan, can do no more than to shake his head, play his fiddle, and ground Eve when warranted. 

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