Fort Smith Symphony

Believe it or not, there was a time when John Jeter, music director of the Fort Smith Symphony, didn't even know what a symphony was. What drew him in was simply beautiful music. As he explains to me, he fell in love with the form when visiting a friend whose mom always had recordings of Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner on the record player.

We learn about ongoing revitalization efforts at the Fort Smith Boys Shelter, we hear highlights from a public dialogue about race relations and Black Lives Matter that took place this week in Fayetteville, and we get a preview of the Dig In Festival, which will be part of this weekend's Fayetteville Roots Festival.

A partnership of several groups in Arkansas will unveil a legislative plan to reduce the prison population in Arkansas this week.

MUSIC: "Cinamen" Mouse on the Keys

A full house at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville participated in a community discussion about Black Lives Matter.

MUSIC: "Isn't it a Pity" Nina Simone

Campaigns Back on Top

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Talk Business and Politics

After the end of the Olympics, the presidential campaigns are back at the top of the news cycle.  Roby Brock from Talk Business and Politics discusses the latest with John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat gazette.

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The Fort Smith Boys Shelter has taken in neglected and abused boys and teens for almost forty years. Last year, the shelter itself experienced a crisis, but the shelter board of directors overhauled staffing, as well as the facility, making a fresh start.

MUSIC: "Caesar & Cleopatra Theme" Dizzy Gillespie 

Caring About the Oxford Comma

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Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, takes on the Oxford comma.

MUSIC: "Oxford Comma" Piano Tribute Players

This weekend's Fayetteville Roots Festival is wrapped around the Dig In Festival and there will be plenty to learn about local food and farmers.

MUSIC: "Tonight I'll Expire" The Burning Paris

Today's program is brimming with compelling classical as we hear from Mitsuko Uchida performing a Schubert piano sonata, a sextet written by a teen Carlos Chavez and a piece inspired initially by cassette tape looping from John Adams. Tune in from 8 to 10 p.m. or stream it in its entirety right here.

We hear from Omar McLeod, Arkansas Razorback track athlete who just won gold in the Rio Olympics for his native country of Jamaica. We also hear about an unsuccessful proposal to place an early voting site on the U of A campus, and we hear how National Parks, including one in Fort Smith, are planning to celebrate the National Parks Service 100th birthday this weekend.