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Third Coast Percussion's expansive take on Steve Reich earned them a Grammy this year, and the group has forged a reputation for opening up to the audience in novel ways--such as the use of smartphone apps to offer intimate participation and awareness of the process.

"I think most people are curious, creative people, and if you appeal to people's curious nature, that's a point of connection," explains Third Coast member Sean Connors to Of Note's Katy Henriksen.

During the last year, there has been some momentum across the country to reform laws regarding bail, but one criminal justice reformer says more could be done. On today's program, we hear from Tim Murray, a bail reform advocate and director emeritus of the Pretrial Justice Institute. Also, The Militant Grammarian returns to begin to demystify the lowly pronoun.

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Congressman Bruce Westerman talks to Roby Brock, from our partner Talk Business and Politics, about the possibility of another Washington discussion about healthcare taking place soon.

MUSIC: "Dream a Little Dream of Me" Ella Fitzgerald

Roger Gross knew Shakespeare well. He also loved to make sure we all got as much out of the arts as possible.

MUSIC: "Romeo and Juliet" Dire Straits

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It has been a year since Tim Murray, Director Emeritus of the Pretrial Justice Institute, was with us to talk about bail reform. He was in northwest Arkansas this month and we invited him back for an update on the subject.

Arkansas Executions Continue

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A Tuesday roundup includes a executions in Arkansas, a Tyson purchase and more.

She or Her? Me or I?

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Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, helps us with personal pronouns. Plus: a bit of math, too!

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The Washington County Sheriff's Office is home to a martial arts dojo that offers free self-defense classes. On today's program, we learn about Project Zen, and we learn about a proposed cannabis cultivation facility that could be built in Fayetteville if approved by the city

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Central Arkansas businessman, Brian Faught, has asked the city of Fayetteville to sell him a five-acre plot in the Commerce District for the construction of a medical marijuana cultivation facility. The deal is contingent on the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission giving Faught one of the five cultivation licenses later this year.

 

A legal challenge to Monday's planned execution of Jack Jones was rejected by the state Supreme Court.

In an Arkansas Public Media story yesterday reported Jack Jones’ attorney Jeff Rosenzweig objected to the jury in Jones' sentencing. Specifically, they filled out paperwork to show contradictory findings about whether there were valid reasons, or mitigating factors, to avoid a death penalty sentence.

His attorney Jeff Rosenzweig argued precedent in Arkansas is to grant re-sentencing when there’s been such an error.

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For the first time in more than a decade, Mexicans no longer make up the majority of immigrants staying in the U.S. illegally, according to new estimates by the Pew Research Center.

TV and film writers resumed contract negotiations Tuesday with Hollywood producers with a powerful bargaining tool. Late Monday, the Writers Guild of America said members had overwhelmingly authorized a strike if an agreement is not reached by May 1. That's when the current contract runs out.

More than 90 percent of eligible writers voted to authorize a strike, even though the last strike a decade ago cost some writers their jobs and shut down TV and movie production.

In November, young boxer Amaiya Zafar traveled from Minnesota to Florida to fight her first competitive bout.

But before Zafar even had her gloves on, officials called off the fight – they told the 16-year-old she had to remove the hijab she wore or forfeit the match. A devout Muslim, Zafar refused, and her 15-year-old opponent was declared the victor.

When you're facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who's already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they're letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There.

Two years ago, life was good for Sheryl Sandberg. The Facebook senior executive and mother of two had a best-selling book (Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead) and she and her husband, Dave Goldberg, decided to take a vacation. But on that vacation, Goldberg collapsed at the gym from heart failure and died. He was 47 years old.

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