Ozarks at Large for Monday, September 18, 2017

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On today’s show, we see how a parking space is transformed to a park in downtown Fayetteville. Plus, we learn about an arts experience that’s beyond sitting and applauding. And, we get a quick catch-up on the long, long odds of Amazon locating in Arkansas, the financial ripple effects hurricanes have on Arkansas, and the next phase in advancing toward legal medical marijuana.

Friday, on opposite sides of Dickson Street, groups in Fayetteville challenged residents to think differently about our relationships with automobiles. A parking spot was transformed into a park and advocates for electric cars talked to people about the advantages of reducing carbon emissions.

Wesley Brown covers business for our partner Talk Business and Politics and he answers four quick questions about medical marijuana in Arkansas, ripple effects of hurricanes on the Natural State and more.

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For many arts lovers, watching a play or dance performance as an audience member means quietly observing until the end of the show when you politely applaud the artists. The Walton Arts Center is looking to expand on that experience by giving people more opportunities to engage with what they see on stage. In the coming weeks, the arts center is launching two new programs: Arts and Appetizers and the Broadway Book Club.

Everything Old is New Again at Shiloh Museum

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Becca Martin Brown, with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, explains the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale is still devoted to history. Now the museum has new ways to explore the past.

Ozarks at Large for Friday, September 15, 2017

Sep 15, 2017

On today’s show, jazz art and color on the walls at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Plus passion and music combine for Handmade Moments, and Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics helps us look back at a week’s worth of news..

New Bentonville HQ Planned

Sep 15, 2017

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses this morning's announcement from Walmart about an eventual new home office in Bentonville.

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Stuart Davis: In Full Swing features 86 works from the American painter whose career spanned five decades. The exhibition opens to the public Sept. 16 and will be on view at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art until Jan.1.

A Friday roundup: Arkansas median household income is up, but still low compared to the rest of the country...University of Arkansas stands behind DACA students and soccer tonight in Fayetteville.

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The Eureka Springs Native Plant Garden Project, in partnership with Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists and Eureka Springs Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting the 1st Annual Native Plant Fair in Eureka Springs Saturday, September 30th. The free fair will feature a native plant sale, exhibits by area and state plant societies and alliances along with key presentations by native plant experts at the new Eureka Springs Community Center on 44 Kings Highway from 9 am to 5 pm. A guided native plant walk will take place after lunch at Lake Leatherwood Park.

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World and Area News

Another hurricane, another health care horror story.

At least that's how it looked when eight patients died at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida. The facility lost its air conditioning several days after Hurricane Irma struck.

That event conjured memories of the scores of elderly who died in Louisiana hospitals and nursing homes following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Mélisande Short-Colomb knew her family had been enslaved. But until recently, she didn't know that they were enslaved, and later sold, by Georgetown University.

She found out about that part of her history when she got a message from a genealogist for the Georgetown Memory Project, which is dedicated to finding the descendents of the 272 people sold by the university in 1838.

The dollar is down nearly 10 percent since the beginning of the year. That's bad news if you're a tourist traveling to Europe but great news if your U.S. company sells goods overseas.

The greenback's tumble against a basket of currencies reflects both positive and negative trends, analysts say.

The biggest factor in dollar's decline is doubts among currency investors that the Trump administration will be able to put in place pro-growth policies, says Jens Nordvig, CEO of Exante Data, a financial advisory firm.

The retail landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, and Toys 'R' Us has been trying to maintain its foothold in the industry amid a heavy debt load and the rise of online shopping.

Late Monday, the largest U.S. toy chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Richmond, Va. It was a moved that had been expected.

An official from Toronto has called Amazon's search for the second headquarters "the Olympics of the corporate world."

It's a unique situation of its kind and scale. Typically, cities and states vie for factories or offices behind the scenes. This time, Amazon's public solicitation of bids from essentially all major metropolitan areas in North America has prompted reporters and analysts across the continent to run their own odds on potential winners.

What's at stake?

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