Hear the entirety of the Fort Smith Chorale's winter concert titled "How Great Our Joy" in this on-demand stream. This live recording took place November 30 , 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith. The chorale is directed by William M. Cromer with accompanist Gaye McClure.

Ozarks at Large for Friday, December 15, 2017

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On today’s show, Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics reviews the latest economic numbers for Arkansas’ largest cities, Becca Martin Brown gives us the most immediate holiday entertainment suggestions, Also, everyone has a different taste in Christmas trees, and we visit the Lollis Christmas Tree Farm in Rudy to find out more about locally grown holiday decorations.

Economic Report Card Issued

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Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics discusses the latest Compass Report and what it reveals about the economy in Arkansas' biggest cities.

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If you want to support your local community while you’re preparing for the holidays this year, there’s lots of ways to do so. You can buy food for your feast from local farmers or you can purchase gifts at a locally-owned boutique. You can even decorate your home with a locally-sourced Christmas tree. The Lollis Christmas Tree Farm in Rudy sells mistletoe, wreaths and Christmas trees. They're open from 10 a.m. to dark daily until Dec. 22.

Holiday Cheer on Tap

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Becca Martin Brown gives us a rundown of holiday options for the weekend including tonight's presentation of "A Christmas Story" in Rogers at 8 p.m., tomorrow's Holiday Open House at the Fort Smith Museum of History from 2 to 5 p.m., and a very SONA Christmas at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville tomorrow at 2:00 and 7:30.

The band Mouton is a four-piece punk band from Springfield, and when they were in northwest Arkansas recently to celebrate the release of their new EP, a joint effort with Fayetteville-based band Prahnas, they stopped by the Firmin-Garner Performance studio to perform for us.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, December 14, 2017

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On today’s show, details on another big boost for the University of Arkansas School of Art. Plus, we hear how a suddenly developing mountain biking infrastructure in Eureka Springs is boosted by private participation. And we learn how State Sen. Bart Hester wants to give a boost to those wanting to reduce state spending.

The Windgate Charitable Foundation is giving $40 million to the University of Arkansas School of Art to create the Windgate Art and Design District in south Fayetteville. This follows a $120 million dollar gift to the school earlier this year.

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This week, we’ve been talking about the trail boom that’s spreading beyond northwest Arkansas; it recently arrived in Eureka Springs. On Monday, we heard about the developments at Lake Leatherwood, and today we head to the Great Passion Play to find out more about the project there that’s bringing in a renowned trail builder from out west.

A Thursday roundup: Mervin Jebaraj is officially the new director at the Center for Business and Economic Research, tourism spending is up and Arkansans like Starburst.

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the Christmas & New Year’s holiday—December 22!


Austria finalized a deal late Friday to make the 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz Europe's youngest leader, and to form a new governing coalition that will include a far-right party with Nazi roots.

Exactly two months after Austrians went to the polls, Kurz struck a deal to join his conservative Austrian People's Party with the right-wing Freedom Party, led by Heinz-Christian Strache.

Analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reportedly been issued a mandate by the Trump administration to no longer use words and phrases including "fetus," "transgender" and "science-based."

The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history claimed the lives of 58 people, injured 546, and profoundly affected thousands more.

Melissa Barham was at the Jason Aldean concert on Oct. 1 when the shooter began his fusillade. She was sitting with her son and his girlfriend. Barham's daughter sat not far away, near the stage.

In Sidney, Neb., Cabela's corporate headquarters and flagship superstore sit up on a hill like a castle over the prairie. Pretty much everybody in town has deep ties to it. Melissa Norgard got her first job there working in the store's deli when she was 16.

"When I was growing up here, no, I never would have ever thought, Cabela's leaving, no," Norgard says.

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