Ozarks at Large for Monday, March 19, 2018

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On today's show, we begin a week of deep dives into our 28-year archive of interviews and shows. Today we hear conversations with architect E. Fay Jones, stand-up comedian Carlos Mencia, former Stax Records executive and co-owner Al Bell, and we hear a performance from the Ozark Highlanders bagpipe band.

Ozarks at Large for Friday, March 16, 2018

Mar 16, 2018

On today's program, we tour the newly renovated Early American Art Galleries at Crystal Bridges. Plus, a new University of Arkansas Libraries storage facility is not being constructed with concrete blocks or steel but with cross-laminated timber. And, the Accidentals perform inside the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio.

Gearing up for Millage Election

Mar 16, 2018

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses business support lining up in favor of a millage increase for Fort Smith in May. Michael also weighs in on housing permits for the Arkansas River Valley, the governor's comments about the medical marijuana licensing process and more.

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For the first time since Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in 2011, its Early American Art Galleries have been renovated. These newly designed spaces, which have been closed since January, are open to the public today.

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A massive five-story wooden building is under construction on Fayetteville's Hill Avenue. The structure will function as a high-density, climate controlled storage facility for University of Arkansas Libraries collections. The building's shell is made entirely of spruce cross-laminated timber panels. The mass timber technology, common in Europe, is gaining support in the United States.

A Friday digest includes fires in and around Eureka Springs and Governor Asa Hutchinson's plans to reduce state agencies.

While traveling from Missouri to Texas for shows, the trio The Accidentals visited the Firmin-Garrner Performance Studio. Their latest CD, Odyssey, mixes pop, folk, classical and more. The band will be back in northwest Arkansas in May to perform at the Power of Music Festival in Bentonville.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mar 15, 2018

On today's show, the fate of a controversial industrial swine breeding facility federally permitted five years ago to operate six miles upstream of the Buffalo National River is at the center of an extraordinary Arkansas legislative special session this week. Plus, a local teen offers cancer patients free makeovers and Arkansas researchers come up with a blood test that can help detect some forms of cancer in their early stages.


The fate of C&H Hog Farms, a controversial industrial swine breeding facility federally permitted five years ago to operate six miles upstream of the Buffalo National River, was at the center of an extraordinary Arkansas legislative special session this week. The Arkansas General Assembly approved a bill that would protect hog farmers from lawsuits for certain environmental issues once their waste permits are approved.


Hundreds of students from Fayetteville High School marched to the Washington County Courthouse Wednesday where they displayed signs and shouted slogans in an effort to spark change to school gun violence. Members of the community and students from Har-Ber High School also participated in the demonstration.


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World and Area News

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a Republican challenge to the newly drawn Pennsylvania congressional map ahead of the 2018 elections.

The decision means Republicans have few, if any, options remaining to try and stem a map that will almost certainly result in Democrats picking up potentially three or four seats and could make half a dozen or more competitive.

Last month, the Supreme Court also declined to block the state-court decision that said the old GOP-drawn map violated the state constitution.

There are reports the political data firm Cambridge Analytica was able to gather private information on about 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge. Cambridge Analytica is also facing a lawsuit in a British court that could reveal how those users were targeted.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with David Carroll (@profcarroll), professor of media design at The New School and the man who filed that suit.

Sherry Alvarez says she knew there was something different about her son since he was about 9 months old. Back then Sherry says his pediatrician told her there was nothing to worry about, " 'Boys are a little slower than girls, so let's just wait until his second birthday.' " We aren't using Sherry's son's name to protect his privacy.

By her son's second birthday, Sherry says she was getting desperate. She didn't know why he wasn't talking yet or showing affection like other kids. At 2 1/2, he was referred to Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Authorities say a fourth device that exploded in Austin, Texas, this month indicates a "serial bomber" — and one who is more sophisticated than the earlier bombs suggested.

Austin Chief of Police Brian Manley said Monday that investigators believe a tripwire might have been used in the device that exploded in a Southwest Austin neighborhood on Sunday night, injuring two men.

A newspaper says a former Arkansas lawmaker who became Jefferson County's chief administrative officer will resign after a federal prosecutor revealed the official had received $100,000 in bribes.

The Pine Bluff Commercial reported Monday that County Judge Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV sent a resignation letter to the governor, effective Thursday. In the letter, Wilkins said he was sorry his own actions made the resignation necessary.

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