Since becoming gallery manager of the Fayetteville Underground in October of last year, Joëlle Storet's added  Sunday salon-style artist talk events and embraces social media to cultivate diversity in the visual arts, bringing a youthful vibrancy and passion to the organization.

Community Spotlight - Funky Junk Festival

Mar 27, 2017

The Funky Junk Festival is scheduled for June 3-4 in Chester.  The festival, now in its third year, includes an array of vendors from all over Arkansas.  The cost of attendance for vendors is $10 with all proceeds going towards preserving and improving upon  the site of the Chester Farmers' Market.  The weekly farmers' market will begin in May.

Today, a one-time resident of Arkansas' Death Row talks capital punishment. Damien Echols talks about death row as Arkansas prepares for an unprecedented string of executions. Plus area Meals on Wheels agencies look ahead. And in March, 1969, Muhammad Ali came to Fayetteville:

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Meals on Wheels providers in Fayetteville and Sebastian County both say they are anxiously watching for a more detailed budget plan from the Trump administration after some initial headlines suggested federal funding for the senior meal delivery program could be in jeopardy.

Next month the state of Arkansas will execute eight of its 33 inmates, in pairs over four evenings and by lethal injection.

For more than 18 years Damien Echols was one of those on death row. He knows all eight men and says Don W. Davis, scheduled to die April 17, "kept me alive." 

Here's his full Arkansas Public Media interview with reporter Ann Kenda in which he talks about the justice of capital punishment, life on death row, life after death row and his wife, Lorri, whom he married while on the block. 

Echols was reached at his home in New York. 

The Numbers Behind NWA Growth

Mar 27, 2017

Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics says the continued growth in northwest Arkansas isn't surprising given recent homes sales and tax collection figures.

Assessing Healthcare's Future

Mar 27, 2017

A Monday roundup: Senator Tom Cotton says patience is a virtue when creating healthcare policy and Arkansas hits another record jobless rate low.

courtesy / Evin Demirel

In March, 1969 Muhammad Ali came to the University of Arkansas.  Evin Demirel devotes a chapter to the Arkansas visit in his forthcoming book, African-American Athletes in Arkansas: Muhammad Ali's Tour, Black Razorbacks & Other Forgotten Stories.

A Literary Friday

Mar 27, 2017

Becca Martin Brown from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette prepares us for Ann Patchett's visit to Fayetteville.

On today's show, a conversation about philosophy, law and the art of not being so determined that we know things we don’t. Also, our regular conversations with Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics and Becca Martin Brown with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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