Fayetteville's massive Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival, now in its 18th year, keeps getting bigger, which means more than a few growing pains. In the current divisive political climate, some Fayetteville residents are concerned about the proliferation of racist or sexist merchandise at the festival. 

KUAF's fall on-air fundraiser begins on Monday, September 25, and we need YOU to help raise the funds that are critical to bringing essential programs to your airwaves.

As far as original TV shows go, Twin Peaks remains unmatched. The surreal, dreamy noir resonated with audiences so much that 25 years after its two season run on ABC the series returned earlier this year with 18, hour-long episodes on Showtime.

Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sep 19, 2017

On today’s show, we hear some concerns about an agent orange testing program carried out at Fort Chaffee fifty years ago. Plus, we have a conversation on the challenge of studying a constantly-changing subject such as the internet. And people often opt out of cooking because it’s not convenient, but we learn about the new wave of smart devices for your kitchen and home.

Vietnam veteran James Kaelin stands on a dirt road staring into an empty scrub forest once part of Fort Chaffee, a U.S. Army Training camp east of Fort Smith, Arkansas. 

“They won’t even admit to this being a test site to anybody,” Kaelin says. “But I have information showing the Army tested Agent Orange, Agent White and Agent Blue on seven different locations on Fort Chaffee in 1966 and 1967 without knowledge to the general public. It was top secret.”

Offering Judgment on Arkansas Politics

Sep 19, 2017
Talk Business & Politics

John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, gives arrows up or arrows down to four separate political entities. He talks to Roby Brock from our partner Talk Business and Politics about Governor Hutchinson, medical marijuana and more.

A Tuesday roundup: applications mount on deadline day for medical marijuana, a deadline for the Bentonville Film Festival and seven-million dollars for Arkansas infant health.

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Stephanie Schulte, an associate professor of communication at the University of Arkansas, will lead an honors seminar in the spring about the internet. Tomorrow night she delivers a preview, open to the public, in Gearhart Hall Auditorium. We talk to her about our increasingly digital lives.

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Last month, Cox Communications hosted a smart home tour. The company's high-speed internet powered more than 50 devices that ranged from a Wi-fi enabled crockpot to a mixed reality headset.

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has issued an “urgent warning” to Arkansans to be on alert for hacking and phishing attempts to obtain personal information caused by the Equifax criminal data breach revealed Sept. 7. Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency based in Atlanta, Georgia, maintains information gathered from businesses which contract with the company to conduct consumer credit checks. As many as 1.2 million Arkansans may be affected by the breach.


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Kristy and Dana Dumont were ready to give a child in need a permanent home. They moved into a Dimondale, Mich., house with two spare bedrooms and a spacious, fenced-in yard, in a school district with strong extracurriculars and a diverse community.

The couple of 11 years began seriously considering adoption after Dana started receiving emails from Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services looking for foster and adoptive families.

For the past six weeks, voters in Germany have been inundated by campaign posters ahead of Sunday's national election.

Passersby walking down the street in just about every German city, town or village get a detailed look at who is running in their district and a condensed version of their campaign messages.

Green Party posters warn Germans to "either end coal or end climate." Another message: "Healthy food doesn't come from nature that's sick."

The anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany placards are even blunter.

President Trump's poll slide appears to have stabilized.

Trump, who came into office with the lowest approval and favorability ratings of any president, saw a steady decline in the months that followed his inauguration.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a nationally recognized, not-quite-a-month. (It's the back half of September and the front half of October).

Welcome to the latest installment of our education news roundup. This week: student loans, HBCUs, federal education policy, and more:

The Department of Education scolds an online university

Western Governors University was ineligible for federal student aid, and may have to return more than $700 million, according to an audit by the U.S. Education Department's oversight branch.

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