Dr. Sheldon Riklon walks into an examination room inside Community Clinic in Springdale and greets his patient.

"Iakwe," he says, and slides a stool over to Haem Mea, a shy Marshallese elder. The two speak softly to one another for a few moments.

Then he poses this question: So what's it like to have a real Marshallese doctor in town?

“Really helpful,” Mea says, grinning.

Riklon is one of only two U.S. trained Marshallese doctors in the world. He relocated from the Hawaiin islands last year to Northwest Arkansas where the largest population of migrants from the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the world now reside.

Dr. Riklon practices family medicine at Community Clinic, a federally qualified health center which last year served more than 36,000 middle- to low-income patients in Benton and Washington Counties, thousands of them Marshallese. And many of them are really sick. 

Axiom Brass

Axiom Brass wants to crush the stereotype that their instrument family is only bombastic. The quintet plays with precision and expressiveness while redefining the idea of brass chamber music.  

"I think a lot of people know brass instruments for being able to play loud and powerfully," explains Mary Tyler, trombonist in the ensemble. "I don't think a lot of people have heard brass instruments play on the softer side or with a lot of finesse."

On today’s show, a big decision for a small dam in Benton County. Plus, Pete Seeger’s life as a musician, environmentalist and social activist is explored in a special exhibit at Tulsa’s Woody Guthrie Center; and Gerald Sloan’s memoir in verse.

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The dam on Little Sugar Creek, which creates Lake Bella Vista, has been considered failed since 2008 when it was topped by flooding. It has also been topped by flooding in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Following the flooding in 2008 and 2011, the city of Bentonville applied for funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to tear down and rebuild the dam. The city got a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was necessary to fulfill the FEMA requirements, in December 2016, but it expired in March 2017.

President Trump still has more supporters than detractors in Arkansas, but a new poll shows that support has slipped. Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics talks with political scientist Jay Barth about the results.

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Year-round, Tulsa's Woody Guthrie Center honors its namesake, but this summer, a special exhibit is honoring his friend Pete Seeger. Artifacts on display examine his work as a musician, environmentalist and social activist.

Hydrate, Apply Sunblock, Have Fun

Jul 24, 2017

Becca Martin Brown, with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, offers up outdoor activities for a hot (but not *as* hot) week.

A Memoir in Verse

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Gerry Sloan's new collection of poems, Crossings, considers the past and present.

On today’s show, as the younger workforce numbers continue to grow in northwest Arkansas, young professionals are reaching out to each other. Plus, an Arkansas-based study on fracking. And from Austin, Texas...the band Knife in the Water plays in the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio.

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A pair of Hendrix College research biologists have assessed the ecological cost of damage to natural habitat from oil and gas fracking on major plays across the U.S., as well as in Arkansas. The research is published in the June issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

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Several toddlers huddle under an oak tree on the Harrison town square pretending to burn something.

"P-wish," a little boy says.  "I’m going to light the fire up!”

Their parents stand a few feet away, with roughly 60 other Ku Klux Klan members holding placards as a gay pride parade goes by. The air vibrates with chants and counter-chants, some of the anti-LGBTQ shouts vulgar. The Klan protestors follow the pride procession for several blocks, converging on a local park where parade members are staging a small festival. Protestors are barred from the gated event so take up positions around the perimeter. Many are mothers pushing infants in strollers, children and teenagers, as well as single women, all members of the Christian Revival Center, operated by Pastor and Ku Klux Klan leader, Thomas Robb. 

Speaking at a news conference in Finland on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin derided the sanctions bill now in the U.S. Congress as "illegal under international law" — but he said Russia's response will depend on what ultimately gets passed.

"We haven't seen the final version yet, so we haven't got any kind of definitive view on it," Putin said, "but we can see that over a lengthy period they are trying to provoke us more and more."

Why Are Undocumented Immigrants Smuggled By Truck?

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The deaths of 10 migrants in a sweltering 18-wheeler in a San Antonio has raised a lot of questions. One of them: why transport people in the back of a tractor-trailer, especially after they have already crossed the border?

One reason, experts say, is that entering the United States from Mexico illegally involves "two crossings." You must first cross U.S./Mexico border, then one of the many border patrol checkpoints that exist farther into the United States.

The nation's highest-ranking military officer said Thursday that the Defense Department was making "no modifications" to current policy regarding transgender service members until President Trump gives more direction.

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