Scratching the Surface: Exoplanet Atmospheres

Jan 17, 2018

Welcome to Scratching the Surface with Caitlin Ahrens, the Pluto Manager at the Center for Space and Planetary Science.

In this episode we go outside of our solar system to look at exoplanet atmospheres-- you know, those layers of gas that separate a celestial body from, well, Space. Caitlin explains how scientists identify the different elements that make up an exoplanet's atmosphere, including a couple surprising discoveries from the last two decades.  

Although firmly cemented in the contemporary classical scene via a wide array of collaborative efforts in the past decade that include performing in Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble and as a founding member of Brooklyn Rider, whose versatile interpretations re-imagine the string quartet's parameters, violinist Johnny Gandelsman hadn't had the chance to really focus inward on any solo efforts, until now. 

Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jan 16, 2018

On today’s show, we hear thoughts about civil rights from observations yesterday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day; we hear sounds and conversations from Fort Smith and Springdale. Plus, John Brummett considers the most recent budget items proposed by Governor Asa Hutchinson. And '90s nostalgia is here; the band Dial Up exclusively plays 90s hits and will play tomorrow night for a crowd and for Arkansas tourism.

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The McDonogh Three--Gail Etienne Stripling, Leona Tate and Tessie Prevost Williams--spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Fort Smith after the U.S. Marshals Museum invited them to share their story. Gail, Leona and Tessie helped desegregate schools in New Orleans by attending McDonogh No. 19 elementary school in the 9th Ward on Nov. 14, 1960, six years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling. The U.S. Marshals Service escorted and protected many black students, including the McDonogh Three, as public schools were desegregated across the country.

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Despite a snowstorm, the city of Springdale hosted its first Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Unity Celebration Jan. 15. Participants marched from Parsons Stadium to Luther George Park and then headed to the Jones Center for lunch.

Governor Hutchinson Active in 2018

Jan 16, 2018
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Governor Asa Hutchinson has already revealed his 2018 budget and asked public universities and colleges in Arkansas to freeze tuition. John Brummett, political writer with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, discusses this and more with Roby Brock from our partner Talk Business and Politics.

Cold Weather Remains

Jan 16, 2018

A Tuesday roundup includes: frigid temperatures and new buses for Ozark Regional Transit.

courtesy: Dial Up

The band Dial Up plays '90s hits. They'll make their George's Majestic Lounge debut tomorrow night. The concert is also being filmed for a commercial about Arkansas tourism and nightlife.

We catch up on some numbers, including a dramatic increase in the number of people moving into Arkansas from other places.

courtesy: Walton Arts Center

The musical Cabaret is set in the '30s, based on a novel written in the '50s, made its Broadway debut in the '60s, won Oscars in the '70s, and seems as relevant as ever in 2018. We talk with the actor who plays the emcee in the production coming Friday to the Walton Arts Center.


World and Area News

In 1983, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto tried a grand experiment. While the singers performed Elektra in German onstage, simultaneous translations in English were projected above the stage. These "supertitles," as they've come to be known, were quickly adopted at opera houses and are now an expected part of the opera-going experience.

While a lot of furious negotiation has been going on behind the scenes on Capitol Hill to end a partial government shutdown, to voters and cable news viewers it may look like most of the work in Washington is going into pointing fingers.

As the countdown to shutdown hit zero, an official White House statement called Democrats "obstructionist losers."

Democrats pointed to President Trump's inconsistent statements on immigration to say he's an unreliable negotiating partner.

Updated at 10:50 a.m. ET

As the federal government's partial shutdown enters its second day, there are few discernible signs that lawmakers are on track to speedily resolve their standoff.

Instead, the two sides spent Saturday digging in and getting their message out, and President Trump opened Sunday hinting at a "nuclear" solution.

Last week in the Russia investigations: Will "infiltration" be the new "collusion" or "obstruction?" Another skirmish over executive privilege? Is the Russia imbroglio about the money-go-round? And will the shutdown disrupt Mueller's investigation?

The inside game

How much did Russia "infiltrate" political organizations inside the United States as part of its attack on the 2016 presidential election?

It was a highlight of the latest season of the Netflix series The Crown, which chronicles the early years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign: The year is 1961, the Cold War is heating up and the queen (played by Claire Foy), feeling self-conscious after learning that First Lady Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) called her "incurious" at a dinner party, decides to take a more proactive role in dealing with Ghana, a former colony whose new leader, Kwame Nkrumah (Danny Sapani), appears to be getting too cozy with the Soviets.

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