On today’s program, we spend time with five performers preparing a special concert this weekend. We hear the duos Still on the Hill and The Ozark Highballers with dance caller Steve Green in the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio.

Ozarks at Large for Friday, January 12, 2018

Jan 12, 2018

On today’s show, C-SPAN comes to town. Plus a controversial hog farm in Newton County is denied its permit. And two-fifths of Jamie Lou and The Hullabaloo recently came to the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio.

This report has been updated to reflect a recent regulatory filing.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality late Wednesday denied a new permit to C&H Hog Farms, the state's largest industrial swine breeding facility to maintain operations in rural Newton County. Opponents of the swine farm constructed in 2013 along Big Creek, a major tributary to the Buffalo National River, claim the farm is gravely polluting the watershed and have fought for five years to shut it down.

C&H Hog Farms owners are appealing ADEQ's decision.

The Jones Center in Springdale recently received a $1.1 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to construct a mountain bike skills park on three acres of land the center acquired about a year ago. The idea behind a skills park is to teach children bike handling skills so they are encouraged to later venture out on the hundreds of miles of soft surface and paved trails in the region.

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Jamie Lou Connolly and Garrett Brolund are two-fifths of the band Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo. The two recently stopped by the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio at KUAF to talk about the Moore Outdoors Benefit, set for 8 p.m. Tuesday at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville. They'll next be in northwest Arkansas Feb. 17 at Black Apple Crossing in Springdale.

Crescent Dragonwagon, award-winning author of more than 50 books across five genres, returns to the Ozarks to teach a food writing class at Brightwater Culinary Institute

Dragonwagon's insight to the complexities and nuances of culinary writing provide a catalyst for a meaningful conversation and exploration of "the stories that are burning to be told." 

Heavyweight classical guitarist Sharon Isbin explores how the Spanish guitar tradition grew from its humble beginnings to become an iconic part of the musical landscape in her latest release, "Alma Espanola." 

A collaboration with vocalist Isabel Leonard, "Alma Espanola" documents the Spanish tradition of cante jondo  or "deep song," in which the very landscape of the country is manifested in the music- whose genesis can be found in the Spanish tradition of wandering balladeers, who would sing and play guitar to no accompaniment.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jan 11, 2018

On today's show, legislators are considering education spending after the governor released his budget proposal this week; we get a report on why some lawmakers are concerned about the level of funding for schools in Arkansas. Plus, a new novel imagines the final days of Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. Also, we hear how the city of Fayetteville is aiming to eventually use 100 percent renewable energy.

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The city of Fayetteville, in collaboration with the Arkansas Sierra Club and other stakeholders, has pledged to implement a timeline on which the city will shift to using 100 percent clean renewable energy. The effort is part of the city's comprehensive Energy Action Plan.

Oscar Wilde was a popular literary figure in the late 1800s. Late in his life, the Irish poet and playwright was convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years hard labor. What happened once he was released is the focus of John Vanderslice’s new novel, “The Last Days of Oscar Wilde.” The work is being released by Burlesque Press Jan. 15.

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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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