Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Apr 17, 2018

On today’s show, we learn about a bike route that takes you from the Ozarks to the Arkansas River Valley to the Ouachitas. Plus, Pulitzer-Prize winner Colson Whitehead discusses The Underground Railroad. And, from the school woodshop to the lake, skiffs made by Clear Spring students are readied for public use.

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Although Chuck Campbell quit the 2,745-mile Tour Divide race through the Rocky Mountains, it led him to the Adventure Cycling Association and the realization that Arkansas did not have a mapped bike touring route. Campbell decided to change that and is now mapping a 1,400-mile route through the Ozarks and Ouachitas using a GPS unit.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, will speak at the Fayetteville Public Library Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m.. Earlier this spring, we reached him for a brief conversation about his career.

A Tuesday digest of events includes a commission designed with improving school safety in Arkansas, the end of a possible independent theater in Fayetteville, and the next step for Artists 360.

This week on the KUAF Vinyl Hour, the playlist includes protest songs recorded in just the past few years. Leigh Wood, host of the show, gives us a preview of the hour. The KUAF Vinyl Hour airs Sunday evening at 5 p.m. on KUAF 3.

"-ent" Words Provide Confusion

Apr 17, 2018

Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, explains that words ending in "-ents" and their soundalikes, can lead to confusion.

The third annual Arkansas Brewgrass Festival is later this month (Sunday, April 29) at the Washington County Fairgrounds. We talk to Evan McDonald about the beer, music, bingo, arts and cornbox event.

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Ten students at Clear Spring School in Eureka Springs have spent part of their school year fabricating two wooden skiffs outfitted with large wooden oars. They have been guided by noted Arkansas woodworker Doug Stowe, and we follow the young woodworkers from shop to shore to observe the inaugural launch of both rowboats on Lake Leatherwood west of Eureka Springs.

Ozarks at Large for Monday, April 16, 2018

Apr 16, 2018

On today’s show, we hear about public support for science as we look back at The March For Science, which took place this weekend in Fayetteville. Plus, we learn about classrooms in Bentonville to help teachers and students. And, we hear how the internet has changed how judges and lawyers think about jurisdiction.

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Bentonville elementary school students who chronically disrupt classes are being temporarily sequestered in two new behavior classrooms. There, children receive behavioral therapy along with grade-level class assignments. The alternative learning environments were developed by a team of Bentonville school district experts, implementing state-of-the-art programming.

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