Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large

On today’ show, a tick-borne disease previously unreported in Arkansas is here now. Plus, on the eve of legal medical marijuana in the Natural State, a look back at how the drug became illegal. And research at the University of Arkansas investigates how the body adapts to heat stress.


The Natural State Criterium Series took place in Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale this weekend and attracted more than 200 amateur and elite road cyclists from around the country and the world to Northwest Arkansas' downtowns. The riders competed in several different categories over the course of three days for $50,000 in cash prizes. The event was organized by Bike NWA, which strives to create a more bike-friendly region.

On this edition of Ozarks, Governor Asa Hutchinson discusses how the Senate's health care bill could impact the state’s economy. Plus, we get an update on the clean up of a superfund site in Picher, Oklahoma.


Picher, Oklahoma and the surrounding area is one of the few places in the country that has been left behind by its residents because it was deemed unsafe to live in. The lead and zinc mining that drew in a population of 16,000 at the height of the mining boom before World War II is also what led to the town's deliberate demise. The decades of mining from the early 1900s to the late 1960s left behind millions upon millions of tons of chat piles. Chat is mine waste that was left behind after the lead and zinc ores had been extracted.

On today’s show, the medical landscape blossoms in Rogers and Fort Smith; Mercy Health Systems continues an expansion plan, and the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education grows...and then some. Plus, Ladies Night is a new musical duo with very familiar voices; Dana Louise and Meredith Kimbrough perform for us.