Reveal reporters Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter discuss their investigative report into a work camp rehab program in Oklahoma called Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery, or CAAIR, that sends nonviolent offenders to work at Simmons Foods chicken plants in exchange for no jail time and a dismissal of charges.
On today's show, musican and educator Alvin Lopez, aka Papa Rap, talks about the status of his homeland recently destroyed by two major hurricanes and a University of Arkansas professor discusses a research project that will look at how Texans are recovering following Hurricane Harvey. We also have the latest unemployment numbers for Arkansas and Becca Martin Brown from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette gives us a preview of a week's worth of entertainment.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, a University of Arkansas professor and the director of the university's Community and Family Institute, recently traveled to Texas to research how people are recovering following Hurricane Harvey. Fitzpatrick discusses the goals of the research project and the challenges of conducting interviews in communities where many lives have been turned upside-down.
The Fayetteville Planning Commission is considering a proposal submitted by ServeNWA for a homeless community called New Beginnings that would provide micro-shelters to those in need of somewhere to sleep. Kevin Fitzpatrick, who is the director of the University of Arkansas' Community Family Institute and is a board member for ServeNWA, says the micro-shelters would serve as a stepping stone between homelessness and a permanent residence like an apartment.
Beer is brewing in Fort Smith for the first time since the 1990s when Weidman's Old Fort Brew Pub was still in production. The Fort Smith Brewing Company opened its doors in Fort Chaffee in September and while the owners say they are starting slow to test the waters, they have big plans for the future.