Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large
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The Bentonville Islamic Center and All Saints' Episcopal Church in Bentonville are working together to establish the Abrahamic Interfaith Center where both Muslims and Christians can pray together with a goal of better understanding each other.

On today's program, we visit Temple Shalom of Northwest Arkansas to hear how the congregation is coping with growing national anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence. We also learn how last week, Fayetteville clothing mainstay Cheap Thrills nearly closed its doors for good, but now has a new lease on life.

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Cheap Thrills, a beloved thrift store in downtown Fayetteville, had announced it was closing until two women stepped in to buy it and keep the little shop's legacy alive.

MUSIC: "Cheap Thrills" Vitamin String Quartet

On today's program, we learn how a building in Springdale is being transformed into transitional housing and into a home for various agencies providing services to former prison inmates. Also, we hear highlights from Senator Tom Cotton's town hall that was held in Springdale last night.

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, faced more than 2,000 people at his town hall Wednesday evening in Springdale. Many of those in attendance expressed anger and frustration about issues ranging from the impending repeal of the Affordable Care Act to the proposed border wall with Mexico. You can listen to the full town hall below. It's been divided into two parts. Cotton began the town hall with the Pledge of Allegiance.

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