On today's show, we hear about the skilled labor shortage that is putting a damper on the building boom in the region and across the country. Plus, the latest on the newly updated cholesterol guidelines and the United Way's decision to end its 211 Helpline, as well as a conversation between John Patitucci and KUAF's own Robert Ginsburg.

Hundreds of homes are being built in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley, as well as other regions across the country, but the building boom is facing a skilled labor shortage. We learn about what the shortage means for home builders, homebuyers, tradespeople and prospective apprentices. 

New guidelines for managing cholesterol, the first since 2013, are being issued by health organizations. More personalized risk assessments and new cholesterol-lowering drug options for people at the highest risk for cardiovascular disease are among the recommendations from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

The United Way of Northwest Arkansas plans to discontinue its 211 Helpline, which connects people seeking help with utility or food needs to resources that provide assistance, at the end of the year. The president of the organization discusses why they made that difficult decision.

 

John Patitucci Comes to the Walton Arts Center

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John Patitucci, one of the most respected bass guitarists in jazz, will be at the Walton Arts Center this December. Patitucci spoke with Robert Ginsburg, host of KUAF's Shades of Jazz, ahead of the performance.

The Nutcracker, Four Ways for the Holidays

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'Tis the season for The Nutcracker. Becca Martin-Brown, features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, has a rundown of the four ways you can see this classic performance in the coming weeks.

Scratching the Surface: Glaciers on Mars

Nov 16, 2018
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What appeared to be large boulders on Mars's rocky surface are actually dust-covered glaciers. While the large bodies of frozen water might not seem exciting, the frosty masses could tell us more about the posibilty of life-supporting water on the red planet. 

Caitlin Ahrens takes a look at the discovery of Martian glaciers and what it means for the planet's capacity to harbor life. 

On today’s show, we learn about the push and pull among cities, companies and the federal government over bringing 5G technology to us. Plus, we hear about the return of a Civil War reenactment in Prairie Grove. And Roby Pantall brings his guitar and new CD to our Firmin-Garner Performance Studio.

Trails could see a significant expansion in Fort Smith if city officials okay a large land acquisition. Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics tells us more.

Courtesy / Crown Castle International; Scientists for Wired Technology; City of Lincoln, Neb.

Earlier this year, AT&T announced they would begin phasing in 5G wireless networks in Arkansas, including in Fort Smith and Fayetteville. To implement such a network, wireless companies will need to install new technology throughout areas to be served. We learn more about the implementation of small-cell technology and about how Fayetteville city leaders are working to help wireless providers build next-generation networks.

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