Scratching the Surface: Glaciers on Mars

Nov 16, 2018

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.

Holidays Coming Early

Nov 16, 2018

Becca Martin Brown, features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, tells us about some events coming up for those who are fans of the holiday season and some for those who aren't.

The Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park will host its biannual Civil War reenactment Dec. 1 and 2. The Civil War battle took place on Dec. 7, 1862 and resulted in thousands of Union and Confederate deaths. We get a preview of the reenactment and of other events coming up at the park.

Tonight, the Roby Pantall Jazz Trio will officially release a new CD titled Fly Me To the Moon. Roby Pantall came to the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio this week to talk about the new album and about his guitar playing.

Aimee Papazian

In her "Murmurations" installations Amiée Papazian mimics the phenomenon of when flocks of birds swell and form swirling, darting shapes in the sky. Her "Mumurations with Stripe" is one of three works by local artists now on exhibit at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville.

On today's show, the Eureka Springs School of the Arts offered a series of free workshops to veterans last weekend to show appreciation. Plus, we learn what happened after Pride and Prejudice with actors from the latest production at TheatreSquared.

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Eureka Springs School of the Arts held a special appreciation day for veterans during the Veterans Day weekend. Area veterans were invited to attend free studio workshops in blacksmithing, glass pendant making and more.


The drawing is Friday, Dec. 14

World and Area News

Authorities in California have added an additional fatality to the official death toll of the Camp Fire, bringing its total number of deaths to at least 77.

The number of those unaccounted for decreased to 993 — about 300 fewer than Saturday's count, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said on Sunday.

At least 80 people have died throughout California since wildfires broke out earlier this month. Three of fatalities were from the Woolsey Fire in the southern part of the state.

As flames consume parts of California, an unexpected group of firefighters has put their lives at risk to protect communities: prison inmates.

For $2 per day — and another $1 an hour when battling fires — qualified inmates can volunteer to help authorities combat fires.

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