Ozarks at Large for Friday, September 21, 2018

Sep 21, 2018

On today’s show, a new report finds almost half of Northwest Arkansas children are growing up in families with low incomes. Plus, we hear about an effort in Greenwood to preserve a civil war battlefield. And Dylan Earl returns to the Carver Center for Public Radio.

Big Change at Tyson

Sep 21, 2018

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, looks at the week's news including a change at the top for Tyson Foods.

Almost half of all northwest Arkansas children are growing up in families with low incomes or combined incomes that aren’t more than $41,560 for a family of three. The new report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families also suggests ways to lower the rate of child poverty in the region.

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Civil War history buffs living in Greenwood are working to preserve Devil’s Backbone Battlefield. It's a site where Union troops battled Confederate soldiers who were trying to escape with their wagons to Waldron. The American Battlefield Trust already purchased 10 acres of land at Devil’s Backbone in 2008, but now there is an opportunity to buy another 21 acres of the battlefield if locals can come up with a $40,000 match.

Zombies in Fort Smith, Moms at Walton Arts Center

Sep 21, 2018

Becca Martin Brown gives us a list of possible options for the weekend that includes Fort Smith Little Theatre's production of Night of the Living Dead and Saturday night's show at Walton Arts Center about the ups and downs of motherhood.

Dylan Earl spent much of the summer touring Europe and elsewhere with The Reasons Why. He recently stopped by our studio to talk about the tour, and to preview a pair of homecoming shows happening this weekend.

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This weekend's Frank Stanford Literary Festival, which celebrates the life and legacy of Arkansas poet Frank Stanford also shines the spotlight on another Arkansas poet and seminal figure in Stanford's legacy: C.D. Wright, whose boundary-pushing poetry landed her a McArthur "Genius" grant and an internationally recognized career as a poet and scholar. 

Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week returns today with its fall shows beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Drake Field in Fayetteville and runs through Saturday night. The semi-annual event includes work from more than a dozen regional and national designers and includes a student designer showcase. 

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sep 20, 2018

On today’s show, Fayetteville city leaders are thinking about the future of cars and people on busy Highway 71B in Fayetteville. Plus, more bikes are rolling across Fayetteville, now that a bike share program has begun operation. And the musical Once has another weekend at TheatreSquared.

Fayetteville city leaders are looking at the future of Highway 71B, or College Avenue, as residents become interested in alternative transportation methods. The public input portion of the process has begun with a survey of the ways people use the corridor. There will also be focus groups and design sessions through the end of the year and into 2019 when the master plan will go before the City Council.

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But critics say that rhetoric is at odds with the administration's actions.

"Show me any policy that's come out so far that has actually made it easier for highly skilled immigrants," says Doug Rand, who worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology under President Obama.

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