On today's show, we find out what to expect from the Unexpected in Fort Smith when we get a preview of the fourth edition of the public art festival. Plus, the duo Rozdenbridge joins us in our studio to talk about their new EP, and Becca Martin Brown from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette gets us ready for the craft fairs outdoors and plenty of theater indoors this weekend.

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The fourth edition of The Unexpected is next week in Fort Smith. Following this year's event, there will be more than 30 murals created throughout the city since the project started in 2015, but this year's event features more than just world-renowned artists creating one-of-a-kind works in public spaces. We speak with two organizers of The Unexpected to get a preview of this year's event.

Debby Schriver has written a new book, titled Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo and Their Journey to Freedom. She'll discuss the book at 7 p.m. tonight at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, and tomorrow at Barnes and Noble in Little Rock. We'll also hear more from Schriver next week on Ozarks at Large.

This weekend features a number of crafts fairs throughout the area. Becca Martin Brown, features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, gives us a rundown.

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Ralph Odom, known by many for his barefoot dancing during happy hour at George's Majestic Lounge, died this week. We remember the man known as "Giant Mountain Troll" with a piece from our archive. In spring of 1994, Odom took us on a hunt for morel mushrooms.

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For the past few years, Rozenbridge has skillfully combined guitar and cello to craft their own unique sound. The duo has released a self-titled EP, and last week, Tim Warden and Christian Serrano came to the Carver Center for Public Radio to discuss the project.

For nearly 1,200 years the stream of pilgrims trekking the 750 miles from Paris to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela has yet to cease. Today, modern 'pilgrims' come from all over to take up the "Camino de Santiago" and pay their respects at the shrine of Saint James. Like any good raod trip, the original travelers punctuated the journey with music.

On today's show, we hear why Washington County officials say a growing population is part of why an expansion to the county jail is needed. Also, we hear about an effort to protect the interests of all parties involved in some adoptions in northwest Arkansas. And we get a preview of a new play that will make its debut this weekend in Fayetteville.

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The current Washington County Detention Center opened in 2005, and population growth has outpaced predictions since then. That, combined with the potential closure of Springdale's city jail in a few years has county officials planning to ask voters to help pay for an expansion to the county's detention facility. We learn how county officials are currently dealing with overcrowding at the jail and how they plan to deal with the problem moving forward.

A growing number of impoverished pregnant Marshallese women in Arkansas are giving their children up through legal private adoptions. Adoption advocates are now working to protect the interests of Marshallese birth moms and parents seeking to adopt Marshallese children.

You can read more on this story at Arkansas Public Media.


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