Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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On today’s show, one of the busiest streets in Fort Smith gets another look. Plus, there's a chance to look and listen to west Africa this week in downtown Springdale. And John Brummett takes a closer look at the latest in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination.

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Several organizations will study Rogers Avenue, a major artery through Fort Smith, to improve access to jobs, healthcare and other services. The Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization was one of six agencies from around the country to be picked to receive technical assistance from the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Authority for the Rogers Corridor Multimodal Community Connections Planning Framework project. Frontier MPO Director Reese Brewer discusses what residents can expect over the course of the next two years.

Nomination Investigation

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John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, discusses the latest surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh with Roby Brock from our partner Talk Business and Politics.

Africa in the Ozarks

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Africa in the Ozarks returns this week and this time is centered in downtown Springdale. There will be drumming, dancing and an African market. We get a preview of the Tradition of the Mask performances scheduled for 7:30 Friday and Saturday nights at the Arts Center of the Ozarks.

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The Marshallese Educational Initiative plans to expand its headquarters and programming this fall using special grant funding. The organization works to illuminate and sustain cultural practices of migrant Marshallese, develop cultural compentency with those who interact with islanders and provide educational opportunities for Marshallese youth.

September is a fundraising month for KUAF, and Leigh Wood, our membership director, gives us an update of how the first days have gone.

Ozarks at Large for Monday, September 17, 2018

Sep 17, 2018

On today’s show, we learn what recent research into music and the brain can tell us. Plus, we hear about the important role volunteers play in medical research in Arkansas. And Shiloh Museum plans to celebrate more than a century of research in Springdale.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has organized a registry seeking volunteers for medical studies. That registry now has more than five-thousand participants. We learn why the registry was created.

Our Brain on Music

Sep 17, 2018

Our brains are important tools when it comes to creating and performing music. Our brains also react when we listen to music. Elizabeth Margulis, distinguished professor and author, and University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz, a behavioral neuroscientist, will lead a spring Honors College Signature Seminar about the brain and music. They'll also deliver a public preview of the class at 5 p.m. Sep. 25 in Gearhart Hall Auditorium on campus.

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One of the oldest public structures in northwest Arkansas has been saved from destruction, thanks to the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. The two-story Shiloh Meeting Hall next to Spring Creek is being restored. The main floor can be seen from 2 to 4 p.m. Sep. 22 during the museum's 50th anniversary family celebration.


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