Ozarks at Large for Friday, August 17, 2018

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On today’s show, we hear about a different kind of cycling experience as the largest pump track in the U.S. takes shape in Springdale. Plus, we hear about the value of literacy for one newcomer to Arkansas.

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At 25,000 square feet, the bicycle pump track at the Jones Center in Springdale will be the largest of its kind in the U.S. The track was constructed by Velosolutions USA and is part of the Runway Bike Park, which includes two other bicycle skills areas that will cater to a wide range of age groups and abilities. In October, the pump track will be the site of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship, which has been holding 21 qualifier events all over the world.

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Kanyandekwe Innocent Tuyishimire has lived in the U.S. for less than a year, but is already speaking fluent English and American slang. He has learned the language with the help of Ozark Literacy Council volunteer tutor Michael Pitts, a Ph.D. candidate in American literature at the University of Arkansas.

The next week of episodes for Of Note with Katy Henriksen includes new music, a tribute to an American icon of classical music and more. Katy drops by to give us a preview.

A Friday Roundup

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Our Friday roundup includes the Governor being asked about gun legislation and more.

Lesly Reynaga Sings

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Lesly Reynaga lives in Austin, but she is spending time in northwest Arkansas this week. She came to our studio to play a song.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, August 16, 2018

Aug 16, 2018

On today’s show, we learn how The Human Library of Fayetteville will soon offer library books that can actually talk to us.  Plus, we talk to John L. Colbert, the new superintendent of Fayetteville Public Schools, and we hear about an upcoming vegetable fermentation workshop in Springdale.

The Human Library

Aug 16, 2018

Next month, more than a dozen people will be the "books" at the Human Library of Fayetteville. Katherine Ganoung, the project coordinator, explains how we can learn from each other through conversation.

courtesy: Fayetteville Public Schools

New Fayetteville School District Superintendent John L. Colbert started the first week of school by visiting with students and teachers at each of the district's schools. Colbert worked for the district for 43 years before the school board selected him to be superintendent in June. Colbert discusses the turnover in leadership in the district during the last five years, the safety measures the district is considering after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the future of the former Jefferson Elementary School building.


This week's KUAF Vinyl Hour, 5 p.m. Saturday on 91.3, allows a country music fan from Australia to explain his love of the music.


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Memphis offers a multitude of fun things to do. However, even people who have lived here for years can sometimes find it daunting to discover their niche. 

New Memphis is an organization that targets individuals who are looking to know more about the City of Memphis and how to get involved in the community. 

On Thursday, August 30th, New Memphis is hosting an event called Exposure, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Autozone Park. It's free and fun for all ages. The event celebrates the city and shows Memphians a variety of opportunities to get involved. There will be a local celebrity kickball game, various community volunteer sign up opportunities, local food, and much more.

Anna Mullins, vice president of communications and strategic initiatives, joins Checking on the Arts host, Kacky Walton to talk about Exposure.

Mug Design Contest for FM Pledge

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Guidelines for WKNO-FM Mug Design Contest:

What does WKNO-FM mean to you? Your artwork should reflect an appreciation of the station.

We welcome all styles of artwork, as long as it translates well on a coffee mug.

The winning design will be promoted on-air during our Fall fund drive.

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