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.

Ozarks at Large for Friday, September 14, 2018

Sep 14, 2018

On today’s show, we learn how a decommissioned Kraft Foods plant in Bentonville is being converted into a contemporary arts venue. Plus, contemporary songwriter Kaia Kater blends her lyrics with her banjo, and we hear about a contemporary take on camping near downtown Bentonville.

Investing in Fort Smith

Sep 14, 2018

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, previews a summit devoted to possible investment in Fort Smith and considers the fundraising for the U.S. Marshals Museum.

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A multimillion-dollar gift from Walmart will support free general admission to The Momentary once it opens in early 2020. The venue, which will be housed in a decommissioned Kraft Foods plant in Bentonville, will provide a space for visual, performing and contemporary arts as well as an artist residency program. A video showing the progress of the project can be viewed here.

Ozarks Electric Cooperative is sending crews to the East Coast where Hurricane Florence is expected to cause power outages.Volunteers from Arkansas are planning to help with the recovery process.

Becca Martin Brown, the features editor for the Northwest Arkansas Demcorat-Gazette, is suggesting Arkansas Public Theater's production of the musical version of Sunset Boulevard.

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North Korea announced today that it will permanently close a major missile test site. Kim Jong Un, the North's leader, said the site would be dismantled in the presence of international inspectors.

A California doctor and his girlfriend have been charged with drugging and then sexually assaulting two women – and video evidence suggests there could be hundreds of other women who may not realize they were victims.

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Have you heard the theory that low air pressure during a hurricane can cause a surge in births?

Supposedly a steep drop in barometric pressure makes it easier for a baby to pop out.

As Hurricane Florence ripped through the Carolinas, we wondered if that was really true.

"It's one of those old wives' tales," said Dr. Hal Lawrence, executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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