In Madison County there’s a place called “Negro Mountain.” No blacks live there now, but it was, in the 1860s, settled by Ozark African Americans. All of them and their descendants are gone now—except for one individual. We take you to meet the last living African American resident of Madison County

UA music professor Jim Greeson recently released a documentary on Arkansas-born avant garde classical composer Conlon Nancarrow. Greeson discusses Nancarrow's influences, including Henry Cowell, J.S. Bach, and Stravinsky with host Katy Henriksen. They also discuss the philosophy of rhythm as harmony and the importance of counterpoint to Cowell's player piano compositions. For more of the discussion between Greeson and Henriksen, visit this "Ozarks at Large" archive.

The Fort Smith Symphony begins its new season with a performance of Gustav Holst's "The Planets." Of Note's Katy Henriksen discusses the program with Fort Smith Symphony music director John Jeter.

The String Coalition, a strings education cooperative from the Arkansas Philharmonic and the University of Arkansas Community School, added new faculty, including bassist Michael Montgomery. Montgomery along with instructor Holly Smardo discuss the coalition and the importance of music education with host Katy Henriksen.

Tonight is the last KUAF Fulbright Chamber music concert of the season. Festival organizer and cellist Stephen Gates discusses the program along with featured guest performer Geoffrey Robson, of Trio Arkansas.

The third KUAF Fulbright Summer Chamber Music concert of the season features Brahms and Prokofiev. Professor Stephen Gates, cellist for the ensemble, talks to Katy Henriksen about these works. 

Rogers native Atticus Mulkey, a violinist studying at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, is in Northwest Arkansas to raise money to get to the Aspen Music Festival. He speaks to Katy Henriksen about why classical music is important and how he plans to raise the funds to get to Aspen.

German pianist and composer Ratko Delorko was a visiting professor at the University of Arkansas's music department this past winter. Delorko stopped by the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio for a performance of both classical and original compositions.

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas performs Mahler's Adagietto from his 5th symphony and Beethoven's 9th for its April concert. Director Paul Haas discusses the program with host Katy Henriksen.

Katy Henriksen discusses the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas's final concert of the season with Music Director Paul Haas.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told CNN this week she's "100 percent confident" she'll be the next speaker of the House.

But a group of about 10 House Democrats is plotting to block Pelosi from returning to the speakership. The group, which includes Pelosi critics like Reps. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Tim Ryan of Ohio, and Kathleen Rice of New York, among others, held its first meeting Wednesday night, according to congressional sources.

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If the 2018 Midterms taught Democrats anything about campaigning in Tennessee, it's that it doesn't pay to play nice. Former governor Phil Bredesen believed he could float above the partisan squabbling. On Election Day, he was shot down to earth by a wave of Republican voters supporting Tennessee's first woman U.S. Senator.

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