On today's show, we hear from proponents and opponents of Issue 1, which asks voters to approve changing term limits for the state's General Assembly. Plus, we find out why the Confederate flags installed on certain graves in a Eureka Springs historic cemetery are going to stay where they are. And, we're launching a new podcast called "The Movement That Never Was: A People's Guide to Anti-Racism in the South and Arkansas" that explores the explosion of interest in anti-racist movements.

Issue 2 asks voters to approve changing term limits for the General Assembly described in Amendment 73 of the Arkansas Constitution. The amendment would eliminate lifetime term limits, but require breaks in service for future state senators and representatives.

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A large collection of Confederate flags, permanently installed over the past several years on certain graves in Eureka Springs historic cemetery by a neo-Confederacy group, will remain in place after the town cemetery commission ruled the flags are a form of free speech.

With support from The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, “The Movement That Never Was: A People’s Guide to Anti-Racism in the South and Arkansas,” begins with the protests over the killing of George Floyd this summer and the explosion of interest in anti-racist movements, particularly in white communities, and looks ahead to what this new found interest might mean for the country. The podcast is written and executive produced by Paul Kiefer, a journalist based in Seattle and finalist for the Kroc Fellowship offered by National Public Radio. This is episode one of five.

Pete speaks with Katy Henriksen with the Trillium Salon Series about this weekend's outdoor experimental music night featuring Untight and Cellophane Garden at Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville.

Untight + Cellophane Garden: An Outdoor Experimental Music Experience

Hope Cancer Resources in Springdale offers cancer patients - and their caregivers and family - many different free services. From mental health counseling, movement and excercise options, event transportation to and from treatements and doctor's appointments. In this short series, we hear from a number of people with HRC and the role they play in the lives of those struggling with cancer.

On today's show, we hear about a new report from Heartland Forward that lays out a strategy for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic for the Northwest Arkansas region. Plus, as early voting gets underway in Arkansas, we have information about a Bentonville and Benton County-specific voter guide put together by the nonprofit Bentonville Soup. And, we go into the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History archives to learn more about the corruption and violence that led to reforms in the state's prison system over the last 50 years.

A new Heartland Forward report lays out a strategy for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and long-term prosperity for the Northwest Arkansas region. The plan consists of seven key points including growing the economy and jobs around big company anchors, and making diversity and inclusion a regional priority.

After having to cancel this year's events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bentonville Soup organizers have released a Bentonville and Benton County-specific voter guide that includes information on candidates running for City Council, Quorum Court, and the state and U.S. House and Senate races. Bentonville Soup is a nonprofit that promotes community-based development by hosting crowdfunding dinner events.

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This week's visit with Randy Dixon from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History is about efforts to reform Arkansas's prisons, which have been accused of corruption, violence, torture and lack of food. We hear archived material, as well as new interviews with people who are part of a story that's unfolded over the last several decades starting with a ruling in 1969 that deemed several aspects of the existing prison system unconstitutional.


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Ireland will be the first European country to return to a nationwide shutdown as COVID-19 cases rise, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said Monday.

Nonessential retail businesses are ordered to close. Residents are expected to stay within about 3 miles of their homes, except for work and other essential activities.

The country is entering its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks, beginning midnight Wednesday night. The country expects 150,000 people to lose their jobs over the next "couple of days," Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.

New York Times Magazine writer Emily Bazelon says false content moves through the Internet unchecked — undermining the political process along the way: "Lies often go viral faster than truth."

Toshinori Kondo, an improvising trumpeter whose daring instinct and deep expressive resources slashed through a spectrum of experimental and ambient music, died on Saturday in Kawasaki, Japan. He was 71.

His sons, Sora Kondo and Yota Kondo, announced his death on his website, noting that he died peacefully. No cause was given.

Carrying a "pistol-like" object and a fake bomb strapped to his abdomen, a Danish man serving a life sentence for the sexual assault and murder of a journalist aboard his homemade submarine, bluffed his way out of prison before police quickly recaptured him.

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