On today's Ozarks at Large, we revisit recent segments with some of our friends. Randy Dixon from the Pryor Center of Arkansas Oral and Visual History helps us explore Jimmy Driftwood's legacy, our Militant Grammarian helps us explore autological words, Charlie Allison explores the history of the Razorback mascot for the U of A, and Lia Uribe explores the music of Bach.

Today on Ozarks at Large, we take a trip through our archives to learn why a yellow bicycle appears on a downtown Fayetteville lawn each spring, we hear how students learned in an outdoor classroom in Newton County, how cicadas invaded northweat Arkansas, how some area schools got their unique mascots, and we hear our interview with Shankar Vedantam, the host of NPR's Hidden Brain.

On today’s show, the history of vaccines. Plus, Fenix Arts in Fayetteville is hosting a multi-media exhibition and panel discussion on “Pronouns: A Trans and Non-Binary Group Show” this coming weekend. And we air the second episode of the podcast "Reflexions."

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We’ve checked in with Trish Starks, professor of history at the University of Arkansas, a few times during the pandemic.  We reached out again to ask her about her upcoming session for the U of A Honors College forum about vaccines.

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Fenix Arts, a newly re-organized non-profit gallery at Mt. Sequoyah Center in Fayetteville is opening “Pronouns: A Trans and Non-Binary Group Show" on May 7th from 5 to 7pm, followed by a "Trans Panel" on Saturday May 8th from 6 t0 9pm. Fenix Arts is located in the Millar House, 150 Skyline Drive. The public is invited to attend. Donations are welcome.

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RefleXions Music Series, a project funded by the University of Arkansas Chancellor's Grant for the Humanities and Performing Arts Initiative, has partnered with KUAF 91.3 to produce the new RefleXions Podcast, which is co-hosted by Ozarks at Large's Antoinette Grajeda and U of A Music Professor Lia Uribe, who is also the host of the weekly Sound Perimeter segment on OAL.

On our show today, the city of Fort Smith has approved the in-person gathering of the motorcycle Steel Horse Rally, no masks required. Plus, Randy Dixon with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History selects legendary editorial cartoonist George Fisher for our weekly Pryor Center Profile. A new wind farm is delivering a fresh surge of renewable energy to SWEPCO customers in Western Arkansas, and much more. 

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After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, the Steel Horse Rally is returning to the River Valley May 7-8. Events will take place in Fort Smith and Pocola, Okla., including a new Cops and Cones motorcycle exhibition. Attendees can wear masks, but they're not required.

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A new wind farm in Oklahoma, owned by Southwestern Electric Power Company and sister utility, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, recently began to generate renewable electricity to SWEPCO customers in Arkansas. Two more additional wind facilities under construction will also go on-line in the near future. Peter Main, spokesperson for SWEPCO, details the North Central Energy Facilities project, in light of SWEPCO's clean energy goals. 

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Saturday the Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas will mix food, music and more in a partially-virtual, partially-drive-through "Festival Anual De Mayo."


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Updated May 7, 2021 at 8:49 AM ET

Hiring unexpectedly slowed last month, as businesses struggled to keep pace with booming demand from newly-vaccinated customers.

U.S. employers added just 266,000 jobs in April, according to a monthly snapshot from the Labor Department. It was the weakest month of job growth since January.

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Texas legislators approved a new state election law after a session that lasted from Thursday night into the early morning hours of Friday.

The GOP-backed bill passed the House by 3 a.m. Friday after hours of debate over several Democratic-proposed amendments. It now goes back to the Senate with amendments for another vote in that chamber.

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