On today’s show, we hear how the Wilson Springs Preserve will soon open to the public, with an arts and nature festival, titled Immerse. Plus, jazz is expanding at the University of Arkansas. And we talk with Alexander Ellis, a songwriter who is from the UK and traveling across the US...playing music along the way.

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Wilson Springs Preserve in Fayetteville will open to the public with a unique arts and nature festival titled Immerse Saturday Sept. 7. Hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, the event will feature music, arts installations, demonstrations and interpretive walks.

The University of Arkansas is adding a new degree related to jazz this fall. We talk with three members of the music faculty about the program.

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Alexander Ellis, who performs as Our Man in the Field, is a man of many words, and he's sharing some of those words with northwest Arkansas this week. He recently stopped by the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio to talk with us about his music and his travels

Axe House Gains Popularity

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The Urban Forest Axe House in Bentonville is the first-of-its kind indoor axe-throwing venue in Arkansas. In today's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, we hear from Colby Ritter, one of the cofounders of the venue.

On today’s show, we learn about a free app that provides instructions for administering the overdose-reversing drug naloxone. Plus, a new book chronicles a horrific crime in the Arkansas River Valley from forty years ago. And we preview one of the busiest weekends of live music of the year.

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A new CDC study finds the rate of naloxone prescription is far too low in relation to the number of high-dose opioid prescriptions. In Arkansas, officials are increasing access to overdose-reversing drug through training, a standing prescription at pharmacies and a free app.

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The Veterans Administration arrested Dr. Robert Levy over the weekend. Levy, a clinical pathologist, is accused of working while impaired at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks. He was terminated in April of 2018. 

Nannie Helen Burroughs was born in 1879, and she later became an early officer in the National Baptist Women's Convention. She traveled throughout the U.S., delivering speeches and organizing Black women to be active in their own liberation. She also actively worked in organizations such as the National Association of Colored Women to help promote women's suffrage, and she was active in speaking out against lynching, employment discrimination and African colonization. This is her story.

The Fayetteville Roots Festival presents many opportunities to catch live music this weekend, including many free performances.

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KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series Continues

World and Area News

After a stretch of relative peace in Hong Kong, a standoff between protesters and riot police became violent again on Saturday.

Police fired tear gas after pro-democracy demonstrators blocked roads with barricades made of bamboo sticks and hurled bricks, in the district of Kwun Tong.

In a statement, police said protesters paralyzed traffic and affected emergency services in the area near a police station.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

President Trump arrived in France for the annual G7 Summit, with the flagging global economy and ongoing trade war with China framing his visit, and the meeting potentially further exposing deep rifts between the U.S. and other countries over trade and climate change.

Just before leaving Washington, D.C., on Friday, Trump increased tariffs on Chinese imports, and threatened to force all American companies to leave China. Upon arriving in Biarritz early Saturday, Trump said, via Twitter, that he had the authority to do so.

The Shelby County Commission will vote Monday about raising the minimum wage for county workers to $15 an hour, including Shelby County Schools employees.  


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