On today's show, a discussion about the many facets of violence and the ways in which we define it. Plus, a rundown of all the theater, concerts and workshops happening the rest of this month. And, we celebrate Palindrome Week with an interview from our archives.

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An upcoming lecture about violence will offer the public a preview of a seminar next spring on the Universty of Arkansas campus. Assistant Professor of Anthropology Ram Natarajan will lead both.

Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says there is no time for resting as a busy September continues with theater, concerts, workshops and reptiles.

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Dates like today, 9-16-19, can be written as palindromes, which means a word, phrase or sequence that reads the same backward as forward. To honor the phenomenon, we go back 27 years to an interview with Steve Chism about his book of palindromes.

We learn about today's Mind Coalition Mindfest taking place in Springale, as well as the Two Step to Tradition benefit tonight in Fort Smith.

On today's show, we hear from a former Buffalo National River archeologist about the looting of prehistoric and historic sites in the Ozarks. Plus, the University of Arkansas breaks ground on a new $45-million Student Success Center. And, we hear musicians' thoughts on country music, dignity, and genre stereotypes ahead of the premiere of Ken Burns' County Music documentary this weekend.

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Former Buffalo National River archeologist, Caven Clark, says looting of prehistoric and historic sites in the Ozarks is a big problem. He will be presenting a program on the subject at the Hobbs State Park Conservation Area Visitor Center Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.

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Once the project is complete, the University of Arkansas Student Success Center will be a four-story, 71,000-square-foot building in the heart of campus that will bring together student success programs in one location. The center is expected to open in early 2022.  

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Virginia Luque will perform Saturday night at 7 p.m. following a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m. at Butterfield Trail Village Retirement Community in Fayetteville. Tickets for non-residents may be obtained by calling (479) 695-8007.

Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says she has an entertainment schedule that we should follow. She promises we'll be pleased.

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Shane Gillis, the comedian who's been under fire over the last few days for using racist and homophobic slurs on his podcast, has been fired from Saturday Night Live.

Gillis was one of three cast members recently added to the show, which is set to begin its 45th season. But the comedian was canned on Monday before ever making an appearance on the show.

"After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL," an spokesperson said in a statement on behalf of producer Lorne Michaels.

Iran almost certainly had some role in a major attack on an oil production facility in Saudi Arabia, according to independent analysts reviewing the available evidence.

The question is how big.

The attack came on Sept. 14. Multiple drones or missiles struck Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq facility, causing massive damage and crippling the nation's oil production. The production of 5.7 million barrels of crude oil per day had to be suspended, according to the company.

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