On today's show, a discussion of the importance of the Overland Trail that provided early settlers with a route out west. Plus, crystals are the subject of a new exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. And, Fayetteville-based band Foggy Bobcat plays us a few tunes.

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Hundreds of thousands of people used the Overland Trail to migrate west. Elliott West, distinguished professor of history at the University of Arkansas, will discuss the route next week and gave us a preview of the lecture.

A group of young professionals called 16B, which is affiliated with Fort Smith's 64.6 Downtown organization, will be holding a block party this weekend aimed at ending period poverty. Attendees are encouraged to bring a box of tampons in exchange for two raffle tickets. All tampon donations will be distributed to Next Step Homeless Services, Riverview Hope Campus and Fort Smith Crisis Intervention Center.

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The new exhibition, "Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today," opening this weekend at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, reveals how quartz crystals have been used to create functional objects as well as artworks through the ages.  

Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says the temperatures felt more like winter this morning, but she has a schedule for the weekend that will help us remember it is fall.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert will feature a live symphony orchestra. The show is at the Walmart AMP Saturday night (doors at 5:30 p.m., film at 7) and Conductor Shih-Hung Young helps us get ready.

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Foggy Bobcat is a four-piece rock band from Fayetteville. They've been around for a few years and in that time they've played in different corners of Arkansas and beyond. And although they've previously played at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, tonight they'll headline a show there for the first time. This week, David Miller, Sawyer Henson, Matthew Cunningham and Kyle Hunter came to the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio at KUAF to give us a sampling of their music.

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Today on Community Spotlight, Pete talks with Amber Lacewell of the Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter about an upcoming event, Fresh StART.  Fresh StART will take place this Saturday, October 12th, from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening at the Peel Mansion Museum in Bentonville, and will feature music, hors d'oeuvres, beverag

On today's show, more on Arkansas Public Theater's new initiative to reach out to the Hispanic community. Plus, details on the arrest of an attorney who is accused of coercing dozens of Marshallese women to travel to the U.S. to give their babies up for adoption. And, we get a preview of an upcoming performance by an a cappella group from Zimbabwe that will be taking place at the Walton Arts Center.


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