On today's show, we talk to Megha Rao about what it means to dance before her performance in Bentonville tomorrow afternoon. Plus, Becca Martin Brown from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previews a December weekend, Roby Brock from Talk Business and Politics reviews the week’s news, and from Austin, Paige Renee Berry and Tyler Jordan give us a sampling of their brand of songwriting.

A proposed sales tax in Fort Smith could help the U.S. Marshals Museum complete construction. Roby Brock, from our partner Talk Business and Politics, gives us more details on that, on the success of the Walmart AMP in Rogers and more.

Megha P. Rao is a professional dancer and teacher in Bentonville. Tomorrow night, she'll give a performance, hosted by the Ra-Ve Cultural Foundation, that features interpretations of the nine emotions depicted in the arts.

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The $5.5 million renovation and expansion of the Rogers Historical Museum is complete. The project was one of the inaugural recipients of a grant from the Walton Family Foundation's NWA Design Excellence Program. Nearly a dozen projects have received this grant and the museum is the first recipient to complete its project.

'Best Christmas Pageant Ever' Returns to NWA

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After spending years on stage at the Arts Center of the Ozarks, Becca Martin Brown, features editor at the NWA Democrat-Gazette, tells us how "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" has found a new home at Arkansas Public Theatre in Rogers. It's on stage this weekend and next.

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Tyler Jordan and Paige Renee Berry are Austin-based songwriters. Although they both normally perform with full bands, the two recently embarked on tour as a duo, playing mostly house show type concerts. When they were in Fayetteville this month, they stopped by the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio to give us a sampling of their music.

The annual KUAF giving tree is back for the 8th year. This year we are partnering with West Moutain Brewing Company to collect nonperishable food items for the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs' food pantry. 

Pete Hartman talks with West Mountain Brewing's Armena Wendt about why her company makes an effort to support veteran's each year and what others can do to help fill the VA's food pantry. 

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The University of Arkansas's Schola Cantorum, led by Stephen Caldwell, presented their winter concert, "A Child's Christmas in Wales," last week at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center. We're thrilled to present it here in a limited edition on-demand stream. 

On today's show, we hear about a series of articles by students at the School of Journalism and Strategic Media that research student loans and student debt. Plus, we get another winter reading recommendation for a dreary December day. And, we hear more about the acquisition of two Fort Smith area hospitals by Little Rock-based Baptist Health.

This semester, ten journalism students at the University of Arkansas compiled research for a series of reports about student loans and debt. This week, some of the students came to the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio to talk about their reporting and what they learned.

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Longtime Alaska fisherman Bill Harrington has a few choices words about killer whales.

"As far as I'm concerned, they're only thieves in tuxedos," Harrington says.

He's retired now, but a video from a decade ago shows him pulling in his line as he curses out a pod of killer whales swarming his boat. His catch is exposed; he is not happy. A sperm whale bursts out of the water and Harrington tells them what he really thinks. He knows even just a couple of killer whales could pick his line clean.

A spike in blood pressure. A racing heart rate. Sweaty palms.

For many adults, this is what they feel when faced with difficult math.

But for kids, math anxiety isn't just a feeling, it can affect their ability to do well in school. This fear tends to creep up on students when performance matters the most, like during exams or while speaking in class.

One reason for a kid's math anxiety? How their parents feel about the subject.

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The Philippines and the United States have reached a rare meeting of the minds: Both are enthralled that church bells seized by the U.S. have been returned to the Philippines after 117 years.

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