The Pluto Manager gets us up to speed on multi-ring basins and how they are formed on moons and planets.

On today’s show Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics helps us wrap up the week in news, from expected Walmart earnings numbers to the latest with the upcoming Marshals Museum sales tax vote in Fort Smith. Plus, The Bergamot stops by to perform for us and to talk about a new music video that is released today.

Michael Tilley, from our content partner Talk Business and Politics, stops by to catch us up on some news stories from the past week. We learn what to expect from Walmart's earnings report, due next week, and we hear about the latest debate regarding the upcoming sales tax election in Fort Smith.

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Washington County planners on Thursday denied a conditional use permit for an open-pit dirt mining development in a rural residential district west of Fayetteville.

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Becca Martin Brown, features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, tells us about some theatre and other entertainment opportunities for the weekend.

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Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece describe themselves as high school sweethearts from the heartland. They’re also the husband-and-wife duo behind The Bergamot. They released their new single "Periscope" yesterday and its accompanying video today.

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The Open Mouth Readings, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating and enriching Northwest Arkansas' literary community, is accepting applications to the 2nd annual poetry retreat that takes place May 31 to June 3 at the Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center in Fayetteville. Applications are open to anyone 18 and up. 

Leigh Wood speaks with Steve Litzinger and and David Johnson from the Fayetteville Public Library about the latest on the library's expansion project.  An official groundbreaking is set to take place March 2nd at 10am.

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Interdisciplinary artist Fahamu Pecou grew up in Atlanta wanting to be an animator, a trajectory that aligns well with Crystal Bridges Musem of American Art's new exhibit "Men of Steel, Women of Wonder," which explores comics and superheroes in the context of comtemporary fine art. 

On today’s show 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville is screening a video mural filled with 245 people representing different perspectives on guns in America. Plus, hemp farming is taking root in northwest Arkansas after a federal prohibition on growing industrial cannabis was lifted late last year. And Exit 86 of Interstate 49 is in for some changes.

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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:

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The Vatican has defrocked former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, it said Saturday, making him the highest-ranking church official to date to be expelled from the priesthood for sex abuse.

The U.S. effort to distribute tons of food and medicine to needy Venezuelans is more than just a humanitarian mission. The operation is also designed to foment regime change in Venezuela — which is why much of the international aid community wants nothing to do with it.

Humanitarian operations are supposed to be neutral. That's why the International Committee of the Red Cross, United Nations agencies and other relief organizations have refused to collaborate with the U.S. and its allies in the Venezuelan opposition who are trying to force President Nicolás Maduro from power.

We probably should not project human traits onto machines. But if you spend a lot of time with a mechanism — talk to it, wait to hear from it and worry about it — even scientists begin to see personality in machinery.

When the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover ended its mission this week, after more than 5,000 Martian days, NASA scientists mourned.

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