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.

J. Froelich

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.

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

Courtesy: The Bergamot

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.

John Burcham Erwin

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.

Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

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.

Courtesy: JR

21c Museum Hotel is hosting a screening of a video mural by French artist JR. The work features 245 people representing the different perspectives in the guns debate. The screening and facilitated discussion begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 18.


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But it doesn't have to be that way, according to San Jose, Calif., Mayor Sam Liccardo, who refused to offer Amazon and another tech giant, Google, any incentives to locate in his city.

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