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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.

Pastor Clint Schnekloth of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville returns to give us another winter reading suggestion. His latest book is Playing Changes - Jazz for the New Century by Nate Chinen.

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Home sales are up slightly in northwest Arkansas so far in 2018. In today's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, we get some numbers. Plus, we hear from Troy Wells, CEO of Little Rock based Baptist Health, about the process of acquiring Sparks Health Systems in Fort Smith and Van Buren.

On today's show, we remember former state legislator Jim House. We also learn more about the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, and we get a Latin lesson from our Millitant Grammarian.

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Former state legislator Jim House died last week on his farm in Washington County. We hear from some of House's friends and colleagues about his life and career.

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The Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association was founded in 2003. Since then, the organization has worked to preserve hundreds of acres of urban forest and prairies. We speak with a couple of the association's members to learn more about the organization's work.

The holidays are approaching, but there's no slowdown yet in opportunities to see live music throughout the area.

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Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, returns to help us brush up on pluralizing words borrowed from Latin.

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The drawing is Friday, Dec. 14

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At 9:48 p.m. on Thursday, Jose Jimenez became the 25th person to be executed in the United States in 2018.

Jimenez was convicted of a 1992 murder; his execution had originally been scheduled for August, but the Supreme Court of Florida issued a stay that was later lifted.

Jimenez' sentence, carried out by lethal injection, comes as a new report describes an ongoing decline of capital punishment in the U.S.

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If you just happened to be in the crowd at a super featherweight bout in Indio, Calif., on Saturday evening, you might not understand the importance of that particular boxing match.

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Paul Rozin has been studying the psychology and culture of food for more than 40 years. And he's come to appreciate that food fills many of our needs, but hunger is just one.

"Food is not just nutrition that goes in your mouth or even pleasant sensations that go with it," he says. "It connects to your whole life, and it's really a very important part of performing your culture and experiencing your culture."

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