Vicky Johnson, Treasurer of the Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists talks about the upcoming training sessions that the group offers beginning in January.

On today's show, looking to the past and to the future. We hear arguments for and against a public park in the heart of downtown Fayetteville, from nearly 30 years ago and from today. Also, we hear clips from Arkansas history, courtesy of the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History. And we approach the 50th anniversary of the film True Grit, featuring Arkansas Native Glen Campbell.

Nearly 30 years ago, Fayetteville residents debated whether a park or parking lot should be located at the corner of West Avenue and Dickson Street. A parking lot was built on the site to provide parking for the downtown entertainment district, but the discussion is now being revisited as city leaders and urban designers are proposing a cultural arts corridor for the downtown area.

Randy Dixon, director of the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, returns to share some more clips recently digitized from the vast KATV news film archive. This time, we hear Orval Faubus as he left the Governor's office for the last time, Baltimore Oriole third-baseman Brooks Robinson on his Arkansas roots, Fay Jones talking about the process of a building project, and Burt Reynolds on how posing in Cosmopolitan changed his career.

Becca Martin Brown, features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, gives us some last-minute holiday shopping and entertainment opportunities.

The Fort Smith Chorale performed their Christmas concert, "Twas The Nigh Before Christmas," last month at the First United Methodist Church. The annual concert features Christmas favorites, including a musical version of the Clement Moore's poem, and a newly commissioned piece, On Christmas Day, from Jonesboro native Anrea Ramsey.

Use the streaming link above for a limited on-demand stream of the full performance.

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.



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Massive waves are breaking along the coast of California, and the National Weather Service is warning of "potentially life-threatening conditions" and urging people to stay away from the water.

Forecasters began warning of high waves over the weekend, saying a swell would strike Sunday afternoon through Tuesday, with the peak on Monday morning. The NWS warned of waves that could reach "50+ feet at favored breaks."

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has announced that the Trump Foundation will dissolve. The foundation was established by Donald Trump well before he ran for president.

The news comes as her office continues its investigation into various questions about the foundation's conduct, including whether the foundation broke the law by coordinating with Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and whether it was truly functioning as a charitable organization.

America's military operations in space are now back under a single unified command, as the Trump administration revived the once-retired U.S. Space Command on Tuesday. Vice President Mike Pence outlined the plan during his visit to the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday.

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"See this street! Look!" says Bai Xiao Cheng as gestures toward his village's main concrete road.

It's barely half a mile long, and apart from one small grocery store, a few home entrances and a handful of parked cars, it has no notable features. That for Bai, is precisely the point. "It's very clean, very good!" he smiles.

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