On today's show, we have the details on a proposed quarry expansion in Washington County. Plus, we learn about a library where people are books available for checkout conversations. And, we remember Terry Jones of Monty Python with a conversation from our archives.

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The Washington County Planning Board tabled a permit request from Hunt-Rogers Quarry at its meeting Thursday. The company is seeking to expand its quarry operations outside of Springdale. Dozens of people came out to oppose the proposal and some planning board members said they felt uncomfortable approving the expansion plan in its current form.

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Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m., the Fayetteville Public Library will host a human library. Twenty-two people will be "books" and patrons can check each out for 15-minute conversations. We sat down with one of the human books, Megan Wishon, and a librarian, Cori Williams, to learn more.

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Terry Jones of Monty Python died this week. In 2006, he came to the University of Arkansas and during that visit he talked with us about a book and TV series, both titled Barbarians, that examined history in a very different way.

Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, gives us a preview of the final event at Heartwood Gallery, an all-ages production from Trike Theater and dinner on Mount Sequoyah.

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Jess Harp has performed throughout Northwest Arkansas for a year or two. Friday evening, he and his band will perform at the Record in downtown Bentonville. We get a preview of the concert, talk about the band's style, and hear about a debut album in the works.

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The Harrison City Council, on Thursday, agreed to support ordinance allowing municipal police to enforce state regulations on medical marijuana use within city limits. Mayor Jerry Jackson says the vote was unanimous. A second reading is scheduled for Feb. 27. 

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Today Pete talks with Bonnie Miller and Chloe Roane from The League of Women Voters of Washington County, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization encouraging active political participation, about two upcoming candidate forums.  

 

On today's show, we preview a public mental health discussion about grief that has been curated specifically for minority communities. Plus, we find out more about a plan from the state Department of Health to improve access to HIV prevention services and treatments. And, we hear from advocates from the Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter about the organization's expansion into Madison County.

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  Listen to Marketplace's episode for January 23, 2020, which discusses how some workers haven’t recovered from the government shutdown. Plus, The head of the New York subway system steps down, the "American Dirt" controversy and how China is responding to the coronavirus.

The public's view of President Trump's impeachment trial is limited. In an era of ubiquitous cameras, no photographs are allowed in the Senate chamber. The only video comes from a set of cameras operated by government employees that's used by the television networks. There aren't many camera angles.

To give the public a closer view, news outlets are employing a low-tech solution.

With the State Department facing continued questions over the treatment of Marie Yovanovitch before she was recalled as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would not say on Friday whether he owed the career diplomat an apology.

"I've defended every single person on this team," Pompeo said in an interview with NPR. "I've done what's right for every single person on this team."

Eight U.S. troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) arrived in the U.S. on Friday, according to Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Ranu Dhillon, a doctor and former Ebola adviser to Guinea, on the practice of "contact tracing" to contain epidemics like the new coronavirus.

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