The annual Hillberry Music Festival is this weekend in Eureka Springs, but there are also plenty of other opportunities to see live music in the coming days.

Thursday Oct 11

  • Hillberry Music Festival at The Farm (Eureka Springs) - $60 (for Sunday only) to $180 for the 4-day pass, all weekend
  • deFrance at Kingfish (Fayetteville) - 8 to 11 p.m.

Friday Oct 12

A concert this weekend, presented by the Ra-Ve Cultural Foundation, will feature two styles of Indian classical violin. The concert is intended for those already familiar with Indian classical music and for those who are curious. We speak with two of the event's organizers to learn more about the music and about the foundation's work to bring more Indian culture to the region.

Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Oct 9, 2018

On today's show, we learn how the University of Arkansas Extension Service aims to make Arkansans more informed when they head to the polls. Plus, we hear how the largest lizard in Arkansas is threatened by habitat decline. And, we get a preview of this weekend's performance in Fayetteville by George Brooks' Aspada.

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Each election season, a University of Arkansas agency researches the issues and proposals appearing on the ballot to provide unbiased information to voters. We speak with Kristen Higgins, a public policy program associate with the University of Arkansas Extension Service about how the agency researches ballot issues and provides that information to the voting public.

More than 3,000 potted trees will be distributed for free this fall in Benton County. Twenty-five species of trees will be donated to community nonprofits and residents with assistance from Arkansas forestry experts. The program is funded by a $2 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

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Political acrimony is high following the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. This week, Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics talks with political writer John Brummett about whether there's a chance for that bitterness to subside any time soon.

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Eastern collared lizard populations are declining fast because of fire suppression. The collared lizard makes its home in open and sunny glades, or small slices of desert in the Ozarks. We speak with a biology doctoral candidate about how the decline of glade habitats in Arkansas are affecting lizard populations.

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George Brooks is a saxophonist and composer, and his band Aspada draws on musical influences from India, Africa, Europe and America. Friday night, the band will perform at Walton Arts Center. We speak with Brooks about his musical influences and career prior to his performance in Fayetteville.

Ozarks at Large for Monday, October 8, 2018

Oct 8, 2018

On today’s show, we learn about a few people who have worked, often behind the scenes, to make their community and their state better. Plus, we hear about efforts to make recycling better. And we find out how one person got better at picking people’s pockets.

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John Bradburn, lead materials and sustainability officer for Pathway 21, is keynote speaker for the Arkansas Recycling Coalition's 28th annual conference and trade show. He recently retired as global manager of waste reduction at General Motors. The conference will be held through Oct. 10 in Eureka Springs.


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The government of Nauru, a tiny island nation in the South Pacific, and the charity Doctors Without Borders are in a bitter dispute over mental health care for asylum seekers and refugees.

The controversy revolves around approximately 900 individuals sent to Nauru by the Australian government since 2013. They arrived in Australia by boat, coming from such countries as Iran, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Syria; the government sent them to Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Most of them have been there four years.

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