Antoinette Grajeda

KUAF host and contributor of "Ozarks at Large"

Antoinette Grajeda is a producer and reporter for Ozarks at Large. She began her professional career as a print journalist in 2007 and joined the KUAF staff in 2009. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Since 2007, Antoinette has participated in the NWA Gridiron Show, which raises money for scholarships. She has also volunteered with the Lemke Journalism Project since 2008. This six-week program teaches high school students about journalism and encourages them to pursue higher education.

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On today's show, we have details on efforts to adopt new hate crime legislation in Arkansas after proposed bills have stalled this session. Plus, we hear from the state's first openly transgender elected official about her meeting with Governor Asa Hutchinson on a bill that would ban transgender minors from receiving gender-affirming treatment. And, we talk taxes and trade with Michael Tilley from our partner Talk Business and Politics.

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To raise awareness surrounding proposed hate crimes legislation, the Urban League of the State of Arkansas and its partners announced their Arkansas United Against Hate campaign at the state Capitol yesterday. Meanwhile, Republican legislators filed a new bill that they say will address class protections.

On today's show, we learn about how the Arkansas legislature narrows down the three constitutional amendments it will refer to voters in the 2022 General Election. Plus, we find out about the potential impacts of the Medical Ethics and Diversity Act, which allows medical providers to refuse to give care to a patient on moral or religious grounds. And, we have details about an upcoming SoNA performance that combines music from Northwest Arkansas with visual art from Paris.

The Arkansas legislature can refer up to three constitutional amendments to Arkansas voters in the 2022 General Election. We talk to Kristin Higgins from the Arkansas Public Policy Center to learn more about the process for narrowing down proposals.

On today's show, we learn about a proposed House bill that would eliminate cash bail on misdemeanor offenses, which advocates say can throw people's lives into chaos when they can't afford 10 percent of their bond. Plus, we hear from civil rights advocates after Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs a bill that bans trans female athletes from competing in publicly-funded school and college sports. And, we have voices from the past when Arkansas was in the process of building support for its first nuclear energy facility in Russellville.

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After more than a year of being closed to visitors, the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville is planning to reopen its doors Apr. 2. Guests need to reserve free, timed tickets in advance and follow COVID-19 precaution while inside the museum.

On today's show, we have details about a new workforce housing center launched by the Northwest Arkansas Council to address increasing affordability issues in the region. Plus, we have a conversation with a Harvard Law professor about the problematic and confusing nature of neighborhood covenants and zoning laws. And, we speak with the members of the local band Modeling as they release a new single and continue working on a new EP.

Becca Martin-Brown from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has a wide range of suggestions for this weekend's entertainment including three theatre performances, two public art displays and one adorable hyena.

On today's show, we find out why home prices across Northwest Arkansas skyrocketed in the last half of 2020 and what that means for homebuyers. Plus, we hear from a transgender advocate after an Arkansas legislator files a bill that would bar public school employees from acknowledging trans students' identities. And, we continue our collaboration with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a conversation about ways to prevent colon cancer as we age.

 

Representatives from the Human Rights Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union hosted a virtual news conference Wednesday to outline their opposition to bills targeting transgender Arkansans, including one that would ban transgender girls and women from playing in girls' and women's sports in schools.

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