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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Since the first medical marijuana dispensary in Arkansas opened last May, patients across the state have spent over $40 million purchasing more than 6,200 pounds of medical marijuana. There are 18 dispensaries currently operational, but more than 30 percent of sales are through the four dispensaries in Northwest Arkansas.

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What was once a 63,000 square-foot cheese factory, has been transformed into a contemporary arts venue that includes galleries for exhibitions, performance spaces, artist-in-residence studios, culinary experiences, and a rooftop bar. The Momentary's inaugural exhibition, State of the Art 2020, is on display through May 24.

On today’s show: within a few months, boarding a domestic airplane flight or entering a federal building will require a new kind of personal identification called Real ID. Plus, a local musician is hosting a festival to support her mom’s battle with cancer, the US Marshals Museum in Fort Smith is making connections to Black History Month, and more. 

Jenna Melnicki of Jenna and the Soul Shakers is organizing "Dancing for Dianne: A Festival of Hope." The fundraiser is scheduled for 12-10 p.m. Feb. 23 at Arts Center of the Ozarks and will feature performances by 20 bands. Tickets, which include food and beer, are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Proceeds will support Jenna's mother, who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer.

 

On today’s show: tens of thousands of Arkansas plant and tree specimens, some rare or extinct, are preserved in the University of Arkansas Herbarium. Plus, deciding when a trip to the ER is required, the science of zooarchaeology — how ancient animals and humans interacted, and the passing of noted Arkansas author Charles Portis, who wrote True Grit. He died yesterday at the age of 86.

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