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, what literature can tell us about how we’ve behaved toward vaccines in the past.  Plus Apple Seeds teaching farm in Fayetteville demonstrates how to turn food waste into lush gardens. Arts Live Theatre is gearing up for summer programming with virtual and in-person camps, and much more. 

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Within a week of the governor announcing the first case of COVID-19 in the state, Arts Live Theatre began offering virtual programming for kids. More than a year later, the nonprofit children’s and youth theatre company is preparing to host virtual and in-person summer camps.

On today's show, one of the largest paintings in the world is on exhibit in Rogers. Plus how the state is preparing to add 12-to-15 year olds to the list of people eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations, highlights from the Governor's weekly media briefing yesterday, a profile of the very first student to write a masters’ thesis at the University of Arkansas, part of the college's 150th anniversary review — and much more.   

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Ibiyinka Alao is a United Nations art ambassador from Nigera participating in a 6-week residency in Northwest Arkansas. His 100 foot by 12 foot canvas painting called "Eternity" is on display at the Rogers Experimental House. Local dancers and singers will perform in front of the artwork May 13 as part of the Art on the Bricks Art Walk.

Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, May 11, 2021

May 11, 2021

On today's news hour: during the month of April, COVID-19 related deaths declined significantly in Arkansas. Plus, an executive emergency mask order first declared during the worst of the 2020 COVID 19 pandemic, recently lifted, has been outlawed by the Arkansas legislature. Our Militant Grammarian hands us words that make things sound worse, the opposites of euphemisms — and more. 

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In our monthly conversation with the assistant editors of, we discuss the continued impact of the pandemic on Arkansans. During the month of April, the state averaged four COVID-19 deaths per day for a total of 113 deaths. That represents a 70 percent decrease in deaths from March.


On today’s show, the final episode of the podcast "The Movement That Never Was: A People’s Guide to Anti-Racism in the South and Arkansas."  Plus, voters are being asked to approve the extension of a 1 percent sales tax during a special election in Lowell ...


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Today is the final early day of voting during a special election in Lowell. Residents are being asked to approve the extension of an existing 1 percent sales tax. If approved, the tax is projected to generate $2.5 million annually to support infrastructure projects and city services.


On today's Ozarks at Large, we revisit some musical performances from our archive to look ahead at music happening in our region in the next few months. We hear Darrell Scot after one of his earlier concerts in Fayetteville, we talk with Kalyn Fay after the release of her last album, and we hear performances from John Moreland and Charley Crockett, recorded in front of a live audience for past editions of the Fayetteville Roots Festival.

Today on Ozarks at Large, we take a trip through our archives to learn why a yellow bicycle appears on a downtown Fayetteville lawn each spring, we hear how students learned in an outdoor classroom in Newton County, how cicadas invaded northweat Arkansas, how some area schools got their unique mascots, and we hear our interview with Shankar Vedantam, the host of NPR's Hidden Brain.