Daniel Caruth

Morning Host/Producer

On today's show, we hear about the types of precautions local media are taking following last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol and more threats of violence leading up to the inauguration. Plus, we find out how Arkansas's medical marijuana industry did in 2020, the first full year cultivators and dispensaries have been up and running. And, we speak with the owners of local outdoor recreation retailers and services to get an idea of how they're preparing for 2021 following a boom in 2020 as more people looked to get outside during the pandemic.

Courtesy / Pack Rat Outdoor Center

The outdoor recreation industry saw a boom in interest as more people looked for safe activites to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now stores and service providers are preparing to meet more demand in 2021.

Courtesy / Boys & Girls Club of Benton County

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to restrict activites for kids, after school programs are slowly reopening and finding ways to give young students an outlet during uncertain times.

On today's show, we find out how monoclonal antibodies are being used to treat COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms in the hope of reducing hospitalizations. Plus, we speak with a local woman and therapist for tips on how to navigate dating during a pandemic. And, we hear from the mayor of Gravette after his small city landed in the spotlight when a resident was photographed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during Wednesday's pro-Trump riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Courtesy / Kellogg Company

A grant from the Kellogg Company is providing 30 irrigation timers to manage water useage on approximately 15,000 acres of rice fields in the Arkansas delta. The program is a partnership with the Nature Conservancy in Arkansas and part of the food giant's effort to help a million farmers in the U.S.

On today's show, we find out how the recent COVID-19 surge in the state is impacting in-person visitation at Arkansas Department of Corrections facilities. Plus, we have details about a new bicycle technician program that could be coming to Northwest Arkansas Community College later this year. And, we have information about a new summer program launched by the Women's Foundation of Arkansas for women of color who are enrolled in STEM studies.

This year, the Women's Foundation of Arkansas launched the Tjuana Byrd Internship Program. The 10-week summer program, named for the WFA's first black president, provides women of color enrolled in Arkansas universities a paid internship with one of four Little Rock-based companies that focus on science, technology, engineering or mathematics. 

On today's show, our last new show of 2020, we speak with parents, teachers and therapists about the concerns they have for students during the pandemic. Plus, we look back at our Fayetteville Roots Festival archives series and look ahead for other ways to celebrate live music. And, we wrap up the show with another holiday recipe, this time a cranberry upside-down cake from Aria Kaga. 

Courtesy / Brightwater

We're asking local chefs and food industry employees about their go-to holiday recipes. Today, Aria Kaga, an instructor at Brightwater in Bentonville, walks us through her recipe for cranberry upside-down cake. 

On today's show, we head to Fort Smith to check in with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics, who says more than 50 percent of high school students in Fort Smith are failing one or more classes. Plus, we check in with renters advocates as the CDC moratorium on evictions is set to expire Dec. 31 and Congress is yet to pass a new stimulus package. Plus, we find out how houses of worship in the region are adapting to celebrating this season's holy days during a pandemic.