Daniel Caruth

Morning Host/Producer

On today's show, we provide a daily update on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in Arkansas. Plus, we hear about a new task force that was established to provide guidance to the regional Marshallese community during the COVID-19 outbreak. And, we find out how you can participate in the virtual version of the Hogeye Marathon that was supposed to take place this weekend.

Courtesy / Kaveh Bassiri

When translator and poet Kaveh Bassiri first published his poem "Invention of I," in the literary journal Copper Nickel, he wasn't sure how audiences would respond. Now, that poem is included in the Best American Poetry of 2020 collection.

On today's show, we provide a daily update on the coronavirus situation and response in the state. Plus, we hear about the state of drinking water in Northwest Arkansas as many people rush the stores for bottled water. And, we learn more about a virtual tip jar that's aimed at helping service industry workers who have lost their jobs and hours as many restaurants and bars adjust to new restrictions.

Courtesy / Markham & Fitz

After Markham & Fitz co-owner Lauren Blanco handed one of her company's signature Ooh La Lavender chocolate bars to Andy Glassman, creative director at O, The Oprah Magazine, she says he and his team were hooked. The Bentonville-based company is now featured in the magazine's April sustainability issue for its ethical and organic chocolate production.

On today's show, we speak with Michael Tilley of Talk Business & Politics about the impact the coronavirus is having in the River Valley. Plus, we find out about a program that allows restaurants to donate their excess food, especially as many of them close or scale back operations during the pandemic. And, we hear from a local woman who was recently tested for COVID-19 about what it's like to go through the procedure at one of the testing sites in the region.