Daniel Caruth

Morning Host/Producer

 

On today's show, we head to Rogers where a new art exhibit, inspired by the 1619 Project, explores the African-American experience. Plus, we tell you why libraries in eastern Oklahoma are doing away with late fees. And, we speak with an Ozarks-born journalist who is being honored for reporting on outsider communities.

For more than a century, libraries have collected fines on overdue items. A 2017 study from the Library Journal found that 92 percent of libraries in the U.S. enforced late fees, but that money only accounted for one percent or less of their overall budgets. As of last month, the Eastern Oklahoma Library System voted to eliminate their fines for all library items to make libraries more accessible and inclusive for all Oklahomans.

On today's show, we head to a local Methodist church where the congregation is grappling with the question of LGBTQ inclusion. Plus, we tell you more about the future of a piece of Carroll County wilderness that was divided into LLCs, probed for minerals by an out-of-state private equity speculator and finally sold off. And, we discuss a new book about the unique Mardi Gras celebrations that have taken shape since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Courtesty / Central United Methodist

In January, the United Methodist Church announced a proposed split over the issues of same-sex marriage and the role of LGBTQ+ clergy. The protocol would result in a new, more conservative "traditionalist" denomination, and offer the mainline United Methodist a way to loosen restrictions around homoseuxuality.

On today's show, we speak with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics about the week's news in the River Valley. Plus, we find out about a panel that aims to put the new coronavirus in context. And, we head to the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History to find out about their new exhibit, which focuses on the history of Greek life at the University of Arkansas.

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