Daniel Caruth

Morning Host/Producer
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Holiday shopping during a pandemic means an influx of more online orders than ever before with an estimated 3 billion packages circulating through the nation's delivery infrastructure. University of Arkansas Professors Stephanie Thomas and Rod Thomas explain how supply chains are navigating the unprecendeted demand. 

On today's show, we hear from Talk Business and Politics' Michael Tilley, who discusses healthcare worker deaths and the push to move truck traffic out of Fort Smith's downtown. Plus, we find out why the Benton County sheriff has scaled back the agency's participation in ICE's 287(g) program and the Preacher's Son bids farewell to its executive chef. And, throughout the hour, we announce the winners of the KUAF and Friends Holiday Giveaway.

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The Preacher's Son in Bentonville is hosting a farewell dinner for Executive Chef Matt Cooper this Saturday. Cooper, who helped launch the reasturant located in a restored church in 2016, is leaving to develop his own farm-to-table concept. He speaks with us about the dining scene in Northwest Arkansas, working during a pandemic and his next steps.

On this Thanksgiving Eve edition of the show, we have highlights from the governor's weekly coronavirus response briefing as we head into one of the many upcoming holidays. Plus, we have details on how to become a much-needed convalescent plasma donor to help future COVID-19 patients fight the virus. And, we check in with KUAF General Manager Leigh Wood to get an idea of how the station is doing in a year that's been unlike any other.

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Arkansas Children’s Northwest and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Orthopedics Northwest have developed a pediatric sports medicine program to provide comprehensive orthopedic care for student athletes in the region. 

On today's show, we find out how smaller Thanksgiving gatherings are impacting the local restaurant industry. Plus, we speak with a renter who applied for financial assistance from the Arkansas Fresh Start Program, but was denied because her landlord declined waiving late fees. And, we hear from musician Emmet Cohen of the Emmet Cohen Trio ahead of his upcoming, socially-distanced performance at the Walton Arts Center.

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With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning against holiday travel and family gatherings, many restaurants are boosting their sales by offering more to-go options for people whose Thanksgiving dinners have been canceled or scaled back because of COVID-19. 

Episode Two of The New Classroom includes seven reports produced by Ozarks at Large staff from the end of October through the week before Thanksgiving. The stories cover the Arkansas Department of Education's efforts to reengage students who have not reported for class, women leaving the workforce to teach and care for their children, the challenges of taking college entrance exams during a pandemic, surging enrollment at the state's public charter schools and more.

On today's show, we find out how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted another aspect of education: college entrance exams. Plus, we speak with the superintendent of the Siloam Springs School District about the decision to shut down two schools to in-person instruction this month. And, we hear about the latest design projects funded by the Walton Family Foundation Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program.

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As COVID-19 continues to disrupt education, high school students applying for college are facing more challenges. While many universities are dropping mandatory standardized test scores for admissions, students may still need them to apply for scholarships or receive financial aid.