Jacqueline Froelich

KUAF Reporter, "Ozarks at Large" and NPR Correspondent

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards. 

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Religious institutions across Northwest Arkansas are finding ways to celebrate the holy days safely during a global pandemic. We learn how Temple Shalom, the evangelical Cross Church, and St. Joseph Catholic Church have adapted.

On today's show, we head over to the MayDay Community Kitchen where volunteers cook, package and deliver hundreds of meals to those in need. Plus, we check in with composer and installation artist Amos Cochran who has used this pandemic year to focus on projects that he had been putting on the back burner. And, in today's Sound Perimeter, Lia Uribe shares music created by University of Arkansas staff and students.

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Every week, an all-volunteer staff at MayDay Community Kitchen, housed at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, cooks, packages and delivers hundreds of nutritious meals to those in need. MayDay Kitchen is in need of additional volunteer drivers and cooks, with the onset of winter, and a worsening pandemic. The Kitchen also accepts packaged food and monetary donations.

On today's show, we have the highlights from the governor's weekly coronavirus response briefing, which he held the day after the first shipment of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Arkansas. Plus, we head to Tulsa International Airport, which will be the first in the country to begin offering coronavirus PCR testing and results to ticketed passangers. And, we hear from a pulmonary critical care physician who was one of the first people in our region to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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In mid-November, the governor issued an executive order directing bars, restaurants and private clubs licensed to sell alcohol on premises to close by 11 p.m. Over the holidays, Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control agents are also increasing COVID-19 compliance checks on such establishments to help limit the community spread of coronavirus.

On today's show, we get an update on the construction of a mixed income neighborhood in Fayetteville that aims to ease the need for more affordable housing in the region. Plus, we speak with two City Council candidates who won their runoff elections earlier this month and are expanding the diversity of leadership in Northwest Arkansas. And, we hear from a local psychiatrist who is using ketamine to help people with treatment-resistant depression.

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Ketamine, an FDA-approved surgical anesthetic, is increasingly being used off-label to help people with treatment-resistant depression. Psychiatrist Kathleen Wong, M.D. is pioneering the treatment in Northwest Arkansas. She opened an IV-ketamine infusion therapy clinic in 2017 in Fayetteville. One patients describes how the treatments have changed her life.

On today's show, we hear about a new report that calls on policymakers to do more for families with children who continue to struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, we find out how supply chains are dealing with the added stress of holiday shipping on top of the influx of online orders during the health crisis. And, we take a trip down moulins on Greenland's Ice Sheet with a University of Arkansas geologist.

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University of Arkansas Geologist Matt Covington joined a team of explorers who, over a two-year span, descended hundreds of feet into several ice shafts, called moulins, on Greenland’s Ice Sheet. The scientists were able to map and measure how accelerating rates of summer melt water are carving massive ice drains into the sheet, possibly impacting its stablity.

On today's show, we hear from the governor, a mayor and a protester following yesterday's community meeting in Springdale regarding the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. Plus, we find out how a partnership between a local church and homeless center is ensuring people who are unsheltered can still access necessary services this winter. And, we get in the holiday spirit with a new edition of Sound Perimeter.

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