Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large

On today's program, we visit Temple Shalom of Northwest Arkansas to hear how the congregation is coping with growing national anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence. We also learn how last week, Fayetteville clothing mainstay Cheap Thrills nearly closed its doors for good, but now has a new lease on life.

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Cheap Thrills, a beloved thrift store in downtown Fayetteville, had announced it was closing until two women stepped in to buy it and keep the little shop's legacy alive.

MUSIC: "Cheap Thrills" Vitamin String Quartet

On today's program, we learn how a building in Springdale is being transformed into transitional housing and into a home for various agencies providing services to former prison inmates. Also, we hear highlights from Senator Tom Cotton's town hall that was held in Springdale last night.

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, faced more than 2,000 people at his town hall Wednesday evening in Springdale. Many of those in attendance expressed anger and frustration about issues ranging from the impending repeal of the Affordable Care Act to the proposed border wall with Mexico. You can listen to the full town hall below. It's been divided into two parts. Cotton began the town hall with the Pledge of Allegiance.

On today's program, we have highlights from Congressman Steve Womack's meeting this morning with constituents in West Fork., and we hear how voters aim to have a shout-free meeting with Senator Tom Cotton tomorrow in Springdale. Also, we hear how the city of Fayetteville is taking the first step toward developing a certification standard for life-long housing.

courtesy / Ozark Indivisible

Ozark Indivisible, an organization that grew from the recent presidential election, is urging its members and others to be civil at Sen. Tom Cotton's, R-Arkansas, first town hall meeting since President Donald Trump's inauguration. They are also hoping to get their message across to the senator before he heads back to Washington, D.C. The town hall is scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Pat Walker Performing Arts Center in Springdale. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m.

On today's program, we learn more about the inaugural Fort Smith Mardi Gras celebration. Plus, we learn how people living in rural areas, where there are typically few lawyers, can find legal representation, and we get a look at what's coming up this weekend in music in the region

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The Carroll County branch of the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists brought back a six-hour endurance mountain bike race called Bad Moon Rising that was first put on eight years ago. Racers rode in the dark from 6 p.m. to midnight to see who could do the most four-mile laps on the Trimble Family Ranch in Berryville.

On today's program, acrobats from Australia tell us the best way to wish them good luck before a show--it's not “break a leg”--as Circus Oz comes to town and John Brummett and Roby Brock discuss the best, or not best, ways to amend a state constitution.

The Bentonville City Council is considering making changes to the public input rules during its regular meetings. Residents say they do not have a direct line of communication with their representatives the way residents in other cities do.

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