Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large

On today's show, more on why Washington County has hired an ombudsman to help with jail overcrowding. Plus, Pastor Clint Schnekloth gives us a history lesson about Labor Day ahead of the long weekend. And, we hear more about a first-of-its-kind study on forest fungi in the Ozarks. 

Washington County has hired an ombudsman for a pilot project as part of an effort to find alternative ways to remedy the overcrowding at the detention center aside from a proposed $38 million expansion. The man contracted for the job is not new to it. Stan Adelman was ombudsman in 2000 when the jail expanded from its old location to its current one.

On today's show, thousands of medical school graduates are not able to find residency placements, which delays their ability to become physicians. We discuss the shortage in Arkansas and what it means for the state's students and residents. Plus, Roby Brock and John Brummett talk football, the 2020 race for the White House and Greenland. And, we have a conversation about conversations about food.

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There is a medical residency shortage across the country. There are more students grudating with medical degrees, but about 10,000 will not be able to find a residency placement, which is critical to becoming a physician. The shortage, which is felt in Arkansas more than elsewhere, has prompted a bill from U.S. Senator John Boozman.

On today's show, how volunteers are hand-pollinating Ozark chinquapins at Hobbs State Park to bring the tree back from the brink. Plus, an ordinance change in Siloam Springs means Ivory Bill Brewing Company will now be allowed to sell their beer to go on Sundays. And, we speak with crooner and artist Nick Shoulders, who splits his time between Fayetteville and New Orleans.