Ozarks At Large

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This locally produced news magazine has covered news, sports, politics, arts & culture and the quirky and unusual happenings in the Ozarks for more than three decades.

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On today’s show, new developments emerge in downtown Rogers. Plus a tiny but "scrappy" library in Berryville has big plans to expand. And newspapers preserved by Subiaco Abbey provide a glimpse of immigrant life in 19th century Arkansas.

 

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Construction of Railyard Park in downtown Rogers is nearing an end with an opening scheduled for later this spring. The new park includes a performance stage, playground and splash pad with water towers painted by local and international artists, as well as an area for the Downtown Rogers Farmers Market, which begins May 1.

Courtesy / Berryville Public Library

Berryville Public Library, part of the Carroll & Madison Library system, is fundraising to construct a new 10,000 square foot facility, with sections dedicated to children, teens, and adults, as well as spaces for community meetings, quiet reading, and study. Library director Julie Hall describes the need for expansion and why her rural library has recently earned the title "scrappy."

 

Courtesy / Asa Hutchinson

Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, talks with John Brummett, political columnist at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, about Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plans to help influence politics in the 2022 political cycle, both in Arkansas and around the country.

Courtesy / University of Arkansas Press

A new book, Das Echo: A Year in the Life of Germans in the Nineteenth-Century South, uses preserved German-language newspapers from the 1800s to detail the lives of German immigrants in Arkansas. We talk with Dr. Kathleen Condray, an associate professor of German at the University of Arkansas, about her book recently published by the University of Arkansas Press.

Courtesy / Militant Grammarian

Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, gives us a list of common speaking and writing mistakes. She says almost everybody has made at least one of these errors.

On today’s show, advocates for transgender Arkansans let their voices be heard. Plus, questions still remain regarding a nearly 60-year old murder case. And Broadway is coming back to the Walton Arts Center. 

Courtesy / InTRANSitive

Transgender advocacy group InTRANSitive is partnering with other organizations to hold a "Trans Week of Mourning" in opposition to a legislative session that's about to end with the passage of several bills aimed at the trans community. This week's events include a "Strategies for Resistance" panel, banner drop, as well as a "die-in."

Courtesy / University North Dakota

Our weekly trip back in time with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History takes us through an examination of an Arkansas homicide from 1963. Questions still surround the case and the trials that followed.

The most recent Broadway season at Walton Arts Center had to end abruptly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A year later, the venue is ready with a 2021-22 season that will begin in October and include a two-week run of Hamilton.

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