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On today's show, we get an update on the unemployment rates in Arkansas's largest cities as the pandemic stretches on. Plus, we head to a century-old girls' summer camp on the banks of the Illinois River that's undergoing restoration. And, we find out about some of the summer fireworks shows in the area that are going ahead while adapting to current public health directives.

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses recent unemployment numbers in Arkansas's largest cities as the pandemic continues.

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Gypsy Camp, constructed on the banks of the Illinois River south of Siloam Springs in rural Benton County almost a century ago, is being preserved. The quaint girls' summer camp operated from 1921 to 1978 before turning into a private residence. Two years ago, a private partnership purchased the property to establish a a river outfitting business and restore the site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Jerrid Gelinas provides a tour.

Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says there will be a few fireworks this summer. But, like so many other things, the 2020 fireworks shows will be different and subject to public health rules.

We dip into our archives to bring you a pair of singalongs from the 2019 and 2018 installments of the Fayetteville Roots Festival. First, Rhiannon Giddens, Darrell Scott and the Honey Dewdrops bring us "Light in the Valley," followed by a rendition of "This Land is Your Land" with Mary Gauthier, Jamiee Harris, Michele Gazich, Joe Purdy and Branjae.