Ozarks At Large

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Courtesy / Jason Williams

A comprehensive family caregiver program for veterans will greatly expand over the next two years. Michael Stracener, LCSW, Ph.D, who manages the caregiver support program at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, provides details. VHCSO program participant and U.S. Army Veteran Jason Williams describes the need. 

Courtesy / Harper Perennial

We go back in time to 1998 to discuss the history of measuring time with David Ewing Duncan, whose book, Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year, had just been published.

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The McClellan-Kerr Navigation System extends for 445 miles and changed how the Arkansas River is used in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History, explains how it was developed, using archives from the Pryor Center to tell the story. This segment originally aired on June 15, 2020.

On today's show, we hear from county election officials in the region who say, despite COVID-19, they've seen a record response from people wanting to be poll workers and volunteers. Plus, we find out why activists in the Marshallese community have been encouraging Marshallese Americans to register to vote. And, we get an idea of what it's like to participate in a survival reality TV show.

Courtesy / Vote Safe Arkansas

As county election commissions prepared for an unusual election day this summer, many veteran poll workers, who are older and more at risk for complications from the coronavirus, decided not to return in 2020. Now, less than a month away from Nov. 3, officials have seen a record response from people wanting to be poll workers and volunteers. 

Courtesy / Albious Latior

Marshallese community activists have been busy registering dozens of Marshallese Americans so they can vote in the upcoming election. Albious Latior spent several days personally going to people's homes to deliver and collect registration forms ahead of the Oct. 5 voter registration deadline. He says the Marshallese community needs to have a say in electing local, state and national leaders.

Becca Martin-Brown, features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says there's a variety of ways to celebrate the arrival of fall this October including the opening of Banshee Manor, the return of the Rogers Historical Museum ghost walks and a virtual version of the annual NWA Gridiron Show.

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Next spring, the University of Arkansas Honors College will devote a Signature Seminar to the past and present of terms like witchcraft and occult. We asked the professor leading the course, Timothy Landry, about what he will be discussing. He'll deliver a preview lecture, via Zoom, on Monday, Oct. 12 at 5:15 p.m.

Courtesy / History Channel

Alone: The Beast is a show on the History Channel that follows three strangers who live off the land for 30 days. Rick Spicer, co-owner of Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Fayetteville, participated in an episode filmed in a Louisiana swamp.

Courtesy / Aaron William Clarke / City of Rogers

Aaron William Clarke, a community organizer and co-founder of Bridge the Gap NWA, is running against incumbent Mark Kruger for Rogers City Council — the first African American to do so.

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