Despite the fertility of the Arkansas River Valley, not every seed will grow. Such was the case with the African-American homesteaders who settled “The Dry,” which was abandoned due to irrigation issues. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska reports on a recent archeological dig that is attempting to bring The Dry’s history back into the light.

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March 27, 2017 | NPR · As we cover conflicts of interest in the Trump administration, a question frequently arises: What parts of the government have the power to hold the president and his appointees accountable on ethics?
 

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March 27, 2017 | NPR · A report from the U.N. Refugee Agency shows some surprising trends in the world’s refugee crisis.
 

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March 27, 2017 | NPR · Emma Donoghue tackles a tough topic with light and humor in The Lotterys Plus One, her new kids’ book about a boisterous blended family learning to accommodate a difficult grandfather with dementia.
 

March 26, 2017 | NPR · Bruce Feiler speaks about his new book, “The First Love Story,” and how the story of Adam and Eve is still important to relationships between men and women today.
 

March 26, 2017 | NPR · Deb Olin Unferth’s story collection delights in going in unexpected directions, and her sensitively-drawn characters feel the full, real, often contradictory and uneasy layering of human emotion.
 

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March 27, 2017 | KCRW · Hear new tracks by Plastic Plates, Running Touch, Lee Foss and more in this week’s dance mix from KCRW’s Jason Bentley.
 

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March 27, 2017 | NPR · The Family Crest urges its extended network of fan-collaborators to express their political thoughts with a new video for “Mirror Love.”
 

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March 27, 2017 | WXPN · A move from eastern Canada to Nashville opened the floodgates of inspiration for Cousins’ new songs. Hear her perform some of them live in the studio.
 

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