KUAR Is Making Changes To Its Schedule In January 2019

Jan 2, 2019

KUAR is bringing two new programs featuring science and storytelling to its central Arkansas airwaves and making several changes to its local and regional music programming schedule beginning January 5th and 6th, 2019.

Starting Sunday, NPR’s Hidden Brain will join KUAR’s programming schedule, airing from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. weekly. Hidden Brain is science and storytelling that reveals the patterns that drive human behavior. Listeners who regularly tune to NPR’s Morning Edition will likely have heard host Shankar Vedantam's regular segment, which highlights social science research.

Also beginning Sunday, The Moth Radio Hour will debut on KUAR. It will air from 12-1 p.m. weekly, following Hidden Brain. The Moth is an hour of true stories told live. It’s a mix of celebrity and unique voices from communities across the country. The Moth comes to KUAR just in time to give listeners a taste of the great storytelling they can expect at The Moth Mainstage event February 28.

Locally and regionally-produced music programs will move further into primetime slots beginning this Saturday starting with Ozark Highlands Radio (OHR). Which will add a weekly airing 5-6 p.m. on Saturdays just in time for the start of its fourth season which will feature exclusive live recordings of Taj Mahal, The Secret Sisters and John McEuen and the Seldom Scene, among many others. OHR has expanded rapidly in four years and is now aired on over 80 public radio stations across the country. KUAR was one of the first stations to air OHR and wishes it continued success!

Additionally, KUAR’s Not Necessarily Nashville, which features “the best of the rest of country music,” moves one hour forward to air 6-8 p.m. weekly on Saturdays. From Albion and Beyond, “a weekly jaunt along the highways and byways of traditional, revival, contemporary and roots based music with a slight English accent,” will also move one hour forward on Saturdays, from 8-9 p.m.

Here’s a list of programming changes with information about each show. If you have thoughts or questions, please reach out at comments@ualrpublicradio.org. You can find our full weekly programming schedule here. As always, thanks for listening!

Hidden Brain
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KUAR adds NPR’s Hidden Brain to its Sunday programming lineup

Millions of people have heard Shankar Vedantam's engaging reports on social science research on NPR shows like Morning Edition and his top podcast Hidden Brain. Shankar now brings his signature knowledge, wit and sense of humor to this new one-hour weekly program, airing Sunday from 11 a.m.- 12 Noon on KUAR 89.1 News and Culture for Arkansas. A blend of science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the imperceptible forces that influence our relationships. It's a program that helps curious people understand the world, current events, and themselves.

The Moth Radio Hour
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KUAR adds The Moth Radio Hour to its Sunday Lineup

Funny. Sad. True. The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth was founded in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green who strove to recreate in New York the tradition of sharing personal stories as he did with his friends on a porch in Georgia. The first Moth show was in Green’s New York living room but word of these storytelling evenings quickly spread, and in the years since hundreds of thousands of people have been entertained and enlightened by uniquely crafted Moth stories; on stages, on radio and a weekly podcast.

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

Ozark Highlands Radio
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Ozark Highlands Radio will air at both 8 p.m. Fridays and 5 p.m. Saturdays

Ozark Highlands Radio is an hour-long public radio program that features live musical performances recorded at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. With archival recordings from native Ozark musicians to the contemporary Roots/Old Time performers of today, Ozark Highlands Radio explores the history, tradition and current trends in traditional and modern acoustic music.

In addition to the live performances Ozark Highlands Radio also features interviews with performers, feature host and guest contributor segments, and web only content including jam sessions and expanded interviews.

Flap Jones of Not Necessarily Nashville
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KUAR’s Not Necessarily Nashville moves to 6 p.m. Saturdays

Pat “Flap” Jones has hosted Not Necessarily Nashville since 1987. The program is dedicated to country music ignored by mainstream radio.

Some call it Americana, but if you ask Flap, “It’s country, folk, bluegrass, rock and blues. I’m a child of the 1950s and '60s and was fortunate enough to grow up in family of music lovers. Our little record player played everything from Hank Williams and Tommy Dorsey to Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, The Beatles and The Stones.”

As a result, on Not Necessarily Nashville you’re likely to hear classics by Hank Williams or Jimmie Rodgers alongside laments from Hayes Carll, Townes Van Zandt or Guy Clark. You’ll hear newgrass from The Greencards and jam band music from The Waybacks followed by the old time bluegrass of Bill Monroe. Mix it all up with country legends like Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall and Johnny Cash and the countless new artists that refuse to play along with the new country mainstream and you’ve got the best of the rest of country music. It’s the old and the new and hopefully you'll hear something you like.

From Albion and Beyond
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KUAR’s From Albion and Beyond moves to 8 p.m. Saturdays

A weekly jaunt along the highways and by-ways of traditional, revival, contemporary and roots based music with a slight English accent. Recorded in the heart of Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood.

Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour moves to 9 p.m. Saturdays

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is an all-volunteer, live-audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. The show airs on 537 radio stations from Australia to Boston to Dublin, Ireland, on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 173 nations, every military base and US Naval ship in the world, coast-to-coast in millions of TV homes as a public TV series.

The Midnight Special moves to 10 p.m. Saturdays

The Midnight Special often airs live performances recorded by WFMT over the past 55 years that are not available commercially, including well-known artists appearing at Chicago area clubs, concert venues, the University of Chicago Folk Festivals and the comedy revues of Chicago's famed Second City.