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Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” April 2016

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Wednesday evening, April 6, is the start of a brand new night for “Exploring Arkansas” and a brand new episode at 6:30 p.m., which will lead up to PBS’s lineup of “Nature” and “NOVA” at 7 and 8. 

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Our first stop in this new episode is the small town of Osage in Northwest Arkansas. Since the turn of the last century, the old Stamps store has been a general store, hotel, a post office and, now, a pottery shop under the name Osage Clayworks. The earthenware that’s made here is of such quality that it even attracted one special customer not too long ago – the man in black, Johnny Cash.

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The National Park Aquarium in Hot Springs just may surprise you after stepping inside.  In fact, that’s part of their theme: “Be surprised by nature.” Greeting you as you enter the aquarium section is “Slo-poke,” an African spur-thighed tortoise, right there on the floor! The surprises get even better after that: piranha, see-through fish and fish with four eyes! Not to mention, a 400-volt catfish! 

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Pysanky is an ancient Ukrainian egg art that’s believed to be more than 4,000 years old. Lorrie Popow of Hot Springs is a master at it – so much so, that it’s earned her the title of Arkansas Living Treasure

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The Palarm Creek Waterfowl Rest Area within the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area in Mayflower is quite the birdwatcher’s haven. A nature trail, observation blinds and terraces with mounted binoculars provide the ideal opportunity for viewing wintering waterfowl. Also – by all means – stick around for the sunset! 

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
“Exploring Arkansas” at 6:30 p.m.

Rebroadcasts Sunday, April 10, at 5 p.m.