Ozarks

The folk-rock duo Brewer & Shipley, an act with deep ties to Kansas City, is still together more than 40 years after achieving a few international hits. They perform with the Ozark Mountain Daredevils at Crossroads KC on Saturday, July 2.

Three reasons we’re listening to Brewer & Shipley this week:

1. Brewer & Shipley’s relaxed, folk-rock sound is back in style. You can hear echoes of it in the music of young musicians such as Dawes and the Avett Brothers.

Courtesy Wes Wilson

Wes Wilson anticipates a renaissance is coming, and this shift in societal values will be led in part by members of the arts community. You could say that’s how the longtime poster artist known for his psychedelic promotions, which use fluid forms made from letters and flowing letters to create shapes, got his start.

It was 50 years ago this year his controversial image of an American Flag with a swastika started appearing in protests throughout the streets of Oakland, California. The piece, titled “Are We Next?,” was inspired by anger.

From the Not My Ozarks Facebook page

Rachel Luster wasn’t happy when news started showing up in her social media feeds that the Ku Klux Klan wanted to train “the first recruits… in a mighty army” in her part of the Ozarks.

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As the school year begins we're hearing a lot about accreditation, Common Core and teacher tenure. All important, but the issue that may worry educators the most is security. School officials spend a lot of time thinking about it and a huge amount of money trying to improve it.

Right now, about a third of all states allow teachers or staff with a conceal and carry permit to pack a gun in school as long as they have permission from the school board. Nowhere in America right now is the issue of armed teachers more complicated than in Missouri.

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In many ways, the Ozarks are trying to catch up to modern American culture while still retaining old values. The "code of the hills" still keeps the region mostly white, and it has long been a haven for supremacists.

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The term “Blueways” has some Ozarks residents seeing red. At least, that was the case at a Congressional field hearing Monday in West Plains over the “National Blueways Program.” That’s a designation the US Department of Interior bestowed upon the White River Watershed earlier this year with little or no say from local and state leaders.