Arkansas PBS > Programs > Arkansas Week > Season 38 > Arkansas Week April 17, 2020

Arkansas Week April 17, 2020

In a special one-hour episode of “Arkansas Week” Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., Arkansas PBS will address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on two things that have to be accomplished during the pandemic: coping mentally and emotionally, as well as physically; and the counting of Americans, including Arkansans, in the 2020 Census.

While social distancing has been necessary, social isolation can be threatening, causing such issues as loneliness, depression, anger, irrational outbursts or substance abuse, among others. From the elderly separated from loved ones, to those now unemployed or working from home with children, Arkansans are feeling the strain of being removed from their usual routines. Joining host Steve Barnes to discuss mental and emotional health are Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, director of Immunizations and Outbreak Response for the Arkansas Department of Health, and Dr. Nihit Kumar, psychiatrist and assistant professor for the Department of Medicine at UAMS.

The 2020 Census, mandated by the U.S. Constitution, helps determine resource allocation for the entire nation, which is particularly important in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Barnes speaks about the Census with Mayor George McGill of Fort Smith, chair of the Arkansas Complete Count Committee, and Shelby Johnson, geographic information officer, vice chair of the Arkansas Complete Count Committee.

“Arkansas Week,” hosted by veteran journalist Steve Barnes, highlights experts discussing issues of concern to Arkansans. “Arkansas Week” airs on Arkansas PBS each Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. and is broadcast Saturday mornings at 5:30 a.m. on KUAR FM 89.1. Episodes are also available at, and viewers may sign up for program updates at