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For the Ozarks, April brings pranks and wild weather, which can go hand in hand

In this episode of our monthly series These Ozarks Hills, storyteller Marideth Sisco explores the origins of April Fool's Day and its association with spring.

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Marideth is a Missouri storyteller, veteran journalist, teacher, author, musician and student of folklore focusing on stories relevant to Ozarks culture and history. Each month, she’s the voice behind "These Ozarks Hills.” Sisco spent 20 years as an investigative and environmental writer for the West Plains Quill and was well known for her gardening column, “Crosspatch,” on which her new book is based. Sisco was a music consultant and featured singer in the 2010 award-winning feature film “Winter's Bone.”