June 21, 2017

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Chewing the Fat

Rex Nelson & Paul Austin

This week, Rex and Paul chew the fat about their trip to the Delta Regional Council in Cleveland, Mississippi, about the fact that there's more Delta in Arkansas than there is in Mississippi, Sonny Perdue, Rex's troubling lack of seersucker and wholly inadequate headware, the Biscoe IGA and its famous sausage biscuits and meat counter, the charms of old U.S. Highway 70, the Cache and White rivers, the Grammy Museum, a cotton-based style show dominated by political dignitaries, how Paul got to go back to the Alluvian Hotel because he took Jan there, the Viking Range corporation, Lusco's restaurant in Greenwood, halving a pompano, Turnrow Book Company, sauce acquisition, the Alluvian's library bar – it has real books – the Oxford book-buying experience and cool new hotels that should come to Arkansas, hanging out at famed journalist Curtis Wilkie's house, his book The Fall of the House of Zeus, the City Grocery restaurant and fried pickled okra, how Douglas Southall Freeman overcame Rex's willpower and made him buy four books, an Earl Long biography, the published correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell, John. T. Edge, and how Paul displayed his superior willpower and restraint by buying only seven books, but don't tell Jan.

About Radio CALS

Radio CALS is a weekly program from the Central Arkansas Library System. Every Wednesday from 6-6:30 p.m., on KABF 88.3 FM, we will share music from our archives, content from our resources, such as the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, and information about what's happening in the library system.

This program is presented by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the CALS Communications and Public Relations Department.

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Executive Producers

Lee Ann Blackwell Hoskyn and David Stricklin

Episode Producer

Glenn Whaley

Production Manager

Shelle Stormoe


Jasmine Jobe and John Miller


Music used in this broadcast was created by The Joy Drops and David Szesztay.


Image: "White River in Arkansas", © 2008. Photographer: Linda Tanner

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Anna Lancaster & Shelle Stormoe