April 19, 2017

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Chewing the Fat

Rex Nelson & Paul Austin

This week, Rex and Paul chew the fat about Rex's Delta food tour he gave some folks from Houston, Texas, the three Delta food groups, the IGA store in Biscoe, the historic and virtually unprecedented addition of an item to the menu at the Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, the appearance of His Honor, the Mayor, Cypress Corner at Lexa, Pasquale's Tamales in Helena, steamboats, how Rex wore out the boys from Houston, the magnificence of Crowley's Ridge, the Louisiana Purchase monument and its booming tourist business because of Rex and Paul, Murry's at Hazen and the best onion rings in Arkansas, Paul's lobbying (that would be whining) to get on the board of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, Paul's celebrated appearance frying bacon and a bunch of other stuff at the Friends of the Library pancake breakfast at Imboden, and a great German place – Bavarian, really – at Mammoth Spring. Not "Springs," so watch it.

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

Brett Ratliff


Jasmine Jobe and John Miller


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


Image: "Vintage Texaco station in Arkansas", © circa 1980-2006. Photographer: Carol Highsmith. Image courtesy Library of Congress

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Brett Ratliff