Episode Archive

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November 8, 2017

In this episode of Chewing the Fat with Rex & Paul, the boys talk about Paul'’'s funeral duty and the pleasures of Piggott, Arkansas.

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November 1, 2017

Mark Christ, Outreach Director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, talks with Matt DeCample about the Arkansas World War I Commemoration Committee and how Arkansans dealt with the war effort a hundred years ago.

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October 25, 2017

James Mitchell, a Vietnam veteran who joined the U.S. Navy in 1967, talks to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Research Services Division Manager Brian Robertson. Mr. Mitchell details his experience as a Navy corpsman.

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October 18, 2017

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features Charles Stewart, founder of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and editor of the newest publication from Butler Center Books – Seeds of Genius: 25 Years of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. Stewart sits with Matt Decample to talk about how growing up in a large family help shaped his character, how he started the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, and how they are celebrating the Hall's 25th anniversary.

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October 11, 2017

This week, Rex and Paul chew the fat about Paul's Rotary Club talk at the Church of Christ in Wynne and how he had to change his talk when he realized it was going to be at the church, Paul's mother's elderberry jelly, the difficulties of picking elderberries, the need to go to the Mayhaw Festival in El Dorado and Chocolate Roll Festival in Searcy County, the boys' upcoming State Highway 7 expedition, Rex's opinion that the Old South Restaurant in Russellville has the best chicken-fried steak in Arkansas, Rex and Paul's recent Civil War foray based on the Camden Expedition, the fascinating and often obscure terminology regarding Civil War fights, a weird helicopter sighting, Mark Christ's great work in preservation of Civil War battlefields, a great lunch in Camden, fried green beans at Woods Place in Camden, how Paul got street cred in Wynne for knowing about Cypress Corner Bar-B-Q in Lexa, Rex's theory that the best barbecue places usually have signs featuring rusty pigs, the Arkansas State University football stadium, the view that ASU should play football in Little Rock, the view that Arkansas State Park gift shops should sell Rex's book Southern Fried, crazy weather, Rex and Paul's idea for a hall of fame for restaurants where they get to pick the winners and put their motto "We can be bribed!" into practice, Jewish and Chinese heritage in Southeast Arkansas, Rex's urgent desire to get a spot on the Mississippi River Commission so he can go on their great riverboat tours, a tour of Arkansas City with Kane Webb, Paul's confusion about bird-watching, the Squirrel Cook-off in Bentonville, how having to eat 24 cornbread samples at a contest almost killed Paul, an invitation to go back to Piggott for another Hemingway event, gambling history in Hot Springs, great po-boys at Mr. Whiskers between Malvern and Hot Springs, how the old bath houses are getting new life, the good news that the Lyon College football team doesn't wear kilts during games but that there are plenty of bagpipes, how Rex went to four Arkansas college football games in eight days, Rex's and Paul's recent birthdays, and how 66 is the new 65.

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October 4, 2017

Students from Central High Memory Project and City of Little Rock youth radio interns interview Robin Woods Loucks about her experience offering to share her Algebra textbook with Terrence Roberts, on the Little Rock Nine's first day to attend classes at Central in September 1957. The Memory Project Team, sponsored by CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, is a student-produced effort to collect, preserve, and share oral history about civil rights and human rights experiences.

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September 27, 2017

This week on Primary Sources, we've dug through our archives to present an interview with curator, author, and historian Delphine Hirasuna. She is the author of The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946. She curated a traveling exhibition of the same name in 2010, which toured throughout the United States and Japan. This interview was conducted in 2011 for the Butler Center's exhibition The Art of Living, which displayed works of art created by Japanese Americans incarcerated at Rohwer Relocation Center in Rohwer, Arkansas during World War II.

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September 20, 2017

Matt DeCample chats with Little Rock native Jeff Nichols, the writer and director of several critically-acclaimed films (Mud, Taking Shelter, Midnight Special, and Loving) about growing up in Little Rock, his entrance into the film industry, and the Arkansas Cinema Society.

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September 13, 2017

Judge Reinhold chats with Matt DeCample about starting his acting career to impress a girl and how a warehouse dinner theater in Florida prepared him for Hollywood.

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September 6, 2017

This week, Rex and Paul chew the fat about the fact that Paul is from Imdoden, setting a new Chewing the Fat record – nine seconds – for earliest mention, the Hope Watermelon Festival, the Hempstead County sheriff's otherworldly victory in the watermelon-eating contest, how the boys turned down the offer of a free 150-pounder, despite the generous offer of a burlap sack to carry it with, about the biscuits at Keeney's in Malvern, how Historic Washington has as good a lunch as one could get at any state park in the United States, how Paul likes well-cooked vegetables – no crispy green beans, please! – the greatness of catalpa worms for fishing but the grossness of the green goo that comes out when you step on one, Paul's sneaky book-buying methods, discovering Glen Campbell's grave site three days after his funeral, Rex and Paul's funeral fixation, the death of Frank Broyles, how Broyles and Campbell and Johnny Cash gave Arkansas things to be proud of in the 1960s and helped the state live down some of the national embarrassment after the 1957 crisis, Nashville versus Crowley's Ridge peaches, the Fish Net at DeGray Lake, great Arkansas football stadiums, and Jeff Root (the Football Doctor).

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August 30, 2017

The Memory Project at Little Rock Central High is a student-led effort to preserve, and share oral history of civil and human rights. For the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Central High Desegregation Crisis, the Memory Project students have produced an audio walking tour recounting the events of September 4th, 1957: the historic first attempt by the Little Rock Nine to attend their classes at Central. This episode of Primary Sources highlights a conversation with the Memory Project students about their work.

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August 23, 2017

Arkansas State University History Professor Sarah Wilkerson Freeman sits with Matt DeCample to talk about The Art of Injustice, a show she is curating at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies through the end of the year. Injustice focuses on the WWII Japanese internment camps in Southeast Arkansas and the art that shared the experiences of those who lived there.

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August 16, 2017

Sally Mengel tells Matt DeCample the origin story of Loblolly Creamery and why she thinks it has grown so quickly. She also explains why vanilla ice cream has an unfair reputation as a "basic" flavor.

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August 9, 2017

This week, Rex and Paul chew the fat about Paul's new grandson, Wyatt, about whom he is understandably proud, Rex's relief that he can't bother people listening to this with pictures of the grandson, their great visit to the 133rd annual Davidson Camp Meeting and its nostalgic mixture of old-time religion, music, and food, Rex's remarkable tenure with the same insurance agent he's had since he started driving, eating at the counter at the Old South Restaurant in Russellville, the peach festival in Clarksville, the "peach-off" between Johnson County and Howard County, courtesy of CALS Executive Director and Nashville native Nate Coulter, peach butter, peach pies, peach iced tea, the full-peach Monty, how Paul wants to get a peach tattoo, their making what may be the steepest drive in Arkansas as they journeyed to Oark, the winding mountain road that helped Rex decide to drive, given Paul's tendency to nod off, an oak tree said to be 300 years old, poetry reading at the Oark General Store, how a rare moment of temperance modified the burger challenge so they only had one at the Catawpa Café, some northern transplants who booked the main dining room, the Juicy Lucy cheese-stuffed burger Rex had, the foot bridge that is still down in the Mulberry River after last year's flood and the possibility that certain podcast and radio stars might have contributed to its demise by stressing its load limit on a previous visit, and the great views you can catch if you make it up that way.

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August 2, 2017

Gretchen Hall, CEO Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, sits down with Matt DeCample to discuss how being a student athlete prepared her for a career in tourism, how she helps sell Little Rock to the world, and the city's potential to someday host a national table-tennis tournament.

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July 26, 2017

This week, Rex and Paul continue chewing the fat about the PurpleHull Pea Festival in Emerson and related fun with motorized tillers, Keeney's Food Market in Malvern and its legendary sausage biscuits, Rex's embarrassing hat, the nervous hospital, Esau's corn, the boys' disappointment at not being the grand marshals for the PurpleHull pea-rade, how they picked the Pea Goddess, Burge's in Lewisville and their fried pies, Rex's son Evan's first experience of turkey fries, how Paul discovered that 55 in a 35 is considered speeding in Stamps, the two great catfish places in Garland City (Doc's and West Shore), taking cheesy photos on either side of the state line in Texarkana, the wonderfully named Hotel Grim, the Cattleman's Steak House, and Rex's double-header of chicken-fried steak and quail.

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July 19, 2017

Preservation Arkansas Executive Director Rachel Silva-Patton talks with Matt DeCample about her career in Arkansas history, the economic potential that preservation holds for communities throughout the state, and shares the scandalous tale of the Villa Marre.

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July 12, 2017

This week Rex Nelson and Paul Austin chew the fat about the PurpleHull Pea Festival in Emerson and related fun with motorized tillers, Keeney's Food Market in Malvern and its legendary sausage biscuits, Rex's embarrassing hat, the nervous hospital, Esau's corn, the boys' disappointment at not being the grand marshals for the PurpleHull pea-rade, how they picked the Pea Goddess, Burge's in Lewisville and their fried pies, Rex's son Evan's first experience of turkey fries, how Paul discovered that 55 in a 35 is considered speeding in Stamps, the two great catfish places in Garland City (Doc's and West Shore), taking cheesy photos on either side of the state line in Texarkana, the wonderfully named Hotel Grim, the Cattleman's Steak House, and Rex's double-header of chicken-fried steak and quail.

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July 5, 2017

Primary Sources: Encyclopedia of Arkansas author Bick Satterfield interviews Capi Peck, owner of Trio's Restaurant and Little Rock City Director for Ward 4. Capi's grandparents were the legendary Sam and Henrietta Peck, who owned the Hotel Sam Peck in Little Rock from the 1930s through the 1970s. This episode focuses on Capi's memories growing up in the hotel, her grandfather's flair for design, his friendship with the famous architect Edward Durell Stone, and Capi's life in the restaurant industry.

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June 28, 2017

Primary Sources: Pulaski County Treasurer Debra Buckner talks with Matt DeCample about being a woman in banking during the 80's and 90's, becoming an elected official, and shares stories of showing up on doorsteps to collect back taxes.

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June 21, 2017

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.

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June 14, 2017

Primary Sources: Matt DeCample talks with Museum of Discovery CEO Kelley Bass about the museum's growth and ambitions, his first career at the Arkansas Gazette, and the Little Rock rock 'n roll scene during the 1980's.

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June 7, 2017

This week, Rex and Paul chew the fat about Sam Houston's brother's grave, Calico Rock, the River View Hotel there, Angler's Resort near Mountain View, jam sessions in Mountain View, folk festivals in the area, the JFK Overlook at Heber Springs, Wilbur Mills, Fordyce and its great sports history, the Smithsonian's Hometown Teams traveling exhibition Paul and the Arkansas Humanities Council are working on, how auctioneers always seem to be called "Colonel," how Rex became a Kentucky Colonel, Paul's odd affection for the game of cricket, Rex's love of the old Iron Bowl games, his book Southern Fried, the Southern Foodways Alliance, how Paul fought the perception that he might be a food snob by making Sloppy Joes and eating a whole box of Little Debbie cakes, stopping at the Bulldog in Bald Knob for strawberry shortcake, how the boys need to get to some food festivals to replenish their supplies of various sauces, RIP: the footbridge at Oark that got washed away in the flood about the same time they talked about it on the last Chewing the Fat with Rex and Paul, the peach-picking paradise at Clarksville, Rex's suspicions about Paul's commitment to Rex's Burger Challenge, Mennonites selling jelly, wondering if Rex and Paul might get asked to be grand marshals at the PurpleHull Pea Festival, the passing of Congressman Jay Dickey – a true Arkansas character, and RIP: Bryce's Cafeteria, which died recently at 86.

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May 31, 2017

Matt DeCample sits down with Dr. Sherece West-Scantlebury, President and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, to talk about her life in non-profit work, living through Hurricane Katrina, finding Arkansas, and how the WRF is fighting the root causes of problems facing Arkansans.

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May 24, 2017

This week, Rex and Paul chew the fat about Pocahontas, the oddly named Sanitary Barbershop, the Lesmeister Guest House, Ninth Street in Little Rock, the Olde Stonehouse B&B in Hardy, having three doctors at dinner who couldn't do anybody any good, the Biggers B&B and steak place in Hardy, the Eddie Mae Herron Center in Pocahontas, Ravenden, Williford, Ravenden Springs, Mammoth Spring, skipping the awards banquet at the Arkansas Historical Association because Chewing the Fat with Rex & Paul didn't get an award, La Pastorella Bistro in Mammoth Spring, Fred's Fish House, Rex's college buddies and their high-class taste in fish camps, Sportsman's in Flippin, Gaston's in Lakeview, the Jim Gaston Visitor Center in Bull Shoals, Harry Truman's 1952 visit, Bull Shoals controversies, Paul's Royal Ambassadors camping trip, his contention that he was not to blame for the fishing lure that got stuck in Phil Smith's head, rural electrification, the Norfork Dam, and the Jacob Wolf House in Baxter County.

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May 17, 2017

Matt DeCample sits down with Richard Weiss, longtime director of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, to talk about the joys and tragedies of growing up as a missionary kid in Africa, trying to adjust to life in the United States as a young adult, and the important of good government.

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May 3, 2017

This week, Rex and Paul chew the fat about Paul's annual appearance at the Friends of the Library pancake breakfast in Imboden, the wonders of fried pies, Imboden war stories, how the traffic jam in front of the strawberry stand in Bald Knob thwarted Paul's best efforts, Slader's Alaskan Dumplings in Searcy, sad news about Bryce's Cafeteria in Texarkana, Rex's fears of a tomato aspic shortage, Paul's trip to Stamps and a side trip to Burge's in Lewisville and their legendary turkey salad, eating catfish in Garland City, calf fries, the need to get upcoming festivals nailed down on calendars, Paul's discovery that oysters in Georgia are no match for those in Arkansas, Rex and Paul's ideas about asphalt, how they've given up waiting for their historian friends to organize a trip to visit the Civil War battleground at Shiloh, Paul's possible status as the only person in Arkansas who's eaten German food at Hot Springs and Mammoth Spring in the same month, expansion plans for the store at Oark, good news about peaches, Paul's Cave City retirement plan, wood handles and bats in Batesville, and how Chewing the Fat with Rex and Paul may constitute the essence of the Arkansas experience.

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April 26, 2017

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a special edition of Primary Sources with hosts Matt Decample and Amy Bradley Hull interviewing authors featured at the 2017 Arkansas Literary Festival, including Dominic Wallimann, Cora Daniels, Hussein Hussein, Therese Oneill, and Celia Anderson.

For more information about the Arkansas Literary Festival, visit arkansasliteraryfestival.org

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April 19, 2017

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.

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April 12, 2017

To help overcome the domestic abuse all around them, Little Rock-based author, mother, and inspirational speaker Cara Brookins and her four kids decided to rebuild their family by building a 3500-square-foot, five-bedroom house…on their own. With what money they had she bought the construction supplies and an acre of land and got to work. After successfully building a house with her children, Brookins wrote a memoir of her experience titled Rise: How a House Built a Family. Since the book's January release it has been an Indy Next Pick and a Barnes and Noble front-of-the-store selection for "What We're Reading," and Brookins has been featured in several magazines, started her own Macmillan podcast, and traveled the country and the world as an inspirational speaker. Hear all about Cara Brookins and her whirlwind success story as she joins host Matt DeCample in the Radio CALS studio for the latest edition of Primary Sources.

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April 5, 2017

This week, Rex and Paul chew the fat about Paul's recent visit to the Eddie Mae Herron Center's annual hog killing and auction in Pocahontas, how he made off with a fresh ham, a shoulder, some sausage, pork chops, and about a four-pound slab of pork belly, as well as the first Arkansas Food Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which turned out to be a very successful evening celebrating Arkansas food culture and a lot of fun for Miss Rhoda.

In the second half of the program, Mark Christ of the Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee sits down with historian Kent Goff of the Mississippi Valley Education Program to talk about Arkansas's role in the Great War and the Centennial Committee's official kick-off event at the Old State House in downtown Little Rock.

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March 29, 2017

This week we feature a special Arkansas Sounds edition of Primary Sources as host John Miller is joined in the Radio CALS studio by Jazz artist, Rodney Block. Block, a classically trained instrumentalist, performs a unique blend of traditional jazz, gospel, hip-hop, Bebop, funk and soul. An Arkansas native, he honed his skills by playing in some of Kansas City's premier venues – Grand Emporium, Plaza III, Blue Room, and Liberty Hall. His ensembles have opened for Jonathan Butler, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Wynton Marsalis and Angela Hagenbaugh, among others. Now based in Little Rock, Block has provided music for various private and corporate events. The ensemble was recently featured in the live television recording AETN Presents: Front Row with the Rodney Block Jazz Project. The television program received outstanding reviews and was nominated for a 2007 Mid-America Emmy Award.

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March 22, 2017

This week, Rex and Paul chew the fat about cool things in Hot Springs and how people really are starting to see the importance of the city and park to the state and the nation, seeing about a hundred games at the Arkansas state high school basketball tournament and its fascinating mix of urban and rural Arkansas, how the old Baptist expression "Every head bowed/every eye closed" became a basketball benediction, Paul's latest distressing trend and Rex's deep sense of disappointment about it, travel tips on how to get to Hot Springs, and Paul's rant about the best way (his) to present the National Anthem before sporting events (hint: tell Aunt Martha to stay home that night).

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March 15, 2017

Host Matt DeCample is joined in the Radio CALS studio by Gabe Holmstrom. Holmstrom is the Executive Director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, a nonprofit group that advocated for planning, legislation, transportation, economic development and numerous public and private initiatives to improve downtown Little Rock. Holmstrom previously served as chief of staff to the Arkansas House of Representatives, and handled public affairs for Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods after a decade in state and federal government and politics. He has also served as an aide to former Cong. Marion Berry. Holmstrom lives downtown in the Governor's Mansion Historic District and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a member of the Arkansas State Board of Finance and board member of the Quapaw Quarter Association.

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March 08, 2017

On today's broadcast of Radio CALS, Rex and Paul chew the fat about the Slovak Oyster Supper, old U.S. Highway 70, famous people who come to Arkansas each year to hunt ducks, how some of the Brennan family of New Orleans came in to create a legendary seven-course meal in DeWitt, the new Arkansas Food Hall of Fame and how the boys were gearing up to help the Department of Arkansas Heritage host the first induction ceremony, graphic details of hog killing in preparation for the annual fund-raiser at the Eddie Mae Herron Center in Pocahontas, characters from Clark County and (where else?) Imboden, the lengths to which Rex's dad went to stay on good terms with people who had good quail-hunting land, and the difficulties of keeping wild quail plentiful.

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March 1, 2017

On this week's show, host Matt DeCample is joined in the Radio CALS studio by Little Rock Zoo director, Susan Altrui who talks in-depth about her work as recently appointed director of the Little Rock Zoo, her passion for animals and vision for the future of the Zoo.

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February 22, 2017

On today's broadcast of Radio CALS, Rex Nelson and Paul Austin chew the fat a little more about their remarkable quail-hunting trip with the grandson of Ernest Hemingway and the granddaughter of Hemingway's famous editor, Max Perkins (and we use the word "hunting" somewhat loosely).

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February 15, 2017

On today's broadcast of Radio CALS, Matt DeCample interviews Korto Momolu, Little Rock-based fashion designer, about her childhood in Liberia, emigrating to Canada, discovering her talent for art and design, and her life since moving to Little Rock and appearing on Project Runway.

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February 8, 2017

On today's broadcast of Radio CALS, Rex Nelson and Paul Austin chew the fat about their epic trip to Piggott to participate in a quail hunt and dinner with the grandson of Ernest Hemingway and the granddaughter of Hemingway's legendary editor, Max Perkins, who hunted there in 1932 while Hemingway was married to Pauline Pfeiffer.

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February 1, 2017

On today's broadcast of Radio CALS, UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity Director John Kirk has a conversation with Joyce Williams, a retired public school educator, principal and consultant, who was one of the first of four black teachers to desegregate teaching faculty in the Little Rock School District in 1964.

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January 25, 2017

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a new episode of Chewing the Fat with Rex Nelson & Paul Austin.

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January 18, 2017

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a conversation with John Cain, community organizer and Director of KABF 88.3 FM, about his life and work.

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January 11, 2017

On today's broadcast, Rex Nelson and Paul Austin talk about their first year of Chewing the Fat, the NEA basketball tournament and small-town basketball fans, hill school teams versus Delta teams, tamales, how Paul broke a kid's arm and Paul's mother ran over the same family's dog on the same day, record-setting basketball performances, Cave City, squirrel dinners at Gene's Barbecue in Brinkley, Tommy Robinson, and having a pretty good Arkansas day.

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January 4, 2017

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a conversation with Alan Leveritt, Publisher and Co-founder of the Arkansas Times, about his life and work.

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December 30, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a conversation with Little Rock Catholic High School Principal Steve Straessle; letters from the Butler Center Collections; Bizarre Arkansas; a special episode of Chewing the Fat; and more.

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December 23, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a conversation with Little Rock Catholic High School Principal Steve Straessle; Carol-Ann Blow discusses her personal experience with desegregation in Little Rock at Mount St. Mary Academy; Bizarre Arkansas; a new episode of Chewing the Fat; and more.

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December 16, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a conversation with 2016 Olympic gold medalist long jumper and North Little Rock native, Jeff Henderson; noted historian Mark Christ discusses Civil War Arkansas; Freeman McKindra; Bizarre Arkansas; a new episode of Chewing the Fat; and more.

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December 9, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a conversation with 2016 Olympic gold medalist long jumper and North Little Rock native, Jeff Henderson; Ryan Harris and Maxwell George discuss the history of Oxford American Magazine and the release of the 2016 music issue, Visions of the Blues; Relics of Arkansas History; a new episode of Chewing the Fat; and more.

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December 2, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a Primary Sources podcast interview with Marianna native and retired Court of Appeals Justice, Olly Neal, Jr.; author Nancy Hendricks discusses her book, Notable Women of Arkansas; a new episode of Chewing the Fat; and more.

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November 25, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a Primary Sources podcast interview with Marianna native and retired Court of Appeals Justice, Olly Neal, Jr.; one soldier's recollections of the Korean War; a discussion of women in colonial Arkansas; and a new episode of Chewing the Fat.

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November 18, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a Primary Sources podcast interview with former Arkansas Speaker of the House and current Executive Director of Arkansas Community Colleges, Bill Stovall; a discussion of women in colonial Arkansas; Relics of Arkansas History; and a new episode of Chewing the Fat.

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November 11, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a Primary Sources podcast interview with former Arkansas Speaker of the House and current Executive Director of Arkansas Community Colleges, Bill Stovall; a discussion of women in colonial Arkansas; and a new episode of Chewing the Fat.

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November 04, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a Primary Sources podcast interview with Sidney Moncrief, Little Rock native and basketball star; Bizarre Arkansas; Relics of Arkansas History; two sisters talk about growing up in El Dorado; and a new episode of Chewing the Fat.

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October 28, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a Primary Sources podcast interview with Sidney Moncrief, Little Rock native and basketball star; two episodes of Bizarre Arkansas; the Beatles visit Arkansas; and a new episode of Chewing the Fat.

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October 21, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a new Primary Sources podcast interview with Vivienne "Lie" Schiffer, a historian of the Japanese-American experience at the Rohwer internment camp during WWII; a discussion of the women's suffrage movement by historian Bernadette Cahill; and a new episode of Chewing the Fat.

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October 14, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a new Primary Sources podcast interview with Vivienne "Lie" Schiffer, a historian of the Japanese-American experience at the Rohwer internment camp during WWII; an interview with Korean War veteran, Corporal James Blaylock; new episodes of Bizarre Arkansas and Chewing the Fat; and more.

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October 7, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a new Primary Sources podcast interview with Dr. John Kirk, an interview with Korean War veteran, Corporal James Blaylock; new episodes of Bizarre Arkansas and Chewing the Fat; and more.

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September 30, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a new Primary Sources podcast interview with Dr. John Kirk, historian of Civil Rights era American South; a discussion with Civil War scholar Mark Christ; supernatural phenomena in Arkansas; a new episode of Chewing the Fat; and more.

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September 23, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features an interview with journalist John Brummett; a Bizarre Arkansas conversation with poet and professor Mark Spitzer; a living history presentation about the German immigrant experience in Arkansas; a new episode of Chewing the Fat; and more.

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September 16, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features an interview with former LRSD superintendent Baker Kurrus; a Bizarre Arkansas conversation with poet and professor Mark Spitzer about the Ozark Hellbender; an excerpt from Arkansas Literary Festival 2016; a new episode of Chewing the Fat; and more.

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September 9, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a conversation with "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette" columnist John Brummett; a Bizarre Arkansas conversation with poet and professor Mark Spitzer about the Ozark Hellbender; a preview of the Pulaski County Historical Society's upcoming lecture on Pulaski County "firsts"; and a new episode of Chewing the Fat.

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September 2, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a conversation with "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette" columnist John Brummett; reflections on Sue Cowan Williams, the teacher in the Little Rock School District who requested equal pay for African American teachers; an interview with Bill Jones, author of "Petit Jean: A Wilderness Adventure"; a discussion of the White River by Chris Engholm; and a new episode of Chewing the Fat.

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August 26, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features selections from a panel discussion about the transformation of Arkansas politics in the 1970s; a conversation about Fiction & Fact: A War Dialogue with Veterans, a joint project of CALS and the NEH; an interview with Bill Jones, author of Petit Jean: A Wilderness Adventure; plus new episodes of Bizarre Arkansas, and Chewing the Fat.

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August 19, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features selections from a panel discussion about the transformation of Arkansas politics in the 1970s; an interview with former LRSD superintendent Baker Kurrus; a CALS Con panel discussion of Disney and feminism; plus new episodes of Relics of Arkansas History, Bizarre Arkansas, and Chewing the Fat.

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August 12, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS (8/12/16) features selections from a panel discussion about the transformation of Arkansas politics in the 1970s; an interview with former LRSD superintendent Baker Kurrus; a CALS Con panel discussion of Star Wars; plus new episodes of Relics of Arkansas History, Bizarre Arkansas, and Chewing the Fat.

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August 5, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS (8/5/16) features selections from a panel discussion about the transformation of Arkansas politics in the 1970s; an interview with National Archives specialist Ketina Taylor; a CALS Con panel discussion of Star Wars; Olympic story reviews by Ellen Bard; plus a new episode of Chewing the Fat.

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July 29, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS (7/22/16) features selections from a panel discussion about the transformation of Arkansas politics in the 1970s; a new feature called "Relics of Arkansas History"; a reading a 19th century slave narrative; an interview with Cindy Beckman about her new book about Arkansas education and Arch Ford; plus a new episode of Chewing the Fat.

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July 22, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS (7/22/16) features selections from a panel discussion about the transformation of Arkansas politics in the 1970s; a new feature called "Relics of Arkansas History"; a reading a 19th century slave narrative; an interview with Cindy Beckman about her new book about Arkansas education and Arch Ford; plus a new episode of Chewing the Fat.

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July 15, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS (7/15/16) features selections from a CALS Con 2016 panel discussion of Studio Ghibli; a panel discussion of Star Wars from CALS Con 2016; a genealogy segment featuring an interview with Maria Hoskins; a conversation between Lisa Donovan, assistant director for youth services at CALS, and Bobby Roberts, former director of CALS, regarding the Child Nutrition Program created by Roberts prior to his retirement; selections from an interview with Dr. Ann Tice, a retired dermatologist who talks about growing up in a family of physicians and her non-traditional path to medical school; plus a new episode of Chewing the Fat.

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July 8, 2016

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS features a discussion of Fiction & Fact: A War Dialogue for Veterans, a new project bringing veterans together to explore their experiences using literature; a panel discussion of Star Wars from CALS Con 2016; an interview with Arkansas musicians Brenda & Ellis; plus new episodes of Bizarre Arkansas and Chewing the Fat.

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July 1, 2016

A reading of a letter about the celebration of the 4th of July in 1840; selections from Legacies & Lunch featuring Parker Westbrook, Craig O'Neill, Phillip Kaplan, and Robert McCord; information about the Butler Center's upcoming genealogy workshop; a living history presentation of a German immigrant; Chewing the Fat with Rex Nelson & Paul Austin; and information about upcoming events.

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June 24, 2016

A reading of a letter about the celebration of the 4th of July in 1840; selections from Legacies & Lunch featuring Parker Westbrook, Craig O'Neill, Phillip Kaplan, and Robert McCord; information about the Butler Center's upcoming genealogy workshop; a living history presentation of a German immigrant; Chewing the Fat with Rex Nelson & Paul Austin; and information about upcoming events.

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June 17, 2016

A discussion of Japanese animation at Studio Ghibli from CALS Con 2016; an interview with Charlie Rich, Jr.; CALS digital resources; Bizarre Arkansas; Chewing the Fat with Rex & Paul; and more.

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June 10, 2016

Dr. Ben Johnson on John Gould Fletcher, from the Arkansas Literary Festival 2016; a discussion of Star Trek at CALS Con 2016; Chewing the Fat with Rex Nelson & Paul Austin; Ben Nichols & Lucero; Butler Center genealogy resources; and more.

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June 3, 2016

The history of gun violence in Arkansas; Roberta Martin and Lenny Williams; CALS' digital services; #CALSStories; Chewing the Fat; CALS Con & Studio Ghibli; and more.

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May 27, 2016

Summer Reading Club; Butler Center art exhibitions; Ben Nichols and Lucero; genealogy resources; and more.

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May 20, 2016

The CALS Child Nutrition Program Fund; Little Rock school desegregation; Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers; To Can the Kaiser, a Butler Center book; CALS Con & Studio Ghibli; and more.

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May 13, 2016

Arkansas music legend Charlie Rich; Korean War oral history; Bizarre Arkansas; Chewing the Fat with Rex Nelson and Paul Austin with talk of train stations, pancake breakfasts, and much more; selections from Bagels & Books; Arkansas musicians Iris DeMent and Tracy Lawrence; This Month in Arkansas History; and more.

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May 6, 2016

Author Rien Fertel from his book, The One True Barbecue, from the Arkansas Literary Festival 2016; the experiences of Japanese Americans held in internment camps in Arkansas during WWII; the tenth anniversary of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas; Arkansas lyricist, composer, and musician Bob Dorough; Bagels & Books; an interview with Freeman McKindra; and more.

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April 29, 2016

Roger Glasgow, attorney and author of Down and Dirty Down South: Politics and the Art of Revenge; a reading from the Dave Wallis papers in the Butler Center Collections; information about and music by Al Green; Chewing the Fat with Rex Nelson and Paul Austin; Bagels & Books; selections from Legacies & Lunch featuring Kay Goss with information about Wilbur Mills; and more.

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April 22, 2016

The experiences of Japanese Americans who were held in internment camps in Arkansas during World War II; Arkansas musician Little Willie John; the Butler Center's Genealogy Workshop; an interview with Nancy Hendricks, author of Notable Women of Arkansas; selections from an interview with Cpl. Charles O. Hilburn, a veteran of the Korean War; an interview with Arkansas musician Bob Boyd; and more.

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April 15, 2016

Angie Macri, a poet featured in the Arkansas Literary Festival 2016; selections from an interview with Sgt. A. Keith Jernigan, who served in the Korean War; Marvin Schwartz, author of We Wanna Boogie; Suzy Parker, an author featured at the Arkansas Literary Festival 2016; and more.

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April 8, 2016

Kevin Brockmeier, an author featured in the Arkansas Literary Festival 2016; Dr. Ann Tice, a retired dermatologist who talks about growing up in a family of physicians and her non-traditional path to medical school; selections from an Arkansas Sounds concert featuring Charley Sandage and Harmony, who present original music in a traditional Arkansas folk style; and more.

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April 1, 2016

Amy Bradley-Hole, moderator chair of the Arkansas Literary Festival; Stephanie Meincke, president & CEO of the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance; Mick Wiggins, an Arkansas illustrator/artist who has created numerous book covers; information about Hoopla, one of CALS' digital services; a Take 5 interview with Arkansas band Bob Boyd Sounds; and more.

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March 25, 2016

Selections from an interview with Bobby Roberts, who retired as director of the Central Arkansas Library System on March 4, 2016, after leading the system for almost 27 years; Erin Wood, editor of Scars: An Anthology, featured in the Arkansas Literary Festival 2016; an interview with Maria Hoskins about her upcoming publication, Down Home in Arkansas: A Family Reunion Story; and more.

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March 18, 2016

Selections from an interview with Bobby Roberts, who retired as director of the Central Arkansas Library System on March 4, 2016, after leading the system for almost 27 years; Katie Campbell, director of School House Rock Live, a production by the Children's Theatre at the Arkansas Arts Center; Jeffrey Condran, author of Prague Summer and featured at this year's Arkansas Literary Festival; Allen Alverson, Arkansas musician and member of Lark in the Morning; and more.

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March 11, 2016

Selections from an interview with Bobby Roberts, who retired as director of the Central Arkansas Library System on March 4, 2016, after leading the system for almost 27 years;Tyrone Jaeger, author of So Many True Believers and featured at this year's Arkansas Literary Festival; an interview with Miss Arkansas, Loren McDaniel, for #CALSStories; Charlotte Schexnayder, journalist and state politician; and more.

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March 4, 2016

Selections from an interview with Bobby Roberts, retiring director of the Central Arkansas Library System, conducted in 2010;Bernadette Cahill, discussing women's fight for the right to vote in Arkansas; "Authors on Air" with Brad Mooy, coordinator of the Arkansas Literary Festival, and Amy Bradley-Hole, moderator chair of the Literary Festival; an interview with Sgt. A. Keith Jernigan, a Korean War veteran; and more.

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February 26, 2016

Selections from Legacies & Lunch featuring Bill Ward, a long-time photographer who archives photographs and has explored the history of Conway; "Chewing the Fat with Rex & Paul"; "Authors on Air" with Arkansas Literary Festival Coordinator Brad Mooy; Carol-Ann Blow, who was the first African-American student to attend Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock; and more.

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February 19, 2016

Dr. Brian Mitchell discussing the expulsion of free blacks from Arkansas in 1859; an interview with Cpl. Charles O. Hilburn, from the Korean War Project; a pre-birthday celebration of Johnny Cash; "Authors on Air" with Arkansas Literary Festival Coordinator Brad Mooy; recordings of music composed by William Grant Still, an African American classical composer raised in Little Rock; and more.

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February 12, 2016

David Pryor, talking about Pryor's relationship with former governor, Orval Faubus; his relationship with former Representative John Paul Hammerschmidt; and his thoughts on the current state of Arkansas politics; an interview with Sgt. Allen L. Dunn, from the Korean War Project; Who You?, a segment about the Butler Center's genealogy resources; Mike Polston, co-editor of To Can the Kaiser: Arkansas and the Great War; and more.

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February 5, 2016

David Pryor, talking about his love of the Old State House, his early legislative involvement with the Young Turks, his inability to pass a memorial bill for Winston Churchill, and a kind note he received from Orval Faubus; Aretha Dodson discussing one room schoolhouses, split sessions, segregation during her childhood, and her book, That's the Way it Wuz Back Then; community organizer Freeman McKindra discusses the two years he spent in Pakistan with the peace corps, his world travels, and his work developing communities in Arkansas; and more.

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January 29, 2016

Selections from Legacies & Lunch featuring David Pryor, talking about his rise in Arkansas politics and love of the state's history; selections from Legacies & Lunch featuring Jimmy Lou Fisher, Skip Rutherford, Alan Leveritt, Phyllis Brandon, and Milton Crenchaw; David Ware, author of It's Official! The Real Stories Behind Arkansas's State Symbols; Willie Booker Jr. describes growing up in the delta and his experience in the segregated education system.

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January 22, 2016

Selections from Legacies & Lunch featuring David Pryor, talking about his rise in Arkansas politics and love of the state's history; selections from Legacies & Lunch featuring Jimmy Lou Fisher, Skip Rutherford, Alan Leveritt, Phyllis Brandon, and Milton Crenchaw; Jay Grelen, author of Sweet Tea Times; Bill Carter, an attorney/musician's consultant who got two of the Rolling Stones out of jail in Fordyce, AR.; and more.

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January 15, 2016

Selections from Legacies & Lunch featuring Bill Valentine, former professional baseball umpire and general manager of the Arkansas Travelers baseball team, and Little Rock civic leader Mollie Worthen; "Authors on Air", featuring the editors of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music; a portion of an oral history interview with Bob Boyd, noted local musician and former owner of Boyd's Music; and an interview with Tav Falco, Arkansas-born musician, performance artist, actor, filmmaker, and photographer; and more.

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January 8, 2016

Selections from the October 2015 Legacies & Lunch concert featuring Stephanie Smittle and Kit and Kaboodle; a 2004 interview with Senator Dale Bumpers; Marvin Schwartz discusses his book We Wanna Boogie: The Rockabilly Roots of Sonny Burgess and the Pacers, a history of both the legendary Arkansas band and the Newport community in which they grew up and were influenced; a portion of an oral history interview with Bob Boyd, noted local musician and former owner of Boyd's Music.; and more.

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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.

Contact Us

Radio CALS
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
radioCALS@cals.org

CREDITS

Executive Producers

Lee Ann Blackwell Hoskyn and David Stricklin

Photography

"Farm families sitting in rocking chairs listening to radio", by USDA Extension Service. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Engineering & Editing

Michael Stotts and Anna Lancaster

Production Manager

Glenn Whaley

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