Friday, February 19, 2016

Radio CALS - February 19, 2016

Radio CALS airs on KABF 88.3 FM in Little Rock from noon-2 p.m. every Friday. It may be streamed live at (click "Listen Live") or anytime at

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS (2/19/16) features:
  • Selections from Legacies & Lunch featuring Dr. Brian Mitchell discussing the expulsion of free blacks from Arkansas in 1859
  • A reading of an interview with a former slave, Railroad Dockery, part of the WPA Slave Narratives
  • An interview with Cpl. Charles O. Hilburn, from the Korean War Project
  • Information about Johnny Cash, whose birthday is February 26
  • Bizarre Arkansas, with information about a notorious quack, Dr. John Richard Brinkley
  • Chewing the Fat with Rex and Paul, in which they discuss the Dairy Bar at Imboden and the Daisy Queen at Arkadelphia; the effectiveness of a banana split in bribing a youngster to "act good" at church; Frito Pies, which may have originated in Arkansas; watermelon harvests at Portia, Cave City, Hope, and others; homecoming picnics at Corning, Piggott, Rector, and other cities in Northwest Arkansas; Civil War parks and restored buildings in Northwest Arkansas; a bobwhite quail demonstration project; efforts to replant native grasses; and Paul's quasi-rational proposal that his hometown, Imboden, is the true inspiration for Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms
  • Information about the Butler Center's resources for teachers, including its Summer Seminar, a two-day workshop focused this year on Pulitzer Prize-winning authors with connections to Arkansas
  • An EOA entry on the Council for the Liberation of Blacks (CLOB), read by its author, Linda McDowell
  • A performance by Velvet Kente from the Arkansas Sounds concert series 
  • Recordings of music composed by William Grant Still, an African American classical composer raised in Little Rock who broke race barriers with his highly acclaimed work
Links related to this broadcast:

Dr. Brian Mitchell at Legacies & Lunch

Freegal, CALS' digital music resource

Upcoming Arkansas Sounds events:
Friday, February 22, 7 p.m.
Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Interview with Charles O. Hilburn, from the Korean War Project

CALS Stories Adventure Challenge

Johnny Cash, whose birthday is February 26

This Month in Arkansas History: Mary Steenburgen

Bizarre Arkansas: Dr. John Richard Brinkley

The Butler Center's Education Resources, including information about Words that Matter: Pulitzer Prize Authors with Arkansas Connections, 2016 Summer Seminar for Teachers

Arkansas Literary Festival

This Month in Arkansas History: Arkansas Tech University

The Council for the Liberation of Blacks (CLOB)

Music used in this broadcast was created by David Szesztay ( and the Joy Drops (

Radio CALS is a production of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), its Arkansas history department, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and the CALS Community Outreach Department. For more information, visit and Radio CALS was produced this week by Kate Chagnon, Stewart Fuell, Lee Ann Blackwell Hoskyn, John Miller, Brian Robertson, Chris Stewart, Rhonda Stewart and David Stricklin, and Glenn Whaley. Voices by Jasmine Jobe, Linda McDowell, and Rhonda Stewart. Engineering and editing by Michael Stotts and Anna Lancaster. Our production manager is Glenn Whaley. Our executive producers are Lee Ann Blackwell Hoskyn and David Stricklin. 


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