Friday, February 26, 2016

Radio CALS - February 26, 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 (2/26/16) features:
  • Selections from Legacies & Lunch featuring Bill Ward, a long-time photographer who archives photographs, has explored the history of Conway, and helped found the annual festival, Toad Suck Daze 
  • Information about and music by Johnny Cash, whose birthday is today, February 26
  • Bizarre Arkansas, presenting information about a creek known as "The Town Branch" which once ran through downtown Little Rock, carrying trash and refuse until it was converted into a proper sewer
  • Chewing the Fat with Rex and Paul, who talk about apples, peaches, salt pork, buttermilk pie, sausage sandwiches, fried baloney, Ernest Hemingway and the Hemingway-Pfeiffer House museum in Piggott, and Paul’s ability to carve a chicken in 15 seconds, a skill that helped win him the love of his wife, along with fried squirrel, squirrel brains, and where to get great chicken livers; places mentioned include the Shiloh Museum in Springdale, the communities of Opposition, Annieville, Nashville, Bald Knob, Clarksville, Brinkley, Batesville, Mena, and—of course—Paul’s hometown of Imboden
  • An interview with Brad Mooy, coordinator of the Arkansas Literary Festival
  • An interview with Carol-Ann Blow, who attended Catholic schools in Little Rock during desegregation and was the first African-American student to attend Mount St. Mary Academy 
  • Selections from an Arkansas Sounds concert by the Velvet Kente Arkestra, a collective of musicians with an eclectic sound whose influences include Afro-Caribbean, gospel, indie rock, punk, soul, and funk music
Links related to this broadcast:

Bill Ward at Legacies & Lunch

Overdrive, CALS' downloadable ebook and audiobook library

This Month in Arkansas History: The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act

Finding Family Facts, a free monthly genealogy class held on the second Monday of each month, 3:30-5 p.m., Room 204, ASI Building 401 Pres. Clinton Ave.

Bibliocommons, CALS' new catalog system

The Arkansas Literary Festival, April 14-17, 2016

This Month in Arkansas History: Ruth Beall

Interview with Carol-Ann Blow, who was the first African-American student to attend Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock

CALS Stories Adventure Challenge

William Grant Still

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 Stephanie Bayless, Kate Chagnon, Stewart Fuell, John Miller, Chris Stewart, and David Stricklin, and Glenn Whaley. Voices by Jasmine Jobe. 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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