Friday, March 18, 2016

Radio CALS - March 18, 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 (3/18/16) features:
  • 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; the interview was conducted at Legacies & Lunch on March 2, 2016, by Clinton School of Public Service Dean Skip Rutherford; in this segment, Roberts discusses the decision to build the Children's Library & Learning Center, his work with community developers, Ron Robinson, the reasoning behind the naming of branches, and millage elections he has conducted
  • An interview with Katie Campbell, director of School House Rock Live, a production by the Children's Theatre at the Arkansas Arts Center; interview conducted by Kate Chagnon, the Butler Center's programming & outreach coordinator; they discuss the Children's Theatre's partnership with CALS Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center and the Arkansas connections to School House Rock Live
  • An interview with Jeffrey Condran, author of Prague Summer, a novel that will be featured at this year's Arkansas Literary Festival; interview conducted by Amy Bradley-Hole, Literary Festival moderator chair 
  • Chewing the Fat with Rex and Paul, who talk about mercantile stores that have become restaurants, Cypress Corner, the Caskey store at Des Arc, drinking Coke with peanuts in the bottle, Woodell’s drug in Arkadelphia, “wiggling” as a method of determining who would pick up a lunch tab, the Pickens store near Dumas, Cherokee Village, Hardy, the Sitting Bull restaurant at Cherokee Village, developer John Cooper, Paul’s attempts to disguise a disgusting odor in his car using Hai Karate cologne, and the existence of dancing at Cherokee Village and accompanying belief that it was a den of iniquity
  • Bizarre Arkansas, with a story about reports of mysterious flying objects seen in the Ouachita Mountains in 1897 
  • An interview with sisters Debra Brown and Regine Notto, who share their memories of family vacations in Hot Springs and the Grand Canyon 
  • An interview with George West, the Butler Center's education coordinator, who discusses the upcoming Summer Seminar for Arkansas teachers which will focus on the work of Arkansas's Pulitzer Prize authors; interview conducted by David Stricklin, head of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
  • Who You?, a genealogy segment featuring an interview with Maria Hoskins, a former senior staff member of Vic Snyder; interview conducted by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert; they discuss Hoskins' family history and upcoming publication, Down Home in Arkansas: A Family Reunion Story 
  • Selections from an Arkansas Sounds concert Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe
  • An interview with Allen Alverson, Arkansas musician and member of Lark in the Morning, a band that will perform Celtic and Ozark roots music on vintage instruments tonight, Friday, March 18, at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for Arkansas Sounds' Celtic Cultural Celebration 
Links related to this broadcast:

Bobby Roberts at Legacies & Lunch

Arkansas Women's History digitized archive items

This Month in Arkansas History: Ida Josephine Brooks

The Arkansas Literary Festival, April 14-17, 2016

Arkansas Sounds Celtic Cultural Celebration with Lark in the Morning and Lyon College Pipe Band, Friday, March 18, 7 p.m. at CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Debra Brown and Regine Notto interview

Butler Center Education Resources 

Butler Center Genealogy Resources

Music used in this broadcast was created by:
Used sample guitar.chords.5ths.A.mp3 by

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, Lee Ann Blackwell Hoskyn, Kate Chagnon, Stewart Fuell, Susan Hill Gele,John Miller, Chris Stewart, Rhonda Stewart, David Stricklin, and Glenn Whaley. Voices by Kate Chagnon and 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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