Friday, June 24, 2016

Radio CALS - June 24, 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 (6/24/16) features:
  • Selections from an interview with Geraldine Purcell Davidson, who shares her experiences at Fargo Agricultural School for African American Children, a private residential school operated until 1949 and located outside of Brinkley, Arkansas
  • An "Authors on the Air" segment featuring the editors of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music, Ali Welky and Michael Keckhaver, interviewed by Kate Chagnon
  • "Talking About Books": Quick reviews of books about the Olympics, provided by Ellen Bard, CALS staff member
  • Selections from a discussion of Star Trek, held at CALS Con 2016 among panelists Barbara Adams, Tony Bates, Warren Jones, and John McCay and moderated by Brooks Cato
  • Bizarre Arkansas, featuring information on Hot Springs and the alligator farm that housed a mummified merman, the ostrich farm that was home to over 300 African ostriches, and more in this town during the early twentieth century
  • Chewing the Fat with Rex and Paul, who continue the description of their invasion of Mississippi and talk about the Crystal Grill in Greenwood, the Yazoo River, the Tallahatchie River, Bobbie Gentry, wondering why Billie Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge, the three rival claims for the grave of Robert Johnson, the Little Zion Church, the Money Road outside Greenwood, the murder of Emmett Till, pecan orchards, Bacon’s Nut House in North Little Rock, Lusko’s, Rex and Paul’s favorite one-eyed waiter, the advantages of eating a whole fish, Galatoire’s in New Orleans, and conking out early and waking up hungry
  • Music from the Butler Center's Arkansas Sounds music collection
Links related to this broadcast:
Finding Family Facts: A beginner's course in genealogy research
Held on the second Monday of each month, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Room 124, Arkansas Studies Institute Building
401 Pres. Clinton Ave. 

Butler Center's Genealogy Resources

Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music, published by Butler Center Books

Zinio, one of CALS' digital resources

Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics, by Jeremy Schaap

Olympia, a documentary on the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany 

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel Brown

Unbroken, by Laura Hildebrand

The Three Year Swim Club, by Julie Checkoway

CALS Recommends: Olympic Stories

The Barling Darling, by Hal Smith

For more information about CALS Con 2016, email

Starbase McMath: A Star Trek fan group that meets at the McMath Library on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 
2100 John Barrow Rd., Little Rock

This Month in Arkansas History: AETN

Music used in this broadcast was created 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 Ellen Bard, Stephanie Bayless, Kate Chagnon, Stewart Fuell, Laura Neale, David Stricklin, and Glenn Whaley. Voices by Kate Chagnon, John Miller, 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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