Friday, August 12, 2016

Radio CALS - August 12, 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 (8/12/16) features:
  • Selections from a panel discussion about the transformation of Arkansas politics in the 1970s, co-hosted by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the Clinton School of Public Service on July 8. The conversation included Senator David Pryor, journalist Ernie Dumas, ex-Dale Bumpers staffer Archie Schaffer, and political columnist John Brummett.
  • Radio CALS is starting a new feature today, and CALS is creating a new service based on that new feature. It’s called Primary Sources, and it will focus on people who are making a difference in Little Rock and Arkansas, some you might have heard of and some you haven’t heard of but probably want to know about. In addition to what you can hear on Radio CALS—and this is where the new service kicks in—you can listen to a free podcast of Primary Sources interviews. This week, Primary Sources will focus on Baker Kurrus, longtime Little Rock attorney, former member of the board of the Little Rock School District, and—for one remarkable year—superintendent of the Little Rock public schools. 
  • Selections from a CALS Con discussion of Star Wars; CALS Con is the library system's free annual celebration of all things fandom
  • Relics of Arkansas History with Bob Denman with information on Charles Pierce's inspiration for a famous movie line.
  • 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, where Rex and Paul chew the fat about Arkansas’s great visitors centers, historical tourism, Murry’s on old U.S. 70 near Hazen, the concerningly low supply of crappie, Mack’s in Stuttgart, Pasquale’s tamales in Helena, Rex’s Delta food tour, the three Delta food groups, onion rings, the Johnson County Peach Festival, Peach Pickin’ Paradise near Clarksville, fried peach pies, how Paul’s wife Jan only got half of one, the Pig Pit in Arkadelphia, the turtle race at the peach festival and the possibility that one of the turtles was using a performance-enhancing drug, Rex’s earlier visit to the festival with State Trooper Bubba Stotts, and why you sometimes have to administer lie detector tests at bass fishing contests.  
  • Music from the Butler Center's Arkansas Sounds music collection
Links related to this broadcast:

Full video of Legacies & Lunch from July 8

Get a library card!

This Month in Arkansas History: Black Hawk War
This Month in Arkansas History: Al Joyner

Relic of Arkansas History: Charles B. Pierce

For more information on CALS Con, email

This Month in Arkansas History:  Mamie Clark

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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. 

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 Lee Ann Blackwell Hoskyn, Kate Chagnon, Bob Denman, Stewart Fuell, John Miller, Laura Neale, Keeley Wooten, David Stricklin, and Glenn Whaley. Voices by 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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