Friday, August 26, 2016

Radio CALS - August 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 (8/26/16) features:
  • The final selection 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.
  • A discussion between Brad Mooy, coordinator of the Arkansas Literary Festival, and Dr. Alex Vernon, project director, about Fiction & Fact: A War Dialogue with Veterans. Fiction & Fact is a new project of the Central Arkansas Library System sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • An interview with Bill Jones, our speaker for the September 7 Legacies and Lunch program.  Jones will discuss Petit Jean: A Wilderness Adventure, his novella for young readers that follows the legend of Petit Jean in which a young French woman stows away as a cabin boy on a trans-Atlantic journey. Taking on the name "Little John," the spunky, strong-willed young woman determines to stay by the side of her fiancé, only revealing her true identity after she proves herself his equal on the arduous journey. Jones did a great deal of research on Arkansas's French Colonial era, including the history of the Quapaw Indians, who met the French when they arrived. Legacies and Lunch will be on September 7 at noon in the Darragh Center on the Main Library Campus
  • Bizarre Arkansas with a story about Dr. John Richard Brinkley, a notorious quack who practiced "medicine" in the 1930's throughout the South, including Arkansas 
  • This week, Rex and Paul talk about St. Mary’s Catholic Church above Altus, the Coal Miners Memorial, the museum in Altus, German and Swiss immigrants, the Catfish Inn at Dardanelle, the Council Oaks, Pottsville, Russellville, Paul’s visit to the Goodwin family reunion, his Uncle Ozro, the Black River, Lawrence County migration to Illinois after World War I, Paul’s fractured sense of privilege and rediscovery (invention?) of his French ancestry and resultant special abilities, the Dry Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Paul’s Grandma Goody, Highway 25 between Strawberry and Batesville, Cave City watermelons and tourist courts, “marker tree” legends, Diaz vs. Dyess, the transition from Delta to uplands, the ingredients for vinegar pie (it’s better than it sounds), blackberry cobbler, Rex’s life as a chigger and tick magnet, crabapple jelly, Cracker Barrel, and how Rex and Paul and Paul’s son, Josh, decided not to joke around on the swinging bridge between Oark and Catalpa
  • Music from the Butler Center's Arkansas Sounds music collection
Links related to this broadcast:

Full video of Legacies & Lunch from July 8

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 Stewart Fuell, John Miller, Brad Mooy, 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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