Friday, August 5, 2016

Radio CALS - August 5, 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 (8/5/16) 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.
  • An interview with Ketina Taylor, of the National Archives & Records Administration in Fort Worth, conducted by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's genealogy expert; Taylor was the speaker at the Butler Center's Genealogy Workshop 2016, held earlier this summer
  • Selections from a CALS Con discussion of Star Wars; CALS Con is the library system's free annual celebration of all things fandom
  • "Talking About Books": Quick reviews of books about the Olympics, provided by Ellen Bard, CALS staff member
  • Chewing the Fat with Rex and Paul, who discuss the 100th birthday party of attorney David Solomon in Helena (not forgetting to mention the lunch they enjoyed at Craig's Bar-B-Que in DeValls Bluff before the party), houseboats on the White River, former U.S. congressman Ed Bethune's latest book and Bethune's special relationship with Pocahontas, the button industry of yore and the mounds of stamped out mussel shells left behind, Biscuit Row, new restaurants and other improvements in Helena, the remarkable Solomon family, notable guests of David Solomon's birthday party including Dick Hatfield, other famous people from Helena including seven Civil War generals, the beautiful historical interpretation at Battery C in Helena, the surprising nature of Crowley's Ridge geography, and much more
  • Music from the Butler Center's Arkansas Sounds music collection
Links related to this broadcast:

Full video of Legacies & Lunch from July 8

This Month in Arkansas History: John Harold Johnson
For more information on CALS Con, email

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

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, John Miller, Laura Neale, Rhonda Stewart, 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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