Friday, November 18, 2016

Radio CALS - November 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 (11/18/16) features:

  • Primary Sources - This week’s podcast features part two of an interview with Bill Stovall, Executive Director of Arkansas Community Colleges.  Matt DeCample sits down with Mr. Stovall to discuss his formative upbringing in Northeast Arkansas and the series of life events that led him to a career in public service.  
  • Legacies and Lunch - Women of Colonial Arkansas - The Arkansas Post was the first European settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley and present-day Arkansas established in 1686 as a French trading post on the banks of the lower Arkansas River.  In this addition of Legacies and Lunch, Judge Morris Arnold presents on the significant role that women played in colonial Arkansas.  
  • A reading of a letter from the Butler Center's collection of Civil War materials, written by George M. Blodgett, a Union sailor who spent part of the war in Arkansas; he describes an attack on the USS Mound City on the White River in Arkansas in 1862, sometimes called "the deadliest shot of the war."
  • Relics of Arkansas History with Bob Denman with information on Charles Pierce's inspiration for a famous movie line.
  • This week, Rex and Paul chew the fat about Thanksgiving, which Rex calls the ultimate men’s holiday because of its lack of expectations on males, the love of leftovers, Paul’s two-turkey philosophy, smoked turkey gumbo, turkey soup stock, dressing sandwiches, the critical role of side dishes at Thanksgiving, the prominence of pie, the impossibility of having too many potatoes, casseroles as the symbol of Southern Protestantism, Baptist camps, duck camps, shooting skeet, hunting rabbits, squirrel cook-offs, the loss of Thanksgiving Day football games, the Battle of the Ravine, a turkey snack Paul invented, the Wings over the Prairie Festival in Stuttgart, the Des Arc alumni reunion, Paul’s mom’s deck and his excellent contributions to its construction (mostly imaginary), how weird weather ruined Paul’s plans for a toasty Thanksgiving Day fire, Razorback-LSU games, the Miracle on Markham, and juggling dove hunting and football.
  • Music from the Butler Center's Arkansas Sounds music collection.
Links related to this broadcast:

The full Chewing the Fat podcast is now available at

Arkansas Sounds: Richard Leo Johnson
Friday, December 9, 8 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.
General admission: FREE

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 John Miller, Brett Ratliff, Keeley Wooten, David Stricklin, Brian Robertson, Bob Denman and Glenn Whaley. Voices by John Miller, Mark Hotchkiss 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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