Arts & Letters

Arts & Letters is a special program hosted by associate professor Brad Minnick of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. It highlights the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The program's theme music was composed by The Damsels in Distress.

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History of the Arkansas Gazette: Part One

Oct 21, 2016
Courtesy of the Center for Arkansas History and Culture

Today on Arts & Letters, we talk with journalist, researcher, and professor Donna Lampkin Stephens. Her book, If It Ain't Broke, Break It: How Corporate Journalism Killed the Arkansas Gazette, published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2015 "offers a firsthand account of how and why the Arkansas Gazette, then the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi River, died after perhaps the country’s last great newspaper war."

A&L Short: Tim Anthony

Oct 6, 2016

Arkansas musician Tim Anthony follows a rich musical heritage started by his father, Lee, who opened Little Rock's first black-owned record store.

J. Bradley Minnick of KUAR's Arts & Letters spoke with the younger Anthony about soul and funk music and its impact on his life growing up in Little Rock in the early '70s.

All Wars Are Civil Wars

Sep 23, 2016

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we explore the historical fiction of Andrew Malan Milward's collection,  I Was A Revolutionary, interrogates historical Kansas from the Civil War to the present through literary fiction and artifacts, including Wikipedia entries, photographs, maps and satirical cartoons.

A&L Short: The Uh Huhs

Sep 15, 2016

Winner of the 2016 Arkansas Times Musician’s Showcase, the Little Rock-based band The Uh Huhs are certainly friends of KUAR. The band members Zach Hale, Zach Hunter, Tyler Nance and Trent Whitehead recently played during KUAR's Open House on August 16. That day, band mates Zach Hale and Zach Hunter sat down with J. Bradley Minnick to talk about how public policy and popular culture inform their music. 

A&L Short: Radio Birds

Sep 13, 2016

Members of the southern band Radio Birds write about a variety of subjects, but with one rule: no politics. However, these musicians are now breaking that rule, feeling the need to respond to the current political turmoil. J. Bradley Minnick recently sat down with the band, who are currently harmonizing on tour.

A&L Short: Kevin And Gus Kerby

Sep 12, 2016
Kevin and Gus Kerby
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This back-to-school season, we highlight a father and son musical team from central Arkansas who spent a large part of their summer playing, practicing and laughing together.

Kevin and Gus Kerby sat down in the KUAR studios with J. Bradley Minnick of Arts and Letters. They talked about how playing music together has fostered a good sense of humor and strengthened their relationship.

A&L Short: Guitar Dave

Aug 23, 2016

Music can provide the life to a dull party or maybe to calm a rambunctious toddler. On the streets of downtown Little Rock, musician Guitar Dave Fredieu found a lifesaving cure in his music: It’s helped him cope with homelessness and addiction. He was recently in KUAR’s studios recording and spoke with J. Bradley Minnick about his life and his music.

If you want to hear more of Guitar Dave's music, you can find him busking regularly at the Farmer's Market Downtown.

 

We Have Taken & Eaten

Jun 23, 2016

 

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with percussionist Kevin Sims, composer Scott Wollschleger and poet Abby Minor about their experimental monodrama, “We Have Taken & Eaten.” The piece is performed with an array of traditional percussion and non-traditional instruments, including cassette tape players, temple bowls and light bulbs.

Down Home Soul

May 12, 2016
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On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with Hot Springs, Arkansas native Rashod Ollison. His memoir, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues, & Coming of Age Through Vinyl, was published by Beacon Press in 2016.

Growing up in Hot Springs and Little Rock in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Rashod Ollison experienced a world of “cold love, redolent of vinegar, without the slightest hint of sweetness.”

And the only thing that helped him endure was music.

The Threshold of Structure

Apr 7, 2016

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with poet Terry Wright, whose book Graphs published by Kairos Editions in 2008 and chapbook Fractal Cut-Ups from Kattywompus  Press in 2011 demonstrate the organic heuristics of mashing up data and Internet search strings to produce prose poetry.

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