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.
Arts & Letters

Arts & Letters

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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.

Most Recent Episodes

They Liked My Phras'n: The Life & Music of Rose McCoy, Part I

Discover one of America's most prolific songwriters. On this episode of Arts & Letters, we speak with biographer Arlene Corsano about the life and music of Arkansan songwriter and singer Rose Marie McCoy. This episode airs Friday, September 13 at 7:00 pm CST and Sunday, September 15 at 9:00 pm CST. Through personal stories and rare interview recordings with McCoy, Corsona tells the in-depth and behind-the-scenes story of a complicated singer and songwriter who broke barrier after barrier as

Arts & Letters Music Review

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we celebrate the music from Season Five. Hosted by producer Mary Ellen Kubit this episode shares favorite and memorable music from the various episodes this year. Our Executive Producer and Host J. Bradley Minnick is busy in the studio recording for Season Six, but he'll break away for a few minutes for a behind the scenes discussion about how music is selected and placed in various episodes. As many of you know, music is at the heart of much of our

She Was of The River, Part II

The True Tale of "Arkansas Gun Girl," Helen Spence On this episode of Arts & Letters, we continue our discussion with Denise Parkinson about the mysterious and infamous life of 1930s "outlaw" Helen Ruth Spence. Parkinson's book, Daughter of the White River: Depression-Era Treachery & Vengeance in the Arkansas Delta is a true-life tale about a depression-era tragedy. Through archival research, newly discovered prison records, community stories, and interviews with Spence's childhood

She Was of The River, Part I

The True Tale of "Arkansas Gun Girl," Helen Spence On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be talking with writer Denise White Parkinson. Her book is titled Daughter of the White River: Depression-Era Treachery & Vengeance in the Arkansas Delta and is published by The History Press. This true-life tale is about a depression-era tragedy and the stranger-than-fiction-life of Helen Spence: "so young and beautiful, even in death--Helen Spence-- a so-called outlaw . . . And why shouldn't she

Because You've Never Died Before

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with hospice educator and pastor Dr. Kathleen J. Rusnak about what the dying learn about living at the end of life and how this knowledge is their gift to us in the midst of life. Her book Because You've Never Died Before, published by Brick Wall 2 , offers a framework for giving meaning to the experiences of those who are dying as well as an opportunity to gain from the wisdom and insight of the dying for your own life now. Rusnak shares composite

Marvel, Wonder & Surprise

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we speak with writer Joe Meno. Published by Akashic Books, h is novel, Marvel and a Wonder, is set in the summer of 1995. Jim Falls, a grandfather and Korean War veteran, sets out alone to raise his grandson Quentin. Marvel and a Wonder is firmly ensconced in place and reveals the wonderment of possibility, which is looming just beyond the next hill. And then the next. . . "On that Sunday in July 1995, the grandfather woke early, thinking of the boy. He

Had A Good Time with Robert Olen Butler

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler about his many books informed by theories on desire, life's chance meetings and conscious decisions that inform sometimes unconscious occurrences in the world. A life in letters, the varied novels, the wildly inventive short stories, the radical pedagogy, please join us for a retrospective on his work thus far--Robert Olen Butler in his own words. "He notices him instantly, though the man is

The River Whispers Her Name

On this special episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be featuring a The River Whispers Her Name: A Christmas Tale, penned and performed by Jay Grelen, based on the book by the same name. Four-year-old Rebekah Freeman wanders away from her house, her mother, father and brother, Four Door, in search of an elusive Christmas package. The River Whispers Her Name chronicles Rebekah's misadventures beginning on the eve of Christmas Eve in the marshes of Alabama. As the Christmas boxes arrived in

Fierce Solitude

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be featuring biographer Ben Johnson. His biography, Fierce Solitude , published by the University of Arkansas Press, remembers to tumultuous life of Arkansas Pulitzer Prize winning poet, John Gould Fletcher. Though not widely know today, Fletcher was very influential in mid-twentieth centery literary circles--one of the shock troops for free-verse imagist lyric; a fervent Agrarian and a paradox--a man filled with contradictions that have baffled

King of the Marble World

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be featuring writer Phillippe Diederich. His novel for young adults Playing For The Devil's Fire is a portrait of friendship, corruption, and playing for keeps in the small town of Izayoc, Mexico--a pueblo in a tiny valley, only a few hours west of Mexico City, where the state of Mexico meets the states of Michoacan and Guerrerro. "That's what they call me: Boli. It's short for bolillo. Since my parents own a bakery, I guess it makes sense. I don't

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