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

From UA Little Rock Public Radio

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

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. This episode will broadcast on Friday, February 8

Intercultural Communication

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be talking with Dr. Avinash Thombre, a communication professor in the Department of Applied Communication, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Ramesh N. Rao, professor of communications at Columbus State University in Georgia. Their book Intercultural Communication The Indian Context, published by Sage Publications, introduces us to the challenges of, and opportunities for, communicating across a myriad verbal and non-verbal differences in

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

Parables & Problems

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be featuring writer Adam Ehrlich Sachs, whose book Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems is a series of one hundred and seventeen fictional pieces. The book chronicles the sometimes competitive and often dyspeptic relationships between fathers and sons--the imprint each leaves upon each--the idea of outrunning each other's shadow. Sachs takes a close look at beguiled fathers and the sons who attempt to negotiate their inheritances:

Bookmarked with Steve Yarbrough

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be featuring writer Steve Yarbrough, who talks about his relationship with Larry McMurtry's seminal novel The Last Picture Show — a work of literature that left a powerful impression on Yarbrough when he was growing up in the Mississippi Delta. Listen to the episode on Friday, Sept. 28th at 7:00pm CST or Sunday, Sept. 30th at 9:00pm on KUAR 89.1. The Ig Publishing Bookmarked series is a collection of personal narratives about books that have

Letters From Breendonk

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be talking with Dr. Ezra Cappell, Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of English at the College of Charleston about the letters his grandfather sent to his family & his fiancé, Isa, from Fort Breendonk prison camp in Brussels. "Letters from Breendonk" helps to complete the picture— filling in the fissures and gaps in the story of the thousands of Jewish victims of Fort Breendonk. "During World War II, my grandfather, Charles Cappell, was

Semiotics of Preferred Signals

Listen to the Episode On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be featuring a short story entitled "Preferred Signals, 1985" from Arkansas writer Woody Skinner's short story collection: A Thousand Distant Radios, published by Atelier 26 Books . Tune in this Friday, August 24 at 7pm CST on KUAR 89.1 and Sunday, August 26 at 9pm CST. "We lived in a place where cable didn't exist. Our water was pumped from a well, our electricity streaming in on a TVA river wave. We lived in Izard County,

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