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

The Permanence of Absence

Does the garden die with the gardener? Join us as J. Bradley Minnick and his guest, award-winning author Christine Schutt , explore the answer to this question through Schutt's short story, "The Duchess of Albany." The story deals with loss, isolation, meddling adult children, issues of aging, and the desire to preserve what others have left behind. "The Duchess of Albany" is from Schutt's short story collection, Pure Hollywood , published by Grove Press. "The garden was not genteel. The garden

A Search For Place

Reflections on home, family, and the spiritual essence of place... On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be talking with writer Jennifer Case about her memoir Sawbill: A Search for Place , published by University of New Mexico Press. Case weaves biography, autobiography and artifact to explore the philosophy of place. Case chronicles the history of Sawbill Lodge, built by the Argobust family in the 1930s and later owned by her grandparents. She embarks on a journey to understand this

Writing Geeks

Geek out with the A&L team as we interview Stephanie Vanderslice, self-proclaimed writing geek--blogger, scholar, teacher, and mom ... On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be talking with author Stephanie Vanderslice about her Bloomsbury book The Geek's Guide To the Writing Life based on her Huffington Post blog of the same name. We'll learn about her life as a working writer, surviving writing programs and how to think about getting an agent. Her book captures the essence of being a

Dear Shopping Mall

Escape with us to the shopping mall, as Matthew Newton and the Arts & Letters team craft a nostalgic love letter to the malls of America, with special focus on the Monroeville Mall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be talking with writer Matthew Newton about his Bloomsbury Object Lessons' book Shopping Mall , which chronicles its history, its relationship to us and our collective communities and our personal relationships to it. Newton writes: As a

A Brief Pause

Meet American prize-winning short story author: Amina Gautier. Today on Arts & Letters, we'll be talking with award-winning writer Amina Gautier. Her third short story collection, The Loss of All Lost Things , published by Elixir Press is about reconstituting lives after imaginable and unimaginable losses. In this episode, we'll be examining her story "A Brief Pause." The Loss of All Lost Things won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction and the 2018 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short

Life Was Golden

A Guided Tour of the Historic Cane Hill Museum Walk with us as we explore the Historic Cane Hill Museum. This show is our second in a series of two episodes. The first episode, "Still On Cane Hill," explored the musical project "Cane Hill" written by folk duo Kelly and Donna Mulhullan of Still On The Hill . In this episode of Arts & Letters, we take a guided tour of the Historic Cane Hill Museum with Lawrence McElroy, Museum Curator and Director of Arts and Culture of Historic Cane Hill, Inc

Still On Cane Hill

Settle in on your front porch rocking chairs and listen to musical tales of Doc Bean, Cousin Annie's Apple Pie, the Trail of Tears, and JD Wilbur's Pottery—all from the historic Northwest Arkansas town, Cane Hill. On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be talking with musicians Kelly and Donna Mulhollan of the musical group Still On The Hill about their musical project Cane Hill — a historical town with its Main Street, college, fountain on the square, and town doctor. Cane Hill was the

Chasing The Storm, Chasing The Wind

The Life of Legendary Story Chaser, Tim Samaras. On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be talking with participant journalist Brantley Hargrove about his book The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras . We'll hear about Samaras' early days growing up in Lakewood, Colorado as a tinkerer, his work focusing on blast testing, and his obsession with probing the inside of tornados. One of the most infamous of storm chasers, Samaras was driven by obsession to

Godzilla Mon Amour

Unearth the reasons why so many of us love Godzilla, with Professor Tsutsui as our guide. On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be talking with William Tsutsui, former President of Hendrix College and a self-admitted aficionado of "all-things Godzilla." Tsutsui's book Godzilla On My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters. published by Saint Martin's Griffin, recovers Godzilla from b-movie status and celebrates the King of the Monsters. "In so, many ways, Godzilla remains a compelling

Striking a Match to America

Imagine what James Baldwin might say if he were alive today. On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be talking with writer Vincent Tolliver about his one-man play, James Baldwin: Striking a Match to America, An Address at Columbia University , which has been performed in Los Angeles and Atlanta. The play imagines James Baldwin alive today talking to the American people about writing, race, and reparations. An excerpt from the play: It is evening and Mr. James Baldwin walks on stage of an

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