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Arts & Letters

Arts & Letters is a program celebrating contemporary arts, humanities, and social sciences, with an emphasis on authentic Southern voices. Hosted by J. Bradley Minnick of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the full episode archive is available at artsandlettersradio.org.

Latest Episodes
  • Some have coined 2023 as the year of the union. But what are the historic roots of progressive unions 1935-1950 in the US? Join us as we journey into the history of US labor law with Charles Romney.
  • We're going on a Go-Show! Join us as we follow poet, musician and multi-media artist Gregory Brownderville into his digital piece, Fire Bones.
  • Sandy has built her career as the tough-minded, no-nonsense lead inspector for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, but will she open her heart to Wayne before the chance for love passes them both by?
  • When destiny unravels for two sibling musical prodigies, Aleks and Isobel, what will await them?
  • "At the end of life, comes death. Family caregiving is the hardest job and the greatest honor most of us will ever face." A story about love, loss, and hope...
  • How do you endure when there's an invisible hand at your throat? Poet Tomás Q. Morín searches for the answer sometimes with anger, sometimes with laughter, but in the end by cutting a space for the enduring power of love.
  • Was Ann Lohman, known as Madame Restell, the wickedest woman in New York? Join us as we discuss 19th Century reproductive health with poet Abby Minor.
  • Journey with us into life's small moments: a butterfly, a desert storm, blackberries, piano keys, all keenly observed by haibun poet, Keith Polette.
  • What puts the "ish" in fish? Eco writer Mark Spitzer says it's the burbot with its slime, slime, slime, and pools of snotty oozy gooby goo with pungent mucous everywhere!
  • Walter is a vegan, works at the car wash, and loves to dance. His parents tell him he's loved just the way he is, but being a teenager is hard when you have the head of a fish...