Arts Scene: Remembering Ann Nicholson

Nov 16, 2020

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On this week's Arts Scene, we take time to pay homage to our program's founder. Ann Nicholson, who hosted the show for nearly 30 years, died this past week at age 88. 

Ann was a true renaissance woman, one whose knowledge and curiosity seemed boundless. Her interviews, and interview subjects, ran the gamut; from South African drama with James Earl Jones, to nuclear nonproliferation with Admiral Stansfield Turner, Ann's skill as a host and interviewer was always on full display. 

We take some time this week to hear from Ann in her own words, speaking with late UA Little Rock Public Radio General Manager Ben Fry in a StoryCorps interview from 2012. Then we hear from some of Ann's closest confidantes; gallerist Garbo Hearne, the Arkansas Symphony's Geoff Robson, and Arts & Letters Radio's J. Bradley Minnick.