Primary Sources features extended conversations with politicians, artists, journalists, activists, business leaders -- each with a unique perspective on the history, society, culture, and politics of life in Arkansas.
Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott sits down with Matt DeCample to talk about growing up in Southwest Little Rock, what he hopes to see change as a newly elected mayor, and the unique path he took from being a shy child to an outspoken public speaker and politician.
In a special edition of Primary Sources, James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, spoke about his book Our Towns, a vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media.” This CALS’ J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture for journalism took place Sept. 27, 2018. The event was also sponsored by the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
From 1959 to 1961, George McKinney helped lead the Arkansas Razorbacks to three shared or outright Southwest Conference championships in football, getting new Coach Frank Broyles off to a good start. He sat down with a teammate from his freshman year, U.S. District Judge Billy R. Wilson, to recall some of the great moments in Arkansas sports history, with support from Jim Rasco of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. It was said of McKinney, “He couldn’t run. He couldn’t throw. All he knew how to do was win.”
Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward discusses the present and future state of Arkansas's biggest industry, how his time in the Marines has helped him as a leader, and about growing up in Lake City, Arkansas.
Outgoing Associated Press Bureau Chief Kelly Kissel talks with Matt DeCample about 24 years of covering Arkansas people and politics.
A Preview of the 2018 Arkansas Literary Festival, Part II
Matt DeCample has conversations with three authors featured at the 2018 Arkansas Literary Festival: Carmen Boullosa, author of seven volumes of poetry, two books of essays, ten plays, and eighteen novels, including "La otra mano de Lepanto" which has been deemed among the top works of literature written in Spanish in the last twenty-five years; Kory Stamper, a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster and author of "Word by Word"; and David Giffels, author of "Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life", a memoir about the experience of building a coffin with his dying father.