Mississippi Arts Hour
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Tom Booth
Larry Morrisey talks with Tom Booth, Executive Director at Tupelo Community Theatre. They discuss the group’s long history in Tupelo, their work restoring the historic Lyric Theater and how TCT has become a gathering point for the theater community in Northeast Mississippi.
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Ke Francis
Malcolm White talks with Ke Francis, a Tupelo-based visual artist known for his prints and paintings.Francis, along with his wife Mary, owns Hoopsnake Press, a fine art press that publishes artist books and prints. Malcolm and Ke talk about the artistic process, teaching and what it was like growing up in Tupelo.
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Lee Durkee
Larry Morrisey talks with Oxford-based writer Lee Durkee. They discuss The Last Taxi Driver, his new novel that follows the adventures of a small town Mississippi taxi driver who transports a wide range of locals, including elderly residents, hospital patient escapees and a wanted man.
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Michael Farris Smith
Malcolm White speaks with Oxford-based author Michael Farris Smith about his newly released book, Blackwood. Known for his Southern fiction, Smith is an award-winning writer whose latest book centers on themes of justice and grace in a rural Mississippi town.
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Salam Rida and Travis Crabtree
Melody Moody Thortis speaks to Salam Rida and Travis Crabtree, urban designers and long-term planners for the City of Jackson and co-owners of Jackson’s The Ecoshed, about “The Fertile Ground Project,” a winner of 2018’s national “Public Art Challenge.” They discuss their efforts to use the Fertile Ground project to bring together both local and nationally recognized artists, designers and architects to work alongside farmers, chefs, nutritionists, policymakers and community members.
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Amanda Koonlaba
Larry Morrisey speaks with arts educator Amanda Koonlaba, a former art teacher in the Tupelo public schools and a member of MAC’s Teaching Artist Roster. Koonlaba runs Party in the Art Room, a space within the Link Centre where she offers visual arts classes to children in the community.
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Remembering Jim Dollarhide
In honor of Jim Dollarhide, near the anniversary of his tragic death, this is a rebroadcast of Malcolm White’s 2012 interview with the legendary Mississippi filmmaker. Best known for his work in documentaries, Dollarhide also produced commercials for national brands and local organizations, owned and operated a successful production company based in Mississippi, earned many awards and accolades, and influenced a generation of the state’s artists.
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Charlie Buckley
Larry Morrisey travels to Tupelo and visits with painter Charlie Buckley. They talk about Charlie’s early beginnings, starting painting when he was in elementary school and his studies in high school and at the University of Mississippi. They also discuss his current work, including his “Stacked Houses” series, which considers how changes in the climate may effect homes in the future.
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Randy Bell
Malcolm White talks with Randy Bell, a veteran journalist about his longtime career in radio. The two talk about Randy’s 40+ year career, which spanned nine governors, four major hurricanes, three floods, many tornadoes, and an array of state and national elections.