Little Rock

Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Little Rock, Arkansas where he visits with Stephanie Wade, Director of the Historic Arkansas Museum. Located in the heart of downtown Little Rock the museum includes the town’s oldest building the circa-1827 Hinderliter Grog Shop along with other historic structures and a blacksmith shop.

Within the two-story museum there’s an array of Arkansas-crafted treasures including clothing, dolls, furniture, quilts and paintings. There’s also a gallery featuring contemporary Arkansas-made items from quilts to crafts and decorative fine arts.  

Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Little Rock, Arkansas as Scott McGehee shares tales of his passion for food. His lifelong love of the culinary arts started with his mom and that led to an incredible and transformative stint in Alice Water’s kitchen at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.

Today, McGehee is a partner in Little Rock based Yellow Rocket Concepts with a growing array of eateries, including Big Orange, Local Lime and the Lost Forty Brewpub.

Wilmer met up with McGehee at Yellow Rockets’ Heights Taco & Tamale Company. Come along and join McGehee as he shares his incredible passion for all things culinary.

National Park Service/ Tom Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Little Rock, Arkansas for an interview with Robin White, National Park Service Superintendant at Central High School National Historic Site, and Courtney Bradford, professor of black history and curator at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a revealing conversation about African American history with Courtney Bradford, curator of collections at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.

Ms. Bradford is also a professor of African American Studies at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Ms. Bradford shares fascinating insights about African American history revealed and embraced through the legacy of storytelling, music, art, architecture, cuisine and more.

Arkansas Business News

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with Gretchen Hall, President and CEO of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau to discover the litany of cool things to do and see in the capital city of Arkansas.

Highlights include the River Market District, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, as well as an abundance of historic homes, trendsetting cuisine and much more.

Thomas Wilmer

Join the American roots music duo, Suzanne and Jim at the Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock. The musical duo came to the museum to do a presentation about historical presidential campaign songs, from the mid 19th century to President Roosevelt’s campaign slogan and song for the 1932 election, Happy Days are Here Again. Listen in as Suzanne and Jim sing some classic songs from historic American presidential campaigns.

This show was originally broadcast November 5, 2016 and is reposted as a “best-of-the-best” podcast in celebration of Journeys of Discovery’s 30th anniversary producing on-air and digital media podcasts featured on KCBX and NPR One.

In this edition of Issues & Ideas—protests, demonstrations and rallies continue across the Central Coast and nation, and one of the many issues brought into the spotlight is the racism that has shaped our cities over the past several decades, and how that racism intersects with climate change. We have an interview with Peter Rupert, director of the Economic Forecast Project at UC Santa Barbara, an initiative involved in Santa Barbara County's reopening after the pandemic shutdown. Consuelo Muets, CEO of SPOKES—which, for a membership fee, provides resources for nonprofits—talks with guests from OperaSLO and the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande. And finally, contributor Tom Wilmer traveled to Arkansas in 2016 and spoke with Robin White, superintendent of the National Park Service's Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. Given the national conversation at the moment, we're listening again to White's perspective. 

Saint Mark Choir performs at Wildwood Park in Little Rock, Arkansas
Thomas Wilmer

Saint Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas raised the roof when their gospel choir recently performed at Little Rock's Wildwood Park. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with Darius Nelson, Pastor of Music and Arts, followed by 20 minutes of some powerfully awesome gospel singing. Saint Mark's choir has performed at the White House as well as around Arkansas.  

American root musicians, Suzanne and Jim perform at Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas
Thomas Wilmer

  

Join the American roots music duo, Suzanne and Jim at the Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock. The musical duo came to the museum to do a presentation about historic presidential campaign songs, from the mid 19th century to President Roosevelt’s campaign slogan and song for the 1932 election, Happy Days are Here Again.    

elegant historic homes abound in Little Rock's Quapaw Quarter
Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with John Mayner Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mayner talks about Little Rock’s economic development and vitality. Cliff Fannin Baker founder and interim producing director of the Little Rock Repertory Theater talks about the town's live theater history and evolution.