Interviews

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 16:15:00

Kanis Bash 2015 and a Q&A with Black Horse

Kanis Bash is an annual fundraiser for Little Rock's Kanis Skate Park, featuring live music, art, merch, skateboarders and food. It started six years ago when finances became tight for a group of locals that had been volunteering their own money, time and services to maintain the free DIY community skate park. This year’s Bash attracted skaters, artists and fans from over a dozen states.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:50:00

North Little Rock cop highlighted by Killer Mike on CNN

Atlanta rapper Killer Mike appeared as a guest on CNN yesterday and held up North Little Rock police officer Tommy Norman (who he discovered on Instagram) as an ideal example of how officers can involve themselves positively in their respective communities. Norman appears in the segment as well to explain his approach and comment on recent events.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 14:35:00

A Q&A with Elaine Brown, former chairwoman of the Black Panther Party

Elaine Brown, former Chairwoman of the Black Panther Party, appeared earlier this month for a lecture as part of Philander Smith College's "Bless the Mic" series. Times contributor James Murray caught up with her to get her thoughts on the legacy of the Panthers, current social justice movements, the state of black America and few Arkansas related topics.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 10:02:00

A Q&A with Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli appeared in Little Rock in November to give a lecture as part of Philander Smith College's Bless the Mic series. Times contributor James Murray spoke to him afterward to get his thoughts on voting, racism and current trends in hip-hop.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 13:36:00

A Q&A with Alexander Jones of Bombay Harambee

With a brand new cassette-only release and a full-length LP on the way, Little Rock band Bombay Harambee is about to have a busy year. Members include Spaceman Dave on bass, Jason Griswold on drums, Alexander Jones on vocals and guitar and Trent Whitehead on guitar and vocals.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 12:07:00

A Q&A with David Slade of American Princes

I’ve followed the musical career of David Slade since 1994, when I saw him in a band of young upstarts called Halo 8 at a Fresh Blood Night show at Vino’s Brewpub (before they even added the Brewpub part). I think they also opened for one of my first bands. He’s been one of the forces behind American Princes, along with Matt Quin, from their beginning in 2001.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 10:04:00

A Q&A with the creators of 'Choice: Texas,' a video game about reproductive justice

While the recently released PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles dominate video game news coverage, one of the most groundbreaking games of the year is a free-to-play browser game: "Choice: Texas." The game is a choose your own adventure story following five women handling unexpected pregnancies in Texas, the developers’ home state and a “Grade: F” state for women seeking access to abortion.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:10:00

A Q&A with Jason Wiest, the new host of KABF's 'Big Gay Radio Show'

Jason Wiest was announced on June 23rd as the new host of KABF’s “Big Gay Radio Show,” which is the state’s only LBGT-specific programming. Weist is a man of many hats: his nine to five hustle is as Governor Beebe’s speechwriter, but on Friday nights you can find him at Sway, the downtown gay club he owns and operates (perhaps you recall his cameo in the recent feature on the House of Avalon).

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 09:37:00

A Q&A with Diarrhea Planet

Following their excellent show, I sat down with Jordan Smith (guitar/vocals), Emmett Miller (guitar/vocals), and Brent Toler (guitar/vocals) as they shed some light on the highs and lows of relentless touring, unlikely influences (Prince is in the mix), and imminent world domination.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 14:16:00

A very brief conversation with Kenny Loggins

This afternoon I spent exactly ten minutes on the phone with Kenny Loggins. I was offered the interview as an opportunity to promote his appearance at the Verizon Arena in June (as part of "Night of the Proms") and said "okay." Our conversation is below.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 11:19:00

A Q&A with Stephen Koch, author of 'Louis Jordan: Son of Arkansas, Father of R&B'

How did you first get interested in Louis Jordan? Where did you first encounter his music, and how / why did you go from that initial impression to a more comprehensive, scholarly interest?

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 15:17:00

Interview: WWE Superstar Seth Rollins on his career and next Tuesday's Smackdown

I was a little nervous to speak to Seth Rollins, because just look at him. A WWE Superstar and member of the wrestling stable The Shield, Rollins has more than once on-air been called "the Architect" and "the flag-bearer of individualism." Watch his running single leg dropkick—or better yet, his corner forearm smash—and you will begin to understand the man's appeal. There is something unhinged about him—it's there in even his most benign facial expressions. So when he gave me a call this afternoon, I didn't know what to expect. You can catch Rollins in person next Tuesday night at Verizon Arena.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 15:43:00

Levon Helm documentary is a Little Rock Film Festival must-see

"Ain't in It for My Health," the new documentary about the late, great Levon Helm, plays the Little Rock Film Festival on Thursday, May 16. It's going to be well-received. I got to see an advance screener of it, and I can all but guarantee anyone with even a passing affinity for Levon will eat it up.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 09:57:10

Oxford American Editor Roger Hodge will be on The Colbert Report tonight

Roger Hodge will be on The Colbert Report tonight.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012 - 13:24:00

Ralphie May talks growing up in Clarksville

Ralphie May performs at Robinson Center Music Hall Sept. 7.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 15:31:58

Interview: The Tricks

Little Rock trio The Tricks just released its debut full-length.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 16:38:00

Q&A with George Dohrmann

George Dohrmann speaks at the Arkansas Literary Festival at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 10:39:00

Bill Cosby on laughs, race and pound cake

Bill Cosby comes to Robinson Center Music Hall April 1.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:55:00

There's a good interview with the 'Paradise Lost' filmmakers over at the AV Club

In advance of last night's HBO premiere of "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory," The AV Club published an interview withthe filmmakers, Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 16:23:00

Q&A with Crispin Glover

Crispin Hellion Glover discusses his films and his unconventional means of promoting them.

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