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Each week, members of MAC's staff host The Mississippi Arts Hour, a radio program broadcast on Mississippi Public Broadcasting's FM and digital radio networks. The show features interviews with Mississippi artists, musicians, craftspeople, and others involved in arts and culture from around the state.

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Each week, members of MAC's staff host The Mississippi Arts Hour, a radio program broadcast on Mississippi Public Broadcasting's FM and digital radio networks. The show features interviews with Mississippi artists, musicians, craftspeople, and others involved in arts and culture from around the state.

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Mississippi Arts Hour

Latest release on Jan 13, 2020

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Each week, members of MAC's staff host The Mississippi Arts Hour, a radio program broadcast on Mississippi Public Broadcasting's FM and digital radio networks. The show features interviews with Mississippi artists, musicians, craftspeople, and others involved in arts and culture from around the state.

Rank #1: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Michael Farris Smith

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Larry Morrisey talks with Oxford-based writer Michael Farris Smith about his latest novel, The Fighter. The book follows the story of an aging cage match fighter from the Mississippi Delta who is dealing with the effects of his years in the ring.

Apr 23 2018

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Rank #2: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Hank Burdine

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Malcolm White interviews Hank Burdine, Mississippi Delta writer and bon vivant. He is the author the new book Dust in the Road: Recollections of a Delta Boy, a collection of his stories from Delta Magazine. The book features a forward by 2019 Governor’s Arts Award recipient Julia Reed and an epilogue by Richard Grant.

Nov 12 2018

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Rank #3: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Ward Emling

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Malcolm White talks to Ward Emling, an actor, activist, and longtime director of the Mississippi Film Office. The two discuss film incentives, Emling's return to the stage as an actor, and the recent film festivals in which Emling has played a key role.

May 29 2019

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Rank #4: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Harrison Scott Key

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Larry Morrisey visits with writer and humorist Harrison Scott Key. A native of Rankin County, Key currently teaches at the Savannah School for Art and Design. His latest book, “Congratulations – Who Are You Again?” is a memoir of his time learning to be a writer, from his earliest attempts at trying to write through to the endless book tour he took on to promote his first book.

Dec 03 2018

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Rank #5: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Chris Offutt

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Larry Morrisey talks with Oxford-based writer Chris Offutt about his new novel, Country Dark. The book is set in Eastern Kentucky in the early 1960s and follows the story of a young moonshine runner and his family. Offutt grew up in the region and the novel was a way for him to delve into the huge changes that took place in Appalachia during the 1960s and 70s.

Jun 04 2018

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Rank #6: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Jane Hearn

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Larry Morrisey speaks to Jane Hearn, the editor of “A Past That Won’t Rest,” a new book of Civil Rights-era photography. The photographs were taken by her late husband Jim Lucas, who worked as a freelance photojournalist while attending Millsaps College. They are compelling photos that mostly have never been published.

Aug 27 2018

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Rank #7: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Anne O’Hara /Barbara-Ann Carver-Hunt

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Malcom White talks to artists Anne O’Hara of Jackson and Barbara-Ann Carver-Hunt of Sumrall. The artists are featured in a partnership between the Mississippi Library Commission and the Mississippi Arts Commission to showcase artists adjudicated through MAC’s annual Visual Artist Fellowship Grant program. They talk about their artistic influences and their style of art.

Jul 30 2018

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Rank #8: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Calvin Phelps

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Melody Moody Thortis talks to Calvin Phelps, the founder and director of Pike School of Art in McComb. They talk about the mission of the School and some of it's recent community outreach programs. They also talk about Phelps' role as President of the McComb Creative Economy Partnership.

May 12 2019

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Rank #9: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Chris and Rachel Myers

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Melody Moody Thortis, Arts-Based Community Development at MAC, talks with Chris Myers, principal and architect at Cooke, Douglass, Farr, Lemons and Rachel Myers, Director of the Museum of Mississippi History. Melody spoke with Chris and Rachel about their deep passion for the state of Mississippi and the beauty of of community, creativity and the arts.

Jul 09 2018

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Rank #10: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Cole Furlow

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Malcolm White talks to Cole Furlow, a singer/songwriter, producer, composer and photographer based in Jackson.

May 05 2019

41mins

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Rank #11: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Alan Sibley

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Larry Morrisey visits with bluegrass musician and bandleader Alan Sibley from Ackerman. Sibley has been playing music professionally since he was a teenager. He and his band are the hosts of “The Bluegrass Trail,” a new show on the RFD-TV cable network. In addition to performances by Sibley and the group, they have a guest band spot, where they showcase up and coming bluegrass groups from the Southeast.

Sep 24 2018

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Rank #12: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Mary Miller

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Larry Morrisey talks with Oxford-based writer Mary Miller about her latest novel "Biloxi." A native of Jackson, Miller has received high praise for her previous novel and story collections. Her latest book follows the adventures of a gruff Gulf Coast retiree and his dog.

Jun 05 2019

41mins

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Rank #13: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Dr. Redell Hearn

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Melody Moody Thortis talks to Dr. Redell Hearn, Curator of Art and Civil Rights for the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College, about Dr. Hearn’s work in the field of Museum studies and her experience incorporating the arts into telling the story of Civil Rights. Dr. Hearn is the Curator for “The Prize: Seven Decades of Lyrical Response to the Call for Civil Rights,” an immersive exhibition that highlights the use of lyrics and poetry and response to the call for Civil Rights. The Prize looks at the “call” represented in sketches of Tracy Sugarman during the summer of 1964 and the “response” represented in song lyrics ranging from “Eyes on the Prize” by Alice Wine to 2018’s “This is America” by Childish Gambino.

Oct 14 2019

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Rank #14: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Dominic Lippillo

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Turry Flucker speaks with Dominic Lippillo. Dominic is among nine visual artists from around the region receiving a State Fellowship from Atlanta, Georgia-based and MAC‘s regional partner South Arts. In addition to Mississippi, this year’s recipients represent Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Dominic Lippillo's work questions the role of photography by making digitally constructed images that address notions of space versus place, memory, and experience. Selections of his collaborative work are included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Photographic Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; and the University of North Dakota. His work has been published in Don't Take Pictures, Exposure, Daily Serving, and The Eye of Photography

Apr 09 2018

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Rank #15: The Mississippi Arts Hour | John Mohead

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Malcolm White talks to Delta-based musician John Mohead. After years of touring, during which he played with or opened for the likes of Bob Dylan, Robert Randolph, Little Feat and many others, he returned to Mississippi to focus on his family and open a restaurant on Moon Lake. He recently released a new album, Son of the South.

Aug 20 2018

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Rank #16: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Richard Chenoweth

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Malcolm White interviews Pascagoula restaurateur Richard Chenoweth, owner of Scranton's Restaurant and Catering.

Dec 10 2018

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Rank #17: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Barry Leach

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Malcolm White talks to longtime Jackson-area musician Barry Leach. They discuss how he learned to play guitar, his musical influences and being a guitar teacher.

Sep 10 2018

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Rank #18: The Mississippi Arts Hour | John Howell

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Malcolm White interviews John Howell, actor, founder of Fondren Theatre Workshop, and teacher at Whole Schools Initiative-affiliated Casey Elementary.

Jul 16 2018

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Rank #19: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Robert Kimbrough, Sr

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Larry Morrisey talks with bluesman Robert Kimbrough, Sr. Kimbrough is the son of the late legendary bluesman Junior Kimbrough. He grew up playing the blues with his father and brothers and is now active as a touring and recording musician. He also presents the Kimbrough Cotton-Patch Blues Festival, an annual festival in Holly Springs.

Apr 07 2019

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Rank #20: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Jonathan Miles

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Malcolm White talks to journalist and author Jonathan Miles. They talk about Miles time in Oxford, his career as a journalist and free-lance writer and his latest novel

Apr 30 2018

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Henry Danton

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Larry Morrisey talks with ballet master and 2020 Governor's Arts Award recipient Henry Danton. Danton is a native of England and began dancing in London during World War II. Now 100 years-old, he has traveled throughout the world performing and teaching. He has lived and taught in the Hattiesburg area for the past 23 years.

Jan 13 2020

45mins

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Richard Kelso

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Malcolm White talks with Richard Kelso, a 2020 Governor’s Arts Award recipient. Kelso is a Cleveland, Miss., native and well-known Mississippi painter whose work focuses on capturing the beauty, time and place of Mississippi’s land.

Jan 06 2020

42mins

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Yolande van Heerden

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Larry Morrisey travels to Greenwood to visit with visual artist Yolande Van Heerden. A native of South Africa, Van Heerden has been working and teaching in the mid-Delta for several years. Most recently, her sewing classes for middle and high school students have been very popular in Greenwood.

Jan 02 2020

42mins

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Neil White

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Malcolm White talks with author and publisher Neil White. Best known for his book "In the Sanctuary of Outcasts," Neil White lives in Oxford where he operates a small publishing company, writes plays and essays, and teaches memoir writing. His newly released book is titled, "Stories from 125 Years of Ole Miss Football.”

Jan 02 2020

40mins

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Jimmy Cajoleas

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Melody Moody Thortis speaks with author, Jimmy Cajoleas about growing up in Jackson, his writing process and his upcoming book, “Minor Prophets.”

Dec 18 2019

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Krista Bower

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Malcolm White talks with Krista Pieper Bower, chair of the Dance Department at Belhaven University. Krista is also the director of Yazoo City School of Dance. The two talk about the art of dance, building a community of artist-scholars at Belhaven, and the role of the role of the college in the USA International Ballet Competition.

Dec 18 2019

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Amy Allison

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Larry Morrisey visits with Amy Allison, a New York-based singer and songwriter and the daughter of the late Mississippi musical legend Mose Allison. She has helped produce "If You’re Going to the City," a new tribute album to her father, featuring a wide range of musicians covering Allison’s songs. Larry talks with Amy about how the album came together as well as discussing Mose Allison’s unique approach to music.

Dec 03 2019

43mins

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Thabi Moyo

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Melody Moody Thortis speaks with Thabi Moyo; Thabi is a jewelry maker and works at the Mississippi Film Office. Melody and Thabi got a chance to sit down and talk about growing up in Mississippi, making art and what it’s like to work in the film industry

Nov 25 2019

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Mack Allen Smith

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Larry Morrisey travels to Greenwood and talks with rockabilly and country music pioneer Mack Allen Smith. Smith got started singing for bands in the Delta as a teenager during the 1950s. He recorded in many legendary studios in the region, including Sun Studios in Memphis and Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals. He also performed throughout the region from the late 50s into the 1980s.

Nov 18 2019

42mins

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Bob May

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Malcolm White talks with author and broadcaster Bob May. A Newton, Miss. native, May worked in radio broadcasting around the country for many years before returning home several years ago to care for his 90+ year-old father. He has recently published a book titled, "Have Fun Dammit!," a humorous collection of the true stories of his life in a small southern town with his 90-year-old father, an adult son with Down syndrome, and a bossy Yorkshire terrier.

Nov 12 2019

41mins

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Will Jacks

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Larry Morrisey visits with photographer Will Jacks from Cleveland, Mississippi. His book “Po Monkey’s Portrait of a Juke Joint” has just been published by University Press of Mississippi. The book documents the late Willie Seaberry, the proprietor of Po Monkey’s, a rural juke joint that was located outside of Merigold, Miss.

Nov 05 2019

40mins

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Amie Oliver

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Melody Moody Thortis talks with artist, Amie Oliver, a Delta native currently living and working in Richmond, Virginia. The two spoke about her work in ink and water based paintings and her show called: “Delta Time: Maps, Planes and Watermarks” now open for viewing at the Delta Arts Alliance in Cleveland, Mississippi until November 1, 2019.

Oct 28 2019

37mins

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Wyatt Waters

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Malcolm White talks to watercolor artist and keynote speaker for the State Arts Conference Wyatt Waters. Best known for his paintings of Southern culture, Waters is a recipient of a 2010 Governor’s Arts Award. He is also well-known for his collaborations with Chef Robert St. John, which have included several books, international travel, and roles as co-hosts on MPB TV’s Palate to Palette series, which chronicles their travels and culinary and artistic experiences across Mississippi and Italy.

Oct 21 2019

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Dr. Redell Hearn

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Melody Moody Thortis talks to Dr. Redell Hearn, Curator of Art and Civil Rights for the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College, about Dr. Hearn’s work in the field of Museum studies and her experience incorporating the arts into telling the story of Civil Rights. Dr. Hearn is the Curator for “The Prize: Seven Decades of Lyrical Response to the Call for Civil Rights,” an immersive exhibition that highlights the use of lyrics and poetry and response to the call for Civil Rights. The Prize looks at the “call” represented in sketches of Tracy Sugarman during the summer of 1964 and the “response” represented in song lyrics ranging from “Eyes on the Prize” by Alice Wine to 2018’s “This is America” by Childish Gambino.

Oct 14 2019

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Roger Stolle

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Larry Morrisey visits with Roger Stolle, the owner of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Arts in Clarksdale. He talks about his latest book, "Mississippi Juke Joint Confidential," which recounts his experiences working with some of the legendary juke joint owners, musicians, and characters, including Red Paden of Red’s Place in Clarksdale and Willie “Po Monkey” Seaberry of Po Monkey’s Lounge near Merigold.

Oct 08 2019

43mins

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Tricia Walker

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Malcolm White talks to Tricia Walker, singer/songwriter and former director of the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University. The two talk about Tricia’s storied career, which includes writing songs for Faith Hill, Patty Loveless, Kathy Troccoli and Allison Krauss, who won a GRAMMY® for “Looking In The Eyes Of Love,” co-written by Tricia. As part of the show, Tricia also talks about and plays a few songs from her latest album "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Eye."

Sep 30 2019

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Rebekah Stark Johnson

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Melody Moody Thortis talks with cellist and executive director of the Hattiesburg Arts Council, Rebekah Stark Johnson. Melody and Rebekah speak about learning and performing cello, engaging communities through the arts and some of the newest projects sponsored by the Hattiesburg Arts Council.

Sep 23 2019

43mins

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Raphael Semmes

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Malcolm White talks to Raphael Semmes, a musician, producer, bandleader, and event organizer. The two friends talk about Raphael’s musical journey and the events he organizes such as Township Jazz Fest', Jazz Brunch at Table 100, and the upcoming family favorite, WellsFest.

Sep 16 2019

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Bill Ellison

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Malcolm White talks to Bill Ellison. Bill is a longtime Jackson area musician and since 1992, he has hosted the popular MPB radio program “Grassroots,” which received a Governor’s Arts Award in 2010. He also works with the MPB Foundation.

Sep 09 2019

41mins

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The Mississippi Arts Hour | Talamieka Brice

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Melody Moody Thortis speaks with artist and activist Talamieka Brice. Talamieka and her husband Charles are co-owners of Brice Media and consider themselves visual storytellers with their work in photography, web and graphic design. Brice's most recent passion project is Mississippi2, a magazine highlighting the achievements of Mississippians along with her work in arts, activism and as an entrepreneur

Sep 09 2019

41mins

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