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Daisy Bates is a towering figure in Arkansas and U.S. history. The writer, mentor, activist and leader is the subject of this week's archive tour with Randy Dixon from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History. We hear her voice and the voices of those who were inspired by her.

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Nathan Gordon was Arkansas's lieutenant governor for 20 years, but prior to that, he had received the Medal of Honor for rescuing crews from several downed airplanes during World War II. Today, he's the subject of a profile by Randy Dixon from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History.

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Glen Campbell began playing guitar at a young age in rural Arkansas and would later become an international recording figure, host his own television show and star in the first filmed version of True Grit. We remember his life and career with the help of archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History. This segment originally aired on May 26, 2020.

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From holding office to running the state's Democrat Party, for years Joe Purcell was in the middle of Arkansas politics. We remember him in this week's archives provided by the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History with our guide, Randy Dixon.

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Bob Riley was a familair figure in Arkansas politics 50 years ago. He inspired one of the most original political bumper stickers in Arkansas history and served as governor for 11 days. Randy Dixon with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History brings us archives related to Riley's life and career.

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Maurice "Footsie" Britt was one of the most decorated servicemen in American history, a standout athlete at the University of Arkansas, and a Lieutenant Governor of the state. This week's tour through the archives at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History looks back on his life.

 

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Randy Dixon takes us on a partial survey of Arkansas State Parks history with the help of archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History.

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In the spring of 2020, five student interns at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History began working on a series of short documentaries about the Marshallese community in Northwest Arkansas. Because of the pandemic, they had to alter their plans and produced a podcast instead. All six episodes of the Arkansas Atoll Podcast are available now. 

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The holidays may be over, but we still have food on our minds as we head into the archives at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History. Randy Dixon takes us back with clips about everything from bread shortages and race to Colonel Sanders and Minute Man burgers.

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Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, lets us listen to sounds of Christmas from Arkansas's past. He digs into the archives for toys, parades, and a former governor's wish for peace.

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