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This week's collection of archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History are centered around John Paul Hammerschmidt. The Harrison native spent more than 20 years in the US House and was once challenged by a young las professor named Bill Clinton for that seat.

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When President Ford issued a sweeping pardon to former President Nixon, Arkansas' Congressional delegation was almost entirely Democrats. On this week's Pryor Center Profiles with Randy Dixon, we hear how the state's elected officials reacted.

Tough Times in 1974

Jun 28, 2021
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Emotions were raw in September, 1974 as Americans considered the pardon of Richard Nixon, escalating inflation and the legal fate of people who did not observe the draft to fight in Vietnam. Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History brings us audio archives of that month.

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During World War II thousands of American citizens of Japanese descent were forced to leave their homes and businesses to live behind barded wire in Arkansas. This week's collection of archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History includes memories from George Takei who was forced to relocate with is family.

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This week's collection of archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History all come from August, 1975. President Ford visited Fort Smith, Congressman Wilbur Mills was in rehab and an Arkansas city becomes the Minnow Capital.

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For this week's dip into archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, we explore concerts in Arkansas from the 1960s and '70s. War Memorial Stadium and Barton Coliseum attracted some of the top acts in the country.

On today’s show, a new law is prompting the creation of the state’s first breast milk bank. Plus the expanding costs of a closed I-40 bridge, the conclusion of the decades-long saga of James Dean Walker, and much more.

 

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 Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, uses archives to conclude the story of James Dean Walker. Walker was twice convicted of murder, then escaped from Arkansas. The story ends with a possible third trial and a plea agreement.

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For this week's edition of our Pryor Center Profiles, we pick up the story of James Dean Walker, twice convicted of murder.  This week our archives continue the story after he escaped custody and fled west.

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This week’s trip into Arkansas history, courtesy of Randy Dixon with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, features the life, passions and career of legendary cartoonist George Fisher.

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