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In 1994, Arkansas conducted three executions on the same day. Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, uses archives from a newscast from that day and a contemporsry interview to examine how that day unfolded.

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This week's collection of audio archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, is made up of voices of famous broadcasters who have visited the Natural State during the past 50 years. We hear from Edward R. Murrow, Howard Cosell and others.

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Decades ago, Americans had to change their lives as the gas shortage swept across the country. This week, using archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, we have a story about how the energy crisis changed day-to-day life in Arkansas.

Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, selects audio from their archives detailing how politicians, media and Arkansans dealt with a divisive war. From the loss of lives abroad to turmoil at home, the late 60s and early 70s are examined in this week's segment.

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This week's visit with Randy Dixon from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History is about efforts to reform Arkansas's prisons, which have been accused of corruption, violence, torture and lack of food. We hear archived material, as well as new interviews with people who are part of a story that's unfolded over the last several decades starting with a ruling in 1969 that deemed several aspects of the existing prison system unconstitutional.

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The McClellan-Kerr Navigation System extends for 445 miles and changed how the Arkansas River is used in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, explains how it was developed, using archives from the Pryor Center to tell the story. This segment originally aired on June 15, 2020.

The 1980 film Brubaker starred Robert Redford and gained national attention. Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, brings us archives of the real story that inspired the film. A corrupt and brutal prison system existed before and after the movie about a fictionilzed effort to clean up Arkansas's prisons.

This week's archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History focus on some of the infamous crime stories that have taken place across the state in the last century.

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This week's trip through archives at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History reintroduces us to John L. Ferguson, who served as the Arkansas state historian for 45 years.

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Presidents since at least Ulysses S. Grant have paid visits to Arkansas. While there is no recording of President Grant's trip, we do have archives of presidential visits from as far back as Harry Truman. Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, takes us back to seven different presidential visits.

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