Arkansas Times Rock the Culture

Arkansas Times Rock the Culture

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Each week on “Rock the Culture,” Antwan Phillips, state Rep. Charles Blake and others provide perspective on life and culture for people in Little Rock. The team offers trenchant analysis and hilarious banter on local news, events and politics. Plus, they bring that same fun-loving but informed style to weekly interviews with people who are impacting the culture of Little Rock and elsewhere in Arkansas. #RocktheCulture


2019 Filmland Preview
Aug 14 • 24 min
In this special interview, we talk with Kathryn Tucker of the Arkansas Cinema Society about the upcoming 2019 Filmland events in Little Rock. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Bonus Pod with ArkanTalk | Memories of The Rock
Aug 12 • 42 min
In this special video pod, we sit down with Jimmy Warren and Gerald Harris to discuss our experiences of growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas during the 1990s. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
So you chucking, now?
Aug 1 • 50 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Little Rock’s Opportunity Zones and cultural discussion of “code-switching.” In addition, we discussed Pulaski County’s effort to go green with installation of solar panels and the…
Create & Compensate
Jul 25 • 41 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the creation of Entertainment District in River Market and the results of citizen surveys regarding the revitalization of Hindman Park and War Memorial Park. We also talk with BK Simmons…
No Boots
Jul 18 • 38 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Little Rock being ranked as one of the 12 best cities to live in by Outside Magazine, “Gotcha” ride share bicycles coming to Little Rock, and Little Rock’s reinstatement of placing boots…
Meet me…
Jul 11 • 47 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the City naming July as Public Safety Month, the City’s proposed creation of a Citizen Review Board and Women’s National Team World Cup Victory. In addition, we interview Pulaski County…
The Aughts
Jul 3 • 53 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy, #R3LRParks Task Force, the City of Little Rock’s Frankly Reading Program, and the commencement of online sales tax in Arkansas. We also…
Two and Half Terms
Jun 28 • 39 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the accomplishments of nominees of the 2018 Rock The Culture Women to Watch List. We also discuss Rep. Charles Blake’s transition to Chief of Staff for Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr.,…
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Apr 16 • 56 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the City’s study to change the form of government, bond issues to improve quality of life, and Rep. Blake’s breakdown on the close of the legislative session. In addition, we provide rapid…
You Want That Testimony
Apr 8 • 58 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Central Arkansas Water’s efforts to secure additional fresh water sources, the Legislature’s attempt to extend the time that the State Board of Education can control the LRSD, and the…
Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
Apr 1 • 64 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the cancellation of Riverfest 2019 and the Arkansas Legislature’s new attempt to pass legislation to implement a voucher program. In addition, we provide rapid fire perspective on…
Back to the Future
Mar 25 • 52 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the LRSD’ hiring of a principal for the SouthWest High School, the City of Little Rock’s “A Bridge to Work” program to provide paid day labor to the homeless population, and Gov.…
#Always______
Mar 18 • 39 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on all things from the Arkansas legislature, including bills filed to return LRSD to local control, to move primary elections to March 2020, to alter the minimum wage ballot initiative, and…
Started at the Bar(re)
Mar 11 • 66 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the release of the critical incident video regarding the officer involved shooting in Little Rock and Blake’s breakdown about the status of the Flag Bill. In addition, we provide rapid…
The Only Stars We Acknowledge
Mar 4 • 48 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the bomb threat that occurred during a recent Little Rock City Board of Directors’ meeting and the outcome of Rep. Blake’s Flag Bill to re-designate the purpose of one of the stars on the…
Ride the Bus with Us
Feb 26 • 58 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Arkansas State Board of Education finally releasing criteria for LRSD to exit state control, community forums with the final four candidates to be next police chief of LRPD, and Blake’s…
Can you have hot sauce?
Feb 18 • 61 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival in comparison to Riverfest, UA-Little Rock’s relationship with eStem High School, and Blake’s breakdown from the Arkansas legislature. In addition, we…
Safe Scootin’
Feb 11 • 52 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on UA-Little Rock’s feasibility study on football, ICE’s deportation of 21 Savage, and Little Rock’s use of Lime scooters. In addition, we introduce a new segment in which we provide rapid…
Juice In Your Own Life
Dec 11, 2018 • 55 min
In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation on the Little Rock Mayoral Election and State Board of Education’s consideration of the anticipated request to waive the Fair Teacher Dismissal Act. In addition, Charles and…
Promote Yourself
Dec 11, 2018 • 48 min
In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation on City Board’s Ordinance to study the form of governance for City of Little Rock. In addition, we discuss brand building with LaKisha M. Johnson, vlogger and podcast host of…
Change is Coming: Mayoral Election Edition
Dec 5, 2018 • 13 min
In this bonus episode, Charles and Antwan provide conversation and perspective on Frank Scott, Jr.’s historic win as Mayor of Little Rock — live from the Election Night Watch Party. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
Change Is Uncomfortable with Bakari Sellers
Dec 3, 2018 • 35 min
In this bonus episode, we interview CNN contributor Bakari Sellers regarding the new generation of political leadership across the nation and his support of mayoral candidate Frank Scott, Jr. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
Walk Around
Nov 27, 2018 • 57 min
In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation regarding improving the quality of life in Little Rock and the need to convert War Memorial Golf Course into a Central Park. In addition, they interview John Brummett, of the…
Validated, Validators, and Accidentally Viral
Nov 21, 2018 • 51 min
In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide conversation and perspective on the Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police Facebook post about the Little Rock Mayoral Race, Representative Blake’s proposed legislation that would require automatic voter…
People’s Police
Nov 13, 2018 • 46 min
In this week’s episode, Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on the ongoing contract negotiations between Little Rock Education Association and Little Rock School District regarding Fair Teacher Dismissal Act, the Little Rock Mayoral…
Vote for a Change
Nov 8, 2018 • 55 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the 2018 local elections in Little Rock and Central Arkansas. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Still Making History
Oct 30, 2018 • 44 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective, conversation, and context on the Little Rock Education Association’s contract negotiations with the Little Rock School District/Commissioner Johnny Key and its relationship to the State Board of Education’s…
Unify Our City
Oct 23, 2018 • 43 min
We provide perspective and conversation about the Washington Post exposé on the Little Rock Police Department’s use of no-knock warrants and a political radio ad alleging that black people should vote republican to avoid being lynched again. In addition,…
Rock The Culture at MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL | PART II
Oct 21, 2018 • 14 min
Check our interviews with concert-goers at MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Rock The Culture at MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL | Part II
Oct 19, 2018 • 31 min
We provide perspective and conversation about the culture of music and the culture of MAD with Terry Stewart. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Rock The Culture at MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL | Part I
Oct 19, 2018 • 9 min
We are live at Murphy’s Arts District Music Festival talking about and taking in the culture! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Bonus Pod - Stand Up For Students Rally
Oct 18, 2018 • 7 min
We provide perspective and conversation with Tracy-Ann Nelson of the Arkansas Education Association regarding the Stand Up for Students Rally on October 20, 2018 at the State Capitol. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL - THIS WEEKEND
Oct 16, 2018 • 1 min
—- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Real Recognize Real
Oct 2, 2018 • 51 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Issue 2, the voter ID ballot initiative, the rules in the event there is a run-off in Little Rock’s Mayoral Race, and West Central Community Center’s tutoring program. We also interview…
Little Rock Made Me
Sep 25, 2018 • 49 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Issue 5, the minimum wage ballot initiative, and the proposal for collaboration between LRSD and PCSSD to share a high school in West Little Rock. We also interview Vince Hunter, former…
Know Your Why
Sep 18, 2018 • 57 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the City of Little Rock’s initiative to find jobs for our homeless population, the State Board of Education’s decision to take over the Pine Bluff School District, and Governor…
Breaking News - MAD Festival
Sep 13, 2018 • 1 min
Latest episode of Arkansas Times Rock the Culture —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Public Policy from Netflix?
Sep 12, 2018 • 66 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Arkansas Business’ article entitled “Is Little Rock Losing its Luster?”, LRSD loss of enrollment, and settlement of lawsuit filed against LRPD related to the use of the n-word. We also…
We Are They
Sep 4, 2018 • 20 min
In this week’s episode, we have a special Labor Day Conversation with author and entrepreneur Mario Settles, the founder of TrukPlease. We discuss his new business, the entrepreneurial mindset, and becoming who you expected others to be. —- This episode…
Holding Everybody (in) Arkansas Down
Aug 28, 2018 • 49 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Salt Bowl Situation at War Memorial Stadium, the Little Rock School District’s facility plan and community forums, and Elizabeth Eckford’s commemorative bench at Central High. We also…
We want to be counted with Congressmen John Lewis!
Aug 21, 2018 • 41 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the candidates running for the Little Rock Board of Directors, North Little Rock landing an Amazon facility, and Satanic Temple Rally at the State Capitol. We also discuss the importance…
We’re still dealing with that
Aug 14, 2018 • 36 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the England Police Department’s termination of Michael Moore for telling black folks they do not belong in the England and City of Little Rock’s infrastructure investments. We also discuss…
Never Too Busy for The Culture
Aug 7, 2018 • 50 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the cancellation of Country Music Night at Wild River Country, LRSD’s lack of school board election, and lawsuit allowing for restitution of fees associated with traffic tickets. We also…
It’s Our Power with Stacey Abrams!
Aug 3, 2018 • 35 min
In this bonus episode, Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on the Little Rock Mayoral Forum. They also had the privilege to talk about the importance of political engagement with Stacey Abrams, who is the first black female Democratic…
Pushback
Jul 31, 2018 • 47 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the petition to eliminate the at-large director positions on the Little Rock City Board, UA-Little Rock’s effort to start a football team, and lawsuits filed against the LRPD related to…
Almost Viral
Jul 25, 2018 • 42 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Murphy Arts District Music Festival, Rogerick Talley’s allegations that he was framed by LRPD, and the lawsuit to suspend the expansion of Interstate 630. We also discuss the impact of…
Social Media Savants
Jul 3, 2018 • 42 min
In this Season 1 finale, we provide perspective and conversation on the controversial ending of the Hot Summer Jam Concert, Jacksonville’s policy decision to lower the priority of marijuana arrests, and Facebook’s social media training in Little Rock. We…
Urgency Still Requires Preparation
Jun 26, 2018 • 38 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the withdrawal of the proposal for new charter school in Little Rock, the failed ordinance to eliminate at-large directors on the Little Rock City Board of Directors and Swag Ky Bow Ties,…
New Schools, Old Books
Jun 19, 2018 • 37 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Pulaski County Special School District’s vote against purchasing updated science textbooks, proposal for new charter school in Little Rock, and the Dunbar Community Center Semi-Pro…
Love Little Rock (in my Barry White voice)
Jun 13, 2018 • 47 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Love Little Rock Campaign in comparison to the new fulfillment center in Alabama. We take a deep dive in the details, purpose, and future of the Arkansas 529 Gift plan (that allows for…
Black or African-American?
Jun 5, 2018 • 55 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on LRPD’s response to the proposed ordinance to make marijuana arrests a low priority offense, creation of the Southwest Little Rock Business Alliance, and 2018 Women’s to Watch list. We…
Election Edition: The Black Wave
May 30, 2018 • 42 min
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Riverfest’s low attendance numbers, primary election results in Pulaski County, and Baker Kurrus’ entry into Little Rock’s mayoral race. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
Culture, Cohorts, and Cannabis
May 23, 2018 • 42 min
In this week’s episode, Antwan Phillips and guest host Kendra Pruitt provide perspective and conversation on the Arkansas Chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign and on the future structure of the LRSD. We discussed a proposed city ordinance to require LRPD…
You flew here, I grew here
May 8, 2018 • 39 min
In this week’s episode, perspective and conversation on the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily allow the implementation of the Voter ID law, City of Little Rock’s issuance of municipal ID cards and Little Rock’s ranking on the most fun…
Down Right Wrong
May 1, 2018 • 39 min
In this week’s episode, perspective and conversation on Judge Gray’s decision to strike down Arkansas’ voter ID law, the loss of jobs at LRSD due to declining enrollment, and overdue repairs to McClellan High School. We discussed entrepreneurship and…
How you gonna fight that
Apr 24, 2018 • 36 min
In this week’s episode, perspective and conversation on the “Freaky Friday” incident at UA Little Rock, ongoing campaign finance issues at city hall and diversity and de-escalation training for police officers. We also discuss the state teachers union and…
We Got Jobs Too!
Apr 16, 2018 • 31 min
The inaugural episode with host Antwan Phillips, guest host Rep. Charles Blake and special guest Darren Morgan, executive director of the Arkansas Commitment, a nonprofit that identifies academically talented African-American high school students in…