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Big Ideas 2019

Big Ideas 2019

May 1, 2019

Vol 45 • No 21

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An image of the modern Pettaway neighborhood home of Gregory Smith and Donald Johnson

A new look for Pettaway

Little Rock's Pettaway neighborhood, once plagued by gang activity, is amid a revival, thanks to incomers and novel construction. New residents say they want the area to remain as diverse as the architecture.
chuck campbell with his mountain bike

Big Ideas for Arkansas 2019

Suggestions from thinking people on how to improve life in Arkansas.

Becoming a ‘master of story’: A Q&A with Steve H. Broadnax III

Little Rock native Steve H. Broadnax III grew up going to shows at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre with his grandmother, and he graduated from Parkview High School. Now the head of MFA Acting in the School of Theatre at Penn State University, Broadnax, 42, will direct The Rep’s upcoming production of “Native Gardens."

KOKY's long history of amplifying black voices in Little Rock

KOKY has served as a beacon for black listeners from its beginning in 1956, establishing itself as a source for music, updates and community that African Americans in Little Rock — and across the state — couldn’t get anywhere else, particularly in the limited media landscape for black listeners in the mid-20th century.
Dancer Michael Fothergill with Catherine Fothergill suspended in air above him

For Catherine and Michael Fothergill, ballet is both art and business

A Q&A with Ballet Arkansas's co-directors.
image of Talimena Scenic Byway

Touring the Talimena Scenic Byway

A guide to touring the Ouachita Mountains in Oklahoma and Arkansas along the Talimena Scenic Byway.
Gov. Orval Faubus greets a voter in Clinton in 1962.

A forgotten candidate and the 1962 Arkansas governor’s race

Dave Cox's forgotten campaign and the 1962 election for Arkansas governor. An exclusive excerpt of Ernie Dumas' political memoir.
Image of alligator snapping turtle

An encounter with the enemy

The Observer first saw an alligator snapping turtle in the wild when we were about 5 — a massive old sumbitch one of our distant kinfolks had transferred from the Arkansas River to a 6-acre stock pond up near Quitman as a kind of joke a few years before John Kennedy was felled in Dallas.