The Big Picture

Know your Arkansas nepo babies

The beneficiaries of almost unfathomable generational wealth run everything everywhere. That’s capitalism. But Arkansas is a small, poor state, so the lucky inheritors of fortunes here have an especially outsized impact — and have for several generations. Here’s a rundown of some of the most prominent powerful people benefiting from family money or fame in Arkansas. Or, to embrace a buzzword, here are our nepo babies (short for nepotism) and what they’ve done for you lately.
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On Pharoah Sanders (1940-2022)

By whittling away the trappings of verse-chorus-verse in favor of humanity-universe-humanity, Sanders cut straight to the core for his listeners, many of whom liken a piece like "The Creator Has A Master Plan" to a transcendental trip, or a medicinal salve.

Thinking big with a new downtown park

Visions for a park that could define Little Rock.

Crumrod, Nimrod and Weiner-Delight, oh my!

Arkansas boasts some unusual town names.

Arkansans find fame, fun on hit reality TV shows

Lights, camera, Arkansas!

Good Noise: A 2022 Arkansas music roundup

Ten projects from Arkansas artists worth loading your playlist with this summer.

The Inconsequential News Quiz: The Limp Bequette Edition

Play along at home while recovering from your rabies shot.

The scoop: A milkshake roundup

This particular round-up of Central Arkansas milkshake options was brought to you by a fractured tooth, but with warmer weather coming, don’t wait for a dental emergency to give some of these shakes a fair shake.

Pump it at new bike track in North Little Rock

The year is young, but you’re probably already going stir crazy. Particularly if you’re a parent of a busy child or a busy child yourself. Get yourself out of the house and onto a bike and try out North Little Rock’s new pump track at Big Rock Quarry.

A 2021 holiday gift guide, Arkansas Times-style

Unicorn hot cocoa, socks with fun cuss words, tomes on Arkansas's material culture, RBG prints and more.

Arkansas celebrities on Cameo 

Surprise a loved one with a video message from a famous Arkansan.

Arkansas celebrities on Cameo

Surprise a loved one with a video message from a famous Arkansan.

Vinyl hits to digital bits

Comparing Arkansas’s musical legends to their contemporary counterparts on Spotify and YouTube.

A Q&A with Nate Coulter on the future of the Central Arkansas Library System

Little Rock voters will be asked Nov. 9 to approve a millage increase to support the Central Arkansas Library System. The 0.5 mill increase would raise Little Rock’s rate from 3.3 to 3.8 mills.

When animals attack, Arkansas edition

The more you know.
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The best donuts in Central Arkansas

Ranking the glazed donuts of Little Rock and North Little Rock by the dozen.

Intermission's End: A post-pandemic concert fashion slideshow

We caught up with concertgoers at the door of a beloved pizza dive to take the temperature of post-pandemic concert fashion in Little Rock.

Inconsequential News Quiz: 2 Fast 2 Furious Edition

Play at home while humming Loretta Lynn’s ‘The Pill.’
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Reproductive rights advocate Caroline Morgan, uncloaked

Pocahontas native Caroline Jackson Morgan fled for bluer pastures a few years ago, moving her family to Rhode Island for an East Coast reprieve from the South’s rightward march. While there, Morgan joined the Red Cloak Society and successfully lobbied to codify the legal right to abortion in the state. In 2020 Morgan came back, bringing a rack full of red robes and her fire for reproductive justice with her.

Inconsequential News Quiz: To Obesity and Beyond! Edition

Play at home while trying to imagine what’s bad enough to scare Hillary Clinton.