On this week’s “No Small Talk,” we’re discussing the upcoming event “Barred: True Stories of Incarceration,” hosted by The Yarn (a storytelling group) and decARcerate (an advocacy group working to reduce Arkansas’s prison population).

The event is taking place Wednesday Jan. 31, 7 p.m. at the New Deal Salon, 2003 South Louisiana Street.

For our discussion of the event (which begins at little after the 5 minute mark) we welcomed in: Hilary Trudell, Founder and Executive Producer of The Yarn; Zachary Crow, Executive Director for decARcerate; and DeAngelo Lee, President and Founder of “I Too Have A Dream,” an organization for those re-entering after prison who will be telling a story at the event.

As we discuss on the podcast, Lee was imprisoned in Arkansas for about eight years. Since release, he’s been helping others who’ve been incarcerated. He hosts a support group meeting each Thursday evening at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church (2200 Kavanaugh Blvd.).


Here’s a rundown of the show with links:

*In our intro we talk Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, which will be at Stickyz every Thursday in February at 8 p.m.


*We also revisited the first ever Central Arkansas Music Awards, presented on Tuesday, January 23 by Arkansas Times and Arkansas Sounds, a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System. You can find winners here, and give input on ways to improve CAMA in the future.

*The bulk of the show is about The Yarn and decARcerate’s event. Here’s Heather Steadham’s preview from this week’s To-Do list.

*And we end by discussing: Omaya’s potential puppy, this bonkers New York mag interview with Eryka Badu (and the T.J. Miller one too), and the Ear Hustle podcast.

*Stephanie gave you The Move for the weekend: The newest production by The Rep theatre, “The Call,” about adoption and privilege.