Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins is retiring after 35 years of military service, part of which was spent as Mississippi’s adjutant general.
Authors, athletes, entertainers. They are people we admire. Politicians, civic leaders, inventors. They are people who influence our daily lives and our futures. Join MPB as we engage these fascinating people for in-depth conversation about their lives, their efforts, and their visions. Whether they call Mississippi home or are just passing through, these icons offer insight into our world. From businessmen to benefactors, you’ll get to know them all on Conversations.
An Emmy-award winning film & TV producer, Jennifer Ogden Combs works with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Her latest project brought her back to her hometown of Natchez, Mississippi to head up the city’s year-long celebration of the Tricentennial.
Charles Wright of Natchez is one of the few surviving relatives of the legendary writer Richard Wright. It’s a heritage Charles takes seriously as he fulfills his role as the Wright family historian and tour guide of the various sites associated with his famous cousin.
Regina Charboneau is owner of the Twin Oaks Bed and Breakfast in her hometown of Natchez, but that barely skims the surface of her high business profile. Charboneau is an author, chef and restauranteur who traces her culinary skills back to Paris. She has rubbed elbows with some of the most famous people in the world.
Natchez native Glenn Ballard lays claim to six Grammy Awards and an Oscar-nominated song. Ballard creates music for Broadway, television and movies. Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith and Alanis Morissette are some of the artists he has worked with. Ballard looks to Quincy Jones as his mentor.
Chesney Doyle can tell you a lot about history that extends well beyond her 300-year-old hometown of Natchez. Doyle travels the globe as the executive producer for the TV series “Great Museums,” airing on public broadcasting stations nationwide.