He lays claim to six Grammy Awards and an Oscar-nominated song. He’s developed music for television, movies and Broadway. He’s worked with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith and Alanis Morissette and he looks to Quincy Jones as his mentor. In this edition of Conversations, we’re hearing about the fascinating career of Natchez native Glen Ballard.
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. She’s an author, chef and restauranteur who traces her culinary skills back to Paris and has rubbed elbows with some of the most famous people in the world..
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.
Jennifer Ogden Combs is an Emmy-award winning film & television producer who has worked 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.
Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins is retiring after 35 years of military service, part of which was spent as Mississippi’s adjutant general.
Mac McAnally, a singer-songwriter from Belmont, Ms., makes his home in Nashville now where he collaborates with the country’s top recording stars. His honors include CMA Musician of the Year for eight years in a row. More recently he was a recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letter award.
Former Clarion Ledger Editor Charles Overby talks about his illustrious career as a journalist and staunch supporter of first amendment freedoms. His resume also includes chairman and CEO of the Freedom Forum, Newseum and Diversity Institute.
Conversations Governor Haley Barbour Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour talks about his time in office.
Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour talks about one of his biggest challenges during his time in office. And that was leading citizens of the Gulf Coast from total devastation to the road to recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Ralph Eubanks, a Mississippi born writer now living in Washington D.C., is back in his home state for a short while serving as a Eudora Welty Visiting Scholar at Millsaps College in Jackson. We talk to Ralph about life growing up here during the civil rights era and his long career path that led him to the Library of Congress as the Director of Publishing.
New York Bestselling author and Oxford Mississippi resident, Julie Cantrell, delves into the dark and seedy side of human trafficking in her new novel, The Feathered Bone. And while her novel is a work of fiction, she discovered during her research just how prevalent and close to home this scary crime occurs.
They threw away the mold on Paul Thorn. Once a professional boxer, this singer-songwriter from Tupelo mixes rock, gospel and blues to produce a unique sound. His sense of humor will keep you in stitches and he'll even share a tune with us.
A Mississippi professor and author of Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother's Wisdom uses poignant photographs and storytelling to capture the lives, joys and struggles of African American women from her grandmother’s generation.
Emily Gatlin of Tupelo, Mississippi, has a number of credits to her name, including book reviewer, book store manager and author coordinator for the annual Mississippi Book Festival. And she's become an authority on rock and roll. In fact, she's the author of a "bookazine" called "The 101 Greatest American Rock Songs and the Stories behind Them."
Author Ed Meek is joined by fellow journalist, historian and University of Mississippi Professor Curtis Wilkie to talk about the tumultuous 60's when James Meredith became the first African American to enroll at Ole Miss. The event sparked dangerous campus riots, captured in Meek's photographs and compiled in his book, "RIOT: Witness to Anger and Change."
Tougaloo history professor Daphne Chamberlain and Civil Rights Activist Flonzie Brown Wright join us to talk about the 50-year anniversary of James Meredith's "Walk Against Fear." It started out as a one-man walk in Memphis and ended as the largest civil rights march in Mississippi's history by the time it reached Jackson.
Historian and author Victoria Bynum talks about her book, "The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest War." First published in 2003, the book tells the story of Jones County residents who opposed secession from the Union during the civil war. The true story is receiving a resurgence in interest now that it has been made into a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey.
The harrowing story of Lawayne Childrey who lived through child abuse, drug abuse, AIDS and the traumatic death of a loved one to become an author and award-winning journalist.
Mississippi native Sam Haskell talks about how a highly imaginative boyhood and a mother’s support helped put him on a path to becoming one of the most successful television executives in America.
Mississippi native and actress, Aunjanue Ellis, talks about her career in film and television, why she chooses to remain in Mississippi and what her hopes and dreams are for future generations.
But that all came to an abrupt end when Dickie Scruggs was convicted of attempted bribery. Scruggs talks about his experience in prison and his future plans now that he’s been released.
Jake McGraw, public policy coordinator at the William Winter Institute sits down with Governor William and Elise Winter at their home in Jackson to reminisce about their many years in the political arena, their lives together and their service to their fellow Mississippians.
Severe weather is a fact of life in Mississippi, whether it’s hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and the occasional ice storm. Today we’re talking to Robert Latham Jr., about the challenges and lessons learned while serving as head of Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
Conversations Vernon & Dennis Dahmer Vernon and Dennis Dahmer recall the death of their father during the civil rights era.
Brothers Vernon and Dennis Dahmer remember the tragic civil rights era murder of their father. Vernon Dahmer Sr., an outspoken supporter of voter rights died from injuries he received when his home was set ablaze by the KKK.
America’s most prolific and famous documentarians joins his good friend, the acclaimed classical pianist from Mississippi, and now Ole Miss Artist in Residence, Bruce Levingston for an evening of conversation in Oxford. William Faulkner’s library at Rowan Oak is the backdrop for this insightful discussion of filmmaking and history.
Alastair Bruce, a foremost authority on British history, sits down with Mississippi native son, Sam Haskell, for a lively conversation about his involvement in PBS’s hit series “Downton Abbey.”
Native Mississippian and renowned concert pianist Bruce Levingston talks about life growing up in Mississippi, the road to stardom as a gifted musician and his lifelong admiration of Mississippi artist Marie Hull.