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Prairie Arts Festival

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Mississippi Roads meanders through the Prairie Arts Festival and the charming host town of West Point. You might not know who Billy Brasfield is but, a whole lot of celebrities do. Billy B, as he’s known in the fashion world, has a remarkably creative gift, and incredible reputation as a professional makeup artist. Billy also wants to restore his hometown of Aberdeen one house at a time.

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French Camp

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Mississippi Roads travels the Natchez Trace to French Camp Academy to study this very successful boarding school. Then we meet Dr. Mark Yeager who founded Kamp Kaleidoscope to provide a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience for kids on the autism spectrum. Finally, we learn about students in Jackson who are learning to grow and growing to learn at Casey Elementary.

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Town of Louin

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Mississippi Roads eases down to our featured town of Louin to hear the sounds of master instrument maker MB Green. Then we visit Bob Jackman of Brandon, who has built quite a collection of model cars. We close the episode by learning how one man’s junk is transformed into art by metal sculptor and Louin resident, Dave Heflin.

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Dudie Burger Festival

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Mississippi Roads travels to the Dudie Burger Festival in the town of Tupelo. Mr. Arthur Davis sings the praises of fried chicken at the Old Country Store in Lorman. We escape the hustle and bustle of city life at the Forest Retreat down in Amite County and we get our motors running at the Blue Suede Cruise in Tupelo.

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African American Authors

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Host: Gene Edwards Guest(s): Anthony Grooms, Ravi Howard, Dedra Johnson “I was black long before I was a writer,” jokes novelist Anthony Grooms. He joins acclaimed African American novelists Ravi Howard and Dedra Johnson as they talk of everything from choosing their stories to marketing their work. Gene Edwards hosts.

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Poets

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Host: Gene Edwards Guest(s): Beth Ann Fennelly, T. R. Hummer, James Kimbrell "All speech is rhythmical. Poets just pay more attention to where the accents are," according to Beth Ann Fennelly. She joins T. R. Hummer and James Kimbrell at the Writers' roundtable as they ponder poetry. Gene Edwards hosts.

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Ocean Springs Art Walk

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Mississippi Roads glides down the highway to Jackson County and the city of Ocean Springs for the 17th annual Art Walk. They meet a Bay St. Louis man who has shown resiliency of his own in striving to save a very special collection of art, as well as woodworking master craftsman Fletcher Cox and Stephanie Dwyer, featured artist at the Art Walk.

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The 15th Annual Bodock Festival

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Pontotoc, home to the largest Bodock tree in he state, brings the community of Pontotoc together each year for The Bodock Festival where natives and outsiders can discover the treasures of this special Mississippi town. We also take a look at what happened to Pontotoc’s downtown post office.

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Song Writers

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Host: Gene Edwards Guest(s): Nielson Hubbard, Garrison Starr, Molly Thomas When Molly Thomas composes a new song, she writes the words first. Garrison Starr takes the opposite approach. “I have to have a melody to sing to.” “But one way or another, you have to adapt,” adds Neilson Hubbard. This time on Writers, three Mississippi-born songwriters and the music they make. Gene Edwards hosts.

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First Novels

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Host: Gene Edwards Guest(s): Pia Ehrhardt, John Hart, Jack Pendarvis

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