Arkansas Times Rock the Culture

57 EpisodesProduced by Arkansas TimesWebsite

Each week on "Rock the Culture," Antwan Phillips, state Rep. Charles Blake and others provide perspective on life and culture for people in Little Rock. The team offers trenchant analysis and hilarious banter on local news, events and politics. Plus, they bring that same fun-loving but informed styl… read more

57 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

2019 Filmland Preview

August 14th, 2019

24:42

In this special interview, we talk with Kathryn Tucker of the Arkansas Cinema Society about the upcoming 2019 Filmland events in Little Rock.

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Bonus Pod with ArkanTalk | Memories of The Rock

August 12th, 2019

42:50

In this special video pod, we sit down with Jimmy Warren and Gerald Harris to discuss our experiences of growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas during the 1990s. 

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So you chucking, now?

August 1st, 2019

50:09

In this week's episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Little Rock's Opportunity Zones and cultural discussion of "code-switching."  In …

Create & Compensate

July 25th, 2019

41:06

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the creation of Entertainment District in River Market and the results of citizen …

No Boots

July 18th, 2019

38:48

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Little Rock being ranked as one of the 12 best cities to live in by Outside Magazine, "Gotcha" ride share bicycles coming to Little Rock, and Little …

Meet me...

July 11th, 2019

47:23

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the City naming July as Public Safety Month, the City's proposed creation of a …

The Aughts

July 3rd, 2019

53:29

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy, #R3LRParks Task Force, the City of Little Rock's Frankly Reading Program, and the commencement of …

Two and Half Terms

June 28th, 2019

39:46

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the accomplishments of nominees of the 2018 Rock The Culture Women to Watch List. …

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

April 16th, 2019

56:25

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the City’s study to change the form of government, bond issues to improve quality of life, and Rep. Blake’s breakdown on the close of the legislative …

You Want That Testimony

April 8th, 2019

58:57

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Central Arkansas Water’s efforts to secure additional fresh water sources, the Legislature’s attempt to extend the time that the State Board of …

Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

April 1st, 2019

1:04:37

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the cancellation of Riverfest 2019 and the Arkansas Legislature’s new attempt to pass legislation to implement a voucher program.  In addition, we …

Back to the Future

March 25th, 2019

52:51

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the LRSD’ hiring of a principal for the SouthWest High School, the City of Little …

#Always______

March 18th, 2019

39:53

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on all things from the Arkansas legislature, including bills filed to return LRSD to …

Started at the Bar(re)

March 12th, 2019

1:06:48

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the release of the critical incident video regarding the officer involved shooting …

The Only Stars We Acknowledge

March 4th, 2019

48:54

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the bomb threat that occurred during a recent Little Rock City Board of Directors' meeting and the outcome of Rep. Blake's Flag Bill to re-designate the …

Ride the Bus with Us

February 26th, 2019

58:02

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Arkansas State Board of Education finally releasing criteria for LRSD to exit …

Can you have hot sauce?

February 18th, 2019

1:01:44

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival in comparison to Riverfest, UA-Little Rock’s …

Safe Scootin'

February 11th, 2019

52:40

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on UA-Little Rock’s feasibility study on football, ICE’s deportation of 21 Savage, and Little Rock’s use of Lime scooters.  In addition, we introduce a new …

Juice In Your Own Life

December 11th, 2018

55:24

In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation on the Little Rock Mayoral Election and State Board of Education’s consideration of the anticipated request to waive the Fair Teacher …

Promote Yourself

December 11th, 2018

48:19

In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation on City Board’s Ordinance to study the form of governance for City of Little Rock. In addition, we discuss brand building with LaKisha M. …

Change is Coming: Mayoral Election Edition

December 5th, 2018

13:39

In this bonus episode, Charles and Antwan provide conversation and perspective on Frank Scott, Jr.’s historic win as Mayor of Little Rock -- live from the Election Night Watch Party.

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Change Is Uncomfortable with Bakari Sellers

December 3rd, 2018

35:18

In this bonus episode, we interview CNN contributor Bakari Sellers regarding the new generation of political leadership across the nation and his …

Walk Around

November 27th, 2018

57:39

In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation regarding improving the quality of life in Little Rock and the need …

Validated, Validators, and Accidentally Viral

November 21st, 2018

51:47

In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide conversation and perspective on the Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police Facebook post about the …

People's Police

November 13th, 2018

46:41

In this week’s episode, Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on the ongoing contract negotiations between Little Rock Education …

Vote for a Change

November 8th, 2018

55:10

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the 2018 local elections in Little Rock and Central Arkansas.

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Still Making History

October 30th, 2018

44:38

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective, conversation, and context on the Little Rock Education Association’s contract negotiations with the …

Unify Our City

October 23rd, 2018

43:45

We provide perspective and conversation about the Washington Post exposé on the Little Rock Police Department’s use of no-knock warrants and a …

Rock The Culture at MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL | PART II

October 21st, 2018

14:04

Check our interviews with concert-goers at MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Rock The Culture at MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL | Part II

October 20th, 2018

31:14

We provide perspective and conversation about the culture of music and the culture of MAD with Terry Stewart.

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Rock The Culture at MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL | Part I

October 20th, 2018

9:51

We are live at Murphy’s Arts District Music Festival talking about and taking in the culture!

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Bonus Pod - Stand Up For Students Rally

October 18th, 2018

7:48

We provide perspective and conversation with Tracy-Ann Nelson of the Arkansas Education Association regarding the Stand Up for Students Rally on …

MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL - THIS WEEKEND

October 16th, 2018

1:45


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Real Recognize Real

October 2nd, 2018

51:31

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Issue 2, the voter ID ballot initiative, the rules in the event there is a run-off …

Little Rock Made Me

September 25th, 2018

49:58

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Issue 5, the minimum wage ballot initiative, and the proposal for collaboration …

Know Your Why

September 18th, 2018

57:23

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the City of Little Rock’s initiative to find jobs for our homeless population, the …

Breaking News - MAD Festival

September 13th, 2018

1:47

Latest episode of Arkansas Times Rock the Culture

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Public Policy from Netflix?

September 12th, 2018

1:06:13

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Arkansas Business’ article entitled “Is Little Rock Losing its Luster?”, LRSD …

We Are They

September 4th, 2018

20:02

In this week’s episode, we have a special Labor Day Conversation with author and entrepreneur Mario Settles, the founder of TrukPlease. We discuss his new business, the entrepreneurial mindset, and becoming who you …

Holding Everybody (in) Arkansas Down

August 28th, 2018

49:57

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Salt Bowl Situation at War Memorial Stadium, the Little Rock School District’s …

We want to be counted with Congressmen John Lewis!

August 21st, 2018

41:09

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the candidates running for the Little Rock Board of Directors, North Little Rock landing an Amazon facility, and Satanic Temple Rally at the State …

We’re still dealing with that

August 14th, 2018

36:49

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the England Police Department’s termination of Michael Moore for telling black …

Never Too Busy for The Culture

August 7th, 2018

50:44

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the cancellation of Country Music Night at Wild River Country, LRSD’s lack of …

It’s Our Power with Stacey Abrams!

August 3rd, 2018

35:41

In this bonus episode, Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on the Little Rock Mayoral Forum. They also had the privilege to talk …

Pushback

July 31st, 2018

47:38

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the petition to eliminate the at-large director positions on the Little Rock City Board, UA-Little Rock’s effort to start a football team, and lawsuits …

Almost Viral

July 25th, 2018

42:47

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Murphy Arts District Music Festival, Rogerick Talley’s allegations that he was framed by LRPD, and the lawsuit to suspend the expansion of …

Social Media Savants

July 3rd, 2018

42:00

In this Season 1 finale, we provide perspective and conversation on the controversial ending of the Hot Summer Jam Concert, Jacksonville’s policy …

Urgency Still Requires Preparation

June 26th, 2018

38:14

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the withdrawal of the proposal for new charter school in Little Rock, the failed …

New Schools, Old Books

June 19th, 2018

37:26

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Pulaski County Special School District’s vote against purchasing updated …

Love Little Rock (in my Barry White voice)

June 13th, 2018

47:37

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Love Little Rock Campaign in comparison to the new fulfillment center in …

Black or African-American?

June 5th, 2018

55:27

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on LRPD's response to the proposed ordinance to make marijuana arrests a low priority offense, creation of the Southwest Little Rock Business Alliance, and …

Election Edition: The Black Wave

May 30th, 2018

42:45

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Riverfest’s low attendance numbers, primary election results in Pulaski County, …

Culture, Cohorts, and Cannabis

May 23rd, 2018

42:50

In this week’s episode, Antwan Phillips and guest host Kendra Pruitt provide perspective and conversation on the Arkansas Chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign and on the future structure of the LRSD. We discussed a …

You flew here, I grew here

May 8th, 2018

39:26

In this week’s episode, perspective and conversation on the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily allow the implementation of the Voter ID law, City of Little Rock’s issuance of municipal ID cards and Little …

Down Right Wrong

May 1st, 2018

39:16

In this week’s episode, perspective and conversation on Judge Gray’s decision to strike down Arkansas’ voter ID law, the loss of jobs at LRSD due to …

How you gonna fight that

April 24th, 2018

36:58

In this week’s episode, perspective and conversation on the “Freaky Friday” incident at UA Little Rock, ongoing campaign finance issues at city hall …

We Got Jobs Too!

April 16th, 2018

31:49

The inaugural episode with host Antwan Phillips, guest host Rep. Charles Blake and special guest Darren Morgan, executive director of the Arkansas Commitment, a nonprofit that identifies academically talented …

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