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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 style to weekly interviews with people who are impacting the culture of Little Rock and elsewhere in Arkansas. #RocktheCulture
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Asking All These Questions

Asking All These Questions

2019-09-1701:09:17

In this episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Little Rock's own Joe Johnson dominating The Big3, analysis of the town hall meetings concerning the future of LRSD, and top-ten hip-hop albums of all time.  We also discuss the importance of mental health and benefits of therapy/counseling with professional counselor Charmaine Beasley. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
WWJD?

WWJD?

2019-08-2001:20:16

In this episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Jay-Z's dealings with the NFL. This is by far the most in-depth cultural analysis of Jay-Z and NFL situation. There is also a brief discussion regarding the State Board of Education's forums on the future of the LRSD. We also interview Preston Clegg, Pastor of Second Baptist Church, regarding the relationship between the pulpit and politics.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
So you chucking, now?

So you chucking, now?

2019-08-0100:50:09

In this week's episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Little Rock's Opportunity Zones and cultural discussion of "code-switching."  In addition, we discussed Pulaski County's effort to go green with installation of solar panels and the creation of the Pettaway Business District with Adam Fogleman.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
Create & Compensate

Create & Compensate

2019-07-2500:41:06

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the creation of Entertainment District in River Market and the results of citizen surveys regarding the revitalization of Hindman Park and War Memorial Park.  We also talk with BK Simmons regarding his involvement in three new projects Venture Noire, Tribe 9, and High Street Equity.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
No Boots

No Boots

2019-07-1800:38:48

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 Rock's reinstatement of placing boots on vehicles for unpaid parking tickets .  We also discussed the new short-form digital interview series ArkanTalk with founder and host, Jimmy Warren.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
Meet me...

Meet me...

2019-07-1100:47:23

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 Citizen Review Board and Women’s National Team World Cup Victory. In addition, we interview Pulaski County Circuit Clerk Terri Hollingsworth regarding her first 6 months in office and the Clerk’s initiative to register more voters in Pulaski County    --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
The Aughts

The Aughts

2019-07-0300:53:29

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 online sales tax in Arkansas.  We also interview former member of the Arkansas State Board of Education, Dr. Jay Barth, regarding his experience and outlook on State Board of Education and the takeover of the Little Rock School District.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
Two and Half Terms

Two and Half Terms

2019-06-2800:39:46

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. We also discuss Rep. Charles Blake’s transition to Chief of Staff for Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., Little Rock’s plan for War Memorial and Hindman Golf Courses, and Little Rock’s Police Department’s revised No-Knock Warrant Policy.   --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
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 session. In addition, we provide rapid fire perspective on RockTopics. We also speak with Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. to discuss the first 100 days of his administration and his Little Rock 2020 Education Roadmap.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
You Want That Testimony

You Want That Testimony

2019-04-0800:58:57

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 Education can control the LRSD, and the location of LRPD’s license plate readers and security cameras.  In addition, we provide rapid fire perspective on a special edition of RockTopics regarding the life and legacy of Nipsey Hussle. We also discuss the experiences and musical career of LB Crew, contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.”  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
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 provide rapid fire perspective on RockTopics. We also discuss intentionality in diversity, social responsibility, and the growth of Mosaic Church with Mark DeYmaz, author and pastor of Mosaic Church. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
Back to the Future

Back to the Future

2019-03-2500:52:51

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 Rock’s “A Bridge to Work” program to provide paid day labor to the homeless population, and Gov. Hutchinson’s support of the voucher program in Pulaski County.  In addition, we provide rapid fire perspective on RockTopics. We also discuss the “Tales from the Motherland” with Crystal C. Mercer, executive director at Local First Arkansas.   --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
Started at the Bar(re)

Started at the Bar(re)

2019-03-1201:06:48

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the release of the critical incident video regarding the officer involved shooting in Little Rock and Blake’s breakdown about the status of the Flag Bill.  In addition, we provide rapid fire perspective on Rock Topics. We also discuss intersectionality and the impact of classical dance for black males in Little Rock in 1990s with 2017 BuzzFeed Emerging Writer Fellow, Frederick McKindra. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
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 purpose of one of the stars on the Arkansas State Flag .  In addition, we provide rapid fire perspective on Rock Topics (Michael Cohen's testimony at Capitol Hill, Ole Miss basketball players taking a knee, and much more). We also discuss the offerings and events at Central Arkansas Library System ("CALS") with Tameka Lee, communications director for CALS.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
Ride the Bus with Us

Ride the Bus with Us

2019-02-2600:58:02

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Arkansas State Board of Education finally releasing criteria for LRSD to exit state control, community forums with the final four candidates to be next police chief of LRPD, and Blake’s breakdown from the Arkansas legislature.  In addition, we provide rapid fire perspective on Rock Topics. We also discuss the future of public transit in Central Arkansas with Charles Frazier, Executive Director of Rock Region Metro.    --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
Can you have hot sauce?

Can you have hot sauce?

2019-02-1801:01:44

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival in comparison to Riverfest, UA-Little Rock’s relationship with eStem High School, and Blake’s breakdown from the Arkansas legislature.  In addition, we provide rapid fire perspective on Rock Topics. We also discuss the differences between plant-based eating versus veganism with Dr. Tionna Jenkins, Founder of Plate It Healthy. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
Safe Scootin'

Safe Scootin'

2019-02-1100:52:40

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 segment in which we provide rapid fire perspective on "Rock Topics." We also discuss fitness training with Kim Leverett, CEO of A Kick Above.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
Juice In Your Own Life

Juice In Your Own Life

2018-12-1100:55:24

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 Dismissal Act. In addition, Charles and Antwan discuss all things happening in the Little Rock School District with Superintendent Michael Poore. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
Promote Yourself

Promote Yourself

2018-12-1100:48:19

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. Johnson, vlogger and podcast host of Coffee & Conversation and RealTalk with LMJ. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arktimes-rock-the-culture/message
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