Blanche Who? Let’s Talk TV on This Weekend’s ‘Sunday Edition’ on 103.7 The Buzz

Clarke Peters, Treme on HBO

Clarke Peters surveys the damage during the first episode of HBO's "Treme."

We’re happy to be back on Blake Rutherford‘s “Arkansas Sunday Edition” radio program beginning at 7 a.m. this Sunday on 103.7 The Buzz. This week, we’re talking TV. Specifically, HBO‘s new drama “Treme,” about life in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The show is from David Simon, the creator of another HBO series, “The Wire,” which many think is the greatest TV series ever. Simon is on my list of dream speakers for the Clinton School of Public Service, possessing a unique vantage point on media, crime, law enforcement, government, the education system — pretty much every major institution of American life.

“The Wire” — his epic, scathing treatise on those flawed institutions — now behind him, Simon’s turned his eye on New Orleans for a look how cultures endure in times of crisis. Critics have said “Treme” might also be the essential drama of the so-called Great Recession, with Katrina as a metaphor for the financial crisis. Whatever Simon’s driving at (episode 4 premieres Sunday night), there’s no doubt that post-Katrina New Orleans, with its devastation, singular music,¬†shell-shocked residents and failed bureaucracies, is a rich canvas for any number of themes, cultural, economic and otherwise.

I could keep writing, but I’ll stop here. If you want to here us geek out on some really good TV, tune in this Sunday.

Also Editor Jim Harris will also be on this Sunday’s show.


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It’s That Time of Year Again

The Football Preview

The Football Preview

Coming in July.

Meet Up With Me at the Rally! Little Rock Marathon Events Happen Today, Sunday

Little Rock Twilight 5k 2009

Laura, at the Twilight 5k in 2009

Sunday morning: The 2010 running of the Little Rock Marathon.

I’ll be out early with my wife Laura (above), who’s running her first half marathon. Ed, Tom and Meredith tell us to expect a cool morning, possibly overcast. But Laura’s ready, whatever the weather.

Runners take off at 8 a.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center, and the race awards ceremony starts at 10 a.m. You can see a course map here, linked at the bottom of the page.

As for me, I’ll be snapping photos, shooting video, handing out raisins to Laura at key places along the route, and sending updates to Twitter as I can.

But the raisins are priority one. I’m told that’s very important.

Maybe we’ll see you Sunday!

UPDATE: She did it! Here’s first photos and a quick video of the start of the race.

The Razorbacks’ Infrastructure Plans, Home Design and the Democrat-Gazette Drops the ‘N’ Bomb in This Week’s Arkansas Business

Lots to get to this week’s Arkansas Business newspaper, online now and at your local newsstand (they still have those!):

It’s never enough is it? The University of Arkansas’ athletic department “has earmarked between $250,000 and $500,000 for an analysis of current and future facilities. Commissioning the study is the first step in what could eventually be tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars in upgrades.” Chris Bahn tell us what they want now.

Sam Eifling rummages through the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s archives to see just how often — and why — the newspaper publishes the dreaded ‘N’ word. Then he gets an e-mail from editor Griffin Smith.

Fox 16 tells us why it just wasn’t worth it to try and get some Sarah Palin video on the sly at Verizon Arena.

It’s never enough is it? Jan Cottingham notes several Arkansas architects who say the state is bucking the nationwide trend toward smaller homes. Bigger is still better!

Our Heads in the Clouds, A Tour of HP in Conway & Fox 16 at 10 in Arkansas Business This Week

This week in Arkansas Business newspaper, we take a look at information technology in Arkansas, including a firm that quietly controls your every online interaction with Arkansas government:

The Arkansas Information Consortium runs and e-commerce for the state, a job it’s unlikely to give up anytime soon. We look at how they do it.

Guess what? Your operating system will be obsolete in 10 years. Where will you do your computing? On the Web, in the cloud. Mark Carter looks at the hows, pros and cons. Also: Think you’re ready for the cloud? Here’s some questions to ask yourself.

A Conway firm has launched a privacy app for your smartphone. Block unwanted calls, identify unknown callers and more.

A look inside the new HP operation in Conway.

The new news wars: Fox affiliate KLRT-TV, Channel 16 will debut its first 10 p.m. newscast next week.

Warren Stephens tells us about his print and online ad campaign for Stephens Inc., which aims to project the firm’s long-term thinking in a dicey economic environment.

KFSM-TV, Channel 5 has started a half-hour sports talks show on its digital channel. The show is hosted by veteran sports anchor Mike Irwin.

Gwen Moritz, frustrated woman, indeed.

Ryan Mallett Stays at the University of Arkansas: Listen to Audio of the Announcement

Ryan Mallett of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks

Ryan's hope

Should he stay or should he go? After that frigid Saturday in Memphis, wasn’t it obvious? Today, University of Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett made it official, calling eager ears to the Hill to confirm that, yep, he’s still on board and not-yet-NFL bound.

So Arkansas fans can at last breathe a sigh of relief. Meanwhile, Editor Jim Harris notes how Mallett scored crucial points in announcing his decision, not only in the PR, score-some-time-on-ESPN-and-the-sports-section sense, but in the way he came off polished and assured in the Friday afternoon news conference. Prepped or not, Mallett came off, dare-he-say-it (yes, he dare!) Tebow-esque.

He said all the right things. He didn’t repeat himself, he didn’t seem distant, and he didn’t come across like an arrogant star. Mallett has this kind of cool, hip vocal delivery most of the time, but he came across almost Tim Tebow-like, or at least like someone who might command the kind of attention Tebow has for the past three years.

So there’s that.

You can listen to audio clips of today’s news conference here. Now I suppose everyone can really start talking about next season. It’s going to be a looong time ’til September.

Are We Really Ready for This?

Christmas in October.

Christmas in October.

Only this could shake us from an annoyingly long period of blog inactivity. In the face of it, one can only ask, Is the World Ready?

Of course, we know it’s possible to handily butcher the English language in 140 characters. But we expect big things from Wally.

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