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You’ve probably seen his work in a newspaper near you, but now, you can put a voice to the name. On Now You’re Talking with Marshall Ramsey, you’ll hear commentary on the latest news, punch-lines from his latest cartoons, interviews with fellow cancer survivors he’s met along the way and compelling stories of known and unknown people, places, and things of Mississippi. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
 
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Following a hiatus, due to COVID, the Mississippi Book Festival has come home for 2022. Dubbed a literary lawn party, this year’s book fest boasts a whopping 172 well-known authors, over 40 panel discussions, book signings and more. Marshall sits down with panelists and authors, Kevin Maurer and James Scott to discuss the 2022 Mississippi Book Fest…
 
In this bonus episode of Mississippi Stories, we share the conversation between Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey and Laurel-based couple Ben and Erin Napier of HGTV's Home Town. Hear more on how they balance work and family life, their upcoming projects, and answers to member questions like what their go-to paint colors are. This interview originall…
 
Hailing from Ackerman in Choctaw County, Raymond Edwin Mabus, Jr.’s father would close his hardware Store once a year and the family would travel abroad to collect art, textiles, and historic memorabilia. Fast forward to 2022, Ray Mabus has continued this tradition and in-turn has amassed a wide ranging artifact collection that is currently being c…
 
The summer box office smash Top Gun Maverick has left its mark on movie goers, and I’ve invited fighter pilots, Lt. Col. Lance Bowlin from the One-Seventy Second Airlift in Flowood, MS and Capt. Benjamin Ayivorh from Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, MS to talk about the history and impact that they have on the state as well as the impact that M…
 
Since joining Ole Miss Rebels Baseball in 2000, Coach Mike Bianco has proven that diligence definitely pays off. Synonymous with the national pastime, the winningest coach in the program’s history has solidified his place in history, alongside other baseball legends. Now in his 22nd season, after two Hall of Fame inductions from Seminole High Schoo…
 
Since joining the MPB Foundation in 2017, Angela Crossley Ferraez has strategically enhanced fundraising efforts for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, significantly growing membership, and revenue, and was recently named 2022’s Businesswoman of the Year by the Mississippi Business Journal. Angela joins us to talk about becoming an acclaimed business…
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey visits with golfer Ethan Mangum. Mangum tells about how he started playing golf at the age of two, his pathway of success, how his parents influenced him and how he trains to be the world-class athlete and student. His is an inspirational story and a blueprint…
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with award-winning author W. Ralph Eubanks to talk about his book, A Place Like Mississippi. Eubanks talks about teaching other writers to learn their voice and how those voices have helped lift Mississippi’s literary tradition.…
 
In 2013, the Mississippi State Board of Education hired Dr. Carey Wright to be Mississippi’s Superintendent of Education. After the longest tenure as chief educator in modern Mississippi history, Dr. Wright joins host Marshall Ramsey to talk about the department's accomplishments of which she’s most proud, the difficulty of leading Mississippi's pu…
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Brigadier General Maxey J. Phillips (Retired) of the Mississippi Air National Guard. From the Cuban Missile Crisis, to Vietnam, to England and back to Mississippi, Maxey tells stories about his nearly 40-year career in the Air Force. Those stori…
 
Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with singer, songwriter and musician Scott Albert Johnson. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia, Johnson shares stories about his time as a kicker and then how his career as a musician took off. Ramsey and Johnson talk creativity, dreams and how to achieve them. Johnson also tells how to a…
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Pam Confer. Pam is an international, award-winning, bilingual singer, song-writer, and speaker. She recently wrote and debuted the song, “Mississippi Beautiful,” which has quickly become a unifying and favored piece in Mississippi. “Mississippi …
 
On this episode of Mississippi Stories, Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Sammy Moon. Sammy is the executive director of the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy. In his role, Sammy provides leadership and support to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in their efforts to strengthen Mississippi’s children, families…
 
The Young, Gifted & Empowered Awards is back for its 7th year to celebrate young-African Americans from Mississippi and the south who are beating the odds and positively affecting change at local, national, and global levels and our guest today is the founder of Young, Gifted & Empowered, Shameka Reed. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August …
 
On this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Under her leadership, the Foundation has significantly increased its grant-making while developing strategic initiatives that act on the urgency of the issue. Marshall c…
 
The Library of Hattiesburg Petal and Forrest County has been chosen by the Mississippi Humanities Council to host a new traveling exhibit, “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” as part of The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program and today we sit down with Library Director, Sean Farrell for an inside look into this new exhibit.…
 
On this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with magician, entertainer and speaker Joe M. Turner. Turner is an American corporate magician, mentalist, and a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and other meetings. Turner talks about growing up in Mississippi, overcoming challenges presented…
 
Friends of Children’s Hospital supports the only hospital in Mississippi dedicated solely to caring for kids, Batson Children’s Hospital and today we’re sitting down with Executive Director, Rochelle Hicks to talk about their 33-year history and how they continue the mission of supporting Mississippi’s Children. For more information about Friends o…
 
On this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey catches up with entrepreneurs Hagan Walker and Anna Barker, the founders of the Starkville-based company Glo. They share how the disruption in the Global Supply Chain nearly prevented them from having products for Christmas. But in a story that is almost like …
 
On this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with William “Bill” Parker, Meteorologist-In-Charge of the NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office in Jackson, Mississippi. Bill discusses the mission of the National Weather Service and talks about some of the roles the team of 20 meteorologis…
 
March is National Women’s History month and all month long we’ve featured amazing Mississippi women doing amazing things. So today, we’ll end the month with motivational speaker, historian, women's activist and Director of the Two MS Museums, Pamela Junior. Listen as she shares her story of resilience, determination and pride. Our GDPR privacy poli…
 
March is National Woman’s History Month so today we featured another amazing Mississippi woman. Listen as Liza Cirlot Looser, CEO of the Cirlot Agency and one of Mississippi's most successful women entrepreneurs shares her story of strength, determination, and success. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy f…
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large sits down with Ki Harris, the Executive Director for the Freedom Project Network, which helps support and tie the Sunflower County, Meridian and Rosedale Freedom projects together. Ki shares his life and passion for uplifting lives and proves he is not talking out of a book; …
 
March is National Women’s History month so all month long we’ll feature amazing women doing amazing things. Our first amazing woman is actress, radio host and comedian, Jill Whelan she played Vicki Stubing, the daughter of Captain Stubing in the hit television series "The Love Boat". Listen as she talks about her career as a child actor and how her…
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey talks to Neil Woodall, Jr. about his recovery from opioid pain pills after a freak hunting accident. Woodall shares his motivational journey — from his fall to his triumphant recovery and a new life based on his faith.…
 
Most of the Freedom Riders of the 1960′s civil rights movement were college age and older but there was one activist who wasn’t even old enough to drive at the time when he got involved, that man was Hezekiah Watkins. Listen as he shares his incredible story of courage plus Gwen Harmon, Director of the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center is …
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey brings back Canopy CEO, John Damon to discuss the current mental health challenges facing our nation, avenues to get help for both adults and children, and ways to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.
 
Whether she’s telling jokes on a stage, playing in a band or hamming it up on social media, Rita Brent, is sure to bring realness to the world. Listen as multi-talented comedian, musician, actor and writer, sits down with Marshall to talk about her new projects, music and more!! For more information about Rita Brent and booking information visit: R…
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor At Large Marshall Ramsey visits with the talented Merc B. Williams. Merc is an comedian, host, writer and speaker who appeared on Comedy Central’s “Hart of The City" Season 2 created by comedian Kevin Hart. He’s also one-third of the “Hilarious Homies,” along with fellow comedian Nard…
 
On this Valentine's Day, we shared a love story about Kay and Nolan Mettetal, South Panola High School sweethearts who were married for almost 56 years. Nolan passed away at age 75 on Dec. 28, 2020, after battling COVID-19. The couple were just three months away from their 56th wedding anniversary. Listen as “Ms. Kay” reminisces about their relatio…
 
In Mississippi, storytelling is as natural as breathing. So today we have a special show. we’ve brought back one of your favorite former MPB radio hosts Mary Margaret White. Listen as she and Mississippi Today’s photographer, Vickie King, talk about a new storytelling series event, Local Live(s): Stories about: Power. For more information about thi…
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, esteemed 2016 – 2021 Mississippi Poet Laureate, author and Ole Miss professor Beth Ann Fennelly sits down with Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey to talk about her writing, creativity and how she plows through setbacks.
 
New Stage Theatre continues its 56th Season with the Mississippi play I Just Stopped By to See the Man beginning February 2nd thru -13th listen as New Stage Artistic Director Francine Thomas Reynolds and Chair of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre at Jackson State University, Dr. Mark Henderson give us an inside look at this upcomin…
 
In 1939, a movie theater was built in an outlying neighborhood of Jackson called Fondren. Originally called, The Pix, the theater closed and reopened in the 1960’s as Capri theater. In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with the trio who helped bring Capri back to life. Developers David …
 
Our guest today is Dr. Robert Luckett, Professor of History and Director of the Margaret Walker Center. We’ll talk with him about the 16th Annual Creative Arts & Scholarly Engagement Festival and how you can get involved. For more information about the Margaret Walker Center and the 16th Annual CASE Festival contact mwa@jsums.edu or 601-979-3935 or…
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor At Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with public speaker and owner of Champion Communications, Janie Walters. Janie, a Madison resident and former Gulfport High School teacher, talks about her long and successful career as a speaker and gives tips on how to overcome the fear of public s…
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor At Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Dr. Jeannine Herron, neuropsychologist, reading expert and widow of Civil Rights photojournalist Matt Herron. Thanks to a connection between the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Barksdale Reading Institute, pre-school children in Jackson will b…
 
Our guests today are Craig Ray, Executive Director of Visit Mississippi, and Tourism Development Bureau Manager, Kamel King. We’ll speak with them about the state of tourism in Mississippi amid another year within a pandemic and projects they have on the horizon. For more information about Visit MS visit The Birthplace of America's Music - Visit Mi…
 
On this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey visits with U.S.S. Alabama museum technician Matthew McCluney. McCluney, a Gautier resident, talks about his passion for preserving a giant piece of American and Naval history. The U.S.S. Alabama, launched in 1942 during World War 2, is a veteran of both the B…
 
It’s a new year and we’re starting it off right with one of Mississippi’s most successful restaurateur’s, Jeff good, President of Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group Inc. which includes Bravo, Broad Street and Sal & Mookies. Listen as he talks about the past year, new projects and how he plans to operate another year within a pandemic. Our GDPR…
 
On this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor At Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with internationally respected conductor and Jackson native William Garfield Walker. Described by Klassik begeisert as a “master of intense sound waves with a pioneering spirit” William Garfield Walker is an emerging young American conductor quickly …
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large (and cartoonist) Marshall Ramsey sits down with cartoonist Paige Braddock. Braddock tells how she decided at the age of 7 that she wanted to be a cartoonist. After moving around the country and attending 17 schools (!), she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Unive…
 
On this episode Marshall sits down with multifaceted musician, conductor and composer, William Garfield Walker, to talk about his new professional orchestra, the Nova Orchestra Wien, and the challenges of working within a worldwide pandemic. For more information about William G. Walker visit William Garfield Walker, conductor Our GDPR privacy polic…
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with filmmaker Anthony Thaxton. Thaxton and restauranteur Robert St. John have produced the wonderful documentary and accompanying book, Walter Anderson: The Extraordinary Life and Art of the Islander. Thaxton discusses the making of the film, Anders…
 
On this episode of Now You're Talking, Marshall sits down with Tina Richardson, Director of Community Relations for the Salvation Army, to talk about the many ways their organization helps communities in Mississippi, especially during the holiday season. To find out how you can make a difference, visit The Salvation Army's website @ The Salvation A…
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with AARP Mississippi State Director Kimberly L. Campbell. She is responsible for leading and directing AARP’s work in advocacy, community engagement, and communications to serve the 285,000 AARP members in Mississippi. Previously, she served in the …
 
In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with TrustCare Kids Pediatrician Dr. Catherine Phillippi to discuss vaccinating kids against COVID-19 and what she has seen as a doctor during the pandemic. She gives trusted advice that you’d expect from your family pediatrician. Dr. Philippi joined…
 
In 1969, the Mississippi Legislature established the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television (MAET) with the mission of providing "educational and instructional professional growth and public service programs for the students and citizens of Mississippi." Since hitting the airwaves in 1970 as Mississippi Educational Television, Mississippi…
 
‘Tis the Season to be thankful. Lost between Halloween and Christmas comes the holiday of Thanksgiving. But many are struggling to have enough to be thankful now. Stewpot Executive Director, The Reverend Jill Barnes Buckley joins the show to tell how Stewpot is stepping up to help those in need. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022…
 
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