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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. Email the show: marshallramsey@mpbonline.org. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Sally Burchfield Doty was recently named as the first director of BEAM - the Office of Broadband Expansion and Accessibility of Mississippi. This office serves as the State's sole point of contact for broadband policy and oversees the administration of federal funding for broadband infrastructure expansion. Sally previously served as the Executive …
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We are honored to welcome an iconic Mississippian from an iconic family to the show today. Reena Evers-Everette is the daughter of civil-rights activists Medgar Evers and Myrlie Evers-Williams. Born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, she studied business merchandising at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She is now executive director of the Med…
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In the past few months, today's guests have made their own "black history," Here at Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Director of Television Taiwo Gaynor and Director of Radio Java Chatman are the first black individuals to ever serve in their respective roles for the organization. On today's show, both of these men chat with Marshall about upcoming…
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If you’re a Jackson native, my guest today needs no introduction. Bill Ellison is a musician/radio host based in Jackson, Mississippi. Bill, a vocalist, guitarist and pianist, has performed professionally for more than 40 years, playing all styles of music from bluegrass to jazz. Bill has also worked for radio and television stations in Jackson and…
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If you’ve ever wondered what good it would do if large organized faiths joined forces, todays guests will certainly be of interest to you. Lapidus & Myles is a collaboration between two faith-based musicians in Atlanta. Micah Lapidus is a Reform rabbi who serves as school rabbi for The Davis Academy and is also composer-in-residence at The Temple. …
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Happy New Year! We’re doing things a bit differently today and sharing some of our favorite moments from 2023 with you. Join me and my producer Lacey Alexander as we talk about some highlights from the past year, from moving conversations to belly laughs to talks of exciting future projects with some of the coolest guests we’ve talked to this year.…
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Our guest today is Nina Parikh, the director of the Mississippi Film Office. She celebrates 25 years with the office this year, as she began working for the Film Office as the deputy director in 1998 and became director in 2017. She studied filmmaking at New York University and the University of Southern Mississippi, and her work place is celebrati…
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Coach Bill Courtney is a native Tennessean and an Ole Miss graduate. Though already a successful business owner, in 2003, Bill began volunteering at Memphis’ inner city Manassas High School in an effort to turn its underperforming football team around. In 2003, the team had 19 players with a dismal 4-95, 10-year record. In the 2008 & 2009 seasons, …
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Growing up in a military family, George Fondren knows very well what it means to have loved ones overseas for the holidays. That’s why he and his family are hosting the 8th Annual Christmas for the Troops party on December 9 in Ridgeland. This event has grown considerably over the years and now includes scouts and veterans from central Mississippi.…
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Joining us today is Michael Farris Smith. He is an award-winning writer whose novels have appeared on Best of the Year lists with Esquire, NPR, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Oprah Magazine, Book Riot, and numerous other outlets. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters, and the state he knows so well serves as a backdrop for hi…
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Our guest today is Paul Elias, who recently made history as the very first bass fisherman to be inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Paul Elias said he was too small to play football, was “pretty good” at baseball but “was really, really good” at fishing while growing up. A Mississippian thru and thru, Paul is a native of Laurel and a…
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The 6888 postal battalion was the only predominantly-black, all-female battalion to serve overseas during World War II, and serves as the subject for filmmaker James Williams Theres’ 2019 film “Six Triple Eight,” which will have a free screening tonight in Nachez. James is also an award-winning Executive Writer for the Department of Veterans Affair…
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Ghosts and ghouls beware, my next guest, Jeff Duke, author of the 2022 book, Ghostly Tales of Mississippi, uncovering 14 terrifying tales, based on reportedly true accounts about some of the state’s most haunted locations, proves that his fascination for things that go bump in the night, has reached the pinnacle of detective level. He joins me toda…
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My next guest’s boots are made for walking, the son of a fourth generation farming family, growing up on Double B Farms in Randolph, Mississippi, Benjamin Bowen spent his childhood riding horses, and going to football games, all while wearing his favorite pair of boots. Fast forward to today, he not only still wears his favorite pair, he is the fou…
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Filmmakers Willy Bearden, and George Larrimore join me today to discuss their 4-part docuseries: The Rolling Fork Tornado of 2023, premiering on MPBTV this Thursday at 7 p.m. In the film, Director Willy Bearden returns to his hometown of Rolling Fork, to document the destruction from the March 24th tornado. Damage was catastrophic, fourteen died an…
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My next guests, Richard & Dr. Tamika Bradley, work as President and Exec. Director, respectively, of Metro Booming Workforce Training Academy. It’s a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide workforce training certifications, accredited by U.S. Department of Labor. They have both joined me today to discuss that, in addition to, Richard’s…
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Hailing from Laurel, my next guest has risen to online viral fame discussing topics like, what is lollygagging, the difference between nekkid and naked, and exactly what is a come to Jesus’ meeting. Landon Bryant, aka “Landon Talks,” has delighted audiences with his glossary style invitation to southern colloquialisms and captivated students at Lau…
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Coach, Author, Therapist, Podcaster, and Goal-Setting Guru, Jocelyn Lane is here today to discuss her newest book, The Power of Self-Love, a self-help guide on How to Break Free from Unhealthy Relationships. The book, guides readers through the process of recognizing warning signs in relationships, establishing heal…
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My next guest definitely needs no introduction, but I’ll attempt to do him justice, an eleventh-generation American gardener, a non-stuffy horticulturist who travels the world looking for simple garden approaches, which he promotes in his newspaper columns, books, magazine articles, and on MPB Think Radio’s Gestalt Gardener. The author of over twen…
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Douglas Blackmon, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, journalist, and filmmaker, started his career at, get this, the age of twelve when an article he wrote published in his local newspaper, and he has not stopped since… Fast forward to his current project, PBS American Experience “The Harvest,” a documentary examining public school integration and the …
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My next guests, award-winning sportswriter Rick Cleveland and best-selling author Neil White, have joined forces and created The Mississippi Football Book: Stories and Records from the Greatest Teams, Coaches, and Players - Who Lived and Played in the Greatest Football State, a publication including profiles of players, coaches, teams, and a sort o…
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My next guest has mastered turning adversity into triumph, whether on the football field – becoming a Superbowl champion in 2013, or on life’s field – facing homelessness to becoming an incredible husband and father of four, Michael Oher is here today to discuss his newest book, “When Your Back's Against The Wall: Fame, Football, and Lessons Learne…
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My next guest is not only a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and owner/executive director of Essential Touchstones and Killebrew Psychological Services in Ridgeland, but she also carries a torch for those she has loved and lost. And that torch is burning bright for her late husband, as she honors his memory at this year’s inaugural and star-studded, …
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This episode profiles Nash Nunnery's Magnolia Gridiron Cathedrals coffee table-type volume, documenting 47 of Mississippi's most historic and unique high school football fields, August 2023 release. Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized, Emmy award winning editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today's Edi…
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With the stroke of a brush, my next guest, Ed McGowin has impacted the world of art as a painter and sculptor whose work has been installed and exhibited in numerous galleries, museums, and public spaces around the globe… A 2023 recipient of the Governor’s Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement honor, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi,…
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Merriam-Webster defines steadfastness as being immovable, firm in belief, and determined… Vivian O’Neal, a.k.a., Miss Mississippi 2023, embodies all the above. Not taking no for an answer, her win is the cherry-on-top of an impressive body of work that includes her non-profit, CapABLE, her work as an author, current and future projects and hailing …
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My next guest is a man who isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and dive into the trenches for a good cause. And what better cause to represent than the mission of providing public broadcasting to the masses and underserved communities. Fast forward from his work as a photojournalist and producer in Fort Smith, Arkansas, to today, as the Executive D…
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My guests today are the literal definition of a father-son bond. With more than 50 years in the entertainment industry, founder and host of WLBT's former "Black Gold" dance program, owner of Phoenix Records and Radio Announcer, Lee King is here, and is not slowing down anytime soon. His son, Kamel King, is no tortoise to the hare either. He's an En…
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Hailing from Tupelo, my next guest, Ke Francis, is a multi-talented multimedia artist, writer and publisher. Founder, and Operator of Hoopsnake Press in Tupelo, his art is nationally and internationally recognized. With his work shown in over 30 international collections, including the Getty Museum, it’s no wonder he is here today, to discuss his 2…
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Dance is a gift that can bring people together with creativity and music. Mona Nicholas has utilized that gift and shared it with others, through her role as Executive Director of the USA International Ballet Competition, since 2014. Regarded as the Olympics of Ballet, the event draws one of the largest crowds to the capital city and state every fo…
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World-renowned Chef, restaurateur, and Pike County native Austin Sumrall is no stranger to the kitchen. Owner of White Pillars in Biloxi, Austin can now add Food Network’s “Alex vs. America” Champion and $15K worth of bragging rights to his growing list of accomplishments. The James Beard nominee for “Best Chef: South” and crowned “King of American…
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Blues Hall of Fame, Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, and Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame inductee, Bobby Rush is no stranger to the music business and life in general. And now, there’s no stopping him, and if you try, he ain’t studdin’ ya… The international blues legend is here to discuss everything, from his award-winning career to his new re…
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Some people chase money, others fame... and then there are those who identify as hardcore - hurricane - chasers. My next guest is one of those brave individuals and a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie. Storm chaser, researcher, businessman, & tv personality “The Hurricane Man,” Josh Morgerman, is a resident of Bay St. Louis, MS, and is best known f…
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Dr. Ann Fisher-Wirth is an award winning American writer, poet, scholar, and retired educator with the University of Mississippi in Oxford. She has won several teaching awards, including Liberal Arts Outstanding Teacher of the Year (2006), Humanities Teacher of the Year (2007), and the Elsie M. Hood Award (2014). Now with her 2023 Governor’s Arts A…
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Widely published and lauded author, journalist, professor, public speaker, and business executive, Ralph Eubanks knows Mississippi well, is a sought-after public speaker with numerous accolades for his writings, and now holds a 2023 Governor's Arts Award for Excellence in Literature & Cultural Ambassador under his hat as well. He joins the show to …
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In 2004, Heather McTeer Toney became the first woman, first African-American, and youngest person to serve as Mayor of Greenville. In 2014, she was appointed as Southeast Regional Administrator of the EPA by President Barak Obama. Now in 2023, she currently Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
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Today, Marshall has the honor of sitting down via Zoom with Grammy nominated comedian, writer, actress, public radio contributor, Jackson born and Pass Christian raised, Tig Notaro to talk about her upcoming tour stops in Meridian, Thursday April 13th at the MSU Riley Center and Biloxi April 14th at Immersive Media Performing Arts Center, in additi…
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Devoting her personal life to the advancement of the arts in the state and appointed as Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art in 2001, Betsy Bradley has proven herself as a leader in visual arts and community. Now with the 2023 Governor’s Arts Award, of the same name under her belt, she is here to discuss her prestigious award, her noteworthy c…
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Hollywood couldn’t have released a horror movie any more terrifying than what parts of Mississippi experienced Friday night. From Rolling Fork to Amory, a monster wedge tornado scythed its way through the darkness like a serial killer on the prowl. Powerful EF-4 winds left a nearly mile-wide scar across the state, killing and destroying along the w…
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There’s a name synonymous here in the capital city and possibly the entire state, with not only great food, but also St. Patrick’s Day… just say Malcolm White and both are covered. Malcolm White is a restaurateur, promoter, food enthusiast, author of numerous articles about food in Mississippi, creator of award-winning recipes in the Southern genre…
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Hailing from Oxford, David Crews not only has mastered the title of author, but to add to that equation, he’s a former U.S. Marshal and current U.S. District Court Clerk for the Northern District of Mississippi. Once calculated, the sum of all parts adds up to one heck of an adjective filled description that could begin with all-round, and end with…
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This year’s Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Music was bestowed to none other than the legendary King Edward Antoine. A working musician for 67 years, King Edward has been a member of the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Artist Roster for 10 years, is a long-time member of the Central Mississippi Blues Society, is featured on three Mississippi …
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Airing on MPBTV this Friday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m., the film “The Defenders: How Lawyers Protected the Movement,” showcases the bravery and determination of the state’s African-American lawyers during the Civil Rights movement and their front-line work to represent individuals who either were unjustly charged or imprisoned. Today, I have the h…
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There’s a lot of people that we have on this show that you know, but there are people that we feature that you NEED to know… My next guest is one of those people. Founder/CEO and Head Hopper at Yellow Rabbit PR & Marketing, a decorated journalist, editor, and columnist with 20 years of PR, Journalism, Marketing & Branding Mastery, Pamela Berry-John…
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The equivalent of an Oscar in the world of culinary arts, the James Beard Foundation Award is among the nation’s most prestigious honors, recognizing exceptional talent in the food media industry. I have the pleasure of welcoming my next two Jackson based guests & award Semifinalists: Chef Hunter Evans, from Elvie's, nominated for Best Chef: South …
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My next guest needs no introduction… Just say, “Miss Mississippi 2022,” and the name Emmie Perkins should ring a bell or two! By using the healing power of music to make a change in the world around her, Emmie has successfully taken her “Music is Medicine” platform to new heights, with her historic win as the first Miss Mississippi to receive the c…
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My first guest for the new year, Southern Poverty Law Center Mississippi Director, Waikinya Clanton, has elevated the definition of leadership in the last year, with her activist work in response to the Capital City’s water crisis. A proud graduate of Tougaloo College and native of Canton, she was recently named one of the most influential African …
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Our guest today, Adam Makos is a military historian and best-selling author whose 2015 book, "Devotion," recounts the true story of Mississippi native Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in U.S. Navy history, and his incredible friendship with fellow fighter pilot Tom Hudner, and is now a 2022 American Biographical war film starring Johnathan Majo…
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My next two guests are men of artistic expression… Comedian Darren Knight, a.k.a. Southern Momma’s ability to elicit laughter, is far beyond novice level. With 3.3 million followers on Facebook and named one of the fastest growing comedians in American History, he is here to discuss his passion for comedy, rise to fame and his upcoming performance …
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My next guest needs no introduction… Why? Because it’s me! Today, Germaine will dive into who I am, from my childhood, all the way to 2022, and she’ll try her best to squeeze it all in the hour, in an episode we’re calling: Who is Marshall Ramsey? Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized, Emmy award winning editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons…
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