Patterson Hood | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Patterson Hood, co-founder of the Drive-By Truckers, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Patterson Hood. He is the co-founder of the band Drive-By truckers. He captures the Southern storytelling tradition through his songwriting and also published “The South’s Heritage is So Much More Than Just a Flag” in an op-ed for the NY Times Magazine.

Amal Kassir | Clinton School Presents

Amal Kassir

Interview with Amal Kassir for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Amal Kassir, the daughter of an American mother and a Syrian father, who was raised in Denver but lived for many years in Syria. While living in Syria, she came to understand the suffering of the people there, especially rural farmers and children, while the freedoms she has living in the U.S. has allowed her to become an activist on their behalf. Now a college student in Denver, Kassir attends classes and works at her father’s Syrian restaurant during the week. On the weekends, she tours the United States performing her spoken word poetry at festivals and political rallies. In 2012, she won the Grand Slam prize at the Brave New Voices International Youth Competition for a poem called “Syria.” Her poetry often blends images of simple family pleasures in Syria with the contrasting harsh treatment of government soldiers, and over the last seven years of performing, the theme of Kassir’s poetry has evolved to a call of political and social justice.

Jeff Conyers | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Jeff Conyers for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Jeff Conyers, executive director of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.  Since launching 20 years ago, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the premier early childhood book-gifting program in the world, by mailing over 66 million books in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Currently the program mails over 830,000 specially selected, age appropriate books monthly to registered children from birth to age five.

Red Lines | Clinton School Presents

Mouaz Moustafa and Andrea Kalin

Interview with Mouaz Moustafa and Andrea Kalin for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Mouaz Moustafa and Andrea Kalin. Kalin is the producer and co-director of the documentary Red Lines, which follows Moustafa, the executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force as he advocates on behalf of the pro-democratic movement inside of Syria.

 

 

Brett Hughes | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Brett Hughes for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Brett Hughes, former professional Lacrosse player and co-founder of Lacrosse the Nations which is an organization that uses the lacrosse field as a platform to teach students valuable life skills, health and nutrition education, and offers a scholarship program, while ultimately bringing joy to their lives.

Eric Draper | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Eric Draper for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with former Chief White House Photographer, Eric Draper. From a collection of nearly one million photographs, Draper published Front Row Seat: A Photographic portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush which is a selection of more than 100 hundred images of both the public figure and the private man.

Salamishah Tillet | Clinton School Presents

Salamishah Tillet

Interview with Salamishah Tillet, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Salamishah Tillet, co-founder of A Long Walk Home, Inc., the only organization in the country that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against women and girls. Through national and local programs, multimedia performances, summer and afterschool youth institutes, campus trainings and workshops, ALWH has educated over 100,000 survivors and their allies to build safe communities and end gender violence.

Sharon La Cruise | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with Sharon La Cruise, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Sharon La Cruise, a producer and director, who has worked in television and film for twenty years, both in the corporate and production aspects of the business. In her film, "Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock," Sharon La Cruise tells the story of her seven-year journey to unravel the life of Bates, a civil rights activist who played a key role as an adviser to the Little Rock Nine in the 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School. 

Ben Stone | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Ben Stone for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Ben Stone, president and CEO of Indego Africa, an awawrd winning international fashion and women’s empowerment social enterprise that connects artisans in Rwanda with export markets and education. Indego Africa is committed to accountability and transparency, and focused on business systems and measurable impact, helping more than 400 Rwandan women in just 3 years.

Eric Overmyer | Clinton School Presents

Eric Overmyer

Interview with Eric Overmyer, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Eric Overmyer, co-creator of the award winning HBO show Treme, in August 2010 recapping the first season of the show and this is an excerpt from that interview. The show’s title refers to an historic New Orleans neighborhood, known for its rich culture, that continues to fight for revival following Hurricane Katrina.