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Busy Bees

You may think they're pesky, but honeybees are absolutely invaluable to farms and gardens... and I've decided to raise some myself!

This episode of the P. Allen Smith Radio Show is dedicated to the busiest bees, honeybees. First I'll speak with Larry Kichler, President of the Central Arkansas Beekeepers Association. He's been keeping bees for many years and has some great insight into the benefit of bees to a garden as well as our health, urban vs. rural beekeeping, and some honey and bee products that you can't live without. Then, I'll be joined by Mark Stoll, apiary manager of the Arkansas State Plant Board to discuss the exciting development of bees on my farm. He'll share information on colony collapse disorder and how this year's drought is affecting hives, and we'll wrap things up by discussing the nitty gritty- earning state approval, getting a plant board's inspection, and the history of the honeybee in America. Don't miss out, this show will be as sweet as honey!

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  • Honeybees, beekeeping
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Got a question? Email me at pasradio@pallensmith.com, or call 501-747-9345.

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State of Drought

Keeping your garden green is hard work any time of the year, but especially when we're dealing with a drought as severe as the one Arkansas is seeing. This week on the P. Allen Smith Show we're talking about the drought, its effects, and how the state of Arkansas is dealing with it.

Today I'm joined by a whole crew of drought-related experts. I'll speak with Joe Fox from the Arkansas Forestry Commission about local volunteer firefighters and the federal "Firewise" program. I'll also chat with Mike Borengasser, a state climatologist, about surface and ground water, water resource management, and the drought taskforce COCORAHS. In keeping with the theme, John Lewis, a meteorologist and senior forecaster, will join me to discuss drought history and why an early spring, below average rainfall, and record heat have combined into a powerful trio. And we'll close things out with a discussion on the local impact of this drought - Jody Hardin, co-founder & manager of Argenta Market & Former President of the Arkansas Farmer's Market Association will share how the farmer's market is being impacted, but also how the grass and hay shortage are affecting livestock in the area.

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Zoo Appreciation

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! This week I went wild with the Little Rock Zoo.

The Little Rock Zoo is home to a myriad of animals, and I spent the day visiting some of the more spectacular critters with Susan Altrui, Director of Marketing and Development. In this episode of the P. Allen Smith show, let me tell you about the zoo's history as well as its future, and what events and attractions the zoo has for you. We'll also talk about the animals themselves- feeding, care, and their interaction with others as well as that all-too-important term conservation.

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Got a question? Email me at pasradio@pallensmith.com, or call 501-747-9345.

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Southern Culture

Front porches, sweet tea, hospitality... What does Southern Culture mean to you? We're talking about The South and all her intricacies in this broadcast of the P. Allen Smith Show.

Today, I'm joined by Warwick Sabin, publisher of the Oxford American Literary Magazine as we discuss our home, "The South." We'll talk about southern culture, entertaining, and hospitality, and we'll learn more about the magazine and it's new ventures. Then we'll share a favorite southern recipe- a pineapple sandwich, perfect for a hot summer day.

Show Topics:
  • Southern Culture, Southern Cuisine, The Oxford American
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Got a question? Email me at pasradio@pallensmith.com, or call 501-747-9345.

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Celebrate Independence

How are you celebrating the Fourth of July? We're talking Independence Day traditions in this broadcast of the P. Allen Smith Show.

It’'s hot and dry at the Moss Mountain Farm Garden Home so we won't be shooting any fireworks, but we can sure talk about them! In this broadcast I'll speak with a licensed firework pyrotechnician, Michele Raney from the Arkansas Queen Riverboat, and get the low down on grilling the best burgers. Plus, I'll share you some festive decoration ideas and a great summer burger recipe.

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Guests:
  • Rex McDaniel – Rex is a licensed firework pyrotechnician in Little Rock, Arkansas and owner of Pyro Sky Art, which puts on firework displays for parties and events.
  • Scott McGhee – Chef and owner of Big Orange restaurant, specializing in gourmet burgers, milkshakes and sweet potato fries.
  • Michele Raney – Director of Sales for the Arkansas Queen Riverboat.

Got a question? Email me at pasradio@pallensmith.com, or call 501-747-9345.

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Q&A with Allen

A whole show dedicated to answering the listener's questions.

Allen answers questions that range from gardening, animal and pest tips. He also talks food and tells us what his favorite cooker recipe is.

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Farm Living

Do you have what it takes to be a farmer? Find out in this broadcast of the P. Allen Smith Show.

Farm living isn't for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of back muscles and brains. In this broadcast of the P. Allen Smith Show meet Arkansas farmer Jim Carroll as well as two students who are getting post graduate degrees in agriculture related fields.

Guests:
  • Jim Carroll – Jim is a 4th generation farmer in Monroe County, Arkansas. He's also a member of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board and The United Soybean Board.
  • Kimberly Cochran – ASPB Fellowship recipient pursuing a Ph.D in Plant Sciences.
  • Faye Smith – ASPB Fellowship recipient in the University of Arkansas master's degree program in crop, soil and environmental sciences.

Got a question? Email me at pasradio@pallensmith.com, or call 501-747-9345.

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Father’s Day!

Father's Day is June 17th. We've got some great gift ideas in this week's broadcast of The P. Allen Smith Show.

Golf, barbeque and fishing are hot topics around Father's Day and we'll cover them all in today's show. Plus here from the Man on the Street about great gift ideas and memorable moments with dear old dad.

Guests:
  • Jay Carnes - Grounds Superintendent at Rebsamen Golf Course
  • Mike "Sarge" Davis - Owner of The Whole Hog Café
  • Steve "Wildman" Wilson - Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Got a question? Email me at pasradio@pallensmith.com, or call 501-747-9345.

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Gateway to the West

This week I visit St. Louis to learn about all the good things going on in Missouri's second largest city.

This broadcast is focused on St. Louis activities. Hear from a park interpreter at the Gateway Arch and visit Union Station. Then come with me to Busch Stadium to get lawn care tips from the head grounds keeper and a food critic shares a recipe for a St. Louis treat - Gooey Butter Cake.This broadcast is focused on St. Louis activities. Hear from a park interpreter at the Gateway Arch and visit Union Station. Then come with me to Busch Stadium to get lawn care tips from the head grounds keeper and a food critic shares a recipe for a St. Louis treat - Gooey Butter Cake.

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Chicken Chat!

On this broadcast of the P. Allen Smith Radio Show I'll tell you why and how to raise chickens in your backyard.

This week's show focus is chickens! While in St. Louis a few weeks back I visited my friend Bill Ruppert about backyard chicken coops and participated in a round table discussion with fellow poultry lovers. Listen to our conversation plus receive a recipe for deviled eggs.

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  • Bill Ruppert - Chicken enthusiasts and head of the Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis.

Got a question? Email me at pasradio@pallensmith.com, or call 501-747-9345.

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