Chewing The Fat

June 22, 2017Doors open at 6pmShow starts at 7pm

Performing: Rex Nelson & Paul Austin of the popular Chewing the Fat Podcast Music by The Wildflower Revue Food by Green Cuisine $35/ticket Location:The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse301 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

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Love stories that center around food? Well, then this is one potluck you aren't going to want to miss. From hilarious encounters at familiar Arkansas haunts, to rollicking escapades in holes-in-the-wall, Rex Nelson and Paul Austin bring their popular Chewing the Fat Podcast banter to the Potluck and Poison Ivy stage for the first time. About Chewing the Fat Podcast Chewing the Fat with Rex & Paul is a CALS and Butler Center for Arkansas Studies podcast featuring Rex Nelson, Head of Corporate Communications for Simmons Bank and who writes the food blog, Southern Fried, and Paul Austin, Executive Director of the Arkansas Humanities Council. Rex and Paul get together each week to talk about Arkansas food, festivals, and folks.

Rex Nelson of Little Rock, one of the state’s most high-profile writers and speakers, has had a long career in journalism, government and public affairs. He has been honored through the years by organizations as varied as the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, the Arkansas Municipal League, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism and the Arkansas chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission named Nelson the 2016 Rural Advocate of the Year for the state of Arkansas. Nelson is viewed as an expert on Southern history, culture and politics. He writes a weekly column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the state’s largest newspaper, and is the author of the popular Southern Fried blog at His feature stories regularly appear in magazines across the region. Nelson was the political editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette during Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign for president and during Clinton’s first term. Nelson was a constant presence on radio and television shows nationwide to discuss the Clinton administration. He wrote the first full-length biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton, “The Hillary Factor,” which was released in 1993. Nelson earlier had served as the Washington bureau chief and the assistant sports editor of the Arkansas Democrat.

Paul S. Austin is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, holds a BA in Political Science from Arkansas State University and an MPA from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. He was the Executive Director of the American Indian Center of Arkansas for twenty four years and in that capacity served as the founding director of the National Trail of Tears Association. He is currently working on a book transcribing and annotating letters from missionaries to the Cherokees at the time of removal. Since 2008 Paul has served as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas's affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The AHC is a grant making organization supporting humanities projects in Arkansas. Paul and his wife the former Jan Linda Gervasini of Helena live in Little Rock.