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‘Arts and Letters Radio’ Highlighted Among Top Social Science Podcasts in the World

Brad Minnick and Mary Ellen Kubit

The popular program “Arts & Letters Radio” broadcast on UA Little Rock Public Radio has been recognized as one of the top social science podcasts in the world.

Feedspot named “Arts & Letters” 14th on its list of the 35 best social science podcasts worth listening to in 2023. Feedspot selected the top podcasts from thousands of podcasts on the web and ranked them by traffic, social media followers, domain authority, and freshness.

“‘Arts & Letters Radio’ is really excited to be a part of this extensive list of the best social science podcasts,” said J. Bradley Minnick, executive producer and host. “This list features podcasts from all over the world, including Australia, England, Singapore, India, Canada, and Ireland. It makes us feel proud to see Little Rock represented. We are especially proud to be recognized for history, psychology, communication, philosophy, ecology, and cultural studies content.”

“Arts & Letters Radio” is a program celebrating contemporary arts, humanities, and social sciences, with an emphasis on authentic Southern voices. The show, now in its ninth season, is funded by the Arkansas Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from listeners.

The Arts & Letters Radio team includes Minnick, also a professor of English at UA Little Rock, Mary Ellen Kubit, producer and story editor, Joseph Fuller, sound production, and Sam Gregory, audience engagement. Episodes feature author readings, interviews,  music, sound effects, and actors.

The program can be streamed on, NPR One, the NPR Podcast page, and on over 17 podcast platforms including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Audible, Amazon Music, Podbean, Player FM, and iHeart Radio. The next episode will air in June and will feature the “Book of Extraordinary Tragedies” by Joe Meno.