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Communication professor Shook selected as storyteller for Tales from the South

May 1, 2014
By cnp
Posted in Communication Studies

Dr. Rhonda Shook, assistant professor of communication, was recently selected as a storyteller for Tales from the South, a world-wide radio show featuring Southern writers.

Tales from the South features memoirs and true stories written and read by Southerners. The show is syndicated by World Radio Network and reaches approximately 130 million listeners worldwide.

Shook, who is also a playwright, was selected to be a reader as part of the Annual Mother’s Show. She read a memoir titled "Genetics," which she said was inspired by her own mother.

"My mother has an obsession with preserving family history. ‘Genetics’ is an essay I wrote in response to that obsession," Shook said. "I find it oddly appropriate that Tales from the South selected it for their Annual Mother’s Show."

Shook recorded her reading April 29 at the Starving Artist Café in North Little Rock. She has long been a fan of the show and was excited to be included.

"My husband and I have been fans of this show for quite a while, and we enjoy being audience members at the Starving Artist Café," Shook said. "It was interesting to see Tales from the South from the other side of the microphone."

The podcast from the Annual Mother’s Show will be available May 14. For more information, visit