On the Line

A biweekly podcast from the Texarkana Gazette. Host Karl Richter talks with some of the most interesting people in Texarkana USA. Recorded in the Texarkana Gazette's Starbear Studio.

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November 22, 2022 00:30:25
April Matthis: From Texarkana to Broadway

April Matthis: From Texarkana to Broadway

April Matthis has earned a place on the list of most acclaimed artists from Texarkana. Born and raised on the Texas side, she has honed her craft as an actor for more than two decades. It paid off with two Obie Awards for her off-Broadway work, and now she is making her Broadway debut. Matthis plays Grace in “The Piano Lesson,” August Wilson’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. She is part of an A-list cast that includes Danielle Brooks, John David Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. She and Karl talked about her memories of Texarkana, her path to success, her part in the play and more. Related story: Texarkana native April Matthis debuts on Broadway ...

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November 10, 2022 00:16:52
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Special Report: Taylor Parker death penalty

Gazette reporter Lori Dunn shares details and her impressions of the sentencing of convicted murderer Taylor Parker. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, a Bowie County jury took only an hour and fifteen minutes to impose the death penalty. Parker killed Reagan Simmons Hancock on Oct. 9, 2020, and cut her unborn daughter, Braxlynn, from her womb. ...

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November 07, 2022 00:25:20
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ALEXANDER COLD CASE: Carla Lewis, childhood friend of victims

In today's episode, we continue our look at the 1981 murders of 14-year-old Karen Alexander and her brother, 13-year-old Gordon Alexander, in Texarkana, Arkansas. Gazette reporter Mallory Wyatt joined Karl to talk with Carla Lewis, who as a child knew the Alexanders. Carla shared her memories of her friends and learning they had been killed. She talked about how the crime continues to affect her and most importantly, made a plea for anyone with information to come forward. If you know anything that could help crack the case, we urge you to call the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department's criminal investigation division at 903-798-3130. ...

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October 21, 2022 00:13:04
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Special Report: Taylor Parker punishment phase, week 1

Karl and Gazette reporter Lori Dunn recap testimony in the first five days of the punishment phase of Taylor Parker's trial. Parker, 29, was found guilty of capital murder Oct. 3, 2022, for killing Reagan Michelle Hancock, 21, and cutting her infant daughter, Braxlynn Sage Hancock, from the womb Oct. 9, 2020 in New Boston, Texas. The prosecution is asking for the death penalty, while the defense is arguing for life in prison. ...

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October 19, 2022 00:19:38
"Rocky Horror" superfan Larry Viezel

"Rocky Horror" superfan Larry Viezel

Larry Viezel has been passionate about “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” for three decades and is president of the Official Fan Club. He and Karl talked about the show's history, cast, music and what's made it so special to generations of fans. Texarkana's Perot Theatre will present “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. LINKS Tickets: "Rocky Horror" at the Perot "The Rocky Horror Treasury: A Tribute to the Ultimate Cult Classic" ...

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October 11, 2022 00:35:22
Kristina Rivas-Jones, 100 Families Alliance

Kristina Rivas-Jones, 100 Families Alliance

Kristina Rivas-Jones is director of 100 Families Alliance, a new project of the Literacy Council of Miller and Bowie Counties. 100 Families seeks to coordinate services available to families in crisis — and as you'll hear, there are already some local success stories. Gazette reporter Mallory Wyatt joined Karl in talking to Kristina about how 100 Families works, why she felt called to take on the job, how her personal background prepared her for it, and more. LINKS 100 Families on Literacy Council website 100 Families on Facebook ...

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