The Man And The Mistakes That 'Invented Rock 'n' Roll'

Sam Phillips, founder of the label Sun Records, didn't care much about making flawless recordings. Instead, the man who discovered Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison and a host of others rejected perfection in favor of spontaneity and individuality."Sam would say, 'I hate that word, perfection. It should be banned from the English language,'" music writer Peter Guralnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "He didn't care about the mistakes; he...
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WKNO Features

The Gift of Good Health

Nov 25, 2015

As the holidays approach, it is more important than ever to manage a healthy work/life balance.

Jennifer Chandler

It’s a dilemma we all face each year … “What to do with all that leftover turkey?!”

Today is another Election Day in Memphis, a run-off for five city council seats in districts 2,3,4,5 and 7. Even in smaller elections like this one, polls must be manned. That draws a dedicated group of workers year after year, many of whom do the job out of civic pride (and a little money.)

Vietnam veteran Doug Bradley and college professor Craig Werner examine the tunes that both united and divided American GIs during the Vietnam War.

Jennifer Chandler

Have you ever had a fried turkey?


Is it ever too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving?

Put it out!

Nov 4, 2015

The Great American Smoke Out is celebrated on the third Thursday in November.

Coffee evolves

Nov 3, 2015
Relevant Roasters

Over a delicious cup of Café au Lait the other morning, I sat down with Jimmy Lewis, the founder of Relevant Roasters, to talk about the evolution of the coffee industry.

The Game is a Foot

Oct 28, 2015

What comes to mind when you hear: Jimmy Choo, Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik?

Jay Adkin

This year, scare up some Halloween fun at dinnertime.



Tennessee Refugees Draw Hundreds of Supporters to Nashville Rally

Hear the radio version of this story.Tennessee’s refugees attracted hundreds of supporters to Legislative Plaza in Nashville on Monday night. It’s the same place where some lawmakers have called for a halt to refugee resettlements, but that idea drew boos from the crowd of about 300.
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200 Homeless Eat Early Thanksgiving Dinner At Little Rock Baptist Church

About 200 homeless and hungry Arkansans had a Thanksgiving meal Tuesday at Saint Mark’s Baptist Church in Little Rock.A church band played while guests ate Thanksgiving lunch.Volunteers handed out winter clothes."The survival kits consist of blankets, backpacks, sleeping bags for those who are out in the elements,hand warmers, gloves, hats and scarves," saidShayla McCullough, who works in outreach at the church.Bernard Baker says he came for the Thanksgiving meal. He said he’s retired, lives...
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