On 4/20, Chuck Schumer To Introduce Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana

Politics isn't always red or blue. Lately, it has been green. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America. Schumer's legislation would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under a 1970 law that classifies marijuana as dangerous as heroin for legal and regulatory purposes. It...

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Fifty years ago, on March 28, 1968, a photo taken during the Memphis sanitation workers strike came to embody a more universal struggle.

Of all the pictures taken by civil rights photographer Ernest Withers over more than 50 years, the group of striking sanitation workers remains his ultimate image, saturated with hope and despair, a symbol of every struggle where the goal is basic human dignity. But the story behind the picture — later found to be one of deception and surveillance — has, for some, provided more sinister backdrop to the iconic image.

Brooks Museum Curator Marina Pacini and University of Memphis English Professor Donal Harris discuss details of the upcoming Seeing Civil Rights Symposium.


The Memphis Protest to Curb Gun Violence

Mar 25, 2018
Savannah Smith, WKNO-FM

About 1,500 people of all ages and backgrounds gathered in Downtown Memphis Saturday morning to stand with victims of recent gun violence.

The event, part of the March for Our Lives movement, was organized by local students who said they were answering a call to action from the survivors of last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. 


For years, Judge Larry Potter, recently retired, was the last word in code enforcement. As the man who started Shelby County's Environmental Court decades ago, his gavel ruled on all that is aesthetic -- from overgrown lawns to rat infestations. This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, Judge Potter discusses the court's role with host Eric Barnes and Memphis Daily News reporter Bill Dries. 

Joseph Killeen

She's been called a "sensation" by Billboard magazine and "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin," by The New York Times.

A Great War Remembered in Tennessee Mementos

Mar 21, 2018
Savannah Smith, WKNO-FM

A century ago, when America was pulled into World War I (1914-1918), many Tennesseans joined the fighting in Europe. They returned with treasured souvenirs, letters, gifts and mementos, many of which would be handed down to their descendants. For the past two years, the Tennessee State Library and Archives has been traveling across Tennessee, photographing and cataloguing memorabilia.


Timothy Huebner

On a downtown Memphis street corner, a historic marker placed in 1955 notes the former home of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. It also says that he engaged in certain "business enterprises" that made him wealthy. Timothy Huebner says a new marker nearby will add a much-needed clarification to that citation.

Sunday Suppers

Mar 20, 2018
Sunday Suppers

Cynthia Graubart is one of my favorite cookbook authors.

On this week's WKNO's Behind the Headlines, U.S. Attorney for Western Tennessee, Michael Dunavant, discusses his new role after being appointed by President Trump, including approaches to violent crime, gangs, the opioid epidemic and immigration. Host Eric Barnes is also joined by Bill Dries, senior reporter for the Memphis Daily News.

Jennifer Chandler

Today is National Chicken Noodle Soup day!


Gina Haspel, the first woman nominated to lead the CIA, has a five-foot-tall poster of Johnny Cash in her office. She's an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan — though she transferred from that school and graduated from the rival University of Louisville. She majored in journalism.

A few months ago, I wrote a check for $12,000 but couldn't figure out exactly why.

The payment was to secure a place for my mother at Sligo Creek Center, in Takoma Park, Md. It's a nursing home and rehab center owned by Genesis Healthcare.

My mother was about to be discharged from Holy Cross Hospital, in nearby Silver Spring, after a fall. Medicare wouldn't pay for her rehabilitation care.

Africa's last absolute monarch has marked his country's 50th birthday with a rather unconventional gift: a different name. During Golden Jubilee celebrations Thursday, King Mswati III announced that from this point henceforth, the land formerly known as Swaziland is now to be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is levying a $1 billion fine against Wells Fargo — a record for the agency — in punishment for the banking giant's actions in its mortgage and auto loan businesses.

Wells Fargo's "conduct caused and was likely to cause substantial injury to consumers," the agency said in its filings about the bank.

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Tennessee Lawmakers Vote To Protect Students, Teachers From Penalties After Latest TNReady Problems

Hear the radio version of this story. Tennessee lawmakers have approved a measure meant to protect students, teachers and schools from being penalized for irregularities in this year's TNReady test. Both chambers of the state legislature swiftly passed the legislation this afternoon, just days after a suspected cyberattack caused computerized tests to shut down.

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March For Science Scheduled For Saturday In Little Rock

Hear the report by KUARs David Monteith. Advocates for using science and data to drive policy decisions plan to take their concerns to the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol Saturday. The second annual March for Science happened in many states, including the nation’s Capitol, a week ago on April 14. Arkansas Sierra Club Executive Director Glenn Hooks says each march relates to the environmental issues in that state. "Right here in Arkansas we’re looking at everything from chronic wasting...

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