Large Protests, Baby Blimp Greet Trump In London And The U.K.

A baby blimp mocking President Trump floated over London on Friday, an emblem of protests that are expected to draw thousands of people who are angry with the American president's policies and his views of the U.K. The protests had been expected and promised — and after Trump arrived in England on Thursday, the flames were fanned anew, thanks to an interview with a tabloid in which he gave scathing critiques of Prime Minister Theresa May, his host for the visit between allies. A large-scale...

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Smoothie Bowls are just what the name implies … smoothies in a bowl!


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The year 1968 may not hold many great connotations for Memphians who lived through it. The death of Martin Luther King, Jr. would leave an indelible mark on the city and its inhabitants forever. But in the wake of that tragedy, a group of citizens came together to find a solution to poverty and racial division. The Memphis Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) was founded in September of that year. 

 

With more than 27 concerts to choose from this year, the Levitt Shell's free music series paves a lot of groove over a small patch of Overton Park grass. Music of all genres and regions, even from Yemen, will be heard beginning May 31st through July 15th. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Cindy Cogbill, director of programming and marketing, talks to WKNO about some of the highlights of the summer line-up. So take a listen and mark those calendars! 

 

Voices of the South

Live music, a silent auction, and a petting-zoo musical are all on the line-up for the 13th Annual Memphis Children's Theatre Festival, hosted by Voices of the South.

The popular Memorial Day weekend event kicks off 6 p.m. Friday at Rhodes Collage and runs through Saturday afternoon. 

VOTS Jenny Madden and Alice Berry discuss this year's lineup with Kacky Walton.

 


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It's the question that usually follows "Does Shelby County need universal pre-k?" 

How to pay for it.

The solution could require a combination of public and private dollars. This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, the efforts to expand pre-k are discussed by some of the major proponents. Joining host Eric Barnes is Kathy Buckman Gibson with Seeding Success; Mike Carpenter, executive director for TQEE; and city councilman Kemp Conrad. They are joined by Bill Dries, senior reporter at the Memphis Daily News. 

Innovative gardens are flourishing in Memphis' historic Cooper Young neighborhood. Also growing: the number of people wanting to check them out. 

The 3rd Annual Cooper Young Garden Walk offers greenthumbs and garden geeks a chance to see what's sproutin' on Saturday and Sunday (May 19 & 20). 

A total of 89 gardens—more than double the amount from the first year—are open for perusal. This year's theme is native plants in an urban setting. 

 

Once more jumping from the television screen to the pages, WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines host Eric Barnes has come out with another novel The City Where We Once Lived. The book depicts an abandoned city where people choose to live. It's divided by the north and south end; as the novel unfolds readers learn the history of the city as well as the complicated, dark past of the characters. A prequel, Above the Ether, is set to be released in March 2019.

 

Melissa Cookston

With the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest this weekend, we have to talk about barbecue!


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This week on WKNO-FM's Behind the Headlines, Memphis journalists take a look at the results of the recent primaries and what they have in store for the August election. Also on the roundtable discussion: Graceland's plan for expansion and its ongoing legal disputes with the city and the Grizzlies. Finally, an update on the city council. Host Eric Barnes is joined by Ryan Poe of the Commercial Appeal, Toby Sells of the Memphis Flyer, Karanja Ajanaku of the New Tri-State Defender and Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News

The arts are as essential as English and math, or so the statistics say. Here's one: students in the arts are four times more likely to earn academic honors.

That's why this Saturday (May 12), Shelby County Schools is highlighting over 900 student performers and nearly a thousand pieces of student artwork from more than 150 different Schools.  

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Protests in Chicago escalated on Saturday night, becoming a tense clash between demonstrators and police over the fatal shooting of a man on the city's South Side.

The Chicago Tribune described a chaotic scene:

France is the champion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, besting Croatia by 4 goals to 2.

France entered the tournament as a favorite, powered by stars such as Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, while Croatia was seen as a longshot for victory.

"We are world champions and France are going to be on top of the world for next four years," French coach Didier Deschamps said after the game. He called the tournament a "beautiful celebration of football."

Novak Djokovic won the Wimbledon men's singles title for the fourth time on Sunday, defeating South African's Kevin Anderson.

It wasn't a short championship for either competitor – on Friday in the semi-finals Kevin Anderson and John Isner played a remarkable six and a half hour match. That marathon match, in turn, forced Djokovic to play Rafael Nadal over the course of two days, and delayed the women's finals.

President Trump has said he has "low expectations" ahead of a summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, and added that he sees the European Union as a "foe" of the U.S.

He made the comments in an interview with CBS that aired on Face the Nation, during a visit to Europe that has tested relations with some of the U.S.'s most important allies.

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To Address HIV Prevention In Black Churches, Pastors Sidestep Gay Issues

Hear the radio version of this story More black churches in the Nashville area are participating in the annual Day of Unity this weekend, in which they agree to address HIV prevention from the pulpit. But many pastors sidestep the issue of gay relationships.

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Downtown Jonesboro BBQ & Music Festival Plans Announced

The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission’s Downtown Jonesboro BBQ and Music festival announced plans for their 10 th annual event. The Festival will include two nights of music this year with FUEL performing Friday night September 28 th and SmashMouth performing Saturday September 29 th on the Ritter Communications Stage. FUEL is an American rock band formed in 1994 known for their hit songs " Shimmer ," “ Hemorrhage (In My Hands) ," " Bad Day ” and “ Innocence ”. The band has sold...

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