Muhammad Mahdi Karim

The Shelby County Health Department has confirmed the third case of the Zika virus in the Mid-South, though more infections are suspected due to vacationers returning from the Caribbean and Central America. Click this story for more.

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On this week's Mid-south Education report, school closings may save money, but they also affect communities in unexpected ways. Chalkbeat Tennessee community editor Caroline Bauman  explains why two recent closings could have long-term repercussions for Shelby County Schools.

The University of North Carolina Press / Bill Ferris

As the author or editor of many books and at least 15 documentary films, Bill Ferris has long been helping us to reflect on Southern culture. Dr. Jonathan Judaken discusses the history of the South with Dr. Bill Ferris in a fascinating interview.

Eat like a Toddler

Jul 27, 2016

Nutritionist Nicolette Pace states babies have a natural rhythm when it comes to eating that adults lose at some point.


Ok, we all know how good Memphis water is to drink on its own … and for making delicious local beers.

On today's Culture Desk, Brooks Museum curator Stanton Thomas talks about this "Moon and Moss" vase from Newcomb Pottery in New Orleans. Though these vases ceased to be made in 1940, the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College continued to exist until 2005, when Hurricane Katrina forced Tulane University to dissolve the school during its rebuilding process. Listen below for more.

Tips on Aging Well

Jul 20, 2016

Aging is a part of life and although this process may present challenges, there are some things that are in your control.

Jennifer Chandler

For the scoop on this famous summer cocktail, I turned to Harold Cook, bartender extraordinaire at Sweetgrass Restaurant.

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Vincent Astor didn't like smoky bars. But in the 1970s, that's where Memphis' gay community met up. He knew that to create a more tolerant city, he'd first have to be out and outspoken himself. Thus began his decades-long activism in the local gay rights movement. Along the way, he stashed away thousands of cultural documents, which are now available for viewing at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.


If the name Richard Halliburton rings a bell, it could be because the bell tower at Rhodes College is dedicated to his memory. Or maybe it's because you're a fan of 20th Century travel writing. In the 1920s and '30s, Halliburton barnstormed the world, climbed mountains and swam treacherous waters. But a new biography by Cathryn J. Prince reveals another side of the famous adventurer -- one he carefully hid from the public.