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Ruma Kumar spent six months researching how Shelby County Schools used $90 million in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mostly, it paid for teacher training, evaluations, a streamlined hiring process and crucial data. Results have been varied, but overall promising. A 1-year extension on the grant will preserve this expensive training model for now. But with Shelby County Schools facing a major deficit, the district may have to reconsider the costs of training a better teaching staff.

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The world of 1616 was a world of motion. Enormous galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific created the first true global economy, and the first international corporations were emerging as economic powers.

Thanks to computers and synthesizers, today’s musicians have countless ways to create instrumental sounds. Two Memphis musicians are now planning a concert using one of the first electronic keyboards to replicate real instruments – the Mellotron. Take a listen to this technological marvel of early modern music.

Bacon and Bourbon

Apr 12, 2016

Both are Southern staples and both bring great pleasure to the palate …. so why not bring the two together?

It might be hard to imagine a time when ice was a luxury item. But for such times were made silver bowls like this one, found in the permanent collection of the Brooks Museum of Art. On this week's Culture Desk, curator Stanton Thomas describes this serving dish's unique significance in a Southern home. 

Grab a mini-workout

Apr 5, 2016

If your work/ life balance does not give you much time for exercise, consider planning your workout in smaller segments during the day.

Get F.I.T.T.

Apr 5, 2016

You have been working out consistently, but you are not seeing the results you want.

Jennifer Chandler

Le Bon Appetit. One of my favorite food events in town.  

Christopher Blank

Will the General Assembly fund a $90 million new home for more than 200 years of state records? Or will librarians and archivists have to find another way to manage an impending overflow?

Jennifer Chandler

This Thursday March 31 is National Clam Day!