Eleanor Boudreau


I love living in Memphis, but I'm not from the city. I grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I spent many hours at a highly tender age listening to NPR as my parents crisscrossed that city in their car, running errands. I don't amuse myself by musing about the purity of destiny, but I have seriously wondered how different my life would be if my parents preferred classic rock instead of Car Talk.

I studied English at Harvard then spent a year dry-cleaning and writing poems. I went back to school because of my love for public radio journalism and got a master's in broadcast journalism from Columbia University.

I never seriously considered T.V. or print. I love conversation above images, or even words. I spent a summer working as an intern on NPR's opinions and editorials. When it came time to find a job, I mailed a slim envelop from D.C. to WKNO. Inside was a CD. I passed a breezy lunch break sitting in some grass, chatting with Candice and Dan on my cell-phone and when my internship was over, I drove halfway across the country. The rest, as they say, is history -- or, at the very least, it's archived on WKNO-FM's website.

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All sides in the lawsuit agreed to waive their right to a jury trial and let U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays decide the case by himself.

Now that the courtroom phase of the trial is over, it will be up to Mays to decide whether or not the suburbs outside of Memphis can open their own municipal school districts. If he decides that they can, then it will also up to him to decide when.


Income at Memphis-based shipping giant FedEx is down $5 million, about 1 percent less than last year. The first quarter of FedEx’s fiscal year ended August 31. The company announced earnings for that quarter during a phone call this morning and lowered its projections for the rest of the year.

To explain this, FedEx founder Fred Smith pointed to the FedEx Express division. Income at FedEx Express fell 28 percent.

Mayors of 41 cities and towns along the Mississippi River met in St. Louis today to discuss how they can better address the tribulations the river brings their way. The mayors were from as far North as St. Cloud, Minnesota and as far South as Vidalia, Louisiana and they all saw record drought this year and record flooding last year.

Any disruption to traffic along the Mississippi costs big bucks. Oil, gas and grain that total about a quarter of the nation’s gross domestic product move along the river.

Dwight Carter

The six-foot tall Maya Angelou wore an off-white gown, a long pearl necklace, and sunglasses on the stage of the Cannon Center. Angelou was in Memphis to help raise money and awareness for Agape Child & Family Services.

Countywide school board member Kenneth Whalum is contesting the results of the August 2 election. Whalum lost his District 4 school board seat in that election to Kevin Woods by a narrow margin, only 108 votes. But Whalum says the results would have been different if the Shelby County Election Commission hadn’t made mistakes. He filed a lawsuit against the commission today.

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If you're a vegetarian and you've ever eaten at a sporting event, it’s likely you relied on nachos drizzled with fake cheese for sustenance. But the surprisingly hearty vegetarian options at the Redbirds baseball stadium in downtown Memphis include a veggie dog, a spicy black-bean burger, a Caesar salad wrap, creamy pasta, a seven layer dip, fresh fruit cups, and freshly baked cookies.

In a suite overlooking the diamond, Erik Proveaux talked with his mouth full of black-bean burger, “That’s actually really good. I mean, at face value that’s tasty.”

Memphis-based shipping-giant FedEx is considered to be a bellwether of the global economy because it ships a cornucopia of goods all around the world. The voluntary buyouts for some FedEx Express employees are part of  larger cost-cutting efforts at the company.

In a story that is now legendary, FedEx founder Fred Smith argued for the need for reliable, overnight delivery in a term paper he wrote at Yale. Smith built his company, which raked in $42.7 billion last year, on that idea.

Tennessee’s new Achievement School District kicked off the year with a party. In the parking lot beside Frayser Elementary School, kids danced, slid on slides, and bounced in inflated houses. There was even a rock-climbing wall and laser-tag.

Suburbanites who want municipal school districts celebrated last night.

The results of yesterday’s election are in. Residents in all six of the suburbs outside of Memphis voted to create separate school systems rather than join a merged Memphis and Shelby County School district in 2013.

Residents in Millington voted to form a municipal school district, but did not pass the ½ sales tax increase to pay for it.

Political Science Professor at the University of Memphis Michelle Bliss lives in state House District 93, where two incumbent state representatives are squaring off. Mike Kernell has been in the state legislature for more than 30 years, but he’s fighting for his party’s nomination against fellow Democrat G.A. Hardaway. It’s the kind of contest that could be decided by a few hundred votes and Bliss wanted to weigh in, but the race that popped up on her ballot was House District 98.

“And I immediately went, ‘Excuse me, I have a problem.’” Bliss said.