John Klyce Minervini


8:36 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Tales from the Pen, Music from the Heart

At Prison Stories, inmates gather in a circle of cheap plastic chairs to discuss reading assignments and share stories from their lives.

In exploring the emotionally scarred lives of women prisoners, playwright and preacher Elaine Blanchard creates harmony from tales of discord. 

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7:30 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Making Biofuels from Panda... What?

As one of the Memphis Zoo's two giant pandas, Ya Ya always attracts a big crowd. Now she's helping researchers at Mississippi State University produce a next-generation biofuel.
Credit The Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo got a new ten-year lease on two giant pandas. Meanwhile, researchers got a new lease on finding a new source of fuel. Hint: it starts out as bamboo.

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7:30 am
Wed November 27, 2013

A Novel in 30 Days? Join the Club.

Tommy O'Leary is writing a novel about a big-city consultant who inherits a small-town diner and falls for one of his employees.
Credit John Klyce Minervini

Local scribes take part in an annual writing marathon to dash off a novel in 30 days. Can they do it?

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Shelby Farms
7:30 am
Fri November 1, 2013

A Road Through Shelby Farms: 30 Years in the Making

Woodland Discovery Playground is part of an ambitious new master plan for Shelby Farms Park. Next on the agenda is the Heart of the Park, an ambitious roster of improvements slated for Summer 2014.
Credit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

On a cloudy Wednesday morning at Shelby Farms, Woodland Discovery Playground is quite the scene. Kids chase each other through a winding steel trellis, and everyone seems to be having a good time. But driving to the park is another story.

Faith Weber was at the slides with her two-year-old, Parker.

“I come to the park usually in the mornings or the early afternoons,” says Weber, “because the traffic at rush hour is so bad that we don’t even try.”

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Civil Rights
7:30 am
Mon October 28, 2013

The Idea that Prevented a Strike and Changed a City

Now 73 years old, Jocelyn Wurzburg is proud of what she was able to achieve in 1969. But she says Americans must remain vigilant, or they risk losing what she and the Concerned Women of Memphis fought so hard for.
Credit John Klyce Minervini

Today, in Nashville, Memphian Jocelyn Wurzburg will be inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame. As a longtime champion for civil rights, her resume begins with a sensible idea during a pivotal moment in Memphis history.

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