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Memphis loves its holiday traditions. But there's something special about this year's "Peter Pan" at Playhouse on the Square. For one, it's the 25th time the company has staged the production. But for another, now's just a very good time for kids to remind us that... well... that there's hope. Take a listen:


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When finding new words to describe business transactions goes awry, it could lead to a very antagonistic doctor visit. Let's rein in the pompous verbosity.

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Newsweek Magazine reported that 40 percent of apparel bought online is returned. And 60 percent of returns are size problems. What's the deal with varying companies using different measurements for "the same size?" 


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Many Memphians collaborated on the "fun" political documentary "Best of Enemies," says Commercial Appeal film critic John Beifuss.  


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Displays and lighting make a big difference in retail. By simply making slight changes, most companies can improve sales and foot traffic. 


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Does it really take a study for us to know that TV commercials sometimes annoy consumers, or that commercials are sometimes ignored? Apparently, yes. 


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There is only one reason to publish a new dictionary: to sell more dictionaries. The purpose of a dictionary is to keep up with changes in the language: whatever new words people are using, correctly or incorrectly. 


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The Beale Street Music Festival's 2015 line up is top-heavy with younger, hotter acts, says music writer Bob Mehr.

Commercial Appeal music writer Bob Mehr says the way festivals book their bands is changing, leading to stronger lineups on the circuit. 

Click here for a full roster of this year's Memphis in May Beale Street Music Fest.

Get to the Point!

Feb 4, 2015
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Don't spend money on direct-mail advertising unless there is a real deal that you're offering! 


Today on WKNO’s Culture Desk, we celebrate the 80th birthday of Elvis Presley, born in a shotgun house in Tupelo, Miss. He would later become the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music.

Though the first generation of Elvis fans are well into their 60s and 70s, Elvis' popularity on the Internet is remarkably stable, consistently hovering above many young artists with huge national exposure. 

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