Memphis

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, an update on the City of Memphis' controversial Heritage Trail housing project, with host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News; Jackson Baker of the Memphis Flyer; and Bill Dries, senior reporter for the Memphis Daily News.

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and panel discuss the need for green space and green initiatives in Shelby County, including the Green Line.

Frances Wright

Dec 20, 2012

Scottish by birth, Frances Wright earned her reputation as a reformer in the United States.  She was an early champion of women's rights, democracy, the working class, and abolition.  

Wright believed slaves had to be prepared to live as free people, so, in October of 1825, she purchased a few slaves and some land in the present Germantown area, establishing the Neshoba Plantation.

The Lorraine Motel

Dec 18, 2012

The Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, has had a long, uneven history. When the motel first opened in the 1920s, it was called “The Windsor.”

In that era of Jim Crow segregation, it was one of the few hotels that welcomed black travelers. Entertainers like Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, and Louis Armstrong stayed at the Windsor and walked the few blocks to Beale Street. Walter Bailey bought the Windsor in 1942, and renamed it the Lorraine.

When the nation's fourth blood bank opened in Memphis in 1938, blood transfusions were still a new technology. Patients were connected by tubes directly to donors with the proper blood type, and many patients died before a suitable donor could be found.

Memphis physician Lemuel Diggs and the staff of the Memphis Blood Bank helped solve this tragic problem by developing a system for refrigerated blood storage, as well as methods for collection, filtration, and the typing of blood.

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, talks with TN State Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle and Ken Hoover, who won a seat on the now-vacated Germantown School Board, discuss Judge Hardy Mays ruling on municipal school districts. 

Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News discusses the repercussions of Judge Hardy Mays' ruling to halt the municipal school districts in Shelby County Suburbs, with Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News; Sharon Goldsworthy, Mayor of Germantown; David Pickler, member of the Unified School Board; and Martavius Jones, also a member of the Unified School Board.

Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News discusses the destruction of Memphis' last large public housing project, Foote Homes, with Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News and Ken Reardon, Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Memphis, and member of the Vance Avenue Collaborative (PDF file). 

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, talks with Reid Dulberger, President of the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County, and Joe Saino, President of Memphis Shelby Inform, a watchdog group that monitors local taxes and public spending.

Memphis Police Department

Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, talks with Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong about Operation Blue Crush, Operation Safe Community, gang violence, and Armstrong's vision for combating crime in Memphis. 

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