Arts & Culture

12:33 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Lighting 'The Torch': NPR's Olympics blog

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The London 2012 Summer Olympics are almost upon us (they begin Friday) - so be sure to keep up with all of the interesting goings-on across the pond via NPR's Olympics Blog, 'The Torch.' From the impact of the games on Muslim athletes' Ramadan fasting to a guide to watching the Olympics online, there's already plenty there for you to explore. Check it out via the link.
You have found The Torch, NPR's new blog about the London 2012 Summer Olympics. For the next three weeks, we'll bring you the big news from London, along with stories about the human side of an international mega-event. Our goal is to write about the games' defining moments, along with the unexpected stories that we can't stop talking about.
2:46 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Unfit to read? Book challenges in Missouri

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Banning books in schools is nothing new, but a project launched today by the Columbia Missourian examines which Missouri schools challenged which books, and why, since 2008. Check out the project via the link, which includes a map, interactive graphic and more. Some schools from the St. Louis region also make appearances in the data.
Book challenges run the gamut, both in rationale and result The project | Sunshine requests for public records of book challenges were sent to all 566 Missouri school districts asking for all correspondence regarding book challenges since Jan. 1, 2008. Responses to the requests came in from 495 of the school districts.
11:36 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Nervous on this Friday the 13th? We can help

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To aid against any potential bad luck, what, or who, is your 'good luck charm?' Is it learning to say paraskevidekatriaphobia? Learn how here.
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Learning how to say paraskevidekatriaphobia supposedly cures one of any Friday the 13th-related fear. We've got Korva Coleman's helpful audio pronouncer.
Fourth of July
7:25 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Without fireworks on the 4th of July? We've got you covered

Fireworks light up the St. Louis Arch.
(via Flickr/AddyG)

St. Louis' annual Independence Day celebration is still on, Fair Saint Louis, but we know numerous municipalities in our area are postponing their festivities, or canceling them altogether, due to the hot and dry weather conditions.

If you won't be at Fair Saint Louis, or are in one of the communities where fireworks are a no-go this year, we've got you covered.

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The Mix - NPR Music
1:21 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

The Mix: The sound of your American Dream

A silhouetted Jay-Z performs in Las Vegas.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 11:46 am

A few weeks ago, we asked you what your American Dream sounds like.

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The Two-Way
11:39 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Andy Griffith dies, was TV's Sheriff Taylor and Matlock

Andy Griffith in 1960, when he started playing Sheriff Andy Taylor on TV.
CBS /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 1:06 pm

Andy Griffith, who played the wise sheriff of Mayberry, N.C., in one of American television's most beloved situation comedies, has died, according to a family friend and a real-life sheriff in North Carolina.

He was 86.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Best-selling books in St. Louis for the week ending June 24

Sue's News

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books, according to the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending June 24:


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4:38 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

St. Louis arts economy doing well, according to study

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis on July 19, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis art institutions continue to grow despite the down economy. 

That’s according to a report issued by Wells Fargo which found that economic activity tied to St. Louis arts and culture increased by 4 percent since the last study five years ago.

Donna Wilkinson is the Chairwoman of the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, which contracted the study.

“The big takeaway is really that the arts do mean business here in St. Louis,” Wilkinson said. “That on an annual basis, close to $600 million is generated in economic impact.”

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All Songs Considered
11:29 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Summer Music Preview: Premieres From Cat Power, Avett Brothers, The Antlers And More

Top row (left to right): The Antlers, Cat Power; Middle row: Bill Fay, Sean Rowe, Nas; Bottom row: Christian Scott, JEFF The Brotherhood
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:41 am

This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer sneak previews of some of the summer's most anticipated releases.

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Arts & Culture
1:03 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

St. Louis Symphony musicians reach 4-year deal

Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.

Union-backed musicians with the St. Louis Symphony have agreed to a new four-year contract, more than a year before the current contract expires.

The contract announced Monday by the symphony and the American Federation of Musicians Local 2-197 takes effect in September 2013 and goes through August 2017. It affects more than 90 musicians with the 132-year-old symphony, which is considered among the nation's oldest.

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