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The open road. Curving, meandering highways. Roadside diners and trips to remember yesteryear. These are the types of images most often associated with Route 66.

But in addition to tourists and explorers, some unsavory characters have lived and traveled along the roads that became Missouri's Route 66. Author Lisa Livingston-Martin tells their stories in her new book, Missouri's Wicked Route 66: Outlaws and Gangsters on the Mother Road.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: I got a crash course in DIY music at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center this weekend. Home to the incredible Orchestrating Diversity program, my only experience with LNAC had been listening to the young participants rehearsing classical pieces for their Spring Concert.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

When a 20-inch steam pipe buried 15 feet under the streets of St. Louis burst two weeks ago, most people focused on the potential health hazards in what was blown skyward.

But the blast got St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann thinking - what’s under the streets that we don’t know about until it’s revealed?

This is what she found out.