Former Writer Saw Bert And Ernie As 'Loving Couple'; Sesame Workshop Disagrees

New life was breathed into a perennial debate this week, when a former Sesame Street writer revealed that not only did he consider beloved characters Bert and Ernie to be a gay couple, but he used his own relationship as creative inspiration. On Sunday, Queerty published an interview with Mark Saltzman, who worked on the show in the 1980s and 90s, asking him if he thought of Bert and Ernie as a gay couple. "I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were,"...

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Political analyst Otis Sanford joins us to discuss several headlines from the past week. The first concerns Shelby County Democrats' objection to the Agricenter being the sole polling place open for the first four days of early voting. Sanford believes the concerns to be valid, as there is much media attention on the first few days of voting, and the location near Shelby Farms is inaccessible to many who rely on public transportation.

Few melodies are as universally relatable among Americans born between the late-1960s and the early 2000s as the theme song of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. Which is why Memphis composer Jonathan Kirkscey could hardly believe his ears when Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville asked him to write the soundtrack to his latest documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, now in theaters. The movie examines the cultural phenomenon that was children's show host Fred Rogers, while Kirkscey's score creates an emotional layer that leaves many viewers weeping into their popcorn. 


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In the Summer, I just love to go to outdoor concerts like the ones at Live at the Garden and Levitt Shell.


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This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, shared mobility has arrived in Memphis in various ways. The first major addition was Explore Bike Share, a company that provides rental bikes in docking areas throughout Downtown and Midtown. With the increased options for transportation comes new infrastructure to help cyclists get around. The expansion of the Memphis Greenway is one example.

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On WKNO's state politics recap, analyst Otis Sanford reacts to one of the week's biggest stories: President Trump insisted that Democrats were responsible for the government separating migrant children from their parents when they cross the border. He reversed course on Wednesday, ending the practice without an assist from Congress or Democrats. In Tennessee, Republican candidate for U.S.

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A Checking on the Arts road trip, to a unique event.

Memphis Farmers Market

If you want to enjoy delicious, perfectly ripe, local produce, now is the time to head to your favorite Farmers Market.


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This week, Scott Brockman, president and CEO of Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority joins host Eric Barnes on WKNO's Behind the Headlines. It's been five years since the offial de-hubbing of Delta, which led to a reanalysis of what the airport could do. Six carriers and 27 direct flights have been added since 2013. There are about 75 flights a day now, a significant reduction since the airport's hub heyday with 300 a day. Brockman also takes listeners through upcoming construction to the airport. Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News joins the discussion.

The Center for Southern Literary Arts will host the inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival this Saturday (June 16th), from 9 a.m. to  5 p.m. The festival includes panel discussions around a wide variety of topics, and a street fair. 

Zandria F. Robinson, Alice Faye Duncan, and Jamey Hatley joined us for Checking on the Arts.

 


Music from the Hills: Lightnin' Malcolm

Jun 13, 2018

Lighting’ Malcolm is a 44-year-old blues musician from North Mississippi. He’s taken the style of some of the blues legends of the region and developed his own sound in his more than two decades as a professional musician. The music has taken him to large stadiums and intimate house concerts throughout North America, South America and Europe.

 

 

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As President Trump visits flood-soaked North Carolina Wednesday, he'll get a firsthand look at the devastation that has killed dozens of people and displaced many thousands from their homes across the Southeast.

Trump will visit Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in eastern North Carolina, where he's expected to participate in a roundtable briefing. The military base is not far from New Bern, one of the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Florence and its aftermath.

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DiPietro Stepping Down from UT President Post Following Increased Tension with State Lawmakers

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