Abducted By Boko Haram, Now Posing With Lady Liberty In Times Square

Standing in Times Square in front of street performers dressed up as the Statue of Liberty, the two teenage girls look like typical tourists. They're grinning and posing on their first visit to New York City. But 17-year-old Hauwa and 18-year-old Ya Kaka didn't come just for fun. They visited the U.S. this month to meet with members of Congress and U.N. officials, telling the story of the traumas they went through after being captured by Boko Haram in Nigeria in 2014. They urged the U.S. to...

Read More

WKNO Features


This week, WKNO-TV’s Behind the Headlines looks at some of the issues facing Shelby County's municipal school districts, including school safety, bullying, state testing, and more. Host Eric Barnes talks to superintendents John Aitken, Jason Manuel and Dr. David Stephens about some of their challenges and success stories. 

Aitken, superintendent in Collierville, says that student safety is an ongoing discussion. In order to get grants certain measures must be taken, including a safety audit done by Homeland Security. 

Christopher Blank / WKNO-FM

As the media digs deeper into the finances of U.S. Senate candidates Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn, political advertising is starting to highlight the the monied aspects of these candidates. Political analyst Otis Sanford tells us that Tennessee voters are fairly comfortable with wealthy people representing them in office, whether its as a governor or as a senator.

Life Matters: Celebrating Fall Fruits

Sep 5, 2018

It’s fall, y’all!

Jennifer Chandler

Now that school is back in full swing, getting dinner on the table can be a challenge...

This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson discusses a variety of educational topics with host Eric Barnes and Bill Dries, senior reporter for the Memphis Daily News. Up first: After being placed on a priority list a couple of years ago, East High School has seen double-digit gains with academic performance. Hopson attributes those gains to newly implemented vocational programs, such as biodiesel training. Vocational programs, he says, offer students who are not necessarily going to college a chance to train for

Marsha Blackburn on Twitter

Immediately after Congressman Marsha Blackburn won the primary for U.S. Senate, she and her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen were invited to take part in four debates across the state. After a month of indecision, Blackburn announced that she would not face her opponent in Memphis at Rhodes College on Sept. 13. 

Improving Your Health Through Generosity

Aug 29, 2018
Church Health

A generous spirit is a necessity for a healthy life.

A Cool Cole Slaw

Aug 28, 2018
Jennifer Chandler

Labor Day is this weekend … so it’s time to start thinking about your menu for your festivities.


This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines Eric Barnes hosts a roundtable discussion with reporters Bill Dries, Laura Faith Kebede, Karanja Ajanaku, and Toby Sells.

Kebede, with Chalkbeat Tennessee, first shares thoughts about recent TN Ready results. She says that while much has improved, performance is still low. Kebede says that one solution might be a renewed focus on higher grades.  

As former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn begin stumping for the open U.S. Senate seat, Bredesen appears to be moving to the center and focusing on statewide issues such as Asian Carp in rivers and broadband internet in rural areas. Meanwhile, Blackburn is focusing on hotbed national issues such as immigration, abortion and deregulation. 


Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., who has been accused of covering up sexual abuse scandals during his tenure as the bishop of Pittsburgh.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

More News


Why The Electric Chair Remains An Option On Tennessee's Death Row

Hear the radio version of this story. Since 1960, Tennessee has put to death only one person by electrocution. And now a prisoner who is scheduled to die Thursday has opted for the electric chair.

Read More


Traveling Arkansas: Wild ducks in Trumann

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of October 12!

Read More