The Documentary Is In — And Enjoying — An 'Undeniable Golden Age'

Here's what's up with docs: They're doing great at the box office. At last month's Sundance Film Festival, Knock Down the House broke the festival's documentary sales record: reportedly $10 million to Netflix . The film follows the 2018 campaigns of four female congressional candidates, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Biographical documentaries have recently grown in popularity, along with budgets and profits. That impresses producer Sheila Nevins, who ran HBO Documentary Films for 36...

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Last October, the U.S Department of Justice ended its six-year oversight of the Shelby County Juvenile Court System.

Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer and Josh Spickler, executive director of Just City, join WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines host Eric Barnes and Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries to discuss a report released by one of the oversight monitors and what the report could mean for the Shelby County Juvenile Court System. 

Avoid the “Happy New Year Heart Attack”

Dec 28, 2018
Church Health

According to the medical journal Circulation, the greatest number of heart attacks occur on the same three days each year:  December 25, December 26, and January 1.


Justin Fox Burks

After all the Christmas festivities have come to an end...


Each year, thousands of children become entangled in Shelby County’s Juvenile Court System. Mayor Lee Harris believes that children sent to jail are falling through the cracks because of improper resources, such as classrooms and a functional recreational area. 

The Southern Living Party Cookbook

The holidays are the time for entertaining. 


Justin Fox Burks

This recipe for New Orleans bread pudding is about as authentic as you get.


A time of joy and happiness for many, the holidays are for others a season of struggle.

Leaders of various Memphis charitable organizations join WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines' Eric Barnes and Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries for a look at some of the challenges faced by folks trying to make ends meet. 

Fifteen years ago, Katie Smythe was perplexed about what what The Nutcraker was really about. She went on to recreate the classic holiday ballet, giving it a Memphis twist.

The production, The Nut Remix, features songs from Duke Ellington's jazz remix to Tchaikovsky's Nuckcraker Suite, including authenic Spanish, Chinese and African dances, as well as performances by Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, who stars in the live-action Disney film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

On this Checking on the Arts, Smythe explains what makes this 2018 weekend performance so speical, compared to years' past. 


A veteran of Memphis bands such as Snowglobe and Jeffrey James and the Haul, Jeff Hulett is no newcomer to the Memphis music scene. Hulett's latest album, Around These Parts, features a variety of Memphis musicians, such as Luke White and Jonathan Kirkscey.

Hulett's album release party is Saturday (Dec. 15) at Memphis Made Brewing from 4-6 p.m.

 

 


 

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Under the cover of darkness, the cranes came for Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest a year ago this month. They plucked him -- and the horse he rode in on -- right off the pedestal he'd been standing on for more than a century.

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This week, the governor of Connecticut proposed a statewide tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Several cities have already enacted such soda taxes to raise money and fight obesity. And there's new evidence suggesting that these taxes do work — although sometimes not as well as hoped.

Two new accusers have come forward against R. Kelly, claiming that the embattled singer sought to have sex with them when they were minors, more than two decades ago. At a news conference Thursday in New York City, Rochelle Washington and Latresa Scaff related the story of a traumatic encounter that allegedly occurred after one of Kelly's performances in the mid-1990s.

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An Israeli spacecraft blasted off this evening, aiming to land on the moon. And if the mission is successful, it would make Israel the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the lunar surface – after the U.S., the former Soviet Union and China.

Roger Stone apologized to Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is presiding over his case, after criticizing her on Instagram. In court Thursday, Stone will learn what Jackson makes of his actions.

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TENNESSEE NEWS

Tennessee Considers Mandating Locking Caps On Powerful Prescription Drugs

Hear the radio version of this story. Some prescription drugs in Tennessee may soon have to be dispensed in a lockable bottle. Backers of the proposal, including parents of people killed due to opioid overdoses, said it would prevent teens of getting hooked on opioids.

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ARKANSAS NEWS

Traveling Arkansas: ‘Forrest Gump’ at the Little Rock Ron Robinson Theater

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of January 18!

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