The Sweet Memphis Sound Of ‘Beale Street’

Walkin’ in Memphis. We’ll look at the history of Beale Street and how the Memphis Sound came to be.So much American history is the story of power, race and money. And that story runs extra deep and vivid in the old Tennessee river city of Memphis. On the Chickasaw Bluffs, above the Mississippi, Memphis moved after the Civil War, says my guest today, from slaves and cotton to sex and song. There was a furious battle for power. For a time, blacks won a notable share. It built Beale Street. The...
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The upcoming Nashville Film Festival will be marked by a statistic that surprised its organizers: this year, more selected films than ever were made by female directors.

Artistic director Brian Owens says his team didn’t solicit more women to enter, and they didn’t pick movies according to any sort of filmmaker demographics. It just happened that way.

“I noticed it as the lineup was taking shape," Owens says. "When the documentary lineup had finalized I was like, there’s some strong female filmmakers here.”

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After Tennessee voters passed a constitutional amendment in November — paving the way for the legislature to pass new restrictions on abortion — some expected the flood gates would open. But that hasn't really been the case. There's been no rush. Lawmakers have even been a bit slower than in past years to push new abortion laws.

State capitol reporter Chas Sisk and host Emil Moffatt discuss which proposals have the best chance of passing.

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No big meetings of the minds. No closed-door bargaining. No secret strategizing by Insure Tennessee's supporters.

Left for dead two months ago, Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to expand Medicaid is showing renewed signs of vigor. Its surprise return, say backers, is the result of a steady effort to keep the proposal alive since early February, when Tennessee lawmakers seemed to kill it during a special session.


It's the job of the governor to greet the National Rifle Association when 75,000 conventioneers gather for the group's annual meeting. And Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam may have to dig deep to find a positive gun-related anecdote.

Last year, Indiana’s Mike Pence bragged that his wife owned a gun and a motorcycle when he met her. “Love at first sight,” he said.

Walkin’ in Memphis. We’ll look at the history of Beale Street and how the Memphis Sound came to be.

Southern Baptist leaders were supposed to be talking about bioethics this week at a summit in Nashville, Tenn. That changed in December after a New York grand jury declined to return an indictment in the police choking death of Eric Garner.

When Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, sent out tweets expressing his shock, there was pushback. Should the church get involved in a divisive political issue?

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Teachers in Tennessee are on track to get some temporary relief from the pressure of testing.

The state House of Representatives has approved a plan put together by Gov. Bill Haslam to change the weighting of test scores for two years. The governor says the break is needed while the state replaces the TCAP with a new standardized test.

The plan, House Bill 108, temporarily rewrites Tennessee's teacher-evaluation formula.

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A fourth charter operator has pulled out of an agreement to take over a low-performing school as part of Tennessee's Achievement School District. This cancellation has a particularly personal sting for the ASD's superintendent.

YES Prep is walking away, after more than a year of legwork.

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Tennesseans will soon face more restrictions on cold medicines, after lawmakers voted Thursday to ban sales of some cough syrups to minors.

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Governors in Tennessee will soon have the power to withhold economic incentives to companies that hire too many temporary workers.

The state legislature on Thursday approved a measure, Senate Bill 86, that would give the Department of Economic and Community Development more flexibility in awarding job tax credits.


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