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    July 30, 2014

    Where Dallas Can Eat Mackerel, the Trendy Little Fish That's Good for You and the World

    Mackerel and other small fish have been celebrated as high in omega-3s, vitamin D and low on the food chain. That last point means they don't accumulate heavy metals including mercury, like swordfish, tuna and other predatory, large fish. All this boils down to one simple fact: they're good for you. ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    Dallas Needs a Pop-Up Pestaurant

    Did you make it to El Come Taco for the tacos de chapulines? Owner Luis Vilallva got a batch of grasshoppers in from Mexico and turned them into delicious tacos. While I was there, a number of customers were also enjoying the delicacy. I saw a good bit of chatter about the tacos on Twitter and Faceb ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014
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    April 1, 2014

    The IRS Says Daystar, the Bedford-Based Televangelism Empire, Is Actually a Church

    Daystar is that low-budget religious channel that you flip past when you're searching for something watchable on TV. You might have lingered for a few seconds once or twice, momentarily transfixed by Joel Osteen's hair, but only as long as it takes for your brain to kick back into gear. Don't be fo ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    It's Time to Give Up Giving Up Booze For a Dry January

    It's obvious how the tradition for a dry January got started. New Year's resolutions have always been traditional, and considering the severity of those eggnog hangovers, cutting back on drinking is an obvious candidate. Dry January mandates that participants give up booze for 31 days, right after ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    Could Dining Out While Dining In Be Coming to Dallas?

    Just as the Internet threatens to suck the last bit of personal connection out of humanity, it's providing interesting ways to bring people together again. Online companies like Uber and Lyft are connecting people who could use a ride with alternatives to impersonal cab services. AirBnB connects wea ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Now Scientists Say Coffee Doesn't Dehydrate, Another Reason to Never Drink Water

    An important thing to remember about science is that, like a good soap opera, it's never really finished. No issue is really settled as long as there are more people capable of asking more questions and doing more research. This is a good thing. It's what keeps us from accepting things as true witho ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Restaurants Are Ditching Paper Menus, and That's Not Good News

    My iPhone and I are currently not on speaking terms. While I couldn't begin to guess what I have done to damage our relationship, my laundry list of grievances is growing more quickly than my backlog of software updates. My home button works with such irregularity I'm convinced it's being passive ag ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    NPR Digs the Way True Widow's New "Four Teeth" Crunches

    Earlier this year, we could barely contain our excitement over the news that Dallas' favorite Stone-gazing trio, True Widow, had signed to the well-regarded label Relapse Records. Sure, it was cool that DH Phillips, Nicole Estill and drummer Slim TX landed on yet another legit label (they had previo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Strong Mayor: Mike Rawlings Loses the Game but Wins the Crowd at Literacy Center Benefit

    Damn. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings got me last night. I resisted, but he got me. Anyway, I finally found the answer to a question that has long nagged me. When he does that affable dumb jock routine? Yeah. He's about to take you for a whirlwind visit to the cleaners. My wife was already falling out ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    DFW Airport is Getting Nap Rooms Next Month

    Soon, travelers stranded at DFW Airport be forced to pretzel themselves on uncomfortable seats or sneak away to an isolated corner of carpet for a few minutes of shuteye. That's because the airport is getting nap rooms. The rooms -- more accurately, a nap hotel -- are planned by Minute Suites, a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    TCU Researchers Say Thieves Have Hearts, Are More Likely to Steal from Lawbreakers

    A while back, Patrick Kinkade, the chair of TCU's criminal justice department, drove a filthy Ford Explorer to several full-service car washes in Fort Worth. Each time, he left behind a large amount of loose change in plain view. Often, about a third of the time, some of the money would be missing. ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Death Wish? Drink This.

    The best part of waking up is heart palpitations and hearing colors, right? It is according to a recent NPR discussion about a brand of coffee from upstate New York called Death Wish. Yes, Death Wish. Surely the drink du jour of every touring Norwegian black metal band (there's one called Thorns!), ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Why Every Album You Love Should Be Ripped Apart By a 19-Year-Old

    Recently, over at NPR, a 19-year-old intern was tasked with reviewing Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, an album he had ostensibly never heard or had little knowledge of. He reviewed it, didn't really like it, and was subsequently annihilated in the comments section. It ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012
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    May 30, 2012

    The Meat Industry is Still Trying to Get Over the Pink Slime Thing. It's Not Going Well.

    Meatingplace is a trade publication for, you guessed it, the meat industry. NPR reported last week that the magazine's most recent cover screamed in bright pink "SLIMED," followed by the subhead "What the hell happened." In her article, April Fulton at NPR outlined what four editors of Meatingplace ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Mark Cuban Tackles America's Student Loan Bubble, Then Roots for It to Burst

    In addition to sports team ownership and a sideline in media impresario-ness, Mark Cuban is quite the blogger: dishing out advice to the Occupy movement, fulminating about patent law, apologizing for some casual homophobia. And a few days ago, he aired his views on the small matter of student loan d ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Balls: They're What's for Dinner

    Flickr​If you consider yourself a lover of good food, you ought to check out NPR's Food Podcast. Every Thursday they drop 30 minutes highly digestible food news , and while some of it's a little campy, it's mostly quite good. Last week's podcast featured the next great food trend: meatballs. ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    News and Notes: Seryn Gets More Paste Love, Will Johnson Gets NPR'd and Much, Much More

    Stand up and take a bow, Seryn.​Got a whole grab-bag of local music notes to pass along today, but none is bigger than this: Yesterday, Paste announced its list of the year's best albums so far, and coming in at No. 4 on their list was Denton's Own Seryn's album, This Is Where We Are. The baroque ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    John Vanderslice, Daniel Hart

    Monday, May 23, at Dan's Silverleaf

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    March 21, 2011

    NPR's Streaming The New True Widow Disc... So, You Should Probably Go and Listen To It.

    The artwork for the new True Widow album.​A couple weeks back, you may recall, Eric Grubbs caught up with local "stonegaze" trio True Widow to talk shop and to talk a long, hard look at the band's sophomore album, the obnoxiously titled As High As the Highest Heavens and From the Center to the Cir ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Tom Leppert: Drill, Baby, Drill!

    ​Yesterday we covered Dallas Mayor-turned-U.S. Senate candidate Tom Leppert's position on National Public Radio. This afternoon, on the Facebook, I got this note from Not Mayor Tom:Excited to launch our new petition calling on President Obama to stop our dependence on foreign oil, boost natural ga ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Tom Leppert Among Republicans Urging Congress to Withdraw NPR's Funding

    Who knew Leppert was so savvy with hashtags?​A couple hours after U.S. Senate candidate Tom Leppert tweeted what you see above, we contacted Leppert spokesman Shawn McCoy to find out why the former mayor supports eliminating public funding for National Public Radio. He said he'd talk to him an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Want To Be KXT's Music Director? Because They're Hiring, If You're Sick of Hearing The Songs Already Played On Classic Rock Stations.

    ​Just a little more than a year after its head-scratching launch, KKXT-91.7 FM KXT, the music-centric offshoot of local National Public Radio affiliate KERA-90.1 FM, remains something of a beguiling beast.In theory, it's great. In practice, it sometimes is, too. Just having a station that will pla ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Q&A Giveaway: No Age Drummer and Lead Vocalist Dean Spunt Talks Never Fitting In, Earning Rave Reviews and Tossing Out Takes

    How the hell does a DIY, eff-it-all-if-it's-not-art duo birthed out of Los Angeles' famed DIY-venue The Smell come to grips with the pressure of following up a critically successful debut album on Sup Pop? Well, according to lead vocalist and drummer Dean Spunt, if the band's No Age, then it records ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    It's Em-Effing Cookie-Baking Time: Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies

    Alice LaussadeChocolate chip cookies with bacon? Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. (He suffers from angina.)​It's the holidays. A time filled with magic and wonder -- a time when wishes are granted. A time when getting completely blackout drunk is socially acceptable and everyone's nice t ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Knee-Jerk Snap Judgment: KXT

    ​OK, so KERA's musical youth been on the air for, what, 60 minutes? First song played: Santana's "She's Not There" (probably a little too classic-rock for a new-station kick-off, you ask me), followed by Monsters of Folk, Ingrid Michaelson, Telegraph Canyon and ... well, look, the playlist is here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Stream St. Vincent's Actor At Starting Tonight

    Our favorite former-Polyphonic-Spree-member-turned-indie-rock-sensation, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) just keeps getting more and more love and hype for her upcoming May 5 release, Actor. And not just from us, go figure.Starting tonight at 10:59 p.m. (11:59 p.m. EST), NPR will stream St. Vincent's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    On NPR, DPD Assistant Chief Comes Up with Department's New Motto for Transparency

    From GMA to NPR, the Ryan Moats-Robert Powell run-in remains the talk of the nation -- by which I mean the story's the subject of this 11-minute Tell Me More story airing on National Public Radio affiliates today. Host Michael Martin interviews at great length Dallas Assistant Police Chief Floyd Sim ... More >>

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    February 3, 2009

    Food For Thought 2.3.09

    "Pimento cheese is so ingrained in the lives of many Southerners that we don't realize our passion for the stuff doesn't exist outside the region. Call me provincial, but I was shocked (shocked!) when I learned that everyday people from Boston to San Diego don't slap pimento cheese on bread for a qu ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    "Bravo to the Daring Dallasites!"

    Work precluded me from listening to today's Think on KERA-FM (90.1), which I swear I'll listen to one of these days. So until the local NPR affiliate posts its podcast, I'll just have to take Wonkette's word that New Yorker film critic David Denby, Think-ing today in Dallas whilst pimpingpromoting h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    KERA Gets a Jump on the New Year with New Programs Replacing Axed Ones

    KERA-FM (90.1) didn't take long finding shows to replace Day to Day and News & Notes, both victims of National Public Radio's budget cuts earlier this month. Both will make their debut on Thursday. Oh, you want their names? Tell Me More and The Story. And there's a third show making its bow on F ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    KERA-FM Is Losing Two Shows, Thanks to NPR Cancellations Today

    From Gawker, this news for regular listeners of National Public Radio via its local outlet, KERA-FM (90.1): NPR today has axed two shows, Day to Day and News & Notes, both of which air in Dallas. As a result, some 64 people are being laid off -- though the shows will remain on the air till March ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    South San Gabriel's "The Arc And The Cusp" Gets NPR's Song Of The Day Nod

    Today, about two-and-a-half months after National Public Radio picked Sarah Jaffe's "Even Born Again" as its song of the day in late August, NPR again takes a break from a pledge drive to honor to another North Texas act. (Thanks to an eagle-eyed Friend of DC9 for the tip.) This time, the nod goes ... More >>

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    October 9, 2008

    Note to Self: Take in a Trinity Trojans Game Before Entire National Media Does

    A Friend of Unfair Park sends word that The New York Times was a few days late in getting to the Trinity Trojans, as National Public Radio ran a lengthy piece on the Texas-to-Tonga connection Saturday, matter of fact. Oh, and something like half a million folks have watched the pre-game haka above s ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008

    Old 97's Perform In-Studio For National Public Radio...Again

    The Old 97's were seemingly all the rage this past summer on NPR after the release of the Blame It On Gravity album, which was released way back in May (wow, seems like years ago, huh?). Not once, but twice, frontman Rhett Miller and/or the 97's were invited on the air for a performance. And, we ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008

    Sarah Jaffe's "Even Born Again" Is Song Of The Day On NPR

    How long before Dallas is a thing of Jaffe's past? (Allison V. Smith) And so it begins, I guess. A few weeks back, when we told you about Sarah Jaffe's incredible new EP, and, specifically, about the stunning title track "Even Born Again", we warned you this might happen. Well, now the national ac ... More >>

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    July 9, 2008

    The Brave Combo-Scored As The Wrench Turns Premieres Tonight At 7 O'clock

    The Bravo Combo-scored As The Wrench Turns, which, as we told you about last month, is PBS' first primetime animated series and focuses on the lives of NPR radio personalities Click and Clack from Car Talk, premieres tonight at 7 o'clock on KERA, channel 13. As a reminder, this Brave Combo track i ... More >>

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    June 13, 2008

    W.T. White Stats Teacher to Talk Up Video Games and Kids on NPR

    This LEGO has proved a rather remarkable educational tool in at least one household I know of. Something to keep an ear out for today: In a couple of hours, National Public Radio will post to its Web site the audio for a story titled "Using Video Games to Get Kids Excited About Science." Among the f ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008

    Denton's Brave Combo To Provide Theme, Score For PBS' First Animated Prime Time Series

    Click and Clack, the Boston brothers Magliozzi behind the NPR show Car Talk (aired weekly on 90.1 KERA-FM), are the subjects of As The Wrench Turns, PBS' first-ever animated prime-time series, which is set to premiere on July 9. Sure. Why not? That's kind of cool. But, um, the local angle? Ah: Th ... More >>

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    May 16, 2008

    Pete Schweddy Weighs In on Bryan Adams' G.P.S. Monitors

    We began the week with news of Bryan Adams High School outfitting chronic truants with Global Positioning System monitors, which lead to a heated, inevitable debate over their use. And it hasn't ended: Yesterday, National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation ran a lengthy segment on the devices' use at ... More >>

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    March 26, 2008

    National Public Radio's Still Slicing Into Dallas' Cheese Problem

    Most kids we know like this kind of cheese -- the string cheese. Turns out, there are still some 9-year-olds in Dallas who prefer theirs cut with heroin and Tylenol PM. This morning National Public Radio ran a story on Dallas’ cheese heroin problem -- you remember that, right? The good news: No ov ... More >>

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    December 5, 2007

    Holy Holly! Actually Good Christmas CDs

    The onslaught of mass-marketed holiday drivel cast upon music consumers is usually enough to make even Santa jaded. It seems everyone and anyone gets to throw together a collection of those old Christmas chestnuts. Beating “The Little Drummer Boy” into all sorts of ugly guises seems to have beco ... More >>

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    November 15, 2007

    NPR Has the Bump Keys to Your Heart

    Late last week, police arrested three people -- 21-year-old Harry J. Rivera Perez, 40-year-old Hector Osorio and 36-year-old Carla Osorio -- for breaking into apartment complexes in Euless, Plano, Irving and Lewisville. They were stunningly efficient: Police say they hit dozens of apartments between ... More >>

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    October 26, 2007

    NPR Wonders If Dooney's Saggin' Pants Rap is Also Homophobic. Um, Well ...

    Dooney Da Priest thinks you might be gay if you wear saggin' pants. Or listen to Coldplay. Dooney da Priest is about to become the most famous rapper ever to come straight outta Dallas, at least to the public-radio audience. For the second time in a week, National Public Radio is talking about Doone ... More >>

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    July 10, 2007

    Our "New" Mosquito Problem? Try "Very Old."

    So, we finally got an answer from Andria Kavanaugh, Fort Worth's official mosquito specialist, about those saltwater mosquitoes National Public Radio reported were swarming in Dallas County. As you may recall, NPR ran a piece last week about Aedes sollicitans, a big and mean ol' mosquito that should ... More >>

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    July 5, 2007

    NPR Knows What's Buggin' Dallas

    National Public Radio this morning ran a story about Dallas' mosquito problem -- specifically, the proliferation of aedes sollicitan, a large, aggressive salt-water mosquito that shouldn't be found 'round these here parts. WFAA-Channel 8 ran a piece about this bothersome breed a month ago, but NPR o ... More >>

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    June 28, 2007

    The Polyphonic Spree to Play the Entire Country Saturday Night

    The PSpree opened the tour for its third album, The Fragile Army, last Saturday night at the Granada Theater -- a spectacular-spectacular, in a words. But this Saturday night, when the 302-piece band treks up to the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., it'll teach the world to sing in perfect harmony cour ... More >>

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    March 13, 2007

    The Paper Chase to Appear on NPR; Promises to Speak in Dull Monotone And Beg for Money

    Used to be it was Garrison Keillor whistlin' Dixie Chicks (the original, Sweethearts of the Rodeo version) on A Prairie Home Companion; thank God those days are over. On Saturday, National Public Radio's live-music series will feature Friday Night Lights favorites Explosions in the Sky, with Dallas' ... More >>

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