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    May 23, 2014

    The Rise of the Edible-Pot Food Truck

    You had to know it was coming. As states legalize marijuana, and food trucks continue to enjoy cult popularity, it was only a matter of time before pot brownies joined the likes of sliders and banh mi. According to NPR, "The Samich" is the first edible marijuana-themed food truck to get rolling in ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    The FDA's Proposed New Nutrition Labels Won't Make You Skinny, but They're a Start

    Last week the Obama administration and the FDA released the new proposed nutrition label set to replace the version that's been in place since the 90's. The FDA will accept feedback on the labels for 90 days. The most obvious change is the calories value is printed significantly larger than the res ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    In the Battle of Doughnuts versus Cupcakes, Dallas Is Apparently a Two-Pastry Town

    You know how at the beginning of Gravity (spoiler alert) George Clooney is tooting around space on a jet pack, which at a fatally important time looses all its juice? Clooney slowly and helplessly floats into space, somewhere high above the Serengeti. There's a metaphor here (somewhere) about the cu ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014
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    November 28, 2013

    The New York Times Declares Great Pecan Crises of 2013

    If there's one thing you should be thankful for this holiday season, it's the pecan pie that is sitting on your table -- provided it's there. News of supply and price pressures have been coming out for weeks, but The New York Times recently declared an all out crisis. The Dallas Morning News report ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Biblically Guided Dallas Drilling Company Still Hasn't Found Oil In Israel

    John Brown gets asked the question a lot. What happens if he doesn't find oil in Israel? If his biblically inspired quest to restore the Holy Land to Israel comes to naught? Always, he gives the same response. "Well, I can't really deal with that," Brown explains in a promotional video for his com ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Jerri Truhill, Famed Female Test Pilot Who Almost Became an Astronaut, Died in Irving on Monday

    Had Jerri Truhill been born a quarter century later, she very well might have made it into space. Some argue she should have. She and the dozen other women who composed the Mercury 13 program passed whatever tests NASA threw at them, and she seemed to possess as much of the "right stuff" as John Gle ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Meet Lawrence B. Jones III, the UNT Student Behind the Obamacare-Navigator Sting

    James O'Keefe may be the motive force behind Project Veritas, the conservative nonprofit that has taken down ACORN, an NPR executive, and now a handful of health-insurance navigators, but its latest undercover video sting wouldn't have packed the same punch had it been him walking into the Urban Lea ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Dallas Needs a Locally Brewed Sour Beer, but Don't Count on It Coming Soon

    The last time I mentioned sour beer it was as an aside in a post about the appeal of Budweiser and other mass-produced domestic beers. I've always been an equal opportunity imbiber, as happy with a cold, crisp lager cranked out of a factory brewery as I am with a locally brewed craft beer. But I hav ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    To Many Shoppers, the Label on a Bottle of Booze Is More Important Than What's Inside

    No doubt you were told at a young age to not judge a book by its cover -- in part to spur exploration and free spirit, but also as a lesson against the perils of discriminatory thinking. We all should be judged by our merits, the saying goes. It's what's on the inside that counts. Turns out that it ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Patrick, the Dallas Zoo's Sexist Gorilla, Has a Friend in NPR

    Patrick, the Dallas Zoo's recently departed lowland gorilla, was never quite a social butterfly, but he wasn't always quite so angry, either. Embittered by his best friend's death at the hands of Dallas police in 2004, he retreated further into himself, lashing out at his fellow primates -- especial ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Feeding Your Dog Is About to Get Way More Expensive

    Remember Finn? I introduced you to her two years ago when I first moved to Dallas and committed to a life of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and low-grade fatness. She's 16 now, and sleeps a lot more than she used to, but she still eats with the intense enthusiasm that has aggravated me since ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    A Seattle Farmer Is Feeding Weed to His Pigs

    High prices have lead many farmers across the country to look for cheaper feed sources. Now NPR reports that a Seattle butcher stumbled on an alternative that's doubled as a very successful marketing ploy. William von Schneidau is feeding weed to his pigs. Now everyone's out to get some of his bac ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013
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    March 21, 2013
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    March 19, 2013

    Americans Declare Wine Independance: We Now Drink More Vino Than The French.

    Great news America. We win. A story printed earlier this year notes U.S. residents now make up the largest wine market in the world, consuming 13 percent of all that's produced globally. That's ahead of both France and Italy, which have historically been the biggest winos in the global market. What ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Defending the Solo Diner

    Valentine's Day is getting closer, and while those who have a special someone are certainly sweating dinner reservations, flowers and other finishing touches for what is supposed to be no less than a perfect evening, those who are single get to kick up their heels and enjoy a night they can devote e ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    NPR Claims Pig Rectum Is a Suitable Substitute for Calamari -- In a Pinch

    If you happened to listen to NPR this weekend you might have stumbled on an interesting food story on This American Life. The episode opens with a detailed examination of pork bung, which has been breaded and fried and served as calamari to unsuspecting diners. This can't be possible, right? Turns ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    A Dallas Photographer Went Inside DISD's Closed Schools And Took Some Awesome Pictures

    This summer, Dallas photographer Allison V. Smith was given carte blanche to wander through the halls of nine of the 11 schools trustees voted to close earlier in the year. The result is a series of vaguely nostalgic, strangely touching photos that you'll find after the jump. "Living in Dallas, whe ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Lyda Hill's Giving $1 Million to Public Radio, and KERA Isn't Even Going To Send Her a Coffee Mug

    You might not expect the granddaughter of H.L. Hunt, the oil magnate who inspired Larry Hagman's character on Dallas, to be particularly fond of public radio. But as it turns out, Lyda Hill is very fond indeed of her local NPR affiliate, KERA. The station announced today that Hill's foundation is w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Five of This Week's Top Show Announcements: Buke and Gase, Deftones, This Will Destroy You and More

    Buke and Gase Saturday, October 6, at City Tavern, $7/$10 An NPR favorite, Brooklyn duo Buke and Gase will be folkin' it up with Fox and the Bird and Roberto Moreno this weekend. All I'm going to say is that there will be handmade ukulele instruments involved. 'Nough said.

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    September 5, 2012

    Did He Just Say He Butchers Animals in Hotel Bathrooms?

    OK, did any of you just hear that? Kris Boyd, host of Think on NPR, just had hunter, writer and host of MeatEater on the Sportsman Channel, Steven Rinella, on her show during the 1 o'clock hour to discuss his new book Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter. I didn't catch the e ... More >>

  • Music

    April 26, 2012

    Preview: Khaira Arby at Kessler Theater

    Thursday, April 26, at the Kessler Theater

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    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, our indefatigable music critic staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests, to down-right lame. Below, you'll find their submissio ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    The Balls Keep Rolling

    Back in December, we pointed out a podcast posted on NPR, which declared meatballs the next big trend. At that time meatballs were taking New York City by storm, and a standalone ball shop had taken root in D.C.'s Chinatown. Then in January, The New York Times reviewed a place called Parm. Pete Well ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Great Service Can Mask Flawed Food, But It Doesn't Work the Other Way

    A few weeks ago I tuned into an NPR broadcast out of DC. The Kojo Nnamdi show featured local journalists, and they discussed the state of dining in the nation's capital. Tom Sietsema, food critic for the Washington Post, made reference to a survey that determined diners were more inclined to return ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Thanks to Drought, Houston's Drinking More of Dallas's Wastewater Than Ever Before

    Click to enlarge a map of the Trinity River Basin, courtesy the U.S. Geological Survey ​StateImpact Texas is a National Public Radio-KUT Austin-KUHF Houston joint dedicated to environmental issues. This morning, reporter Dave Fehling out of Houston looked at the water coming out of his tap and won ... More >>

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    November 5, 2011

    Dallas News Publisher Jim Moroney Talks to UT Students, Profs About the Future of His Paper

    On Thursday, Jim Moroney paid a visit to Austin, where he told an audience of University of Texas journalism students and professors: Only The Major Metropolitan Newspaper can preserve, protect and defend democracy ... or something like that. The Dallas Morning News's publisher spoke of rapidly shri ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011
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    September 8, 2011

    Ben & Jerry's New "Schweddy Balls" Flavor Gives New Meaning to Ice Cream Social

    Ben & Jerry's​Our favorite hippie ice cream makers from Vermont might have lost their minds, but they have not lost their sense of humor. Today they announced their new flavor: "Schweddy Balls." According to B&J's, the Saturday Night Live inspired dessert has "vanilla ice cream with a hint o ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Homegrown Food Remedies: Another Reason to Love Big Pharma

    Butter: Lousy for burns and doesn't prevent STDs, or so we've heard.​I am suspicious of at-home remedies. I don't believe in a cure until a stranger in a white coat feels up my glands and then prescribes it to me, in the form of an innocuous-looking pill, a potentially addicting spray or a vil ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    The Six Best Fleet Foxes Concert Videos on YouTube

    YoutubeSweet fancy moses, listen to those harmonies.​Fresh off climbing Billboard's charts -- and, y'know, selling a planet-size chunk of records -- Fleet Foxes will be stopping by Dallas tomorrow night. Like you didn't already know. But here's something you might not be aware of: Tonight at 8:30 ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    2011 Barefoot at the Belmont Series Includes Rhett Miller, Jason Isbell, Mike Doughty

    ​Not sure when it started being specifically "KXT 91.7's annual summer concert series," as the National Public Radio-backed music-centric station KKXT-91.7 is so proudly calling it today on its website, but, hey, here we are, heading into another summer, and, as has been the case for a few years n ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Leppert Talks Taxis on National Public Radio

    Patrick MichelsOne abandoned cab getting a tow from Love Field Monday evening​Way back back on Monday, Patrick was at Love Field watching Dallas Police arrest cabbies who'd abandoned their rides in front of the airport, while I spoke with Mayor Tom about how the escalating protest -- which, earlie ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Wherein FOX ID's Mayor Tom as "R-Texas"

    ​That $202-million figure seen in the screengrab above comes from PricewaterhouseCoopers's much-debated Super Bowl guesstimate released a few days ago -- though, as you'll note in Mayor Tom's interview with FOX Business Channel, he pushes that number up to, oh, 'round $600 million-ish. Which is wh ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Tell Me More, Mayor Tom

    Sam Merten​A Friend of Unfair Park alerts us: Mayor Tom Leppert is on today's episode of National Public Radio's Tell Me More, along with Utah Governor Gary Herbert. The subject: How Utah and Dallas are leading the economic recovery, per that Brookings Institution report to which we directed y ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Erykah Badu and Sarah Jaffe Land On Some Early Year-End Best Album Lists

    Sarah Jaffe's had a big year, in case you didn't know.​It's officially December, which means 2010 is almost over, which means it's time for the overzealous music critics of the world to rush out their year-end best music lists, even though, hey, the year isn't over and there are still albums comin ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Good Times: St. Vincent Gets Some NYT Love

    The New York Times checked in with St. Vincent yesterday, a day after her sophomore album, Actor, earned its official release--mostly, it seems, because the NYT wants in on the hype, dammit. The piece is mostly a straight up feature profile, with very little color commentary from the article's scrib ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Charlie Brown Is a Blockhead, But he Did Get a Nice Tree

    Seems appropriate that on this freezing-foggy night at 7, WFAA-Channel 8 will air A Charlie Brown Christmas, augmented with 30 minutes' worth of needless extras: "a series of Christmas-themed animated stories entitled Charlie Brown Christmas Tales, based on Schulz's work, in which each of the belove ... More >>

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    July 29, 2008

    Craig Watkins Takes More Shots at Henry Wade in AP Story

    Henry Wade First thing that comes up when you search for "Dallas" in Google News for the past month is this freshly minted piece about former Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade. The headline blares: "After Dallas DA's death, 19 convictions are undone." Craig Watkins says of his predecessor: ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008

    Shawn Williams Is, As Always, Good For Listening on National Public Radio

    Last night I took a shower with Shawn Williams of Dallas South -- no, wait, that did not come out right. Let me rephrase: Last night at 9, KERA-FM (90.1) got around to airing Wednesday's episode of National Public Radio's News & Notes, during which Williams joined host Farai Chideya and other blogge ... More >>

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    March 14, 2008

    Why SXSW When You Can NPR?

    See, you coulda stood in this line to see Vampire Weekend at SXSW. Or you could just click your mouse right now. Good call. Gettin' old. See, I wish I'd stayed an extra night in Austin -- woulda been nice to hear R.E.M. at Stubb's, where they played the opening night of South by Southwest's music fe ... More >>

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    December 7, 2007

    Happy Birthday, Lethal Injection!

    At this very moment down in Huntsville, folks are marking the 25th anniversary of lethal injection in the U.S. at the Texas Prison Museum, which is hosting a panel discussion titled, fittingly, “25 Years of Lethal Injection: What Have We Learned?” Good question -- same one the Supreme Court's sc ... More >>

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    November 26, 2007

    NPR, Stereotypin' Texans Since 1971

    Now I remember why I stopped listening to National Public Radio in the morning -- stories like this one this morning, about how Texas is all plugged into the national conversation about energy consumption and climate control. I mean, really? Texas is the nation's largest energy hog because it has a ... More >>

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    October 23, 2007

    A New Man Law: Pullin' Up Your Pants

    Neither of these Web sites actually work, but who has time to write down the URLs while driving, anyway? Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway's campaign to get Dallas to pull up its pants made it to National Public Radio; so too did Dooney Da Priest, whose "Pull Your Pants Up" has become the anthem o ... More >>

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    September 13, 2007

    Sure Hope You Like Norah Jones

    Speaking of Arts Magnet grad Norah Jones -- which I was, kinda -- her publicist sends word this afternoon that she's about to be, well, everywhere. On TV (she's the performer on the Austin City Limits season premiere, set to debut October 6). In the movies (Wong Kar-Wai's My Blueberry Nights). On th ... More >>

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    July 27, 2007

    Them Deep Elem Blues

    Well, Andy Uhler's piece about Deep Ellum just aired on KUT-FM, and despite Jeff Liles' earlier concerns, no, it wasn't a story about how Austin's so much better than Dallas. Fact is, Uhler was awfully respectful of the area's musical legacy and its potential; if nothing else, the story serves as a ... More >>

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    July 5, 2007

    Re: NPR Knows What's Buggin' Dallas

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy noticed our item about National Public Radio's story concerning Dallas' mosquito problem. And he takes issue with the story's theory that the giant salt-water-bred pests we're seeing about town stem from the salt-water lakes created by Barnett Shale dri ... More >>

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    February 23, 2007

    NPR Loves DA Fond of DNA

    That National Public Radio story about Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, which we mentioned Wednesday evening, ran this morning on Morning Edition. You can hear it here. Already a couple of Friends of Unfair Park have e-mailed with some unhappy comments (they're not thrilled with the po ... More >>

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    February 21, 2007

    A Programming Note

    National Public Radio this afternoon called Schutze's cell to fact-check a story about Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, which is scheduled to air tomorrow morning on Morning Edition. Their question had something to do with the Citizens Council; Jim's answer was, "I'm all for it." (Mayb ... More >>

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