Art and Culture

Art and culture

Jim McKeown

A pleasing exploration of the aesthetic of Japanese architecture and decoration.


Jim McKeown

Reminiscent of Faulkner’s fictional Mississippi, Nordan has deftly related a coming of age story of two boys growing up nearly on the same side of the tracks



Jill Ament

Young Waco artists and musicians used to hang out at Beatnix coffee house before it closed its doors in 2012. KWBU’s Jill Ament says the former owners are trying to open back up – this time in the heart of Waco.

Jim McKeown

An absorbing exploration of human emotions and memories during a retreat at Auschwitz.


What happens when a chef, a sculptor and a geologist team up for a culinary stunt? You get a molten lava barbecue.

"Cooking with lava is simply the most spectacular way to grill a 10-ounce rib-eye steak," says chef Sam Bompas, a member of the London-based culinary design duo Bompas & Parr that spearheaded the stunt.

Jim McKeown

An absorbing story of Flora 717 born as a sanitation worker in a beehive described by the author with interesting allegorical overtones.


Tony La Russa's tenure as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals is legendary. La Russa, who on Sunday will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, won a total of 2,728 games — more than any Major League Baseball manager in the past 60 years.

And when he hung up his jersey for good after the Cardinals made a historic late-season run in 2011, La Russa became the first manager to retire immediately after winning a world championship.

Jim McKeown

An interesting excursion into the mind of a reader, writer, and inveterate “book smeller.”


Chris Tomlinson spent most of his life comfortable that he knew who he was and where he came from. After all, a small part of Texas was named after his ancestors. Tomlinson Hill is a small town community in Falls County. It's a place where generations of his family carved out a comfortable living from the land.

Before the Civil War, they also owned slaves. But Chris grew up believing what he'd been told: that the slaves his family owned were happy – so happy they took the family name and settled the land after they were free.

It was not until after he returned from 11 years in Africa as the Nairobi Bureau Chief for the Associated Press that Tomlinson decided to delve into his family history. What he learned not only changed his sense of family, it changed his sense of history as well. The result of his search is the book, "Tomlinson Hill."

Jim McKeown

Classic Young Adult novel with an enticing title and relevance to the epidemic of bullying grabbing the attention of educators today.