Art and Culture

Art and culture

In a recent Nippon Professional Baseball game in Japan, Kazuhito Tadano threw a slow, arcing pitch that caught the batter by surprise. Video of the play quickly went viral on the Internet, but the pitch has a history — and a name: the eephus pitch. Paul Dickson, author of the Dickson Baseball Dictionary, offers more details.

Likely Stories: Voss

May 29, 2014

Sweeping adventure in the Australian Outback by Nobel Prize winning author Patrick White.

Waco's 'Urban Pushers' Bring Bike Lovers Together

May 28, 2014
Charles Traywick

You know you’re in a hip city when it’s got its own social bike ride. Well now, Waco’s got one. Bicyclists meet at Truelove Bar on Franklin Street on Wednesday nights to—yep, just like when you were a kid—ride bikes. 


Jim McKeown

Books, reading, bookstores, mystery, and romance – Who could ask for anything more? 

 

Did a band from Los Angeles get ripped off by Led Zeppelin? That's the claim in a new lawsuit by representatives of the band Spirit, which played some dates with the British rock legends in their early days in America.

Couch Produces More Than Loose Change

May 16, 2014

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Three roommates bought an old couch from the Salvation Army. They found envelopes filled with cash in it. One finder was a New Paltz, New York geology student who said she'd never found more than 50 cents. This time it was $40,000. They tracked down the original owner, a woman who had kept her savings in the couch where she slept. Her relatives had not known this, and when she was in the hospital they helpfully gave away her couch and replaced it with a bed.

Likely Stories: Home

May 15, 2014
Jim McKeown

Nobel Prize winning author, Toni Morrison spins a tale of a family damaged by its past.

There are only two U.S. states where at least 50 percent of residents say they've recently given either money or time to charity: Utah and Minnesota, according to a new Gallup poll. Nevada and Kentucky tied for the lowest rate of charitable giving.

The poll was conducted in the last six months of 2013, when at least 600 residents of each state were asked whether they had donated money to a charity or volunteered at an organization within the past month.

In his own words, Sammy Davis, Jr. was "the only black, Puerto Rican, one-eyed, Jewish entertainer in the world."

His daughter, Tracey Davis, shares memories and details of his life in her new book, Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father. It's based on conversations Davis had with her father as he battled throat cancer near the end of his life.

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