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5:07 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

Elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores. The fermentation happening in their gut as they break down cellulose helps remove the bitterness in the coffee beans. Here, an elephant receives medical treatment from the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.
Michael Sullivan NPR

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 4:27 pm

I s#&% you not: The world's most expensive coffee is now being produced in Thailand's Golden Triangle, a region better known for another high-priced, if illegal, export: opium.

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Culture
3:50 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Prepare For 'The Simpsons' Marathon With Interviews From The 'Fresh Air' Archives

Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history.
AP

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:10 pm

If you've ever been a fan of The Simpsons, here's your chance to see all 552 episodes of the show in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. They'll be shown back to back, in sequential order, over 12 days and nights on the FXX cable network beginning Thursday.

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Commentary
2:08 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Commentary: The Best Stories Come from 'Happy Accidents'

Madisonville author Patricia Wiles returns as a WKMS commentator after a hiatus of many years. In "Serendipity," the first of her latest series, she channels Bob Ross and reflects on how sometimes the best stories come from "happy accidents."

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Culture
4:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever

Many institutions have their archives stored on CDs — but the discs aren't as stable as once thought. There is no average life span for a CD, says preservationist Michele Youket, "because there is no average disc."
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 7:27 am

Back in the 1990s, historical societies, museums and symphonies across the country began transferring all kinds of information onto what was thought to be a very durable medium: the compact disc.

Now, preservationists are worried that a lot of key information stored on CDs — from sound recordings to public records — is going to disappear. Some of those little silver discs are degrading, and researchers at the Library of Congress are trying to figure out why.

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Culture
8:20 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Fair Play: Kentucky Playwrights Show Off Blue-Ribbon Works at State Fair

Quilts on display at the Kentucky State Fair.

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 6:58 am

Dairy goats and blueberry pies aren’t the only champions at this year’s Kentucky State Fair. The commonwealth’s playwrights also compete to show their works on the fair stage. Founded by Corinth-based playwright William McCann in 2012, the Kentucky New Play Series selects six short plays written by Kentuckians from an open competition to premiere at the state fair. This year, two of the six winning works are written by Louisville playwrights, Brian Walker and Nancy Gall-Clayton.

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Culture
8:18 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

Asian carp, battered and fried. As the fish makes its unwelcome way up the Mississippi River, chefs are trying to get people to eat to beat it back.
Louisiana Sea Grant Flickr

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 10:39 am

Add kitchen knives to the list of weapons that humans are using to fight invasive species. I'm talking about fish who've made their way into nonnative waters.

How do they get here? Sometimes they catch a ride in the ballast water of ships. Or they're imported as live food or dumped out of aquariums. Once here, they can wipe out native fish, trash the ecosystem and wreck the beach business.

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Culture
6:39 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Actor-Comedian Robin Williams Dies At 63

Williams performs onstage in November 2012 during the 6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
Mike Coppola Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 1:03 pm

Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was found dead in his California home Monday. He was 63.

His death is under investigation, according to a press release from the Marin County Sheriff's Office. Emergency personnel arrived at Williams' home in Tiburon, Calif., at noon Monday.

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Culture
3:40 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Paducah Relay For Life Hosts "Main Course" Dinner & Auction

American Cancer Society Main Course Dinner and Auction Event, Facebook

Relay for Life of McCracken County hosts the American Cancer Society's "Main Course" event this Thursday at the Irvin Cobb Hotel Event Center. Eight local restaurants and two wineries are participating, along with music from the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Little Big Band and live and silent auctions featuring signed scripts of critically acclaimed TV shows. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Relay for Life Specialist Tom Dolan about the event.

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Culture
6:28 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

SNAPSHOT: Paducah's Emancipation Celebration 2014

Lance Dennee

In Paducah today the community celebrated the 152 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The annual Eighth of August Celebration draws hundreds of families to celebrate the African American history of Paducah.

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Culture
8:08 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Packages of edible insects lie on a display table at the Denver County Fair.
Luke Runyon/KUNC

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 2:50 pm

Insects can be a great source of protein, and in many parts of the world, people gobble them up.

But here in the U.S., a certain "ick factor" has kept consumers from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To combat the ickiness and convert skeptical consumers, bug-food advocates are trying a specific marketing tactic: be clever and cute.

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