News and Culture Notebook http://ketr.org en Looking back at the Finals with 'NPR Sports' http://ketr.org/post/looking-back-finals-npr-sports <p>Before we say adios to the NBA for the few months before it all begins again, I'd like to invite you to join me in remembering NPR's excellent coverage of last year's Spurs-Heat NBA Finals.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/nZhEGxI09-Y</p><p>Thanks to officialcomedy.com for this moment of NPR-themed hilarity. Those of us who are Dallas Mavericks fans who did not jump on the Spurs bandwagon could use a laugh today.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:22:45 +0000 Mark Haslett 55001 at http://ketr.org Looking back at the Finals with 'NPR Sports' Enjoy the saint's day, whether the beads are Rosary or Mardi Gras http://ketr.org/post/enjoy-saints-day-whether-beads-are-rosary-or-mardi-gras <p>It’s not certain when St. Patrick's Day morphed from a just another saint's day into an excuse for some to get drunk to the point of near-incontinence on emerald-colored concoctions. But, sadly, that's what the holiday seems to have become in the United States.</p><p>Tonight, green Mardi Gras beads, which are as Irish as Vladimir Putin, will fly in bars from Seattle to St. Augustine. Boozy brogues will be attempted, unsuccessfully. Back in the old country, such antics would be dismissed as "a load of bollocks."</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:47:17 +0000 Mark Haslett 50781 at http://ketr.org Enjoy the saint's day, whether the beads are Rosary or Mardi Gras Orthodox Christian Texans prepare for Christmas http://ketr.org/post/orthodox-christian-texans-prepare-christmas <p>Orthodox Christians in Texas and around the world celebrate the Feast of the Nativity - Christmas Day - on Jan. 7.</p><p>That's because Dec. 25 in the old Julian calendar falls on Jan. 7 using the newer Gregorian calendar - the one that's in common use today.</p><p>Orthodoxy, of course, isn't the most common form of Christianity in Northeast Texas. There is one Orthodox parish in the KETR listening area - <a href="http://www.orthodox.net/">St. Nicholas Orthodox Church</a> in McKinney.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:09:02 +0000 Mark Haslett 47822 at http://ketr.org Orthodox Christian Texans prepare for Christmas 'Ben' of famed ice cream duo takes on campaign finance http://ketr.org/post/ben-famed-ice-cream-duo-takes-campaign-finance <p>Ben Cohen of the famous "Ben &amp; Jerry's" ice cream brand finds the current relationship between money and political campaigns far from sweet. Cohen spoke with KETR&nbsp;briefly before his Tuesday evening engagement at Texas A&amp;M University-Commerce and described his current focus on political activism.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Mark Haslett 45577 at http://ketr.org 'Ben' of famed ice cream duo takes on campaign finance Kristofferson: Smiling at 77 http://ketr.org/post/kristofferson-smiling-77 <p>Kris Kristofferson, the man who lived a dozen different lives before the age that most men are settling into one, isn&rsquo;t done. He&rsquo;s got at least one more role to play on this earthly stage. At 77, Kristofferson has become the thankful one.</p><p><em>I got lucky, I got everything I wanted</em></p><p><em>I got happy, there was nothing else to do</em></p><p><em>And I&#39;d be crazy not to wonder if I&#39;m worthy</em></p><p><em>Of the part I play in this dream that&#39;s coming true</em></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:44:58 +0000 Mark Haslett 44089 at http://ketr.org Kristofferson: Smiling at 77 Don Carthel's dismissal a loss for Lone Star Conference http://ketr.org/post/don-carthels-dismissal-loss-lone-star-conference <p>There’s a shocking story from up on the high plains. West Texas A&amp;M University fired head football coach Don Carthel on Thursday.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 02:53:28 +0000 Mark Haslett 41861 at http://ketr.org Don Carthel's dismissal a loss for Lone Star Conference Stunning video of Dallas shot by mini-copter http://ketr.org/post/stunning-video-dallas-shot-mini-copter <p>If you're wondering how high those little helicopters with cameras can go, the answer is: Pretty high. Watch this video of Dallas.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:42:55 +0000 Mark Haslett 41128 at http://ketr.org Stunning video of Dallas shot by mini-copter John Graves: The soft-spoken master of Texas literature http://ketr.org/post/john-graves-soft-spoken-master-texas-literature <p>W.K. Stratton, president of the Texas Institute of Letters, shares his thoughts on Texas writer John Graves, who died July 31 at his home near Glen Rose. Sun, 04 Aug 2013 15:09:14 +0000 Mark Haslett 40958 at http://ketr.org John Graves: The soft-spoken master of Texas literature Happy Birthday, United States of America http://ketr.org/post/happy-birthday-united-states-america <h1>If you've never heard Paul Robeson singing "Ballad for Americans," here it is. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 19:22:59 +0000 Mark Haslett 39528 at http://ketr.org Happy Birthday, United States of America New media and soccer, L.A. style http://ketr.org/post/new-media-and-soccer-la-style <p>FC Dallas is hosting Chivas USA on July 4 in Frisco. Here's a look at the 21st-century fan culture of Los Angeles' "other" soccer team.</p><p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 04:04:02 +0000 Mark Haslett 39505 at http://ketr.org New media and soccer, L.A. style