Washington University in St. Louis beat out the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University and 453 other colleges to win the title of America's smartest college. The ranking comes from researchers at Luminosity, which creates digital brain-training games, who studied how 70,000 cur ... More >>
Ghosts are said to roam St. Louis' riverfront where thousands have succumbed to cholera, duels and other untimely deaths, and for a price, David Riordan -- a former commodities baron-slash-lawyer-slash-millionaire turned cab driver -- will be your guide. Walking through Laclede's Landing at night i ... More >>
A pair of Washington University sex researchers are about to get the Mad Men treatment. About a year ago, Showtime announced that it approved a pilot based on the work and exploits of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the legendary sex researchers who attempted to demystify everything from the ... More >>
Ayad Akhtar is a lucky man. His first novel, American Dervish, came out in January and has received extravagant praise from the likes of the New York Times and NPR; you can hear him read from it this Wednesday, February 29, at Left Bank Books. Next month, for a few days anyway, he will have two play ... More >>
Sasha BarrNeutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum launches his first national tour since 1998 today. Unfortunately, none of the shows are in St. Louis -- he'll play a pair at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago on February 6 and 7. Still, his resurrection has not gone unnoticed in these parts. In this ... More >>
Kristie McClanahanThe argument of nature versus nurture seems to be a sure-fire way to pass the time on cable-news shows, particularly when it comes to the "born gay" versus "became that way" argument, but it also pops up during discussions about birth order or, when we were in college, putt ... More >>
Cory Taylor Cox In this week's print issue, we spent some time with Delia and Hannah Rainey, the twin sisters of Dubb Nubb, and older sister, drummer and Special Passenger Records owner Amanda Rainey. Below is some of our interview with Amanda, in which she provides the label's history and ph ... More >>
St. Louis woman Michelle Carter alleges that a misleading ad campaign convinced her to give Dial's Complete Foaming Antibacterial Hand Wash a try.A St. Louis woman filed suit in federal court Friday -- alleging that the Dial Corporation made "false and misleading" claims while selling her its foa ... More >>
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image viaThe nice scientists at Mizzou helped Bunny grow a new shoulder!It would be convenient if human bodies were like starfish, able to regenerate missing limbs or anything else they need. We can't yet, but a team of researchers at the University of Missouri and Columbia University may be clos ... More >>
Are you one of those people who uses soap in the belief that it'll kill germs and win you more friends? If so, you may be one of the kabajillions (technical term, you know) who were excited by the prospect of Dial Complete, a soap that claims to eliminate 99.99 percent of germs. And if you w ... More >>
Be nice to Wash. U. students. They're really stressed out.Another day, another ranking. This one involves rating which of the nation's top 50 campuses are the biggest pressure cookers, of which Washington University placed No. 13 -- in between Yale and Dartmouth. Stanford is the leading ... More >>
Author James McGrath Morris is out with the most comprehensive biography to date on St. Louis Post-Dispatch founder and America's first media baron, Joseph Pulitzer. Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power recalls chronicles the Hungarian immigrant's arrival to America his formative years e ... More >>
courtesy of Jeopardy! Wash. U. junior Nick Yozamp is competing on Jeopardy! this afternoon.Updated February 10: After overcoming a $5,200 deficit in Monday's game, Yozamp advanced to the Jeopardy! College Championship finals, airing tomorrow, February 11, and Friday, February 12, at 3:30 p ... More >>
Somebody told Daily RFT there was a striking moment in Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? when an independent campaign consultant talked about what a nice, smart, capable guy Jeff Smith is -- but that to win in politics the then-29-year-old needed to get more cutthroat. We couldn't find sai ... More >>
The Mexican gets to the root (word) of güero.
A new St. Louis online paper will let you know whether that family moving next door is rich and famous.
Recent lawsuits puncture the veil of secrecy surrounding lethal injection
Time for this town to cash in on Hurricane Katrina
The Winter's Tale will leave you cold
A family's crisis feels a bit too familiar in Imaginary Heroes
How many city officials send their kids to city schools?
If you're young and female, New York Minute is your movie
Or forever hold your peace
Some folks deserve our congratulations (kisses, Wash. U.!), some our patronage (we love Don Bellon's beautiful, found-object-filled deli) and still others our furrowed brow (hijinx on Bill O'Reilly's Web site: wha'?)
He scaled an intellectual Everest at age twelve. What's he like at sixteen? Meet George Thampy.
To save St. Louis public schools, Bill Roberti and his band of hired guns plan to blow things up. Who'll pick up the pieces when they're gone?
Spider-Man slings pop mythology for the masses
Week of March 27, 2002
In Novocaine, Steve Martin sticks his fingers into all the wrong places
Fed up with industry demands, Robbie Fulks releases his unusual new album on his own label
The avant-garde SITI Company melds fact and fiction in a new take on Orson Welles' infamous practical joke
Historyonics' Dust Tracks leads nowhere
Directed by Bette Gordon
Drug courts save lives and save money. That's not good enough for St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.
Duncan Bauman is alive and well, and still trying to have the last word. Period.
Artist Mary Miss' plan for the space next to the new Federal Courthouse is vastly different from the statues and monolithic sculptures of the past. It's public art that actually keeps the public in mind.