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    September 22, 2014

    How Michael Brown News Dominated Twitter, Played Out on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN

    Forty-eight hours before cable news networks picked up the story of Michael Brown, the story exploded on Twitter with hundreds of thousands of people tweeting about the shooting, rioting and heavily-militarized police response. A report from the Pew Research Center shows that in the first week aft ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Cops in Ferguson Detain Journalists, Threaten to Shoot Cameraman, Mace Reporter

    As armed protesters facing off with heavily militarized security forces continue to face off in nightly violence in Ferguson, journalists on the scene are increasingly coming under threat of arrest or injury from police officers. With tens of thousands of people watching via live stream, a police o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Comedian W. Kamau Bell Wants You to Join Him Around the Campfire

    In this week's print edition we interviewed W. Kamau Bell, a standup comic who is back on the road after FX cancelled his show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell after just two seasons. Bell is a man of many well-chosen words, and it was impossible to fit the entire interview in the paper. He explain ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    W. Kamau Bell May Have Lost His TV Show, But He Hasn't Lost His Edge

    Standup comics are rarely one-trick ponies nowadays. Some act in movies, others in sitcoms and a handful even take a crack at the music business. But only a small minority ever host their very own TV show. The Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell ran on FX for two seasons, making t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Second Amendment Preservation Act Fails: Missouri Won't Ban Federal Gun Laws

    It won't be a crime to enforce federal gun laws in Missouri after all. The state legislature yesterday failed to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto and enact one of the most extreme pro-gun measures in the country -- the highly controversial House Bill 436, which would have, among many contested p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    [VIDEO] Bill O'Reilly: "These St. Louis Post-Dispatch People are Dumb and Corrupt."

    In an editorial last Wednesday, the Post-Dispatch lamented public distrust of the media (which is now at a record high, according to Gallup). The daily suggested that both conservative and liberal cable-news hotheads may or may not be totally to blame, but surely don't help the situation. So what do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Occupy STL -- Voices from Kiener Plaza

    ​The man in the light blue button down is just on a quick smoke break. He's from southwest Missourah, in town for a meeting, soaking up a nice day in Kiener Plaza in the heart of downtown St. Louis and he's stumbled upon a square full of sleeping bags and Imo's boxes and pitched tents and people t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Video: McCaskill says McConnell "Has Lost His Mind"

    ​Remember that scene in "Almost Famous" when the plane seems like it's about to crash, so everybody starts making all these outrageous confessions? I once hit a man in Dearborn, Michigan... If I took an extra dollar or two it's 'cause I knew I'd earned it... I slept with Marta... I'm Gay! Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    How Not to Recruit a Willing Cannibalism Victim

    ​Look, buddy, I get it. Your whole life you've had an unnatural craving for human flesh. You get in line behind a particularly shapely ass at the grocery store, and immediately you start picturing it dry-rubbed with your favorite blend of herbs and spices and turning slowly on a spit. "A Modest Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Jeff Smith Hits National Stage Yet Again On MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show

    Had your fill of former state senator Jeff Smith? Good, 'cause he's everywhere! Since getting released from federal prison last November after fibbing to the FBI about his 2004 congressional campaign, "Mr. Smith" has hit the national stage: The New Republic did a bang-up feature on him (though we th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The Future of News? Media Trends Suggest Social Media, Partisan Reporting and Brevity

    Social Media, Version 1.0​Amy Mitchell, deputy director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism was in town yesterday to speak at a luncheon for PR professionals. Her topic, "The New News Consumer and the Future of News: Trends for 2011 and Beyond," also drew a fair numbe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Just How Many Antibiotics Are Given to Livestock, Anyway?

    29 million pounds of antibiotics. That how much the Atlantic says was given to animals intended for food last year. This is the first time the Food and Drug Administration has tracked antibiotic use in commercial livestock.A hacking we will go! National Restaurant News reports that McDonalds had a d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Five Reasons to Embrace the Food Safety Bill

    That food safety bill we keep talking about? Exactly what's it going to do for us? MSNBC breaks it down into the five most important points, the first being less intestinal distress. ABC reports that a recent change in the bill will exempt small farms that make less than half a million dollars annua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Keith Olbermann Dana Loesch = BFF?

    ​MSNBC's Keith Olbermann returned to the airwaves last night after a temporary suspension (he wasn't allowed on the air Friday or Monday, which the rest of us call a long weekend). In case you've been living under a rock for the past weekish, Politico reported Friday that Olbermann had made three ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Rod Blagojevich Saved By One Stubborn Female Juror

    Image viaDoes this look like the face of a criminal?​After a jury deadlocked on all but one of 24 corruption charges against Rod Blagojevich -- convicting him only of the relatively minor offense of lying to the FBI -- the former Illinois governor declared victory. Standing on the courthouse steps ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Beware the Insidious Thyroid-Destroying Powers of Bok Choy

    Bok choy, lookin' innocent. Don't be deceived.​From MSNBC, via Gawker, comes a truly odd story: A woman nearly died after eating only raw bok choy -- two to three pounds a day -- for several months. Apparently, the 88-year-old woman thought it would help her control her diabetes.It turns out that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Kit Bond Falls Asleep During Intelligence Briefing

    "Kit and I sometimes have trouble staying awake during those boring intelligence briefings."​Seems everyone is asleep at the wheel these days. Oh well, these are troubled and tiring times, after all. We could all use a good nap. Take Ken Griffey Jr., for one. The Seattle Mariner's ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Recalling that Near-Disastrous Flight From St. Louis to Chicago on September 28, 2007

    Should this plane have been grounded? According to a new study, more than 65,000 flights should have been over the past six years.​Since 2003, at least 65,000 U.S. airline flights should never have been permitted to leave the ground because shoddy repair work and improper maintaina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 12.30

    ​ Bar stages protest with PBR-can guillotine. (New York Daily News)Low milk prices leave dairy farmers in need. (MSNBC)The year's weirdest booze marketing. ( year in lunch. ( sustainable food stories of the year. (

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    December 29, 2009

    News from the Far Right: Taitz Tells Patriots to Take Up Arms; Davis Might Run for Senate / CC BY-ND 2.0​Voila a couple of quick political tidbits during this no-one-gives-a-sh$t week. 1) First, the always-responsible Dr. Orly Taitz -- a California attorney who believes President Obama is not really a U.S. citizen -- posted a literal call to ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 12.8

    ​ What's wrong with the USDA? (The Atlantic)Florida McDonald's accused of transgendered hiring discrimination. (MSNBC)Like cranberries? You'd better, because they're in everything. (Los Angeles Times)Dissecting the anatomy of a menu. (New York Magazine)

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    November 20, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 11.20

    ​ Food safety bill passes the Senate. (Los Angeles Times)Top ten dubious food label health claims. ( Humbolt squid is quite tasty. (Philadelphia Inquirer)Beetles make all-natural Superglue on asparagus. (MSNBC)Craft beer kings Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head collaborate on ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 11.13

    ​ Missouri's Share the Harvest gets boost from the state to provide donated deer meat to the needy. (St. Louis Business Journal)Burger King owners sue corporation for money-losing promotion. (MSNBC)New Orleans prepares to celebrate the po' boy. (The New York Times)How to act right around cel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 10.28

    ​ How to fail at the food co-op. (The New York Times)Oyster ban threatens industry. (MSNBC)Name that Halloween candy. ( look at Yuengling Beer's 180 years of brewing. (ABC News)Missouri wine sales increase. (KOMU-TV)

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    October 14, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 10.14

    ​ Dairy farmers file class action suit against four big milk corporations accused of monopolizing and price fixing. (Associated Press)New York chefs lose weight to raise money for hunger organization. (Reuters)All's not well in the worlds of sex and food. (The New York Times)Cheese consumptio ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 10.2

    ​ Coke changing labels to make calorie counts more obvious. (MSNBC)New dinner party trend - share the work and the expense. (Chicago Tribune)Americans aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables. Michelle Obama to tackle the issue on November 10th episode of Sesame Street. (U.S. News and Worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    RFT Reader Gives Dan Savage of Piece of His Crazy Mind

    ​Syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage planted his foot firmly in his mouth last night when he appeared on Keith Olbermann's MSNBC show Countdown and proclaimed that the goal of right-wing Republicans and their fear-mongering talk of "death panels" is to cause the assassination of Barack O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Ass Clown of the Week: State Rep. Cynthia Davis Ass ClownWhich is the greater indignity? MSNBC's Keith Olbermann calling you the "World's Worst Person" in front of a national television audience measuring in the hundreds of thousands -- if not millions -- of viewers? Or being voted "Ass Clown of the Week" by dozens* of devoted ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    Rep. Cynthia Davis Says She's Really Not the Worst Person in the World

     Rep. Cynthia Davis, who said in her June newsletter that hunger can be a "positive motivator" for young poor people to find jobs, says her controversial views have been misconstrued.Earlier this week, the St. Charles Country Republican drew national fire and earned the wrath of MSNBC's Ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Keith Olbermann Names Missouri Lawmaker "World's Worst Person" her June newsletter, Rep. Cynthia Davis, a St. Charles County Republican, offers some rather provocative commentary on child hunger. In fact, she says, there are actually hidden benefits to a child going hungry. Who would have thought? "Hunger can be a positiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Don't Forget! Tea Bagging Tonight In Kiener Plaza

    Yes, tonight is the night that hardcore fiscal conservatives (not Nazi's, as that useless liberal tool Chad Garrison would lead you to believe) from across the country will gather in their respective cities to protest recent government spending and what they claim are unfair taxes levied against the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Gateway Grizzlies, the Gauntlet Has Been Thrown Down

    The West Michigan Whitecaps, a minor-league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, will offer a 4,800-calorie burger at its stadium this season. (MSNBC)The 4-pound, $20 burger features five beef patties, five slices of cheese, nearly a cup of chili and liberal doses of salsa and corn chips, all on an 8-in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Top o' the Morning Brew: Tuesday, 3.17

    The USDA's new Country of Origin Labeling (pr COOL) law goes into effect today. (MSNBC)Apparently, it's food-allergy-news week: A new study finds that black male children have the highest risk of food allergies. (U.S. News & World Report)Research suggests that eating mushrooms could reduce a wom ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 3.13

    Salmonella cases continue occur, mostly from peanut-butter crackers. (MSNBC)(Note to fellow RFT employees reading this: That includes the crackers in our vending machine!)A new Chinese food scandal? Questions about injecting meat with water. (Wall Street Journal)Sting is releasing his own wine. Is t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Breaking: Starbucks to Close 300 More Stores, Cut 6,700 Jobs

    MSNBC reports that Starbucks will close 300 additional stores and cut 6,700 jobs, both at those closed stores and at its corporate offices. The coffee giant saw its profit drop 69% during the first quarter of its fiscal year. No word yet on where and when the closings will occur.

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    January 18, 2009

    Classic Cocktails from Rachel Maddow

    Turns out MSNBC's Rachel Maddow knows a thing or two about classic cocktails. Here's an extended clip, via Gawker, from her radio show in which she offers recipes for some of the all-time greats. And, yes, she's right: Bacardi white rum is foul.

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2008

    Show Review Photos: Little Joy and Dead Trees at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, Saturday, November 22

    (Photos and words by Roy Kasten)By temperament, I'm not a social person, which puts me at the center of a paradox every time I go out to see a band, something I've been doing every other night for most of my adult life -- or so it often seems. But I love music in performance, for the sound and p ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 11.18

    Upon my return from Mexico, there were 1,736 unread emails in the account I use for Google news alerts. D'oh. Here are some highlights from the last 24 hours... It's official: InBev has purchased Anheuser-Busch. (Dow Jones) A new government report finds an increase in U.S. households stru ... More >>

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    October 13, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 10.13

    How New York City restaurants are weathering the financial crisis. (MSNBC) David Lett, the "father" of Oregon pinot noir, has died. (San Jose Mercury-News) A very cool story about a Palestinian microbrewer. (AFP) - Ian Froeb

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    August 26, 2008
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    May 27, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 5.27

    Could Anheuser-Busch stave off InBev's takeover bid by buying a Mexican brewer Modelo? (Times) Fears that some of the labs that inspect food imports could be in cahoots with the importers to mislead the FDA. (Chicago Tribune) Even waiting for food handouts can be dangerous in Myanmar. (New York Ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2008

    D'oh! Red-Light Cameras Come Down

    Here's some interesting follow-ups to my March 5 feature story examining the use of red-light cameras in St. Louis. MSNBC reports today that officials in Dallas are removing more than a dozen cameras from intersections because they don't generate enough money to merit their cost. ... More >>

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    December 14, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 12/14 Have we really given Charlie, the pie-eating dog, the credit he deserves? Have any of us ever tried to disrupt an eating contest? Doubtful. Time and again we've turned our backs on these disgusting displays of soulless gorging, content with the knowledge that at least we understand t ... More >>

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    November 21, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 11/21

    Gut Check plans to take a four-day holiday weekend. To compensate, a bonus-sized edition of the Morning Brew. Yesterday I mentioned the rising cost of beer in England. Turns out, it's a global problem. Mike links to a very good article from our friends at the Post-Dispatch ... More >>

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    October 17, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 10/17

    The long, troubled tale of farmers trying to bring locally raised carrots to school lunches. (New York Times) Speaking of locally raised food: Another look at the locavore movement and whether it really does benefit the environment. (Reuters) A possible conflict of inte ... More >>

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    October 5, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 10/5

    The recall of E. coli-tainted Topps Meat Co. meat began September 25. The FDA knew about the contamination on September 7. Understandable concern about the delay. (New York Times) The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas thinks higher food prices might be here to stay. ... More >>

  • Music

    September 12, 2007


    6:30 p.m. Friday, September 14. Part of LOMA at Twangfest, Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills.

  • News

    April 19, 2006

    Race Goggles

    Unreal gets liquored up and starts demanding tasteless jokes. And in unrelated news, we talk teen sex with a Seattle sexologist and check out the locker room at the new Busch.

  • Culture

    January 2, 2002

    Rescue 9/11

    This year, a handful of shows provided the healing power of laughter

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    December 30, 1998
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