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Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller's achievement with The Song of Achilles cannot be overstated. Here's a novel that's absorbingly readable for a modern audience, but that still has the poetry of Homeric sagas.

Program Notes: Stagecoach (1939)

Stagecoach movie poster

From the moment it hit the nation's movie screens in 1939, John Ford's Stagecoach was declared a masterpiece. Not just a pretty good Western, but a masterpiece. Never before had an "oater" earned that sort of praise.

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Book Review: The Drop by Dennis Lehane

The Drop by Dennis Lehane

Looking for an interesting new book to add to your fall reading list? Then consider The Drop by Dennis Lehane, set to be released on September 2, 2014.

Local History

Devastation and Controversy: A History of Floods in the West Bottoms

The 1951 Flood

The beginning of the end came for the Kansas City Stockyards in July 1951 when the West Bottoms suffered the worst flood in the city’s history, one from which the industrial district never fully recovered.

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Book Review: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Some say that The Long Goodbye is too loosely constructed, and too sentimental, and they may be right. But Chandler was never much for tight plotting, but could scarcely be beat in setting up a scene and for the crispness of his language.