I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Julia Alvarez is an amazing writer.  Julia has an impressive collection of literary rewards.  In 2013, President Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling. 


Branding is everything. In this episode of the Business Review, New York ad agency chief Kristi Faulkner explains why businesses need to focus on their brand message from top to bottom. 

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“You have a greater percentage of staff who want to stay home out of concern of being infected than the percentage of families that want to resume in-person classes,” says Houston Chronicle reporter Jacob Carpenter.

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Long distances between residents and food pantries or nearby grocery stores contribute to food insecurity.

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“This was an extremely tough decision,” says the chair of the fair’s board.

David and Art - "Alabama"

Jul 6, 2020
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How one of America's jazz greats took on one of the greatests outrages in the American Civil Rights Movement. 

On a bright Sunday morning in Birmingham, Alabama, a bomb exploded under the rear steps of the 16th Street Baptist Church.  Four young girls who were in the basement changing into their choir robes for the youth service that morning, were killed.  Another 20 people or so were wounded.  The explosion left a crater five feet wide and two feet deep in the basement.  The bomb was placed there by four members of the Ku Klux Klan.  It was September 15, 1963. 

Two months later saxophonist John Coltrane stepped into a studio to record a song that he had written in tribune to the girls who were killed.  It was called simply “Alabama.”  A few

The Kings of Harmony were among the most influential jubilee groups to record in the early days of gospel music. 

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Downtown Depot - Mary Jane Evans

Jul 3, 2020

This week on Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek discusses the appointment of Darius Ewing to the Waco City Councel District 4, and then sits down with Mary Jane Evans, a DJ on 94.5 The Beat. 

Baylor Connections - Brad Livingstone

Jul 3, 2020

Get to know Baylor University’s First Gentleman. Brad Livingstone is an educator, basketball player, World War II expert, and Baylor’s inaugural “First Gent.” As a high school history teacher, Livingstone has brought hundreds of veterans into his classroom to share their stories with students, and the impact of those stories and relationships has become a hallmark of his classes. In this Baylor Connections, he shares how those experiences have been so meaningful, reminisces about meeting President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., in college, and offers insights into his role as First Gent.

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

According to the dust jacket, Crissy Van Meter grew up in Southern California.  She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School.  Creatures is her first novel.  


Expectations and feelings of isolation are just a few challenges employers face when supporting remote workers. In this episode of the Business Review, Dr. Sara Perry, assistant professor of management at Baylor University, offers her research-based ideas on how employers can best help their employees.

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How parts of a highway were named and how that’s changing.

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This July Fourth holiday weekend, Nueces County will begin restricting vehicle access to beaches in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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The Hill Country tourist town’s Main Street is busy. Many people aren’t wearing masks.

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In Harris County, early voting locations added, masks encouraged, distributed to voters.