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

I have often tried numerous times to achieve even a minimal amount of skill on a piano.  Thad Carhart’s wonderful book, The Piano on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier, gives me many interesting insights into music.  Thad is a dual citizen of Ireland and the US, and he has spent much of his life in France.  He now lives in Paris with his wife and children.

Art forms never simply disappear as long as there are people dedicated to keeping them alive.

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Heart-breaking story of a man desperate to reunite with his deceased wife.

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

Over the course of my reading life, I have been fortunate enough to gather a small number of books which deeply affected me and drove me to tears.  For example, A Little Life by Yonagihara, The Goldfinch by Donna Tart, and Iris Murdoch: A Life by Peter Conradi to name a few.  I now have a fourth to add to my list: Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin. 

St. OIaf Choir Brings Sacred Chorale Music to Waco

Feb 3, 2016
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Faith, service, ministry, and hope. These are the words the St. Olaf Choir has lived by for more than a century.  The chorale group will bring those elements to their performance at Baylor University this week. KWBU’s Stephanie Lee takes a closer look at what has kept the group running all these years.

Behind the Story: Hip Hop Salvation

Jan 1, 2016

Welcome to Behind the Story, a program where we take you straight to the source. In this episode we’ll hear about a longstanding music program at Mission Waco. But the kids that go through this program aren’t just learning how to craft songs, they’re also learning to cope and deal with the problems they face day-to-day. That’s because these kids are high-risk youth, and Pastor Gabriel Dominguez, who leads the program, is helping them, through music.

Jill Ament

Young Waco artists and musicians used to hang out at Beatnix coffee house before it closed its doors in 2012. KWBU’s Jill Ament says the former owners are trying to open back up – this time in the heart of Waco.

In his own words, Sammy Davis, Jr. was "the only black, Puerto Rican, one-eyed, Jewish entertainer in the world."

His daughter, Tracey Davis, shares memories and details of his life in her new book, Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father. It's based on conversations Davis had with her father as he battled throat cancer near the end of his life.