Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

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Ever been in a sticky situation? We all have. But probably none as sticky as the Great Molasses Flood, sometimes called the Molasses Massacre, which hit Boston in 1919.

The tragedy occurred when over 2 million gallons of molasses stored in a 50-foot tall tank at the Purity Distilling Company burst forth, when the temperature rose from below zero one day to 40 degrees the next.

A wall of molasses estimated to be as high as 30 feet swept down Boston's Atlantic Avenue at the rate of 25-35 miles per hour, engulfing everything in its path.

Jason Brown / KRCU

If you can guess where Vanessa Peters' song "Last Night Bus" is going before it hits the 48-second mark, I'll give you a Marvel-style "No-Prize." 

Diane Rehm's Voice

Jan 5, 2017

Since KRCU added The Diane Rehm Show in September of 2012, some KRCU listeners have asked us why Diane Rehm's voice sounds shaky. The reason is because Diane has spasmodic dysphonia.

Red Velvet Cake

Jan 2, 2017
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The non-violent overthrow of Czechoslovakia's communist government in 1999 was called the Velvet Revolution; growing up in St. Louis, the preferred ice cream of my youth was called Velvet Freeze; and the late crooner Mel Torme was called the Velvet Fog (or to those who weren't fans, the Velvet Frog.)

But to me the most deserving object of the designation "velvet" is red velvet cake -- a rich relative of devil's food cake only with a distinctive red color and frosted with white icing for contrast.

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