Maggie Martin http://apr.org en Raising Tastier Sea Urchins For Foodies And The Environment http://apr.org/post/raising-tastier-sea-urchins-foodies-and-environment Sea urchins are considered a culinary delicacy in many parts of the world, including Japan and the United States. The market for this "foie gras of the sea" is growing rapidly — so fast that supply can't keep up with demand.<p>But a scientist in Birmingham, Ala., says he's found a solution: He's built a sea urchin farm in his lab and has even developed a food for them to make them taste better. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:09:00 +0000 Maggie Martin 38441 at http://apr.org Raising Tastier Sea Urchins For Foodies And The Environment Senior Care Center Offering Free Tools During Alzheimer's Month http://apr.org/post/senior-care-center-offering-free-tools-during-alzheimers-month <p>September is World Alzheimer’s Month. The disease is a form of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. An organization in Northport is offering free resources designed to help families care for loved ones struggling with the disease. &nbsp;APR’s Maggie Martin sat down with Stephanie Buffaloe of the Home Instead Senior Care center. Buffaloe says for her, educating others about the disease hits close to home. The center will host free workshops later this month and in October. They’re also offering a free home kit with more resources and information on Alzheimer’s</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Maggie Martin 37409 at http://apr.org Senior Care Center Offering Free Tools During Alzheimer's Month Former Students Look Back 50 Years After Integration of Tuskegee High School http://apr.org/post/former-students-look-back-50-years-after-integration-tuskegee-high-school <p>All year long on Alabama Public Radio, we’re looking at the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of key moments in the civil rights movement. One of the biggest fights in the movement was the effort to desegregate schools. That included Tuskegee High School.&nbsp; In 1963, a lawsuit was filed to desegregate, and a federal court agreed. Thirteen black students were chosen to integrate the school and anticipated starting classes with their white peers on September 2<sup>nd</sup>. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 14:09:36 +0000 Maggie Martin 36989 at http://apr.org Former Students Look Back 50 Years After Integration of Tuskegee High School “No Remorse”: Prison Letters of Klansman Convicted in ’63 Birmingham Church Bombing http://apr.org/post/no-remorse-prison-letters-klansman-convicted-63-birmingham-church-bombing <p>50 years ago, a bomb exploded at the 16<sup>th</sup> street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Four young girls were killed in the blast. It would take 14 years before the first Klansman was tried and convicted in the bombing. Robert Chambliss was found guilty of his part in the attack.</p><p>He wound up at the St. Clair County Correctional Facility, about 40 miles northeast of Birmingham. It’s here where Chambliss wrote letters to his family during his time in prison.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:12:04 +0000 Maggie Martin 35223 at http://apr.org “No Remorse”: Prison Letters of Klansman Convicted in ’63 Birmingham Church Bombing 'Love Story' Actress Ali MacGraw Visits Huntsville http://apr.org/post/love-story-actress-ali-macgraw-visits-huntsville <p>Actress Ali MacGraw is speaking at the Huntsville Museum of Art today. MacGraw rose to fame in 1969 for her role in <em>Goodbye, Columbus,</em> for which she won a Golden Globe award. Shortly after, MacGraw starred in <em>Love Story</em>, for which she earned a second Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination. Today, MacGraw is in Huntsville as a special guest for the art museum’s ‘Voices of Our Times’ event. MacGraw says she’s traveled all over the world, but this is her first visit to the South.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 14:31:42 +0000 Maggie Martin 30040 at http://apr.org 'Love Story' Actress Ali MacGraw Visits Huntsville Hobson City: How Desegregation Almost Killed Ala.'s First All-Black City http://apr.org/post/hobson-city-how-desegregation-almost-killed-alas-first-all-black-city <p>2013 marks the 50th anniversary of many pivotal moments in the civil rights era in Alabama. The movement would lead to desegregation of schools and businesses in the Deep South. But, along with these victories, there were casualties along the way. Desegregation almost killed one small Alabama town.</p><p>“This used to be the main drag. The school would always have a homecoming parade, Christmas parade. So it was always kind of a celebration strip. And all these homes left and right, I knew everybody in these homes.”</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 17:29:39 +0000 Maggie Martin 29831 at http://apr.org Hobson City: How Desegregation Almost Killed Ala.'s First All-Black City 50 Years Since King’s Letter Recalls Spring Hill as Civil Rights Leader http://apr.org/post/50-years-king-s-letter-recalls-spring-hill-civil-rights-leader <P>2013 marks the 50th anniversary of many key moments in the civil rights movement. It was on April 16th, 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” King wrote the letter after being arrested for violating a court order banning civil rights demonstrations. In his letter, King cited Spring Hill College in Mobile for its leadership in the civil rights movement. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:30:59 +0000 Maggie Martin 28180 at http://apr.org 50 Years Since King’s Letter Recalls Spring Hill as Civil Rights Leader Documentary Sparks Hope for Music Hall of Fame http://apr.org/post/documentary-sparks-hope-music-hall-fame <P>A few months ago, visitors walking through Alabama’s Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia would be flooded with music. A look through the songs in the museum’s jukebox, for instance, and you could play anything you liked-for free.</P> <P>But today, it’s a different story.</P> <P>“The Hall of Fame is presently closed due to lack of funding," says Wiley Barnard. He's Executive Director of the Music Hall of Fame. "Our power is off. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:41:34 +0000 Maggie Martin 25648 at http://apr.org Documentary Sparks Hope for Music Hall of Fame Female Vet Health Care Focus of Tuscaloosa Meeting http://apr.org/post/female-vet-health-care-focus-tuscaloosa-meeting <P>The quality of health care for female veterans will be the highlight at a town hall meeting in Tuscaloosa tonight. The American Legion is hosting the event. It’s the country’s largest organization of war-time veterans. Officials say women now make up about 15 percent of the country’s service members. About 340,000 women veterans are currently enrolled in the VA health-care system, and officials say they expect that number to keep growing. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:32:52 +0000 Maggie Martin 24967 at http://apr.org Female Vet Health Care Focus of Tuscaloosa Meeting Heart Attack Survivors, Loved Ones Share Stories on Red Couch http://apr.org/post/heart-attack-survivors-loved-ones-share-stories-red-couch <P>The American Heart Association of Birmingham is taking a unique approach to heart disease this month. Starting February 1, the Red Couch Campaign encourages survivors and those impacted by the disease to sit on a red couch and share their stories. Matt Hooper is with the American Heart Association in Birmingham. He says some participants are reluctant to share their stories.</P> <P>“We do occasionally run into folks who have a story and are reticent to share it either because the memory is too fresh or it’s something they just don’t want to talk about,” says Hooper. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:48:44 +0000 Maggie Martin 24093 at http://apr.org Heart Attack Survivors, Loved Ones Share Stories on Red Couch StoryCorps Griot Project Comes to UAB http://apr.org/post/storycorps-griot-project-comes-uab <P>The University of Alabama at Birmingham collected several interviews with African-Americans in the area and is sharing 10 of them tonight during an open house at UAB’s Digital Media Commons. UAB students collaborated with the StoryCorps Griot Initiative for the project. “Griot” is a West-African word meaning “storyteller.” Rosie O’Beirne is director of digital media and learning at UAB. She says the process began two years ago.</P> <P>“In January 2011, StoryCorps, which is the largest oral history project of its kind, came to Birmingham’s Civil Rights Institute,” says O’Beirne. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:14:49 +0000 Maggie Martin 23339 at http://apr.org StoryCorps Griot Project Comes to UAB Mobile County Celebrates 200 Years of History http://apr.org/post/mobile-county-celebrates-200-years-history <P><FONT face=Arial><FONT size=3>In just a few days, Mobile County turns 200 years old. Over the past year, the county’s hosted several events leading up to December 18</FONT><SUP><FONT size=2>th</FONT></SUP><FONT size=3>. They included outdoor music concerts and even a “Tribute to Elvis Gala,” celebrating the King of Rock and Roll who performed in Mobile in the 1950’s. The year-long celebration will wrap up&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;with a birthday bash complete with two-thousand and twelve cupcakes. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:42:22 +0000 Maggie Martin 21960 at http://apr.org Mobile County Celebrates 200 Years of History UAB Report: Medicaid Expansion Could Mean $1 Billion in Revenue for Alabama http://apr.org/post/uab-report-medicaid-expansion-could-mean-1-billion-revenue-alabama <P>A big deadline is looming today for state's like Alabama. Washington wants to know which states plan to create&nbsp;their own health insurance exchanges, as part of the Affordable Care Act. Each state that says “no” will leave that job up to&nbsp;the federal government. Today's&nbsp;deadline comes just days after&nbsp;the University of Alabama at Birmingham released a report related to the expansion of Medicaid under the act. The report says if Alabama opts into the Medicaid expansion, it could mean a billion dollars in new tax revenue for the state. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 19:15:08 +0000 Maggie Martin 21921 at http://apr.org UAB Report: Medicaid Expansion Could Mean $1 Billion in Revenue for Alabama Ala. Governor's Mansion Open for Christmas Tours http://apr.org/post/ala-governors-mansion-open-christmas-tours <P>The Governor's Mansion in Montgomery is getting ready for the first of three evenings of public tours during the Christmas season.</P> <P>First Lady Dianne Bentley says the mansion will be open from 5-7 p.m. Monday and during the same hours Dec. 10 and 17. Decorators from across the state volunteered to decorate the mansion and the neighboring Hill House for the holidays. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 12:35:15 +0000 Maggie Martin 21472 at http://apr.org Ala. Governor's Mansion Open for Christmas Tours Raw Video of Gay Rodeo in Fort Worth, TX http://apr.org/post/raw-video-gay-rodeo-fort-worth-tx <P>Wild Drag Racing is the most popular "camp" event at a gay rodeo. Men dress up in drag and have to get on a steer and go across a white line in under 1 minute. Not as easy as it sounds, as you can see from the video above.<BR>The man with the red feather in his hat is John Beck, the "Grandfather" of the Gay Rodeo. He invented Wild Drag Racing. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:45:03 +0000 Maggie Martin 21237 at http://apr.org