Tuscaloosa, Alabama – This week marks one year since the tornadoes that tore through Alabama, killing over two hundred people and disrupting the lives of thousands of families. All week long on Alabama Public Radio, we'll revisit many of the people and places you heard from in the hours and days following the storm. APR news director Pat Duggins has this preview...
Spanish Fort, AL – Today is Veterans Day, where the nation remembers those who served in the U.S. military. Here in Alabama, military families will soon have a new spot where the state's servicemen and women can be laid to rest. The state hasn't had access to a veterans cemetery since 1962, when the first site near Mobile was closed down. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin reports on the challenges of the project and what a new cemetery means for Alabama veterans and their families.
Tuscaloosa, AL – It has been six months since a devastating tornado made its way through Tuscaloosa killing 52 people and costing 100's of millions of dollars in destruction. Tuscaloosa is in the middle of rebuilding but it's not a quick or easy process. Mayor Walt Maddox sat down with Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez to discuss where the recovery efforts are six months later and what the future holds for Tuscaloosa.
Phil Campbell, Alabama – School is getting underway across Alabama. For most kids, it's a matter of registering and buying school supplies. However, in the Northwest Alabama town of Phil Campbell, it's a different story. Following April's tornadoes, there is no high school to return to. City leaders are playing "beat the clock" to find classroom space before the opening bell rings on Monday. Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold returned to Phil Campbell and found a work still in progress
Tuscaloosa, Al – The Alabama tornadoes that hit Alabama attracted reporters from radio, television and newspapers. Now, the story is being told from a different perspective. A group of high school journalists got the chance to come to Tuscaloosa, see the the storm's aftermath first hand, and write about it. As Alabama Public Radio's Stan Ingold reports, it was an eye opener for everyone involved...
Fort Morgan, Alabama – Civil War history buffs have a reason to head to the Alabama gulf coast this year, and not just for the beaches. Two forts, on either side of Mobile Bay, played a crucial role in the Civil War, which occured 150 years ago. One of those forts may be in trouble. Today, APR's Pat Duggins revisits Fort Morgan, which had the largest number of troops at any fort during the conflict.
Mobile, Alabama – Alabama Public Radio is welcoming its newest listeners on WHIL-FM in Mobile. Long before APR began broadcasting along the Gulf coast, our audience knew of Eloise Thomley. The Ono Island resident joined APR as a commentator following the oil spill. We're inviting Eloise back to hear her thoughts on what's going on in Mobile. Today, she takes us on a tour...
Tuscaloosa, Alabama – An estimated one thousand Tuscaloosa residents gathered at Government Plaza for a candelight vigil to remember the people lost during the April 27th tornado. The event was more poignant, since the City officially raised the number of deaths from 41 to 43. Each name was read during the ceremony, which also praised volunteers and first responders. Alabama Public Radio's Pat Duggins was there, and produced this "sound portrait."
Tuscaloosa, AL – Many Alabama residents are recovering from the devastating tornado that swept through the state, including the hard hit city of Tuscaloosa. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin sat down with Victoria Sheehan, a University of Alabama student who talks about her thoughts when she saw the remains of her home in Alberta.
As Camille Elebash explains in her Foreword, Alline Van Duzor was brought to Tuscaloosa from Atlanta in 1946 to manage the then-new University Club. Van Duzor did just that, for 15 years. In 1962, right after her retirement, she published the original edition of this volume, containing the recipes for the dishes produced in her kitchen.
Clyde Bolton is one of Alabama's best-known and admired writers. His new book, "Hadacol Days," seems much less edgy, lively and immediate. It is of course smoothly told?Bolton knows how to write?but the story seems a distant overview, more a summary than an analysis, pleasant and nostalgic, a report about an age when it was still safe to hitch-hike.
In this novel, "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" we have an exploration of the issue of race in Mississippi that certainly brings to mind the tangled family patterns, with absolute separation of the races combined with miscegenation, leading inevitably to catastrophe, that one finds in Faulkner's "Absalom, Absalom" or "Go Down, Moses."
Rice is factual, but somewhat remote and, to no one's surprise, maintains mostly a tone one might call cool. Anyone searching for details of Dr. Rice's personal life will be mostly disappointed. This is absolutely not a tell-all autobiography. A few men get a few words each.
Randy Roberts, who has also written biographies of fighters Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey, has done a beautiful of laying out the life and career of Joe Louis and explaining the role that boxing played in American popular culture, race relations and civil rights and, in fact, the ways in which boxing was linked with American patriotism in the late '30s and '40s.