Arts & Life

Alabama Life - April 16, 2006

Apr 16, 2006

Unusually dry in southern parts of Alabama? Get the details on this episode of Alabama Life. Plus the storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham remembers a baby Easter chick she got as a kid. It didn't turn out so well.

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Summer Crossing

Apr 10, 2006

Truman Capote wrote the first draft of Summer Crossing in the fall of 1946 in Monroeville, Alabama, on an extended visit "home." But Capote continued to work on the manuscript on and off, for another six years, first abandoning it for Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948), the story collection A Tree of Night (1949), and the essay collection Local Color (1951).

Alabama Life - April 9, 2006

Apr 9, 2006

Brett Tannehill has a story about filing taxes online; Butler Cain talks with our Montgomery Bureau reporter Gina Smith about the end of the 2006 regular legislative session; Kathryn Tucker Windham talks about weather-predicting chickens.

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Alabama Life - April 2, 2006

Apr 2, 2006

Following up on a couple of stories regarding Sunshine Week, a 'surprise-in-the-mail' story from Kathryn Tucker Windham, and raising money for Alabama Public Radio.

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The Same Language

Mar 27, 2006

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Alabama Life - March 26, 2006

Mar 26, 2006

On this episode of Alabama Life, we're exploring Spring through the stories of the storyteller, Kathyrn Tucker Windham.

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In the nineteen sixties, a group of American writers staged a kind of literary revolution and took fiction in a new direction. In his new book, Where Three Roads Meet--you will recall that the word "trivia" refers in Latin to notes posted where three roads meet--Barth has three novellas.

In the nineteen sixties, a group of American writers staged a kind of literary revolution and took fiction in a new direction.

Alabama Life - March 19, 2006

Mar 19, 2006

Alabama Governor Bob Riley talks with APR's Gina Smith. Brett Tannehill looks into a story about bamboo farms in Alabama. And storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham talks about one inch tall weather forecasters.

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Alabama Life - March 12, 2005

Mar 12, 2006

On the show today: Sunshine Week, the Sucarnochee Revue and Kathryn Tucker Windham's favorite winter flower.

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Sunshine week is an effort to educate people about their rights to government records. APR News director Butler Cain spoke with the executive director of the Alabama Press Association about it.

George Packer, a staff writer for the New Yorker, was at first a proponent of the war, a supporter who wanted to see the Iraqi people freed from the terror and sadism of their homicidal maniac tyrant president. George Packer is a whole lot less optimistic now than he was before the invasion.

Alabama Life - March 5, 2006

Mar 5, 2006

Two classical performers talk about their concerts and Auburn's Wayne Flynt talks about To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee and Truman Capote.

Richard Glazier, Steinway Artist, performed at Forbes Piano Company in Homewood, Alabama. He paid tribute to the Gershwins and Birmingham's own Hugh Martin. Before the concert, though, he spoke with our classical music host, David Duff.

Alabama Life - February 26, 2006

Mar 1, 2006

Experimenting with alternative fuels in Auburn; remembering Mabel Smythe Haith and her contribution to the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta; early signs of Spring and its effect on Alabama's peach crop; and storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham's tattoo story.

Rob Trucks, who holds the MFA from the University of Alabama, published a pair of books, The Pitcher and The Catcher, in what will be a series, a book for every position, "Baseball Behind the Seams."

With At Canaan's Edge, Taylor Branch brings his three-volume history of America in the King Years to a close. Volume one, Parting the Waters 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize, and volume two, Pillar of Fire, was a best-seller.

With At Canaan's Edge, Taylor Branch brings his three-volume history of America in the King Years to a close. Volume one, Parting the Waters 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize, and volume two, Pillar of Fire, was a best-seller.

On this edition of Alabama Life we preview Prototype, a new podcast show from Alabama Public Radio.

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The Magic Keys

Feb 13, 2006

The Magic Keys is a kind of love letter from Murray to his wife, to New York City fifty years ago, and to the music that he loves. Murray's last three novels and now The Magic Keys are centered around Scooter, a bright boy growing up in fictional Gasoline Point, Alabama, in north Mobile County.

On this episode of Alabama Life - Congressman Artur Davis visits congregations in his district whose church buildings were burned. A convenience store in Snead offers free drinks for knowing Bible verses. Hear a report from Mardi Gras in Mobile. And listen to snow stories from the Storyteller.

The recent string of church burnings caught the attention of the nation, including Congressman Artur Davis. He toured four of those churches in his district and spoke with APR's Brett Tannehill about what he saw.

The StoryCorps MobileBooth came to Alabama in November. On this edition of Alabama Life, we will replay four of those stories heard during the original broadcast on November 6, 2005.

StoryCorps is a national oral history project. The StoryCorps MobileBooth that?s been touring the country is now in Alabama. They?re parked in historic downtown Northport till November 21.

Their visit to Alabama is sponsored by Jim Walter Resources and Hampton Inns of Tuscaloosa.

The Point of Fracture

Jan 30, 2006

Frank Turner Hollon is a practicing attorney in Robertsdale, Alabama, and one of the fastest, seemingly effortless writers to come along in Alabama for a long time. All of Hollon's novels involve crime, the law, lawyers, courtroom procedures, rules of evidence, and the rest of what you would expect to find in an attorney's fiction, but The Point of Fracture is the best yet.

Alabama Life - January 29, 2006

Jan 29, 2006

On this episode of Alabama Life: Celebrating the Chinese New Year in Alabama, Alabama's sister city in China, and organizational ideas from storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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APR's Brett Tannehill spoke with Pat James of the Children's Hands-On Museum (CHOM) in Tuscaloosa about their celebration of the Chinese New Year.

News director Butler Cain spoke with Scotty Colson about Birmingham's sister city in Anshan, China.

"Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" is Anne Rice's twenty-eighth book. Beginning in 1976 with "Interview with the Vampire," Ms. Rice has been on the bestseller list many times with the vampire books, a series on witches.

On this episode of Alabama Life - Those behind the scenes who make sure legislative procedure is carried out properly; remembering Wilson Pickett; and things you don't normally hear in church.

* Each year you hear plenty about lawmakers during the legislative session. What you do not usually hear are the stories of the ones behind the scenes who make sure legislative procedure is carried out properly. Well, on this episode of Alabama Life, you will hear about three of them.

Gibbons, in 1987, at the tender age of 26, published a minor masterpiece, "Ellen Foster." This is a small book in the voice of a ten-year-old North Carolina girl whose mother dies, drunken father dies, selfish, vain grandmother dies, who may have been sexually abused, and whose aunt and cousin are rotten and cruel.

Joseph Hilley has written two mystery novels, Sober Justice and Double Take, set in Mobile/Fairhope, Alabama. While the first book claims religious interventions help lawyer Mike Connolly find evidence in a murder case, the second book is along the lines of a more traditional mystery novel.

A Woman of the Town

Jan 2, 2006

This book chronicles the life of Louise Wooster, a widely known madam in historic Birmingham. Based off her memoirs published in 1911, Baggett included an introduction, along with newspaper articles about her and entries from the Birmingham City Directory.

The Hermit King

Dec 27, 2005

A collection of Cobb's "best stories," along with the reprinted novel set in a fictionalized Demopolis.

Bill Cobb, along with Albert Murray, Helen Norris, Elise Sanguinetti, Harper Lee, Madison Jones, and H. E. Francis, is now one of the senior citizens of Alabama fiction.

He now has such a reputation that his early, out-of-print work is being put back into print for contemporary readers.

The Hermit King

Dec 27, 2005

A collection of Cobb's "best stories," along with the reprinted novel set in a fictionalized Demopolis.

Bill Cobb, along with Albert Murray, Helen Norris, Elise Sanguinetti, Harper Lee, Madison Jones, and H. E. Francis, is now one of the senior citizens of Alabama fiction.

He now has such a reputation that his early, out-of-print work is being put back into print for contemporary readers.

Love and Duty

Dec 25, 2005

An in-depth look at the lives of Amelia and Josiah Gorgas as well as their influence on the University of Alabama.

The lives of Amelia Gayle Gorgas and Josiah Gorgas have not gone unexamined.

A retired sports writer takes no prisoners and tells all in this memoir.

During his 46 years as a newspaperman, 40 of them with the Birmingham News, Clyde Bolton earned a reputation as a straight-talking reporter.

He covered mainly sports, all the major sports and teams in the state of Alabama and, along the way, wrote 16 books before this one.

Six of those books were novels, the best being Nancy Swimmer; Story of the Cherokee Nation.

A retired sports writer takes no prisoners and tells all in this memoir.

During his 46 years as a newspaperman, 40 of them with the Birmingham News, Clyde Bolton earned a reputation as a straight-talking reporter.

He covered mainly sports, all the major sports and teams in the state of Alabama and, along the way, wrote 16 books before this one.

Six of those books were novels, the best being Nancy Swimmer; Story of the Cherokee Nation.

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