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9:16 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Old Newspapers, New Perspectives On The American Revolution

Courtesy of Sourcebooks

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 6:33 am

Time has a way of condensing major historical events into a few key moments, with one-dimensional, legendary figures at the forefront. In his new book, author and archivist Todd Andrlik gives life and depth to one such event — the American Revolution. He uses newspaper reporting from that era to provide a sense of the Revolution as it actually unfolded.

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Arts & Life
9:08 am
Mon November 26, 2012

In 'Titian,' New Perspective On An Italian Master

Agostino Carracci Library of Congress

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 6:03 am

He may not have a Ninja Turtle named after him, but Tiziano Vecellio of Venice — Titian, to English speakers — has a claim to being the most enduringly influential painter of the Renaissance, even more than his Roman contemporaries Michelangelo and Raphael. Something about him drives his fans to excess. Peter Paul Rubens painted nearly two-dozen copies of Titian's work; Anthony van Dyck bought 19 Titians for his own collection. Velazquez and Rembrandt worshipped him.

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Arts & Life
9:03 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Missy Mazzoli: A New Opera And New Attitude For Classical Music

As a young classical composer, Missy Mazzoli borrows music and business strategies from the indie rock world.
Stephen Taylor

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 3:36 am

Missy Mazzoli, a 32-year-old composer from Brooklyn, says she never wanted to write an opera until she read the journals of Isabelle Eberhardt, a Swiss adventurer from the turn of the 20th century. Oddly enough, Mazzoli first learned about Eberhardt while listening to NPR. Years later, she stumbled upon the explorer's journals in a bookstore.

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Arts & Life
5:47 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Auburn Fires Gene Chizik After 3-9 season

Auburn fired head coach Gene Chizik after a 3-9 season without any Southeastern Conference wins.
Credit sbnation.com

Auburn has fired coach Gene Chizik.


Auburn announced Sunday that Chizik was dismissed two years after leading the Tigers to their first national title since 1957. The Tigers closed with a 49-0 loss to No. 2 Alabama that was the second-most lopsided Iron Bowl game ever and worst since 1948.


The move came after a 3-9 season without any Southeastern Conference wins. It was the most losses by an Auburn team since an 0-10 season in 1950.

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Arts & Life
5:43 am
Mon November 26, 2012

NWS: 2012 Below Average Year for Twisters in Ala

Forecasters say 2012 is a below-average year for tornadoes in Alabama, at least so far.


While Alabama has 40 tornadoes in an average year, the National Weather Service says only 32 tornadoes occurred in the state through Thanksgiving.

If no more twisters occur this year, 2012 will end with the state's lowest tornado total since 1999, when 23 occurred. But November and December are considered a secondary tornado season for the state.

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Arts & Life
9:31 am
Sun November 25, 2012

Book Program to Benefit Black Belt Schools

A University of Alabama program plans to give more than $5,000 worth of books to at least five schools in Alabama's Black Belt region in December.

The Tuscaloosa News reported that schools in 18 counties can apply for the "Book Bonanza" program conducted by the university's School of Library and Information Studies.

The program began in 2009. Each school typically gets between $1,000 and $1,500 in new fiction and non-fiction books. University officials will make the awards in December based on need.

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Arts & Life
9:16 am
Sun November 25, 2012

SEC Championship Tickets Spiking for Ala. vs. Ga.

Credit times-herald.com

Tickets to the SEC Championship football game in Atlanta next weekend continued to climb as Georgia and Alabama each demolished their archrivals.

By early Saturday evening, after Georgia's 41-10 win over Georgia Tech and with Alabama leading Auburn 42-0, the cheapest ticket on StubHub.com was $324. That doesn't include shipping and handling. Those add-ons would push the price closer to $400.

And don't think that would get you nice seats, either. That's just for seats just a few rows from the top of the Georgia Dome in the corner of the end zone.

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Arts & Life
8:50 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Mayors of Auburn, Tuscaloosa Place Bets on Game

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox
Credit cw.ua.edu

The mayors of Auburn and Tuscaloosa have something riding on the outcome of this year's Iron Bowl.

Auburn Mayor Bill Ham and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox made a friendly wager on Saturday's game between Auburn University and the University of Alabama.

Ham will make a contribution to the city of Tuscaloosa's tornado recovery fund if the No. 2 Crimson Tide beats unranked Auburn.

Maddox will make a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County if the Tigers pull off an upset and defeat Alabama.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Deck The Halls!

Credit Ben Garney

'Tis the season to deck the halls with boughs of holly and lots of other pretty things that we enjoy; but our pets may see the decorations as potential toys. 


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Arts & Life
8:35 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Distance No Problem for Ala. Black Friday Shoppers

Credit blog.al.com

Distance was no object for Alabama shoppers looking for the best Black Friday deals.

The Sprinkle family traveled almost 200 miles from the Mobile County town of Coden to Montgomery on a trip that combined three favorite family activities — football, hunting and shopping.

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Arts & Life
8:54 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Football fans gear up for the Iron Bowl

Editor's Note: APR news will be tweeting updates of the Iron Bowl from Bryant Denny Stadium.

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Alabama HIV Inmates
11:44 am
Wed November 21, 2012

HIV Positive Inmates Seek Equality In Alabama's Prisons

Limestone Correction Facility is where Alabama sends all of it's HIV positive male inmates.
Credit http://www.doc.state.al.us/ / Alabama Department of Corrections

Here in Alabama, prisoners with HIV are segregated from the rest of the prison population. This makes Alabama just one of two states that still does this. Prison officials say it’s for the safety of the inmates, but some prisoners say it’s unfair and a violation of privacy. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state on behalf of prisoners to end the segregation. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez spoke with the man at the center of the issue... 

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Arts & Life
11:11 am
Wed November 21, 2012

A look at Alabama Tailgating

Tailgaters at University of Alabama Homecoming
Credit Stan Ingold

Thanksgiving is near and that means turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing is on the menu. However, the smell of burgers on the grill is expected to drift over the University of Alabama on Saturday.  The Crimson Tide will be playing arch rival Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl.  For Alabama, the outcome will determine their shot at the SEC title and possible another national championship. For Bama fans, it’s their last chance at tailgating during the regular season.

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10:47 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Northwest Public Radio Tests Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish

Lead in text: 
If you've spent any time at all listening to NPR over the holidays, we're sure you've heard of the famous "Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish" recipe. Northwest Public Radio has put together a video on how to make the relish along with some reviews by taste testers from their station. Enjoy!
Northwest Public Radio's Thom Kokenge tests his cooking skills and makes a public radio classic: Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish. Cranberries, sugar, sour cream and... horseradish? Taste treat or culinary catastrophe? Let's see!
Arts & Life
9:54 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Does Frodo Know? There's Rumbling Near 'Mount Doom'

A massive plume of ash billows up into the sky as Mount Tongariro erupts at Tongariro National Park earlier today in New Zealand.
Reuters /Landov

There's been a volcanic eruption at New Zealand's Mount Tongariro, where ash has been spewed thousands of feet into the air. Sightseers are being warned to stay well away.

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