Arts & Life

Don Noble
2:39 pm
Mon August 7, 2006

Patriotic Fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans

War is nearly the perfect subject, as Tolstoy and Hemingway, to name a couple, have shown. And the War of 1812, in particular, is a fine choice.

Right from his first book, Winston Groom has been taking his readers on a march through America?s wars, from the Civil War through the war in Vietnam. I am told that there is another book coming set during the war with Mexico. That will leave Groom only the American Revolution and the Spanish American War, of our major wars, to hit for the cycle.

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Don Noble
12:56 pm
Mon August 7, 2006

Noble Reviews Patriotic Fire

Don Noble reviews Patriotic Fire by "Forrest Gump" author Winston Groom.

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Arts & Life
12:19 pm
Sun August 6, 2006

Alabama Life - August 6

On this episode of Alabama Life: Changes at Alabama Public Radio, making movies in Huntsville with the Film Co-op, and on the road again with storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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Don Noble
2:23 pm
Mon July 31, 2006

In Search of Willie Morris

Larry L. King takes up the challenge of answering the question (What happened to Willie Morris?) in this volume which is partly a researched biography of Morris and partly a memoir of Willie by King. This is no whitewash.

In the spring of 1967, at the tender age of thirty-two, Willie Morris became the editor-in-chief of Harper?s, America?s oldest magazine. Harper?s was 117 years old and Willie was only its eighth editor. It was the apex of his career.

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Arts & Life
3:43 pm
Sun July 30, 2006

Alabama Life - July 30, 2006

Sweet Potato Queen Jill Connor Browne is coming to Birmingham to help raise funds for Birmingham's Literacy Council. Also, storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham tells a tale about the Civil War and a famous rose bush in downtown Selma, Alabama.

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Don Noble
9:29 am
Mon July 24, 2006

The One That Got Away: A Memoir

Howell Raines has been fishing all his life, and it is such an important, meaningful activity for him that he has used it twice as a controlling metaphor for recounting his life in memoir.

Howell Raines has been fishing all his life, and it is such an important, meaningful activity for him that he has used it twice as a controlling metaphor for recounting his life in memoir.

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Arts & Life
1:48 pm
Sun July 23, 2006

Alabama Life - July 23, 2006

We start with a report on the drought in Alabama. Then we take a road trip with storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham. First stop: Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church and cemetery.

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Don Noble
4:05 pm
Mon July 17, 2006

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee

Mockingbird is a fine biography of Nelle Harper Lee from her birth in 1926 to the age of forty and makes good reading.

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Arts & Life
4:01 pm
Sun July 16, 2006

Alabama Life - July 16, 2006

On this episode of Alabama Life: A report on a statewide effort to improve students' grades in math and science; a preview of stories to come from Gina Smith, who recently traveled to Cuba; and the storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham misses some of the old adages.

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Don Noble
2:38 pm
Mon July 10, 2006

Hugo Black of Alabama: How His Roots and Early Career Shaped the Great Champion

The first thing to be said about this volume is that it takes the reader through Hugo Black's life only until the age of forty, until l926. This is unfortunate, since our strongest interest is in Black as the country's most liberal justice, the Alabamian who voted for the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing public school segregation.

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Arts & Life
4:11 pm
Sun July 9, 2006

Alabama Life - July 9

A look at the summer reading program at the Tuscaloosa Public Library, as well as the Alabama Reading Initiative summer training. Plus, storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham remembers the old Brownie cameras.

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Don Noble
4:53 pm
Mon July 3, 2006

The Summer We Got Saved

Devoto recreates in her three novels the life -- the daily, ordinary life -- of her fictional Bainbridge, Alabama, in the northwest corner of the state, between the Tennessee River and the Tennessee border.

Pat Devoto is a historical novelist, not in the sense that Irving Stone was, who wrote, for example, The Agony and the Ecstasy, set in the Italian Renaissance, but Devoto writes of the semi-recent past, Alabama in the forties and fifties, living memory for many of us.

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Arts & Life
4:29 pm
Sun July 2, 2006

Alabama Life - July 2, 2006

A quick wrap-up of some Alabama news, then a summertime story from Storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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Arts & Life
10:54 am
Sun June 25, 2006

Alabama Life - June 25, 2006

Although it's officially summer, the public and library communities in Alabama have been active. Public librarians are attending a series of town meetings, and educators are learning more about integrating technology into their classrooms. That's on this edition of Alabama Life, as well as a story from the storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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Arts & Life
12:17 pm
Sun June 18, 2006

Alabama Life - June 18, 2006

Father's Day edition of Alabama Life, including stories from Wendy Reed Bruce and LaVale Mills -- but first, a story from the Southern Baptist Convention.

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