Arts & Life

Alabama Life - June 25, 2006

Jun 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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Alabama Life - June 18, 2006

Jun 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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Alabama Life - June 11, 2006

Jun 11, 2006

Alabama citizens vote overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning same-sex marriage. We'll have more details and opinions from folks on the issue on this episode of Alabama Life. Also, APR debuts 2 new podcasts this week. We'll preview one of them. Listen to the APR Events Calendar and hear a story from Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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Alabama Life - June 4, 2006

Jun 4, 2006

Reps from the College Republicans and Democrats talk about voting; the Storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham has a cool story for a hot day; and we check out the APR Events Calendar.

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The Mermaid Chair

May 29, 2006

Sue Monk Kidd has become a publishing and cultural phenomenon, and her newest book, The Mermaid Chair, is solidly on the best-seller lists.

On the evening of March 29, Sue Monk Kidd spoke to a sold-out house in Homewood, Alabama. Ms Kidd was given the key to the city of Homewood at the end of her presentation. There were two men in the audience of approximately 600.

Alabama Life - May 28, 2006

May 28, 2006

Memorial Day edition of Alabama Life with a StoryCorps story from a World War II vet, and a story about childhood imagination from the storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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Alabama Life - May 21, 2006

May 21, 2006

Calvin Woods has written a song called, "Wave Your Flag and Say Alabama." Our music director David Duff talked with him about for this edition of Alabama Life. Also, the storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham has a summertime story.

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The link to Calvin Woods' web site is: www.WaveYourFlagAndSay.com

Brewer's series of books are a true grab bag--fiction, nonfiction, poetry-some of it reprinted and some of it original, and, of course, some of the thirty-two pieces are wonderful, some not.

As the title indicates, this is volume four in the series of collections of Southern writing Sonny Brewer is editing. Blue Moon books are meant to compete with the annual New Stories from the South volumes edited by Shannon Ravenel and put out by Algonquin, but there are important differences.

Alabama Life - May 14, 2006

May 14, 2006

On this Mother's Day edition of Alabama Life we listen to a conversation recorded at the StoryCorps MobileBooth last November when Nidia Spence interviewed her mother, Lillian Kirby. Then we visit with Alabama folk artist Charlie Lucas, and finally hear a butterfly story from the Storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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His Lovely Wife

May 8, 2006

Elizabeth Dewberry is a native of Birmingham, and her first two, very successful novels, were set there, with the third set in New Orleans. His Lovely Wife is set in Paris at the time of of Princess Diana's death.

Alabama Life - May 7, 2006

May 7, 2006

Podcasting Alabama Life and other programs from Alabama Public Radio; a bit of linguistic analysis from the Storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham. Have you heard of ALL those old sayings? I'll bet you haven't!

On this episode of Alabama Life, we replayed two stories first heard on NPR. We cannot include them in the podcast or web version, but you can follow the links below to hear more about them. Click the MP3 link above to hear the podcast version of Alabama Life.

White Shadow

May 1, 2006

Having established his readership, Atkins could have gone on with this series indefinitely, and I am sure his publishers wanted him to, but he has instead written a stand-alone thriller, White Shadow.

Chocolate! Dessert! And the APR Events Calender.

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Sideshow

Apr 24, 2006

Even though many of these ten stories originally appeared in very fine journals such as The Southern Review and Carolina Quarterly, there has been a little buzz about how Sidney Thompson of Fairhope, Alabama, was having trouble publishing them as a collection. These are good stories, but they are also odd and disquieting stories.

Alabama Life - April 24, 2006

Apr 24, 2006

The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra is wrapping up the season with a double header. Our classical music host David Duff asked about it when he spoke to the general manager of the orchestra. Also, President Bush visited Alabama on April 19. He spoke at Tuskegee University, and we'll hear a little bit from his speech today's program. The Storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham, talks about one of her trashy hobbies. And finally, a few items from the APR Events Calendar.

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A Writer's Life

Apr 17, 2006

A Writer's Life, all 430 pages of it, is the story of several false starts, books begun but not finished, from l992 until the present. Talese may have been suffering from an ailment we might call "perfectionist's block."

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.

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