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The Rolling tide
7:15 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Adapted Athletics in Alabama Part 1: The Rolling Tide

Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball National Championship Trophy 2013
Credit Pat Duggins

The University of Alabama is known for its championship athletic teams. Football, gymnastics, softball and so on; but there is another group of athletes on campus who are also champions, although they do not draw crowds like Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide football team. They are the Rolling Tide and they are part of the University of Alabama’s Adapted Athletics program.

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Arts & Life
7:14 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Meet Alabama's Writing "Hall of Fame" inductees

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The inaugural class for the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame has been selected. The Tuscaloosa News reports 12 writers have been selected and will be inducted in June 2015. The hall of fame is a partnership between the Alabama Center for the Book and the Alabama Writer's Forum. The 12 writers selected are: Rick Bragg, Andrew Glaze, Harper Lee, Sonia Sanchez, Sena Jeter Naslund and posthumous inductees Johnson Jones Hooper, Augusta Jane Evans Wilson, Helen Keller, Zora Neal Hurston, William March, Albert Murray and Helen Norris Bell.

Movies
6:56 am
Sun December 14, 2014

A Holiday Comic Standard: 'Christmas Vacation' Turns 25

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 1:38 pm

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Music Interviews
6:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 11:18 am

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A bittersweet moment for moviegoers and Gandalf fans.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES")

ELIJAH WOOD: (As Frodo) It's done.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Yes, Mr. Frodo.

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Food
6:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Mead Moves Out Of The Middle Ages

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 11:18 am

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If you've been yearning for a cup of mead ever since you read Beowulf in high school - and who hasn't, really? - this could be your moment. The honey wine is once again the bee's knees. WEEKEND EDITION food commentator, Bonny Wolf, explains.

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Food
6:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Beware The Tippling Point, And Other Cocktail Party Tips

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:35 pm

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Book News & Features
4:41 am
Sun December 14, 2014

This Weekend, Pick Up The Pieces With 'Gabi'

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Cinco Puntos Press

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 11:18 am

When we meet 17-year-old Gabi Hernandez, she's a senior in high school who's suffering from all the typical teenage problems. Dysfunctional family: Check. Rampaging hormones: Check. Low self-esteem: Check.

On top of all that, Gabi has to negotiate two cultures and two very different sets of rules for girls and boys. She's the protagonist in our latest Weekend Read: Isabel Quintero's debut novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces.

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Arts & Life
5:49 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Civil Rights Radio Part 1-- "Well, the first thing I tell them was I went to jail..."

Birmingham News/Birmingham Bar Foundation

“For me, it was just a day of resolve and resolution, and I said ‘sign me up,” says James Stewart “Well, the first thing I tell them is that I went to jail, and they go ‘Oooh, Grandmama,” and I say well, let me explain…” recalled Eloise Gaffney. “It was just…you knew God was on your side,” says Washington Booker. “And we knew that it didn’t matter what we were facing. You knew if God was on your side, you’d overcome it.” Stewart, Gaffney, and Booker are all in their early sixties. They’re all from Birmingham. They’re all African American. And fifty years ago, they made national news.

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Arts & Life
5:46 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

The Battle of Mobile Bay-- "Resaca"

Pat Duggins

Alabama Public Radio is looking back on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay. It was on August 5, 1864 when the engagement helped to both seal the fate of the Confederacy, and put Abraham Lincoln into a second term in office. The APR news team is examining Alabama’s role in the Civil War in 1864. For some, the conflict has turned into an expensive hobby that can get pretty loud…

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Arts & Life
4:26 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Alabama may balance budget by cutting tax breaks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In 2015, Gov. Robert Bentley will propose Alabama's first major revenue-raising package since voters defeated Gov. Bob Riley's $1.2 billion tax package in 2003. Since that defeat, Alabama's General Fund budget has been patched together with borrowed money, federal stimulus funds and other non-recurring revenue. Bentley says he's working a bold, long-term solution that he will have ready for the new Legislature when it convenes in March.

Movie Interviews
4:18 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Adapting 'Inherent Vice' Made Director Feel Like A Student Again

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry "Doc" Sportello, a private investigator with a pot-smoking habit, in Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson's film adaptation of the novel by Thomas Pynchon.
Michael Muller Warner Brother Pictures

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 5:40 pm

The new film Inherent Vice follows a stoner, hippie detective on a wild, wandering, pot-fueled adventure that ensues when his ex-lover Shasta brings him a new case to solve. Joaquin Phoenix plays that detective, Larry "Doc" Sportello, who, as he tries to tackle the mystery, is regularly at odds with an LAPD detective named "Bigfoot" Bjornsen, played by Josh Brolin.

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Arts & Life
2:10 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Avant-Garde Afterlife: Space Shortage Inspires New Burial Ideas

Columbia University's DeathLab comes up with new ideas for honoring and storing the dead — like Constellation Park, the design of which is shown here.
Courtesy of Latent Productions and DeathLab

Welcome to Constellation Park, population 5,000. But everyone here — suspended in hanging vessels under New York's Manhattan Bridge — is dead.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:34 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Not My Job: Actor Patrick Stewart Gets Quizzed On G.I. Joe

Jason Kempin Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 10:59 am

Sir Patrick Stewart has accomplished a lot in his career — he's a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, the captain who revived Star Trek, the star of the X-Men movie franchise, and above all, he's the man who made male pattern baldness sexy.

We've invited Stewart to play a game called "G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe, fighting man from head to toe!" Three questions about G.I. Joe, the Hasbro company action figure first introduced 50 years ago.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Home for the Holidays - Pet-Style

Ahhh, now this is home for the holidays!
Credit kvanhorn (Kyle Van Horn) [Flickr]

A pet can be one of the best gifts, but it should never be a surprise.  In fact, it's a good idea to have the whole family involved in deciding to adopt a new best friend, and then in choosing the pet.  Visit your local shelter or rescue group today - you might make this Christmas bright for one lucky animal!

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Arts & Life
8:18 am
Sat December 13, 2014

It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire

So bad it's ... good? Consumer appetite for ugly Christmas sweaters — the tackier, the better — has had an impact on how retailers stock for the season.
TheUglySweaterShop.com Flickr

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 8:56 pm

Looking for a stylish sweater for the holidays? Forget cashmere. Instead, go for the light-up, dancing Santa.

This season, holiday shoppers are demanding the ugliest, gaudiest, tackiest sweaters out there. They need them for ugly sweater parties, ugly sweater fun runs — even an ugly sweater party cruise.

All that demand has had an impact on stores large and small. On the national level, Wal-Mart, Kohl's and Target all sell vintage-looking sweaters with all the bells and tinsel you could want.

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