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Postcards from Cuba
11:08 am
Wed April 21, 2010

"Postcards from Cuba" -- Shooting hoops

U of A student Austin Bettis
Photo courtesy of Chip Cooper

Havana, Cuba – The game of baseball is popular on the island nation of Cuba. But, street basketball has fans as well. A group of University of Alabama students is studying in Havana, and sending back recorded commentaries to air on Alabama Public Radio. We call the series, "Postcards from Cuba." Today, student Austin Bettis talks about shooting hoops "Cuban style."

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2:15 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

Infamous by Ace Atkins

When Ace Atkins decided to drop his successful Nick Travers detective series in favor of meticulously researched, historical, stand-alone thrillers, some were dubious. Doubts are dispelled now, however.

Audio ?2010 AL Public Radio

When Ace Atkins decided to drop his successful Nick Travers detective series in favor of meticulously researched, historical, stand-alone thrillers, some were dubious. Doubts are dispelled now, however.

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Postcards from Cuba
11:10 am
Wed April 14, 2010

"Postcards from Cuba"-- Dealing with the locals

U of A student Zeke Anders
Photo Courtesy of Chip Cooper

Havana, Cuba – A group of University of Alabama students is still hard at work, studying on the island nation of Cuba. Alabama Public Radio asked these student to use audio recorders to send us a series of commentaries we call "Postcards from Cuba." If you watch the news, you know how Fidel Castro feels about the United States. Student Zeke Anders found out what the average Cuban thinks about average Americans

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9:12 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Delta Blues edited by Carolyn Haines

Carolyn Haines, a native Mississippian, now of Semmes, Alabama... has taken some time out to solicit, collect and edit these 19 short stories, all set in the Mississippi Delta

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Postcards from Cuba
11:09 am
Wed April 7, 2010

"Postcard from Cuba" Getting there...

U of A student Mary Heard
photo courtesy of Chip Cooper

Havana, Cuba – Say the name Cuba, and your grandparents may remember the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960's, while your parents may talk about the Mariel boatlift in the 1980's. Some University of Alabama students are making memories of their own while studying in Havana. Alabama Public Radio gave these students audio recorders so they could share their experiences with you. Mary Heard has our first "Postcard from Cuba," with some thoughts about the trip from Miami to Havana.

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10:16 am
Mon April 5, 2010

Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories by Brad Watson

Brad Watson, author of Last Days of the Dog-Men has now released Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives, which contains the title piece, a novella of 72 pages, and 11 other stories.

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4:47 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Once a Spy by Keith Thomas

The publicity for Once a Spy has been craftily qualified. Birmingham author Keith Thomson is making his "debut on the thriller stage." There is no mention of Thomson's two previous novels, Pirates of Pensacola (2005) and Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal (2007). I think this is because the previous two novels were terrifically amusing comedies, and the spy novel, as practiced by John Le Carre and Len Deighton, or, farther back, Graham Greene or Eric Ambler, is very serious business indeed.

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2:37 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

"The Road from Chapel Hill" and "Child of the South" by Joanna Catherine Scott

Joanna Catherine Scott would seem an unlikely person to write Civil War books set in the old South. She was born in London in 1943 during an air raid and raised in Australia. In Perth, Western Australia, Scott met a visiting PhD student from Duke and returned with him to North Carolina. She has written a shelf of books, poetry, fiction and nonfiction, but this pair of novels is her first work set around the Civil War.

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4:24 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

"Eli the Good" by Silas House

Even in such excellent company, Silas House's career has been something of a phenomenon. His first novel, "Clay's Quilt," came out in 2001, and his second and third, "A Parchment of Leaves" (2002) and "The Coal Tattoo"( 2004 ) both won Kentucky Novel of the Year awards. House has also won the Special Achievement Award from the fellowship of Southern Writers and Appalachian Book of the Year, and "Eli The Good" is his fourth novel in just nine years. (He has also written two plays. and two movies. No writer's block here.)

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10:34 am
Mon March 1, 2010

"Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming: A Memoir" by Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Even as a child in Montgomery, this future reporter was already a skeptic. At an early age she had doubts about Santa Claus, even though she wanted a Barbie doll in the worst way, and before long these doubts spread to most conventional metaphysics, although as a citizen of the South, she has tended to keep her "doubts" to herself.

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11:26 am
Mon February 22, 2010

"The Confederate General Rides North" by Amanda C. Gable

Amanda C. Gable is a native of Marietta, Georgia, and after a number of years of higher education and university teaching and administration has turned her hand to fiction. "The Confederate General Rides North" is her first novel. The year of this story is 1968, and it matters. That spring, as many of us remember, was the season of the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., both occurring, it seemed, very soon after the assassination of JFK in November of 1963.

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1:30 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

"Bound South" by Susan Rebecca White

This novel has that most valuable of assets, a great first chapter. It is fall, 1998, in Atlanta. Louise Parker, 47, is going to pick up her mother-in-law, Nanny Rose, to drive her to their maid's funeral. Sandy was 65, an African-American, and a perfect servant for 33 years.

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1:34 pm
Mon February 8, 2010

"The Big Steal" by Emyl Jenkins

Emyl Jenkins of Virginia and North Carolina had achieved, by the 1980's, a national reputation as an expert in antiques. She has been the author of two syndicated antiques columns, "Antique Wise" and "Ask an Appraiser" and is the author of "Emyl Jenkins' Appraisal Book: Identifying, Understanding and Valuing Your Treasures" (1989).

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3:27 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

"In the Sanctuary of Outcasts" by Neil White

Neil White had it made. A good-looking fellow, the son and grandson of lawyers, White had graduated from Ole Miss after four years as a self-satisfied Kappa Sigma, married a beautiful girl, Linda, and was the father of two adorable children, Neil and Maggie. The family lived in Oxford, Mississippi, where Neil was the founding publisher of the "other" newspaper, the "Oxford Times."

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2:31 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

"Broken Wing" by Thomas Lakeman

Within a few pages, though, the reader realizes everybody's personal life is to go on hold as Yeager is recruited to go undercover to New Orleans, to rescue a young woman kept hostage and break up a particularly vicious organized crime ring. He will go as a "broken wing," an agent disgraced and drummed out of the Bureau and, now "rogue," willing to join the bad guys and seek revenge for his terrible disgrace.

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