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