Arts & Life

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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Arts & Life
9:27 am
Sun June 11, 2006

Alabama Life - June 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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Arts & Life
10:48 am
Sun June 4, 2006

Alabama Life - June 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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Don Noble
10:18 am
Mon May 29, 2006

The Mermaid Chair

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.

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Arts & Life
12:08 pm
Sun May 28, 2006

Alabama Life - 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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Arts & Life
12:33 pm
Sun May 21, 2006

Alabama Life - 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

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Don Noble
9:03 am
Mon May 15, 2006

Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe IV

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.

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Arts & Life
9:40 am
Sun May 14, 2006

Alabama Life - 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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