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"You were my first, official girl crush"

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:49:54 +0000

Susan Boyle and Brenda Beverly have been best friends since ninth grade. Although it hasn't always been easy, their friendship has withstood the test of time. StoryCorps visited Mobile, Ala. and both women (now in their 50s) came together to reflect on what has kept them together all these years, even though they live in different parts of the country...

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Steve Flowers on 1962 Governor's Race

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:12:02 +0000

Being a U.S. Senator was secondary in Alabama politics; governor is still probably the most important, glamorous political position today, but it certainly was [in 1962]...

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"We kept him safe..." Greensboro and Dr. King

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:23:19 +0000

Next month marks fifty years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. All month long, the Alabama Public Radio news team has been examining Dr. King’s work and impact here in Alabama. You met a photographer from Montgomery who chronicled the civil rights icon. APR guest reporter Ousmane Sagara of the West African nation of Mali reported on how his countrymen remember Dr. King. And, we examined how Alabama is one of only two states that celebrates the birthdays of Dr. King and Confederate General Robert E. Lee on the same day. Now, APR’s Pat Duggins visits the city of Greensboro where a little known standoff took place fifty years ago this week, just days before King was killed… Students from Hale County High school are heading into a small shotgun style house. This home sits on a dirt road along Main Street in the town of Greensboro, about an hour south of Tuscaloosa. It’s a museum now, but back in the late 1960’s, it was a safe house for civil rights activists,

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Through the Lens: A Photographer's View of Dr. King

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:22:19 +0000

Next month marks fifty years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. All month long, the Alabama Public Radio news team has been examining Dr. King’s work and impact here in Alabama. APR guest reporter Ousmane Sagara of the West African nation of Mali reported on how his countrymen remember Dr. King. We examined how Alabama is one of only two states that celebrates the birthdays of Dr. King and Confederate General Robert E. Lee on the same day. Today we look at one man who followed Dr. King with his camera. Mourners heard from Dr. Martin Luther King during his own funeral. It was a recording of a sermon gave at Ebenezer Baptist Church in February of 1968. It was called the Drum Major Instinct. “The day I’m on the job I’m just taking pictures left and right, oh there’s Sammy Davis Junior, oh there’s Jaqueline Kennedy, Jim Peppler was a photographer for the Southern Courier newspaper out of Montgomery. “One of the shots I remember getting was Richard Nixon walking

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"We remember Dr. King, too." An audio postcard from West Africa

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:20:45 +0000

Next month marks fifty years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. Throughout March, the APR news team is reporting on King’s work and impact here in Alabama. The event is being remembered in the United States, but not just in the U.S. Alabama Public Radio participated in a visiting journalist program last year with the West African nation of Mali. That’s where the APR news team met Ousmane Sagara. His home country has its own relationship with Dr. King. We invited Sagara to file this report from Mali’s capitol city. The story begins with King’s reaction to his visit the West African nation of Ghana... "The road to freedom is a difficult, hard road. It always makes for temporary setbacks," said Dr. King during a sermon he gave in Montgomery in 1957. "And those people who tell you today that there is more tension in Montgomery than there has ever been are telling you right," said King. The sermon was called The Birth of a New Nation. The inspiration wasn’t what was

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"The Believers..." Alabamians Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert E. Lee

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:19:27 +0000

Next month marks fifty years since the death of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. All month long, the APR news team is looking at King’s work and impact here in Alabama. Each year, America honors King on the third Monday in January. The nation takes a day off work and school to remember his accomplishments. Alabama is one of only two states that also celebrates another man on the same day as Dr. King. “He asked a question: why do we celebrate Robert E. Lee’s birthday?” That’s Carl Jones. He’s speaking at the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ Robert E. Lee celebration. “Well if Lee’s birthday is not worthy of celebration, apart from Jesus Christ, I don’t know whose is.” Jones and his supporters all gathered in the auditorium at the state archives building in Montgomery. Men in grey confederate uniforms sit side by side with men in motorcycle jackets and women dressed in their Sunday best. The mood moves between celebration and the sense that a grand cause is under attack.

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"My grandmother told me, baby get out and stay out"

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:17:59 +0000

Forty-five-year-old Chris "Champ" Napier spoke with StoryCorps facilitators about his challenging upbringing in Prichard, Alabama. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, but received a pardon after 14 years. With a second chance at life, Napier has written a book, does motivational speaking at schools and prisons and has made it his mission to live by his grandmother's last words to him...

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"We've made a lot of progress but we still haven't made enough"

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:54:55 +0000

Ed Beck grew up in Mobile, Alabama. In this StoryCorps piece, his wife Nancy asks him about a personal memoir he's writing and the changes he's made to it. Ed also reflects on his actions during the Jim Crow era and why he feels it's important to talk about that difficult time in US History...

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"We say we didn't know but we also didn't want to know"

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:37:27 +0000

Ed Beck was a young man living in New Orleans when Hurricane Betsy struck the coast in 1965. He sat down at StoryCorps with his wife Nancy to reflect on his days volunteering after the Hurricane, a devastating experience where he saw the deadly impact of systemic segregation...

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Best Documentary "...and justice for all." Alabama Public Radio

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:48:30 +0000

Alabama’s prison system and justice system are in the national spotlight and not for good reasons. The State’s prisons are one hundred percent overcapacity. Alabama is criticized for spending the least amount of money per inmate per day for rehabilitation, housing, and supervision in the nation. This $26 daily amount is blamed for the State’s 30% recidivism rate. Alabama likes to trumpet its Wrongful Incarnation Act, which is supposed to compensate people sent to prison for crimes they didn’t commit. However, in the fifteen years since the passage of the Act, only one person has been paid, and that was under a court order. Finally, the Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the Alabama Department of Corrections for being indifferent to the mental health needs of inmates. The Alabama Public Radio news team spent six months investigating these issues. Within a month of the initial airing of our coverage, the U.S. Justice Department announced an official investigation into conditions at

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Irish Pets

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:45:00 +0000

Knowing the history of a pet's breed and the purpose for which it was originally bred can help you appreciate the animal. The Kerry Blue Terrier was originally bred to hunt rabbits and foxes; it would also herd cattle and sheep. It is a hardy, devoted and playful friend. ************************

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Steve Flowers on 1958 Governor's Race

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:00:00 +0000

As the 1958 governor's race dawned, the shadow of Big Jim Folsom loomed over the scene even though Big Jim couldn't be on the ballot - the Alabama Constitution prohibited a governor from succeeding himself...

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Professional Pet Sitters Week

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 14:45:00 +0000

We are fortunate to have a friend who takes care of our furry friends when we are away. It's really a personal choice but if she were not available, I would probably consider hiring an experienced pet sitter. ****************************

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"I just can't imagine anyone in my family had anything to do with that"

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 19:43:12 +0000

When Kara Cresswell-Osborne was 16 years old, a disturbing experience at her grandparents' church in Montgomery, Alabama opened her eyes to the existence of racism in her family. In February of 2017, StoryCorps came to Mobile, Ala. and Kara shared this story with her mother Kimberly Geissmann in an open, honest conversation about family history, shame and racial acceptance. WARNING : This story contains a quote where a racial slur is used ...

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Steve Flowers on Governor's Race ABCs

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:06:18 +0000

When talk turns to politics in Alabama, it usually leads to the governor's race. It doesn't matter of the governor's race is four years away. In Alabama politics, the governor's office is a brass ring...

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"Our house was integration inside, segregation outside"

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:40:05 +0000

Aurelia Chestang grew up in Mobile, Alabama in the 1940s. She sat down with StoryCorps to tell her daughter, Yvette, about her grandparents - the challenges they faced during a deeply segregated era and how they overcame strict racial boundaries by hosting elaborate parties...

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Vote for a Hero (Dog)!

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 14:45:00 +0000

In 1877, representatives from 27 humane organizations met in Cleveland, Ohio and started what would become the American Humane Association. Go online to and look at the history tab to see a year-by-year list of their accomplishments and activities! It is a vivid picture of how the humane movement has evolved over the years!

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Human Trafficking Subject of Performace This Weekend

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 23:40:25 +0000

The Alabama School of Fine Arts will present its production of Innocent Flesh Friday and Saturday. The play centers on victims of human trafficking. The production stars five high school students. They are only a few years older than the characters they play. Susan McCain is directing the play. She says Alabama’s interstate 20 is considered the superhighway of human trafficking and she hopes this show raises awareness. “Every day we probably see victims. Like you can go to an airport, you see them. You can go to, oh goodness, super bowls and bowl games, those are real breeding grounds for where the traffickers make a lot of money from their victims.” McCain also says she and the cast have learned a lot while rehearsing the show. The young actors relate to their characters despite differing circumstances. “We’ve learned that it’s important to be courageous enough to tackle the hard issues in order to get to a better place. And sometimes you have to do it. You can’t just go straight to a

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Steve Flowers on Friends and Neighbors Politics

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 22:19:46 +0000

There's a proven theory by political scholars that's prevailed in Southern political history for decades - it's simply called "friends and neighbors politics"...

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Sexual Assault Nurse Program Planned For Tuscaloosa

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:02:46 +0000

A national news story may help to spark change in Tuscaloosa. Work is underway to offer a new service following the suicide of former University of Alabama student Megan Rondini. APR Student reporter Katie Willem has more on the program called SANE… “Have you ever seen a SANE facility before? Let’s do that. Yeah, let’s do that.” That’s Meg McGlamery. She’s the Executive Director at the Crisis Center in Birmingham. This includes what’s called a SANE facility. SANE is short for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. One of the first things you notice is the art on the walls. “They’re done by survivors, and people who’ve worked with survivors, to help show people that they can get through it and that they’re not alone with what they’re feeling.” McGlamery walks through three initial screening rooms connected to a door that survivors of sexual assaults enter when they come to the SANE facility. There, they meet an advocate and a nurse collects evidence from the attack. After that, the client can

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