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Special features and reports from the APR News team at Alabama Public Radio.

Special features and reports from the APR News team at Alabama Public Radio.
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Tuscaloosa, AL

Networks:

Alabama PR

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Special features and reports from the APR News team at Alabama Public Radio.

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English

Contact:

Box 870150 166 Reese Phifer Hall Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (205) 348-6644


Episodes

Pet Travel Rules

5/19/2018
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If an animal is behaving badly (growling, hissing, biting), chances are pretty good it is not a true service or support animal. A legitimate service or support animal is trained to move through crowded areas and confined spaces without acting out. *******************

Duration:00:02:00

"It's kind of like my outlook on art... you take what you've got and you make the best of it"

5/18/2018
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Artist Chris Cumbie shaped his nontraditional, artistic style in rural Alabama. From a young age, his grandfather taught him how to use what was around him to build what he needed. While at StoryCorps, Chris spoke with his fiancé Harriet Shade about his childhood and the influence of the support and encouragement she’s provided him and his son Christian. Christian has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and his resilience to overcome his condition and make art has reminded Chris to always make the...

Duration:00:05:03

The Red Crescent Clinic

5/17/2018
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Finding affordable healthcare in Alabama is an ongoing problem. The Alabama Department of Public Health says 800,000 Alabamians can’t afford health insurance. That includes 80,000 children. The state adds medical debt from unpaid hospital bills is a leading cause of bankruptcy. APR student reporter Steve Hecmanczuk reports on a new free clinic in the Birmingham area that could lead to cultural understanding along with a check-up…

Duration:00:06:34

Civil Rights Tourism: Birmingham

5/16/2018
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All year long on Alabama Public Radio we’re looking back on pivotal moments in the fight for civil rights. Many of the landmarks in the battle against segregation can voter discrimination are now tourist attractions. We have already looked at sites in Selma and Montgomery on Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail and now we head to Birmingham. The first place we stopped was the old Birmingham jail where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior was held after being arrested during a protest....

Duration:00:05:10

Steve Flowers on the 1978 Governor's Race Part One

5/15/2018
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The 1978 governor's race between the three heavy weights - former Governor Albert Brewer, Attorney General Bill Baxley and Lieutenant Governor Jere Beasley - was expected to be titanic. All three men had last names beginning with the letter B; thus, the press coined the phrase "the three B's..."

Duration:00:03:59

"My goal was to align my career with my passion... my passion is music, my passion is freedom"

5/15/2018
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In this StoryCorps interview, Mark Ryan asks his friend Jeremy Wolff about his decision to leave his corporate job to pursue his passion for music festivals – a decision that has led to Jeremy’s freedom. The two friends also discuss how Jeremy’s newfound freedom has pushed him towards his dream and his true purpose for being on this planet...

Duration:00:04:28

Pet Moms

5/12/2018
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Hugging a pet may not do much for the animal, but it sure can bring the human a great feeling of companionship and comfort. If you have a pet that likes to be hugged, you have a special friend!

Duration:00:02:00

Be Kind to Animals

5/5/2018
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Each of us may have our own idea of what it means to be kind to animals, whether it's showing respect for other living creatures, or becoming involved in helping to protect animals and making sure they are not mistreated. This is a good week to fill your bird feeder and make sure the water in the bird bath is clean. Or plant a bush that attracts butterflies. Or just spend some extra quality time with your own furry buddy! ******************

Duration:00:01:59

"When families come to the U.S., they come seeking opportunity; most of the time they're isolated"

5/4/2018
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Juan Torres and his wife are immigrants from Mexico and Venezuela, respectively, who now live in Mobile, Alabama. They sat down at StoryCorps and gave their son Juan Mario a chance to ask about what inspired them to start their nonprofit - “Belong” - to help immigrants in Mobile...

Duration:00:04:15

APR wins national Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award

5/4/2018
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The Washington, D.C. based advocacy group “Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights” named Alabama Public Radio the winner of the national Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for radio. This honor is for APR’s yearlong investigation and documentary “Help Wanted: Alabama’s Rural Health Care Crisis.” Previous media laureates of this award have included NPR, CBS-TV’s “60 Minutes,” ABC-TV’s “20-20,” The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. APR’s news team includes News Director Pat Duggins,...

Duration:00:28:57

Help Wanted: Alabama's Rural Health Care Crisis

5/2/2018
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“I hurt so bad, and I just stayed in bed like, for years I stayed in bed. I couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t wait on myself.” We’re sitting at the dining table with Fay. She asked us not to use her real name. During our visit, one of her favorite songs plays in the background on an old portable CD player. Fay is seventy two and following her first ever mammogram in the year 2000, she found she had breast cancer. “And then they told me I had the worst kind," says Faye. "And, I said...

Duration:00:28:57

Steve Flowers on the 1970 Governor's Race Part One

5/1/2018
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Upon Lurleen Wallace's death in May of 1968, Lt. Governor Albert Brewer moved up to governor. Brewer was no novice to state governor: he came to legislation for Morgan County at a very early age, he rose quickly to become speaker of the house during his second term and he won the 1966 Lieutenant Governor's race against two state senators without a runoff...

Duration:00:03:40

Steve Flowers on the 1966 Governor's Race Part Three

5/1/2018
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Ryan Degraffenried was going to win the governor's race, but of course, he died in a plane crash while campaigning; after Degraffenried's plane crash and death in February of 1966, the governor's race was wide open...

Duration:00:04:13

Everything worked together for me to come here... it's amazing when you think about it

5/1/2018
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Ramez Skaff immigrated to the United States in 1970 from Lebanon. In this StoryCorps piece, his daughter Adele Hapworth asks him about what he experienced when he moved to the US, how he met his wife and what he values most in life...

Duration:00:04:05

Essential Oils and Your Pet

4/28/2018
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Keeping your home safe for your best friend may mean limiting the use of things like essential oils. That includes diffusers which may put oils into the air that could harm your pet's sensitive respiratory system. **************************

Duration:00:02:00

"Legacy of the Storm" Alabama Public Radio

4/27/2018
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“Is it five years? Oh, my gosh…” Steve Miller’s come a long way since April 27, 2011. He lives in Tuscaloosa’s Hillcrest neighborhood. His new home has lots of windows and there’s plenty of art on the walls. You might not think anything was out of the ordinary. But, the first time APR visited here, things were a lot different. “All we could hear were sirens. And then, at night, houses going up in flames around. We could see that there were houses were burning. And that was the only light,...

Duration:00:28:59

"In Alabama, I have succeeded in having the richest relationship you can have, which is a marriage"

4/27/2018
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Cai Unger and Ariel Chavez are immigrants from completely different parts of the globe – Germany and Bolivia. They met and fell in love in Mobile, Alabama. In this StoryCorps piece, the happily married husbands talk about their wedding day and their hopes for the future...

Duration:00:04:30

Alabama's Moving Capital: St. Stephens

4/26/2018
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We’re almost halfway through Alabama’s bicentennial celebrations. One interesting aspect of Alabama’s history is the number of cities that served as capital of the yellowhammer state. A-P-R’s Stan Ingold went to each one to find out more about Alabama’s moving capitals. Today, we go visit St. Stephens, Alabama’s capital when it was just a territory… This wooded area about an hour north of Mobile was once home to a bustling city during the frontier days of the American South. This is the...

Duration:00:05:17

Girl Power: Inside Roller Derby and Purity Balls

4/25/2018
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Women’s empowerment is a term that has long been important to feminist scholarship. And as time goes on, it’s come into mainstream language. Many groups for women claim to empower their members, just in different ways. “My real life name, on my birth certificate, is Princess Nash. And my skating name is Duch-ass of Pain-bridge.” Princess Nash is into roller derby. She’s a member of the Druid City Dames, a team based in Tuscaloosa. “I got into skating when I was a child cause my mom, she was...

Duration:00:05:10

"No one was like me... I didn't know anybody else that was biracial"

4/24/2018
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As a birthday gift to her mom Beth Gibson, Chris Gibson Barraza had a unique idea in mind: to use the StoryCorps platform to discuss their individual experiences - her parents being in a biracial relationship and Chris growing up as the only biracial child in her neighborhood – experiences that have had lasting effects...

Duration:00:04:34

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