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The Takeaway

50 Years After Martin Luther King, Racial Tension Haunts Alabama Town

Monday, March 09, 2015

Retro Report explores the legacy of the voting rights movement in the small town of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where a fight over a small ferry inflamed race relations for decades.  

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The Takeaway

Alabama's Long Struggle for Equality

Friday, February 13, 2015

A look at Alabama's struggle for equality—from the civil rights era of the 1960s to the present-day fight for gay marriage. 

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Slate Political Gabfest

The "Happy Valentine's Day, Judge Moore" Edition

Friday, February 13, 2015

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Alabama's legal thicket over marriage equality, whether to forgive Brian Williams, and Emily's New York Times Magazine story "The Stanford Undergraduate and the Mentor."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

UAB Punts Football Program

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The University of Alabama-Birmingham canceled their football program for this year but the school is considering bring it back. We discuss what the story says about college football.

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On Being

John Lewis — The Art & Discipline of Nonviolence [remix]

Thursday, January 15, 2015

We take in the extraordinary wisdom of Congressman John Lewis, on what happened in Selma on Bloody Sunday and beyond — and how it might inform our common life today.

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On Being

[Unedited] John Lewis with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 15, 2015

We take in the extraordinary wisdom of Congressman John Lewis, on what happened in Selma on Bloody Sunday and beyond — and how it might inform our common life today.

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Life of the Law

In The Name Of The Father

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Scottsboro Boys are infamous — nine black teenagers falsely accused and convicted of raping two white women. Last year, the state of Alabama finally exonerated all nine. But what does a pardon means 82 years after the fact? And what does forgiveness look like after so many years? Story by Producer Ashley Cleek

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Radio Diaries

#12: Frankie’s Teenage Diary, Revisited

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"I went from being on the front page for football, representing my itty-bitty school, to being on the front page as a thief and a meth head." - Frankie Lewchuck

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Life of the Law

Bad Constitution

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

With more than 300,000 words and over 800 amendments, Alabama’s Constitution is 40 times longer than the US Constitution, and holds the record for being the longest active constitution in the world. Originally written in 1901 by men seeking to establis...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Muscle Shoals"

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Greg “Freddy” Camalier, director of “Muscle Shoals," and Rick Hall, founder of FAME Studios, at the center of the film, talk about  Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where, even before the Civil Rights Movement took shape, the color of your skin didn't matter inside the studio. Some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time recorded some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music there. “Muscle Shoals" opens September 27 at the IFC Center in NY and nationwide on VOD.

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On Being

John Lewis — The Art & Discipline of Nonviolence

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The civil rights movement John Lewis helped animate was -- as he tells it -- love in action. He opens up the art and the discipline that made nonviolence work then -- and that he offers up for our common life even today.

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On Being

[Unedited] John Lewis with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The civil rights movement John Lewis helped animate was -- as he tells it -- love in action. He opens up the art and the discipline that made nonviolence work then -- and that he offers up for our common life even today.

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The Takeaway

Town in Alabama Poses Historic Challenge to Voting Rights Act

Thursday, June 07, 2012

In 2008, Calera, Alabama shifted the boundaries of its voting districts in a way that drastically altered the city's racial geography. Almost immediately, the U.S. Department of Justice wrote that Calera couldn't go through with it. Is voter discrimination based on race a thing of the past? Or should the government still keep watch on those states which have an unpleasant history of racism?

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On The Media

The Lure of Reporting About Southern Stereotypes

Friday, March 23, 2012

In the lead-up to the Alabama and Mississippi presidential primaries the media seized on poll results which revealed surprising views on interracial marriage and Barack Obama's religion among likely Republican primary voters. Public Policy Polling, who conducted the poll, also asked people who they'd be voting for, but that information wasn't as attention-getting. Bob speaks with Michelle Cottle, a Southerner herself, who has been keeping tabs on media coverage of the polls for The Daily Beast

 

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The GOP's Primary Calendar is to Blame for 'Southern Nightmare'

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Republican leaders are defending the primary calendar and the decision to have so many contests divide delegates proportionately. I’m not so sure. A quick early victory would have spared the contenders the endless scrutiny of their positions on issues and their frequent slips of tongue.

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The Takeaway

Alabama County Files for Largest Municipal Bankruptcy in U.S. History

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Jefferson County in Alabama filed for bankruptcy last November, with approximately four billion dollars in debt. Since November, creditors have argued that Alabama law prevents Jefferson County from filing for bankruptcy. Now, a federal judge has ruled that Jefferson County’s bankruptcy is legal, allowing officials to begin drawing up plans which will address the county’s debt.

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The Takeaway

Storms Ravage Southeastern US

Thursday, November 17, 2011

At least five people are dead and many are injured after storms hit the nation's southeast. South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi were all slammed by the severe weather and suspected tornadoes. Thousands remain without power. Derrick Becker, a public information officer for South Carolina Emergency Management, talks about what his organization is witnessing.

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The Takeaway

Alabama's Strict Anti-Immigration Law Causes 'Unintended Consequences'

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Since Alabama introduced the nation's toughest anti-illegal immigration law, "unintended consequences" has mace life more difficult not only for undocumented immigrants, but also to documented, legal residents of the state. The new law, known as HB 56, has made every day activities like renewing a driver's license, teaching in public schools, or even helping an illegal immigrant with charity difficult or potentially criminal activities.

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The Takeaway

Jefferson County, Alabama Files for Bankruptcy

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Jefferson County, Alabama filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history on Wednesday after the County Commissions found its billions of dollars in debts were unsustainable. The county, which includes Alabama's largest city, Birmingham, is $4.2 billion in debt, $3.1 billion of which is owed for a out of control sewer project. The bankruptcy has been looming for years. The Takeaway first reported on the story in March.

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The Takeaway

Civil Rights Advocate Fred Shuttlesworth Dies at 89

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Fred Shuttlesworth, a civil rights leader who helped bring Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of the civil rights movement. Shuttlesworth worked alongside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died on Wednesday at age 89. Shuttlesworth often spoke publicly against the violence that was prevalent in the South at that time, and founded the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights.

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