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In this StoryCorps interview, Angela Jordan speaks with her daughter Vivienne and her husband Chris about the "Christmas tornado" that hit their home in 2012. They discuss their memories of that destructive time and what their neighborhood looks like now...  

Edited by Kierra Wright

It’s barely a month to go before Alabama voters pick their next governor. Future historians may look back on the race between Democrat Walt Maddox and Republican Kay Ivey in certain ways. It may focus on Maddox’s work to help Tuscaloosa recover from the 2011 tornadoes and how Ivey took over for disgraced former Governor Robert Bentley. As for a governor’s race that’s historic right now—APR political commentator Steve Flowers has one in mind…

This week on "Keepin’ It Real," Cam Marston discusses helicopter parents who just can’t stop hovering over their kids...

Edited by Jalen Hutchinson

APR political commentator Steve Flowers introduced us to Frank Johnson last week. The Winston County man went onto to become a federal judge and a high profile champion of the Civil Rights movement. Today, Steve has more on how Judge Johnson gained his iconic status…

The Senate Judiciary Committee is voting on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. A full Senate vote on the nomination is expected as early as next week. Click headline to watch the proceeding live...

On this week's episode of "Keepin' It Real," Cam Marston reminds us that kids these days - well, we made them...

Edited by Jalen Hutchinson

If you're a fan of actor Matthew McConaughey, you may have seen his movie "Free State of Jones." It's about a county in Mississippi that rose up against the Confederacy during the Civil War. That's drawing a reaction of "been there, done that" from APR political commentator Steve Flowers.

Today, Steve has the story of a like-minded Alabama county and one of its favorite sons who became a hero of the Civil Rights movement...

On our first episode of "Keepin' It Real," Cam Marston discusses how software and maps can help cultivate teamwork...

Edited by Jalen Hutchinson

When campaign season comes. there are certain things politicians do to win over the voters - handing out buttons and kissing babies come to mind. But, according to APR political commentator Steve Flowers, there's one tradition native to Alabama that residents of the town of Winfield find familiar...

Coming Home (to APR)

Sep 8, 2018
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It's true - a pet can make wherever you live feel like home.  That feeling of comfort and familiarity is born from a relationship that develops over time.  If you have been listening to Alabama Public Radio for a while, maybe it's time to make a contribution.  Welcome home!

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Steve Flowers on Labor Day

Aug 28, 2018

So, how do you plan to spend your Labor Day? Visitng with family and backyard cookouts are expected to fill a lot of that time, unless you're in politics. APR's political commentator Steve Flowers says the unofficial end of summer means candidates for public office will be hunting for votes. Steve says that includes pressing the flesh in one particular event...

Folks, Dr. Paul Hubbert was king of Goat Hill for 42 years. He built the AEA into the most powerful lobbying group in the state...

Not everyone garnering political power in Alabama sits in the governor's mansion, the state legislature or in congress. Last week, APR political commentator Steve Flowers told us about Education Chief Paul Hubbert and the influence he had on the workings of Alabama government. This week, Steve talks about how Hubbert tried to take that power to a higher level...

APR commentator Steve Flowers often talks about Alabama governors, U.S. senators and other political heavy hitters, but not every person who wields influence sits in the governor's mansion, the legislature or Capitol Hill. Steve offers this example from Alabam's education system...

Alabama certainly has had its share of colorful characters - governors, lawmakers, civil rights leaders and even law enforcement officers. This week, APR's political commentator Steve Flowers remembers one Alabama lawman who made a name for himself early in his career...

Steve Flowers on Little Jim Folson

Jul 18, 2018

Steve Flowers gives a few thoughts on "Little" Jim Folson's carrer in politics and his connection to Mercedez-Benz coming to Alabama...

Guy Hunt became the first Republican Governor of Alabama in 1986. He had a wife that was the most beautiful, sweetest lady you've ever seen in your life. If you put the word humble in a dictionary, her picture would come up...

In this heartwarming StoryCorps interview, 11-year-old Molly Johnson talks to her dad Matthew about the day she was born, some of their favorite memories, and what she’s looking forward to in life. You can’t miss the love that this father and daughter have for each other in the laughter they share...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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In this StoryCorps interview, Krista Harrell talks to her friend Justine Burbank about how her first love set the tone for how she views love; this newfound perspective has given Krista insight on her personal love language and how to properly give love to her future partner...

Edited by Kierra Wright      

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Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis was the longest-living survivor of the Clotilda. the last-recorded slave ship to land in the United States in Mobile Bay. In the 1860s, Lewis founded Africatown with a group of other Clotilda survivors – just three miles north of downtown Mobile. Many of Lewis’ descendants still live in Africatown today.

April Livingston is an artist and resident of Mobile. In 2016, she created a bust of Lewis for Africatown’s Union Missionary Baptist Church. In this StoryCorps interview, April tells her boyfriend Andrew about the time she spent on this project and how it has led to her personal growth.

*The original monument was carved by Henry Williams in 1959 and was stolen from the courtyard in front of the Union Baptist Church of Plateau outside of Mobile in 2002...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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Fredrick D. Richardson is from Nymph, Alabama - a small town in Conecuh County. Now he is the oldest elected official in tenure in the city of Mobile. He sat down with his friend Maria Gonzalez at StoryCorps to talk about everything he’s overcome to make it where he is today...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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Meredith Portman always knew she wanted to be a mother, so after being a foster mom she adopted her daughter Brianna. Meredith sat down with her mom and Brianna at StoryCorps in Mobile to reminisce about Brianna’s adoption day and share their hopes for the future...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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When Ed and Sarah Jane Masline found out they were going to have a baby, they didn’t know what to expect. But they never thought their son Robert would be born with severe hemophilia. In this StoryCorps interview, Sarah Jane talks to her husband about their experience finding out Robert’s diagnosis and what they’ve learned since then...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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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 best of the hand he's been dealt...

Edited by Corey Carpenter

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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...

Edited by Kierra Wright

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In this StoryCorps piece, nine-year-old Juan Mario talks to his mom and dad about their childhoods in Venezuela and Mexico and learns about the commonalities and differences between their lives...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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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...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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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 U.S., how he met his wife and what he values most in life...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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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...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko  

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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 a biracial child in an all-white neighborhood – experiences that have had lasting effects...

Edited by Kierra Wright  

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