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An Introduction to UA’s Blackburn Institute

The Blackburn Institute is developing a network of leaders, the Blackburn Fellows, who have a clear understanding of the challenges that face the state of Alabama. The Institute provides the fellows opportunities to explore issues and identify strategic actions that will improve the quality of life for our state and nation. The Blackburn Institute is… Read more »

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Sela Ward – UA Communication HOF

Sela Ward is an award-winning actress known for roles as Teddy Reed in the NBC drama “Sisters” and as Lily Manning on the ABC series “Once and Again,” plus roles in films like “The Fugitive” and “The Guardian.” She joined the cast of “CSI: NY” in 2010 and will appear in the 2014 film “Gone… Read more »

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Earl “Guitar” Williams – Blues Man

Earl “Guitar” Williams is a blues man seen here playing at Gip’s Place, a juke joint in Bessemer, Alabama. Williams learned to play guitar as a youngster, hanging out at Gip’s Place and the homes of friends who owned guitars in order to practice. He has played in singer Johnnie Taylor’s band and managed the… Read more »

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A Taste of Hog Heaven

Alabama Barbecue Restaurants Featured in Documentary – There are three religions in the South. On Saturdays, Southerners flock to football stadiums to cheer. On Sundays, they go to church to pray. But on any day of the week you can find Southerners engaged in the praise of good barbecue. Alabama Public Television viewers learned about… Read more »

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    The Historic Gaineswood Mansion in Demopolis, AL

    A National Historic Landmark, Gaineswood was built by Nathan Bryan Whitfield. A cotton planter and Renaissance man of his time, Whitfield moved from North Carolina to Marengo County in 1834. The house and grounds are currently operated by the Alabama Historical Commission as a historic house museum. Today visitors can tour the Greek Revival structure… Read more »

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    The Coon Dog Cemetery in Colbert County, AL

    The Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard is located in Colbert County in northwest Alabama. The location had been a hunting camp for coon hunters before Key Underwood buried his beloved dog Troop there in 1937. Other hunters started doing the same when their favorite coon dogs died. Today more than 185 coon dogs from… Read more »

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    1996 Documentary Tells Amazing Story of Kudzu

    In “The Amazing Story of Kudzu” you’ll learn about kudzu’s colorful past, present and future. Travel from Chipley, Florida — where Glen Arden Nursery sold kudzu plants through the mail in the 1920s — to Covington, Georgia — where Channing Cope crowned kudzu “king” in the 1940s. Meet a 93 year old man who supervised Civilian Conservation Corps workers as they…

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    The 12th Alabama CBG Festival

    The twelfth annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival at Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment in Huntsville, Alabama will be Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th, 2016. This Alabama festival is the longest running cigar box guitar festival in the world and was the location for the documentary Songs Inside the Box several years ago. June 3rd & 4th will be filled with music…

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    Afterhours: Live from the Red Cat Birmingham

    The TV series, “Afterhours: Live from the Red Cat Birmingham” is broadcast on Alabama Public Television Tuesday nights at 10:30 p.m. Each weekly program features a nationally known singer-songwriter as they perform acoustic pop and folk music at the Red Cat Coffee House in Birmingham, Alabama, an intimate venue providing TV viewers a front row… Read more »

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    The Box Collects Stories for Smithsonian Exhibit

    The University of Alabama Center for Public Television is collecting stories from local athletes and sports fans in cities across Alabama for a traveling Smithsonian exhibition. Participants share their stories in a recording booth known as The Box. “It’s similar to a photo booth, and is equipped with high-tech video and sound recorders and offers… Read more »