The Amazing Story of Kudzu

There’s so much of this fast-growing vine in the Southeastern U.S., you might think it was a native plant. Actually, it took a lot of hard work to help kudzu spread so widely. Now that it covers over seven million acres of the deep South, there are a lot of people working hard to get rid of it! But kudzu is used in ways which might surprise you.


Cecil Williams, the Peanut Man

Cecil Williams operated A-1 Sharpening Service in Tuscaloosa for many years before he decided to give some roasted peanuts to his customers as a gift. Folks liked the nuts so much they asked if they could buy some more. That led to Cecil’s second business, The Nut Shop.


"Boom Town" Chronicles Childersburg, AL WWII Growth

By all indications, Childersburg is, and always has been, a quiet little town. But that is not the case. During the 1940s Childersburg experienced explosive growth when the US Army decided to locate an ammunition plant there. Thousands of people from across the nation came to work on the massive construction project spreading over 13,500 acres.

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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 »

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    The Mulligan Brothers – “Wait for Me”

    The Mulligan Brothers perform “Wait for Me” from their album, “Via Portland” at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Mulligan Brothers met playing in bars in Mobile, Alabama. Their name comes from a golfing term for a second chance. Band members include Ross Newell (lead vocals, guitar, and songwriting); Gram Rea… Read more »

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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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    UA Student Affairs Hall of Fame 2015

    The Student Affairs Hall of Fame, located in the Ferguson Student Union, is named in honor of former history professor and beloved Director of Honors Day, Dr. Warner “Lanny” Moore. The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding contributions to student life at the Capstone. By recognizing these distinguished individuals, the Student Affairs Hall of Fame stands… Read more »

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    The 11th Alabama CBG Fest

    The eleventh annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival at Flying Monkey Arts / Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment in Huntsville, Alabama will be Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th, 2015. 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… Read more »