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Original Air Date: 7/20/2006 Job Losses
Hundreds of Alabamians are now looking for work. The closing of a couple of textile plants and layoffs at a tire manufacturer have workers trying to decide what to do in the future, and the state is looking at ways to help the displaced employees. With the state’s employment rate below five percent, how do these events impact the state’s economic condition?
Original Air Date: 7/19/2006 North Korea's Nuclear Missiles
The United States has made no progress in getting North Korea to stop its nuclear program. Troy University Political Science Chair James Rinehart, Ph.D., has just returned from South Korea. He will discuss the situation with North Korea and take questions from viewers at 1-866-552-0025 during the live 6:30pm broadcast.
Original Air Date: 7/18/2006 Immigration Debate
Alabama is training some 70 state troopers to be able to arrest illegal aliens. The troopers are receiving special training as part of the effort to combat illegal immigration. The issue of how to best handle illegal immigration is still being debated in Congress.
Original Air Date: 7/17/2006 Higher Education Head
Gregory Fitch, Ph.D., took over as head of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education in June. Fitch was Missouri's Commissioner of Higher Education before coming to Alabama. Fitch will give his early assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the state's higher education system and compare it with the places he has worked in the past. He will also take viewer questions at 1-866-552-0025 during the live 6:30pm broadcast.
Original Air Date: 7/14/2006 Week In Review
Sallie Owen of the Press Register will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 7/13/2006 Lottery Lives?
Although former governor Don Siegelman was defeated in his bid to return to the state’s top office and now faces the appeal process for his conviction on corruption charges, his call for a state lottery may not be out of the picture. Some observers say the issue may still be proposed and others may press the issue. The future of a debate about whether Alabama should have a lottery will be discussed.
Original Air Date: 7/12/2006 Golf Anyone?
Alabama has lured another golf event to the state. Next year the LPGA will play a tournament at the Capitol Hill golf course in Prattville. The course is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. John Cannon, President of Sunbelt Golf that operates the Trail, will discuss the importance of the tournament. He will also talk about plans to lure more tournaments. He will also take viewer questions at 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 7/11/2006 Supreme Court Rulings
The U.S. Supreme Court finished its first session with John Roberts as Chief Justice. The Court made rulings related to redistricting and the power of the President. Samford University constitutional law historian Bill Ross, Ph.D., will be among the guests discussing the Court’s rulings and what they say about its direction.
Original Air Date: 7/10/2006 Arts Council Director: Al Head
Al Head is the Executive Director of the Alabama Arts Council. He will discuss programs and planning for art events in the state. He will talk about the state of art education and preserving art in Alabama. He will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 7/7/2006 Week In Review
Three Alabama journalists will discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 7/6/2006 Kids Count Data
The 2006 Kids Count Data Book shows Alabama made improvements in the well-being of children during the last year. The state went from 48th to 43rd. But the report also shows the state saw an increase in the child poverty rate. The results of the survey will be analyzed.
Original Air Date: 7/5/2006 Mark Childress
Alabama Born author Mark Childress has published his 6th Novel, titled “One Mississippi”. It tells the story of a high school student who must move to Mississippi and adjust to living in the South. Childress is a graduate of The University of Alabama. His other work includes “Crazy in Alabama”, which was turned into a movie directed by Antonio Banderas and starring Melanie Griffith. We’ll talk with him about the business of writing, Hollywood, and southern culture.
Original Air Date: 7/4/2006 Former National Security Adviser
Jerry Leach, Ph.D. is the President of the World Affairs Council of America. The organization, through its local affiliates, has some 484,000 members. A former diplomat, Leach served as Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council and as Regional Director of the Peace Corps.
Original Air Date: 7/3/2006 Religious Fundamentalism
Retired Auburn University Professor David Harrell Ph.D. is an author of books on religious topics. His works include “Pat Robertson, A Personal, Religious, and Political Portrait.” A lecturer on religious culture, Harrell has been studying a fast growing branch of Christianity, Pentecostalism. Harrell discusses that religious topic and more in this January interview.
Original Air Date: 6/30/2006 Sydney Pike
Sydney Pike helped organize CNN. Pike talks about the early days of the news organization and the problems the network faced. He also explains how it changed news coverage. According to Pike some of the changes are good and some have not been good for the public.
Original Air Date: 6/29/2006 Securities Regulatory Official
Mary Schapiro talks about why investors must be protected from fraud and scams. Schapiro is Vice Chairman of NASD, the world's largest private sector securities regulator. She explains the organization's mission.
Original Air Date: 6/28/2006 Fate of Malls
People have shopped for decades in malls. These shopping centers range from local strip malls to huge mega malls with a wide variety of shops and specialty stores. But a new trend is developing - a trend toward an outdoor life style with the look of a small town. Top mall developers talk about this trend and what it means for the future of older malls.
Original Air Date: 6/27/2006 Combating Crime
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released preliminary crime statistics for 2005. The report shows violent crime rose 2.5% while property crime dropped 1.6%. Randy Hillman of the District Attorneys Association of Alabama and Chris Murphy the Special Agent in charge of the Birmingham District Office of the U.S. Secret Service will discuss the statistics and efforts to combat crime.
Original Air Date: 6/26/2006 AUM Professor On Middle East Situation
James Nathan, Ph.D. is an eminent scholar at Auburn Univeristy Montgomery. He has worked for the U.S. State Department, authored several books, and he has had the chance to visit Iran and North Korea in recent years. Nathan talks about America's relationship with these countries and others. Viewers can call 1-866-552-0025 to ask questions during the live 6:30pm broadcast.
Original Air Date: 6/23/2006 Week in Review
Bob Martin of the “Montgomery Independent” and Brian Lyman from the “Anniston Star” will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 6/22/2006 Knight Foundation Head
The Chief Executive Officer of the Knight Foundation, Alberto Ibargüen, talks about the future of journalism and the role it plays in helping communities. Ibargüen spoke at Jacksonville State University as part of the school’s Ayers Lecture series. In 2005, he became the head of the Knight Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting journalistic excellence and defending the free press.
Original Air Date: 6/21/2006 Religion and Science
A biology professor at Samford University has recently been honored with a national award for demonstrating that “scientific endeavor, science teaching and technological development are all part of God’s calling.” How do some scientists balance their personal religious beliefs with a technological and scientific background? Samford University’s Dr. Ron Jenkins is our guest.
Original Air Date: 6/20/2006 Jerry Leach World Affairs Council of America
Jerry Leach, Ph.D. is the President of the World Affairs Council of America. The organization, through its local affiliates, has some 484,000 members. A former diplomat, Leach served as Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council and as Regional Director of the Peace Corps.
Original Air Date: 6/19/2006 John Giles of the Christian Coalition
John Giles is President of the Christian Coalition of Alabama. The organization believes in political, social and community action. Giles says during this election year people should examine the records of candidates closely. Giles will discuss the issues he believes are important and will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 6/16/2006 Week in Review
Sherrel Stewart of the “Birmingham News,” and Taylor Bright from the “Huntsville Times” will be among the three Alabama three journalists reviewing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 6/15/2006 2006 Hurricane Preparedness
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a very active hurricane season. The prediction calls for 13 to 16 named storms with eight to 10 becoming hurricanes. Projections say four to six could become major hurricanes Category 3 or higher. Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Jason Wright will discuss how people can be prepared for the active season.
Original Air Date: 6/14/2006 Immigration
The Alabama Minutemen is an organization working to help protect the nation’s borders from illegal immigrants. Immigration has become a big issue in the country. Congress has been working on legislation to deal with the issue. President Bush has presented a proposal but no compromise has been reached.
Original Air Date: 6/13/2006 State Health Officer
State Health Officer, Dr. Don Williamson, talks about state health concerns. He will discuss preparations at the agency to deliver services in case another hurricane hits Alabama. He will also talk about wellness programs for children and smokers, and other health education endeavors.
Original Air Date: 6/12/2006 Air War College Dean
Air University provides Air Force education for all levels of military and civilian personnel. Colonel Rich Eisen serves as the Dean of Academic Affairs for the Air War College. He will discuss the school’s ongoing regional studies program where instructors go to countries to learn first hand about the issues in a country and how they relate to the United States. Eisen will also talk about the importance of military education for U.S. Armed Forces and take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 6/9/2006 Week in Review
Bob Davis of the “Anniston Star” will be among the three Alabama three journalists reviewing the event of the past week.
Original Air Date: 6/8/2006 Avian Flu and Author on South
Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks discusses concerns about hurricane season. He will discuss lessons learned from last year and take viewer questions at 1-866-552-0025. Plus, Carla Thompson talks about a book she’s written on life in Alabama. She will discuss where her inspiration came from and the view of Alabama she is trying to convey.
Original Air Date: 6/7/2006 Primary Wrap
The day after primary elections “For the Record” political analysts Dax Swatek and John Anzalone debate the meaning behind the votes. Were voters sending a message about how they will vote in November or will other issues become the topics of discussion in the coming months. Swatek and Anzalone will also preview any runoff races and interesting November match-ups.
Original Air Date: 6/6/2006 Election Day
Alabamians go to the polls to cast votes in either the Democratic or Republican primaries. The votes will determine the nominees for the general election. The turnout for the elections will be analyzed. A special live “For The Record” at eleven will have returns and reaction from candidates in key races.
Original Air Date: 6/5/2006 Party Chairs Preview Primary
The heads of the Democratic and Republican Parties discuss the next day primary races. Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh from the Alabama Republican Party and the Alabama Democratic Party’s Joe Turnham give their expectations on turnout and provide last-minute information for voters on the importance of primaries and the role the event plays in state government. They will also take viewer questions at 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 6/2/2006 Week In Review
Kim Price from the “Wetumpka Herald” and John Ehinger with the “Huntsville Times” will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 6/1/2006 Governor Bob Riley (R)
For the Record interviews electoral candidates during the month of May. Bob Riley is Governor of Alabama.
Original Air Date: 5/31/2006 Governor Candidate Roy Moore (R)
Roy Moore is seeking the Republican Nomination for Governor. Moore was once Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Original Air Date: 5/30/2006 Governor Candidate Don Siegelman (D)
For the Record interviews electoral candidates during the month of May. Don Siegelman was Governor of Alabama.
Original Air Date: 5/29/2006 Governor Candidate Lucy Baxley (D)
For the Record interviews electoral candidates during the month of May. Lucy Baxley is currently Lt. Governor.
Original Air Date: 5/26/2006 Week In Review
Ken Hare from the “Montgomery Advertiser” will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 5/25/2006 Governor Candidate James Potts (D)
James Potts is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor. Potts is a financial professional from Wilton.
Original Air Date: 5/24/2006 Governor Candidate Nathan Mathis (D)
Former State Representative Nathan Mathis talks about why he is running for Governor. Mathis represented parts of the Wiregrass in the Alabama House of Representatives.
Original Air Date: 5/23/2006 Anthony Lake, former National Security Advisor
Anthony Lake was National Security Advisor for President Bill Clinton’s first term. Lake would be nominated to become the head of the Central Intelligence Agency but withdrew his nomination amid criticism of his previous policies. Lake is now the Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Original Air Date: 5/22/2006 Governor Candidate Harry Lyon (D)
Democrat Harry Lyon talks about why he is running for Governor. Lyon is an attorney from Pelham.
Original Air Date: 5/19/2006 Week In Review
3 top Alabama journalists review the stories of the week.
Original Air Date: 5/18/2006 Governor Candidate Copeland (D)
For the Record interviews electoral candidates during the month of May. Joe Copeland is a retired businessman running for the state’s top office.
Original Air Date: 5/17/2006 Hollywood Actor from Alabama
Program Note: The scheduled interview with Democratic candidate for Governor Lucy Baxley has been rescheduled for airing on Monday, 5/29. CBS Television has announced it is picking up the drama “Jericho”, a drama about what happens when a nuclear mushroom cloud suddenly appears on the horizon, plunging the residents of a small, peaceful Kansas town into chaos, leaving them completely isolated and wondering if they're the only Americans left alive.. A veteran TV and movie actor from Alabama is up for a major role in the show, and we’ll talk with Vic Polizos about acting, Hollywood and more.
Original Air Date: 5/16/2006 Lt. Governor Candidate George Wallace, Jr. (R)
For the Record interviews electoral candidates during the month of May. George Wallace, Jr. is currently on the Public Service Commission.
Original Air Date: 5/15/2006 Lt. Governor Candidate Luther Strange (R)
For the Record interviews electoral candidates during the month of May. Luther Strange is a Birmingham attorney.
Original Air Date: 5/12/2006 Week in Review
3 Journalists join Tim Lennox to review this week's stories.

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