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Original Air Date: 12/22/2005 Ireland and Alabama
When most people think about Irish and Alabama, epic football battles come to mind. But the ties run much deeper. UAB professor Kieran Quinlan says the connections between Ireland and the American South go beyond familial relations. His new book, “Strange Kin: Ireland and the American South,” explores the significant Irish presence in the South and Southern history.
Original Air Date: 12/21/2005 Steve Suitts on Hugo Black
The career of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black is reviewed. President Franklin Roosevelt appointed Black to the Supreme Court. His nomination almost derailed because he had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan, but Black would go on to make rulings the KKK and other white supremacists would hate. Author Steve Suitts talks about his book on Black.
Original Air Date: 12/20/2005 Greensboro Defines Southerners
Birmingham Southern Professor Dr. Guy Hubbs has spent years studying Greensboro in West Alabama. Hubbs believes examining the town’s Civil War era provides insight on southerners and their behavior. Hubbs talks about his book “Guarding Greensboro.”
Original Air Date: 12/19/2005 Harvey Jackson, III looks at Alabama History
History Professor Harvey Jackson, III discusses his new book “Inside Alabama: A Personal History of My State.” Jackson looks at the major events in the state’s history and discusses the impact of those events on Alabama today. Jackson is the Chair of History and Foreign Languages at Jacksonville State University.
Original Air Date: 12/16/2005 Week in Review
Three Alabama journalists will discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 12/15/2005 Child Labor
Wolfgang Trammell will explain Alabama’s Child Labor Laws. Trammell works for the Alabama Labor Department and will discuss the rules regarding how many hours teenagers may work and the types of jobs they can perform.
Original Air Date: 12/14/2005 Hank Williams Story
Paul Hemphill has written a book on country singer Hank Williams. In “Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams” Hemphill recounts Williams’ life from his youth until his death at age 29. Hemphill talks about his motivation for writing the book.
Original Air Date: 12/13/2005 Prescription Program Problems
Beginning in January, Medicare will offer prescription drug coverage for everyone with Medicare. The various programs being offered under the plan has those eligible questioning what plan is best for them. Medicaid Commissioner Carol Herrmann will outline how the program works and what information people need to know in order to make the right choice.
Original Air Date: 12/12/2005 AIDS Research
Dr. Paul Goepfert works on the development of an AIDS vaccine at the University of Alabama's Center for AIDS Research. According to Goepfert, a vaccine is critical to combating AIDS. Dr. Goepfert will discuss ongoing research and treatment. Viewers who would like to ask questions can call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 12/9/2005 Week In Review
Bob Davis from the "Anniston Star" will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 12/8/2005 Ethics Case
The Alabama Ethics Commission is considering a complaint filed against an Alabama lawmaker. A look at how the commission works in handling cases.
Original Air Date: 12/7/2005 Public Service Commission Head
Public Service Commission President Jim Sullivan talks about regulating utilities in Alabama. Sullivan will discuss the decisions the Alabama PSC is working on and their potential impact on you. He will also tell how the PSC works to regulate utilities and work to keep them from have a major impact on your pocketbook. Sullivan has served as PSC President since 1983.
Original Air Date: 12/6/2005 Ambassador Freeman
Ambassador Chas Freeman, President of the Middle East Policy Council and Co-chair of the U.S. China Policy Foundation, discusses the state of the Middle East. Freeman also served as U.S Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and as Assistant Secretary of Defense for National Security Affairs.
Original Air Date: 12/5/2005 Bird Flu
Avian influenza or “bird flu” is a contagious disease that normally infects only birds. There is major concern in countries like China where a second human death from bird flu has been confirmed that the virus could infect humans. Dr. Fred Hoerr, Professor of Pathobiology at Auburn University and Director of the State of Alabama Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, will discuss the bird flu. He will explain what people should be concerned about and viewers can join in the discussion with their questions by calling 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 12/2/2005 Week In Review
Sallie Owens of the Mobile Register and Bill Perkins Dothan Eagle will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 12/1/2005 Bus Boycott Celebration
Montgomery begins a year long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The celebration has already begun with lectures and other events. December the first will be highlighted by a children’s march to commemorate the event.
Original Air Date: 11/30/2005 Economic Hurricane
A storm is brewing ready to strike the United States. It is not a hurricane like Katrina. The storm involves the country’s economic health. Some economist say if changes are not made in fiscal policy and even among average citizens American would be in serious financial trouble. From the baby boomers reaching retirement age, to low savings rate and rising debt, the monetary problems facing the state will be discussed.
Original Air Date: 11/29/2005 Churches and the Bus Boycott
As final preparations continue on the start of the remembering the Montgomery Bus Boycott the role of churches in the event will be discussed. Religious leaders discuss the role of churches in the boycott’s success and what issues should churches take on now 50 years later.
Original Air Date: 11/28/2005 Bruce Feiler
Bruce Feiler has toured holy sites in the Middle East. Feiler has written half a dozen books including "Walking The Bible" and "Where God Was Born." Feiler talks about his journeys and what he tries to convey in his books.
Original Air Date: 11/25/2005 Bruce Feiler
Bruce Feiler has toured holy sites in the Middle East. Feiler has written half a dozen books including "Walking The Bible" and "Where God Was Born." In this final part in a three-part series on religious issues, Feiler talks about his journeys and what he tries to convey in his books.
Original Air Date: 11/24/2005 Naomi Harris Rosenblatt
For the Record introduces Huntingdon College hosted psychotherapist and author Naomi Harris Rosenblatt in the second part of a three-part series on religious issues. She has written religion related books "Wrestling With Angels" and "In God's Image." Her most recent book is called "After The Apple, Women In The Bible, Timeless Stories of Love, Lust and Longing."
Original Air Date: 11/23/2005 Dr. James Forbes
“For the Record” begins a three-part series of interviews with authors, and clergy on religious issues. Dr. James Forbes is the senior minister of the Riverside Church in New York City. In October he spoke at the anti-poverty advocacy group, Alabama Arise's "Open Hearts Open Minds" lecture series. Forbes discusses his speech on "Healing the Spirit of Our Nation and Responsible Activism.”
Original Air Date: 11/22/2005 Open Meeting and Records
A new open meetings law has gone into effect in Alabama. The law sets new requirements for notification and access for people to attend public meetings. Work is also needed on the state's open records law. State Senator Zeb Little from Cullman and Dennis Bailey from the Alabama Press Association will discuss the laws and the need for them.
Original Air Date: 11/21/2005 Holiday Depression
The holiday season is not a time of joy and cheer for everyone. For some it is a time of depression, loneliness, anxiety, and self-evaluation. Montgomery psychiatrist Dr. David Harwood will discuss the sources of holiday depression and how to deal with stress the season may cause. He will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 11/18/2005 Week In Review
Kim Price from the Wetumpka Herald and Robb Taylor from WVAS-FM will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 11/17/2005 School Safety
A Tennessee teenager is in jail for allegedly shooting at high school administrators. An assistant principal was killed the principal and another assistant principal were wounded. Could the shooting have been avoided? What are school officials doing to maintain a safe school environment?
Original Air Date: 11/16/2005 Art Appreciation 101
In his book “The Accidental Masterpiece: On The Art of Life and Visa Versa”, New York Times chief art critic Michael Kimmelman writes about the way the creation, collection and appreciation of art can impact daily living. We’ll discuss censorship, politics, outsider art and more.
Original Air Date: 11/15/2005 Changing Political Landscape
Polls show President Bush with an approval rating of lower than 50% in Alabama. Is this just a temporary situation for the President or could it signal a problem for the President and the Republican Party. Meanwhile another poll is split on whether former governor Don Siegelman should be seeking the state’s highest office since he has been indicted
Original Air Date: 11/14/2005 National Hospice Month
November is National Hospice Month. Hospice groups work with families, friends and care providers in dealing with end of life issues for patients. Representatives and researchers will discuss the role of hospice, the challenges care givers face and take your questions. The number to call is 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 11/11/2005 Women In The Bible
Naomi Rosenblatt discusses her book focusing on women in the Bible. For the past 20 years, Ms. Rosenblatt has led Bible study groups for senators, congress people, and corporate leaders in New York and Washington, D.C. Author of After the Apple and other books, Ms. Rosenblatt talks about noted women in the Bible, as well as her view of whether the Bible should be viewed as a literal or figurative text.
Original Air Date: 11/10/2005 Labor Department Head
Former Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett now heads the Alabama Labor Department. The department enforces child labor laws. It also does safety inspection for boilers, elevators and escalators. Bennett will discuss the departments work to improve labor/management relations in Alabama. He will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 11/9/2005 Doctor James Forbes Junior
Newsweek and Ebony have praised him as one of America’s greatest preachers…Doctor James Forbes Junior is Senior Minister at The Riverside Church in New York City. He was in Alabama recently and sat down with FTR for a conversation about preaching, faith, social issues and the mixing of church and state.
Original Air Date: 11/8/2005 Counter Terrorism Expert
Retired Brigadier General Russell Howard serves as the Director of the Jebsen Center for Counterterrorism Studies at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Howard recently retired from the United States Military Academy at West Point as Head of the Social Sciences Department and Director of the Combating Terrorism Center. Howard is in Alabama to speak to the Alabama World Affairs Council.
Original Air Date: 11/7/2005 Corrections Commissioner
A recent report shows around a third of those being incarcerated in Alabama prisons were convicted of drug offenses. Combined with repeat offenders it is one of the causes of prison overcrowding. Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Donal Campbell will this issue and take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 11/4/2005 Week in Review
Three Alabama journalists will be discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 11/3/2005 2005 Alabama's Financial Future
“For The Record” Special at Alabama Public Television’s 50th anniversary celebration! In a special "For The Record" from the Birmingham Museum of Art, University of Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research Director Carl Ferguson, Ph.D., and Samford University School of Business Dean Beck Taylor, Ph.D., discuss where the state is heading economically. They will identify the industries providing the jobs for Alabamians in the past. They will also discuss what people need to consider now when it comes to securing their financial future in tomorrow's economy.
Original Air Date: 11/2/2005 Alabama Bar President
Alabama State Bar President Bobby Segall discusses issues the organization hopes to address. The group is supporting legislation calling for merit selection of judges for the state's appellate courts. The proposal has drawn fire from those who say the plan is a ploy to circumvent voters and have a small group selecting judges. Segall will talk about that issue and more.
Original Air Date: 11/1/2005 High School Athletes
Joyner-Kersee won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals over four consecutive Olympic Games. She visited a couple of Birmingham schools last week to talk with students about pursuing their dreams and emphasizing healthy living. She also talked with "For The Record" about healthy lining as it relates to childhood obesity and young athletes using steroids. Dan Washburn Executive Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association and Dee Jackson Sports Director for WAKA-TV Montgomery discuss issues relating to the health of Alabama's high school athletes.
Original Air Date: 10/31/2005 North Korea Visit
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson went to North Korea to encourage the country to give up its nuclear arms program. Before Richard's trip, Alabama World Affairs Council Executive Director James Nathan visited North Korea doing some advance work for the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Nathan will explain the concerns about North Korea having nuclear weapons and take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 10/28/2005 Week In Review
Barbara Bobo of the "West Alabama Gazette will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 10/27/2005 Property Tax Updates
Property owners are seeing their property taxes rise every year. This happens because property is being reappraised annually. Some say doing the recalculation every year amounts to a tax increase. The matter will be explained.
Original Air Date: 10/26/2005 History Knowledge
1776? 1492? 1821? When you watch people on the street give horribly wrong answers to American History questions asked by Jay Leno, you would think we’re a nation of history illiterates. How important is teaching about our past? We’ll talk with The Alabama History Teacher of The Year about the problem and possible solutions.
Original Air Date: 10/25/2005 Rosa Parks
Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, has died. She was 92. Rosa Parks Museum Director Georgette Norman and Historian and Author Richard Bailey, Ph.D. will discuss the life and impact of Rosa Parks.
Original Air Date: 10/24/2005 Research Money
The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, promotes the development of a state's science and technology resources. Sherry Farwell heads EPSCoR and visited Alabama universities to examine ongoing research. Keith McDowell, EPSCoR Director in Alabama, and Dave Echols of the Alabama Development Office, discuss the importance of Farwell's visit. They will also take questions from viewers who call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 10/21/2005 Week In Review
Jim Merlini from Metro Source News, Jon Kent with WVAS-FM will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 10/20/2005 Southern Poverty Law Center
On Saturday, October 23rd, the Southern Poverty Law Center will host the dedication of a new Civil Rights Memorial Center and Wall of Tolerance. The dedication is part of a weekend of activities the organization has planned. The SPLC was founded in 1971. Co-Founder Morris Dees talks about the new center and monument.
Original Air Date: 10/19/2005 Weather Warning
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jason Wright talks about how November has become the busiest month for tornadoes in Alabama. Between 2000 and 2004, 81 tornadoes occurred in the month of November. The number was easily higher than any other month. Wright offers tips on what people can do to be prepared for storms.
Original Air Date: 10/18/2005 Victim Notification
Alabama requires crime victims to be notified when their victimizers are slated to appear before the parole board. But the parole board says the requirement is slowing down the probation process, and that it is sometimes difficult to locate victims since several years may have passed. Victims also say they want to be present at those hearings in many cases to testify against the granting of probation. And victims say they want to be notified so they will not be surprised seeing their victimizers on the streets. There is an effort to relax the requirement for the parole board, but some say a change should not be done without considering the impact on victims.
Original Air Date: 10/17/2005 Arts Council Head
In September, the Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded 161 grants worth more than 1.8 million dollars to support arts programs in the state. Al Head is the Executive Director of the Alabama Council on the Arts. He will discuss how the official state arts agency is working to support arts planning and programs. Head will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 10/14/2005 Week In Review
Jim Van Anglen from the "Mobile Register," Dana Beverley of the “New York Times Regional Newspapers," and Dave White from the "Birmingham News" will discuss the events of the past week.

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