WBHM Presents Magic City Writers Read

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM presents Magic City Writers Read, a reading and book-signing event featuring author Carla Jean Whitley, Oct. 9, 2014 at UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Calls for Federal Judge to Resign after Alleged Domestic Dispute

Mark Fuller, a federal judge in Alabama, is facing mounting calls for his resignation. Judge Mark Fuller was arrested last month for allegedly beating his wife. The calls for his resignation come amid increasing attention on domestic violence after several high-profile cases involving NFL players. WBHM's Andrew Yeager reports.

Interview: Tavis Smiley Explores MLK's Last Year

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and message are widely celebrated, but author Tavis Smiley says some of his more controversial views -- including those expressed during the last year of his life -- are often overlooked. Smiley is the author of the new book "Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year" written with David Ritz. Smiley discusses the book Saturday, September 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The author sat down with WBHM's Greg Bass to explain why he chose to focus on King's last year.

John Archibald: A Not So Empowering

This week marks the 51st anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham. The blast killed four girls and is a pivotal moment of the Civil Rights Movement. The City of Birmingham noted that event by bring back what's been dubbed "Empowerment Week." The series of speakers, festivals, and a day of service comes with an $180,000 price tag. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald says it's not very empowering.

Kyle Whitmire: Domestic And Child Abuse In The South

Ray Rice, Mark Fuller, and Adrian Peterson. All of these men have been in the headlines in recent weeks for issues involving domestic or child abuse. As these acts of violence keep resurfacing in the news cycle we're left wondering: what needs to change in our culture to make the abuse stop? Kyle Whitmire of Al.com and the Birmingham News joins us now to discuss.

Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

Much has been written about the challenges women face making it to top positions in business. But a new report from the Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham highlights the issues faced by women much further down on the economic ladder. We talk about that in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

John Archibald: Preferential Treatment for the Governor's Security Head

Those who protect prominent politicians often stay out of the limelight, But the head of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's security detail is getting some unwelcomed attention. It's for how much he's making and for a promotion some say wasn't deserved. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald has the details.

The Uncertain Future Of The AEA

Paul Hubbert is the retired leader of the Alabama Education Association. This week he wrote a letter to the AEA board of directors saying the organization is in trouble. He says there are management, financial, and organizational problems. Kyle Whitmire of AL.com and the Birmingham News joins us to discuss the future of the AEA.

Contracts Bring Controversy In Vestavia Hills Schools

If you could keep your six-figure salary but work only "as needed," mainly from home, advising the person doing your old job, would you take that deal? After 14 years as Vestavia Hills schools superintendent, that's exactly what Dr. Jamie Blair is doing now. And that's raised some questions in this highly regarded school district. Some support the school board's decision, but others say it's just wrong. WBHM's education reporter Dan Carsen has much more.

Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

Birmingham economic development officials have been pushing to grow technology and life sciences companies in recent years. But that growth isn't as robust as some think it could be. And it has to do with venture capital. We explain in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

VIDEO: AL.com and WBHM Investigate Alabama's Prison Problems

VIDEO: Alabama's prisons are overcrowded, underfunded, and riddled with problems ranging from poor prisoner healthcare to inmate sexual abuse. With the threat of a federal takeover on the horizon, what's next for Alabama's prisons? Learn more in this video produced by AL.com. It highlights the recent prison reporting by the Alabama Investigative Journalism Lab, and features AL.com and WBHM reporters.

Churches Could Be Key To Ending HIV Stigma In Rural Alabama

According to the Centers for Disease Control, African Americans account for 75 percent of Alabama's HIV cases, but only about 25 percent of the state's population. In many neighborhoods, HIV is a disease spoken about in whispers. People are scared to get tested, and scared to be seen going to a clinic. In order to combat stigma and increase awareness, doctors and academics are going to an unlikely place -- the church -- in an attempt to break down some barriers. Ashley Cleek traveled down to the Black Belt to see how it's going.

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