Holiday Specials 2014

A complete listing of this year's holiday specials.

Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

Birmingham is finally seeing a post-recession rebound in construction with cranes dotting the city center and apartments and medical facilities going up elsewhere. But there's a problem looming for construction firms -- labor shortages. We talk about it in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

Nearly 100 people gathered on Friday afternoon on the slope of yellowed grass at the entrance to the Summit shopping center in Birmingham. The idea was to block traffic on U.S. Highway 280 on one of the season's busiest shopping days, to protest police violence and the unequal treatment of black men and women by the police.

Magic City Writers Read: How the Swampers Changed American Music

The Shoals area of Alabama is known for a long list of popular musicians who recorded there in the 1960s and 1970s. Artists including Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan cut tracks in this otherwise sleepy corner of the state. But a part of the region's musical success is thanks to four men nicknamed the Swampers. In WBHM's first "Magic City Writers Read" event, author Carla Jean Whitley discusses her new book on the Swampers.

John Archibald: Alabama Excels at Legal Corruption

Alabama is no stranger to corruption with a two-year college scandal and a number of former Jefferson County Commissioners behind bars. But that's all illegal corruption. Turns out there's something called legal corruption and a Harvard study suggests Alabama's pretty good at that too.

Ollie's Barbecue: The Case that Integrated Restaurants

One of the enduring images of the Civil Rights Movement is of black protesters being pulled away from lunch counters. Fifty years ago this Sunday a U.S. Supreme Court ruling effectively ended segregation in restaurants. That case came from Birmingham.

Kyle Whitmire: Is Governor Bentley Now Open To Expanding Medicaid?

Governor Bentley has repeatedly said he's opposed to the state expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But in a speech to legislators last week, Bentley seemed to change his tune. Is Medicaid expansion on the horizon for Alabama?

Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

UAB's graduation exercises this weekend were mostly free from protests over the school's decision to end its football program, although UAB President Ray Watts did not speak or shake graduates' hands. Much anger has been aimed at him for the decision, but there's still plenty of debate about the underlying issue -- money. We hear about that in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

Kidney Chain Links Record Number of Donors and Needing Patients

Traditionally, people who suffer from kidney disease and need a transplant put their name on a national list. Next, they have to wait until their name comes up to receive a compatible kidney. And with over 100,000 names on that list, it can take up to 10 years to receive a kidney. Today, there's a viable alternative. The University of Alabama at Birmingham is at the forefront of a process, which allows someone to receive a healthier kidney in a much shorter time.

John Archibald: UAB President's Leadership has been Damaged over Football

UAB President Ray Watts' decision to cut the school's football, bowling, and rifle teams has moved beyond a simple matter of athletic priorities now that a no confidence vote is in play. The UAB faculty senate on Tuesday agreed to draft a resolution expressing no confidence in Watts. They could vote on the measure next month.

A Moonshine Renaissance

Mention moonshine and you might think of an illegal backwoods still in the mountains of the South, carefully hidden to evade the authorities. In recent years though, legal distilleries have been popping up in sort of a moonshine renaissance.

Could UAB Afford To Keep Football? Depends Who You Ask

It's been just over a week since the University of Alabama at Birmingham announced it's canceling the university's football, rifle and bowling programs. UAB president Dr. Ray Watts cited the rising costs of college athletics and a report from independent consultants Carr Sports. The decision, the process behind it and the numbers in the Carr Sports report have drawn heavy criticism. But others are calling it an unpopular-but-necessary move.

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