John Archibald: Security and Service

The topic of security for public officials is getting special attention this week writ very, very large. The Secret Service in Washington has a very big task. Keeping public officials safe is important – but John has written about the topic on a more Alabama-focused level. Meanwhile, election day is about a month away – and the final push has a lot of energy, rhetoric and money at play. After November 4th – what’s next?

Kyle Whitmire: Judge Lifts Restrictions On The Montgomery Advertiser

Last week Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance lifted his ban that temporarily blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information from Alagasco documents. We take a look at why the ban was set in the first place as well as job numbers in the state.

Cutting-Edge Forensic Research At ASU Could Help Solve Murders

Believe it or not, in a healthy human body, microbial cells outnumber human cells by about ten to one. Scientists, doctors, and health-conscious people are learning more and more about our "personal ecosystems." But what happens to this individualized community of life after we die? Some Alabama State University forensics researchers are looking at patterns, which could -- among other things -- help investigators solve murder cases. WBHM's education reporter Dan Carsen has more:

Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

Two of Birmingham's largest hospitals are without permanent leadership at the moment following the resignation of St. Vincent's Health System' CEO last week. St. Vincent's joins Brookwood Medical Center which is also looking for a new leader. We hear more in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

Javacia Harris Bowser: Life Lessons From A Younger Generation

It's not uncommon to seek words of wisdom and advice from those who older and more experienced. But what about turning to a younger generation for new ideas and inspiration? Our guest blogger Javacica Harris Bowser believes that just because someone is younger than you, doesn't mean you shouldn't seek out their ideas and opinions.

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.

Kyle Whitmire: The Practice of Law and the Practice of Journalism

The practice of journalism and the practice of law are getting deeply intertwined in Alabama and nationwide. Kyle Whitmire of and the Birmingham News joins us to discuss.

Shooter Kills Himself, Two Others At UPS Facility

Three people are dead after a shooting this morning at a UPS facility near the Birmingham airport. According to Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper, the gunman is among the deceased. Listen to comments from Roper here. The audio begins with a discussion of how BPD is gathering information from witnesses.

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 and the Birmingham News joins us now to discuss.

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