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Kidnapped By ISIS, One Woman Tells How She Saved Her Sisters
Last month, ISIS terrorized a village, slaughtering the men and kidnapping the young women to force into marriages. On young woman's sisters gave her the courage to escape.
After 7 Years, Finally, A Football Field Of Their Own
In Detroit, Cody High School's football team was always the visitor. On Friday, they dedicated their new field with a game that honored its name.
Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar
The dissident Chinese artist uses San Francisco's former island prison to contrast themes of freedom and restriction.
Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word
Pick up a banned book. Look for the scenes and language that once made people blush. Do those sections still have the power to make you gasp?
The Week In Sports: Jeter Takes A Bow And The Ryder Cup Tees Off
This nearly NFL-free segment also covers the anti-Jeter jeering and yet another FIFA scandal.
Progress In Nuclear Talks With Iran Is Still Glacial
One expert says that the negotiators in the room are inclined to move faster, but the deeply opposed domestic constituencies leave both sides skittish.
To Become Oil Barons, ISIS Has Sold To Neighbors And Enemies
Existing black-market structures have helped the Islamic State convert oil into cash - and their customers have included their ardent foes across borders in Turkey and Southern Iraq.
One Former Marine Documents His Return To A Broken Iraq
A decade ago, Benjamin Busch was the provisional U.S. military mayor of a town called Jassan, near the Iranian border. On his recent return, he found a far different, sadder, more frustrated place.
Is Obama's War-Powers Shift Hypocrisy, Or Inevitable For A President?
Despite his liberal bona fides and campaign objections, President Obama's foreign policy decisions look very much like those of his predecessors.
Maryland School Shreds The Old Rules Of Applying To College
No SATs, no grades? Goucher College now allows students to apply by sending in two work samples and a two-minute video. School president Jose Bowen says it makes the process more accessible.
How To Keep 'Political Order': Make Modest Promises, And Deliver
Francis Fukuyama, a former neo-conservative thinker, says that people worldwide still want democracy, but many transitioning nations are ill-equipped to give it to them.
For Missions Over Hostile Syria, Air Force Unwrapped Its Newest Jet
Available since 2005, the $90 million F-22 fighter was simply more machine than the military had needed - until there were worries about whether Bashar Assad's air defenses would stand down.
For Michigan Political Ads, The Tigers Are The Big Game In Town
Why do advertisers love buying time for political ads during Detroit Tigers baseball games?
Amazon's Original Content Primes The Pump For Bigger Sales
The company has a history of mediocre self-produced programming, but now it's putting more money and talent into its movies and TV shows. It's betting that better shows will lead to more online sales.
Kat Edmonson: 'I Hear Myself As An Instrument'
The singer, whose voice is often compared to Billie Holiday's, says she can't accept that honor right out — but that she and Holiday do share a similar understanding of the role of the voice.

WBHM Interviews

A College For Inmates, And An Interview With Its President
INTERVIEW: Inmate And Horticulture Student Timothy Brown
INTERVIEW: Trisha Powell Crain On Alabama's Low NAEP Ranks
INTERVIEWS With "Make Them Listen" Anti-Illegal-Immigration Protesters
Interview: Nick Patterson, Author of "Birmingham Foot Soldiers: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement"
INTERVIEW: New Jefferson County Schools Chief Craig Pouncey
Life After Prison: Interview With Robin, Student And Tutwiler Inmate
Interview: U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance on Alabama's Heroin Problem
Interview: Reporter Alex Walsh on Alabama's Prison Budget
"Coming Back With Wes Moore" Explores the Struggles of Returning Combat Veterans
Interview: Mark Crosswhite, Alabama Power's New CEO
INTERVIEW: James Willig On The "Gamification" Of Medical Education
AL.com, WBHM Event Yields Frank Talk On Hoover School Bus Fees
INTERVIEW: Rick Vest, Counseling Coordinator Of Two-Year College For Prisoners
Interview: Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Biologist and Alabama Native
Tornado Slams Small Alabama Town
Interview: Reporter Brian Lawson Discusses Inmate Healthcare
Interview: Birmingham Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson
INTERVIEW: Arnold Shober On The Importance Of School Board Leadership
Folk Singer Willie Watson Brings Classic Folk and Blues to Birmingham
Going Natural: It's Not Just a Hairstyle, It's a Lifestyle
Birmingham Native Callie Courter's New Album 'Love is for the Brave'
Interview: Reporter Kelsey Stein on Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women
Interview: Michael Saag, M.D., Discusses His New Book
Sustainability: Birmingham Mayor William Bell
SUSTAINABILITY: Grant Brigham Of Jones Valley Teaching Farm
INTERVIEW: AdvancED CEO Mark Elgart
INTERVIEW: Anne-Marie Slaughter
INTERVIEW: Controversial Comedian (And More) Bill Maher

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