Tapestry, from 90.3 WBHM

From March 3, 2005...


Arts news

Theres a new book that examines a century-and-a-half of American race relations. Well talk to the author, a native of Alabama. Also, diversifying the Birmingham area theatre audience. While Broadway is known as the Great White Way, it takes on a more profound meaning here at home. This is Tapestry, I'm Greg Bass. Also on the bill, the iPod nation sings its own tune...and well find out how Podcasting could create a new wave of audiophiles... First, arts news with WBHMs Rosemary ennington.

Arts news



The House I Live In: Race in the American Century

A new book by an Alabama author examines 150 years of race relations in America. The House I Live In: Race in the American Century is the latest offering by Robert J. Norrell who holds the Bernadotte Schmitt Chair of Excellence in the Department of History at the University of Tennessee. Before moving to Knoxville, Jeff Norrell taught at the University of Alabama where he was director of the Center for Southern History. Before that he directed the Birmingfind Project at Birmingham Southern College. Norrell, a native of Hazel Green in North Alabama, spoke to us by phone from his home.

Robert J. Norrell interview

Robert J. Norrell, author of the book The House I Live In: Race in the American Century. His earlier work, Reaping the Whirlwind: The Civil Rights Movement in Tuskegee, won the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award.



theatrical masks

There is an artistic sort of civil rights movement going on in Birmingham these days. And it has a lot of theatre and arts organizations vying for more a diverse audience. Maybe its a standing ovation at Terrific New Theater...or, is it the Carver Theater? Or maybe the Levite Jewish Community Center? Who exactly IS this audience? You can't tell just by their applause, but the theatre community is very aware that in general, their audiences are white, middle to upper-middle class, and graying. And as WBHM's Lissa LeGrand reports, many theatre organizations are struggling to find the right mix.

Birmingham's Theatre scene



Community Calendar

What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.

Community Calendar



iPod

By now, youve probably heard of the iPod Apples mp3 player. If you're wondering what the big deal is, here's an analogy. Remember when spreadsheets first came out? They let you look at data in new and different ways. Well, the same is true with the iPod. Today, with an iPod, you can mix up all your music, potentially thousands of songs, and listen to them in ways that were not possible just a few years ago.

Tonight, we're starting a new segment on Tapestry called "what's on your iPod?" In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing folks into the studio to hear what theyre hearing on their iPods. But there are a couple of rules: put the iPod on shuffle, and tell us about the first three songs from different artists that come up. Our first iPodder is 38-year old Russell Hopper, an architect here in Birmingham.

iPod story

The songs were Ghosts are Good Company by Bishop Allen, James K. Polk by They Might Be Giants, and three traditional Irish slip jigs played by Paddy O'Brien, Jamie Gans, and Daithi Sproule (DAH-hee sprool). If you're interested in being part of "what's on your iPod", send an e-mail to - tapestry@wbhm.org

Incidentally, with tonight's program, Tapestry, is now being offered as a Podcast. What exactly is Podcasting? WBHM's Michael Krall spoke to Bryan Bunch of Walls New Media.

Bryan Bunch interview

Learn more about Podcasting.



Earthbound

Alright, here's some music you may want to add to your iPod...this is Earthbound, whose musical influences range from The Grateful Dead, J.J. Cale and Bob Dylan. Bandmates Scott Hudson and Kent Donovan say their album, Somewhere In Between traverses all kinds of musical styles: blues, jazz, country, even reggae. This song is called All the Same.

Music and interview with Earthbound

That's Earthbound, currently working on their second CD. They'll be playing at the Arena in Five Points South on Saturday, March 12th. You can download some of Earthbound sound at the Tapestry section of our website, wbhm.org



This week, Tapestry was produced by Steve Chiotakis and Michael Krall. Each week, Hunter Bell waxes musical. Reporters were Lissa Legrand and Michael Krall. We got production assistance from Rosemary Pennington, Francesca Rosko, Brad Robinson, Brian Creel and Ali Boudhani. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for being with us tonight!