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February 14, 2008...

Elegies poster

The South is quickly becoming the center of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. Of the roughly 40-thousand new cases of H-I-V diagnosed each year, more than a third are in the south. AIDS activists say there's an entire generation of young adults who've grown up knowing about AIDS, but the average Southerner doesn't think the disease can affect them. They may assume it's only a "gay disease" or they're not at risk if they don't live in New York City, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. Birmingham Festival Theatre hopes to shatter those assumptions with its latest production, called Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens. WBHM's Tanya Ott reports.

Shattering assumptions about AIDS

StoryCorps booth

After victories this week in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C., Barack Obama is one step closer to being the first African-American to win a major party's presidential nomination. It's been a long-time coming for voters like Theresa Burroughs. When Burroughs was growing up in the late 1940's, she wanted to vote, but in her Alabama town it took a lot of time and courage just to register.

The history of voting in Alabama

Theresa Burroughs grew up in Hale County, Alabama. She tells her story as part of the public radio Story Corps project. The StoryCorp's Griot Booth is a special initiative to collect the stories of African Americans. It's in Montgomery through this weekend and appointments to record are still available.

Justin Brown

What does it mean to be human? The Alabama Symphony Orchestra explores the human condition through music this weekend in a concert titled "German Requiem". It features Metamorphosen by Richard Strauss and the the German Requiem by Brahms. Conductor Justin Brown spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall...

Justin Brown interview

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Meet The Sun Halfway cover

Birmingham native Mae Robertson spent 20 years in New York, where she owned and operated a chain of natural fiber children's clothing stores. When a friend overheard her singing a lullaby to her baby, he convinced her to record it, and a new career was born. Four award-winning CD's later, Robertson decided to make music for grown-ups. Fast-forward to 2008, and her eighth recording Meet the Sun Halfway will be released at the end of the month. Robertson says she doesn't worry too much about the genres... (LISTEN) As it turned out, Robertson had the perfect song for Valentine's Day. This is What Remains Is Love... (AUDIO MONTAGE)

Mae Robertson singing What Remains Is Love from her new CD Meet The Sun Halfway. There's a CD release concert at The Virginia Samford Theatre on Saturday, April 12th. But if you just can't wait, you can download her music at the Tapestry section of WBHM.org

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall with help this week from Islara Vazquez and Coleman Lipsey. Next week on the program a tour de force of Birmingham Theatre. We've got the Southern belles of Steel Magnolias, the naked men of Full Monty and the Peanuts characters all grown up in Dog Sees God. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.