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From January 11, 2007...



Birmingham's classical music community is remembering Oliver Roosevelt -- longtime music critic for the Birmingham News. He died Tuesday after a long illness. Michael Krall reports...

Oliver Roosevelt obituary



Exile by Richard North Patterson

It's a tale of passion, politics, loyalty, betrayal and murder. No, it's not the latest episode of Survivor, it's Richard North Patterson's new novel, Exile, and if it's as successful as Protect and Defend, Conviction or any of his other last eight books, it, too, will be an international best seller. Rick Patterson is returning to Birmingham to appear at a fund-raising event for the Literacy Council on Tuesday evening. Something you may not know about the author is that he once practiced law here. When I spoke with him earlier this week, I asked him if he would need a map of Birmingham to find his way around.

Richard Patterson interview

Richard North Patterson's new novel is titled Exile. Tuesday night he'll appear at a fund-raising event for the Literacy Council, a Birmingham-based organization that promotes literacy programs in the five county area



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More than two decades ago Monty Python pondered "The Meaning of Life" on the big screen. The film featured corporate pirates, the Grim Reaper and a very unappetizing restaurant episode. And, like all Python productions, it was full of song. Songs about life, death and the great beyond. WBHM's Rosemary Pennington is a big fan of the British comedy group. She even likes likes Spam. During a recent viewing of The Meaning of Life she was surprised by how well the sketches held up, but one sketch in particular captured her attention. In it, Eric Idle strolls with a frumpy man in drag, explaining the wonders of the Milky Way. In The Galaxy Song , Idle throws out astronomical measurements left and right and Rosemary wondered just how well those measurements stood up, some twenty years later. So, she did what any science reporter would do; she called up UAB astronomer Perry Gerakines and asked him to chat about the song.

A breakdown of "The Galaxy Song"

WBHM's Rosemary Pennington talking with UAB astronomer Perry Gerakines about the accuracy of The Galaxy Song from Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life".



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Mitchell McElroy ends a letter to his MySpace fans with 'believe in the love' -- all letters capitalized. Just an example of the message of his band, Mile Marker 7: it's music with a positive theme, with a spiritual lift. Mitchell and his brother Jordan joined us in-studio to talk about what drove them, their other brother Sean and a couple of new additions to Mile Marker 7 and what they believe is their calling, down the road. From their self-titled live CD, this is 'Crying Out.' (AUDIO MONTAGE) That's Christian jam band Mile Marker 7, featuring the McElroy brothers, Jordon and Mitchell. They perform January 26 at The Liberty Center in Irondale.



Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Francesca Rosko tracks community events. Additional reporting this week from Rosemary Pennington and production assistance from Islara Vazquez. I'm Greg Bass and we'll you next week.