May 1, 2008...
On January 2, 2006, an explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia trapped 13 coalminers for nearly two days. The vigil that followed riveted the nation and reminded us again that coal mining is dangerous business, especially in mines with a history of safety violations. 12 of those miners perished. For Nashville singer Kathy Mattea, it was personal. A native of West Virginia, Mattea grew up around mining and knows first hand of the sacrifices of mining communities. Even before the Sago disaster she wanted to record a CD of coal mining songs but the event spurred her into action.
Singer Kathy Mattea's new CD is titled Coal. Mattea appears at WorkPlay in Birmingham Thursday night, May 8.
For nine months, in the early 1940's a handful of German university students and their philosophy professor waged an anonymous campaign against Adolf Hitler. The group - dubbed the White Rose - leafleted Munich, decrying Nazi oppression and tyranny. In 1943, they were caught and a jury convicted them of treason, sentencing them to death by guillotine. This month, Birmingham Festival Theatre brings their story to life, but director Sandra Taylor tells WBHM's Tanya Ott that staging the play has been a challenge, both theatrically -- and politically.
Sandra Taylor directs The White Rose, which opens this weekend at Birmingham Festival Theatre. Each Spring, 10,000 white roses are distributed on the University of Texas campus in remembrance of the approximately 10,000 people killed each day at Auschwitz. It's part of The White Rose Society event dedicated to Holocaust remembrance and genocide awareness.
At some point or another, just about every kid in Birmingham has taken a school field trip to the Birmingham Children's Theatre. BCT hosts thousands of kids every year ... and soon the theatre company is taking the show on the road for a performance that's equal parts theatre and therapy. WBHM's Q Owens explains...
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With many old school hip-hop influences, you might be surprised to find that messages of positive consciousness abound in Shaheed Tawheed's brand of hip-hop. The beat is always the essential starting point ---- but for this Birmingham rapper, journal writing is what inspired him to start making music. With his new CD Health, Wealth and Knowledge of Self, he progresses in his quest for great beats mixed with an uplifting message. (AUDIO MONTAGE) The song is Come with Me by Shaheed. You can catch him at Java and Jams on May 31st.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with help this week from Q Owens, Coleman Lipsey and Islara Vazquez. Next week on the program, the American dream - and one of the greatest challenges: learning the English language. I'm Greg Bass and we'll see you next week.