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May 8, 2008...

Sue Seay

The U.S. Hispanic population is booming. The Census Bureau estimates there are almost 46 million Hispanics in the country, or about 15 percent of the population. In Alabama, the official count is 125,000, but the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama - or HICA, says it's actually two to three times higher. No matter how you count the numbers, the fact is - Hispanics are the fastest growing group in the country and local school systems are starting to pay attention because so many immigrants can't speak English.

Profiling the Family Literacy Program

Funding for the Family Literacy Program in Shelby County runs out this month and while Sue Seay and others have asked for support from Shelby County and various funding agencies, there are no guarantees of continued support.

Cokie Roberts

There are a handful of names closely linked to the early years of our country - Adams, Jefferson and Hamilton, just to list a few. But what about Abigail Adams, Martha Jefferson or Eliza Hamilton? These are women who weren't just present but had considerable influence on the men we're more familiar with. NPR senior news analyst Cokie Roberts reexamines this history through women's words in her latest book Ladies of Liberty. WBHM's Andrew Yeager spoke with Roberts...

Cokie Roberts interview

Douglas Blackmon

It was widely done around the turn-of-the-20th-century South, but rarely talked about. A *wink-wink, nudge-nudge* practice of picking up African-Americans -- freed slaves and their children -- charging them with petty crimes and levying fines they couldn't afford. Big industry then stepped in - and bought and sold men to do the dirtiest, hardest, most dangerous work of the day, without paying them. Douglas Blackmon tackles this little known part of U-S history in his new book Slavery by Another Name. He talked with WBHM's Steve Chiotakis about the labor camps where blacks were again imprisoned and mistreated, all in the guise of industry.

Douglas Blackmon interview

Wall Street Journal Atlanta Bureau Chief Douglas Blackmon is author of the new book Slavery by Another Name. He's giving a talk about the book Tuesday night at the Birmingham Public Library.

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The Strife Rifle

Their sound's been described as "soul with a punk attitude" -- so you might wonder what to expect from indie band The Strife Rifle. Lead singer and songwriter Paul Janeway has a vocal style obviously influenced by soul music. Add the fact that one of his favorite songwriters is Tom Waits, and that explains the "punk" part. Images from the blues tradition also abound in their music. (AUDIO MONTAGE) The song is "Here Comes A Stranger" from the Friendly Serpent EP. Strife Rifle appears at the DoDahDay Festival in Caldwell Park next weekend.

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with reporting this week by Steve Chiotakis and Andrew Yeager and production assistance from Coleman Lipsey and Islara Vazquez. Next week, on Tapestry, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra closes out the season with the Sibelius Violin Concerto. I'm Greg Bass and we'll see you next week.