“Newswrap Focuses On Organized Crime – Gambling Connection” – TPR’s In Focus – May 17, 2024

On The Newswrap, Todd Stacy, Host of Alabama Public Television’s Capitol Journal, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about organized crime’s presence in Alabama’s gambling activities – a reason Alabama’s House of Representatives sought to pass gambling legislation with regulations in the last session.  Stacy pointed out the historical example of organized crime in Phenix City that led to the assassination of Alabama’s Attorney General.  The Wildcard was about a critter’s moment of athletic fame!

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“Family Stories of World War II” – TPR’s In Focus – May 16, 2024

May holds special significance in our nation’s history – Armed Forces Day on May 18th and Memorial Day on May 27th.  In the first of a two-part interview, Retired Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds of Chilton County,  and Retired Colonel Bryan Morgan, who served the Alabama National Guard in the Judge Advocate General Corps, talk with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about their family ties to World War Two.  Part Two of their interview will air May 23rd.

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“Alabama Kayaker Aiming for 2028 Olympics” – TPR’s In Focus – May 15, 2024

In an interview taped in April while kayaker Josh Joseph was at the Montgomery Whitewater Park for the U.S. Olympic Team Whitewater Trials, he talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about the competition, his childhood kayaking Maryland rivers with his dad, and his dyslexia – how he has learned to strategize on the rivers and in his school work.  Josh’s goal is actually the 2028 Olympics.

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“Avoiding Too Good To Be True Investment Schemes” – TPR’s In Focus – May 14, 2024

Seniors and retirees are often invited to luncheons and events, where an investment opportunity is presented that promises huge returns.  In his career with the Alabama Securities Commission, now retired Director Joseph Borg has brought perpetrators of investment scams to justice.  He talks with Carolyn Hutcheson on The Exchange from In Focus, with cautionary advice to investors.

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“The Grief Journey, Part Two” – TPR’s In Focus – May 9, 2024

Continuing The Stoyline book series with co-author Roy Smoot, whose book is “It All Belongs, Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again,” he talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about how he survived the death of Judy, his wife of forty years, who had brain cancer.  Their book is full of Judy’s joyful art, Roy’s poetry, and the arc of life they created.  The book contains spaces for readers to record their own experience in processing grief.

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“The Grief Journey, Part One” – TPR’s In Focus – May 8, 2024

As we approach Mother’s Day, Roy Smoot, devoted husband and father, shares the story of his late artist wife, Judy, a mother and grandmother, with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus.  Roy and Judy co-wrote the book, “It All Belongs, Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again,” with collaborator Melinda Folse.  This is part one of a two-part interview, which follows on May 9th for The Storyline book series.

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