“Alabama’s Historic Bells” – Jan. 5, 2021

Stories of “Alabama’s Historic Bells” are shared with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson by Thomas Kaufmann, supervisor of the architecture library at Tuskegee University and author of the book of the same title. Alabama’s bells have links to the American Revolution and Paul Revere.

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“In Focus Political Buzzword” – Dec. 21, 2020

This week when Alabama Public Television’s Don Dailey shares the political forecast with Troy Public Radio’s Carolyn Hutcheson, the upcoming Christmas holidays are of special concern for a Coronavirus surge, despite the arrival in Alabama of vaccines.

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“In Focus Weekly Newswrap” – Dec. 18, 2020

On this week’s Newswrap from In Focus, Alabama Public Television’s Don Dailey shares with Troy Public Radio’s Carolyn Hutcheson headlines about the Alabama uptick in Coronavirus cases and the arrival of vaccines. Don also recaps the Electoral College votes and brings us a wildcard about a Christmas-colored puppy.

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“The Grand Conjunction” – Dec. 17, 2020

Opelika astronomer and science educator Larry Krumenaker talks with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson about the December 21 Grand Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the western sky. He also ties celestial conjunctions to the legendary Christmas Star. Dr. Krumenaker is credited with the discovery of the Milky Way’s only known microquasar in 1973.

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“Wintering Hummingbirds” – Dec 16, 2020

Federally licensed Master Bird Bander Fred Bassett is seeing a surge in wintering hummingbirds in the Southeast this year. He talks with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson about his research. Fred Bassett has named our radio listeners “citizen scientists” because of their participation in his winter bandings and subsequent ornithological reports.

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“Alabama Renters Face Housing Crisis” – Dec. 15, 2020

The fallout from the pandemic is dealing a blow to renters, some of whom face pending evictions by Dec. 31st. Attorney Kimberly Hobbs, Executive Director of the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center, talks with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson about the issues and possible remedies – a Stimulus Package and use of Alabama’s Cares funds.

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“In Focus: Weekly Newswrap” – Dec. 11, 2020

On this week’s Newswrap from In Focus, Alabama Public Television’s Don Dailey shares with Troy Public Radio’s Carolyn Hutcheson headlines about the filing of a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice over the issue of Alabama’s prison violence. And the Wildcard is about some very rich cats!

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“Greta Lambert is the only actor in a virtual Christmas Carol” – Dec. 10, 2020

Celebrated actor Greta Lambert talks with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson about the experience of performing all the roles in the Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol.” The Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents this one-person reading in a virtual format through Dec. 27th. Dickens himself did 128 readings to audiences of his famous story between 1849 and 1870.

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“In Focus: Political Buzzword” – Dec. 7, 2020

This week when Alabama Public Television’s Don Dailey shares the political forecast with Troy Public Radio’s Carolyn Hutcheson, the question about whether Governor Ivey will extend the Mask mandate past the Dec 11 date tops the list. Another top concern is whether schools can continue to operate in person, as the governor prefers, during the pandemic.

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