When you’re a little behind on your Alabama history

Alabama Short Stories brings you tales from around the state of Alabama that you didn’t learn about in your fourth-grade civics class.

Season 2

Andrew Jackson Beard – Inventor

Andrew Jackson Beard – Inventor

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 7Andrew Jackson Beard was born a slave on a plantation near Pinson, Alabama. After gaining his freedom, he went on to become a farmer, millwright, and prolific inventor. Even though he could not read or write, Beard went on to own patents for...

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The Cut in Red Mountain

The Cut in Red Mountain

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 6This is our second story about Red Mountain this season and it is about the actual mountain. For decades there had been talk about tunneling through the mountain to help travelers coming from Homewood, Mountain Brook, and towns to the south....

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The Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall – Tom’s Wall

The Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall – Tom’s Wall

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 5Tuscumbia native Tom Hendrix had learned about his relatives through the stories his grandmother would tell him. A trip to Oklahoma and a meeting with a woman named Minnie Long would change the course of his life. 8.5 million pounds of stone...

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The Club at the End of the World

The Club at the End of the World

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 4What do you do when it’s December 31, 1999, and the end of the world is upon you? You celebrate at Birmingham’s iconic The Club of course, where the view of the apocalypse is unsurpassed. This is the story of the private club, “The Club” and the...

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John Pratt – Inventor of the typewriter

John Pratt – Inventor of the typewriter

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 3John Pratt lived in the sleepy town of Centre, Alabama where he was a writer, lawyer, and teacher. He eventually owned and edited the local paper. Pratt wrote a lot in his many careers. So much so that in an effort to cut down on the writer’s...

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Gordie Howe Scores A Goal

Gordie Howe Scores A Goal

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 2When you think of ice hockey, you don’t think of Birmingham, Alabama. At least you didn’t in the mid-1970s when the Birmingham Bulls of the WHA came to town. For the next few seasons, some of the greatest hockey players of all time would come to...

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Fess Whatley

Fess Whatley

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 1What do Erskine Hawkins, Sun Ra and Cleve Eaton all have in common? They were all students of Fess Whatley, famed Birmingham band leader at A.H. Parker High School. Whatley would end up training musicians that would populate some of the largest...

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Alabama Short Stories Season Two Teaser

Alabama Short Stories Season Two Teaser

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 0We have another season of great Alabama short stories that you may not have learned about in your Alabama Civics class or read in books.  We have stories about the inventor of the typewriter and the Janney coupler used on trains. Both men were...

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Season 1

Mary Anderson: Inventor of the Windshield Wiper

Mary Anderson: Inventor of the Windshield Wiper

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 10Some of the people we will talk about on Alabama Shorts Stories are inventors. You may be surprised at all the items that were created right here in Alabama. The windshield wiper for instance. This simple idea was a game-changer and today we...

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Birmingham’s Miss Liberty

Birmingham’s Miss Liberty

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 9Birmingham has its share of statues around town. There are statues of people in Kelly Ingram Park, Linn Park, the UAB campus, Samford's Campus, the Birmingham Museum of Art, Five Points South, Rickwood Field, and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame....

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She Painted on Spider Webs

She Painted on Spider Webs

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 8In an earlier episode of the Alabama Short Stories podcast, we talked about the painter William Frye. An artist who learned the ways of the masters at Heidelberg University in Prague, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) and painted on traditional...

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The Portraits of William Frye

The Portraits of William Frye

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 7My parents have a set of portraits hanging in their living room of Ephraim H. Foster and his wife Susan A. Watkins. My third great-grandparents. Painted before the civil war, these portraits were passed down in the family to their daughter Bettie...

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The Sylacauga Meteorite

The Sylacauga Meteorite

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 6Sylacauga is known for many things. Most famously for its fine white Madre Cream marble, which has is used in buildings all over the world. In Washington D.C. alone, it has been used in some form in the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument,...

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The First Radio Station in Alabama, WSY

The First Radio Station in Alabama, WSY

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 5Not only do we get radio from towers located around the state, but we can also now get it from satellites. We can also get a form of radio as podcasts which you download to your phone or electronic device to listen to at your leisure. Some may...

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Football Goes to Court, Homewood vs. Tuscaloosa

Football Goes to Court, Homewood vs. Tuscaloosa

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 4In 1974 Homewood High School and its football team were only three years old. The coach was only 26 years old. To think that a team this new, this young, could break into the Alabama State 4A football playoffs was unthinkable. But that was right...

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Able and Baker in Space

Able and Baker in Space

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 3Alabama is lucky to have its share of astronauts who were born in Alabama or while working with NASA, lived here for a time, specifically in Huntsville. There is a chance you could run into an astronaut in Alabama. It's a slim chance but still a...

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Greenville Basketball and the First State Championship

Greenville Basketball and the First State Championship

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 2Thirty short years after the first basketball game was played in Springville, Massachusetts, Greenville High School’s basketball season was just getting started. Sports fans in Greenville knew this team was special and that they would go far. The...

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Bear Bryant Wants You to Call Your Mama

Bear Bryant Wants You to Call Your Mama

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 1Leo Wright was a creative director at the advertising agency Luckie (also know as The Robert Luckie Company, Luckie & Forney, Tucker Wayne/Luckie, Luckie & Company and maybe others) in Birmingham, AL, where he spent his entire career. He...

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Alabama Short Stories Season One Teaser

Alabama Short Stories Season One Teaser

SEASON 1  | TEASER EPISODEHi, my name is Shawn Wright, the host, and creator of Alabama Short Stories. The podcast that was created to celebrate those stories about Alabama that you don’t hear about often, if ever. They are the stories that were not shared in your...

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