The First 911 Call

The First 911 Call

SEASON 3  | EPISODE 5 Creating a single emergency number was tossed about for more than a decade before the FCC and AT&T worked together on a solution. On January 12, 1968, AT&T announced that 911 would be the emergency code in the United States. There was no...
Douglas Leigh Lights Up Times Square

Douglas Leigh Lights Up Times Square

SEASON 3  | EPISODE 4     The outdoor board has been ubiquitous around the state of Alabama. Signs are found up and down the interstate, in our towns, on back roads, and in every imaginable place. But in New York City, specifically Times Square, the creativity and...
Miss Fancy

Miss Fancy

SEASON 3  | EPISODE 3     What is a zoo without an elephant? That is precisely what Birmingham citizens thought when the zoo opened in Avondale Park. Park officials set out to find their elephant, choosing an Asian elephant from the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus. She was...
Ruth Elder, Pilot

Ruth Elder, Pilot

SEASON 3  | EPISODE 2   Alabama is known for its many aviators and astronauts. In this episode of the Alabama Short Stories podcast, you will learn about a woman who decided that if Charles Lindbergh could fly across the Atlantic, so could she. Ruth Elder left...
Close Encounters in Mobile

Close Encounters in Mobile

SEASON 3  | EPISODE 1 In the summer of 1976, Hollywood descended on Mobile, Alabama, to tell the story of a small child who aliens had abducted.  The Mobile economy had been suffering since the close of Brookley Field seven years earlier. But Hollywood needed what no...
Season 3 Teaser

Season 3 Teaser

SEASON 3  | EPISODE 0 Hey, this is Shawn Wright, the host of the Alabama Short Stories podcast. I am happy to announce that season 3 of the podcast is almost here. There was a great response to the first two seasons, and this upcoming season will not disappoint. It’s...