Mary Anderson: Inventor of the Windshield Wiper

Mary Anderson: Inventor of the Windshield Wiper

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 10 Some 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...
Birmingham’s Miss Liberty

Birmingham’s Miss Liberty

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 9 Birmingham 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...
She Painted on Spider Webs

She Painted on Spider Webs

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 8 In 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...
The Portraits of William Frye

The Portraits of William Frye

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 7 My 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...
The Sylacauga Meteorite

The Sylacauga Meteorite

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 6 Sylacauga 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,...
The First Radio Station in Alabama, WSY

The First Radio Station in Alabama, WSY

SEASON 1  | EPISODE 5 Not 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...