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Playlist: Mississippi

Compiled By: Eva Breneman

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Mississippi Porches (3:30)

From Jake Warga | 03:29

Life on Mississippi Porches

Arizone_small It's hot, middle of summer, everyone's out on their porches thinking about life. Longer version includes Baptist Church service music (better version). 3:30 and 6:45 Never Aired. PRX premier.

Author Kathryn Stockett and "The Help"

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 10:04

Kathryn's debut novel, "The Help," is a black-white history lesson that's never been told quite like this before. Through the lives of several women in Mississippi, it chronicles the civil rights movement in the American South in the early 1960s. Though Kathryn's book has been on bestseller lists for longer than most any other hardcover fiction title, made into a movie and published in 37 countries, as she explains in this interview, she didn't have an easy start as a writer.

The_help_small Kathryn's debut novel, "The Help," is a black-white history lesson that's never been told quite like this before. Through the lives of several women in Mississippi, it chronicles the civil rights movement in the American South in the early 1960s. Though Kathryn's book has been on bestseller lists for longer than most any other hardcover fiction title, made into a movie and published in 37 countries, as she explains in this interview, she didn't have an easy start as a writer.

The Outspoken Cyclist 2015-11-21

From WJCU | Part of the The Outspoken Cyclist series | 01:00:10

Andrew McLindon talks about his Family Foundation's mission of giving adaptive bikes to kids, teens, and young adults. Mina Thorgeson, from Ridgeland, MIssissippi's tourism center tells us about her city, the amazing options for cyclists, and invites us all to come down and join the 24,000 welcoming residents. Then, we talk with director/product Frekrik Gertten who film, Bikes vs Cars, is screening worldwide to much acclaim and interest.

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The week before Thanksgiving… and, we are ramping up to the holidays.

We have three great guests this week so, let’s get right to it.

We begin in Baton Rouge, LA with Andrew McLindon . Andrew is the head of the McLindon Family Foundation and their work is dedicated to special needs children, teens, and young adults.

To date, they have delivered over 90 special bikes – many costing upwards of $5,000 and more, to children who otherwise could not experience the joy, independence, and sense of being part of their respective communities because of their disabilities.

Starting in 2008 with their first bike for a young boy with hydrocephalus, , they now have a waiting list in the hundreds. And, after a piece aired on NBC’s "Making A Differenc e " on the evening news, not only is there a growing list of those who want and need a special adaptive bike; but, there has been an outpouring of support from individuals, “teams” of people, manufacturers, and more.

It’s a great feel good story and one that fits right in with the season of Thanksgiving.

Then, we head on down to Ridgeland, Mississippi to speak with Mina Thorgeson . I met Mina in Cincinnati at Recumbent Cycle-Con and she was so interesting, enthusiastic, and fun that I needed to know more about her work and her city.

Ridgleland is a small city of 24,000 people – but, it sports 140 restaurants, a 30,000 acre reservoir, hosted a tandem rally last year, and is situated right next to one of the most popular riding routes in the south - the Natchez Trace. Ridgeland welcomes cyclists and their families and offers great southern hospitality.

After some quick news and a break, I take the microphones over to Sweden to speak with film producer and director Fredrik Gertten . Fredrik’s documentary movie, “Bikes vs Cars ” is touring the world right now to huge acclaim and enthusiastic audiences.

In a comparison between Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Los Angeles, California, Fredrik’s film shows – in striking and sometimes horrific fashion – how the automobile industry has shaped our world and what is at stake if things don’t change: and soon!

Here in NE Ohio, we will have a chance to view this film on January 28th when BikeCleveland.org screens it at the Capitol Theater in Gordon Square.

So – happy holiday! Thanks for listening and let’s go…