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Carried Home: Alabama Authors and The Pulitzer Prize

Series produced by Troy Public Radio

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Five thirty-minute radio programs highlight fifteen Alabama writers who have either won or been recognized as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, which turned 100 in 2016.

Writers featured: Brett Blackledge, Rick Bragg, Hazel Brannon Smith, Shirley Ann Grau, Rheta Grimsley-Johnson, Winston Groom, Hank Klibanoff, Joey Kennedy, Harper Lee (archival), Diane McWhorter, T.S. Stribling, Howell Raines, Natasha Trethewey, Cynthia Tucker, and E. O. Wilson.

Five thirty-minute radio programs (newscast compatible) highlight fifteen Alabama writers who have either won or been recognized as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, which turned 100 in 2016. The five-part series is hosted by Don Noble, host of Bookmark on Alabama Public Television. Each episode contains a two-way interview with an author, a feature report on an author or concept, and an excerpt of a work read by the author or an actor.

Writers featured: Brett Blackledge, Rick Bragg, Hazel Brannon Smith, Shirley Ann Grau, Rheta Grimsley-Johnson, Winston Groom, Hank Klibanoff, Joey Kennedy, Harper Lee (archival), Diane McWhorter, T.S. Stribling, Howell Raines, Natasha Trethewey, Cynthia Tucker, and E. O. Wilson.

Some of the themes the series explores include black and white relations, the 21st-century issue of immigration, poverty, taxes, and the inevitable reporting about place - primarily rural or small town.

The creative writers awarded Pulitzers in fiction, poetry, and songwriting explore these topics through the hearts and mind of characters set in easily identifiable fictional towns. In lyrical works, the speakers focus on the pain of racial injunctive or just plain human heartbreak in long-remembered lyrics that people everywhere identify with Alabama.

Other non-fiction writers have addressed more objective matters such as what it means to live and thrive within different economic systems in Alabama, the South, and ultimately the world. Hide full description

Five thirty-minute radio programs (newscast compatible) highlight fifteen Alabama writers who have either won or been recognized as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, which turned 100 in 2016. The five-part series is hosted by Don Noble, host of Bookmark on Alabama Public Television. Each episode contains a two-way interview with an author, a feature report on an author or concept, and an excerpt of a work read by the author or an actor. Writers featured: Brett Blackledge, Rick Bragg, Hazel Brannon Smith, Shirley Ann Grau, Rheta Grimsley-Johnson, Winston Groom, Hank Klibanoff, Joey Kennedy, Harper Lee (archival), Diane McWhorter, T.S. Stribling, Howell Raines, Natasha Trethewey, Cynthia Tucker, and E. O. Wilson.Some of the themes the series explores include black and white relations,... Show full description


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Poetry and the pain of experience are the subjects of this episode titled "Our Cheated Hearts." Author Winston Groom incorporated his experiences i...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 25:00
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Take note: On this episode we're following the "Race Beat." We talk with Hank Klibanoff who's book "The Race Beat" tells the story of journalists c...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 25:00
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This episode's stories come from some of Alabama's Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists: Rick Bragg who wrote about the Susan Smith murders and the O...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 25:00
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In this episode we're looking at the small town through the literary lens. Hear how Shirley Ann Grau author of "Keepers of the House" hung up on th...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2017
  • Length: 24:59
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A conversation with biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson on what winning a second Pulitzer Prize meant for him and his Harvard colleagues. A look ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 24:59