In just a few months UAB will unveil a state-of-the art satellite imaging lab. Public health researchers will use it to better understand the way environment affects the spread of disease. And, as WBHM’s Rosemary Pennington reports, the lab’s created an unlikely partnership.
There are a lot of old books in UAB’s Reynolds Historical Library — some 13-thousand in all. One, though, stands out a bit more than the others. Only five original copies of “The English Physician” are in existence and UAB has one of them. It’s a book that, as WBHM’s Rosemary Pennington found out, helped shape what would one day become the United States of America.
In the debate over evolution, one alternative to Darwin’s theory that gets tossed around a lot is intelligent design. The idea that some grand designer is behind everything we see in the universe, including ourselves. One of intelligent design’s most vocal U.K. proponents is in Birmingham.
Nearly 4,800 Alabamians are homeless on any given night and there’s not enough room in the state’s shelters for all of them. More than 1,400 sleep on the streets. The nomadic nature of homelessness complicates life for anyone experiencing it, but for those with a mental illness having no permanent shelter can be even more devastating. No fixed bed typically means no regular counseling or medications. A shelter in downtown Birmingham is working to change that reality for some chronically homeless women in the city. WBHM’s Rosemary Pennington has more.
Author Tracy Chevalier rocketed to fame after the publication of her slim, stark novel “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. The book was about the creation of the Vermeer painting of the same name. It went on to become an Oscar winning movie. Chevalier’s newest novel, Burning Bright , also deals with the creation of a work of art. But this time the artist is more obscure.
March roared in like a lion across the Southeast and Midwest, bringing with it a band of bad weather. The system spawned several deadly storms that left a total of twenty people dead in Georgia, Missouri and Alabama — including eight high school students in Coffee County.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 1-in-4 American women will be abused by a partner at some point in their lives. Many of them will never report the abuse, often because they don’t know where to go. A national intervention program is hoping to change that and it’s using hair stylists to do so. WBHM’s Rosemary Pennington reports.
When it comes to the evolution debate it seems like, as with so many other cultural discussions, the most vocal extremes get the most attention. Many are left with the impression that to be able to buy into evolution you have to give up God — that there’s no middle ground. WBHM’s Rosemary Pennington introduces us today to three men who say there is a solution to the God versus Darwin paradox — that, even with all the vitriol surrounding the debate, there is a middle ground.
The battle over evolution in American society almost never fails to make news. Whether it’s a Pennsylvania court’s ruling that intelligent design cannot be taught in science classrooms because it’s not science or the opening of a museum in Ohio dedicated solely to creationist theory — if it involves evolution or intelligent design you’re going to hear about it. Here in Alabama the fight over the theory has involved, most famously, an insert in high school biology textbooks. The sticker highlights how important words are in the debate over evolution. We see those words applied as WBHM’s Rosemary Pennington explores the now infamous evolution stickers.
Evolution — the idea that life descended from a common ancestor. There are few terms in the English language that create the verbal firestorm that one word can. And, ever since the Scopes Monkey Trial, the American discussion of Charles Darwin’s theory has raged on, growing hotter by the year. In a special series, “God, Darwin and Dixie”, WBHM’s Rosemary Pennington explores the debate over evolution here in Alabama. She’ll examine the now infamous textbook disclaimers; also how to move the conversation forward. But first she explores the semantics of the debate.