The Junction: Stories From Ensley, Alabama. Episode 1

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Gina Yu, WBHM

WBHM is one of 15 stations chosen for Localore: Finding America – a national initiative to expand public media. Over the next several months, WBHM will bring you “The Junction: Stories from Ensley, Alabama” – a project created by independent producer Mary Quintas. To many people outside of the community, Ensley is merely a crime-ridden, impoverished place. “The Junction” goes beyond the quick crime reports to explore what life is like in Ensley according to the community itself. Here is the first story in the series.

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