In Focus with Carolyn Hutcheson
”Reporter Mary Scott Hodgin on Alabama Prison Crisis” - TPR’s In Focus - June 23, 2022

”Reporter Mary Scott Hodgin on Alabama Prison Crisis” - TPR’s In Focus - June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

Conditions inside Alabama prisons are being monitored by the Department of Justice, and Alabama officials are hoping to avoid a federal takeover.  Mary Scott Hodgin, health and science reporter with WBHM public radio, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, about her investigation into Alabama prison conditions, resulting in a seven-episode podcast called "Deliberate Indifference: Inside Alabama's Prison Crisis."

”Sheriff Cunningham Talks Gun Violence” - TPR’s In Focus - June 22, 2022

”Sheriff Cunningham Talks Gun Violence” - TPR’s In Focus - June 22, 2022

June 23, 2022

With gun violence in the daily news, Montgomery County, Alabama, Sheriff Derrick Cunningham weighs in from his perspective as immediate past president of the Alabama Sheriffs Association.  He talks with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson about the proliferation of guns on the streets, especially available to young people.  His office offers several programs to citizens and a summer camp for children ages 9 to 11.

Food Historian Celebrates Juneteenth Traditiions - TPR’s In Focus- June 20, 2022

Food Historian Celebrates Juneteenth Traditiions - TPR’s In Focus- June 20, 2022

June 21, 2022

Today, in observance of Juneteenth, food historian Carolyn Quick Tillery traces the story from the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation forward through the Juneteenth writings of "Invisible Man" author Ralph Ellison.  She discusses with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson the meaning of red foods in historic African American recipes, and she shares the recipe for Strawberry Champagne Punch.  Her books include "The African American Heritage Cookbook" and "Southern Homecoming Traditions: Recipes and Remembrances."

”Alabama Gas Tax Outpaces Neighboring States” - TPR’s In Focus - June 20, 2022

”Alabama Gas Tax Outpaces Neighboring States” - TPR’s In Focus - June 20, 2022

June 21, 2022

Alabama's gasoline tax continues to be higher than our Georgia neighbors, so Judson Edwards, Dean of the Troy University Sorrell College of Business and host of the Double Dome podcast, talks about his research into the Alabama bond issue and gasoline tax with Carolyn Hutcheson, host of The Exchange.

”Enterprise Chosen for New Veterans Home” - TPR’s In Focus - June 15, 2022

”Enterprise Chosen for New Veterans Home” - TPR’s In Focus - June 15, 2022

June 17, 2022

Commissioner Kent Davis of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, about the new Enterprise, Alabama, State Veterans Home, to be named in memory of Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins, Medal of Honor recipient.  The groundbreaking ceremony takes place later this week.

”Local Family Tells Story of 1941 Flag” - TPR’s In Focus - June 14, 2022

”Local Family Tells Story of 1941 Flag” - TPR’s In Focus - June 14, 2022

June 14, 2022

In observance of Flag Day, In Focus brings the story of the U.S. Flag that flew over the U.S. House of Representatives the day that President F.D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress, Dec. 8, 1941, following the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Retired Colonel Bryan Morgan, who served as the State Judge Advocate for the Alabama Military Department, tells In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson how his family came into possession of the flag.  His father, a 
Congressional page, and his uncle, U.S. Congressman Luther Patrick, both witnessed the historic presidential speech about "The Day of Infamy."

”Tracking and Preventing Elder Financial Abuse” - TPR’s In Focus - June 13, 2022

”Tracking and Preventing Elder Financial Abuse” - TPR’s In Focus - June 13, 2022

June 14, 2022

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and Joseph Borg, Director of the Alabama Securities Commission talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, about the prevalence of financial exploitation inflicted on older citizens.  Alabama law requires that any financial professional licensed by the ASC report suspected financial abuse to the agency and to DHR.

”Actress Sandra Lafferty Honored in Fort Payne” - TPR’s In Focus - June 9, 2022

”Actress Sandra Lafferty Honored in Fort Payne” - TPR’s In Focus - June 9, 2022

June 9, 2022

Theater, television, and film actress Sandra Ellis Lafferty talks with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson in her hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama.  The City honored her with a gold star on its Walk of Fame earlier this year.

”Celebrating the Art of Priscilla Crommelin” - TPR’s In Focus - June 8, 2022

”Celebrating the Art of Priscilla Crommelin” - TPR’s In Focus - June 8, 2022

June 8, 2022

The late River Region artist Priscilla Crommelin has been celebrated worldwide  for her impressionistic style of painting in  vibrant colors.  Her daughter, Priscilla Crommelin Ball, and grandddaughter, Priscilla Crommelin-Monnier McMullan, sat down with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson at Montgomery's Stonehenge Gallery, surrounded by her art in a special exhibit, which will be open to the public through June 17th.

”Author Mark Pinsky Recalls Montgomery Murders” - TPR’s In Focus - June 7, 2022

”Author Mark Pinsky Recalls Montgomery Murders” - TPR’s In Focus - June 7, 2022

June 7, 2022

True crime writer Mark Pinsky talks with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson about the circumstances surrounding the 2004 murders of Brent and Charlotte Springford of Montgomery by their son.  Pinsky investigated the missing piece of the story - that of a self-proclaimed female shaman, whose influence Brent, Jr. came under while living in Colorado.  Pinsky wrote the book, "Drifting into Darkness, Murder, Madness, Suicide, and a Death 'Under Suspicious Circumstances.'"

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