In Focus with Carolyn Hutcheson

In Focus with Carolyn Hutcheson

Join the conversation each weekday on ”In Focus” as host Carolyn Hutcheson talks with: artists, historians, experts, environmentalists, musicians, authors, and other big thinkers and change makers. Carolyn brings her three decades of on-air experience, her curious mind, and her warm conversational style to each episode. We hope you join us and take time to bring your world, In Focus.

Episodes

June 21, 2024 4 mins

On The Newswrap, Todd Stacy, Host of Alabama Public Television's Capitol Journal, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about the Thursday night game at Rickwood Field, the nation's oldest baseball field. Baseball great Willie Mays, an Alabama son, passed away before he could attend the game in his honor. Todd's Wildcard is about an epic fight among three top predators.

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Clay Ingram, Public Relations Manager for AAA Alabama, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about the newly implemented Hands Free Cell Phone law for drivers. He also shares tips for summer travel, which is expected to be the nation's busiest for all transportation modes.

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Alabama historian Dr. Richard Bailey talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about the origin of June 19th, 1865, as Juneteenth. The discussion includes the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth Amendment, Horace King, and Daniel Pratt.

 
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A 1961 Rolls Royce is at the center of the story of "Zelda in the Backyard," a world premiere play this month at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  Playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about her semi-autobiographical story.

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On The Newswrap, Todd Stacy, Host of Alabama Public Television's Capitol Journal, discusses Alabama's expansion of school choice with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus.  He also addresses the violent crime in Montgomery that has citizens concerned.  And the Wildcard is about a kid who stole the spotlight in Congress!

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On today's Storyline book series from In Focus, Stuart Eizenstat, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and a top diplomatic negotiator who served under six presidents, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about the ongoing war in the Middle East.  In this part two of his interview, he recalls how President Jimmy Carter was hands-on with the Camp David Accords.  Ambassador Eizenstat's new book is "The Art of Diplomacy, H...

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Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Stuart Eizenstat, who served under six presidents, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about his new book, "The Art of Diplomacy, How American Negotiators Reached Historic Agreements That Changed the World." This is part one of a two-part interview, to be continued on June 6th for The Storyline book series.

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Donna Beisel, Director of Operations at the Troy University Rosa Parks Museum on the Montgomery Campus, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about the June 15th Juneteenth celebration commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery when Texas finally received word in 1865.  For almost a decade, the Troy University Rosa Parks Museum has celebrated Juneteenth with a block party and museum presentations.  

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On The Storyline book series from In Focus, Katie Lamar Jackson, one of the editors of "Old Enough, Southern Women Artists and Writers on Creativity and Aging," and Suzanne LaRosa, co-founder and former publisher of NewSouth Books, a trade imprint of the University of Georgia Press, discuss with Carolyn Hutcheson the topic of aging and relevance with 21 women essayists who contributed to the book.

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Small businesses are the economic engine of Alabama.  Rosemary Elebash, State Director of the NFIB, National Federation of Independent Business, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of The Exchange from In Focus about challenges facing both independent business owners and consumers.

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In observance of Memorial Day ahead, Retired Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds of Clanton and Retired Alabama National Guard Colonel Bryan Morgan talk with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about their pilgrimage to France and Belgium to search for the grave of Judge Reynolds' uncle, 2nd Lieutenant Henry G. Reynolds. His bomber was part of the 8th U.S. Army Air Corps and was shot down Dec. 31st, 1943, over France and Belgium.

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Too often in the media the daily news features shootings, murders, and all types of criminal activity.  Late last year, In Focus paid a visit to Central Alabama Crimestoppers to find out how citizens can help solve crimes with their anonymous tips.  Tony Garrett, Executive Director, and Ray Wagner, Director of Law Enforcement Relations, sat down with Carolyn Hutcheson to discuss how the organization offers cash rewards for tips res...

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With the travel season underway, it pays to be sure that the reservations you've made are valid.  At Alabama's coast, people who thought they had rented a condo showed up to find someone else already there.  To help avoid such mishaps, Monde Donaldson, Vice-President of the Better Business Bureau Educational Foundation, shares tips with Carolyn Hutcheson of The Exchange from In Focus.

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On The Newswrap, Todd Stacy, Host of Alabama Public Television's Capitol Journal, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about organized crime's presence in Alabama's gambling activities - a reason Alabama's House of Representatives sought to pass gambling legislation with regulations in the last session.  Stacy pointed out the historical example of organized crime in Phenix City that led to the assassination of Alabama's Attorne...

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May holds special significance in our nation's history - Armed Forces Day on May 18th and Memorial Day on May 27th.  In the first of a two-part interview, Retired Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds of Chilton County,  and Retired Colonel Bryan Morgan, who served the Alabama National Guard in the Judge Advocate General Corps, talk with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about their family ties to World War Two.  Part Two of their interview wi...

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In an interview taped in April while kayaker Josh Joseph was at the Montgomery Whitewater Park for the U.S. Olympic Team Whitewater Trials, he talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about the competition, his childhood kayaking Maryland rivers with his dad, and his dyslexia - how he has learned to strategize on the rivers and in his school work.  Josh's goal is actually the 2028 Olympics.

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Seniors and retirees are often invited to luncheons and events, where an investment opportunity is presented that promises huge returns.  In his career with the Alabama Securities Commission, now retired Director Joseph Borg has brought perpetrators of investment scams to justice.  He talks with Carolyn Hutcheson on The Exchange from In Focus, with cautionary advice to investors.

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On The Newswrap,Todd Stacy, Host of Alabama Public Television's Capitol Journal, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about the accomplishments of the Legislative session.  And the Wildcard is about a unique way to get rid of Cicadas!

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Continuing The Stoyline book series with co-author Roy Smoot, whose book is "It All Belongs, Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again," he talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about how he survived the death of Judy, his wife of forty years, who had brain cancer.  Their book is full of Judy's joyful art, Roy's poetry, and the arc of life they created.  The book contains spaces for readers to record their own experience in process...

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As we approach Mother's Day, Roy Smoot, devoted husband and father, shares the story of his late artist wife, Judy, a mother and grandmother, with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus.  Roy and Judy co-wrote the book, "It All Belongs, Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again," with collaborator Melinda Folse.  This is part one of a two-part interview, which follows on May 9th for The Storyline book series.

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