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

May 23, 2024 9 mins

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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On The Newswrap, Todd Stacy, Host of Alabama Public Television's Capitol Journal, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about the big issue facing the legislators before they adjourn - gambling legislation.  And the Wildcard is about one toothy escape artist!

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Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in both Mexico and the U.S. on May 5th, but May 4th figures into the story.  Felix Montelara, podcast producer and creator of the Latin Podcast Awards, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about the celebration's roots in history.

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Food Network contestant and Dothan pastry chef Brooke De Jong talks with In  Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson about her May 6th appearance on the new culinary competition - "Next Baking Master: Paris." 

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Sam Wootten, Artistic Director of the Cloverdale Playhouse, and Scott Grinstead, Director of the play, "The Explorers Club," discuss with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus the madcap comedy set in Victorian London.  Sam Wootten also previews the upcoming events of the theater.

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On The Newswrap, Todd Stacy, Host of Alabama Public Television's Capitol Journal, discusses legislative interest in expanding Medicaid with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus.  And the Wildcard has fur flying all over the palace!

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Global Ties Alabama brings people and cultures together as a form of citizen diplomacy.  Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Al Allenback, Global Ties Alabama board member, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about the mission of the nonprofit organization.

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One hundred and ninety years ago, St. Peter Catholic Church was established in downtown Montgomery.  In an on-location interview, sisters Jean Bradley and Ann Schaum talk with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus about how the story if the church is interwoven with the history of Alabama's capital city.  They discuss St. Margaret's Hospital, the stained glass windows, especially those depicting a World War I sailor and soldier and chaplai...

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During Earth Week, celebrated Alabama actress and arts educator Dr. Tonea Stewart visits In Focus with special guest Lacheryl Cillie to talk with host Carolyn Hutcheson about the thrifting lifestyle. Dr.Stewart's Suited for Success project prepares young people for careers, and Ms. Cillie's Thrifting Tours teach people how to creatively recycle and re-use goods, to keep them out of landfills.

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On this special episode of In Focus, we remember musician, educator, and longtime supporter of Troy Public Radio, Randy Foster. 

Joining host Carolyn Hutcheson to remember Foster are Layne Holley, Director of Marketing and Communication at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Sam Wooten, Artistic Director at the Cloverdale Playhouse.

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On The Newswrap, Todd Stacy, Host of Alabama Public Television's Capitol Journal, shares with Carolyn Hutcheson of In Focus the results of the Congressional District 2 Primary Election Runoff.  And the Wildcard will soon bring on the noise!

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