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.

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January 31, 2023 9 min

Alabama's Capital City has a railroad history that dates back to the 1800s.  Retired Episcopal Bishop of Upper South Carolina, Andrew Waldo, talks with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson about his research into the Western Railway of Alabama, Montgomery Shops. On Feb. 14, the City of Montgomery will present a new film about that history at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.  The public is invited.

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Mark Colson, President and CEO of the Alabama Trucking Association, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host of The Exchange, about diesel and alternative fuels.  The economy's supply chain has been impacted by high diesel fuel costs, and Colson believes the future will have several economically and environmentally viable types of fuels, including clean diesel.

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People who are blind often use guide dogs, and today Adam Beasley, longtime volunteer with Guide Dogs of America, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, about how the organization has merged with Tender Loving Canines, to include service dogs in its mission.  Guide Dogs of America is a project of the Machinists Union.

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When an EF-2 tornado ripped through Selma on January 12th, homes, businesses, and historic structures were destroyed.  Candi Duncan, treasurer of the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society, gives Carolyn Hutcneson, In Focus host, an eyewitness overview of the damage.

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After the January 12th tornadoes that tore through several Alabama counties, Monde Donaldson, Vice-President of the Better Business Bureau Educational Foundation, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, about how storm chasers and those who impersonate disaster officials can re-victimize survivors.  This Better Business Bureau serves central and south Alabama. 

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On The Exchange from In Focus, economist Judson Edwards, Dean of the Troy University Sorrell College of Business, talks with host Carolyn Hutcheson about the high prices for consumer goods.  Diesel fuel costs and supply chain issues are still adding to inflation.  Edwards' podcast is "The Double Dome," where two heads are better than one!

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On January 12th, an EF-2 tornado ripped through Selma, destroying structures in the historic city.  As storms moved east, an EF-3 tornado hammered rural Autauga County, leaving seven people dead and others injured.  Kyle Gassiott, Troy Public Radio's Operations Manager, jumped in the car and covered the story for NPR and TPR.  He talks with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson about what he witnessed in Selma and Autauga County.

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In Part Two of the In Focus visit to the Rosenbaum House, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Florence,Alabama, Site Director Jeff Ford talks with Carolyn Hutcheson about the family who lived there.

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Jeff Ford, Site Director for Florence, Alabama's Rosenbaum House, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, about architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian designs, comparing them with today's Tiny House movement in an uncertain economy.

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A new historic marker at the Pike County Counthouse will be unveiled on Jan. 13th.  John Reynolds, who leads the SCOPE 50 organization, a project of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, about the successful efforts to register more than 1000 black voters in Troy and Pike Counties in the 1960s.  He shares memories of being hired as a young adult by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wh...

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Workforce development is a priority to keep Alabama's economy thriving, but the challenge is attracting and educating young adults to fill those jobs.  Dr. Jim Purcell, Executive Director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, about how Alabama compares with the rest of the nation in meeting industry needs, while its population is graying.

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In 1959, the Camellia became Alabama's first designated official state flower.  Charles Mitchell, President of the Lee County Historical Society and member of the Auburn - Opelika Men's Camellia Club, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, at the Loachapoka Pioneer Park, about camellias and the gardens at the historic park.  Charles Mitchell is a soil agronomist, retired from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System a...

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Joseph Borg, Director of the Alabama Securities Commission, kicks off the New Year with a discussion with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, about inflation and a possible recession.  He shares advice about saving for Santa's visit in 2023 without the stress.

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Michael Mullen, Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, about one of Alabama's longest free-flowing rivers and the pollutants that affect the Wiregrass waterway.

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Troy Public Radio celebrates its Sunday noon music program, "Opus 3," with its host, Catherine Allard, Professor Emerita of the Troy University John M. Long School of Music.  Catherine Allard talks with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson about the more than two decades of the program and how it has evolved with input from its loyal listeners. 

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Joseph Borg, Director of the Alabama Securities Commission, kicks off the New Year with a discussion with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, about inflation and a possible recession.  He shares advice about saving for Santa's visit in 2023 without the stress.

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Stress can wear people down over the holidays, so Julie Waters of Mental Health America - Montgomery, has developed an online toolkit, a handy guide to stress and coping ideas.  She talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host, about the "Be Okay Toolkit," which can be found at the website, www.beoktoolkit.org. The suicide and crisis lifeline is 988.

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Cousins Lee and Franky Hatton join In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson at Alabama's Coon Dog Cemetery in Colbert County, northwest Alabama, to talk about this unique cemetery that began as a final resting place for "Troop," Key Underwood's faithful and beloved coon dog.  The annual Labor Day Celebration supports the upkeep of this cemetery of more than 300 coon dogs.

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Retired Colonel Bryan Morgan, whose military career included serving as the State Judge Advocate for the Alabama Military Department, tells his family's flag story to Carolyn Hutcheson, In Focus host.  His father was a page in the U.S. House of Representatives when Pearl Harbor was attacked Dec. 7, and President Roosevelt gave his "Day of Infamy" speech Dec. 8, 1941.  The flag that flew over the House of Representatives...

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Ancient life in Alabama included dinosaurs, exotic plants, and tropical seas, according to aquatic ecologist Bill Deutsch, who talks with In Focus host Carolyn Hutcheson about his new book, "Ancient Life in Alabama, the Fossils, the Finders, and Why It Matters."

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