Wade on Birmingham

Happy Independence Day!

Saturday, July 4, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Video: “Fireworks,” directed by Victor Hugo Duran

Happy birthday, America!

P.S. I sat in on “Biz Talk with Roy Williams” this week, and our hourlong pre-taped show airs at 3 p.m. today on WAGG (610 AM) and streams live online.

Fireworks short

A scene from the short film “Fireworks”

this land is our land

Saturday, July 4, 2015 by Wade Kwon

America smokes
pot, marries anyone and
plays so much soccer.

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firecracker follies

Friday, July 3, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Bang! Pop! Rat-a-tat-
tat! Up and down the street boom
the sounds of freedom.

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the prison explosion

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Time to figure out
who we’re mad at and who we’re
really afraid of
.

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Emmylou Harris returns to White House for PBS concert

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Video: “In Performance at the White House”
celebrates “The Gospel Tradition.”

The PBS music series “In Performance at the White House” has a familiar face in its latest episode. Birmingham’s Emmylou Harris returned to perform for the salute to “The Gospel Tradition.”

Joined onstage by duet partner Rodney Crowell and Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, the trio performs the old-time hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”

See the performance at 29:32.

The concert took place April 14 and debuted Friday on PBS. Harris performed in 2010 at the White House as part of the Gershwin Prize ceremony for Paul McCartney.

Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens

From left, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and
Rhiannon Giddens

this is going to be the best half-year ever

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Lose 10 pounds, join a
book club, eat healthier, watch
“Game of Thrones,” try meth.

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‘Roadtrip Nation’ special stops in Birmingham

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Video: “Roadtrip Nation” special, “Why Not Us?”
[Birmingham at 35:36]

PBS series “Roadtrip Nation” changed its format for 2015. The reality documentary show typically follows three college-age participants traveling across the country in a green RV to interview interesting people.

The goal is to discover how they ended up where they are in their career, providing inspiration for those seeking the path forward.

This year’s trip covered the same distance in a far shorter period, but still managing to squeeze in a stop in Birmingham.

The four roadtrippers shared one trait: Each one was the first in their family to attend college. And their journey was not shown in a dozen half-hour episodes that usually comprise a full season, but a 1-hour special titled “Why Not Us?”

The team stopped to interview Odessa Woolfolk, founding president of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (found at 35:36 in the video). Also featured in the clip is Barry McNealy, a tour guide and high school social studies teacher.

See the interview and its impact on the “Roadtrip Nation” crew.

“Why Not Us?” will re-air on APT 10.2 World Channel at 6 p.m. Sunday, 4 a.m. Monday, 5 p.m. July 7 and 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 8.

Roadtrip Nation, Why Not Us?

“Why Not Us?” features (clockwise from top left)
Johnathan Allen, Jennifer Rogers, Jasmine Johnson
and Felipe Hernandez.

Roadtrip Nation - Birmingham

the middle is always chaos

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Wade Kwon

The start looks like fun,
and the end looks perfect but
far off. Keep going.

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The Birmingham channel: Rolling along

Monday, June 29, 2015 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Jazmine Sullivan performs “Forever Don’t Last” April 8 at Iron City on Southside. From Vevo.

Birmingham N-Scale Modular Club shows off an N-scale layout in Helena. From Route29a.

Trucker BigRigSteve rolls southward in his 2012 Peterbilt 386 on I-65 near Birmingham. From BigRigTravels.

Special June 12 meeting of the Birmingham Board of Education. From SomewhereITN.

Sarah and Jeff Mills’ Doggie Daycare wedding downtown (our vertical video of the week). From Just Happy Hounds.

Promo for “HighLife” TV show. From High Life.

Atlanta AC/DC tribute band Sin City performs “Riff Raff” earlier this month at the Tilted Kilt in Inverness (our other vertical video of the week). From Henry Perry.

An elephant dining out at the Birmingham Zoo. From An Innovative Pursuit.

Trailer for “For a Few Zombies More,” the sequel to “Hide and Creep.” Shot in Birmingham. From Chance Shirley.

Music video for “Psalm 19″ by the Corner Room at Cahaba Park Church. From the Corner Room.

Birmingham rock band Massimo Eddy performs “Pickpocket” at the Nick on Southside. From Neurodegenerate.

Photojournalist Kerry Robinson’s news demo reel. From Kerry Robinson.

Music video for “Escape Plan” from Birmingham band Nowhere Squares. From Nowhere Squares.

Jack Royer reports on food relief efforts at the Christian Service Mission for Magic City Miracle, a day of service projects. From Jack Royer.

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dear brutus

Monday, June 29, 2015 by Wade Kwon

The fault lies not in
our stars but in ourselves, that
we are underlings.

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#sundayread for June 28, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Robert's bookshelf

Photo: Robert Couse-Baker (CC)

My picks for #sundayread for June 28, 2015:

More posts from Wade this week:

The latest #sundayread tweets

l-o-v-e in the u-s-a

Sunday, June 28, 2015 by Wade Kwon

No court, no law can
stop the force of love as it
spreads from heart to heart.

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missing mutt

Saturday, June 27, 2015 by Wade Kwon

He felt a dog-sized
hole in his life with an ache
for a wagging tail.

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magic in the library

Friday, June 26, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Each shelf held the key
to worlds unexplored and dreams
and nightmares and frogs.

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driving to fun park usa

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Wade Kwon

Junior and Little
Miss stare at the streaming flick
while Mom stays alert.

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