Thursday, March 26, 2009

Laton Live!

Aired on The California Report Magazine on Friday, March 20, 2009.

The Central Valley town of Laton was struggling even before the current economic crisis. Dairy farmers are worried about falling milk prices, and the town is feeling the hit of thousands of farm workers out of work in the region. But an eight-month partnership with a Los Angeles arts school is invigorating Laton.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL

Aired on NPR's All Things Considered Tuesday, March 3, 2009.

Birmingham, AL was once known as the "Pittsburgh of the South" because of the iron and steel industry that built this city after the Civil War. Sloss Furnaces, one of its largest steel furnaces, was saved from destruction in the 1970s and is now a National Historical Landmark, where the public can see metal-arts programs in action, attend concerts and movies, and learn about the industrial, race and labor history of their city.