Segment 1: A Savings Account for Every Child
Efforts are underway to convince state lawmakers to establish universal bank accounts for all Mississippi kids. Advocates say getting kids started saving early can be a huge financial boost to the children and the state. Lasanya Christian of Jackson agrees. She has her twin 4-year old girls enrolled in child bank accounts. In a P-B-S news video, she explains that she never went to college but she wants that possibility for her girls.
The idea, says Andrea Levere with the Corporation for Enterprise Development, is to get kids familiar with banking, save for college and potentially give them an economic leg up when they become young adults. Levere speaks with MPB's Jeffrey Hess.
Bill Bynum is CEO of Hope Enterprise Corporation, a Mississippi-based nonprofit that works to give the poor regular access to the financial system. He tells our Jeffrey Hess why his organization supports the plan.
Segment 2: Changes at Ole Miss Rile Some Alums
University of Mississippi football fans are getting ready for a home game against Auburn tomorrow. While tailgating in the Grove will be a boisterous affair, elsewhere on campus the school has been engaged in a long-running effort to move beyond painful reminders of the Old South. But as MPB's Sandra Knispel reports, change has its difficulties.
Segment 3: The Haunted South
Do you believe in Ghosts? Have you ever just had the feeling someone else was in the room with you, even though no one was there? Our guest has. He's Alan Brown, an English Professor at the University of West Alabama, and a researcher of ghost stories for some 20 years. He joins us in a Halloween edition of the Book Club to talk about his new book, "The Haunted South." Brown's book is available exclusively through Books-a-Million. But his many other "Haunted" books are available through his publisher, History Press.