The state NAACP contends race is the motive behind a legislative bill that seeks to take over the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Mississippi NAACP president Derrick Johnson says the Airport is operated by a highly qualified team of professionals headed by a CEO with more than 30 years of experience. We spoke to Johnson about the controversy. He said race is the only explanation for the proposed change.
Mississippi is in danger of losing control of its child welfare system. In mid May the state is due back in federal court to prove it’s -- finally -- living up to its agreement to reform the troubled agency, which currently has more than five thousand children in its care. MPB’s Evelina Burnett reports on how foster care in the state got to this point. It's a story, she says, that stretches back decades.
New Stage Theatre turned fifty years old this year. The professional theatre company was formed to offer live performances to all who wanted to attend. This meant accepting integrated audiences -- no small thing in 1966 Mississippi. It also meant presenting works that challenged audiences. New Stage's first performance was of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolfe? -- a play that was bold even for Broadway audiences of the time. To celebrate the 50 years, New Stage is performing Virginia Wolfe again through this weekend. MPB's Karen Brown spoke with Francine Reynolds -- artistic director of New Stage -- about the company's bold beginnings.
Almost 75 years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest became the first child diagnosed with autism. Since then, families across the country have navigated the medical and legal professions seeking treatment for their own children as this often misunderstood condition affected their lives. In their new book -- In A Different Key: The Story Of Autism -- journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker take a look at the history of this condition and its evolving place in the world of medicine and of society in general. In today's Book Club, Zucker told MPB's Karen Brown In A Different Key is a story of real people, not just a compilation of data.