Pope Francis is well into his first pilgrimage to America. The Pontiff will address Congress today before moving on to New York City and Philadelphia later this week. Many Mississippians have made the trip to enjoy the Pope's visit -- and hopefully get a glimpse of the leader of the Catholic Church. Will Jemison is from Jackson and is in Washington, DC, for the visit. MPB's Sid Scott caught up with him to talk about what the Pope's visit means.
When it comes to Division One football, Southern states -- including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi -- produce the largest number of recruits per capita. New NCAA rules take effect for college athletes next fall. A 2 point 0 GPA and a decent ACT score won’t be enough anymore. To avoid the bench, freshmen will have to come in with a 2 point 3 GPA in core classes — reading, math, science, and social studies. And players in high school — where requirements are generally lower — are feeling it. In the second part of the Southern Education Desk All in the Game Series on Athletics and Academics, Amy Jeffries reports from Louisiana.
The Red Bus Project is rolling into Jackson today visiting the Belhaven University campus. The double decker British bus is a rolling thrift store that gives students and the community an opportunity to learn about the needs of orphans. Genevieve Dunn -- community outreach coordinator for Belhaven -- says the non profit organization Show Hope started the project in 2012 to get college students involved in advocating for orphans around the world.
The traditional American family is alive and well. But so are other -- less conventional -- versions of the family. In his new book -- Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys To Kinship -- author Joshua Gamson takes an honest, touching look at families across America. He spoke to us in today's Book Club.