The Girls Of The Leesburg Stockade
In 1963 in Americus, Ga., 15 girls between the ages of 12 and 14 were jailed in a one room stockade with no running water for 45 days for their roles in Civil Rights Movement protests. After they were released, the women didn't speak of their ordeal for over 50 years.
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Jimmy Haney: Here Because of Patsy
Jimmy Haney grew up at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains with one dream-to play at the Grand Ole Opry. He made it with the help of Country great Patsy Cline, but it almost cost him his life.
Say a Prayer for the Old Barber
Anthony Ponder of Macon, GA has been cutting hair for most of his life. He has also spent a lot of time in prison. During his last time in prison, all of his equipment disappeared. Now pair of Macon churches have set him up with gear again. To pay them back he is cutting hair on Sunday mornings for other men in transition.
Woodfire and Clay: Japanese Pottery in Georgia
Twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, Roger Jamison fires the anagama,the wood fired kiln behind his home in Juliette, GA. It takes a team of potters with cords of wood a week to fire the kiln. At the end of the week, potters come together to see what became of their work.
Will Medical Marijuana Come to Georgia?
Katie Crosby, 26, has suffered from chronic pain since her days as a high school athlete. In the ongoing Georgia debate about medical marijuana, Crosby fears that people like her, less noticeable than the terminally ill or children with rare neurological disorders, will be left out.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling with a Conductor's Baton
Conductor Janna Hymes leads the Macon Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal before their season opening performance. Hymes, a guest conductor, says though conducting is still dominated by men, doors have opened for the present generation of women aspiring to lead orchestras.
Swimming with Ms. Julie
Though her ways might not suit every parent (she has been known to toss a kid in the pool), Julie Bragg has taught generations of Macon, GA, kids to swim.
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Learning the Music Biz at the Otis Redding Camp
The "O" is for Otis, as in Otis Redding. At the Big "O" Singer Songwriter Camp in Macon, GA, kids learn the ins and outs of the music business.
Timothy Johnson is Free
Timothy Johnson was acquitted of a 1984 killing after serving almost 30 years in jail.
The Macon Volunteer Clinic offers free healthcare to anyone who can prove they are unable to afford it otherwise.