Turning the Camera on Birmingham
By Caperton Gillett
Making a short film can be a tall order. Every year, students in UAB's Ethnographic Filmmaking class scatter across Birmingham in search of untold stories. The ones they find are unforgettable—hidden fishes, graffiti artists, urban farms, ghost towns. But once they've found their subjects, the real challenge begins: How can you condense a complex issue into five minutes? See the stories unfold in this new audio slideshow.
Lessons From the Real-Estate Bubble
By Jo Lynn Orr
It doesn’t matter if they’re made from bubble gum, soap, tech stocks, or subdivisions, the invariable law of bubbles is a simple one: They burst. And when they go, they tend to leave a mess behind. But few, if any, have grown so big or spread their wreckage so far as the vast American real-estate bubble, which began in the mid-1990s and kept inflating through most of the present decade before bursting catastrophically last year.