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Vote for the Best of Alabama!

Once again, Alabama Living readers have a change to vote on the places and things that make our state great. Where’s the best place in Alabama to take a selfie? Tell us in our survey and you could win $500!

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Auburn’s Rural Studio at 20

Mary Buntin and her 21-month-old son, Wesley, of Sprott, enjoy strolling on a boardwalk built by  Rural Studio students at Perry Lakes Park near Marion.  PHOTO: DAVID HAYNES

Three-quarters of a century ago James Agee and Walker Evans first brought Hale County, Alabama, into the national consciousness with their book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which documented the hardscrabble life of poor tenant farmers during the depression-era 1930s. Today that same Black Belt region is making headlines for innovative, creative and practical architecture, thanks to the efforts of Auburn University’s Rural Studio.

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Hamming it up on the airwaves

As the 20th century dawned, a new technology sparked onto the world, bringing people from diverse places in contact with each other across the chasms of culture and geography.

In December 1901, Guglielmo Marconi transmitted the first radio signal across the Atlantic Ocean, kicking off a boom in wireless communications that persists to this day. By 1909, the Wireless Association of America published a directory listing 89 amateur radio stations across the United States.

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