Points of Policy: The Unsung Heroes of Education with Annette Funderburk

In this Points of Policy Edition of the 1819 Podcast, API's Phil Williams and guest Annette Funderburk, President of Ingram State Technical College, a member of the Alabama Community College System that was established for the sole purpose of providing job training to incarcerated students, discuss the importance of education within the correction system in the fight to decrease recidivism and increase public safety.   To listen, click here.

American Institutions Losing Competence, Losing Trust

From our American press corps to major political parties, and in some cases even state and national government, American institutions appear less and less competent and trustworthy by the day. In my adult life, the first taste of it was in 2000 with the dangling-chad disaster in Florida’s general election. Granted, statewide margins had probably never been thin enough to make the percentage of error possible with hole-punch ballots a factor until the Bush-Gore race. But when the race was…

1/31/2020 News Recap: Israel Peace Plan, Kobe Bryant, and an Alabama Lottery?

In this jam-packed episode of 1819, Josh and Parker discuss the biggest news stories of the week including a possible Alabama lottery, the death of Kobe Bryant, impeachment drama, and more. This week, we are also joined by API Chief Operations Officer Carl Jones, a long-time veteran of the US Marine Corps and Air Force, to discuss Trump's plan for peace in the Middle East. To listen, click here.

Tell the Whole Truth

It's disturbing to me how modern partisanship has curtailed Americans' ability to tell the truth, the whole truth. I'm not talking about politicians here—I'm speaking of voters. People like you and me. There was a time when citizens across the political spectrum generally stipulated to the fact that all candidates and elected officials are flawed on some level. We held a common understanding that the American experiment is probably the best we can hope for this side of heaven, but…

The Future Is Coming. What Do You Want it to Look Like?

The future is on its way to Alabama. That is inevitable. What the future will bring is not. But there is a potential future that many people want to bring to Alabama. Though it is sold as a future of freedom and equality, it is not a future in which people flourish. Call it the Future of Conformity. You have likely seen images of this future on television and the Internet. Perhaps you found those images baffling: Biological men demand…

The Refugee Question

Alabamians have been watching in recent weeks to see how Alabama will handle the question of refugee resettlement. Other Republican governors have been split on the question, with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee allowing refugees into his state, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ending his state’s participation in the program. As Gov. Lee pointed out in public comments following his decision, there is a great deal of misunderstanding surrounding the issue. Many Americans hear the word “refugee” and think of undocumented…