Birmingham Shines

A show about the makers, creators, and innovators of the Magic City: Birmingham, Alabama.
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Jun 25, 2015

What makes someone shine? Doing the thing that you love, makes you shine. So find what it is and do that.

Sage advice from Taylor Robinson, owner of Six Foot Five Productions & co-founder of Arc Stories, this week's guest on Birmingham Shines.

We talk about storytelling, creativity, the ultimate source of our creativity, fulfilling our unique purposes (and most of us have more than one, we both agree), and doing the thing that excites us.

I reached out to Arc Stories back in April, hoping to schedule someone to talk about the Arc Stories events and podcast for one of the early episodes of Birmingham Shines. Due to a death in the family, my original Arc Stories story coach guest had to delay and offered Taylor Robinson as his substitute.

I had never met Taylor prior to this conversation recorded June 4, 2015, but I knew a fair amount about his work as a filmmaker and videographer. What I found is someone with whom I seem to have great deal in common.

I love this conversation because Taylor and I seem to share a lot of the same values: A belief that kindness matters and that creativity comes from taking in lots of inspiration from myriad sources.

I hope you enjoy it.

As always, more detailed show notes will be available at



Jun 18, 2015

André Natta moved to Birmingham in 2004 because he wanted to play a role in the rebirth of the Magic City. He is a journalist and urban conversationalist--someone who seeks to find and tell the stories that aren't being told.

André set out to fill a gap in local news coverage when he established the hyperlocal website, The Terminal: Birmingham's Hub and that site was immensely helpful to me when I set out to discover more about Birmingham when I moved here in 2009.

Our conversation covers a lot of territory. We talk about the impact of the digital revolution on traditional media, the role of the traditional media, and the new voices that are emerging to help write and share the new stories about Birmingham. Near the end of our conversation, André says, in reference to Birmingham's emerging new identity: "I believe this city was built to change the South." I hope you'll listen and find out what he means.

Complete show notes and more are available at

Jun 15, 2015

This is a bonus episode of Birmingham Shines, featuring David Weigel, a young educator and explorer who moved to Birmingham in 2014 to become the director of Christenberry Planetarium at Samford University.

David shares a bit about his love for space exploration what he likes about Birmingham (the outdoors and the city's amenities), and some of the topics that will be covered during the Alabama Summer Skies program at Christenberry Planetarium this summer.

The free planetarium shows are interactive and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. The first show is set for June 16, 2015 and that's why I wanted to release this episode as a bonus, while still adhering to my regular Thursday publication schedule.

In addition to astronomy 101, the shows include updates on current NASA missions like New Horizons and Dawn, and the European Space Agency Rosetta mission to the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

David talks about these missions in this episode of Birmingham Shines, as well as what you can see in the Alabama night sky this summer even if you can't make it to one of the shows at Christenberry Planetarium.

For details about the Alabama Summer Skies shows visit the Christenberry Planetarium Facebook page. You'll find a link to the page and the complete show notes at

The regular episode of Birmingham Shines will be published, as scheduled, early Thursday morning.

Jun 11, 2015

Jessica & Scott moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 2011 from Manhattan for Jessica's work (medical research) and set out to discover Birmingham through the Magic City's food culture.

They started out sharing amazing food finds with friends on Facebook and that led them into the world of food blogging. Their blog, What to Eat in Birmingham, is extremely successful and popular and offers more than just information about where to eat.

Jessi & Scott offer a community-oriented story about restaurants that aren't always in the news. They feature interviews with chefs and go deep to tell the story-behind-the-story.

In this episode of Birmingham Shines, Jessi and Scott talk about their journey as food bloggers, how they fell in love with Birmingham through food, and how they built a place in the community that grew out of their love for Birmingham's ethnic food culture.

Find out more at

Birmingham Shines is a Shinecast® show by Sheree Martin.

Jun 4, 2015

I recorded this interview with Daniel Drinkard in early May while getting a preview of the new location of Seasick Records, a vinyl record store in Birmingham, Alabama.

We talk about our love for music, common interests in punk and indie bands, and the reasons why listening to music on vinyl makes music seem more special. We also talk about the DIY ethic of Henry Rollins and why it matters to spend your days doing work you enjoy.

Daniel opened Seasick Records in November 2013, with his co-founder Chayse Porter, to offer a vinyl record store in Alabama that focuses on punk and indie music that Daniel loves. It didn't take long to outgrow the original location in Avondale, so Seasick is moving down Crestwood Blvd. a little ways to a new location next to Crestwood Coffee. This episode is released this week to coincide with the grand opening of Seasick at the new location.

As always, the complete show notes can be found here: