Slideshows

This audio slideshow documents some of the sights and sounds of Monday, February 9, 2015, the first day that same-sex marriage was legal in Alabama.

Huntsville, Alabama's Big Spring Park was transformed into a sanctuary in which any couple with a marriage license could be wed for free. "Wedding Week" was organized by local volunteers when Madison County's probate judge said he would not perform any weddings for the week of February 9. The event ran through Friday, February 13, and more than 2,000 people were estimated to have participated in the festivities either as couples getting married, volunteers lending services and supplies, journalists covering the event, or simply as members of the community offering support.

 

 

On Monday, February 9, 2015 Alabama issued marriage licenses to same-sex couple for the first time. While the majority of counties in the state didn't comply with the federal ruling to issue the licenses, Madison County did.

Yashinari Effinger and Adrian Thomas were the first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license on Monday morning. They married immediately in Big Spring Park where a crowd of volunteers, well wishers, and journalists were waiting to witness and document the historic moment.

Reverend Dr. Ellin Jimmerson of Huntsville's Weatherly Heights Baptist Church married the couple.

Please note: The full ceremony is not represented in this piece. It has been edited for length.

 

 

In the spring of 2009 I produced this audio slideshow as part of my UC Berkeley J-School master's thesis project on California's dropout crisis.

In it Richmond, California resident Alma Miller talks about how dropping out of high school 22 years ago impacted her life, and about her effort to obtain her GED.

 

 

In the spring of 2009 I produced this audio slideshow as part of my UC Berkeley J-School master's thesis project on California's dropout crisis.

In it Oakland, California resident Tequila Leaks talks about how dropping out of school several years earlier has affected her life, and how she is working on earning her GED.

 

 

This audio slide show which I produced in 2008 before the recession hit, offers insight into the coming climate of high unemployment, in which many people were compelled to make ends meet in nontraditional ways.

San Francisco resident Kurt Weitzmann talks about coping with the recent loss of his full time job and his effort to make a living by following his passions for comedy and playwriting.

WARNING: This piece contains some profanity.