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Feb. 8: HIV & AIDS Awareness

Air date 02/08/12

Mississippi's HIV infection rate is one of the highest in the nation, and yet people are still unwilling to speak about it openly. Cedric Sturdevant and Charli Lewis speak about their personal experiences and their work for My Brother's Keeper (MBK), an organization committed to encouraging people to take advantage of free testing from MBK or the State Health Department and talk about HIV and AIDS.

John Hughes reports from Louisiana about one school's focus on Black History Month. University of Louisiana at Monroe is hosting a series of concerts and movies to bring focus to African American history, including one concert by associate professor of music, Louis Neighbors.

March Madness is on the horizon, and Mississippi's teams are looking stronger than ever. The nationally-ranked Bulldogs from Mississippi State University have enjoyed a strong season, but after a big loss to SEC rival Ole Miss, it looks like both might gain an invite to the Big Dance. Additonally, University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Valley State have exhibited strong programs this year, and for the first time ever, the state might earn four bids to the tourney. Jay White and Ezra Wall talk about their chances.

Also, Nevada Barr talks about her 17th Anna Pigeon book, "The Rope," in this week's Book Club.

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