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She Stood for Freedom, Birds and Bees

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Feb 18, 2017
  • 1:43:22

She Stood for Freedom Guest: Loki Mulholland, Award-Winning Filmmaker of the documentary, “An Ordinary Hero,” Author of children’s book series, “She Stood for Freedom”  How far would you go to speak up against something you believed was wrong? What if taking that stand would cost you your family, your friends and maybe even your life? At the age of 19, Joan Trumpauer made that calculation and chose to stand for freedom. When she joined the Civil Rights movement in 1960, her Southern family and friends disowned her. You may have seen pictures of her – a young, blonde white woman sitting between African American youth at a lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi while angry whites dump salt and water and ketchup on her head. Maybe you’ve seen her mugshot – slight smile, long hair curling over one shoulder – when she was carted off to prison for two months along with other Freedom Riders. She was on the KKK's hit list. She marched on Washington. When other young whites joined the movement, Joan coached them on what to expect and how to make an impact. Her son Loki Mulholland captured her humility and courage in his 2013 documentary "An Ordinary Hero." Now he’s telling her story to children in a picture book and a version for early readers – both titled “She Stood for Freedom.” Birds and Bees Guest: Loreen Allphin, PhD, Professor of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, BYU The Birds and the Bees are Top of Mind this hour. Yes, it’s a nod to Valentine’s Day week, but also to the inklings of Spring Fever starting to set in. The science of pollination is pretty incredible. Some plants and their pollinators have evolved together over time so that they carefully meet each other’s needs. Some plants don’t bother with relying on a bee or bird to reproduce – they “self-pollinate.”