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Journeys of Discovery: Helen Keller’s birthplace home in Tuscumbia, Alabama

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with historian/docent Lynn Weaver at the circa-1820s birthplace home of Helen Keller in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

Discover fascinating insights about Ms. Keller, her relationship with her mentor Annie Sullivan, her friendship with Alexander Graham Bell, and how she challenged the service group Lions International—which radically transformed the organization’s mission around the world to this day.

Ms. Weaver also shares fascinating insights about Ms. Keller’s role as a radical socialist--an outspoken advocate for child labor laws and women’s voting rights. Ms. Keller received punitive blowback from some influential Americans in power positions.The Helen Keller birthplace home in Tuscumbia is a selected destination along Nashville's Big Back Yard itinerary following the Nathez Trace parkway. The natural watershed region includes 12 rural communities and Northern Alabama’s legendary Shoals region.

Underwriting support for Journeys of Discovery provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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