On March 6, 2015, the popular NPR series "The TED Radio Hour" launches a new collection of episodes, featuring more talks from the TED series. Each week, the program collects TED talks that have common themes--from creativity to the source of happiness. Host Guy Raz spoke with WABE's Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer on the February 27, 2015 edition of "A Closer Look." Among other things, Raz spoke about his favorite TED talk, by Ken Robinson on kids and creativity. You can hear that here.
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission decided to reclassify regulation of the Internet under the Telecommunications Act. Advocates have been discussing "net neutrality" for months. But what does it all really mean?
Professor Ellen Zegura, from the Georgia Tech School of Computer Science, researches the development of computer networks. She came over to the "A Closer Look" studio to explain this important new ruling.
In about two weeks, city voters will have the opportunity to approve $250 million in bonds to start addressing Atlanta's nearly billion dollar infrastructure backlog. The Courtland Street Bridge, pictured above, is one of dozens of projects slated for improvement with the bond money.
An Atlanta landmark is closing its doors for a short time in early 2016.
Green Street Properties has agreed to buy the one-and-a-half acres on North Highland Avenue that Manuel’s Tavern sits on according to a report by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Manuel’s will still be owned and operated by the original owner Manuel Maloof’s family.
A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger from the Atlanta area was killed Friday as he and his wife walked through Bangladesh’s capital city, Dhaka.
Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-born U.S. citizen, was an advocate of atheism and a prominent voice against religious intolerance in the Bengali community. On Friday, he and his wife, Rafida Ahmed, who’s also a blogger, were attacked on the street with cleavers as they were returning from a book fair at Dakah University. Ahmad was also seriously injured in the attack.
The women of Greater Atlanta Hadassah who helped make this Saturday's art event, ''The Big Reveal,'' happen. Pictured here from left: Holly Strelzik, Joan Solomon, Barbara Lang, Susan Proctor and Sue Rothstein.
Walk through a modern art museum, and you’re sure to find naked women on the canvases that line the walls. Artists have been drawing, painting and photographing the nude female body for centuries. For just as long, artists have been presenting ideals of what the female body should look like.
The U.S. Army’s ''Cyber Center of Excellence'' in Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. Georgia’s Army National Guard will house one of three new U.S. cyberdefense teams to support the military’s efforts against virtual attacks.
Credit Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith / Courtesy of Georgia Army National Guard
There was a heated debate Thursday in the state Senate. At issue, a bill that would give employers the option of paying workers with pre-paid debit cards.
The bill says if a company decides they want to pay their employees by debit card they can do so, unless an employee tells them they would rather have a paycheck or direct deposit. Republican bill sponsor Burt Jones, R-Jackson, says companies need more options. And he says it will help low-wage workers without bank accounts.
Should cities and counties be able to ban plastic bags from grocery stores? The Georgia Senate said no Thursday. WABE spoke with local residents about the issue and took a look at the Senate fight over plastic bags.
Gerald Grady stands outside his car at the Ansley Mall shopping center in Midtown. He says the government shouldn’t be able to tell stores they can’t use plastic bags.
“I think it should be done on a local store level whether or not that should be banned or not,” Grady says.
And when Grady shops, he prefers plastic over paper.
Some in the metro area actually saw snow at their homes this week; others got not much more than cold rain and a bit of ice. Why’s it so tough for forecasters to figure out which way a snow day is going to go in Atlanta?
“It’s incredibly hard,” said meteorologist with the National Weather Service Brian Lynn. He says we should blame the location. “We’re always on the edge of a temperature structure that allows for snow versus rain or snow versus sleet versus freezing rain.”
Lynn said the city is in an inconvenient sweet spot where the temperature hovers around freezing.
At midnight on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will run out of money, unless Congress approves a new funding measure.
Some Republicans have tried to tie DHS funding to their bill to overturn President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
On Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leaders reached an agreement to hold a vote on DHS funding alone – without the immigration bill. House Republicans showed no signs of going along with that.
About 11,000 bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and other part-time school workers would keep their health insurance under a budget plan approved Thursday by the Georgia House. School districts, however, would be forced to pay significantly more to keep them insured.
House Appropriations Chairman Terry England stressed the importance of the workers, but said change is needed.
“We’ve got a lot of state employees out there that are not covered and so it’s kind of a fairness issue. It’s not fair to the part-time employees we’ve not been covering,” said England.
The Atlanta Hawks said the team is offering refunds to people who couldn’t make it to the game Wednesday night due to the weather. While most of Atlanta hunkered down during a storm warning, the game went on as planned against the Dallas Mavericks at Philips Arena.
The Hawks won in a 104-87 victory, but the game did experience a short delay. There was a leaking roof during the first quarter. Concession stands were also limited because some employees stayed home.
Executive Director Laura Flusche visited the "A Closer Look" studios to tell us about an invitation that MODA extended yesterday, inviting families to bring in their kids for free "until the snow arrives."
He is utterly unknown, but the 20th century Russian musical heavyweight Dmitri Shostakovich described his work in this way: "Music of beauty and enormity … it is a perfect masterpiece … it is a hymn to humanity … to the international solidarity of those who, subjected to the most terrible evil, stood up against fascism."
Economically speaking, 2014 was a good year for Atlanta.
And 2015 should be even better.
“Although the recession was very difficult, on the upside, we have so many different industries to lean on and that helps improve our economic prospects,” Mekael Teshome, an economist with PNC’s Financial Services Group, says.
In 2008, the officers of the Georgia Chapter of the American Harp Society saw a picture of a large-scale harp concert. And they thought, "Well, why can't we do something with multiple harps? Because the harp is a lonely instrument," as Mary Ann Flinn, the vice president of the organization, recalled.
A bill in the state legislature is proposing to make the Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville the state’s official historic house. The house is currently a National Historic Landmark, but the designation could help boost tourism, said Matthew Davis, director of the Old Governor's Mansion.
This week, everyone's favorite ponytailed country legend Willie Nelson continues to wear a hole in his trusty guitar and an Athens country rule-breaker takes the Tabernacle stage. Plus, an indie rocker brings a new kind of grit to the EARL, and Piano Man Billy Joel plays the hits at Phillips.
WABE contributor Mara Davis brings this weekend in concert picks.
The three-story Capitol Hill building, named Delta Hall, was formerly an office building. Since being purchased by the university it has undergone renovations that make it capable of housing 32 students who are interning and studying in the District of Columbia as well as faculty and staff.
The University of Georgia is holding a ribbon cutting Thursday for a building that will provide living, classroom and study space for students and faculty in the nation's capital.
The three-story Capitol Hill building, named Delta Hall, was formerly an office building. Since being purchased by the university it has undergone renovations that make it capable of housing 32 students who are interning and studying in the District of Columbia as well as faculty and staff. The inaugural class of students moved into the building on Massachusetts Avenue in January.
A popular state Senate bill requiring private insurers to cover autism treatment for young children was scrutinized Wednesday by members of a House committee. Representatives don’t want small businesses to pay more for insurance.
Under the bill, insurance companies would have to cover autism treatment coverage for children six years old and younger. Insurance Committee Chairman Richard Smith, R-Columbus, says small businesses can’t afford the extra costs.
“How do I go back home and say by the way, we just voted to raise your insurance premium,” Smith says.