Time now to look at some of this weekend’s events with WABE’s Lois Reitzes. Today she speaks with Betsy Riley of Atlanta Magazine, who talks about events ranging from a history party in a cemetery to an event where you can “bob for Brussel Sprouts.”
Election day is fast approaching and all this week WABE is airing interviews with some of the candidates running for statewide office.
The tight race for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat includes Republican David Perdue, Democrat Michelle Nunn, and Libertarian Amanda Swafford.
Swafford works as a paralegal in Gainesville and is a former Powder Springs councilwoman. Polling shows Swafford is positioned as a spoiler who could force a runoff between the two major party candidates.
Two major DeKalb County corruption cases are in jeopardy. Part of the reason is the prosecution’s star witnesses have struggled with credibility issues.
It’s a constant dilemma for prosecutors – how much to rely on witnesses with questionable character.
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis is accused of shaking down county contractors for campaign donations. During the trial, DeKalb's former purchasing director Kelvin Walton was the state’s star witness. Walton cooperated with prosecutors only after being caught accepting gifts from contractors and lying under oath.
In the early 1900s, as the temperance movement took hold in Georgia, Atlanta's last distillery, R. M. Rose Co., packed up and left the city. Now, more than a century later, Atlantans may finally be able to taste a locally produced spirit again.
And that's because the newly built Old Fourth Distillery, located on Edgewood Ave, is set to start producing its first batch of vodka.
Perhaps no one is more enthusiastic about the Atlanta Opera’s new season than Tomer Zvulun. And rightfully so — it’s his first planned season as the company’s General and Artistic Director. Zvulun’s planned three new productions for this Atlanta Opera Season — "Madama Butterfly," "Rigoletto," and a contemporary opera, "Three Decembers." Mozart's classic "The Marriage of Figaro" rounds out the 2014-2015 season. Lois Reitzes spoke with Mr. Zvulun and asked how he chose these particular operas:
During the Freedom Summer of 1964, hundreds of college students flocked to Mississippi to help register African-American voters. Fifty years later, that event is still inspiring other social movements, some of which also use the name ‘Freedom’. One such group at Emory University is sticking up for undocumented students.
Georgia Congressman John Lewis helped organize the Freedom Summer. He also delivered Emory’s commencement address last spring, where he urged students to support immigration reform.
Jackson Chang considers himself to be an optimist, even as that’s been challenged with a diagnosis of stage four pancreatic cancer in 2013. When he received the diagnosis, he says his very first reaction was one of concern for his wife and his 6-year-old daughter, Jacqueline.
In the StoryCorps booth, Jackson told his friend, Cam Ashling, about how his cancer has affected his daughter.
This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center… which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.
Following moves by a handful of states late last week, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Monday announced a new monitoring and quarantine policy for travelers coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus.
“We’re going to try to be as mindful of [travelers’] privacy and their own necessity to move about,” he said, “but by the same token, if they pose a potential threat to the health of the citizens of the state of Georgia, we believe a quarantined will be appropriate.”
For the first time this year, many local residents were able to take advantage of Sunday voting. Some political experts and state leaders have predicted it will mean an increase in African-American voter turnout.
It certainly appears to be the case in Fulton County. Fulton County Director of Registration and Elections Richard Barron doesn’t know exactly how many African-Americans voted this past Sunday.
But he said the two polling places with the highest number of Sunday voters were in areas with a large number of black voters.
Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day. Three top races are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent. WABE has interviewed the candidates in those races.
In the State Schools Superintendent race, Richard Woods is the Republican candidate.
In South Georgia’s Irwin County school system, Woods has been a principal and curriculum director for Kindergarten through fifth grade. But, he spent most of his 22 years there as a high school social studies teacher.
Monday Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce the state’s policy for monitoring and quarantining people who might be at risk for Ebola.
The governor will speak in Cumming, Georgia.
Deal’s announcement is coming after Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York initially announced additional protocols for their states, which included mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning to the United States after treating Ebola patients.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bassists Joe McFadden, center left, and Gloria Jones, right, stand with Phyllis Sommer, husband of former bassist Douglas Sommer who passed away in February, as they take part in a silent protest in front of Symphony Hall last month.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians have met today’s deadline for a response on management’s latest contract offer with a counter-proposal.
Atlanta labor lawyer Rick Warren has been following the negotiations. He says the seven-week-old lock-out of the musicians indicates some strongly-held positions on each side, adding, “The parties have got to find a way to work this out if they want to end this process with a contract.”
The main sticking point in the contract dispute is the size of the orchestra.
The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to fill us in on the literary events happening around Atlanta. This week, he highlighted events with Mike Stobbe and Edward J. Larson, as well as the Marcus Jewish Community Center Book Festival happening over the weekend. Learn more in the interview below.
Mike Stobbe will be at Eagle Eye Bookshop on Tuesday Oct. 28. Find more details here.
As Atlantans follow the ongoing trial of Atlanta Public School teachers and administrators charged with cheating, students in the APS district are taking a special interest in the proceedings. Youth Radio Atlanta’s Jenn Steckl sent us her thoughts on how the cheating and its aftermath hurt every student in the system.
Jenn Steckl is a senior at Grady High School. Her commentary was produced by Youth Radio.