City Café

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Host John Lemley serves up "a plateful of classics and a variety of sides" on City Café, a program showcasing music, arts and life here in Atlanta.

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Winner, 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award
12:15 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Bird Restaurant on Peachtree

Richard "R." Thomas and Sparkle, a bird born when he was ten
Kate Sweeney WABE

This story, which first ran July 31, 2013, is the winner of the 2014 a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Use of Sound. Take a listen!

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill has several claims to fame. The Peachtree Street restaurant began catering to carnivores and vegetarians alike soon after it opened its doors in 1985. Today, it’s one of the city’s few remaining local 24-hour eateries. 

To explore the third claim, WABE’s Kate Sweeney drove to Buckhead for a visit.

For a slideshow version of this story, click here. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue September 2, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Louis and Jacqueline Tseng

Louis, Benjamin and Jacqueline Tseng at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Louis Tseng had just finished his time in the Taiwanese Air Force and was eager to come to the United States to pursue his American dream in 1998. Soon after his arrival, he met his future wife, but his job search was a hard one. In the StoryCorps booth, Louis told his wife, Jacqueline Tseng, about his difficulties in finding a career.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Historical Society, and the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.

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Voices of 1864
7:35 am
Tue September 2, 2014

On This Date in 1864: A Child’s Account of the End of Battle

Carrie Berry kept a diary from 1864 until 1866, giving her account of the siege of Atlanta, including the shelling of her home and neighborhood, as well as the experience of hiding in her cellar during that shelling and life at home during this time.
Atlanta History Center

By September, there were only a few thousand civilians living in Atlanta. Most had fled. Women and children were some of the first to to so months before—and this makes today’s installment of our “Voices of 1864” series especially remarkable.

Carrie Berry was ten years old when she kept a diary during the Union shelling of the city that summer. In this entry from 150 years ago today, she wrote about some of the final moments she witnessed as Southern forces retreated.

In this entry, she writes about the Confederate detonation of an ammunition train, which destroyed the 

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Author Events: David Laskin, Jan Karon & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival drops by WABE studios to fill us in on the week in metro Atlanta literary events. 

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Books
12:15 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About This Year’s AJC-Decatur Book Festival

The 2011 Decatur Book Festival.
Credit Flickr user TimothyJ flickr.com/photos/tjc/

It’s Labor Day weekend and that means an independent book festival will soon be taking over the streets and halls of Decatur.

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival actually kicks off this evening with a sold-out keynote address from author Joyce Carol Oates. But you shouldn’t worry if you missed out on a ticket to tonight’s event; there are 600-something other author events happening around Decatur over the course of Saturday and Sunday.

To help us navigate this daunting list of authors, we brought the festival’s program director, Philip Rafshoon, into the studio.

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City Café
12:46 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

City Café on Atlanta Symphony Contract Negotiations

Credit Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has less than two weeks before the deadline on contract negotiations between the Symphony and the ASO Players’ Association. Those negotiations have been going on for over eight months now and in that time, several musicians have retired and some have taken positions with other orchestras. As all this is happening, the memory of 2012’s labor dispute is still fresh in many people’s minds. Jenny Jarvie wrote about the situation for Arts ATL and joined us to talk about the situation.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Events: Taste of Taiwan, Art in the Park, and More

The Polyphonic Spree
Credit Karlo X. Ramos

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week,  and he starts with a festival that's all about Taiwanese cuisine.

 

Taste of Taiwan

Marietta Art in the Park

The Polyphonic Spree at The Loft

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Dance
12:31 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Camaraderie, Aggression and Sex: Wabi Sabi at the Woodruff

Wabi Sabi dancers Brandon Nguyen and Kiara Felder in 2013
Credit J Hooper / Atlanta Ballet

Wabi Sabi is the Atlanta Ballet's dancer-driven, modern dance troupe. They will be giving a free performance at the Woodruff Arts Center on Friday evening using the High Museum’s “Mi Casa, Your Casa” exhibit as the stage.

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Food
12:22 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Good Kind Of Jerk: Celebrating A Jamaican Culinary Tradition

Jerk chicken at Juci Jerk in Stone Mountain.
WABE/Dan Raby

For Jamaicans, jerk is no insult. It's a culinary tradition stretching back centuries to the early days of British colonial rule on the island. And it's one that can make both Caribbean natives and non-natives' mouths water. 

"There were places in Jamaica that I used to go to that you'd remember it and you'd just close your eyes and think about how good it is," said Donald Roberts, the chef behind Juci Jerk in Stone Mountain. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:20 am
Tue August 26, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Cecilia Sáenz Becerra and Taryn Jordan

Taryn Jordan and Cecilia Saenz at StoryCorps Atlanta

Cecilia Sáenz Becerra and Taryn Jordan first met while doing political activist work in Tucson, Arizona in 2007. The two eventually began dating, and have supported each other through the coming out process. In the StoryCorps booth, Cecilia asked Taryn what it felt like the first time she told her she loved her. 

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.

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Local
12:48 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Avondale Estates Rebuilding Commercial Area One Small, Locally-Owned Business at a Time

Tudor Village is the anchor of Avondale Estates. The city's east/west borders run from Sam's Crossing to Memorial Drive.
Lisa George/WABE

The city of Avondale Estates, in DeKalb County, is talking with MARTA about leasing land to provide 150 new parking spaces in its downtown area.

So why does a small, quiet city of just 3,000 people need additional parking? There is a quiet, but active small business boom going on there.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Director's Picks

The Decatur Book Festival in 2011.
Credit Flickr user TimothyJ flickr.com/photos/tjc/

  The AJC-Decatur Book Festival is coming up this weekend. And in its ninth year, it will be featuring more than 600 author lectures and signings. The festival's director Daren Wang sat down with City Cafe host John Lemley to discuss the three authors whom he's most excited about.

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Technology
12:46 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

'Like Yelp for Police:' A Conversation About Teen-Developed Watchdog App

Although its release coincides with events surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown, it was personal experience that spurred the teens to begin developing Five-O months ago.
Credit YouTube

There’s no doubt new technology follows the trends, and a smart phone app released this week is no different: It allows users to rate their experiences with police officers, and it’s created by a group of teenagers from Stone Mountain.

Five-O was developed by Ima, Asha, Caleb, and Joshua Christian—and its release coincides with demonstrations, violence and police action in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. Those events have seized the nation’s attention and raised questions about racial profiling and police brutality.

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Atlanta Sounds: The Archer
12:15 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The Archer - Audio Slideshow

Credit Andrea Oullette / WABE

Kyudo is the Japanese art of Archery. It is a Japanese martial art that has been practiced for nearly a thousand years.  It has followers from all around the world, including right here in Atlanta. Kyudo Instructor, Ed Symmes has invested over 25 years of his life into the art form, and he talks about his passion here in this Atlanta Sounds. 

Below is the Atlanta Sounds audio slideshow version of this story.

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Health & Science
1:08 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

City Cafe on Ebola Patients' Discharge

Dr. Kent Brantly (center) hugs members of his healthcare team at Emory University Hospital at a press conference on Thursday.
Credit Jim Burress/WABE

  The two U.S. patients who were treated for Ebola have been discharged from Emory University Hospital. They had been in an isolation ward since returning from Liberia early this month and are the first patients treated for Ebola on American soil.

Emory held a press conference Thursday morning announcing the release of Dr. Kent Brantly and the previous discharge of Nancy Writebol. WABE's Jim Burress was there and joined us by phone from Emory University Hospital.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Events: GarlicFest 2014, Puppet Slam, and More

Credit Valerie Meiss

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week,  and he starts with a daytrip to White County for GarlicFest.

GarlicFest 2014 at Loganberry Farms

Babyland General Hospital

National Puppet Slam

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Voices of 1864
6:33 am
Thu August 21, 2014

On This Date in 1864: A Truce Between Soldiers

'With a warm salutation and a shake of the hand, which made me feel as though he were my brother, we exchanged coffee for tobacco…'
Credit Atlanta History Center

Today’s installment of our “Voices of 1864” series reveals a surprising moment of camaraderie between enemies.

As August wore on and Union batteries continued shelling Atlanta, there were frequent skirmishes, as soldiers on both sides dug into their trenches.

However, when out of sight of their officers, soldiers would talk with the enemy and trade items like newspapers, combs, and tobacco.

Here are excerpts from a letter by James Neumann, a 20-year-old Private in the Union Army.

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Music
12:15 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

An Interview With Jazz Legend Jimmy Heath

Credit Carol Friedman

As part of the National Black Arts Festival this year, there's a jazz concert series being held at various venues around city.  The next one in the series features the Heath Brothers, and WABE’s jazz host H. Johnson recently had the opportunity to speak with one of them; Jimmy Heath. They began by discussing Heath's life in jazz.

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Food & Drink
12:09 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Progress by the Pint: Atlanta's Craft Beer Renaissance

Hefe-Weizen seasonal beers from Atlanta Brewing Company
Credit gomattolson / flickr.com/gomattolson

Craft beer brewing is on the rise, with nation-wide sales jumping 20 percent last year according to numbers from the Brewers Association, an industry trade group.

That growth can be seen here in Atlanta with new breweries opening and local beers being offered at more bars and restaurants all over the metro area.

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Local
12:15 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

At Gwinnett County Jail, Dogs Get a Second Chance

Inmate handler Anthony Taylor with his dog Mia.

From the outside, Gwinnett County's Lawrenceville detention center looks just like any other jail: a multi-story concrete complex surrounded by barbed wire. 

But inside its housing unit "One Charlie," you'll discover a scene that's hardly typical of a county jail.

That's where "Operation Second Chance" takes place. As part of the program, inmates train and provide around-the-clock care for otherwise abandoned and neglected dogs. 

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue August 19, 2014

StoryCorps: Bobbi Patterson and Vichon Wilborn

Bobbi Patterson and Vichon Wilborn at StoryCorps

Bobbi Patterson has been researching her family history for years, and she has been able to trace her ancestry back many generations. She now shares this information with her relatives, including her grandchildren. In the StoryCorps booth, Bobbi told her granddaughter, Vichon Wilborn, about the person who inspired her research, her father Alf Crenshaw. 

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps booth.

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Theater
12:30 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Synchronicity Readies a New Stage on Peachtree

Synchronicity Artistic Director Rachel May in the theatre's new home.
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

The Atlanta theater scene has experienced a number of losses and setbacks in the past year with companies like Dad’s Garage losing their homes or, in the case of Theater of the Stars, having to shutter altogether. But there has been hopeful news recently—Dad’s is under contract for a new space and in late July, Synchronicity Theater announced they were—at long last—moving into a permanent home. 

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Books
12:05 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Author Events: James Rollins & Nimrod Frazer

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to preview the week in Atlanta literary events. He started by telling City Cafe host John Lemley about James Rollins, author of best-selling suspense thrillers, including a bit of suspenseful music from Rollins's website to set the scene.

James Rollins will sign copies of his new book, "The Sixth Extinction," at Eagle Eye Books on August 19. Find more details here.

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Books
12:49 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

The Value of Scarcity - Shopping at a Rare Book Showcase

Customers perusing Cliff Graubart's collection, including a first edition Walker Percy on the right.
Dan Raby WABE

On August 14, A Cappella Books hosted a rare books showcase—bringing together three rare and antiquarian book sellers to put some of their collections on display. The event listing on A Cappella’s web site stated that the guest dealers would have “items priced from 25 dollars to 25 thousand dollars.” WABE’s Myke Johns dropped in on the showcase to get a look at not only these incredibly valuable items, but at who spends thousands of dollars on a book.

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Atlanta Sounds: Glass Blower
12:15 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

The Glass Blower - Audio Slideshow

Mali Harrell has been blowing glass in a Decatur studio for just a few years, but says that in that time, she's become "completely addicted to it." Glass blowing is the process of heating up a molten piece of glass and then blowing air into a special pipe called a punty rod. This fills the glass with air to give it the shape you want. It might sound easy,but it is not. It is a delicate and very hot process as we learn in this Atlanta Sounds story. 

Atlanta Sounds Audio Slideshow:  

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

BBQ Festivals and Butterflies This Weekend

Credit atlbbqfest.com

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week, and he starts with three upcoming barbeque festivals.

Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival

Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival

Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

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Development
12:15 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Could Explosive Growth Lead To A Southern Megalopolis?

Close up of "Charlanta."
Adam Terando

Some say it'd be "Charlanta." Others think it should be "Atlanteigh." Whatever you end up calling it, the Southern megalopolis predicted by a recent study certainly sounds daunting. 

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and North Carolina State University found that if urbanization in the Southeast continues as it has over the past several decades, we could have a "Southern megalopolis" stretching from Atlanta to Raleigh by 2060.

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Local
12:30 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

The Ever-Changing Cultural Meaning of Atlanta's Cyclorama

The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama
Credit Katie King for Atlanta PlanIt

As many already know, the city's Cyclorama could be moving from its longtime home in Grant Park to a new facility at the Atlanta History Center. The move--part of a deal announced by Mayor Kasim Reed last month--now awaits the approval of the City Council.

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Art Around Town
12:15 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

This Year's Living Walls is More than Murals

Artist Caroline Caldwell, in front of her mural-in-progress on Edgewood and Hilliard Avenue in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward
Credit Joshua Gwyn / Living Walls

 Today is the first day of the Living Walls 2014 Conference. The annual five-day event invites local and international artists to come paint the town, creating street art in neighborhoods all over the city. This year's event features 18 murals. But this year, the conference is also enlarging its focus.

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Curbed Atlanta
12:15 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Curbed Atlanta on the City's Top 10 Most Iconic Signs

Credit Atlanta History Center: https://flic.kr/p/d9SEgG

Curbed Atlanta recently released a list of the 15 Most Iconic Signs in Atlanta, and it covers many familiar and historic icons throughout the city.

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