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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

AJC Events: GardenWoof, Cowboy Festival & More

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 celebration of fall foilage and furry friends.

(Audio for this story will be available after 1 P.M. EST)

GardenWoof

12th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium

Mountain Moonshine Festival

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Food & Drink
12:06 pm
Thu October 23, 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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Science
12:55 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Are Fireflies Disappearing? Researchers Ask You To Find Out

Credit Flickr user lastbeats / flickr.com/photos/lastbeats/

  This story originally aired Thursday Sept. 11, 2014.

It’s one of the first visual cues that summer is on its way: a certain insect appears at dusk, emitting flashes of light as it buzzes around just above the grass.

But the familiar firefly, or--as some call it--the lightning bug, may actually be disappearing. And a group of researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina are trying to understand how and why.

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Arts
12:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

City Cafe on Atlanta Celebrates Photography and The Bitter Southerner

  Every October, the city welcomes Atlanta Celebrates Photography - or ACP, as it is often called. To find out more about the festival, City Cafe host John Lemley recently sat down with Public Broadcasting Atlanta's Jason Parker.

Jason interviewed The Bitter Southerner’s Creative Director, Dave Whitling about their ACP event that's coming up this Friday. They started off by discussing what Atlanta Celebrates photography is all about.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue October 21, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Marcia Meisel and Denise Spiegel

Denise Spiegel and Marcia Meisel at StoryCorps.

Marcia Meisel spent most of her childhood in Cleveland, Ohio. Many of the things she would see growing up would eventually lead her to become involved in social issues, including the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War protests. In the StoryCorps booth, Marcia told her daughter, Denise Spiegel, about the first time she became aware of injustice in the late 1940’s.  

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

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Technology
1:23 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

High-Tech Farming: How PodPonics Grows Lettuce Indoors

Inside the PodPonics farm
Evan Changhwan Jang WABE

This story originally aired Sept. 17, 2014.

If it weren’t for the sign just outside the entrance to the Podponics farm, you might wonder if you’d gotten the address wrong.

As you pull into the lot, the scene most resembles an industrial truck yard. Airplanes are rushing overhead, taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson, just a few miles away. And the 11 acres of land in front of you are mostly empty, with exception of a few dozen shipping containers, stacked two levels high in the middle of the lot.

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Page-Turners
12:53 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Three Page-Turners...from Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea

Who knew? Novelist, essayist and poet Luis Alberto Urrea is probably a nature writer at heart. At least, that’s what he tells us in this installment of Page-Turners, in which we also see his penchant for a bit of magical realism. In addition, he tells us a great story about the one Stephen King novel that both he, and his son, couldn’t put down—and why.

In this extended version, Luis Alberto Urrea tells us his harrowing real-life story involving Mexican curanderas, or wise healer women.

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Sports
12:06 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Facing Off With the Atlanta Street Hockey Club

Dan Raby WABE

We now head to Atlanta's Kirkwood neighborhood for some hockey. Twice a week, fifty-two weeks of the year, the Atlanta Street Hockey Club convenes on Bessie Branham Park’s basketball court for a few games. This loose confederation of players has been swinging sticks at each other since 1997, and we joined them one morning for a court-side view of the action and spoke to Keith Waldrop, the president of the club.

Here is the 30 second Atlanta Sounds version of this story:

  This story originally aired June 11, 2014

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

AJC Events: Sleepy Hollow, Georgia Apple Festival & More

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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 chance to catch a performance of a spooky classic.

The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Serenbe Playhouse

The Georgia Apple Festival 

Sharon Van Etten at The EARL

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Books
3:20 pm
Tue October 14, 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.

  This story originally aired August 15, 2014

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue October 14, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Ian and Carlos Moreno

Carlos and Ian Moreno at StoryCorps

Ian Moreno recently graduated from high school and is about to enter college at Georgia Tech. In the StoryCorps booth, Ian spoke with his father Carlos about what this transition means as both a son and a student. Carlos began by asking him about his planned field of study.

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

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Books
12:30 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Author Events: Steven Pinker, Bob Herbert & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

Daren Wang of the AJC- Decatur Book Festival dropped by our studios to fill us in on the week in literary events. This week, Bob Herbert, Steven Pinker and Donald McCaig are all coming to Atlanta to discuss their books. Find out more in the interview below.

Here's a summary:

Bob Herbert will be at the Carter Library tonight. Learn more here.

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Art
12:06 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Elevate Puts Art in the Dumpster

Crystal Dumpster by David Baerwalde & Alex Martinez
Goat Farm Dumpster Project

The Goat Farm is putting art in the trash…sort of. The art center is curating a project called Dumpsters. 20 Atlanta artists have been given big metal trash receptacles—as the title would suggest—to create a work of public art. It’s part of this year’s Elevate, the Office of Cultural Affairs’ week-long public art event. WABE’s Myke Johns spoke with some of the artists involved and has the story.

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Page-Turners
12:39 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Three Page-Turners...from Pamela Druckerman

Pamela Druckerman talks with WABE about America's motherhood crisis, a surprising family connection to the First World War, and the art of wearing loafers without socks.
Credit Benjamin Barda

Do the French know something Americans don’t, when it comes to parenting?

That’s the question behind Pamela Druckerman’s 2012 bestseller Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.

The book got its start when Druckerman, a New York transplant who’d moved to Paris with her husband, started raising her kids there. She couldn’t help but notice that French children—and by extension, their parents—seemed calmer, happier, and better-behaved.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:15 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Atlanta Performer Gives Dr. King's Speeches New Life

Stephon Ferguson gives a presentation at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
Stephannie Stokes/WABE

At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, you'll find the original Ebenezer Baptist Church. It’s where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his first sermon and it’s where he would serve as co-pastor until his assassination in 1968.

Today, it’s no longer a place of worship but a place where people can learn about the legacy of Dr. King. Sometimes it’s also where visitors can experience what it might have been like to hear the civil rights leader while he was alive. 

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Art
12:45 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

PBA30 Tells A Tale of Two Murals

Credit Trevor Keller / PBA30

Public art has become more prominent in Atlanta in the last several years, thanks especially to the work of Living Walls—an annual street art conference centered around murals painted by local and international artists. A new documentary out this week looks into the controversy started by two of those works of art. A Tale Of Two Murals was directed by PBA30’s Trevor Keller…and he sat down with WABE’s John Lemley to talk about it.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

AJC Events: Atlanta Greek Festival, ChalkFest & Sturgill Simpson

Artist Beth Shistle at Marietta ChalkFest 2013.
Credit mariettachalkfest.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 a festival that includes many culinary Greek treats.

Atlanta Greek Festival

Marietta ChalkFest

Sturgill Simpson at Terminal West

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Music
12:30 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Singer Francine Reed on Her Career and Recognition

Francine Reed
Credit Georgia Department of Economic Development

This weekend, singer Francine Reed will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. At 67, Reed has had a successful career as both a solo artist and as the singing partner of country musician, Lyle Lovett.

She grew up in Kankakee, Illinois, and comes from a large musical family. Her older sister Margo is also a singer, but as she recently told host John Lemley, she wasn’t always sure that she’d be a singer as well.

The 36th Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards ceremony will take place this Saturday, October 11th at the Georgia World Congress Center.

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Local History
12:30 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Wait, Why Is the CDC in Atlanta?

The Malaria Control in War Areas Program, the predecessor of the Communicable Disease Center (CDC).
The David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333 www.cdc.gov/museum

While the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa hasn't spread anywhere near Atlanta, it still has brought our city into the headlines.  

That's because organizations in our region have become leaders in the fight against it. One of these is, of course, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – or the CDC.

If you’ve lived in the area for a while, you’re probably used to Atlanta’s hometown government agency showing up in the news, especially when a disease breaks out. But have you ever wondered why it’s based here in the first place? 

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Theater
12:35 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

How August Wilson Learned What He Learned - True Colors Stages Playwright's Final Work

Eugene Lee in True Colors Theatre Company's How I Learned What I Learned
Josh Lamkin Photography

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater is staging the Atlanta premier of playwright August Wilson’s final work—a biographical reenactment of his life told in a one-man show. Called How I Learned What I Learned, the show shares some of the origins of Wilson’s critically-acclaimed plays—shows such as “Fences,” “The Piano Lesson,” and “Radio Golf.”

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue October 7, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Dan Holley and Debra Shoaf

Dan Holley and Debra Shoaf at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Dan Holley was in middle school in the 1940's when his father was bitten by a black widow. Dan had to drop out of school to take over the farm work. He would never return. However, he has always had a way with words. In his early twenties, he and a friend took a trip to Texas. On the way, he met the woman who would become his future wife. In the StoryCorps booth, Dan told his daughter Debra Shoaf about what happened.

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

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Youth Radio
12:27 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Youth Radio: The Conversation After Ferguson

Youth Radio's Gilbert Young.
Credit Cody Studios

  The story of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown’s death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is still sparking protests there.

That incident and the conversation it has created continues to hit close to home for youth here in Atlanta. Youth Radio's Gilbert Young has more.

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Books
12:17 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Author Events: Gary Shteyngart, Pamela Druckerman & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival dropped by WABE studios to tell us about some of the literary events happening around Atlanta. This week's authors include Gary Shteyngart, Pamela Druckerman, and Linda Tirado. Listen to the interview below to learn more.

Miss anything?

Gary Shteyngart will be at the Highland Inn Ballroom on Thursday Oct. 9. Learn more about the event here.

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Art Around Town
12:45 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

History in the Trees: A Tour of the Doll’s Head Trail

On the Doll's Head Trail at Constitution Lakes Park
Dan Raby WABE

  We Atlanta residents may suffer an unusual sort of fatigue.

Living in a place known for continually re-making itself, and for forgetting its own history, many of us almost tire from hearing repeated claims of the "discovery" of "little-known" pieces of that history. I mean, how much forgotten history can there be?

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Film
12:42 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Instant Family: Alec Mapa's "Baby Daddy" at Out on Film

Director Andrea James and Alec Mapa speaking to WABE's John Lemley
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

Audiences may recognize the name Alec Mapa for his work as a stand-up comedian or his recurring roles on TV’s Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty or from the film Marley & Me. Since 2010, another role that Mapa has conquered is that of “father.” Alec and his husband adopted a five-year-old African American boy  and the story of that life-changing event is at the center of Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy, screening this weekend at Out on Film, an LGBT film festival in Atlanta.

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Beautiful City
12:33 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Beautiful City: Maddox Park

Mary Claire Kelly

"Beautiful City" is WABE's series about places to get away from Atlanta without leaving the city.

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Beautiful City
12:40 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Beautiful City: Mountain Way Common

View from under Georgia 400 at Mountain Way Common.
Stephannie Stokes/WABE

"Beautiful City" is WABE's series about places to get away from Atlanta without leaving the city.

Today, we head to North Buckhead. Despite being one of the most affluent communities in Atlanta, it actually has less park space than any other neighborhood.

But its residents are working to change that -- by developing some of the hidden and unused spaces around them. WABE’s Stephannie Stokes has the story of one of these parks: the Mountain Way Common.

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Sports
12:30 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Engineering a Safer Football Helmet for Atlanta and Elsewhere

Players at Georgia State University practice while wearing the Guardian Cap, a safety device for football helmets.
Stephannie Stokes WABE

Step onto Georgia State University's football field during practice and you won't be able to see GSU's blue helmets on the players' heads. 

Instead, you'll see a white padded cover, called the Guardian Cap. It's a safety device that fits over the classic hard-shell helmet and it's specially designed to soften any blows to the head that players may experience on the field. 

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

AJC Events: Dog Festivals, Taste of Chamblee & More

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta, and this week, their conversation  has gone to the dogs.

HowlOWeenie

ChattaPoochee Pet Fest

Avondale Estates AutumnFEST

Taste of Chamblee

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Beautiful City
12:15 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Beautiful City: Outdoor Activity Center

Grandfather Beech.
Mary Claire Kelly

"Beautiful City" is WABE's series about places to get away from Atlanta without leaving the city.

Today we’re heading off to the urban forest of the Bush Mountain Outdoor Activity Center. The 40-year-old park, hidden in the middle of a Southwest Atlanta neighborhood, features two miles of trails, a large wooden playground, a cabin-like educational center, and a community garden that sits on the former practice lot of the Atlanta Black Crackers baseball team.

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