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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Atlanta's Secret Train Club
12:40 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Move Over, Edgewood Streetcar: Model Train Club in Operation Since 1940s

Trains parked in the roundhouse at the Railroad Model Club
Ryan Nabulsi / twinlensatl.com for WABE

 The Railroad Model Club of Atlanta has been around for more than seven decades, operating its vintage train set-up from the same second-floor room on Edgewood Avenue for nearly that entire time.

So, why doesn’t anyone know about it? WABE’s Kate Sweeney went to find out.

The Railroad Model Club of Atlanta welcomes visitors the first Saturday morning of every month. Find out more here.  

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Books
12:30 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

The Book Lover's Holiday Gift Guide

Credit Flickr user top10things / flickr.com/photos/top10things/

Just about every Monday, Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival joins us to talk about books. This time, instead of highlighting authors coming to town, we asked him to come up with a few holiday gifts for the book lovers among us. 

He came up with three gift ideas. The first two are books, "What I Came To Tell You" by Tommy Hays, "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover In The Civil War" by Karen Abbott, and the third is a subscription to the Bitter Southerner book club.

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New Walking Trail
12:30 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

New Trail Will Cut A PATH Through Buckhead

An artist rendering of PATH 400 on Lenox Road.
Credit PATH Foundation

If someone tells you soon that they’re going to take a walk down 400, they won’t mean taking a stroll down the highway. That’s because the Buckhead area is about to get a new walking trail.

PATH400 is 5.2 mile trail that will run along the Georgia 400 highway corridor. It begins roughly where the 400 toll plaza used to be, and from there it heads down south to Peachtree Creek, where it will tie in with the Beltline.

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Local
12:29 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

No More Moonshine: Meet Atlanta's First Legal Distillery Since Prohibition

Craig and Jeff Moore, founders of OId Fourth Distillery.
Credit Stephannie Stokes/WABE

This story originally aired on Oct. 28. Starting today, you can find Old Fourth Distillery vodka in select stores, restaurants and bars around Georgia.

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. 

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:30 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

AJC Events: It's A Wonderful Laugh, Lyle The Crocodile And More

Performances of Lyle the Crocodile are happening at Synchronicity Theatre this week.
Credit Synchronicity Theatre

Join host John Lemley for a look at some of the more budget-friendly events around town this week with the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison. This time around, Shane and John started off by discussing Dad’s Garage Theatre’s comedic take on the classic holiday movie "It’s A Wonderful Life."

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Arts
12:22 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Pinning Art Down At MINT Gallery

The MINT Gallery
Myke Johns

Each year, the MINT Gallery hosts a Postcard Pinup Show. The rest of the year, the nearly decade-old art gallery hosts carefully curated exhibitions, group shows, and runs various programs for developing artists, but for this one night, anyone can come and hang art on the walls. WABE’s Myke Johns was there and has the story.

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Storytellers
12:30 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Are You A Reindeer? Living Out My Sci-Fi Mall Fantasy In Woolworth’s

A 12-year-old Jack Walsh at Christmas time.
Credit Courtesy of Jack Walsh.

This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” –personal, first-person narratives from metro Atlantans.

Picture a shopping mall around the holidays. Christmas music plays from every speaker, decorations fill the window displays and crowds of holiday shoppers rush in and out of stores.

When Jack Walsh looked at this scene as a young teenager, he saw something more than holiday consumerism. For him, the suburban mallscape was a setting for a sci-fi adventure. 

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Celtic Christmas
12:06 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

"The Entire World Being Holy" - A Celtic Christmas in Atlanta

Celtic Christmas musicians John Maschinot, Joe Craven, Lisa Edwards, and Evan Kinney.
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

The arts of the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian holiday traditions will take the Rialto stage this weekend for Celtic Christmas. WABE's John Lemley sat down with a few of the musicians—Joe Craven, Lisa Edwards, and John Maschinot—to talk about the show. John began by discussing the oral traditions that birthed much of the music and poetry they will be performing. 

See a video of Joe, Lisa, and John performing with guitarist Evan Kinney in the WABE studios here:

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Music
11:30 am
Tue December 16, 2014

A Charlie Brown Christmas At The Earl

Jeffrey Butzer
Credit courtesy Jeffrey Butzer

A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on CBS on Dec. 9, 1965.  The soundtrack to that special, composed by jazz musician Vince Guaraldi, remains one of the most popular holiday albums to this day.  This weekend though, you’ll have a couple chances to hear it live, in the unlikely setting of the small East Atlanta Village rock club, the EARL. WABE’s Myke Johns paid a visit to musicians Jeffrey Butzer and T.T. Mahoney to talk about their affinity for the holiday classic.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue December 16, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Andrew Young And Tara Varzi

Andrew Young and Tara Varzi at StoryCorps Atlanta.

You may know Andrew Young as a former Georgia Congressman, a United States ambassador to the United Nations, or as the 55th mayor of Atlanta.

At 82, Young has been involved in politics, public policy, and civil rights, but his life could have gone in a very different direction. 

In the StoryCorps booth, Young told 13-year-old Tara Varzi about his father’s hopes for his career path.

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

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Exhibitions
12:30 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Wilbur G. Kurtz: The Man Behind The History In "Gone With The Wind"

Wilbur Kurtz created this title card for "Gone with the Wind" in 1939. It is currently on display at the Atlanta History Center.
Credit Atlanta History Center

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Atlanta premiere of the film "Gone with the Wind." The movie, directed by David Selznick , was based on Margaret Mitchell’s book of the same name about Atlanta during the Civil War. It was an immediate hit upon its release, and someone instrumental in its success was Wilbur G. Kurtz.

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Local
12:17 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Christmas Lights On Monroe Drive

David Barasoain WABE

You’ve likely seen Christmas light displays that really stand out. Such is the case at the home of Paul Medlock just behind Piedmont Park on Monroe Drive.

He started decorating his home with lights back in 1992.   Back then he had about 300 lights, but today that number is closer to 35,000.

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History
5:03 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Remembering The WWI Christmas Truce 100 Years Later

A group of German soldiers with two Englishmen on Christmas Day in 1914.
Credit Imperial War Museum, United Kingdom: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205022085?utm_source=iip&utm_medium=lnk&utm_campaign=insight

In 1914, around Christmas, British, German and French soldiers were fighting their first winter of World War I, when something unexpected happened along the Western Front. In many places, soldiers stopped shooting at each other. Some even met their enemy in the no man's land between the trenches, sharing gifts and playing soccer.

That brief moment of piece in an otherwise bloody conflict has come to be known as the Christmas Truce. And, this December, people from the three European countries are celebrating its hundredth anniversary.

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Youth Radio
12:37 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Youth Radio: Coming to America

Poznyak (on right, with bag) with her family upon arriving in New York.
Credit courtesy Anna Poznyak

Anyone who made a big move while still young can attest to the challenges it presents. The change can uproot you from school, your friends and familiar surroundings. Youth Radio’s Anna Poznyak recently experienced such a move and wrote this commentary.

Anna Poznyak is a student at Grady High School. Her commentary was produced by Youth Radio.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:30 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

At Tuba Christmas, Low Brass Gets The Spotlight

Tuba Christmas at Underground Atlanta
Ryan Nabulsi twinlensatl.com

Tuba players don't always get a lot of attention. They're generally stuck in the back rows of the orchestra, providing the bass while the trumpets take the melody.

But for at least one hour every year, these low brass musicians get to perform front and center. In an event called Tuba Christmas.

The annual performance brings together a couple hundred tuba players, from students in their early teens to professional musicians in their late 50s, to play Christmas carols.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

AJC Events: Yacht Rock Revue, Winter Wonderland and More

The Yacht Rock Revue Holiday Special takes place this weekend.
Credit Yacht Rock Revue

Join host John Lemley for a look at some of the more budget-friendly events around town this week with the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison.

Even though it’s usually associated with sunshine, boats, and beaches, the local soft rock cover band The Yacht Club Revue is hosting its annual holiday concert this weekend.

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Downton Abbey
12:30 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Christmas at 'Downton Abbey'

John Lunn, renowned for his work on "Downton Abbey," conducts the show's theme in Los Angeles.
Credit Vince Bucci / Invision/AP

Fans of the public television series "Downton Abbey" have certainly been through a lot with the Crawleys over the past four years.

Viewers have witnessed the sinking of the Titanic and other historic events through the eyes of the fictional aristocratic English family. "Downton Abbey's" audience has also endured the sometimes sudden departure of beloved cast members.

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Page-Turners
12:17 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Three Page-Turners From… Maureen Corrigan

Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan's picks reveal an endless fascination with the Big Apple.
Credit Nina Subin

You may know Maureen Corrigan from the NPR program Fresh Air with Terry Gross. She’s the show’s book critic, known for her thoughtful, considered recommendations. Recently she told WABE’s Kate Sweeney about three of her all-time favorite books—all centered in the city where she grew up.

Before they got down to business, Kate began by asking Maureen Corrigan a little about her work on Fresh Air.

Two Short Web Bonuses

Maureen Corrigan’s Picks

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue December 9, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Bert And Aaron Adams

Bert and Aaron Adams in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.

Bert Adams is a hiker who has walked the entirety of the Appalachian Trail. The trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine, is more than 2,100 miles long. At the age of 67, Bert is passionate about hiking and introducing the activity to others.

Earlier this year, he and his 15-year-old grandson Aaron walked part of the Appalachian Trail: from Springer Mountain to Woody Gap, a 20 mile stretch in North Georgia. In the StoryCorps booth, Bert and Aaron reflected on their hike.

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Business
12:57 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Local Christmas Tree Sales "Brisk" For First Time In Years

A barn dubbed the "Christmas Cottage" is one way Big John's Christmas Trees makes money during the holiday season. Big John's owner says customers are more interested in ancillary services this year compared to the past few, a move he thinks represents an improving economy.
Credit Jim Burress / WABE

The Great Recession proved to be rough for Christmas tree growers and sellers. But those who made it through believe this year could be the best they’ve seen since 2006.

There’s early evidence to back up the that theory. To see it, one only needs to spend a few minutes watching the busy crews at Big John’s Christmas tree lot in Buckhead.

A team led by Gary Algers, Big John’s tree inventory guru, is busy shaving off from the bottom of an already-cut Christmas tree. It’s what Algers calls shaping the tree’s “butt.”

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Children's Lit
12:53 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

The Wild Story Behind The Children's Classic "Wild Things"

Highlighting a writer and illustrator whose career spanned generations, the exhibit at the Breman features components for adult and child visitors alike.
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

In this story we learn some very little known facts about the classic picture book "Where the Wild Things Are." Pioneering children’s writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak published his classic tale featuring young Max’s voyage to the magical land where he becomes king and leads the wild rumpus among the dreadful creatures there in 1963, although he actually began work on it years before. It's thrilled generations of children since. 

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Alliance Theatre to Benefit
1:10 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Woodruff Arts Center To Receive A $38 Million Facelift

Artist's drawing of the upgrades to the Alliance Theatre.
Credit Alliance Theatre

The Woodruff Foundation has awarded a $38 million grant to the Woodruff Arts Center.  They say it will go to support a range of artistic, educational and capital improvements across the Woodruff Campus. It is the is the largest gift in the organization’s 46-year history. 

A good portion of the funds will go to the Alliance Theatre, as WABE's David Barasoain explained to host John Lemley on City Cafe today.  

You can read the whole press release about the grant here.

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Theater
12:58 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

"Not Just About The Steps" - The Nutcracker At Georgia Ballet

John Lemley in studio with Fiona Fairrie, Sarah Lane, and Arron Scott
Myke Johns WABE

Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition and we have numerous options here in Atlanta for those hoping to catch a performance.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:30 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

"There's A Whole Dance To Shooting A Cannon": A Conversation With A Cannoneer

Brad Johnson a member of the volunteer cannon crew at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
Credit Ryan Nabulsi/WABE

With its tree canopy and winding trails, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers a quiet, serene escape from the city. That is, until the park's volunteer canon crew arrives.

A handful of days each year, the group of men, young and old, assembles on the mountain, dressed in wool uniforms. And they do what their name implies--shoot off cannons. 

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Interview
1:19 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Bringing "Gone With The Wind's" Premiere To Atlanta Was A Complicated Process

Searchlights frame the "Tara" facade of Loew's Grand Theater on Peachtree St. for the movie premiere of "Gone With the Wind."
Credit PBS

This month marks the 75th anniversary of the premier of "Gone With the Wind" in Atlanta. Hollywood stars descended upon the city for a week of celebrations, which was capped off by in the initial screening at the Loew’s Theatre on Dec. 15.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
1:18 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

AJC Events: Reindog Parade, The Happenstance And More

Credit Atlanta Botanical Garden

Please join us for a look at some of the more budget-friendly events around town this week with the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison. 

This time around, Shane and host John Lemley began their conversation by talking about an event that might help you discover the perfect wine selection for your upcoming seasonal parties and dinners. 

 

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Features
12:12 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Several Claim Army 'Dragged Its Feet' On Toxic Vapor Testing Near Fort Gillem

One of the signs placed near several streams close to Fort Gillem
Michelle Wirth WABE

Earlier this year, the Army discovered toxic vapor in several homes near Fort Gillem. The former Army base is in Clayton County. It used to serve as a maintenance facility, and hazardous chemicals were routinely buried on its grounds. Now there’s a debate about whether the Army is to blame for the unhealthy air.

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Local
12:25 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Wanted: Your Coyote Encounters

Chris Mowry in north Georgia, with equipment that senses collared coyotes. He hopes the next step of the Atlanta coyote study might involve measures like this.
Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE

They’re larger than foxes and travel in ones and twos. And if you live in one of Atlanta’s wooded neighborhoods, then it’s possible that you’ve spotted a coyote near your house, or heard its wild call… which sounds something like this.

Now a new survey by Berry College wants to know about your coyote encounters, Atlanta. 

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Coyotes
12:25 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Atlanta's Intown Coyotes

A coyote tagged by Chris Mowry in a north Georgia study. In recent years, more Atlantans have spotted these creatures in our own backyards.
Credit Chris Mowry / Berry College

  They’re creatures many of us associate with the American West—and yet a number of people in Atlanta  have their own stories of encounters with coyotes.

Now a new survey out hopes to make scientific sense of those stories. More about that here.

Here’s piece we first aired in 2010, about residents in one Atlanta neighborhood grappling with the wildlife in its midst.

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Local
12:05 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

"See the World Here" - Collecting Stories on Stone Mountain

Shannon Byrne on Stone Mountain
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

Stone Mountain is well-known for its carving of Confederate heroes, but one woman wants to bring attention to the living folks who people the mountain’s walk-up trail. Just before the weather turned chilly, WABE’s Myke Johns made the hike with her and has the story.

It was a beautiful, windy day at the base of Stone Mountain’s walkup trail when I met  up with Shannon Byrne. She works in book publicity, but for the last year or so, she’s been hiking up Stone Mountain. A lot. Every day for the last year, by her estimation.

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