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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.