City Café

Weekdays at Noon on WABE's Live Stream

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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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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Local
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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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue September 30, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Ben Thomas and Courtney Slater

Courtney Slater and Ben Thomas at StoryCorps Atlanta

Ben Thomas and Courtney Slater met in college in 2002, and while they were both interested in dating each other, the timing was never right. After school, Ben and Courtney took divergent paths, got married to other people, and then divorced. They reconnected in 2012. In the StoryCorps booth, Courtney recounted how they found each other again.

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

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Beautiful City
12:26 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Beautiful City: Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

Mary Claire Kelly

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

Today, we’ll learn about a neighborhood reclaiming both its history, and its future, in one of its neighborhood parks. WABE’s Kate Sweeney takes us to the 120-acre Cascade Springs Nature Preserve in Southwest Atlanta.

Beautiful City is made possible by a grant from The Kendeda Fund, and through a partnership with Park Pride, celebrating 25 years of more and better parks for Atlanta.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Author Events: Carl Hiaasen, Yamma Brown & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival dropped by to fill us in on the week in metro Atlanta literary events. Events this week include appearances from Carl Hiaasen and James Brown's daughter Yamma Brown, as well as an evening devoted to poet Seamus Heaney. 

Miss anything?

Carl Hiaasen will be at the Decatur Library Auditorium Wednesday Oct. 1 at 7:15 p.m. Full details here.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:30 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

The Doughnut Maker in Decatur

Maria Moore Riggs at Revolution Doughnuts.
Evan Jang WABE

America eats over 10 billion doughnuts each year, but fresh, homemade doughnuts can be hard to find. Maria Moore Riggs started off selling her baked goods at local farmer’s markets, and as soon as she offered doughnuts, they were hard to keep in stock.

Now she runs Revolution Doughnuts in Decatur, where they make them by hand each morning, as we found when we visited them for this Atlanta Sound.

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Theater
12:26 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Bending Theater to Serve Poetry - Native Guard at the Alliance

Natasha Trethewey and Susan Booth

A Pulitzer Prize-winning work will take to the Alliance Theater stage this week. The theater is presenting Native Guard by former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, in what they’re calling a “theatrical installation.” WABE’s Lois Reitzes spoke with the poet and with the Alliance’s Artistic Director Susan Booth about their approach to the work.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

AJC Events: Silent Comedy Shorts, Fall Folklife and More

Credit Atlanta History Center

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 an event that takes us back to a time before talkies hit theatres everywhere. 

Silent Comedy Shorts at The Strand Theatre

Fall Folklife Festival at the Atlanta History Center

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Atlanta
12:45 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Romance Alive and Well at Ballroom Club for Seniors

Two dancers jitterbugging at the August Foxtrotters dance
Ryan Nabulsi twinlensatl.com

It’s National Ballroom Dance week, a nice time to consider that old idea of romance taking flight on the dance floor. The spark ignited by jitterbugs and tangos is crystal-clear at one local ballroom dance club for the 55-and-over set.

WABE’s Kate Sweeney spent a recent Friday night at a dance put on by The Foxtrotters Club at East Cobb Senior Center, where she says she met so many couples who met their sweethearts while dancing, she lost count. She brought back this sound portrait.

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Art Around Town
12:32 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Building Regionalism Through... Photography?

A previous year's "My Atlanta" exhibit at Piedmont Park Community Center
Credit Atlanta Celebrates Photography

For eleven years, the nonprofit group Atlanta Celebrates Photography has put on a festival that’s grown to be one of the largest in the United States.

For one exhibit, the group annually puts out the call both to amateurs and professionals to submit photographs representing their impressions of life in Atlanta. The “My Atlanta” exhibit has rarely been themed—but this year, they're doing something different.

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City Café
12:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Save the Fox Campaign Member on 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Fox Theater
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre. In 1974, the iconic downtown movie house was in disrepair and was sold to Southern Bell with the intention of demolishing it to build a parking lot.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue September 23, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Adam Kaylor and Benjamin Carr

Adam Kaylor and Benjamin Carr at StoryCorps Atlanta.

One of Adam Kaylor’s earliest memories is asking his mother, when he was five years old, when he was going to become a boy. Adam was born female, but would continue to question his gender throughout his childhood and adolescence. In the StoryCorps booth, Adam told his friend Benjamin Carr about his trouble fitting in as a child—and what happened next.

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

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Georgia History
1:11 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Georgia History: The Hurt Building

The Hurt Building entrance.
Wikimedia

The area around 5 Points is home to some of Atlanta’s oldest skyscrapers. Though they may seem diminutive next to today’s glass and steel giants, the Flatiron Building, the Candler Building, and the Hurt Building were engineering marvels in their day. That last one—the Hurt Building—faces Edgewood Avenue and has a distinctive “V” shape to it. We went downtown to learn more about this piece of early-20th-century history with Dr. Tim Crimmins, Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Author Events: Lawrence Wright And R. J. Palacio

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang dropped by WABE studios to tell us about the week in metro Atlanta literary events. Daren first pointed out that the American Association of University Women will be holding its annual book fair this week.

Miss anything?

Lawrence Wright will be discussing his book "Thirteen Days in September" at the Carter Center tonight, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Full details here.

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Author Interview
12:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Story of President Carter and Middle East Leaders in 'September'

Sadat, Begin and Carter at Camp David.
Credit Moshe Milner

The state of Israel was created in 1948, and was immediately at war with its neighbors. Egypt was seen as its greatest threat. In 1978, newly elected President Jimmy Carter invited Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to meet at the President’s country residence, Camp David.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:15 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Meet The Man With Thousands Of Cameras

Steve Schwab holds a Hasselblad camera
Credit Stephannie Stokes / WABE

Most people today, if they want to take a picture, they’ll pull out their smartphone. Or maybe, if it’s a really special occasion, they’ll dust off that ol’ digital point-and-shoot.

But inside a Decatur camera store, called The Camera Doctor, you’ll find a man whose love for film cameras hasn’t changed with advances in technology. 

His name is Steve Schwab and, as he put it, he’s “kinda camera crazy.” 

  

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
1:10 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

AJC Events: JapanFest, Red Clay Concerts and More

Credit JapanFest, Inc.

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 North Georgia State Fair.

North Georgia State Fair

JapanFest

Concerts at the Red Clay Theatre

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City Café
12:45 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

City Café on Zesto Closure

Credit John Lorinc / WABE

An Atlanta institution is shutting its doors for good this weekend. 

The Zesto restaurant on Ponce de Leon Avenue was sold to North Carolina-based restaurant Cook-Out. 

WABE's John Lorinc reported on the closure, speaking to long-time employees about their memories of working at the 60-year-old diner, and their plans for the future. Lorinc joined City Cafe host John Lemley to talk about the story.

 

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Technology
12:30 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

High-Tech Farming: How PodPonics Grows Lettuce Indoors

Inside the PodPonics farm
Evan Changhwan Jang WABE

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
12:15 pm
Wed September 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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Books
12:40 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Setting Fire to Our Assumptions: Luis Urrea on his 'Big Read'

'Into the Beautiful North' author Luis Alberto Urrea is in Atlanta this week to discuss his book, which is this month's 'Big Read' pick.

This week, Pulitzer-Prize nominated author Luis Alberto Urrea is in town to discuss a novel that’s part fable, part gritty realism, and one-hundred percent rollicking adventure: his 2009 work Into the Beautiful North.

Urrea’s book is this month’s selection for The Big Read, a program sponsored by the Atlanta History Center and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Libraries. WABE’s Kate Sweeney sat down to talk with Urrea about North and how its border-crossing stories turn our expectations on their head.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue September 16, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Jorge, Sophie & Elise Polo

Jorge Polo is an immigrant, but for the past 32 years, his family has called Georgia home. At StoryCorps, Jorge’s granddaughters—15-year-old Sophie and 12-year-old Elise–wanted to know what his own childhood in Colombia was like, and what it was like to come to the U.S. for the first time. 

Jorge worked as a chemical engineer until his retirement at age 65 in 2007. StoryCorps Atlanta stories are recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth. 

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Books
3:22 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Author Events: Charles Lewis, Tavis Smiley & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang dropped by WABE studios to tell us about the week in metro Atlanta book Events. He started by telling City Cafe host John Lemley about Chris Guillebeau and his new book the "Happiness of Pursuit."

Chris Guillebeau will be at A Capella Books tomorrow. Find full details here.

Charles Lewis will be at the Carter Center on Thursday. Check out that event here.

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Arts
12:49 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

The Unconscious Personality of ACAC's Exquisite Exhibit

Detail of mural by Matt Haffner, Sarah Emerson, and Michi Meko, Exquisite Exhibit at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Myke Johns WABE

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center threw their Art Party on September 13, and along with the entertainment, the food and the crowds, they opened a new show called “Exquisite Exhibit: Parlour Games from the Studio Artist Program.” Knowing their first audience would be party-goers, the Contemporary made the exhibit kind of a game. Twenty one artists were tasked with working on seven works of art in the style of exquisite corpse drawings—a sort of collaboration where no one sees the whole picture until the end.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:30 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

The Auto Enthusiast - Audio Slideshow

Danni Suskin of Sandy Springs.
Credit Evan Changhwan Jang / WABE

Many car enthusiasts are drawn to vehicles for their speed. They’ll pour time and money into their cars all to make them run as fast as possible.

But for Sandy Springs resident Danni Suskin, his love of cars has little to do with their horsepower. In fact, the ones that interest him barely make it past twenty miles an hour.  

Suskin collects and restores old cars, some of which date back more than a hundred years, as we learn in this Atlanta Sounds Audio Slideshow. 

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Science
12:30 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Are Fireflies Disappearing? Researchers Ask You To Find Out

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

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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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Events: Beulah Creek; Stories of Urban Odyssey and More

Credit variety-playhouse.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 an event that's happening in Dunwoody, but takes the audience to a Baptist “camp meetin’” further south.

Beulah Creek at Dunwoody Nature Center

Did You See That?! Stories of Urban Oddities

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City Café
2:02 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

City Cafe on Cultural Experience Project's 10th Year

(L to R) APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Office of Cultural Affairs Exec. Director Camille Russell Love and Ceasar Mitchell, City of Atlanta City Council President
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

The Cultural Experience Project celebrated its 10th year of bringing arts to Atlanta students. A partnership between the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and Atlanta Public Schools, the program aims to give every student from pre-K to 12th grade a chance to experience the art the city has to offer. CEP held an event at The Rialto Center for the Arts this morning. WABE’s Myke Johns was there and joined us for a conversation about what the program is all about.

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