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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City Café
12:18 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Economics of Dracula - John Edgar Browning on Monsters in Our Culture

John Edgar Browning
Credit Rob Felt / Georgia Tech

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

AJC Events: Cat Festivals and IrishFest Atlanta

Cotton States Cat Club
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Here's a look at some of the more budget-friendly events around town this week with the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison. This week in events, cats take the spotlight.   

(Audio for this story will be available after 1 p.m.)

Cotton State Cat Show

Feline Film Festival

Irish Fest Atlanta

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City Café
1:37 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

City Cafe on WABE Ebola Documentary

Hazardous material cleaners remove objects in the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, stayed.
Credit LM Otero / Associated Press

  Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., the WABE newsroom will be presenting their documentary The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta’s Response.

This special presentation will look at the ways in which Atlanta has played a role in dealing with this deadly health crisis which reaches from Africa to the United States.

We were joined by WABE reporter Michell Eloy.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:39 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Atlanta Sounds: The Hammerchord Inventor

Bob Cunningham and the "Hammerchord."
Stephannie Stokes/WABE

 Many people are interested in music or, at least, love listening to it. But few have gone as far as recreating the musical instruments that fascinate them. 

That has been the life-long passion of Atlanta resident Bob Cunningham, and for the last few decades it has inspired him to build wooden harps, first as a hobby and then professionally.

One day his appreciation for the craft even led him to invent an instrument of his own, called the "Hammerchord," as you'll learn in the sound portrait below. 

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Local
12:30 pm
Tue October 28, 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

  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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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue October 28, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Jackson Chang and Cam Ashling

Cam Ashling and Jackson Chang at StoryCorps.

Jackson Chang considers himself to be an optimist, even as that’s been challenged with a diagnosis of stage four pancreatic cancer in 2013. When he received the diagnosis, he says his very first reaction was one of concern for his wife and his 6-year-old daughter, Jacqueline.

In the StoryCorps booth, Jackson told his friend, Cam Ashling, about how his cancer has affected his daughter.

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

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Author Events: Mike Stobbe, Edward J. Larson & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to fill us in on the literary events happening around Atlanta. This week, he highlighted events with Mike Stobbe and Edward J. Larson, as well as the Marcus Jewish Community Center Book Festival happening over the weekend. Learn more in the interview below.

Miss anything?

Mike Stobbe will be at Eagle Eye Bookshop on Tuesday Oct. 28. Find more details here.

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Youth Radio
12:12 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Youth Radio: Ripple Effects Of Cheating Teachers

Jenn Steckl
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As Atlantans follow the ongoing trial of Atlanta Public School teachers and administrators charged with cheating, students in the APS district are taking a special interest in the proceedings. Youth Radio Atlanta’s Jenn Steckl sent us her thoughts on how the cheating and its aftermath hurt every student in the system. 

Jenn Steckl is a senior at Grady High School. Her commentary was produced by Youth Radio.

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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
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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

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  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.
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  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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