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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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Voices of 1864
6:36 am
Thu July 24, 2014

On This Date in 1864: A Letter from a Union Soldier

View of Union officers posing on the porch of the Windsor Smith house, the headquarters of Col. Henry A. Barnum (4th from left), 149th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry, U.S.A., on Whitehall Street in Atlanta, Georgia; the house had previously served as the headquarters of John B. Hood during the Siege of Atlanta.
Credit Atlanta History Photograph Collection, Kenan Research Center / Atlanta History Center

  In this installment of “Voices of 1864,” we hear excerpts from a letter penned 150 years ago today by a Union soldier fighting under General William T. Sherman, in what would later come to be known as the Battle of Atlanta, a major turning point of the Civil War.

Alonzo Miller was a Private in the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and 25 years old. He wrote this letter to his family two days after the battle.

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta.

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Atlanta History
1:35 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

City Cafe on Cyclorama Move

Design concept for the new Cyclorama building. View of the Cyclorama addition from the corner of West Paces Ferry Road and Slaton Drive
Credit Atlanta History Center

You may have heard our story yesterday on little-known facts about Atlanta’s Cyclorama—the panoramic painting of the Battle of Atlanta on display in Grant Park. Here’s a fact which is becoming well-known as the news broke this morning: The Cyclorama will be leaving its home and moving to the Atlanta History Center. WABE’s Myke Johns joined us live with more on that story.

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Music
11:54 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Becoming a Fan of Jazz with Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis
Credit Frank Stewart

Wynton Marsalis is in town this week, performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as part of the National Black Arts Festival.  Marsalis is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, music educator, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center—he has spent much of his life furthering the art form of jazz music. He recently spoke to our own Valerie Jackson about the concert and growing to love the artform of jazz.

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Local
12:20 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Eight Things You May Not Know About Atlanta's Cyclorama

Credit Katie King for Atlanta PlanIt

Update: On July 23, Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta will be relocated from its current home in Grant Park to the Atlanta History Center, where it will be housed in a soon-to-be-built new facility. The move is expected to take two years. Learn more at the History Center's website.

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City Café
12:15 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Author Events: Clay Risen, Lori Rush and Laurel-Ann Dooley

Credit Bob AuBuchon/flickr.com/bobaubuchon

Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival talked with City Cafe host John Lemley about the upcoming literary events happening around Atlanta. As Daren starts by pointing out, two of the authors coming to town this week take a close a look at Atlanta history, but come up with very different stories. 

Laurel-Ann Dooley at the Decatur Library with her book "Wicked Atlanta: The Sordid Side of Peach City History"

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History
4:00 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Civil War Historian Gordon Jones on a Pivotal Atlanta Battle

"The Battle Field of Peach Tree Creek, GA." George Barnard, 1864.

This year marks the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, and Sunday is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Peachtree Creek. This was the first major attack in the Atlanta Campaign against General Sherman’s Union forces by Confederate General John Bell Hood. Civil War historian Gordon Jones of the Atlanta History Center recently visited WABE, and he told host John Lemley about the circumstances of the battle.

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History
12:21 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New App Explores Battle of Atlanta Sites

The Battle of Atlanta app from Emory University's Center for Digital Scholarship
Credit Dave Barasoain/WABE

    

With the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta right around the corner, the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship has created a new online resource for residents and visitors looking to learn more about the Civil War fight that played out around the city.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Events: Tennis, Georgia Mountain Fair & 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 the BB&T Atlanta Tennis Open.

BB&T Tennis Open

Georgia Mountain Fair

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Transportation
1:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Coming Soon: An Atlanta with Cooperating Transit?

MARTA's not the only game in town when it comes to Atlanta's transit puzzle. A new website attempts to piece it all together.
Credit WABE

 Just how realistic is the prospect of an Atlanta with cooperating transit?

Maybe a little more realistic now, with the advent of a new website. ATLTransit.org seeks to make getting around on metro Atlanta’s multiple transit systems easier, by serving as a one-stop hub for planning trips that span MARTA, Cobb Community Transit, and Gwinnett County Transit systems.

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Atlanta History
9:45 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Capone on Ponce: the Making of an Urban Legend

Credit Myke Johns / WABE Production

Atlanta is a town with no shortage of folklore and urban legend, and this story deals with one particular tale about the notorious gangster, Al Capone. WABE’s Myke Johns dug into the local lore, with surprising results.

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Local
12:08 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Local Performer Wins Best Actress At National High School Musical Awards

Photo Credit: Vii Tanner

A local high school student is getting national attention for her talents in singing and performing.

Late last month, 15-year-old Jai’len Josey of TriCities high school in East Point was named Best Actress at the 2014 National High School Musical Theater Awards. She won the chance to compete after being recognized for her performance as “Effie White” in her school's production of Dreamgirls.

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Local
12:08 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Author Events: Amanda Lindhout, Jo Baker & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

  The AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s Daren Wang drops by to tell us about the week’s literary events, which include visits from journalist and philanthropist Amanda Lindhout and also author Jo Baker. 

Amanda Lindhout at the Atlanta History Center

Laura Lane McNeal Book Signing at A Cappella Books

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Art Around Town
2:01 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Can Public Art Change a Community? University Avenue Project Bets 'Yes.'

The first unfinished panel of the art project, representing the history of southwest Atlanta
Kate Sweeney WABE

  A celebration of the University Avenue Public Art Project takes place Saturday afternoon at 352 University Avenue in southwest Atlanta. The event will showcase the unveiling of three twenty-foot high-relief sculptures celebrating the past, present and future of southwest Atlanta’s neighborhoods. 

The project has been in the works for over a year, and, as WABE’s Kate Sweeney reports, it’s about a whole lot more than simple beautification.

352 University Avenue.

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Theater
1:29 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Alliance Collides With Grapes of Wrath

The students of 2012's Collision Project at the Alliance Theater
Credit Alliance Theater

The Alliance Theatre’s Collision Project assembles a diverse group of 20 teenagers from metro Atlanta to explore and unpack a classic text under the guidance of a professional playwright and director—to “collide” with a piece of writing and with each other, so to speak.

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Theater
12:24 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Improvising Opera with Dad's Garage

(L to R) Khari Hunt and Matt Horgan of Dad's Garage with Abigail Haelin and Jonathan Spuhler of the Atlanta Opera
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

If you've wondered how improv comedy works, the performers at Atlanta’s long-running improvisational comedy theatre, Dad’s Garage can provide some insight. WABE’s Myke Johns caught them at work with singers from—of all organizations—the Atlanta Opera—and brought back this story.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Events: Atlanta Street Food, The Baseball Project & More

Credit atlantastreetfoodfestival.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 has the food lover in mind. 

Atlanta Street Food Festival

The Baseball Project at The EARL

Daytrip to the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

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Music
12:36 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

"A Little More Fearless" - Classical Musicians Think Like Rock Musicians

Clibber Jones Ensemble bandleader Olivia Keifer in the group's instrument room
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

A recent article in The Strad, a magazine geared toward classical string musicians, bore the title “Classical Musicians Should Think More Like a Rock Band.” It’s a provocative idea, and here in Atlanta, it’s something that quite a few groups have been practicing for years—you are, for instance, just as likely to see an ensemble like Sonic Generator or Bent Frequency playing in an art gallery as you a

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Radio
12:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Sagal Radio Continues to Bring News to Refugees

Elly Yu

The city of Clarkston has been home to thousands of refugees in recent decades, from countries including Bhutan, Somalia, and Burma. And though many are far from where they’re from, a small community radio station, called Sagal Radio, has been bringing a sense of home through its low-powered AM station. The station has been broadcasting for more than 15 years, but was recently dealt with a setback. Reporter Elly Yu has this story. 

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Local
12:15 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

An Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain in Hapeville

Dan Raby WABE

In the first part of the twentieth century, the soda fountain could be found in drug stores across America. However, with the rise of the vending machine and pharmacy chains, soda fountains began to disappear. While are very few working fountains these days,  there is a drug store in Hapeville that's had one for almost 100 years. We visited Chapman Drug Company to find out more.

      

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Author Events: Barbara Brown Taylor, Chris Colfer & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s Daren Wang drops by to fill us on the week’s literary events, and starts with Barbara Brown Taylor and her foray into the darkness.

Barbara Brown Taylor at Charis Books

Veronica Roth in Conversation with Marie Lu

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Events: 4th of July, Art and a Daytrip

Kimo Minton

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 by talking about a couple of independence day events.

Kennesaw's Salute to America

Salvador Dali: Trilogy of Love

Kimo Minton: Jazz Abstractions

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Atlanta Sounds
10:12 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Hummingbirds - Audio Slideshow

Credit Dylan Fagan/WABE

Hummingbirds are seasonal in Georgia, and they usually make their first appearances here in early March.

Woodstock, Georgia resident Betsy Hegerty has a love for the birds which is quite evident. She’s set up a dozen or so feeders around her home.

“I just find them fascinating,” Hegerty says. "We gather [hummingbirds] over the spring and summer, but by late July and August we have a frenzy."  We visited her backyard to see the birds for ourselves.

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Voices of 1864
6:38 am
Thu July 3, 2014

On This Date in 1864: Diary of Samuel Pearce Richards

View looking west, of the north side of Decatur Street between Loyd Street (now Central Avenue) and Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, during the Union Army's occupation of the city during the Civil War
George N. Barnard Atlanta History Photograph Collection, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Atlanta campaign, which marked the war’s final turning point. To commemorate it, WABE today begins a new series.

In partnership with the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center, we will share first-person accounts of a wide variety of people who experienced the events of 1864 in Atlanta. "Voices of 1864" features selections from Atlanta diaries, letters, and other writings from 150 years ago, shared on the day they were written.

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Local
12:15 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Are Atlantans Happy?

Credit Robert Neff

When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence more than 200 years ago, he wrote that all people enjoyed certain fundamental rights, including “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

But while our founding fathers guaranteed us a right to pursue happiness, they didn’t give us any directions for finding it. 

So as we approach the Fourth of July, we reflect on what the pursuit of happiness means to people today, asking Atlantans this question – Are you happy? 

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Faith & Politics
12:06 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Randall Balmer on Jimmy Carter's Evangelism

President Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter was known to have struggled during his time in the White House, serving only one term as our 39th Commander-in-Chief. Author Randall Balmer writes that Carter "was catapulted to the nation’s highest office by an electorate weary of political corruption, and enamored, however briefly of Carter’s evangelical rectitude." Balmer is the author of Redeemer, which looks at Carter’s faith and how it played into his politics and affected his presidency.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue July 1, 2014

StoryCorps: 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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Health & Science
1:03 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Bee Study at Georgia Tech

Dan Raby WABE

If you’re near the center of Georgia Tech’s campus on a quiet day, you may hear the sound of thousands of bees.  They're found at the home of the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee project. Researchers are trying to figure out how bees are able to live in cities.  And as urban gardens continue to pop up around Atlanta, Georgia Tech students want to learn if these city gardens are just as good for bees as gardens found in the country. Reporter Elly Yu has this story.

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Storytellers
12:58 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Washing Your Hair in a Truck Stop Sink

Laura Relyea

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

Laura Relyea is Editor and Vicereine at Vouched Books, which reviews and distributes small press publications.

Before doing that, though, Relyea toured the country as a member of a folk band. As with many independent musicians, they relied on audience members for a guest room, a couch, or a floor to sleep on.

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Paper Plane-Decatur
12:23 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

You Can Drink Locally at One of Esquire's Best Bars in America, But First You Have to Find It

If you wind your way to the very back of the Victory Sandwich Bar, you'll find this door.
Evan Jang/WABE News

For almost a decade now, Esquire Magazine has come out with what you might call a travel guide for cocktail fans. It calls its annual compilation “Best Bars in America.” This year, only a handful of bars in the South made the list, just one in Georgia: Paper Plane in Decatur.

I spent some time at Paper Plane with its beverage director, Paul Calvert.

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The Lighter Side of Sports
12:53 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Atlanta's Newest Soccer Star

The Atlanta Silverbacks, for one brief, shining moment in July 2011. John Lemley is in the front row, fifth from the left.

With the United States soccer team playing against Germany in the World Cup today, we thought it would be a good time to really think about what it takes to be a soccer player. 

But since we couldn’t visit with the US team, we did the next best thing. We called on the Atlanta Silverbacks.  This is actually an encore of a story we produced back in the summer of 2011. The day began at Silverbacks Stadium, where team director Rodrigo Rios told me what to expect. 

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