SAÏAH International is an Atlanta-based theater company known for both adaptations of classic works and for non-traditional staging. True to form, their latest production--titled Terminus--takes Richard Adams’ novel Watership Down (yes, the one about the rabbits) and sets it in the American Civil War. WABE’s Myke Johns sat down with the creators of the show and has the story.
The song inspired by the case of Betty Andrews and Frank Dupre has kept the famous 1922 Atlanta murder trial from fading from memory.
In his new book, "Hanging the Peachtree Bandit--The True Tale of Atlanta's Infamous Frank Dupre" (The History Press, 2014), author Tom Hughes revisits the crime, the trial, and the execution that captured newspaper headlines for months.
(the version of "Betty Told Dupre" included in this interview performed by Teddy Grace, 1939)
Stage director Kenny Leon got his start at Atlanta’s own Alliance Theater, and today, he is one of the most sought-after creative talents on Broadway, even if he isn't a household name. He's guided Denzel Washington and Viola Davis to Tony Awards in a Tony-winning revival of August Wilson's Fences, he directed Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in The Mountaintop, and he's got two Broadway shows opening within three months of each other. NPR’s Jeff Lunden has this profile.
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 couple of outdoor activities just in time for the spring season.
The Tellus Science Museum up in Cartersville has a new dinosaur on display. It’s a cast of a triceratops skull—and for those of you who haven’t brushed up on your paleontology recently, that’s the large plant-eating creature with the three horns protruding from its face and the bony frill around its head. We made the trip out there and Julian Gray, the curator at Tellus, was kind enough to take us “backstage” before the skull went out on display.
As part of their ongoing commemoration of this year’s 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, the Cyclorama this week hosts a reading by novelist Charles McNair. McNair will read from his second novel, Pickett’s Charge.
Multiple-award winning poet Kevin Young reads from his new book Book of Hours tonight at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum Theater. Young’s eighth poetry collection finds him at a personal place, chronicling his grief following the death of his father, his sense of wonder following the birth of his son, and the echoes that pass between one event and the other.
WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with Kevin Young to talk about the book and the life events that led him to write it.
There were four dedicated green burial cemeteries in the nation in 2007, according to the Green Burial Council. By last year, that number had jumped—to 40.
Green burial is “eco-friendly” interment, with no embalming, vaults, or anything that doesn’t biodegrade completely. (WABE did this story a couple of years back on Honey Creek Woodlands, a green burial cemetery in Conyers.)
Right now at The Museum of Design Atlanta, there's an exhibition that focuses on objects you might take for granted: things like paper clips, egg cartons and post-it notes. It’s called “Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things,” and it features 36 objects displayed inside individual shadow boxes. Each one tells the story of how these commonplace items came to be. We recently visited MODA to learn more, and we spoke with their Executive Director, Laura Flusche. She began our tour by talking about – of all things – ear plugs.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week, including an event that includes an Atlanta playwright who has received national acclaim for his work.
An exhibit at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art this month showcases work that focuses on vision—both the art and science behind sightedness and blindness. "Optic Chaism" features artists and scientists inspired by the topic, including artist Kenn Kotara. WABE’s Kate Sweeney visited to take in-depth look at one of Kotara's pieces that explores the many meanings behind sight and understanding.
Clarence Harrison spent nearly 20 years in prison for a crime that he didn’t commit. Advancements in DNA processing helped prove him innocent, and in August of 2004, he was freed. Just days later, he married his wife, Yvonne. Today we're revisiting his story, and have an update. 10 years after our first interview, parts of his life are being told through song with the help of local musician, Melanie Hammet. Here are the two parts of Clarence Harrison's story.
The commute around North Atlanta is expected to get a little easier in the near future. Flyover ramps have been constructed to connect I-85 and 400 in either direction. Both are expected to open in the next week, but the Georgia Department Of Transportation gave us the opportunity to drive up onto the ramp with them—it was a rare chance to walk around on a piece of Atlanta’s roadway…free of traffic.
Emory University has been celebrating “Tibet Week,” a program of the Emory-Tibet Partnership which aims to bring together the best of the Western and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions. One of the features of the week has been an ongoing art project in which monks paint a mandala using colored sand.
Producer Jenny Ament spoke with the monks and with Kari Leibowitz, the Program Coordinator for the Emory-Tibet Partnership, about this intricate work which will be swept away once it is completed.
Morning Edition contributor Cokie Roberts spent ten years as NPR’s congressional correspondent. But her life in politics didn’t begin there. Her parents were Congresswoman and ambassador Lindy Boggs and Congressman Hale Boggs, who served both as House Majority Leader and as a member of the Warren Commission.
As spring weather has finally emerged in the Metro area, allergists from the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic have been taking in notably high pollen counts. on March 10th, the pollen count jumped to 944. “944 what?” you may ask. WABE’s Myke Johns did—he paid a visit to the one place in Atlanta that counts pollen.
Each year graduating medical school students face “Match Day.” It’s the day when these students find out where they will be ‘matched’ for their residency – a time when each will be trained in their chosen field of medicine. Match day happens at medical schools across America each year on the 3rd Friday of March at the same exact time. WABE’s David Barasoain had a first-hand look at match day last Friday at Emory University and has this report.
Here's a story of technology helping a musician overcome adversity. When Jason Barnes lost his right arm in 2012, that might have been the end of his drumming career. But Professor Gil Weinberg at Georgia Tech's Center for Musical Technology has built Jason a robotic arm. Now, he can not only play the drums again, but the prosthesis will collaborate with him while he does.
After a long winter, spring is finally here. And so we’re returning to a visit we paid to horticulturist Geri Laufer to do some spring planting. In this visit, we really got our hands dirty, as she showed us the do’s and don’ts of planting flowering shrubs.
If you’ve ever been swimming you might know the feeling of trying to overtake the person in the next lane. As you swim beside them, the urge to pass motivates you to push beyond what you thought was possible. It turns out this human drive to compete isn’t confined just to the swimming pool — it also happens in the lab.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week, including a festival perfect for the first weekend of spring.
Sometimes people find their passion early in life and don't stray from the course. This story is about just such a person, and what her devotion might mean for the rest of us. Ari Daniel reports for us now in his series this week called Small Matters.
Consider Atlanta, Georgia and Dharamsala, India. They’re on opposite sides of the planet, but a unique partnership has brought them side by side. And it’s become a match, some might say, made in heaven. Ari Daniel reports for us now as we continue with this week’s series, Small Matters.