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

Budget-Friendly Events

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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 begins with an event that's part of our occasional day tripper series -- a series which highlights places just outside the metro Atlanta area. 

Apple Blossom BBQ Festival in Cornelia, GA

Eggstravaganza at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

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Theater
12:13 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The End Point and the Journey in SAÏAH's "Terminus"

Weston Manders as Fiver in SAÏAH's production of "Terminus"
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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.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Books with Daren Wang

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The AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s Daren Wang drops by to fill us on the week’s literary events, and he begins by talking about an appearance by author Frances Mayes.

Frances Mayes at the Margaret Mitchell House

Malcolm Gladwell at Woodruff Arts Center 

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Books
8:39 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Betty and Dupre: The Atlanta Murder Case that Riveted the Nation's Attention

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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)

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In the Garden with Geri Laufer
1:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Tips for Thrifty Gardening

Thrifty tip: Create lasting plant labels from milk jugs.
John Lemley WABE

Spring is here, and as we see more green on the trees, horticulturist Geri Laufer gives us some tips for seeing more green in our pockets, too. Here are some tips from Geri on thrifty gardening.

In this web bonus, Geri gives us even more money-saving pointers.

Have some thrifty gardening tips of your own? Share them on our Facebook page!

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Theater
12:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences

Stage Director Kenny Leon

  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.

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

Budget-Friendly Events

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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 couple of outdoor activities just in time for the spring season.

Spring Butterfly Hike at Panola State Park

Earth Day Kids Fest at Chattahoochee Nature Center

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Tellus Science Museum
2:01 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

A New Face in Tellus' Fossil Gallery

"Lane" the Triceratops cast in the storage area of the Tellus Science Museum
Dan Raby WABE

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.

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Books
12:50 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Honor and Revenge: Charles McNair on 'Pickett's Charge'

Charles McNair reads from 'Pickett's Charge' at the Cyclorama Thursday, April 10.

  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.

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Books
12:45 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Kevin Young on his New Collection, 'Book of Hours'

Poet Kevin Young reads from 'Book of Hours' Monday, April 7 at 7:00 pm at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum Theater.
Credit Ayca Christman

 

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.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Books with Daren Wang

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The AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s Daren Wang drops by to fill us on the week’s literary events, and starts with a book that delves deep into the world of espionage.

 

Kristie Macrakis at the Carter Library

A Call to Action: President Carter at the Carter Library

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Film
12:48 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Featured Film Explores Going Green in Death

'A Will for the Woods' screens at the Atlanta Film Festival Saturday, April 5.
Credit A Will for the Woods

 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.)

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Design
12:15 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

The Stories Behind "Everyday Things"

Canning Jars display at the Museum of Design Atlanta.
Dan Raby WABE

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.  

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
1:12 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Budget-Friendly Events

Designing Women Live

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.

Designing Women Live 8 at OnStage Atlanta

The Found Footage Festival at The Earl

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Art Around Town
12:50 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

'Please Touch.' The Braille Art of Kenn Kotara

"Un dia comienza/A day begins," copper diptych, 27" x 54"
Credit Kenn Kotara

  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.

It’s called “Un Dia Comienza.”

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A Life in Song
12:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Clarence Harrison: Life 20/20

Clarence Harrison speaking to host John Lemley
Katie King WABE

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.

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Transportation
12:35 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

I-85 and 400 Joined At Last

A view from below the flyover. The pedestrian bridge over Peachtree Creek is visible.
Myke Johns WABE

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.

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Theater
12:17 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Tappin' Through Life with Maurice Hines

Maurice Hines in "Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life," at the Alliance Theatre April 2 through May 4.
Credit Photo courtesy Teresa Wood / Alliance Theatre

Maurice and Gregory Hines are world-famous, award-winning dancers. Maurice—the elder brother—is known for his Broadway performances in Guys & Dolls, Sophisticated Ladies, and many others.

He also appeared alongside his brother in Frances Ford Coppola’s film The Cotton Club as a pair of… what else? tap dancers.

Gregory’s innovative improvisational tapping as well as his choreography and acting won him a long list of Tony’s, Emmy’s and other awards before he passed away in 2003.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Books with Daren Wang

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The AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s Daren Wang drops by to fill us on the week’s book events, and starts with an that combines literature and theatre.

Brenda Bynum at the Schwartz Centre Theatre Lab

Patrick Allitt at the Decatur Library

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Arts
12:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Impermanence - Painting With Sand at Emory

Monks working on the mandala during Emory University's Tibet Week
Katie King WABE

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. 

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Books
12:49 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

NPR's Cokie Roberts Discusses New Children's Book

Cokie Roberts reads from her new book in WABE's Studio 4.
Dan Raby WABE

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.

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Weather & Health
12:08 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

City Cafe Takes the Pollen Count

A lab tech at the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic looks at an air sample under a microscope to identify and count pollen
Credit Myke Johns / WABE Production

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.

  This story originally aired February 23, 2012

  

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:35 am
Tue March 25, 2014

StoryCorps: Brian Chapin & Susan Fassnacht

Brian Chapin and Susan Fasshacht at StoryCorps Atlanta
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This is a story about chance, and how, sometimes, sheer luck brings us into some of the most powerful moments of our lives.

The Fassnacht and Chapin families are currently dear friends who celebrate many holidays together. But it was a dramatic event that first introduced Susan Fassnacht to Brian Chapin in 2007.

This story was brought to you in partnership with the Atlanta History Center and the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Books with Daren Wang

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The AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s Daren Wang drops by to fill us on the week’s book events, and he starts with an author whose latest novel was named one of NPR's best books of 2013.

Meg Wolitzer at the Horizon Theatre

Sarah Lewis and Kevin Young at Spelman College Museum of Art

Adam Grant at the Decatur Library

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Life
12:00 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Match Day at Emory

Jaime Lee/WABE

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 is a video of the event:

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Arts & Technology
9:30 am
Sat March 22, 2014

"Maybe Superhuman" - Robotic Prosthetic Drumming at Georgia Tech

Jason Barnes
Jaime Lee WABE

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. 

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In the Garden with Geri Laufer
12:40 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Spring Planting: Flowers, Flowers Everywhere!

John Lemley, Geri Laufer, and Jane the Magnolia
Credit: Kate Sweeney

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.

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Small Matters
12:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Small Matters: RNA

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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.

Audio for this story may be found here.

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From The AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Budget-Friendly Events

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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, including a festival perfect for the first weekend of spring.

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

Whales: Giants of the Deep at Fernbank

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Small Matters
12:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Small Matters: Cancer

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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

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