City Café

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. Carter hoped their discussions would bring peace to the Middle East. Author Lawrence Wright’s new book, ‘Thirteen Days in September’ recounts the talks that eventually resulted in the Camp David Accords.

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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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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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Books
3:22 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Author Events: Charles Lewis, Tavis Smiley & More

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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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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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Voices of 1864
7:35 am
Fri September 12, 2014

On This Date in 1864: 'War is Cruelty, and You Cannot Refine it.'

General William T. Sherman: 'You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will.'
Credit Wikimedia Commons

What should happen to a surrendered city during war-time? This is the question addressed in today’s installment of our “Voices of 1864” series…by none other than Union General William T. Sherman.

On September 2, 1864, the city of Atlanta surrendered to the Union. Mayor James Calhoun wrote to Sherman, asking his army to protect the civilians still living in Atlanta, as well as their personal property.

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Science
12:30 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Are Fireflies Disappearing? Researchers Ask You To Find Out

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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

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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 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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Development
12:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Designing For a Safer, More Walkable Buford Highway

A road median has been installed in the middle of Buford Highway. According to PEDs president Sally Flocks, those medians could provide a break for pedestrians looking to cross the seven-lane highway.
Credit Stephannie Stokes/WABE

It's a fact that most Atlantans have heard, many have seen and a number have experienced first hand: Atlanta's roads can be dangerous for pedestrians. Just earlier this year, the city was ranked eighth highest for pedestrian fatalities in the country. 

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Books
12:00 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Author Events: Reza Aslan, Thomas Cahill & More

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The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang dropped by WABE to fill us in on the week in metro Atlanta literary events. He started by telling City Cafe host John Lemley about an event with Thomas Cahill, author of the Hinges of History series. 

Thomas Cahill will be speaking about his new book "Heretics and Heroes" at the First Baptist Church of Decatur on Tuesday Sept. 9th. Find the full event details here.

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City Café
12:49 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers on City Cafe

With her plastic surgery, vulgar jokes and red-carpet gossip in-tow, America's original comic "queen of mean" is in Atlanta tonight. Joan Rivers is bringing her audacious one-woman show to Atlanta Symphony Hall.

In advance of her Atlanta appearance, host John Lemley was able to catch the comedienne at her publicist's office in New York for a quick phone chat. He began by discussing just how many people she idolized at the beginning of her career.

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Local
12:14 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

The Birder - Audio Slideshow

Credit Dylan Fagan / WABE

Stress inside a big city is almost a given.  With the traffic, politics and construction... it can all be a bit much. And sometimes, it would be nice to get away from it all. Cristina Brosius has found a way to do that, right here in the city.

Christina is a birder, or someone who observes birds as a recreational activity, and she watches them at a quiet park hidden away in the busy city – Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. We visited the park with her for this Atlanta Sounds Audio Slideshow.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
11:58 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Events: Asphalt Orchestra, Drive Invasion and 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 musical group that The Philadelphia Inquirer once referred to as “Not your mother’s marching band.” 

Asphalt Orchestra

Drive Invasion

How To Dress Well

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History
12:56 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

The History Behind The Mary Gay House

Outside the Mary Gay House in Decatur.
Evan Changhwan Jang WABE

Not far from where Trinity Place meets Ponce De Leon Avenue in Decatur is a small white house. And if you take a chance to read the historical marker in its yard, you'll quickly learn that it isn't your ordinary home.

It was from inside that house that a woman named Mary Gay witnessed the civil war and its effects on civilian life in the South--experiences which she would one day document in an 1897 book titled, "Life in Dixie during the War."

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Winner, 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award
12:15 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Bird Restaurant on Peachtree

Richard "R." Thomas and Sparkle, a bird born when he was ten
Kate Sweeney WABE

This story, which first ran July 31, 2013, is the winner of the 2014 a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Use of Sound. Take a listen!

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill has several claims to fame. The Peachtree Street restaurant began catering to carnivores and vegetarians alike soon after it opened its doors in 1985. Today, it’s one of the city’s few remaining local 24-hour eateries. 

To explore the third claim, WABE’s Kate Sweeney drove to Buckhead for a visit.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Author Events: David Laskin, Jan Karon & More

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Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival drops by WABE studios to fill us in on the week in metro Atlanta literary events. 

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Books
12:15 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About This Year’s AJC-Decatur Book Festival

The 2011 Decatur Book Festival.
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It’s Labor Day weekend and that means an independent book festival will soon be taking over the streets and halls of Decatur.

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival actually kicks off this evening with a sold-out keynote address from author Joyce Carol Oates. But you shouldn’t worry if you missed out on a ticket to tonight’s event; there are 600-something other author events happening around Decatur over the course of Saturday and Sunday.

To help us navigate this daunting list of authors, we brought the festival’s program director, Philip Rafshoon, into the studio.

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City Café
12:46 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

City Café on Atlanta Symphony Contract Negotiations

Credit Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has less than two weeks before the deadline on contract negotiations between the Symphony and the ASO Players’ Association. Those negotiations have been going on for over eight months now and in that time, several musicians have retired and some have taken positions with other orchestras. As all this is happening, the memory of 2012’s labor dispute is still fresh in many people’s minds. Jenny Jarvie wrote about the situation for Arts ATL and joined us to talk about the situation.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Events: Taste of Taiwan, Art in the Park, and More

The Polyphonic Spree
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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 festival that's all about Taiwanese cuisine.

 

Taste of Taiwan

Marietta Art in the Park

The Polyphonic Spree at The Loft

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Dance
12:31 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Camaraderie, Aggression and Sex: Wabi Sabi at the Woodruff

Wabi Sabi dancers Brandon Nguyen and Kiara Felder in 2013
Credit J Hooper / Atlanta Ballet

Wabi Sabi is the Atlanta Ballet's dancer-driven, modern dance troupe. They will be giving a free performance at the Woodruff Arts Center on Friday evening using the High Museum’s “Mi Casa, Your Casa” exhibit as the stage.

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Food
12:22 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Good Kind Of Jerk: Celebrating A Jamaican Culinary Tradition

Jerk chicken at Juci Jerk in Stone Mountain.
WABE/Dan Raby

For Jamaicans, jerk is no insult. It's a culinary tradition stretching back centuries to the early days of British colonial rule on the island. And it's one that can make both Caribbean natives and non-natives' mouths water. 

"There were places in Jamaica that I used to go to that you'd remember it and you'd just close your eyes and think about how good it is," said Donald Roberts, the chef behind Juci Jerk in Stone Mountain. 

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Local
12:48 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Avondale Estates Rebuilding Commercial Area One Small, Locally-Owned Business at a Time

Tudor Village is the anchor of Avondale Estates. The city's east/west borders run from Sam's Crossing to Memorial Drive.
Lisa George/WABE

The city of Avondale Estates, in DeKalb County, is talking with MARTA about leasing land to provide 150 new parking spaces in its downtown area.

So why does a small, quiet city of just 3,000 people need additional parking? There is a quiet, but active small business boom going on there.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Director's Picks

The Decatur Book Festival in 2011.
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  The AJC-Decatur Book Festival is coming up this weekend. And in its ninth year, it will be featuring more than 600 author lectures and signings. The festival's director Daren Wang sat down with City Cafe host John Lemley to discuss the three authors whom he's most excited about.

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Technology
12:46 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

'Like Yelp for Police:' A Conversation About Teen-Developed Watchdog App

Although its release coincides with events surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown, it was personal experience that spurred the teens to begin developing Five-O months ago.
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There’s no doubt new technology follows the trends, and a smart phone app released this week is no different: It allows users to rate their experiences with police officers, and it’s created by a group of teenagers from Stone Mountain.

Five-O was developed by Ima, Asha, Caleb, and Joshua Christian—and its release coincides with demonstrations, violence and police action in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. Those events have seized the nation’s attention and raised questions about racial profiling and police brutality.

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Health & Science
1:08 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

City Cafe on Ebola Patients' Discharge

Dr. Kent Brantly (center) hugs members of his healthcare team at Emory University Hospital at a press conference on Thursday.
Credit Jim Burress/WABE

  The two U.S. patients who were treated for Ebola have been discharged from Emory University Hospital. They had been in an isolation ward since returning from Liberia early this month and are the first patients treated for Ebola on American soil.

Emory held a press conference Thursday morning announcing the release of Dr. Kent Brantly and the previous discharge of Nancy Writebol. WABE's Jim Burress was there and joined us by phone from Emory University Hospital.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Events: GarlicFest 2014, Puppet Slam, and 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 daytrip to White County for GarlicFest.

GarlicFest 2014 at Loganberry Farms

Babyland General Hospital

National Puppet Slam

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