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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.