The director of the High Museum of Art has announced his retirement. Michael Shapiro has been working with the High's leadership team for the past 20 years, and as the High's Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Jr. Director for the past 15 years. His official last day will be July 31, 2015. He sat down with WABE's Lois Reitzes to talk about his departure. She began by asking him, "Why now?"
Scary movies are in season with Halloween just a day away. As people dim the lights and pop in their favorite horror movies looking for a good scare, we wondered why we’re so fascinated by movie monsters and, in particular, vampires. Thankfully, we have an expert here in town: John Edgar Browning is the Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Tech, and he is a scholar of vampires.
In the early 1900s, as the temperance movement took hold in Georgia, Atlanta's last distillery, R. M. Rose Co., packed up and left the city. Now, more than a century later, Atlantans may finally be able to taste a locally produced spirit again.
And that's because the newly built Old Fourth Distillery, located on Edgewood Ave, is set to start producing its first batch of vodka.
The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to fill us in on the literary events happening around Atlanta. This week, he highlighted events with Mike Stobbe and Edward J. Larson, as well as the Marcus Jewish Community Center Book Festival happening over the weekend. Learn more in the interview below.
Mike Stobbe will be at Eagle Eye Bookshop on Tuesday Oct. 28. Find more details here.
As Atlantans follow the ongoing trial of Atlanta Public School teachers and administrators charged with cheating, students in the APS district are taking a special interest in the proceedings. Youth Radio Atlanta’s Jenn Steckl sent us her thoughts on how the cheating and its aftermath hurt every student in the system.
Jenn Steckl is a senior at Grady High School. Her commentary was produced by Youth Radio.
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 celebration of fall foilage and furry friends.
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The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang dropped by WABE studios to fill us in on the week in metro Atlanta literary events. This week, you can catch readings from Edward Humes, Jodi Picoult and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Daren tells us more in the interview below.
Jodi Picoult will be at the Atlanta History Center on Wednesday Oct. 22. More details here.
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.
We now head to Atlanta's Kirkwood neighborhood for some hockey. Twice a week, fifty-two weeks of the year, the Atlanta Street Hockey Club convenes on Bessie Branham Park’s basketball court for a few games. This loose confederation of players has been swinging sticks at each other since 1997, and we joined them one morning for a court-side view of the action and spoke to Keith Waldrop, the president of the club.
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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 chance to catch a performance of a spooky classic.
Daren Wang of the AJC- Decatur Book Festival dropped by our studios to fill us in on the week in literary events. This week, Bob Herbert, Steven Pinker and Donald McCaig are all coming to Atlanta to discuss their books. Find out more in the interview below.
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Bob Herbert will be at the Carter Library tonight. Learn more here.
Do the French know something Americans don’t, when it comes to parenting?
That’s the question behind Pamela Druckerman’s 2012 bestseller Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.
The book got its start when Druckerman, a New York transplant who’d moved to Paris with her husband, started raising her kids there. She couldn’t help but notice that French children—and by extension, their parents—seemed calmer, happier, and better-behaved.
Public art has become more prominent in Atlanta in the last several years, thanks especially to the work of Living Walls—an annual street art conference centered around murals painted by local and international artists. A new documentary out this week looks into the controversy started by two of those works of art. A Tale Of Two Murals was directed by PBA30’s Trevor Keller…and he sat down with WABE’s John Lemley to talk about it.
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 includes many culinary Greek treats.
While the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa hasn't spread anywhere near Atlanta, it still has brought our city into the headlines.
That's because organizations in our region have become leaders in the fight against it. One of these is, of course, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – or the CDC.
If you’ve lived in the area for a while, you’re probably used to Atlanta’s hometown government agency showing up in the news, especially when a disease breaks out. But have you ever wondered why it’s based here in the first place?
Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater is staging the Atlanta premier of playwright August Wilson’s final work—a biographical reenactment of his life told in a one-man show. Called How I Learned What I Learned, the show shares some of the origins of Wilson’s critically-acclaimed plays—shows such as “Fences,” “The Piano Lesson,” and “Radio Golf.”
Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival dropped by WABE studios to tell us about some of the literary events happening around Atlanta. This week's authors include Gary Shteyngart, Pamela Druckerman, and Linda Tirado. Listen to the interview below to learn more.
Gary Shteyngart will be at the Highland Inn Ballroom on Thursday Oct. 9. Learn more about the event here.
Audiences may recognize the name Alec Mapa for his work as a stand-up comedian or his recurring roles on TV’s Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty or from the film Marley & Me. Since 2010, another role that Mapa has conquered is that of “father.” Alec and his husband adopted a five-year-old African American boy and the story of that life-changing event is at the center of Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy, screening this weekend at Out on Film, an LGBT film festival in Atlanta.
"Beautiful City" is WABE's series about places to get away from Atlanta without leaving the city.
Today, we’ll learn about a neighborhood reclaiming both its history, and its future, in one of its neighborhood parks. WABE’s Kate Sweeney takes us to the 120-acre Cascade Springs Nature Preserve in Southwest Atlanta.
Beautiful City is made possible by a grant from The Kendeda Fund, and through a partnership with Park Pride, celebrating 25 years of more and better parks for Atlanta.
Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival dropped by to fill us in on the week in metro Atlanta literary events. Events this week include appearances from Carl Hiaasen and James Brown's daughter Yamma Brown, as well as an evening devoted to poet Seamus Heaney.
Carl Hiaasen will be at the Decatur Library Auditorium Wednesday Oct. 1 at 7:15 p.m. Full details here.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning work will take to the Alliance Theater stage this week. The theater is presenting Native Guard by former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, in what they’re calling a “theatrical installation.” WABE’s Lois Reitzes spoke with the poet and with the Alliance’s Artistic Director Susan Booth about their approach to the work.
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 takes us back to a time before talkies hit theatres everywhere.
The area around 5 Points is home to some of Atlanta’s oldest skyscrapers. Though they may seem diminutive next to today’s glass and steel giants, the Flatiron Building, the Candler Building, and the Hurt Building were engineering marvels in their day. That last one—the Hurt Building—faces Edgewood Avenue and has a distinctive “V” shape to it. We went downtown to learn more about this piece of early-20th-century history with Dr. Tim Crimmins, Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University.
The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang dropped by WABE studios to tell us about the week in metro Atlanta literary events. Daren first pointed out that the American Association of University Women will be holding its annual book fair this week.
Lawrence Wright will be discussing his book "Thirteen Days in September" at the Carter Center tonight, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Full details here.