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Science
12:55 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Are Fireflies Disappearing? Researchers Ask You To Find Out

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  This story originally aired Thursday Sept. 11, 2014.

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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City Café
12:20 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Author Events: Edward Humes, Jodi Picoult & More

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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.

Miss anything?

Jodi Picoult will be at the Atlanta History Center on Wednesday Oct. 22. More details here.

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Page-Turners
12:53 pm
Fri October 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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Sports
12:06 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Facing Off With the Atlanta Street Hockey Club

Dan Raby WABE

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.

Here is the 30 second Atlanta Sounds version of this story:

  This story originally aired June 11, 2014

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

AJC Events: Sleepy Hollow, Georgia Apple Festival & 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 chance to catch a performance of a spooky classic.

The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Serenbe Playhouse

The Georgia Apple Festival 

Sharon Van Etten at The EARL

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Books
12:30 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Author Events: Steven Pinker, Bob Herbert & More

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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.

Here's a summary:

Bob Herbert will be at the Carter Library tonight. Learn more here.

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Page-Turners
12:39 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Three Page-Turners...from Pamela Druckerman

Pamela Druckerman talks with WABE about America's motherhood crisis, a surprising family connection to the First World War, and the art of wearing loafers without socks.
Credit Benjamin Barda

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.

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Art
12:45 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

PBA30 Tells A Tale of Two Murals

Credit Trevor Keller / PBA30

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.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

AJC Events: Atlanta Greek Festival, ChalkFest & Sturgill Simpson

Artist Beth Shistle at Marietta ChalkFest 2013.
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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 includes many culinary Greek treats.

Atlanta Greek Festival

Marietta ChalkFest

Sturgill Simpson at Terminal West

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Local History
12:30 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Wait, Why Is the CDC in Atlanta?

The Malaria Control in War Areas Program, the predecessor of the Communicable Disease Center (CDC).
The David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333 www.cdc.gov/museum

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? 

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Theater
12:35 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

How August Wilson Learned What He Learned - True Colors Stages Playwright's Final Work

Eugene Lee in True Colors Theatre Company's How I Learned What I Learned
Josh Lamkin Photography

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.”

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Books
12:17 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Author Events: Gary Shteyngart, Pamela Druckerman & More

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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.

Miss anything?

Gary Shteyngart will be at the Highland Inn Ballroom on Thursday Oct. 9. Learn more about the event here.

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Film
12:42 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Instant Family: Alec Mapa's "Baby Daddy" at Out on Film

Director Andrea James and Alec Mapa speaking to WABE's John Lemley
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

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.

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Beautiful City
12:40 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Beautiful City: Mountain Way Common

View from under Georgia 400 at Mountain Way Common.
Stephannie Stokes/WABE

"Beautiful City" is WABE's series about places to get away from Atlanta without leaving the city.

Today, we head to North Buckhead. Despite being one of the most affluent communities in Atlanta, it actually has less park space than any other neighborhood.

But its residents are working to change that -- by developing some of the hidden and unused spaces around them. WABE’s Stephannie Stokes has the story of one of these parks: the Mountain Way Common.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

AJC Events: Dog Festivals, Taste of Chamblee & More

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta, and this week, their conversation  has gone to the dogs.

HowlOWeenie

ChattaPoochee Pet Fest

Avondale Estates AutumnFEST

Taste of Chamblee

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Beautiful City
12:26 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Beautiful City: Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

Mary Claire Kelly

"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.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Author Events: Carl Hiaasen, Yamma Brown & More

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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. 

Miss anything?

Carl Hiaasen will be at the Decatur Library Auditorium Wednesday Oct. 1 at 7:15 p.m. Full details here.

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Theater
12:26 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Bending Theater to Serve Poetry - Native Guard at the Alliance

Natasha Trethewey and Susan Booth

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.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

AJC Events: Silent Comedy Shorts, Fall Folklife 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 takes us back to a time before talkies hit theatres everywhere. 

Silent Comedy Shorts at The Strand Theatre

Fall Folklife Festival at the Atlanta History Center

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Georgia History
1:11 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Georgia History: The Hurt Building

The Hurt Building entrance.
Wikimedia

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.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Author Events: Lawrence Wright And R. J. Palacio

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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 literary events. Daren first pointed out that the American Association of University Women will be holding its annual book fair this week.

Miss anything?

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.

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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.

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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

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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 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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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.'
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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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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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