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Youth Radio
12:37 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Youth Radio: Coming to America

Poznyak (on right, with bag) with her family upon arriving in New York.
Credit courtesy Anna Poznyak

Anyone who made a big move while still young can attest to the challenges it presents. The change can uproot you from school, your friends and familiar surroundings. Youth Radio’s Anna Poznyak recently experienced such a move and wrote this commentary.

Anna Poznyak is a student at Grady High School. Her commentary was produced by Youth Radio.

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Atlanta Sounds
8:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Atlanta Sounds: The Jerk Chef

Jerk chicken at Juci Jerk in Stone Mountain.
Credit 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. 

But you don't have to go to Jamaica to find it. Jerk chefs like Donald Roberts of Juci Jerk are cooking up the specialty right here in Atlanta, as we learn in this Atlanta Sounds.

 

You can find the longer version of our story about jerk cooking here.

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Local
12:30 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Roswell Memorial Remembers Area's Cherokee History

One of the boulders at Riverside Park.
Dylan Fagan WABE

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears, which was the forced relocation of Native Americans from their land. Before their removal, many of the Cherokee people lived in what is now Roswell, Georgia. The story of the Cherokees in the area is one that author Cindi Crane is trying to bring to light.

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PBA30
12:06 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Get Delicious Gets Comfortable in Latest Installment

Credit PBA30

Get Delicious! is PBA30’s series of irreverent and mouthwatering specials covering the unique corners of Atlanta’s food culture. Host Jim Stacy has lead us on tours of international cuisine, barbecue, and other hidden treasures and tonight he returns for the fourth installment. Get Delicious! 4: Comfortably Yum focuses on comfort food, and we sat down with producers Jack Walsh and Gordon Ray to talk about it. 

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Science
12:30 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Why Monkeys Care About Fairness And What It Means For Us

Chimpanzee at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Credit Courtesy of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center

As children, many of us are taught that life just isn’t fair. And as adults, it will often seem true. We’re faced with unfair situations all the time. 

But why do we care so much about fairness in the first place? 

According to an Atlanta primatologist, we might look to another species to find the answer.

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Theater
12:10 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Brenda Bynum on the Strange Fruit of Lillian Smith

Lillian Smith's name has slipped from the pantheon of Southern writers, but now her story has been adapted into a one-woman show by Atlanta actor Brenda Bynum.
Credit C. M. Stieglitz / Library of Congress

You may not have heard of Georgian author Lillian Smith.  She was one of the first prominent white southerners to speak out publicly against racial segregation in the 1930s and 1940s. Already seen as somewhat of a radical, it was her book Strange Fruit which brought Smith the most controversy.

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Author Interviews
12:30 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Author Martin Goldsmith on Following in 'Alex's Wake'

Martin Goldsmith.
Credit Amy Roach

Martin Goldsmith is the former host of the show Performance Today, but he is also a writer of non-fiction. For his latest book, Alex’s Wake, Goldsmith headed to Europe to retrace the journey of his grandfather and his uncle, both passengers on the ill-fated S.S. St. Louis.

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Books
12:06 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

“Sit Down and Be Awesome” – Tackling National Novel Writing Month

Daniel Lamb and Laurel Snyder
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

November is National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is what it sounds like: write a novel in one month. WABE’s Myke Johns spent November following two Atlanta writers as they hit the keys, and has this story.

Who on earth would try to write a novel in a month? Meet Daniel Lamb and Laurel Snyder. Both writers set aside their November for National Novel Writing Month, which most refer to it as “NaNoWriMo.”

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Books
12:28 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Author Events: Rick Bragg, Dan Harris & More

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The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to highlight some of the literary events happening around metro Atlanta. This week, Daren shared events with authors Edward E. Baptist, Rick Bragg and Dan Harris. 

   

Miss anything?

Edward E. Baptist will be discussing his new book at Charis Books on Thursday Nov. 13. Find more details here.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

AJC Events: Veg Fest, Veterans Day Parade & More

Join us for a look at some of the more budget-friendly events around town this week, with the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison. Unlike the canned peas and slimy asparagus of yesteryear, the vegetarian and vegan movements have given Americans a new appreciation for vegetable cooking. The Atlanta Veg Fest happening this weekend does just that.  

(Audio for this segment will be available after 1 p.m.)

Atlanta Veg Fest 2014

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City Café
12:30 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Robert Mankoff, Cartoon Editor Of The New Yorker

This cartoon by Robert Mankoff has been quoted by politicians, it's been on t-shirts and it's also inspired the title of his book.

Each week, thousands of cartoon submissions from aspiring cartoonists land on Robert Mankoff's desk. His job? To decide which of them will ultimately grace the pages of the New Yorker Magazine.  

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Author Events: Azar Nafisi, Alexander McCall Smith & More

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Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to fill us in on the upcoming literary events happening around Atlanta. This week, he highlighted appearances from Azar Nafisi and Alexander McCall, as well as the Marcus Jewish Community Center Book Festival happening this week. Learn more in the interview below. 

Miss anything?

Azar Nafisi will be at the First Baptist Church Decatur tonight. Find more details here.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:15 pm
Sun November 2, 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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Voices of 1864
7:35 am
Fri October 31, 2014

On This Date in 1864: A Desperate Measure is Considered

Warren Akin
Credit Etowah Valley Historical Society

  With a number of decisive Union victories, the Civil War was quickly turning in the North's favor by the fall of 1864. As an eleventh-hour strategy, the Confederacy was considering forcing enslaved African-American men into its army. One person debating the idea was a Georgia attorney named Warren Akin. He wrote this letter to an unknown correspondent.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

AJC Events: Cat Festivals and IrishFest Atlanta

Cotton States Cat Club
Credit ajc.com

Here's a look at some of the more budget-friendly events around town this week with the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison. This week in events, cats take the spotlight.   

Cotton State Cat Show

Feline Film Festival

Irish Fest Atlanta

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City Café
1:37 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

City Cafe on WABE Ebola Documentary

Hazardous material cleaners remove objects in the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, stayed.
Credit LM Otero / Associated Press

  Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., the WABE newsroom will be presenting their documentary The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta’s Response.

This special presentation will look at the ways in which Atlanta has played a role in dealing with this deadly health crisis which reaches from Africa to the United States.

We were joined by WABE reporter Michell Eloy.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:39 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Atlanta Sounds: The Hammerchord Inventor

Bob Cunningham and the "Hammerchord."
Stephannie Stokes/WABE

 Many people are interested in music or, at least, love listening to it. But few have gone as far as recreating the musical instruments that fascinate them. 

That has been the life-long passion of Atlanta resident Bob Cunningham, and for the last few decades it has inspired him to build wooden harps, first as a hobby and then professionally.

One day his appreciation for the craft even led him to invent an instrument of his own, called the "Hammerchord," as you'll learn in the sound portrait below. 

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Author Events: Mike Stobbe, Edward J. Larson & More

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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.

Miss anything?

Mike Stobbe will be at Eagle Eye Bookshop on Tuesday Oct. 28. Find more details here.

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Youth Radio
12:12 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Youth Radio: Ripple Effects Of Cheating Teachers

Jenn Steckl
Credit Youth Radio

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.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

AJC Events: GardenWoof, Cowboy Festival & More

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.

(Audio for this story will be available after 1 P.M. EST)

GardenWoof

12th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium

Mountain Moonshine Festival

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Science
12:55 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Are Fireflies Disappearing? Researchers Ask You To Find Out

Credit Flickr user lastbeats / flickr.com/photos/lastbeats/

  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.
Credit mariettachalkfest.com

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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