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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.
Credit Flickr user TimothyJ flickr.com/photos/tjc/

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
Credit Karlo X. Ramos

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.
Credit Flickr user TimothyJ flickr.com/photos/tjc/

  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.
Credit YouTube

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

Credit Valerie Meiss

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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Local
12:15 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

At Gwinnett County Jail, Dogs Get a Second Chance

Inmate handler Anthony Taylor with his dog Mia.

From the outside, Gwinnett County's Lawrenceville detention center looks just like any other jail: a multi-story concrete complex surrounded by barbed wire. 

But inside its housing unit "One Charlie," you'll discover a scene that's hardly typical of a county jail.

That's where "Operation Second Chance" takes place. As part of the program, inmates train and provide around-the-clock care for otherwise abandoned and neglected dogs. 

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Theater
12:30 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Synchronicity Readies a New Stage on Peachtree

Synchronicity Artistic Director Rachel May in the theatre's new home.
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

The Atlanta theater scene has experienced a number of losses and setbacks in the past year with companies like Dad’s Garage losing their homes or, in the case of Theater of the Stars, having to shutter altogether. But there has been hopeful news recently—Dad’s is under contract for a new space and in late July, Synchronicity Theater announced they were—at long last—moving into a permanent home. 

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Books
12:05 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Author Events: James Rollins & Nimrod Frazer

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to preview the week in Atlanta literary events. He started by telling City Cafe host John Lemley about James Rollins, author of best-selling suspense thrillers, including a bit of suspenseful music from Rollins's website to set the scene.

James Rollins will sign copies of his new book, "The Sixth Extinction," at Eagle Eye Books on August 19. Find more details here.

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Books
12:49 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

The Value of Scarcity - Shopping at a Rare Book Showcase

Customers perusing Cliff Graubart's collection, including a first edition Walker Percy on the right.
Dan Raby WABE

On August 14, A Cappella Books hosted a rare books showcase—bringing together three rare and antiquarian book sellers to put some of their collections on display. The event listing on A Cappella’s web site stated that the guest dealers would have “items priced from 25 dollars to 25 thousand dollars.” WABE’s Myke Johns dropped in on the showcase to get a look at not only these incredibly valuable items, but at who spends thousands of dollars on a book.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

BBQ Festivals and Butterflies This Weekend

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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 three upcoming barbeque festivals.

Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival

Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival

Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

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Development
12:15 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Could Explosive Growth Lead To A Southern Megalopolis?

Close up of "Charlanta."
Adam Terando

Some say it'd be "Charlanta." Others think it should be "Atlanteigh." Whatever you end up calling it, the Southern megalopolis predicted by a recent study certainly sounds daunting. 

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and North Carolina State University found that if urbanization in the Southeast continues as it has over the past several decades, we could have a "Southern megalopolis" stretching from Atlanta to Raleigh by 2060.

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Local
12:30 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

The Ever-Changing Cultural Meaning of Atlanta's Cyclorama

The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama
Credit Katie King for Atlanta PlanIt

As many already know, the city's Cyclorama could be moving from its longtime home in Grant Park to a new facility at the Atlanta History Center. The move--part of a deal announced by Mayor Kasim Reed last month--now awaits the approval of the City Council.

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Art Around Town
12:15 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

This Year's Living Walls is More than Murals

Artist Caroline Caldwell, in front of her mural-in-progress on Edgewood and Hilliard Avenue in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward
Credit Joshua Gwyn / Living Walls

 Today is the first day of the Living Walls 2014 Conference. The annual five-day event invites local and international artists to come paint the town, creating street art in neighborhoods all over the city. This year's event features 18 murals. But this year, the conference is also enlarging its focus.

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Curbed Atlanta
12:15 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Curbed Atlanta on the City's Top 10 Most Iconic Signs

Credit Atlanta History Center: https://flic.kr/p/d9SEgG

Curbed Atlanta recently released a list of the 15 Most Iconic Signs in Atlanta, and it covers many familiar and historic icons throughout the city.

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City Café
12:15 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Author Events: Joe Cook, Carolyn Dingman & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC - Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stops by to tell us about the week's literary events in metro Atlanta. He begins with a new guide to Atlanta's nearby river.  

This Tuesday, you can hear Carolyn Dingman discuss her new novel, "Cancel the Wedding" at FoxTale Book Shoppe. Check out the full event here.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:15 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Badminton - Audio Slideshow

Credit Evan Jang / WABE

When we think of fast moving shuttles, we usually don’t think of a sport where a shuttle is used.  But the shuttle in a game of badminton can travel over 200 MPH.  No, it is not the friendly backyard BBQ game of our youths here; we’re talking about people with special rackets, shoes and love of a sport that actually started in India in the 1800s.  

Neal Samuels plays badminton almost every week here in Atlanta. We recently visited him on the court to see the sport in action.

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Concerts
12:15 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

'No Cowards' at the Cyclorama This Sunday

There has been a lot in the news lately about the Cyclorama -- but what you might not know is that it’s also a venue, and this Sunday, they are presenting a narrated concert. The production combines the life of Frederick Douglass with the voices of New York’s Opera Ebony, and it’s called No Cowards in Our Band.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Events: Peter Murphy, Seafood Festival, and Confederate Odyssey

Peter Murphy.

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 concert by an English musician who is known as the “Godfather of Goth.” 

Peter Murphy at Terminal West

Confederate Odyssey: George W. Wray Jr. Civil War Collection

Atlanta Seafood and Craft Beer Festival

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Development
12:49 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

What Do You Do With a Broken Suburb?

Woodstock's retrofitted historic downtown
http://www.woodstockga.gov/

More and more Americans are leaving the suburbs behind in favor of urban spaces. As we’ve discussed in past stories, this national trend holds true here in Atlanta, too.

But what happens to those empty suburban spaces—the strip malls, office parks and sprawling parking lots

  —left behind by this mass urban migration? And can we improve upon those spaces  for the folks who still choose to live there?

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The Civil War
12:15 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

A Civil War 'Odyssey' at the Atlanta History Center

Credit Atlanta History Center

Late last month, the Atlanta History Center opened a new temporary exhibition entitled Confederate Odyssey: The George W. Wray, Jr. Civil War Collection. This exhibition is made up of artifacts that tell the story of the south's war effort, and many of the items are one of a kind.  The Atlanta History Center's senior military historian Gordon Jones recently stopped by to talk about the collection with our host, John Lemley.

More info on the exhibition may be found here.  

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Books
12:22 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Author Events: Stephen Carter, Tom Hughes & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC - Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stops by to tell us about the week's literary events in metro Atlanta. He started by telling City Cafe host John Lemley about Stephen Carter and his new historical thriller. 

Stephen Carter discusses his newest book, "Back Channel," at the Decatur Library Tuesday August 5th.

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Voices of 1864
10:39 am
Mon August 4, 2014

On This Date in 1864: A Desperate Letter from Atlanta

View of civilians preparing to evacuate Atlanta, Georgia, by rail from the first Union Depot during the Civil War.
Atlanta History Photograph Collection Atlanta History Center

In this installment of our series “Voices of 1864,” we have excerpts from a letter written 150 years ago by a 28-year-old Atlanta woman caught in Atlanta during the Union shelling of the city.

Julia Davidson penned this letter to her husband in the Confederate Army on August 4th, 1864, 16 days into the shelling by General William T. Sherman’s forces. She was one of the few thousand citizens who had not already fled.

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Film
12:50 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Going Ape: Conflict Resolution Heads to the Movies!

What makes war seem inevitable?
Twentieth Century Fox

(*and gives it two opposable thumbs up!)

One of the more popular summer flicks this year is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Of course, the plot’s pretty simple: A band of apes and a band of humans with a history of conflict must compete over the same resources, which pushes them the brink of war. (Aaaand, sequel!)

But, wait. There are lessons here. At least that's the idea behind the latest episode of the Emory University web-series “Emory Looks at Hollywood.”

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Education
12:15 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

What Advice Would You Give New High School Students?

This Monday, students around Atlanta will be heading back to school. For this year’s freshman class, that means walking through the doors of high school for the very first time.

Knowing that the start of high school can be a time of change, we wanted to come up with some words of guidance for our city's new freshmen. 

To do that, we turned to the people of Atlanta. We posed the following question to people waiting at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: If you could go back to you first day of high school, what advice would you give your teenage self? 

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Development
12:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Clearing Up Where Atlanta Stands on Sprawl. No, Really.

Darin Givens: "A map from [a] 1952 [Atlanta planning] document that shows a suggested neighborhood design.
Courtesy of the GSU Library Planning Atlanta collection

Sprawl. It’s nothing new to car-centric Atlanta. But all those those reports we hear on the state of sprawl can get confusing, especially when they seem to contradict one another outright.

Take two recent studies: one from Georgetown University declares that “Atlanta is no longer the king of 

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