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8:39 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Atlanta Attorney Named a 2014 MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient

Jonathan Rapping, founder and president of Gideon's Prmise
Credit Gideon's Promise

Last week, the MacArthur Foundation announced the 2014 recipients of its Genius Grants.  The grants include a $625,000 prize awarded to a variety of people for their exceptional creativity in addressing important issues and for their promise for future advances in their fields.  Atlanta attorney Jonathan Rapping was one of the Fellows named.

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Technology
12:30 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

High-Tech Farming: How PodPonics Grows Lettuce Indoors

Inside the PodPonics farm
Evan Changhwan Jang WABE

If it weren’t for the sign just outside the entrance to the Podponics farm, you might wonder if you’d gotten the address wrong.

As you pull into the lot, the scene most resembles an industrial truck yard. Airplanes are rushing overhead, taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson, just a few miles away. And the 11 acres of land in front of you are mostly empty, with exception of a few dozen shipping containers, stacked two levels high in the middle of the lot.

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Features
6:39 am
Wed September 10, 2014

New Blog Unveils Old Atlanta

Atlanta Historic Block Party blog
Credit Geoff Hetherington

What if you could peel back the layers of development along Atlanta's streets and city blocks?  A new blog site called Atlanta Historic Block Party attempts to do just that by revealing how portions of our city evolved over the decades.  Geoff Hetherington is the blog's creator.  Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

     

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Civil War History
12:06 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

The History of Atlanta's Battlefield Preservation, or Lack Thereof

Soldiers in Atlanta during the Civil War.
Credit George Barnard

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the surrender of Atlanta during the Civil War, and while many battles took place inside of the city, you might not be able to tell by just looking around.  That’s because of all the sites of major Civil War engagements, Atlanta is the only one without its battlefields preserved.

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Features
8:39 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Bankrate.com Survey: Over One-Third of Americans Have No Retirement Savings

Bankrate.com Chief Financial Analyst Greg McBride
Credit Bankrate.com

Have you saved enough...or any money...for your retirement?  No?  Well, you're not alone according to the latest poll by Bankrate.com, a financial services website.  Greg McBride is Bankrate.com's chief financial analyst, who recently spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

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Voices of 1864
7:35 am
Tue September 2, 2014

On This Date in 1864: A Child’s Account of the End of Battle

Carrie Berry kept a diary from 1864 until 1866, giving her account of the siege of Atlanta, including the shelling of her home and neighborhood, as well as the experience of hiding in her cellar during that shelling and life at home during this time.
Atlanta History Center

By September, there were only a few thousand civilians living in Atlanta. Most had fled. Women and children were some of the first to to so months before—and this makes today’s installment of our “Voices of 1864” series especially remarkable.

Carrie Berry was ten years old when she kept a diary during the Union shelling of the city that summer. In this entry from 150 years ago today, she wrote about some of the final moments she witnessed as Southern forces retreated.

In this entry, she writes about the Confederate detonation of an ammunition train, which destroyed the 

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Features
9:00 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Read This: Teacher Trusts Students to Critique Sci-Fi Book

Paideia teacher Brian Eames and fellow teacher Greg with students.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

An Atlanta teacher is the author of two fiction novels for middle grade students.

The first book is called the Dagger Quick and the sequel is Dagger X.

But he recently tackled science fiction.

It’s called DivN8 and WABE’s Rose Scott reports, the author took an unconventional approach to writing his first science fiction book for young teens.

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Features
8:39 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Hundreds of Authors to Descend on Decatur for Weekend Book Festival

Philip Rafshoon (left) and Daren Wang
Credit AJC Decatur Book Festival / AJC Decatur Book Festival

The 9th annual AJC Decatur Book Festival is this Labor Day weekend.  From Friday through Sunday, about 600 authors, artists and performers will participate in what has become the nation's largest independent book festival.  The festival's executive director Daren Wang, and program director Philip Rafshoon recently shared some of the weekend's featured attractions with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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Voices of 1864
6:33 am
Thu August 21, 2014

On This Date in 1864: A Truce Between Soldiers

'With a warm salutation and a shake of the hand, which made me feel as though he were my brother, we exchanged coffee for tobacco…'
Credit Atlanta History Center

Today’s installment of our “Voices of 1864” series reveals a surprising moment of camaraderie between enemies.

As August wore on and Union batteries continued shelling Atlanta, there were frequent skirmishes, as soldiers on both sides dug into their trenches.

However, when out of sight of their officers, soldiers would talk with the enemy and trade items like newspapers, combs, and tobacco.

Here are excerpts from a letter by James Neumann, a 20-year-old Private in the Union Army.

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Features
8:39 am
Wed August 20, 2014

"The Bitter Southerner" Celebrates its Anniversary with a New Business Model

Editor in chief Chuck Reece, "The Bitter Southerner"
Credit Aaron Coury / http://aaroncoury.com

Last August, a new online magazine showed up on the Ethernet with the curious moniker, 'The Bitter Southerner."  When WABE's Steve Goss spoke with editor in chief Chuck Reece at that time he said the magazine's goal was to feature 'one great story about the South every week'-- free to its readers.  

"The Bitter Southerner" is still free online, although the business model is changing.  Recently, Goss revisited with Reece for an update...

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Features
9:46 am
Sat August 16, 2014

How to Heal a Moral Injury

Small breakout groups consider the concept of "moral injury" Friday at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta.
Credit Jim Burress / WABE News

(This feature originally aired on Weekend Edition Saturday.)

War generates wounds.  In battle, a slight movement of finger fires a bullet that injures or kills.

A click of a button releases a missile that wounds a landscape.

Sometimes, the warrior whose finger pulls the trigger is wounded.  They don’t bleed. But they do hurt. 

The concept is called “Moral Injury.” Thirty-nine-year-old Mark Jarrett lives it daily.  

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Features
9:35 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Tatum Talks "Passing the Baton"

Spelman College president Dr. Beverly Tatum in WABE studio 4.
Credit Credit Evan Changhwan

In 2002, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum was appointed president of Atlanta’s Spelman College.

The institution, located in the Atlanta University Center, is one of two all-female historically black colleges in the country.

The college was founded as Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary by Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles.

Dr. Tatum is Spelman's ninth president and recently announced she is retiring .

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Features
6:39 am
Mon August 4, 2014

This Day in History: Henry Hugh Proctor and the Atlanta Colored Music Festival

Henry Hugh Proctor
Credit Library of Congress

Today is August 4th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 104 years  to this date in 1910, we'd witness the debut of the Atlanta Colored Music Festival--a cultural event, which at the time, was unprecedented for our city's race relations.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...

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Features
8:39 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Euthanasia Rates Continue to Fall at Fulton, DeKalb Animal Shelters

Karl Booker, a kennel tech at Fulton County Animal Services, greets one of the cats in the free-roaming cat adoption room.
LifeLine Animal Project

Just over a year ago the Lifeline Animal Project assumed management of the DeKalb County Animal Shelter.  Not long before that, Lifeline had been contracted to operate the Fulton County Animal Shelter.  Recently, Lifeline's CEO Rebecca Guinn talked with WABE's Steve Goss about the progress made at both shelters within the last year....   

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Voices of 1864
6:36 am
Thu July 24, 2014

On This Date in 1864: A Letter from a Union Soldier

View of Union officers posing on the porch of the Windsor Smith house, the headquarters of Col. Henry A. Barnum (4th from left), 149th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry, U.S.A., on Whitehall Street in Atlanta, Georgia; the house had previously served as the headquarters of John B. Hood during the Siege of Atlanta.
Credit Atlanta History Photograph Collection, Kenan Research Center / Atlanta History Center

  In this installment of “Voices of 1864,” we hear excerpts from a letter penned 150 years ago today by a Union soldier fighting under General William T. Sherman, in what would later come to be known as the Battle of Atlanta, a major turning point of the Civil War.

Alonzo Miller was a Private in the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and 25 years old. He wrote this letter to his family two days after the battle.

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta.

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Features
8:39 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Taking a Closer Look at Civil War Atlanta

Wendy Hamand Venet
Credit saportareport.com

The passage of 150 years has glossed over or romanticized much of the horror of the Civil War in Georgia.  In her new book, "A Changing Wind--Commerce and Conflict in Civil War Atlanta" (Yale University Press, 2014), Georgia State University Professor of History Wendy Hamand Venet recounts many of the personal stories of our city's residents during that tragic time.  Recently, she spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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Features
6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Kingston Works To Win Over Undecided Voters

Michelle Wirth/WABE News

Jack Kingston is traveling throughout Georgia to get his message out before tomorrow’s Republican primary runoff. The 11th term congressman is facing businessman David Perdue in a closely contested and bitter U.S. Senate race. WABE’s Michelle Wirth followed Kingston as he campaigned in Gainesville.

Kingston shook hands and mingled with supporters and undecided voters as they ate bacon, eggs and other breakfast food at a cafe in Gainesville.

“How are guys doing?”

“We’re doing well.”

“I’m doing great. I’m jack Kingston.”

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Features
6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Perdue Hopes To Repeat Victory With 'Outsider' Message

David Perdue, standing in front of his campaign bus.

With Georgia’s primary election runoff set for tomorrow, Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue has been canvassing the state, spreading his message of being "an outsider."

That’s been his strategy in a tight race to replace outgoing U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss.

WABE’s Michell Eloy caught up with Perdue on his recent bus tour. 

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Features
6:14 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Jr. Achievement Business Center Teaches Financial Literacy and Corporate Skills to Area Youth

Kameron Willman of Chick-fil-A volunteers to work with students.
WABE 90.1 FM News

It’s been more than a year since the groundbreaking of the Junior Achievement Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center.

Located inside the Georgia World Congress Center, it’s a 15-million dollar financial literacy and business model giving area students first-hand experience about the corporate world.

WABE’s Rose Scott visited the Discovery Center to see how it all works. 

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Features
8:39 am
Wed July 9, 2014

New High School Offers Path to College Through Work-Study Program

Bill Garrett, President of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School

 On Monday, July 14th--smack dab in the middle of summer--Atlanta's newest high school will open its doors.  The Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is the 28th of its kind to offer a unique educational opportunity for its students.  Bill Garrett is president of the school, and during a recent conversation with WABE's Steve Goss he explained what makes the Cristo Rey experience unique...   

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Features
6:39 am
Wed July 2, 2014

This Day in History: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States

Heart of Atlanta Motel
Credit Special Collections, Pullen Library, Georgia State University / Georgia State University

Today is July 2nd.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 50 years to this date in 1964, we'd witness a lawsuit being filed against the new civil rights law on behalf of the Heart of Atlanta motel.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the landmark case with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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Features
11:50 am
Wed June 25, 2014

This Day in History: The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

Federal entrenchments at the foot of Kennesaw Mountain
Credit Matthew Brady Civil War Photo Collection

On June 27, 1864 the Union armies under the command of General William T. Sherman engaged the Confederate forces of General Joseph E. Johnston at Kennesaw Mountain in a battle that lasted seven days.  WABE's Steve Goss revisits the event with Georgia State University Associate Professor of History, Dr. Clifford Kuhn...

  

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Features
7:33 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Inside the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

This mural of human rights posters will greet visitors. It's by Paula Scher.
Evan Jang

The time has finally come.

Atlanta’s National Center for Civil & Human Rights will open next Monday.

After years of pre-planning, securing funding, commissioning an architect and lastly the construction…the center is ready.

WABE’s Rose Scott went on a private media only tour of the center.

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Features
12:26 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

WNBA Tips off National LGBT Campaign

The WNBA is the first U.S professional sports team with a multi-integrated LGBT initiative that celebrates equality and campaigns against LGBT bias.
Credit WNBA

This Sunday, the WNBA and the ESPN-2 network will celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride…on national television.

It’s part of a larger initiative that the WNBA is embracing.

League officials are calling it a new national platform celebrating inclusion and equality, while combating anti-LGBT bias.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports why the WNBA is launching this initiative and she asked fans of Atlanta’s WNBA team for their reaction.

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Features
1:58 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Celebrating the Art of Photographer Ansel Adams

Garnet Lake, Thunderclouds
Ansel Adams

Stone Mountain resident Peter Essick has spent more than 25 years as a photojournalist for National Geographic magazine, frequently focusing on the environment and man's effect on it.  In his most recent book, Essick turns his camera on "The Ansel Adams Wilderness" (National Geographic Society, 2014) in the High Sierra of California as a tribute to the legendary photographer for which the wilderness area was named.  Here the author speaks with WABE's Steve Goss...

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WABE Wins
1:51 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

WABE Recognized by Ga. Association of Broadcasters with Three 2014 GABBY Awards

The Georgia Association of Broadcasters honors WABE 90.1FM GABBY Award winners for 2014: (left to right) Myke Johns, Denis O’Hayer and Rose Scott.
Credit WABE

  90.1 WABE FM has been honored with three 2014 GABBY Awards including Broadcaster of the Year for WABE News Reporter, Denis O’Hayer.  

“I was completely taken by surprise,” said O’Hayer. “I’m deeply grateful.”

The 2014 GABBY for best sportscast went to WABE’s Rose Scott for her story about the historical Negro Baseball League.  

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Features
8:39 am
Wed June 11, 2014

1960s Freedom Movement in South Revisited

Charles E. Cobb Jr.
Credit John Abromowski / Brown University

It's been 50 years since "Freedom Summer" and the drive to register black voters across Mississippi.  The events and forces that shaped that movement are recounted in a new book by former civil rights organizer and veteran journalist Charles E. Cobb Jr., entitled, "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed--How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible" (Basic Books, 2014).  Recently, the author spoke with WABE's Steve Goss... 

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Features
8:39 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Is There Really Such a Thing as Proper English?

Ammon Shea
Credit Ogden Thelonious Horowitz Shea

There aren't many people who have read the entire Oxford English Dictionary, nor are there many who would want to--with its more than 21,000 pages.  Ammon Shea did, and then wrote a book about the experience ("Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages").  Shea has just published his latest book, "Bad English--A History of Linguistic Aggravation" (Perigee Books, 2014).  Recently, the author shared a few words with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
6:51 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

WABE Special Feature: Atlanta Tributes and Remembrances of Maya Angelou

In 1992, Dr. Maya Angelou addressed the graduating class of Spelman College.
Credit Spelman College

Tributes and remembrances of Maya Angelou are pouring in today.

The civil rights activist, poet laureate, author and playwright passed away early Wednesday morning at her home in North Carolina.

Maya Angelou had many ties to Atlanta.

WABE’s Rose Scott spent the day speaking with leading Atlantans that knew Angelou.

The story begins with Atlanta based author and playwright Pearl Cleage saying there are many reasons to celebrate the life of her friend Dr. Maya Angelou.

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Features
6:39 am
Wed May 28, 2014

This Day in History: Grady Memorial Hospital Dedicated

Grady Memorial Hospital (circa 1892)
Credit emoryhistory.emory.edu

This past Sunday was May 25th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 114 years to that date in 1892, we'd be witness to the dedication of a new city hospital:  Grady Memorial.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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