A Closer Look
6:29 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Nuns Lead Life Of Solitude, Prayer At Snellville Monastery

Sister Josefa Maria, left, and Reverend Mother Jane Frances Williams, sit in the common room at the Monastery of the Visitation in Snellville. The Catholic nuns lead a life of prayer.
Credit Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

A monastery nestled along a winding road in Snellville is home to a group of nuns who spend the majority of their days in prayer and meditation.

The Monastery of the Visitation was founded in 1954 and, in the decades since, has watched its numbers dwindle as fewer women – and men too – are called to the religious life.

The nuns in this order rarely leave the monastery. So Rose Scott, Denis O’Hayer and Mary Claire Kelly traveled to them to talk about their lives of prayer, an average day at the monastery and just how important their work is in this modern age.

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11:54 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Local Honey As A Cure For Allergies: The Debate Buzzes On

Master beekeeper Linda Tillman checks a frame of honey to see if it's ready for harvest.
Brenna Beech WABE

The tree allergy season is winding down, but for those with grass allergies, the misery is just beginning.

And if you’ve had itchy eyes and a runny nose, you’ve probably heard the advice to eat local honey. WABE took a look at whether it can help with allergies, or if it’s just an old wives' tale.

About 1,000 bees fly all around in Linda Tillman’s Atlanta backyard. She’s been a beekeeper for about a decade and swears by her daily dose of local honey.

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A Closer Look
3:35 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Costa Rican President Looks To Strengthen Ties With Atlanta

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis sits down with Jim Burress to talk about the relationship between Atlanta and the Central American country. Pres. Solis says strengthening partnerships with high-tech centers, like those found in Atlanta, is key to the country's future success.
Credit Brenna Beech / WABE

The president of Costa Rica is in the U.S. this week visiting several key “tech hub” cities.

That includes Atlanta.

President Luis Guillermo Solis said building on existing relationships between the Central American country and cities like Atlanta is key to his country’s success.

"That's why I'm here, seeking more investments," Solis said. "When the U.S. economy grows, the Costa Rican economy thrives. That's the overall lesson we've learned." 

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1:46 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Decatur Honors Historic Beacon Neighborhood With New Center

Former mayor Elizabeth Wilson stands next to a plaque dedicated to her in the courtyard of the new Beacon Municipal Center. Wilson was the city of Decatur's first African-American elected official in 1984.
Tasnim Shamma WABE

Metro Atlanta has a history of demolishing and renaming streets and sometimes wiping out entire neighborhoods. In the city of Decatur, there used to be an African-American neighborhood called “the Bottom” or later Beacon. 

The city of Decatur is dedicating its new $38 million Beacon Municipal Center to that community.

The center pays tribute to the historically African-American neighborhood that once stood in its place.

Former Decatur mayor Elizabeth Wilson says she remembers when she first moved into the Beacon neighborhood in 1949.

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8:49 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Clarkston Community Health Director Reaches Out To Cuba

A rehabilitation center in Cienfuegos, Cuba, is shown here.
Courtesy of Lorrie Lynn King

The United States-based health care organizations, MEDICC and the American Public Health Association, plan regular visits to Cuba as “people to people” exchanges for American health care and medical professionals.  

As the founder of the women's health care nonprofit 50 Cents. Period., and community health director at the Clarkston Development Foundation, Lorrie Lynn King was able to participate in a visit to Havana and Cienfuegos in April.

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Georgia History
8:49 am
Mon May 11, 2015

The Strange Political Career of Georgia Rep. Charles Weltner

Gov. Carl Sanders poses with nine of the 10 Georgia congressmen in Atlanta on July 16, 1963. Rep. Charles Weltner, second right of the men who are standing, is looking at the photographer.
Credit Associated Press

After the county unit system that preserved rural political dominance in Georgia was effectively dismantled by federal courts in the early 1960s, a new breed of urban Democrat was able to gain a stronger foothold on statewide offices.  

One of the so-called "progressive" Democrats to emerge was Georgia U.S. Rep. Charles Weltner.  

Weltner's quick rise and fall is recounted by Emory University's Nathaniel Meyersohn in his senior honors thesis, "The Unfinished Task – Charles Weltner and the Hope of the New South."  

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8:49 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Dining Critic John Kessler On Atlanta's Restaurant Scene

The AJC's John Kessler
Credit AJC Staff / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

After 18 years as a food writer and dining critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Kessler is leaving that beat to move to Chicago. Recently, he spoke with Steve Goss about getting into restaurant reviewing and the growth of the Atlanta restaurant scene.

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9:50 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Atlanta's Spring Street Could Be Renamed Ted Turner Drive

Councilman C.T. Martin has proposed renaming part of Spring Street in honor of Ted Turner.
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE

Business mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner is well known for starting CNN. He also once owned the Atlanta Braves and got the United Nations Foundation rolling with a $1 billion gift.

Now, the Atlanta City Council is thinking about renaming a downtown street after Turner. A hearing took place at Atlanta City Hall Tuesday.

The proposed route for Ted Turner Drive is on a portion of Spring Street between West Peachtree and Whitehall streets. The plan was proposed by a group called Friends of Ted Turner and City Councilman C.T. Martin.

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Supporting WABE
11:23 am
Tue April 21, 2015

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My pledge helped plant a tree in Atlanta. Join me and support Atlanta’s NPR station!  

8:49 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Atlanta Couple Celebrates 75th Wedding Anniversary

Brittain Pendergrast (left) and Nan Pendergrast (right) sit in their West Paces Ferry Road home. They've lived here for 60 years, and just celebrated their 75th anniversary. (Bonnie, the pup in the background, declined to give her age.)
Credit Jim Burress / WABE


It was the year Superman debuted, filming of “Gone With the Wind” started, and Oregon beat Ohio State in the first NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

It’s also the year Atlantans Brittain Pendergrast and Nan Schwab married.

This weekend, they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

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1:30 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Lois Reitzes: 'I Was Inspiration For 1992 Rap Hit'

WABE's own Lois Reitzes was the inspiration of Sir Mix-A-Lot's ''Baby Got Back.''
Credit WABE

One of the most noted rap songs of the early 1990s turned out quite different than was first envisioned. 

Rapper Sir-Mix-A-Lot made it big with his hit, "Baby Got Back." But originally, the song was titled, "Baby Got Bach." 

And the inspiration? 

A budding friendship between Anthony Ray (Sir Mix's real name) and WABE's own Lois Reitzes. 

For the first time, Reitzes shared her story with Senior Reporter Jim Burress. 

(To hear the interview, click the 'Listen' icon below.) 

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8:23 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Fireworks Bill Fizzles In Georgia Senate

The Georgia Senate has killed a bill that would have legalized the sale of fireworks in the state.
Credit Stephen Gunby / flickr.com/stephen_gunby

The Georgia Senate has tabled a bill that would have legalized the sale of fireworks in the state.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jay Roberts of Ocilla was apparently killed Tuesday for the session without objection.

Roberts had argued that all states surrounding Georgia except North Carolina allow fireworks sales.

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A Closer Look
6:27 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

'The Class Of 65' Recalls Racism, Prompts Forgiveness

This photo from 1964 shows Greg Wittkamper and other young people at Jekyll Island receiving an award. Two of the first black students at Americus High are immediately to his left: Dobbs Wiggins and Jewel Wise.
Credit Courtesy of Greg Wittkamper

Dear Greg,

I expect you will be quite surprised to hear from me. If you remember me at all, it will likely be for unpleasant reasons. I was a classmate of yours at Americus High School and graduated with you in 1965.

I don’t recall ever directly assaulting you, but I probably did, to gain acceptance and accolades of my peers. In any case, I surely participated as part of an enabling audience and tacitly supported and encouraged those who did. For that I am deeply sorry and regretful.”

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12:05 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

T-Shirt Quilt Celebrates AIDS Advocate’s Three-Decade Career

Jacque Muther commissioned a T-shirt quilt to commemorate her nearly three-decade career in AIDS advocacy. It's now on display at Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Center, part of the Grady Infectious Disease Program.
Credit Jim Burress / WABE

Jacque Muther has spent most of her career working to get low-income AIDS patients life-saving medications as part of the Grady Infectious Disease Program. 

In May, she'll retire. 

Over the years, Muther has amassed a sizable T-shirt collection from various nonprofits, events and people connected to the fight of HIV and AIDS. 

To preserve the memories (and clear out a few drawers), Muther commissioned master crafter Juanita Williams to turn the T-shirts into a quilt. 

The quilt is now on display at the Ponce de Leon Center in Midtown. 

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6:49 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Atlanta Conference Promotes Connection Between Laughter, Wellness

Dr. Neil ''Doc Hollywood'' Shulman (second from right), shown with organizers of the Southern Fried Laughter Conference.
Credit Southern Fried Laughter Conference

What makes you laugh? A good joke? An amusing thought? A funny scene in a movie?

At the 2015 Southern Fried Laughter Conference what matters is not what inspires a laugh as much as the act of laughing itself. Lori Sugarman is a co-facilitator with the conference, and Meridy Hurt is a certified laughter yoga leader. Recently, they spoke with WABE's Steve Goss about the benefits of laughter. 

"There's a physical effect." Hurt said.

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Program Note
3:38 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

WABE And PBA30 Outage Tonight At 1 A.M.

Public Broadcasting Atlanta, WABE 90.1FM and PBA30TV will have a planned outage for maintenance beginning at 1 a.m. Wednesday, March 25.  We apologize for any inconvenience, and will resume broadcast services shortly.

A Closer Look
6:00 am
Wed March 18, 2015

As Courts Fight Over Immigration, Georgia Family Faces Father's Deportation

Francisca Delgado holds a family photo at her Gainesville home. Her husband, Eligio Rodriguez Hernandez, was taken into custody after requesting a stay at the immigration office in Atlanta and was subsequently deported.
Credit Elly Yu / WABE

President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration in November would have protected millions of undocumented immigrants from being deported, including some parents of U.S. citizen children. But several lawyers in Georgia say that hasn't always been the case in the past several weeks, ever since a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction to halt parts of the president's plan.

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8:49 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Festival Promoter Tim Sweetwood Talks Shaky Knees, Shaky Boots

On the weekend of May 8-10, the Shaky Knees music festival will present its third annual, three-day weekend of concerts by alternative rock and indie rock bands.
Credit Stacey Kizer / flickr.com/staceymk11

On the weekend of May 8-10, the Shaky Knees music festival will present its third annual, three-day weekend of concerts by alternative rock and indie rock bands. One week later, promoter Tim Sweetwood will debut a two-day festival for country artists called Shaky Boots.  

Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss about the festivals.

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6:49 am
Thu March 5, 2015

This Day in History: Peachtree City Is Incorporated

In this Dec. 20, 2011, photo, a golf cart enters an intersection from a designated pathway to cross a busy street in Peachtree City, Georgia. The extensive network of trails that originated in the city has become a path for golf carts now.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

This Monday is March 9, but it's not just any other day.

If we were to turn Georgia’s clock back 56 years to that date in 1959, we’d witness the incorporation of our state’s newest city, Peachtree City. 

But, Peachtree City in Fayette County was unlike any other municipality in the state. It was a planned community. Although, as Georgia State University historian Cliff Kuhn explains, the concept of a planned community was not a new one.

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8:49 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Atlanta's Historic Sites Celebration, 'Phoenix Flies,' Starts March 7

Druid Hills Presbyterian Church sanctuary
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church

From March 7 through March 22, the Atlanta Preservation Center is presenting its 12th annual "Phoenix Flies"─ a city-wide celebration of Atlanta's historic places.  

Boyd Coons, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center, and Ellen Cody, events coordinator with the APC, recently spoke with WABE's Steve Goss about this year's event.

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A Closer Look
7:40 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

A Talk With NPR's Guy Raz, Host Of 'The TED Radio Hour'

NPR's Guy Raz is host of ''The TED Radio Hour.''
Credit Kainaz Amaria / NPR

On March 6, 2015, the popular NPR series "The TED Radio Hour" launches a new collection of episodes, featuring more talks from the TED series.

Each week, the program collects TED talks that have common themes ─ from creativity to the source of happiness.

Host Guy Raz spoke with WABE's Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer on the Feb. 27 edition of "A Closer Look." Among other things, Raz spoke about his favorite TED talk, by Ken Robinson on kids and creativity.  You can hear that here.

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8:49 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Saving The Fox Theatre: Recollections From The National Monuments Foundation CEO

''Save the Fox'' supporters paraded through the streets 40 years ago to keep the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
Credit Courtesy of The Fox Theatre

It’s been 40 years since the “Save the Fox” campaign successfully spared Atlanta’s most beloved landmark from demolition. 

How Atlantans first learned of the plan to sell and then destroy the Fox Theatre was due to the efforts of a group of high school students — chief among them, Rodney Mims Cook Jr. 

A native Atlantan, Cook today is the CEO of the National Monuments Foundation. Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss. 

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Law Enforcement
5:24 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Kevin Davis' Death Shows Policies Vary On Officer-Involved Shooting Investigations

DeKalb County Police are not required to conduct external investigations into officer involved shootings.
Credit Mikel Manitius / flickr.com/trancemist

It was a Monday night last December, in an apartment just outside Decatur. Kevin Davis was home with his girlfriend, his dog and a co-worker who was staying with him. 

“His co-worker got into a verbal altercation which led to his co-worker stabbing [Kevin's] girlfriend,” said the family's lawyer, Mawuli Mel Davis, no relation. 

He said the girlfriend ran into the bedroom where Kevin was. He called the police.

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3:07 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Wigs, Weaves And Way-Out Hair: A Look Inside The 68th Annual Bronner Brothers Beauty Show

Bronner Bros. shows are famous for the amazingly intricate hair designs.
Alison Guillory WABE

In 1947, siblings Dr. Nathaniel H. Bronner Sr., Arthur E. Bronner Sr. and Emma Bronner began teaching cosmetology at Atlanta's Butler Street YMCA. That first year 300 people came to the Bronner Bros. Trade Show to see beauty seminars and the new products on sale.

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6:49 am
Thu February 19, 2015

This Day in History: Cyclorama Opens In Atlanta

The Atlanta Cyclorama is a massive circular painting of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta.
Credit Katie King / WABE

This Sunday is Feb. 22. If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 123 years to that date in 1892, we'd witness the public presentation of a massive circular painting of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta.  

Georgia State University Associate Professor of history Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss.

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A Closer Look
5:43 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Three Decades Of Atlanta's AIDS Epidemic Told Through A T-Shirt Quilt

Over her three-decade career working with AIDS patients, Jacque Muther has amassed a lot of related T-shirts. As she prepares to retire, she's commissioned Juanita Williams to craft them into a keepsake quilt.
Credit Jim Burress / WABE


In June of 1987, a small group of people gathered in San Francisco, California. They feared history would soon forget their friends and loved ones who were quickly dying of AIDS.

Members of that group came up with a collective idea ─ make a quilt. Many now know it as the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. It has more than 48, 000 panels, and it is housed and cared for here in Atlanta. 

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7:49 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Tax Season Brings Out Scammers, Con Artists Looking For An Easy Score

Now that it’s tax season, some scam artists attempt to steal a taxpayer’s identity or lure taxpayers into sending them money.
Credit Ken Teegardin / Flickr.com/teegardin

Now that it’s tax season, the number of attempts by scam artists to steal a taxpayer’s identity, or con people into paying money that they don’t owe, has increased dramatically.  

Recently, Dottie Callina ─ manager of communications with the Better Business Bureau serving metro Atlanta, Athens and northeast Georgia ─ talked with WABE's Steve Goss about how to protect yourself from a tax season scam. 

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8:49 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School Requires Students To Earn Tuition

Camila Marin (foreground) and Bill Garrett talked with WABE's Steve Goss about Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School's debut year.
Credit Allison Guillory / WABE

One of Atlanta's newer high schools is unique for its student body and its work-study program. 

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is a private school that serves students from low-income households who are required to earn money at a school-sponsored job to help pay their tuition.

Cristo Rey Atlanta's president Bill Garrett recently updated the school's progress with WABE's Steve Goss.

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State of the Union
6:30 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

WABE And NPR's State Of The Union Coverage

President Barack Obama greets members of Congress as he leaves after giving the State of Union address last year.
Credit Larry Downing / Associated Press

Note: The State of the Union is over, but you can watch the whole thing on this page. We have also updated the links below with analysis and responses.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:51 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Atlanta Performer Gives Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speeches New Life

Stephon Ferguson gives a presentation at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
Stephannie Stokes/WABE

At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, you'll find the original Ebenezer Baptist Church. It’s where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his first sermon and where he would serve as co-pastor until his assassination in 1968.

Today, it’s no longer a place of worship, but a place where people can learn about the legacy of Dr. King. Sometimes it’s also where visitors can experience what it might have been like to hear the civil rights leader while he was alive. 

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