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8:39 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Taking a Closer Look at Civil War Atlanta

Wendy Hamand Venet
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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6:39 am
Wed May 28, 2014

This Day in History: Grady Memorial Hospital Dedicated

Grady Memorial Hospital (circa 1892)
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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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9:22 am
Sat May 24, 2014

100 Profiles of Poverty in Pictures

Chanda Baptist holds her three-year-old daughter Journey. Until a few weeks ago, the mother and daughter lived in their car. Now, they call a modest apartment in College Park, 'home.'
Chris Ferguson WABE News

About one in five Georgians lives in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

But what does poverty look like?    

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Georgia wants to capture that in pictures.  The organization is behind an exhibit called, “100 Profiles of Poverty,” which coincides with the organization’s 100th anniversary.  

One of the profiles is 42-year-old mother Chanda Baptist.

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8:39 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Essential Advice for Atlanta Job Seekers

Steve Hines
Credit Isabelle Hines

The economy and securing a job continues to be a major concern for millions of Americans.  Steve Hines is a long-time career counselor and job search coach who has just published the 19th edition of his book, "Atlanta Jobs" (CareerSource Publications, 2014).  Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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8:39 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Atlanta's Urban Forest Trails Revealed

Jonah McDonald
Credit Robert Armstrong

For many of us living in metro Atlanta who enjoy hiking outdoors, we typically look to north Georgia's mountains as the destination to satisfy that urge.  But a new book entitled, "Hiking Atlanta's Hidden Forests--Intown and Out" (Milestone Press, 2014) reveals 60 hiking trails practically in our own backyards.  Recently, author Jonah McDonald spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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1:49 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ambassador Andrew Young Speaks about Passing on Blessings Awards

The Pass on Blessings Award, created by Carolyn and Andrew Young, is to affirm the giving spirit and actions of accomplished people who have used the bounty of their blessing to make a difference in the lives of others.
Credit Andrew J Young Foundation

Ambassador Andrew Young stopped by WABE to talk about the 2014 Pass on Blessings Awards.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports the Andrew J. Young Foundation will honor some big names for this year’s 2014 Pass on Blessings Awards.

Honorees are being recognized for making a difference in the lives of others:

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8:39 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Annual Conference to Promote the Health Benefits of Laughter

Debbie Ellison (left) and Lori Sugarman

This weekend, May 16-18, a good number of people downtown will have big smiles on their faces as the third annual international Southern Fried Laughter conference invades the Hotel Capitol Park.  

Recently, conference co-facilitators Lori Sugarman and Debbie Ellison spoke with WABE's Steve Goss.  

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A WABE News Series
9:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Why Liberia?

The sun sets on a rural village in Lofa County, Liberia. Most villages like this have no running water, paved roads or electricity.
Credit Jim Burress / WABE News

This week, WABE News presents the series we're calling, "Why Liberia?" 

As part of a reporting trip paid for through a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, WABE's Jim Burress spent twelve days in the West African country looking at how it's rebuilding nearly a decade after its civil war ended, as well as how Atlanta is connected to those efforts. 

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8:39 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Betty and Dupre: The Atlanta Murder Case that Riveted the Nation's Attention

Credit The History Press / The History press

The song inspired by the case of Betty Andrews and Frank Dupre has kept the famous 1922 Atlanta murder trial  from fading from memory.  

In his new book, "Hanging the Peachtree Bandit--The True Tale of Atlanta's Infamous Frank Dupre" (The History Press, 2014), author Tom Hughes revisits the crime, the trial, and the execution that captured newspaper headlines for months.  

(the version of "Betty Told Dupre" included in this interview performed by Teddy Grace, 1939)

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8:25 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Native Plants For Sale, Many Rescued In The Wild

Gardeners at the Georgia Native Plant Society plant sale, held April 12 at the McFarlane Nature Park in Cobb County.
Robert Aaron/WABE

Twice each year, the Georgia Native Plant Society (GNPS) holds one of the more unusual plant sales in the Atlanta area: they sell only plants that are native to the state of Georgia, many of which were rescued in the wild by GNPS members.

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9:33 am
Sat April 12, 2014

OurSong, Atlanta's Mixed LGBT Chorus, to Perform in Dublin

Members of OurSong perform in WABE's Studio 4
Credit Jim Burress / WABE News

OurSong's Ellen Chase says that since its inception 12 years ago, OurSong's mission has been to take its mixed-voice message abroad. This year, the LGBT-focused Atlanta choral group is doing just that. It's one of just six US groups selected to perform this June in Dublin, Ireland at Various Voices. 

OurSong recently paid a visit to WABE's studios to talk about the group, upcoming performances and raiding money for its trip to Ireland. 

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A Serious Threat
6:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Bat-Killing Fungus Spreads In Georgia

Bat biologist Katrina Morris holds a tri-colored bat with white-nose syndrome.
Dan Raby WABE

Black Diamond Tunnel sits just outside the city of Clayton in the northeast corner of Georgia.

In the mid-1800s, the tunnel was meant to be part of a train passageway connecting South Carolina to Ohio. After the breakout of the Civil War, construction stopped and never resumed.

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The Race Card Project
7:41 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

A Talk with NPR's Michele Norris about Her Peabody Award-Winning "The Race Card Project"

NPR's Michele Norris, during her interview with WABE's Denis O'Hayer about "The Race Card Project." The conversation took place at Georgia State University on April 3, 2014.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE News

NPR's Michele Norris, former regular host of "All Things Considered," just won a Peabody Award from the University of Georgia for her self-funded work, "The Race Card Project."  It invites people to submit 6-word phrases or sentences, describing their experiences and impressions of race in America.  

In a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Norris talked about how the project has grown, and about the effects it is having on people who take part in it.

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4:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

SCLC Women's Drum Major for Justice Awards to Honor Evelyn Lowery

The Drum Major for Justice Awards Gala commemorates the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by providing a forum to recognize today's Drum Majors who are making outstanding contributions in our community.
Credit SCLC Women Inc

Forty-six years ago on April 4th, 1968, a sniper’s bullet cut short the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For 35 years, the Atlanta based SCLC Women Inc. organization has honored individuals with the Drum Major for Justice Awards in King’s honor.

The awards were the idea of Evelyn Lowery who alongside her husband; the Rev. Joseph Lowery, worked in the civil rights movement with King.

This year's awards event will be without its founder.

Mrs. Lowery died last September 26th at the age of 88.

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8:39 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Jimmy Carter's New Book Focuses on the Plight of Women Worldwide

President Carter's 28th book.
Credit Simon and Shuster / Simon and Shuster

Former President Jimmy Carter has authored books on a wide range of topics over the past four decades.  His latest book, "A Call to Action--Women, Religion, Violence, and Power" (Simon and Shuster, 2014), addresses the suffering women and girls around the world.  Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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4:26 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes

Marcus and Joni Lamb, founders of Daystar, also host their own show, as seen in this screenshot from their network. With $233 million in assets, Daystar is the largest religious television network in America that also calls itself a church.
Daystar Television Network

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 10:06 am

Flip on Daystar television at any hour of the day and you'll likely see the elements of modern televangelism: a stylish set, an emotional spiritual message and a phone number on the screen soliciting donations.

Based in a studio complex between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and broadcasting to a potential audience of 2 billion people around the globe, Daystar calls itself the fastest growing Christian television network in the world.

The Internal Revenue Service considers Daystar something else: a church.

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10:26 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Emory University Hosts Conference on Connecting Civil and LGBT Rights Movements

Whose Beloved Community will examine the points of intersection and contention between civil rights crusade and the black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality movement.
Credit Emory University

Atlanta’s Emory University is hosting an international conference that will examine the points of intersection and contention between civil rights crusade and the black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality movement.

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