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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NPR News Investigations
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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6:39 am
Wed March 26, 2014

This Day in History: Baker vs. Carr Ends Georgia's County Unit System

Campaign flyer for gubernatorial candidate Carl Sanders
Credit georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu

Today is March 26th.  if we were to turn Georgia's clock back 52 years to this date in 1962, we'd witness the United States Supreme Court's decision in Baker vs. Carr--a ruling that led to significant changes in state election laws.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the decision and its ramifications for Georgia politics with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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8:39 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Your Next Georgia Vacation? Visit a Farm!

Jodi Helmer

While the beach or the mountains remain popular vacation destinations, more Georgians are finding interest in other "stay-cations."  

In her new book, "Farm Fresh Georgia" (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), Jodi Helmer has compiled a travel guide for people who want to visit the variety of places in this state where their food is produced.  

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8:39 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Remembering the Dearly Departed: New Book Looks at the Ways We Mourn

Kate Sweeney
Credit Kaylinn Gilstrap / Kaylinn Gilstrap Photography

For many of us the topic of death is something we prefer not to discuss--it's too scary, too gruesome, or perhaps too real.  WABE producer, Kate Sweeney, however, has just written a book entitled, "American Afterlife--Encounters in the Customs of Mourning" (University of Georgia Press, 2014).  In a recent conversation with WABE's Steve Goss she was happy to talk about the way we deal with death, and how she came to write a book about it... 

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11:31 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Morehouse President Dr. John Wilson Talks, "A World Of Our Dreams"

Dr. John S. Wilson, the new president of Morehouse College, in WABE studio 2 with Rose Scott.
Credit Katie King

For nearly 150 years Morehouse College has traditionally graduated more African American men than any other academic institution.

Since 1967, Morehouse presidents have also been Morehouse graduates.

That continued with the recent selection of Dr. John Wilson.

He’s the institution’s 11th president.

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8:39 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Are You Talking to Me? A Conversation with the Voice Talent Behind Apple's Siri

Susan Bennett, the original voice of Apple's Siri
Credit Jefferson Graham / USA Today

In 2011, Apple released an upgraded version of its top-selling I-Phone--the 4S.  Among the features:  a female voice assistant named "Siri."  Last Fall, Atlanta-based voice talent Susan Bennett revealed that she was the original voice of Siri.  Recently, she--Susan Bennett, that is--spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

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8:39 am
Thu March 6, 2014

"Phoenix Flies": Connecting with Atlanta's Living Landmarks

Boyd Coons, Executive Director of the Atlanta Preservation Center
Credit Atlanta Preservation Center

   This Saturday, March 8th, the Atlanta Preservation Center kicks off its annual "Phoenix Flies"--a two-week citywide celebration of Atlanta's historic places, including buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes.  Recently, the APC's Executive Director Boyd Coons,  and Events Coordinator Carolyn Stine Mclaughlin, previewed the celebration with WABE's Steve Goss...


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12:24 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Facing Sex Trafficking, An Artistic Approach

Credit FacingProject.com

A word of caution, this report contains references to the sexual abuse of children.

Thursday night, a rather unique event takes place.

Organizers hope it will bring awareness to the sexual exploitation of minors.

Artists will perform spoken word, music, dance and other art forms during Facing Sex Trafficking: Atlanta’s Dirty Little Secret.

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6:39 am
Wed February 26, 2014

This Day in History: Atlantan Wins World Middleweight Championship

Tiger Flowers
Credit www.georgiaencyclopedia.org

Today is February 26th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 88 years to this date in 1926, we'd witness residents--both black and white--celebrating the news that Tiger Flowers had just won the World Middleweight Boxing Championship:  the first African American to win a world boxing title in 18 years.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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8:39 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Saving a School Under Siege: A Conversation with Antoinette Tuff

Antoinette Tuff
Credit Baker Publishing Group / Baker Publishing Group

On August 20, 2013, a lone gunman entered McNair Discovery Learning Academy in DeKalb County.  He walked to the front desk where bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff was filling in while the school's secretary was at lunch.  

What happened next captured headlines across the country and is recounted in a book by Ms. Tuff, entitled, "Prepared for a Purpose" (with Alex Tresniowski, Bethany House, 2014). 

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8:39 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Preserving the Gullah Geechee Culture

Althea Sumpter, Acting Chair of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission
Credit Jerry Immel

Eight years ago, Congress authorized the creation of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor--the first of its kind in the United States.  Althea Sumpter is acting chairperson of the federal commission whose mission includes preservation of the remnants of the culture that stretches from Wilmington, North Carolina, south along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts, into northern Florida.  Recently she spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

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7:39 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Meeting the Beatles: Recollections by a Legendary Disc Jockey and His Daughter

Bill Wright, Sr (smiling, center), between and behind John Lennon (left) and Paul McCartney (right)
Credit Hy Lit

It was nearly fifty years ago that the Beatles first landed in America. Life hasn't been the same since for many members of the baby-boom generation.  Including me.  As a high school student in the late 1960s, I was friends with a girl whose father had been the morning personality at "Wibbage," WIBG radio--the station that promoted the Beatles first visit to Philadelphia on September 2, 1964.  Recently, Bill Wright, Sr and his daughter Kelly shared their memories of the day they met the Beatles when the band performed at Convention Hall...

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6:39 am
Thu January 30, 2014

This Day in History: Coretta Scott King Dies

Coretta Scott King lies in repose at the Georgia Capitol
Credit New York Times

Today is January 30th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back eight years to this date in 2006, we'd be witness to the news that Coretta Scott King, widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr, had died.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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8:39 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Dealing with the Politics and Economics of Menstruation in Developing Countries

Lorrie Lynn King (right), International Founder and Executive Director, 50 Cents Period.Org
Credit Elaine Oyzon-Mast

In 2011, Clarkston, Georgia resident and public health professional Lorrie Lynn King and her partners founded a non-profit called 50 Cents period.org.  

Its mission is to provide women in developing parts of the world with sanitary products and information on managing their menstruation hygiene.  

In a recent conversation with WABE's Steve Goss, Ms. King recalled what she discovered three years ago during a visit to underserved rural schools in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. 

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Web Extra
8:58 am
Sat January 25, 2014

The Tangled Timeline Of The Bluff

Screenshot from The Tangled Timeline Of The Bluff

As an adjunct to the documentary Stuck In The Bluff: AIDS, Heroin, and One Group's Illegal Quest To Save Lives, we have put together an interactive timeline of some of the various historical forces that form the backdrop for the story.

The Bluff  -- the place and the people -- didn't just happen randomly.  Like everything else, history played a complex role.  In the Bluff, four particular historical trends converged:

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Stuck in the Bluff
7:49 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Stuck In The Bluff: AIDS, Heroin, and One Group’s Illegal Quest to Save Lives

AHRC's Marshall Rancifer discusses his work in the organization.
Credit Katie King / WABE

Twice a week, the rickety Winnebago operated by Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition (AHRC) pulls up to one of the most troubled intersections in the Southeast. A line quickly forms. 

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8:39 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Photographing Man's Ill Effects on the Environment

Butte, Montana
Peter Essick

Freelance photojournalist Peter Essick--a resident of Stone Mountain, Georgia--has just published a book entitled, "Our Beautiful, Fragile World" (Rocky Nook, 2013).  It chronicles more than two decades of his work at National Geographic magazine depicting man's often detrimental effect on the environment.  Here, the author speaks with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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4:03 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Best of 2013 - Death Cafe Atlanta: A Coffee Klatch for Grim Matters

One rule of Death Cafe Atlanta: You do eat refreshments at Death Cafe Atlanta.
Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE

This week, we’re looking back on some of our favorite stories from the past year.

All through 2013, Death Café Atlanta brought crowds to Historic Oakland Cemetery. The subject matter? All things grim. As WABE’s Kate Sweeney reported, the group’s popularity might signal a larger trend.


 On a recent Saturday afternoon, the meeting room in the bell tower at Oakland Cemetery was filled to capacity, as people of all ages had conversations about topics related to death and dying.


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12:00 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

H. Johnson presents "A Christmas Carol"

H. Johnson
Credit WABE

This time of year, there are many performances of Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" in and around Atlanta. 

We here at City Cafe thought we’d throw our hat in the ring with the help of several of those theater groups.

We’ve pulled together a compilation of audio clips from the various shows to illustrate the story, with our own H. Johnson as narrator.

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8:39 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Author Outlines Best Practices for Charitable Giving

author Eric Friedman
Credit Eric Friedman and Michelle Kaffko / Organic Headshots

With the end of the year coming up, many of us are planning to make tax-deductible contributions to charities.  But how do you know if your donation is being used to its best effect?  Eric Friedman's new book, "Reinventing Philanthropy--A Framework for More Effective Giving" (Potomac Books, 2013) explores how donors can maximize the impact of their contributions.  Here, the author talks with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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Modern Day Slavery
12:57 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Anti-Modern Day Slavery Advocate Has Genealogical Ties to Historical Greats

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is descended from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington.
Credit Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

According to a global slavery index, nearly 30 million people around the world are tied into what’s considered modern day slavery.

That includes sex trafficking.

For years now Atlanta has been identified as a child sex trafficking hub.

A locally based group uses a curriculum to help keep kids from being sexually exploited.

In a two-part interview, WABE’s Rose Scott speaks with the organization’s founder and president.

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9:52 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Metro Atlanta Teen Honored for Motivating Youth Environmentalists

Charles Orgbon III was named this year's "Captain Planet Young Superhero for Earth."
Credit Jim Burress / WABE News

Charles Orgbon III is this year’s Captain Planet Young Superhero for Earth.  His non-profit, Greening Forward, has grown to support young environmental change makers across the globe.  And when he spoke with WABE's Jim Burress before Friday’s event gala, Orgbon said it all started when he decided to pick up trash at age 12.

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