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, host of "The TED Radio Hour."
Credit 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 February 27, 2015 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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7:49 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Historian Taylor Branch: The Civil Rights Movement And American Democracy

Taylor Branch wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning book, ''Parting the Waters'' that was the first in a trilogy chronicling the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.
Credit Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0 / wikimedia.org

On this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we'd like to present an encore broadcast of a conversation with renowned historian Taylor Branch that first aired two years ago.

His Pulitzer Prize winning book, "Parting the Waters" was the first in a trilogy chronicling the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, that also included the titles, "Pillar of Fire" and "At Canaan's Edge."    

Here, he talks with WABE's Steve Goss...

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This Day In History
7:49 am
Thu January 15, 2015

This Day In History: Forsyth County's March For Racial Harmony

Counter protesters at the Jan. 17, 1987, march in Forsyth County, Georgia are pictured here.
Credit Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This Saturday is Jan. 17.

If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 28 years to that date in 1987, we'd be witness to the first "brotherhood" march in Forsyth County.

That organizers felt the need to march for racial harmony in the county had its roots in events that occurred there 75 years earlier.

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

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8:49 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Emory Students Reexamine Civil Rights Era Killings

The case of James C. Brazier is one of those being investigated by the Ga. Civil Rights Cold Cases project team at Emory.
Credit scholarblogs.emory.edu/emorycoldcases/

One of the darker legacies of the modern Civil Rights era are scores of unsolved and unpunished racially motivated murders

Hank Klibanoff is the director of the journalism program at Emory University, where he is one of the professors teaching a course investigating civil rights cold cases here in Georgia.  Klibanoff, himself, is also a member of the broader Civil Rights Cold Case Project that’s looking into cases across the South.  

Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

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City Cafe
11:25 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Six Years Of City Cafe

Cake AND Death! Cake at Death Cafe Atlanta
Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE

City Cafe began on Feb. 2, 2009 with a few jaunty notes and host John Lemley welcoming listeners to the noon hour for a mix of classical music and stories and interviews which took a look at the artistic and cultural life of Atlanta. 

The Cafe is closing for good on Jan. 9, and we are taking this week to look back at our favorite stories. All of us on the City Cafe staff would like to thank you for listening.

Read more about the changes coming to WABE here.

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Streaming WABE
10:56 am
Tue January 6, 2015

How Do I Listen to WABE Streams?

The WABE Public Radio app is available for Android and iOS devices and offers streaming access to all three WABE channels.
Credit WABE

WABE has a lot to offer. Of course we've got 90.1 FM, and then there's online streaming, HD radio, the WABE app, and three different channels to choose from. But don't fret! Let us show you how it works.

The WABE Public Radio app

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City Café
11:04 am
Fri January 2, 2015

The Best of City Cafe for 2014

Francine Reed
Credit Georgia Department of Economic Development

2014 has proved to be another busy year for both City Cafe and the city of Atlanta. Our reporting has taken us to rooftops, through forests, and into the lives of seemingly ordinary folks with extraordinary stories. As this year ends and the new one begins, we present some of our favorite features of '14.

Singer Francine Reed on Her Career and Recognition

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5:33 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

A Memorable 5:44 Interview From 2014: Michele Norris on "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

At the turning of the year, we're getting a second listen to some of the more memorable 2014 interviews from "The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer" on All Things Considered.

Early in the year, former NPR All Things Considered co-host Michele Norris 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.  

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12:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

H. Johnson presents "A Christmas Carol"

H. Johnson

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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More Intelligent Radio on WABE
1:08 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

25 new hours of new local programming

More Intelligent Radio on WABE
6:57 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

25 new hours of new local programming

  WABE is pleased to announce exciting changes occurring on 90.1 FM beginning on Jan. 12, 2015.  In addition to developing 25 hours of new programming, we are expanding our local news, arts and cultural coverage and hiring new journalists and producers to bring you the best in local programming.

WABE is investing in what listeners have told us they want most: news and information, arts and culture and what’s happening right here in Atlanta.

Here’s what’s happening with some of WABE’s prominent hosts:

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5:03 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Remembering The WWI Christmas Truce 100 Years Later

A group of German soldiers with two Englishmen on Christmas Day in 1914.
Credit Imperial War Museum, United Kingdom: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205022085?utm_source=iip&utm_medium=lnk&utm_campaign=insight

In 1914, around Christmas, British, German and French soldiers were fighting their first winter of World War I, when something unexpected happened along the Western Front. In many places, soldiers stopped shooting at each other. Some even met their enemy in the no man's land between the trenches, sharing gifts and playing soccer.

That brief moment of piece in an otherwise bloody conflict has come to be known as the Christmas Truce. And, this December, people from the three European countries are celebrating its hundredth anniversary.

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Youth Radio
12:37 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Youth Radio: Coming to America

Poznyak (on right, with bag) with her family upon arriving in New York.
Credit courtesy Anna Poznyak

Anyone who made a big move while still young can attest to the challenges it presents. The change can uproot you from school, your friends and familiar surroundings. Youth Radio’s Anna Poznyak recently experienced such a move and wrote this commentary.

Anna Poznyak is a student at Grady High School. Her commentary was produced by Youth Radio.

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10:57 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Good Ole High School Football Memories; State Football Championships Kickoff

Recognize this current city leader? He's a proud alum of Mays High School. The Raiders will play Northside Warner Robins for the 5A state title.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the Raiders of Mays High School will take on the Northside Warner Robins Eagles in the Class 5A championship game.

It’s been a really long time since a city of Atlanta high school has been crowned state football champs.

Rose Scott talked with one very excited Mays alum.

He wore the number 50 on his jersey and was an intimidating linebacker. 

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6:52 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The Case Of Atlanta's Missing Fire Bell

This fire bell was manufactured in West Troy, NY in 1867.
Tasnim Shamma WABE

There’s a really old bell sitting not far from the Georgia Dome. It even has a nickname: “Gussie.”

One of Atlanta’s oldest fire bells weighs nearly 2,000 pounds and it’s 148 years old. A group of Atlantans are now trying to raise funds to preserve and restore the bell.

It began… as the case of the missing bell.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:30 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

"There's A Whole Dance To Shooting A Cannon": A Conversation With A Cannoneer

Brad Johnson a member of the volunteer cannon crew at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
Credit Ryan Nabulsi/WABE

With its tree canopy and winding trails, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers a quiet, serene escape from the city. That is, until the park's volunteer canon crew arrives.

A handful of days each year, the group of men, young and old, assembles on the mountain, dressed in wool uniforms. And they do what their name implies--shoot off cannons. 

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12:12 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Army 'Dragged Its Feet' On Toxic Vapor Testing Near Fort Gillem

One of the signs placed near several streams close to Fort Gillem
Michelle Wirth WABE

Earlier this year, the Army discovered toxic vapor in several homes near Fort Gillem. The former Army base is in Clayton County. It used to serve as a maintenance facility, and hazardous chemicals were routinely buried on its grounds. Now there’s a debate about whether the Army is to blame for the unhealthy air.

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12:46 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Maria Saporta: Atlanta's Ferguson Demonstration More Peaceful than 1992 Rodney King Protests

Maria Saporta, seen here, says recent protests related to the Michael Brown case were more peaceful than those following the Rodney King verdict. Saporta says those protests, more than twenty years ago, were a wake-up call to Atlanta.
Credit Saporta report

Longtime Atlanta business reporter Maria Saporta remembers well the 1992 fallout from the Rodney King police beating verdict. 

She says the recent Ferguson rallies here in Atlanta recently saw, by comparison, were more peaceful.

(To hear the interview between Saporta and WABE's Jim Burress, click the 'listen' icon below.)

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Atlanta Sounds
8:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Atlanta Sounds: The Jerk Chef

Jerk chicken at Juci Jerk in Stone Mountain.
Credit 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. 

But you don't have to go to Jamaica to find it. Jerk chefs like Donald Roberts of Juci Jerk are cooking up the specialty right here in Atlanta, as we learn in this Atlanta Sounds.


You can find the longer version of our story about jerk cooking here.

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