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11:23 am
Tue April 21, 2015

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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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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?

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.

If you need help, call 678-553-2908 to leave a message with your question. A representative from WABE will return your call.

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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