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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:

STEVE GOSS

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History
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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Features
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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History
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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Features
12:12 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Several Claim 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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Features
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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Beautiful City
12:30 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Beautiful City: Kirkwood Urban Forest

The meadowspace, transformed from an old pile of rubble
Mary Claire Kelly. taken October 10, 2014

Beautiful City is WABE's series about places to go in Atlanta to get away from Atlanta.

Today we’re heading off to Kirkwood, an East Atlanta neighborhood in between Edgewood and Decatur.

Hidden here is a small patch of nature that, in a way, is just as manmade as the concrete jungle that surrounds it.

The Kirkwood Urban Forest is a combination meadow, community garden, and forest space that used to be something completely different.

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Word of the Year
1:16 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

On Vape: The Oxford Dictionary Discusses 2014's Word Of The Year

"A gap emerged in the lexicon, as a word was needed to describe this activity, and distinguish it from 'smoking,'" Oxford's press release said.
Credit SodanieChea / flickr.com/sodaniechea

The English language is constantly evolving, and recognizing this, the Oxford Dictionary annually selects a “Word of the Year.”

WABE’s Myke Johns spoke with one of their editors, Allison Wright, about how the word was selected.

Read Oxford's post about their pick at their blog here.

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Features
6:39 am
Thu November 13, 2014

This Day in History: UAW Stages Sitdown Stike at Lakewood GM Plant

The view looking south on McDonough Boulevard--in front of the Lakewood Assembly Plant (1947)
Credit Georgia State University Library

This Sunday is Nov. 16.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 78 years to that date in 1936, we'd be witness to the United Autoworkers Union's first automobile sitdown strike - an event staged at the Lakewood General Motors plant on McDonough Boulevard.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the strike with WABE's Steve Goss...

  

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Features
8:39 am
Wed November 12, 2014

'Tis the Season: Open Enrollment for Medicare Ends Dec. 7, 2014

Jae Oh, author of "Maximize Your Medicare"

Medicare as it currently exists includes four parts:  Medicare Part A covers hospitalization costs; Part B, medical services; Part C, Medicare Advantage; and Part D, prescription drugs.  The open enrollment period for this fall will expire on Dec. 7, 2014 - hence the flood of ads for various plans in the mail, online, and on TV.  

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Features
7:58 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Maria Saporta Reflects on Her Conversation with Hank Aaron

Maria Saporta
Credit Saporta report

It's been more than 40 years since Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's long-held career homerun record before a sold-out crowd at Atlanta Stadium.  Recently, veteran Atlanta journalist Maria Saporta sat down with Hank Aaron and his wife Billye for an interview for the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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WABE Specials
11:38 am
Fri October 31, 2014

The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta’s Response

Licensed clinician Hala Fawal practices drawing blood from a patient using a dummy during a CDC training in Anniston, Ala.
Credit Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

WABE’s exclusive documentary, “The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta’s Response,” takes a look at how the current epidemic in West Africa began to take form.

The disease, which has so far been concentrated in the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, has killed more people than all the previous outbreaks combined.

The outbreak began to take shape in early March, when Doctors Without Borders and Guinea’s Ministry of Health started looking into what they called “Ebola clusters.”

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WABE Special
11:20 am
Fri October 31, 2014

From the Apartment Building of NYC's First Ebola Patient, A Different Take

New York City police officers stand at the building entrance of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer in New York.
Credit Craig Ruttle / AP

Atlanta’s not the only the city where concerns about coming in contact with those working with Ebola patients causes alarm.

New York City’s first confirmed Ebola patient was Dr. Craig Spencer, who contracted the virus while volunteering in Guinea.

Whether workers like Spencer should be immediately quarantined upon returning to the U.S continues to be a highly debated issue.

But journalist Michele Wilson, who lives one floor below Dr. Spencer has a different take.

When she spoke with WABE, Wilson had this message on calming fears about Ebola.

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WABE Specials
11:20 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Fourth Ebola Patient Leaves Emory with Smiles and Hugs

Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, speaks at a news conference as members of her nursing staff look on after being discharged from Emory University Hospital.
Credit David Goldman / AP

With the release of Dallas nurse Amber Vinson, Emory University Hospital has now helped four patients recover from the Ebola virus.  

Vinson left Emory less than two weeks after her arrival. When she was discharged, Emory said the 29-year-old had shown no Ebola virus for at least a week.                                                    

As Vinson left a news conference Tuesday to head back to Texas, she hugged and thanked each of the hospital’s Ebola treatment team.

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WABE Specials
11:20 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Former CDC Director David Satcher: Ebola Quarantines Are a Mistake

WABE spoke to Dr. David Satcher, the former director of the CDC and sixteenth U.S surgeon general, about the quarantine policy and lessons learned.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

The reality about Ebola is, some are panicking. And fears about the spread of Ebola in the United States has led to strict guidelines for those entering the U.S.

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WABE Specials
11:20 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Ebola Fears Leading to Discrimination

The Rev. William Harris, who came to the U.S. from Liberia in the 1970s, told WABE about being treated differently because of the Ebola scare.
Credit Katie King / for WABE

As Ebola fears grow in the U.S., some local residents from countries hardest hit by the deadly viral disease say they’re experiencing discrimination.

All you have to do is say you’re from a country in West Africa, and it immediately strikes fear among some in the local community. William BGK Harris came to the U.S. from Liberia in the 1970s and recently had this experience with a woman who worked at a local mall.

“She followed my accent and she said ‘you’re from Liberia.’ ” 

“Yes I am,” said Harris. “She said, ‘Oh, you’re the ones who brought Ebola here.’ ”

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WABE Specials
11:20 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Dekalb School Superintendent Michael Thurmond on the District's New Ebola-Driven Health Policy

Dekalb School Superintendent Michael Thurmond, then Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor, speaking in 2010
Credit John Amis / Associated Press

Concerns about the Ebola virus prompted several Metro Atlanta school districts to update their health policies for those coming from Ebola-affected regions.

DeKalb changed its policy after two students who traveled from Liberia tried to register for school. District officials said they didn’t have the right medical documents.

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WABE Specials
11:19 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Inside the CDC's Ebola Safety Course

A medical trainee learns how to properly take off a face mask during the CDC's week-long Ebola Safety Course in Anniston, Alabama.
Michell Eloy WABE

Nearly 5,000 people in West Africa have so far died from the deadly Ebola virus, and its spread shows little sign of slowing.

Part of the reason is because the health care systems in the hardest hit countries are overwhelmed by the thousands of cases.

In response, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a training course for those interested in deploying to the region to help out.

Earlier this month WABE’s Michell Eloy visited the training facility.

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WABE Specials
11:19 am
Fri October 31, 2014

First American Ebola Patients Cured, Released from Atlanta Hospital

Dr. Kent Brantly stands with his wife at a press conference at Emory University Hospital. Brantly says he is going away for a while to reconnect with his family.
Credit Jim Burress / WABE

Three weeks after arriving in Atlanta for treatment for Ebola, American missionaries Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly were been released from Emory University Hospital.

Writebol asked for privacy, and did not speak to media after her discharge on Tuesday.  But Brantly did speak briefly to reporters before his release Thursday.

With his wife by his side and a tear in his eye, a waifish Kent Brantly thanked God for his recovery.  He also praised the Emory team of five doctors and 21 nurses who worked to restore him to good health.

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WABE Specials
11:19 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Inside the Liberian Hospital where the First Ebola Patients Were Treated

Mental health practitioner Luana Korvah walks down an outer corridor at Telewonyan Hospital in Voinjama, Liberia. A nearby generator provides limited electricity to the hospital. The generator is so loud, it’s nearly impossible to converse.
Jim Burress WABE

What follows is a first-person account of WABE report Jim Burress’ experiences at a Liberian hospital where the country’s first Ebola patients sought treatment:

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City Café
12:18 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Economics of Dracula - John Edgar Browning on Monsters in Our Culture

John Edgar Browning
Credit Rob Felt / Georgia Tech

Scary movies are in season with Halloween just a day away. As people dim the lights and pop in their favorite horror movies looking for a good scare, we wondered why we’re so fascinated by movie monsters and, in particular, vampires.

Thankfully, we have an expert here in town: John Edgar Browning is the Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Tech, and he is a scholar of vampires.

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WABE Specials
2:55 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta’s Response

Licensed clinician Hala Fawal practices drawing blood from a patient using a dummy during a CDC training in Anniston, Ala.
Credit Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

On Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., join WABE News for an exclusive  documentary, The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta’s Response

The Ebola health crisis reaches from Africa to the United States, and Atlanta has been key in dealing with this deadly virus.

How did this outbreak begin?  Who is a risk?  What mistakes have been made? What have we learned?  And what’s being done right here in Atlanta to respond?

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WABE Special
11:51 am
Tue October 28, 2014

The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta's Response

Credit Brynn Anderson / Associated Press
Technology
1:23 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

High-Tech Farming: How PodPonics Grows Lettuce Indoors

Inside the PodPonics farm
Evan Changhwan Jang WABE

This story originally aired Sept. 17, 2014.

If it weren’t for the sign just outside the entrance to the Podponics farm, you might wonder if you’d gotten the address wrong.

As you pull into the lot, the scene most resembles an industrial truck yard. Airplanes are rushing overhead, taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson, just a few miles away. And the 11 acres of land in front of you are mostly empty, with exception of a few dozen shipping containers, stacked two levels high in the middle of the lot.

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Features
6:39 am
Mon October 13, 2014

This Day in History: Maynard Jackson Elected Mayor of Atlanta

Mayor-elect Maynard Jackson with his mother Dr. Irene Dobbs Jackson (left) and his wife, Bunnie
Credit Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This Thursday is October 16th.  If we were to turn our city's clock back 41 years to that date in 1973, we'd hear news that Maynard Jackson had just been elected Atlanta's first African American mayor.  Georgia State University Associate professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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Atlanta Sounds
12:15 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Atlanta Performer Gives Dr. King'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 it’s 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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