Erin Brockovich (left) speaks to WABE's Jim Burress (right) about her continued efforts to protect the environment. The Atlanta-based Captain Planet Foundation named Brockovich "Protector of the Earth."
Atlanta civil rights leader Rev. C.T. Vivian recently received the nation's highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama. In part 1 of a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Dr. Vivian talked about the influence of the civil rights movement on Nelson Mandela, and vice versa.
The Santaland Diaries began as an essay by writer David Sedaris. It’s the true and humorous account of his stint working as a Christmas elf at Macy’s Department Store. Sedaris first read the essay on NPR’s Morning Edition in 1992, and that story was his first major break. For the past 15 Christmases, Atlanta’s Horizon Theater has performed the essay, adapted as a play. And since its first run in 1998, actor Harold Leaver has played the main role as Crumpet the Elf.
It’s the beginning of December and for those who participated, that means that National Novel Writing Month is over. The challenge is what it sounds like: write a novel in one month. WABE’s Myke Johns spent November following two Atlanta writers as they hit the keys, and has this story.
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is again taking criticism for something he said about the Affordable Care Act, which many people also call Obamacare. At a recent meeting of GOP women in Evans, Hudgens compared coverage for pre-existing conditions to someone asking for auto insurance coverage after getting into a wreck. In a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Hudgens said he used a bad analogy, but defended his criticism of the Affordable Care Act.
There’s been an uptick in the number of measles cases in the U.S. this year, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC Director Tom Frieden said Thursday there have been 175 confirmed reports of measles this year as of Nov. 30 and counting, though he says that number is likely a bit larger. On average, the CDC says it receives about 60 reports annually.
By 2020, had Georgia participated in the Medicaid expansion, almost twice as many uninsured Georgians would have received coverage compared to current projections based on the state’s decision not to participate.
If Georgia does not expand Medicaid, as is now Governor Nathan Deal’s plan, the state’s economy will do without about $4.9 billion in the year 2022. The figure comes from a newly-released Commonwealth Fund report on how states will gain or lose in the Medicaid expansion equation.
A DeKalb County superior court judge held a hearing Thursday for a lawsuit filed by a group of students against the Board of Regents. The group is trying to overturn a state policy that requires undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.
Prior to the hearing, some students held a press conference outside the courthouse. Raymond Partolan, a plaintiff in the case, said it’s time to change the policy.
Animal protection activists in Atlanta took a new tack Thursday in protesting the treatment of circus animals.
The circus doesn’t come to town until February, but the organization Georgia Animal Rights and Protection (GARP) staged a protest in Buckhead. GARP members posted themselves outside the restaurant where a public relations representative from Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey was having lunch with other PR folks.
This weekend sees the return of a musical holiday tradition that’s been taking place for more than eight decades. Each year, the glee clubs of historic black colleges Morehouse and Spelman join forces to put on a powerful holiday concert whose program includes carols, spirituals and more.
Dr. Kevin Johnson, who directs Spelman’s Glee Club, joined us to talk about the tradition, and what he looks forward to most each year.
Georgia is scheduled to adopt new tests for students in grades 3-12 next year to assess the Common Core education standards. However, officials are on a tight timeline.
Earlier this year, Georgia withdrew from a national testing consortium, citing cost. Michael Petrilli is with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education think tank. At an education forum in Atlanta last month, Petrilli said Georgia’s decision to opt out was a mistake.
This Saturday is December 7th. If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 67 years to this date in 1946, we'd be witness to a massive fire engulfing one of our city's luxury hotels. Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the tragic event with WABE's Steve Goss...
The DeKalb County school board this week voted to settle a construction lawsuit that dragged on for years. The district had been locked in a long-term battle with its former construction management firm.
DeKalb fired firm Heery/Mitchell in 2007, complaining about costs and delays. Heery sued the district for unpaid invoices. DeKalb countersued, alleging breach of contract and fraud. This week, the school board agreed to accept a $7.5 million settlement from Heery. Board member and attorney Marshall Orson says it was time to settle the case and move on.
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" has been a holiday mainstay at the Alliance Theater for nearly two decades. The elaborate production, anchored by Chris Kayser as Ebeneezer Scrooge, features a cast of all ages, song and dance, and characters appearing from thin air or flying around the stage as the story leads us through the miserly Scrooge's Christmases past, present and future. WABE's David Barasoain produced this behind the curtain view of A Christmas Carol for City Cafe back in 2011.
Chris Kayser has spent twenty years portraying Ebenezer Scrooge on the Alliance Theater stage. This season’s production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will bring that to an end—Kayser will be retiring from the role after the show closes. But before he exits, we had the longtime Atlanta actor in to talk about the role he has inhabited for so long and about his insights into this character we all think we know.
With Congress returning to the Capitol, one of the major items on its year-end agenda is passing a Farm Bill, negotiations over which resumed this week after talks foundered in mid-November.
Chief among the differences between separate House and Senate bills that passed their respective chambers earlier this year is the amount of funding that would be cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as SNAP or food stamps.
The executive director of Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute, Dr. Walter Curran, says sequestration is taking its toll on the institute. Curran made the comments during a teleconference Tuesday with the American Cancer Society Action Network and other cancer center directors. The American Cancer Society Action Network is urging Congress to end sequester cuts.