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Week of 4 May 2009

Friday - May 8, 2009

Cokie Roberts

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In the tenth-anniversary edition of We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters, NPR senior news analyst, Cokie Roberts, looks at the nature of women’s roles. She also profiles modern day well known women from a variety of fields in an effort to see how women have progressed over the last few decades.

Earlier WABE’s Lois Reitzes spoke to Cokie Roberts about the book and began by asking whether life for women in the workplace has become easier.

Incidentally, earlier this year the Library of Congress named Cokie Roberts a “Living Legend,” — she’s one of very few Americans to have attained that honor.

Luxuries In These Economic Times

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All week we’ve been asking listeners “What little luxury do you allow yourself in these economic times?” Here are the results.

City Cafe would like to thank all callers who phoned in their answers.


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Thursday - May 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Robert Spano

Robert Spano

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In addition to the several classical composers whose birthdays we are celebrating today, our own Robert Spano is celebrating his.

Spano’s career has taken him globetrotting, conducting nearly every major North American orchestra from the Boston Symphony to Chicago, New York, Amsterdam, Zurch and London.

He came to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2001, taking on the role of Music Director, even as he still had a foot in the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

We previously sat with the man who most people only ever see from the back, to hear how he got his start.

Happy Birthday Robert!

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Access Atlanta

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AJC Best Bets writer Shane Harrison talks about what’s going on around Atlanta this week.

Wednesday - May 6, 2009


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Shaken and stirred, The Atlanta History Center southern music series continues tomorrow and Friday night with straight up Blues and a performance by Danny “Mudcat” Dudek.

Daniel “Mudcat Dudeck has been a mainstay in the Atlanta music scene for twenty years and this Thursday and Friday will be performing at the Atlanta History Center as part of their Southern Music: Shaken and Stirred Series.

Paste Magazine

Paste Magazine

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Paste Magazine’s Kevin Keller stops by to tell us what’s happening this weekend in Atlanta’s independent music scene.

Wednesday - Death Cab For Cutie - Fox Theatre

Saturday - Vienna Teng - Variety Playhouse

Saturday - The Dexateens - The Earl

Tuesday - May 5, 2009

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living At The Alliance

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French cabaret is an emotional—some might say over the top—form of musical theater, and it’s being brought to life right now on the Alliance stage. Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris transports its audiences to the nightclubs of the City of Lights under the direction of Alliance Artistic Director Susan Booth. WABE’s Lois Reitzes recently sat down with Susan to talk about Brel and the songwriting which fuels this show.

National Train Day

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This Saturday, Amtrak is marking 140-years of rail service with its second annual National Train Day. Today - with only two passenger trains a day at its Amtrak station - Atlanta may not feel like it has much to celebrate this weekend. But, there was some news last month, when President Obama unveiled plans for a national high-speed rail system, which would have Atlanta as a major hub.
Jackson McQuigg is a rail expert at the Atlanta History Center. I spoke to him late last week at one of the center’s permanent display’s called “Metropolitan Frontiers”.

National Train Day celebrations will be held this Saturday in Toccoa, Loganville and right here in Atlanta.

Monday - May 4, 2009

Fringe Atlanta

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A classical music concert series geared to attracting new audiences is also attracting older ones. Fringe is a multi-sensory way to expose the iPod generation to extraordinary chamber music. It’s done through an immersion of multi-media and art. Now in its second season, Dana Goldman reports why Atlantans young and old are becoming fans of Fringe.

Brandt Fredriksen (piano), Fia Durrett (violin), Roy Harran (Cello) and Yinzi Kong (viola) will perform piano quartets by Gabriel Fuaré and Johannes Brahms. Fringe is held at Church of the Redeemer, 5185 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, inside the perimeter. To learn more about Fringe, visit their website.

Local Book Events


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Executive Director of the Decatur Book Festival and curator of verb.org Daren Wang stops by to talk about local area books and book events.