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Week of 12 April 2010

Friday, April 16th

This Week’s Have Your Say: Signs of Spring

All week we’ve been asking listeners, “What are your personal signs of spring?” And from Canadian geese to pond turtles to the crack of baseball bats, you responded.

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Thanks to everyone who called in for this week’s Have Your Say.

Thursday, April 15th

Georgia History: Census

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It’s U.S. Census time again, and this week, Georgia State History professor Tim Crimmins stops by to talk with WABE’s John Lemley about the history of the census in Atlanta and significant ten-year periods in the city’s history.

For more on Atlanta’s growth through the decades, click here.

To view some Atlanta History Center photographs from the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition at Piedmont Park, click here.

For more on Booker T. Washington’s historic “Atlanta Compromise” speech at the Exposition, click here.

This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

Access Atlanta

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Atlanta Journal Constitution “Best Bets” writer Shane Harrison talks about what’s going on around the city this week.

Saturday, April 17th - Sweetwater 420 Fest

Opens Saturday, April 17th - Georgia Renaissance Festival

Tuesday, April 20th - Richard Thompson

Wednesday, April 14th

Reel Atlanta

Reel Atlanta

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A look at the city’s cinematic offerings with arts journalist David Lee Simmons.

Thursday, April 15th - Freedom Riders

Wednesday, April 21st - Dive!

Saturday, April 17th - Movie On The Meadow

Friday, April 23rd - M Tucker:The Man and His Dream

The Indie Music Scene

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.

Friday, April 16th - Todd Snider at Variety Playhouse

Friday, April 16th - Gringo Star at The Earl

saturday, April 17th - Carolina Chocolate Drops at Variety Playhouse

Tuesday, April 13th

StoryCorps Atlanta - Moore

Sheri Davis-Faulkner & Charles Moore

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Grady Hospital doctor Charles Moore runs a free clinic out of City of Refuge, a nonprofit Christian organization on Atlanta’s west side. Last year, he started advising Emory doctoral candidate Sherí Davis-Faulkner on research she was doing there. At StoryCorps Atlanta, Sherí had some questions for Dr. Moore about the origins of his clinic, which is called Heal, and about his own journey.

Shearing Sheep in Atlanta

Sheep Shearer Scott Fuss

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Gone are the days when our area’s census numbers registered more farmers than any other profession—but there are still all kinds of animals raised in and around Atlanta: chickens, goats, llamas, and in some cases, sheep.

Adult sheep are shorn once each year. It’s the process whereby the wool, or fleece, is cut off by a shearer. Since most Georgia farms don’t raise sheep, the art of shearing here is almost lost, but this isn’t true everywhere. Certainly not on one farm just east of Atlanta in Covington.

If you want to see just how this is done, you’re in luck. The Atlanta History Center’s Sheep to Shawl festival takes place this Saturday. There will be live demonstrations of sheep shearing, open-hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and much more on the Tullie Smith Farm.

Monday, April 12th

Playing Games on Twitter

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In recent years, social networking and micro-blogging services have exploded onto the scene, with millions of users and almost as many as new features. The things people are doing with their network apps are also expanding; look and you’ll find everything from performance art to literature to recreation.

John Sharp was recently part of a panel at the South by Southwest Interactive Film and Music Festival in Austin, Texas, discussing one of the hotter trends in social networking: game playing. It turns out that playing games is something that just about every culture engages in, and it’s no surprise that we should explore the possibilities of puzzles and contests on an application like Twitter, too. Sharp is a professor of interactive design and game development at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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.

Tuesday, April 13th - Christopher Rice - The Moonlit Earth

Wednesday, April 14th - Susan Rebecca White - A Soft Place to Land

Friday, April 16th - Ace Atkins - Infamous