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Week of 23 August 2010

Friday, August 27th

All Things Active

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John Lemley talks to WABE’s Rose Scott about the coming week in sports and active events

Have Your Say: Kiss & Make Up

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All week, we’ve been asking listeners, “In honor of Kiss & Make Up Day, what would you like to apologize for?” Here are some of the great responses we received.

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

Thursday, August 26th

Fernbank’s Bug Out Festival

Fernbank's Bug Out Festival

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Hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, and Georgia’s native scorpians, oh my! Host John Lemley gets up-close-and-personal with some giant insects and arachnids, courtesy of Dr. Maryanne Robinette, Outreach Coordinator for the University of Georgia’s Entomology Department.

This weekend, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is hosting the Bug Out Festival. It’s part of the 97 Days To Play program, and it features games, treats and bug-themed activities—including a unique hands-on opportunity in which visitors will get a chance to handle and pet bugs from around the world.

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.

Through October 24th - Pageant: The Musical

August 28th & 29th - Summer Shade Festival

August 28th & 29th - Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival

Wednesday, September 1st - The Wrights

Wednesday, August 25th

The “Perfect” Dog

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According to figures from The Spot Society, more than 100,000 animals are brought to metro Atlanta animal shelters each year. Meanwhile, a number of rescue groups are working to find good homes for those dogs and cats. Of course, choosing a canine best friend can be its own adventure. Producer Kate Sweeney recently decided to take the plunge and get a rescue dog herself; she took us along on the journey.

This Week in Independent Music

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, August 27th - Chromeo at The Masquerade

Saturday, August 28th - Paul Thorn at Variety Playhouse

Tuesday, August 31st - Xavier Rudd at Variety Playhouse

Correction: Xavier Rudd is playing on Tuesday, August 31st, not Monday, August 30th.

Tuesday, August 24th

StoryCorps - Mark & Sarah Richards

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Evan Richards of Atlanta turns eight months old this Saturday. While he’s not speaking yet, his parents, Mark and Sarah Richards, are talking a lot these days about their own childhoods. At StoryCorps Atlanta, Sarah started out by asking her husband to talk about his own upbringing.

Georgia History - First Electric Trolley

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On August 22, 1889, Atlantans had the first chance to ride on the latest mode of mass transit, the electric trolley. Today, Dr. Tim Crimmins tells us more about this historic event. Crimmins is director of The Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University.

Monday, August 23rd

SOAR Rocket Launch

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Southern Area Rocketry, or SOAR, promotes sport rocketry and engineering through regular launches of mid-to-high power rockets around Georgia. WABE’s Myke Johns headed out to Hoschton, Georgia for one such launch, and brought back this story.

You can see the video from David Sleeman’s rocket here! Visit City Cafe’s Facebook page for even more photos.

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, August 24th - Jennifer Arnold - Through A Dog’s Eyes

Thursday, August 26th - Blane Bachelor - On Being A Bachelor

Wednesday, August 25th - Dr. Muhammad Yunus - Building Social Business