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Week of 30 August 2010

Friday, September 3rd

Have Your Say: Summer Vacation Stories

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All week, we’ve been asking listeners, “What are some of your more unusual summer vacation stories?” Here are some of the responses we received.

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

Thursday, September 2nd

Welcome to Nerdy-Gras: A Look At Dragon*Con


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If you’ve never attended Dragon*Con or perhaps never heard of it, WABE’s companion TV station, PBA 30, has the perfect introduction for you. It’s a brand new documentary, Four Days at Dragon*Con, the creation of two PBA 30 producers, Gordon Ray and Jack Walsh. The two stopped by to tell us more about the documentary, and Jack began by telling us the focus of the film.

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, September 4th - Goapele

Throughout September - Decatur Concerts on the Square

Friday, September 3rd - Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

September 4th - 6th - Art in the Park

Wednesday, September 1st

Decatur Book Festival Preview With Tom Bell

AJC Decatur Book Festival

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The AJC Decatur Book Festival is turning five years old this Labor Day weekend. Since its inception, the event has become the largest independent book festival in the country, and the fourth-largest overall. Joining us to preview the literary extravaganza is the festival’s co-founder and program director, Tom Bell.

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.

Wednesday, September 1st - Tegan & Sara at Gwinnett Arena

Friday, September 3rd - Yelawolf at Smith’s Olde Bar

Wednesday, September 8th - Crystal Castles at The Masquerade

Tuesday - August 31st

StoryCorps Atlanta - Teso McDonald & Naima Abdullahi

Teso McDonald & Naima Abdullahi

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Naima Abdullahi came to the United States from Kenya with her parents almost twenty years ago, at age 11. Her father escaped persecution in Ethiopia before she was born. Now Naima’s son Teso McDonald is 12, and Naima wants to make sure he understands his family’s origins.

Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra

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The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra was established 19 years ago. The Orchestra, or “MYSO,” is a community-based youth orchestra that gives young students an opportunity to grow as musicians. WABE producer David Barasoain has more.

Monday, August 30th

Matthew Bernstein On Walter Mirisch

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This week at Emory University, the Carlos Museum presents a “Creativity Conversation” with the legendary film producer Walter Mirisch. Among other award-winning films, his credits include The Apartment, West Side Story and In the Heat of the Night. Matthew Bernstein, who chairs Emory’s Department of Film Studies will host the event. WABE’s Lois Reitzes recently spoke with Bernstein about the importance of creativity in the role of a film producer.

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.

Wednesday, September 1st - Jonathan Safran Foer - Eating Animals

Friday, September 3rd - Jonathan Franzen - Freedom

Sunday, September 5th - Natasha Trethewey - Beyond Katrina, A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast