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Week of 6 September 2010

Friday, September 10th

Speedy Delivery!

David Newell as Mr. McFeely

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More than three decades of public television viewers knew David Newell as Mr. McFeely on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Host John Lemley sat down to talk with Mr.”Speedy Delivery!” himself about David’s new live performance, Mr. McFeely Remembers: A Tribute to Fred Rogers. David performs the show at the Center for Puppetry Arts tonight. In it, he shares memories of working with Fred Rogers for more than 30 years. David arrived at the WABE studio decked out in full “McFeely” regalia.

The show is part of the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive.

Have Your Say: Your Atlanta Sounds Ideas

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On this, the third anniversary of Atlanta Sounds, WABE’s unique series of local sound portraits, we’ve been asking listeners for their ideas for future Atlanta Sounds. Here are some of the responses we received.

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

Thursday, September 9th

Valerie Jackson on Isabel Wilkerson

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Isabel Wilkerson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former Chicago bureau chief for the New York Times who’s now a professor of journalism and director of narrative non-fiction at Boston University. In her first book, The Warmth of Other Suns, she has documented the sweeping 55-year-long migration of black Americans across their own country. Valerie Jackson, host of WABE’s author interview program Between the Lines, recently spoke with Wilkerson about the book, and we brought Valerie in to talk about that conversation. We started by talking about what caused this enormous migration.

Isabel Wilkerson will also be talking about her book at the Atlanta History Center on Friday evening.

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.

September 9th through 12th - Yellow Daisy Festival

September 10th through 12th - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Illuscination

Friday, September 10th - Loving La Guitarra: An Evening With Ernesto Tamayo

Wednesday, September 8th

Preview With Lois Reitzes


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Arts journalist David Lee Simmons joins Lois Reitzes to talk about some of the events around metro Atlanta this weekend.

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Reel Atlanta: Beyond the Cinemaplex

Reel Atlanta

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September 10th & 11th - Rome International Film Festival

Saturday, September 11th - Dali: A Passion For Film

Tuesday, September 7th

StoryCorps Atlanta - Ward & Sarah Lewis Wight

Ward & Sarah Lewis Wight

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Sarah Lewis Wight is an Atlanta native who celebrated her 92 birthday this year not far from where she grew up in Ansley Park. Back then, the in-town neighborhood was largely forest and her grandparents lived nearby. Her son, Ward, was curious to know about his family and Atlanta in earlier days.

Atlantamagazine’s Best New Restaurants

Atlanta Magazine's Best New Restaurants

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The September issue of Atlanta magazine is taking a look at what they consider some of the best new restaurants that have opened in the city over the past 12 months. Dining editor Bill Addison joins us now to preview this tasty edition.

Monday, September 6th

Three Years of Atlanta Sounds

Atlanta Sounds

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For the past three years, WABE’s Dave Barasoain and his team of producers have invited listeners to hear the city with a series of short segments focused on the people, places, and things of metro Atlanta. Atlanta Sounds premiered in September 2007 and has covered a spectrum of subjects since that time. Dave Barasoain, curator of Atlanta Sounds, joins us today.

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 8th - Mark Pendergrast - Inside The Outbreaks

Friday, September 10th - Isabel Wilkerson - The Warmth of Other Suns

Monday, September 13th - Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor - Traveling With Pomegranates