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Week of 27 September 2010

Friday, October 1st

Have Your Say: Stories of Your Ancestors

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This week’s Have Your Say on City Cafe.

All week, we’ve been asking listeners to call in and tell us about notable branches on their family trees. Here are a few of the great responses we received about notable ancestors.

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

Thursday, September 30th

New Performing Arts Center is Dedicated to Ray Charles

Ray Charles Performing Arts Center

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A new performing Arts Center dedicated to the memory of Ray Charles opened yesterday. As WABE’s David Barasoain reports, it’s the latest edition to the Morehouse College campus.

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, October 2nd - Lake Claire Home & Garden Tour

Tuesday, October 5th - Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Jeff Koons

Saturday, Ocotber 2nd - How Sweet the Sound

Wednesday, September 29th

Host John Lemley Interviews NPR’s Michele Norris

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Michele Norris is co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered. If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard her in a few weeks, it’s because she’s been occupied with some extracurricular activities, namely, a memoir called The Grace of Silence.

Norris recently spoke to us about the book and how its final form differed dramatically from the book she originally set out to write.

Preview with Lois Reitzes

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WABE’s Lois Reitzes talks with Atlanta magazine’s Betsy Riley about a number of events taking place around metro Atlanta this weekend.

Tuesday, September 28th

StoryCorps Atlanta - Melanie Velez & Vivianne Guevara

Melanie Velez & Vivianne Guevara

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Two coworkers who confront problems in the prison system talk to each other. Melanie Velez is a staff attorney at the nonprofit Southern Center for Human Rights. She’s spent years working to stop prison overcrowding and abuses. Social worker Vivianne Guevara had some questions about Melanie’s time at the Southern Center.

A Tour of Ansley Park

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Nestled just behind bustling Peachtree Street in the Prado district is Ansley Park, a quiet neighborhood known for its historic houses. This weekend, visitors can take a closer look as Ansley Park hosts its annual tour of homes. This year’s tour will showcase houses by the prominent architect Neel Reid.

Recently, WABE’s Lois Reitzes visited one of the houses on the tour, that of Don Easterling. There, she interviewed Bill Mitchell of the Southern Architecture Foundation, who spoke about some of Reid’s characteristic work that visitors can see on the tour.

Monday, September 27th

A Makeover for Atlanta’s Olympic Stretch

Host John Lemley, Executive Director AJ Robinson, Vice President Jennifer Ball

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Central Atlanta Progress is about to launch a 14-month street rejuvenation project for downtown Atlanta, between Five Points and Centennial Olympic Park. The group is planning improvements to the streets themselves, as well as to sidewalks and traffic signals. The area hasn’t seen a facelift since the 1996 Olympics. Before all the jackhammers started, Host John Lemley went on a tour with Jennifer Ball and AJ Robinson, CAP’s vice president for planning and executive director. Produced by Kate Sweeney.

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, September 28th - Eugene Author Dinners

Wednesday, September 29th - Ken Follett - Fall of Giants

Thursday, September 30th - John Stauffer - Giants