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Week of 22 November 2010

Friday, November 26th

National Day of LIstening

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Since the late 19th and early 20th centuries the day after thanksgiving has grown into America’s number one shopping day. However, since 2008, the final Friday of November has been unofficially known as the National Day of Listening; a time when we’re invited to sit down with a loved one, turn on a tape recorder, and ask that person about their life. The National Oral History project, StoryCorp, began this observance two years ago and the site’s supervisor of Atlanta’s StoryCorp, Amanda Plumb, stops by.

For a list of suggested questions you can visit the StoryCorp website.


Thursday, November 25th

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.

November 27th through December 30th - Black Nativity

Through December 23rd - MudFire Clayworks Studio Sale

Friday, November 26th - Song Writer’s Open Mic Shootout


Wednesday, November 24th

Have Your Say: Your Most Memorable Thanksgiving

All week, we’ve been asking listeners to call in and tell us about their most memorable Thanksgivings. Here are some of the great responses we received…

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…along with a few web-exclusive responses we couldn’t fit into the noon hour:

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


Christmas Tree Truck Driver

L to R: Jeff Underwood and second driver Mark Fortner. Photo: David J. Swift

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The tradition of putting up a Christmas tree at the US Capitol began in 1964, at the request of Speaker of the House John McCormack. The Capitol Tree comes from a different state every year, but no matter where it comes from, it has to make a trip through America’s roadways to get there.

This year, the tree’s driver happens to be from Dahlonega. Jeff Underwood is the President and CEO of Jeff Underwood Trucking Inc., and that local tie means the Capitol Christmas Tree is paying North Georgia a visit. We caught Jeff on the road via telephone.


Tuesday, November 23rd

StoryCorps Atlanta - Karen Gimnig & Lynnette Gerhard

Karen Gimnig & Lynnette Gerhard

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Nurse and midwife Lynnette Gerhard recently retired after almost 40 years of delivering newborns. It’s a career that’s always had the respect of her daughter, Karen Gimnig. At StoryCorps Atlanta, Karen asked her mother to reflect on her life’s work—and talk about the births that have stayed with her over the years.


What We’re Thankful for at WABE

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Last week, WABE held its Thanksgiving dinner with all the staff at the station. That day was the backdrop for WABE’s David Barasoain to survey some of the employees here at Public Broadcasting Atlanta to ask a very simple question. What are you thankful for in 2010?


Monday, November 22nd

Georgia History: Hurt Park

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On November 23rd, 1940, Mayor Hartsfield and a crowd huddled under umbrellas for the dedication of a new city park. Bordered by Courtland, Gilmer Street and Edgewood Avenue, it was called Hurt Park—named after deceased businessman Joel Hurt.

WABE’s John Lemley recently took a walk in the park with Dr. Tim Crimmins, Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State to learn more about the park’s namesake.


Local Book Events

Verb.org

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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.

Monday, November 22nd - Fannie Flagg - I Still Dream About You, Honey

Monday, November 22nd - Hazel Rowley - Franklin & Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage

Monday, November 29th - Patti Digh - Creative is a Verb: If You’re Alive, You’re Creative