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Week of 18 April 2011

Friday, April 22nd

Easter Hats: A Look Under the Brim

Illona Cordona

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In many churches across town, Sunday mornings still sees a profusion of bright, springlike colors, in the form of ladies’ hats.

There’s a deep history behind the donning of beautiful and often elaborate hats. The inspiration for Irving Berlin’s song “Easter Bonnet” was inspired by the annual Easter Parade in New York City, a festive walkabout that makes its way from 5th Avenue to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. And wearing the gorgeous, stylish creations to church, particularly on Easter, holds especially deep roots in the African-American community.

To learn more about the tradition behind the style, we paid a visit to local long-time milliner—or hat maker—Ilona Cordova. She owns A Tisket a Tasket in Roswell—a shoppe whose motto warns, “The next best thing to a hat is a halo. If you’re not wearing a halo, you’d better be wearing a hat.”

Having been a designer in New York, Illona remembers the Easter Parade well.

This feature originally aired on April 2nd, 2010


Have Your Say: A Debt You Could Never Repay

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Tax time ended this Monday, but we were wondering if you had another kind of debt your mind these days. We asked our listeners to Have Their Say on this question:

What is a debt that you could never repay?

Did a friend or relative go above and beyond in a time of need? Had someone done you a favor for which “thank you” could never be enough?

A big thank you to everyone who called in with their stories!


Thursday, April 21st

Del Wilber’s Rawhide Down

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Thirty years ago last month, President Ronald Reagan was shot outside of the Washington Hilton Hotel by John Hinkley, Jr. Washington Post reporter Del Wilber has released the first detailed account of that day. That book—Rawhide Down— takes its title from Reagan’s secret service code name. Wilber spoke to us from the offices of the Washington Post, and he started with a breathless account of the events of that afternoon.

Del will be appearing tonight at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum at seven o’clock.


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.

Friday, April 22nd - Our Shared Birds

Sunday, April 24th - Recreational Tree Climbing

Friday, April 22nd - Blaze Foley - The Duct Tape Messiah


Wednesday, April 20th

Happy 447th, Will!

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April 23rd marks what would have been The Bard’s 447th birthday. A free family event hosted by Georgia Shakespeare celebrates the anniversary. WABE’s David Barasoain spoke with the group’s education director Allen O’Reilly, about the event, Shakespeare’s legacy and more. He started with a little advice for those who may have given up on the Bard…


Tuesday, April 19th

StoryCorps Atlanta - Eli Clare & Aimi Hamraie

Eli Claire & Aimi Hamraie

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Recently, when disability activist and writer Eli Clare came to town, grad student and fan Aimi Hamraie was there to meet him. She teaches one of Eli’s books in her classes—and had some questions about what led up to his activism. Aimi started the conversation.


Composer Bruce Broughton

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The Emory University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Scott Stewart, premieres Bruce Broughton’s In the World of Spirits tomorrow, as a part of the Festival of New Music for Winds and Percussion. It’s the premiere of a piece that the group’s director commissioned Bruce to create. But Broughton’s work is in no way limited to small-ensemble pieces like this one. In fact, the number-one descriptor of Bruce Broughton’s style just might just be “versatile.” WABE’s Lois Reitzes began this conversation by asking Broughton about some of the highlights from his wide and varied composing career.


Monday, April 18th

The “Garden Geek” Plants a Container Garden

Geri Laufer

Spring is here, but you don’t need a backyard to plant a garden. Host John Lemley visits with horticulturist Geri Laufer—to plant a garden delicious enough to eat, and small enough to keep on the porch.

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How to Plant your Own Container Garden You’ll need…

-One extra-large pot, tub or planter box with good drainage (hole or holes in the bottom).
-One piece of old screen (can be cut with old scissors) over the drainage hole to keep soil mix from seeping out.
-Potting mix with both water-holder and long-term, slow-release nutrients
Select plants based on the type of conditions you have; shade plants for northern balconies, veggies herbs or flowers for full sun.
The idea for containers is:
-a single tall plant in the middle (Thriller)
-2 kinds of Filler plants of mid-height (these can add color if you are making a herb or veggie container)
-1 kind of Spiller trailing plants

Here’s the container “recipe” that Geri and John planted:
-“Thriller:” 1 tomato plant plus 1 tomato cage (3-hoops)
-“Filler:” oregano and annual flowers (like marigold, small size)
- “Spiller:” trailing thyme


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.

Tuesday, April 19th - Diane Ackerman - One Hundred Names for Love

Tuesday, April 19th - Anchee Min - Pearl of China

Tuesday, April 19th - Doris Kearns Goodwin