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Week of 2 May 2011

Friday, May 6th

Have Your Say - Your Driveway Moments

This week marks the 40th anniversary of NPR’s flagship program, All Things Considered. In commemoration, we’ve been asking listeners to phone in and tell us about their all-time favorite NPR “driveway moments”—those times when you’re so riveted to a story that you just can’t bring yourself to leave your car, your house, or wherever you may be.

Here are some of the great responses we received.

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


Kentucky Derby 101: The Benedictine Sandwich

WABE's Jim Burres and City Cafe host John Lemley

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This weekend marks the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby. WABE News reporter Jim Burress, a Louisville native, invited host John Lemley and into his home to make a traditional appetizer consumed during the world-famous horse races: finger-sandwiches with Benedictine spread. Kate Sweeney produces.

Find the recipe John and Jim used here.


Thursday, May 5th

Two Choirs of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

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Atlanta plays host to a meeting of two churches named St. Martin’s this weekend, as the Choir of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London visits Atlanta’s Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields for a concert of sacred choral music. Host John Lemley spoke to music director Andrew Earis while the choir was at the Virginia Theological Seminary. The conversation began by talking about St. Martin’s London, which—located in the very heart of the city—attracts an incredibly diverse group of parishioners.


Wednesday, May 4th

Census Maps as Art

Census Maps

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Those of us who aren’t natives of Atlanta remember our early attempts at familiarizing ourselves with the Gate City. William Harnett, who moved here about a month ago, tried something unique. For ten years, he created data-maps for a newspaper in his native Florida. Now, he used 2010 census data to create a series of maps of metro Atlanta. The maps—which Harnett has posted on his personal website—reflect Atlanta’s racial data, neighborhood by neighborhood and block-by-block. Host John Lemley recently sat down with Harnett to discuss just what makes these maps so fascinating—and why he made them in the first place.


Reel Atlanta

Reel Atlanta

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A look at the city’s cinematic offerings with WABE contributor, David Lee Simmons.

Friday, May 6th - Incendies

May 13th through 19th - Blank City

Saturday, May 14th - DecaturDocs Presents Superheroes


Tuesday, May 3rd

StoryCorps Atlanta - Kate, David, & Stewart Breslin

Kate, David, & Stewart Breslin

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In this week’s StoryCorps: a pivotal moment for a man and his dog. David Breslin and his wife Kate got Stewart, their golden retriever, five years ago. Back in the early days, they hit an unexpected and chilly bump. Kate Breslin begins the story.


Young Singers of Callanwolde

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The Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde are celebrating their 35th anniversary this year. The all-youth choir, with a diverse group of members ranging from ages eight to eighteen, will be performing at the Rialto Center for the Arts this Saturday. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with the Young Singers’ music director for a chat about the past, present and future of this remarkable ensemble.


Monday, May 2nd

Atlanta’s Bilingual Plays—A Trend?

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Recently-released census data shows that metro Atlanta’s—and Georgia’s—Latino population grew significantly in the past ten years. At the same time that these figures were coming to light, in the month of April, three theater performances in and around Atlanta had one thing in common. They were performed either partially, or completely, in Spanish. Producer Kate Sweeney talked with those involved in all three productions, to find out why.

Discussed in this story:
Aurora Theater
Center for Puppetry Arts
Seven Stages Theater


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, May 3rd - Andrea Levy - The Long Song

Thursday, May 5th - William J Holstein - The Next American Economy

Friday, May 6th - Terra Elan McVoy - The Summer of Firsts and Lasts