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Week of 9 May 2011

Friday, May 13th

Have Your Say - Your Favorite Museums

All week we’ve been asking listeners to phone in and tell us what their favorite museum is.

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.


Reel Atlanta

Reel Atlanta

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

Sunday, May 15th - Sunrise: A Tale of Two Humans

May 16th through 22nd - Peep World

Opens Friday, May 26th - 13 Assassins


Thursday, May 12th

A Week at Atlanta’s Lesser-Known Museums: Waffle House Museum

Waffle House

In advance of International Museum Day, this week we’re visiting some lesser-known metro Atlanta museums—including one today, that celebrates a place that nearly every one of us has visited at one time or other. The Waffle House Museum is at the site of the very first Waffle House, in Avondale Estates. Producer Kate Sweeney paid a visit, to find out what draws people to a place whose façade is familiar indeed to most Southerners.

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To test the theory that just about everyone has a Waffle House story, we decided to go around the building and ask PBA staff for theirs.

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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, May 14th - 6th Annual MayDay Celebration

Saturday, May 14th - Kirkwood Spring Fling

May 13th through 15th - Marietta Greek Festival


Wednesday, May 11th

Atlanta’s Museums: The CDC Museum

CDC Museum

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may not seem like an obvious place for a museum, but a visit there can be just as informative—and fascinating—as one to any natural history or art museum. WABE’s Myke Johns had never been there before, so what better time to go and bring back this story, than just before International Museum Day?


Etiquette with Carolyn Davenport

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In a world where common courtesy such as thank-you notes and holding the door for someone else seem to be lost to the past, Marietta etiquette instructor Carolyn Davenport says there’s still room for manners, especially at the dinner table.


Tuesday, May 10th

StoryCorps Atlanta - Saralyn Chestnut & Lorraine Fontana

Saralyn Chestnut & Lorraine Fontana

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Saralyn Chesnut is best known as the first director of what’s now Emory University’s office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life. But the recent retiree wasn’t always such an activist or open about her own identity as a lesbian. She told her story to longtime friend, Lorraine Fontana.


Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Museum

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Musuem

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If you’re a regular listener to WABE, then you may very well be familiar with this Atlanta Sound. It’s a recording from a Civil War weapons demonstration at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. But in keeping with our theme this week, the site also hosts a museum. WABE’s David Barasoain had a look inside.


Monday, May 9th

Atlanta’s Museums: A Visit to the Wren’s Nest

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The Wren’s Nest, a house museum in the West End, was the family home of Joel Chandler Harris: Atlanta Constitution reporter and author of the “Uncle Remus” stories. The Uncle Remus stories re-created the oral tradition of the Brer Rabbit tales that Harris heard growing up on a plantation in Eatonton, Georgia. We spoke to his great-great-great grandson and executive director of the Wren’s Nest, Lain Shakespeare, about the house and the author’s legacy.

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Lain tells us a fascinating story about Joel Chandler Harris’ unusual relationship with President Teddy Roosevelt.


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, May 9th - Gary Shteyngart - Super Sad True Love Story

Wednesday, May 11th - Erik Larson - In the Garden of Beasts

Thursday, May 12th - Melissa Fay Greene - No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

*Correction: We announced that Melissa Fay Green would be appearing at the Decatur Library. That event will actually take place at the Decatur First Baptist Church.