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Week of 6 June 2011

Friday, June 10th

Have Your Say - Beat the Heat

All week we’ve asked listeners to phone in and tell us how they escaped the summer heat as a child.

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.


Thursday, June 9th

The Judas Kiss

Thomas Kerns @www.madfishx.com

Photo: Thomas Kerns @www.madfishx.com

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Well over a century after Oscar Wilde stood trial on charges of homosexual acts, his life continues to be exposed to the public. Plays, movies, books and websites focus on the complex, tragic story of the literary bad boy of Victorian England. This undying fascination with the life and work of Oscar Wilde and his legacy as a gay martyr is what lead British playwright David Hare to create his historical drama, The Judas Kiss. Atlanta’s Actor’s Express Theatre is one of the latest companies to stage The Judas Kiss we spoke with the theatre’s artistic director, Freddie Ashley, who plays the role of Wilde in the play about bringing the story to the stage.


This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

Access Atlanta

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The AJC’s Shane Harrison tells us about budget-friendly events this week in Atlanta.


Wednesday, June 8th

Decatur High School Beekeepers

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Eating local is a national trend that’s hit Atlanta in a big way, with farmers markets and community gardens springing up across the metro area. One school has taken the spirit of local food to heart—with a honey-bee keeping project to accompany its community garden. Producer Kate Sweeney recently visited the beehives and their keepers at Decatur High School.


Tuesday, June 7th

The Sounds of HIV

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Composer Alexandra Pajak was able to find something beautiful hidden in the genetic coding of the HIV virus. She released an album called The Sounds of HIV which follows the virus’ DNA sequence from beginning to end. WABE’s Myke Johns sat down with the composer to find out more about how she derived music from the disease.


StoryCorps Atlanta: Sachi Koto & Maiko Takara

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You may remember Sachi Koto from her years broadcasting on CNN and local Atlanta stations. Back when Sachi and her brothers and sisters were growing up in Stone Mountain in the 1950s, their family was one of just a few Asian families around. Her grandparents had come to America from Japan in early 1900s, and her parents met while being held in an American internment camp during World War II. After the war, they settled in Georgia, where it seemed like everyone else was either black or white. Sachi’s daughter-in-law Maiko Takara asked her about that time.


Monday, June 6th

Local Book Events

Verb.org

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Executive Director of the Decatur Book Festival and curator of verb.org Daren Wang talks about local book events.


Starlight Six Drive-In

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Today is the anniversary of a nearly bygone summer activity—on June 6th, 1933 the very first drive in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey. Created by the owner of a chemical company, Richard Hollingshead Jr., the outdoor theater caught on across the US, hitting its peak in the early 1960s, with some 4000 drive-ins nationwide.
Those numbers have dwindled considerably, but we’re lucky enough here in Atlanta to be home to the last drive-in theater in the city, and one of only five in the entire state: The Starlight Six. In this extended Atlanta Sound we previously spoke with a projectionist for a look at what makes the Starlight tick.