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Week of 4 July 2011

Friday, July 8th

Have Your Say - Space Program Memories

Today marks the scheduled final launch of NASA’s space program. All week we’ve asked listeners to phone in and tell us about their most meaningful memories of that program. 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, July 7th

This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

Access Atlanta

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


Sherman’s View from Vinings Mountain

A view of Atlanta's skyline from Vinings Mountain

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This week marks the anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta. Weeks before that landmark conflict, on July 6th, 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman rode his horse, Sam, up the side of one of the southernmost foothills of the lower Appalachians. He was about nine miles northwest of Atlanta, and from the summit, he could see the church spires of a town that he and his troops would soon leave in ruins. This spot was—and is—Vinings Mountain. WABE’s John Lemley visited with local historian Tony Doyle, author of Vinings Revisited.


Wednesday, July 6th

Garden Geek - Herbs 101…and 102

Photo credit: Geri Laufer

We meet with self-described “Garden Geek,” Geri Laufer, to discuss one of the best parts of summer gardening: fresh herbs. This flavorful corner of the garden is also Geri’s specialty; she is founding chair of the Atlanta chapter of the Herb Society of America. During the first part of this conversation, we discuss how to grow herbs here in Atlanta.

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In part two of our conversation, Geri shares tips on what to do with all that delicious thyme, basil and tarragon once we’ve grown them—and how to preserve herbs, too. Anyone with an tinge of a green thumb may want to take notes.

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Tuesday, July 5th

Storycorps Atlanta: Borders-Benson

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Reverend-Doctor Juel Pate Borders-Benson is the daughter of the late Reverend Williams Holmes Borders. The elder Borders pastored the historic Wheat Street Baptist Church for more than 50 years and was a strong voice for integration. But as Juel told her niece Julie, he wasn’t so thrilled that she, too, felt the calling for ministry.


Reel Atlanta

Reel Atlanta

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


Monday, July 4th

Local Book Events

Verb.org

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


Stone Mountain Fireworks Man

Fireworks Man, Chad Cooning

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The history of fireworks can be traced thousands of years, back to China. By some accounts, it was a cook who discovered that a mixture of charcoal, sulfur and salt would cause an explosion. By other accounts, the firework was a natural offshoot of the discovery of gun powder. In any case, the festive explosions have become a part of celebrations worldwide. That’s certainly the case at Stone Mountain, where we met Chad Cooning, the man in charge of the fireworks show.