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Week of 25 July 2011

Friday, July 29th

Have Your Say - Summer Reads

Summer is far too short to waste on the wrong book. This week, we asked you to Have Your Say on your favorite summer reading. Does your beloved summer book whisk the reader away to an exotic locale? Does its breezy style make it ideal to read by the poolside? Here are some of your picks.

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


Remembering Jonathan Phelps

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Former WABE Program Director Jonathan Phelps has died at the age of 83. Kate Sweeney spoke with WABE’s Lois Reitzes and has this remembrance.


Thursday, July 28th

A Thousand Circlets Closes This Weekend

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Each year, Essential Theatre holds a playwriting competition to give Georgia writers the chance to see their un-produced plays brought to life on stage. The winner of this year’s competition was playwright Theron Darcy Patterson, for his play A Thousand Circlets. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with the playwright and director Betty Hart.


This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

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


Wednesday, July 27th

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 Hartnett, a new resident to Atlanta, 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 Hartnett 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 Hartnett to discuss just what makes these maps so fascinating, and why he made them in the first place.


A Yabba Dabba Birthday

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This month, the world of cartoons is celebrating a big birthday, for it was in July of 1910 that William Denby Hanna was born in Melrose, New Mexico. Bill Hanna, along with his partner, Joseph Barbera, created television’s first cartoons, with characters like Huckleberry Hound, Fred Flintstone, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, and hundreds more.

To celebrate the centenary of this legendary cartoon icon’s birth, we paid a visit to Atlanta’s Cartoon Network and its retro companion, Boomerang.

John Lemley spoke to Cartoon Network’s Michael Ouweleen, the Senior Vice President and Creative Director, about what we know about Bill Hanna.


Tuesday, July 26th

Storytelling at Carapace

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WABE’s Sunday evening audience is probably familiar with The Moth—it’s a storytelling program, started in New York, in which real people tell stories from their lives, without notes, before live audiences. In February 2010, a pair of friends, Randy Osborne and Joyce Mitchell, started their own official “Moth-Up” here in Atlanta. This June, they decided to break their ties with The Moth in New York, going independent under a new name: Carapace. The event takes place at Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta on the fourth Tuesday of each month. WABE’s Myke Johns attended last month’s inaugural Carapace event and brought back this story.


StoryCorps Atlanta - Beth Jordan & Joy Cooley

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Beth Cooley’s childhood in Decatur is a time both she and her mother remember fondly, especially now, as Beth fights a serious cancer diagnosis. At StoryCorps, Joy asked her daughter about her misadventures and close-calls growing up in a neighborhood full of kids.


Monday, July 25th

Frog Conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Splendid Leaf Frog, Coqui Frog, Horned Marsupial Frog, Glass Frog (photos by: Dante Fenolio)

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When you think of the Atlanta Botanical Garden you might think of the beautifully arranged and manicured gardens, but the Garden also has amphibian conservation programs. More specifically, the staff there work to protect some of the world’s most rare frogs and share that knowledge, as WABE’s David Barasoain reports.


Local Book Events

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