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Week of 8 August 2011

Friday, August 12th

Have Your Say - Who’s Your Sidekick?

This week we wanted to hear about sidekicks. We asked listeners about that person who rides “shotgun” in your life, and heard some great stories about the Ed to your Johnny, the Watson to your Holmes, the Ethel to your Lucy….Here are some of your responses.

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A big thanks to everyone who phoned in this week to Have Your Say.


Elvis Royale

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Atlanta holds a special place in its heart for the King. We’re coming up on the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley (or “supposed death,” depending on who you ask.) Since 1996, for Elvis fans around town, that means one thing: Kingsized—the band fronted by Big Mike Geier—will be putting on the Elvis Royale Memorial Show, a rock-and-roll extravaganza in honor of everyone’s favorite Hound Dog.

WABE’s Myke Johns sat down with Big Mike for a little more conversation.


Thursday, August 11th

Living Walls

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If you happen to have been out around town this week, you may have noticed the city getting a bit more colorful. The Living Walls Conference on street art and urban design kicks off at the Goat Farm this Friday. But in the week leading up to it, artists from around the globe have been pouring into Atlanta to apply their craft to some of the walls around town. WABE’s Myke Johns talked to the conference’s organizers and caught up with some of the artists as they braved the summer heat to bring Atlanta’s walls to life.


This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

Access Atlanta

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


Wednesday, August 10th

Remembering The Great Speckled Bird

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If we were to turn Atlanta’s clock back 43 years, we’d find Atlantans opening the pages of a new weekly newspaper. The “Great Speckled Bird”, Atlanta’s first alternative, or “underground” paper soon enjoyed a circulation of more than 22,000. It originated on the campus of the somewhat conservative campus of Emory University and there is an ongoing exhibit dedicated to the paper now at the DeKalb History Center in Decatur. WABE’s Steve Goss sat down with Georgia State University historian Cliff Kuhn to find out more.


Fernbank’s “Mythic Creatures”

courtesy of The American Museum of Natural History

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We’re all familiar with dragons, unicorns and other beings that are the stuff of legend, and Fernbank Museum’s Mythic Creatures exhibit focuses on just that. We paid a visit to the museum and spoke to curator Bobbi Homan as well as some patrons touring the exhibit for the first time. Scott Casavant produced this story.


Tuesday, August 9th

Matthew Kaminski: The Man Behind the Organ at Turner Field

Matthew Kaminski

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The Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field may be a state-of-the-art park, with giant LED screens and an enormous sound system, but as you’re watching a game, the sound of the traditional organ can still be heard pumping up the crowd as players make their way to the batter’s box. We paid a visit to Turner Field to meet Matthew Kaminski, the man behind the keys. WABE’s Myke Johns produced this story.

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StoryCorps Atlanta: Elizabeth Anderson

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A conversation between two book-lovers and book-sellers. 29-year-old Elizabeth Anderson has worked at local feminist bookstore Charis Books and More for years. At StoryCorps, Elizabeth told co-worker Sara Look about her earliest days as a book lover.


Monday, August 8th

Local Book Events

Verb.org

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


Georgia’s Zero Mile Marker

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In 1850, the Western & Atlantic railroad line running from Chattanooga was linked to the Georgia Railroad at a spot approximately seven miles from the Chattahoochee River. A stone marker denoting the “zero mile” was driven into the ground there, in the middle of what would become Terminus—later Marthasville, and finally Atlanta.

You might be surprised—as we were—to learn that that Zero Mile Marker still stands on that very spot. Not content with just knowing about this piece of Atlanta history, the City Café crew contacted architect Jeff Morrison, a man who leads small private tours of downtown Atlanta’s underworld. He knows exactly how to find the mile post and invited us down to see it.

WABE’s Myke Johns produced this story.