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Week of 15 August 2011

Friday, August 19th

Have Your Say - Smells

Smells play such a big part in our daily lives and provide a strong link to our past. A whiff of cotton candy takes you back to the county fair, while the alluring scent of bug spray brings memories of summer camp. This week, we asked what smells — good or bad - provide that sense of connection to your past.

Here are some of your responses.

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


Thursday, August 18th

This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

Access Atlanta

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


Tuskegee Airman “Chuck” Dryden

Charles Dryden

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This National Aviation Day, we thought we’d remember Lieutenant Colonel Charles “Chuck” Dryden. He was part of the first African-American Fighter Squadron, the 99th, also known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Along with all of the Tuskegee Airmen, the late Charles Walter Dryden was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

As a pilot, he was partial to a poem by John Gillespie Magee, Junior. It’s a poem he was proud to recite, called “High Flight.”

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Wednesday, August 17th

Frederick Law Olmsted

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Fredrick Law Olmsted made the world a little more beautiful. He was known for his design of The Emerald Necklace in Boston, The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, and he even gets credit for designing the layout for several US college campuses. Author Justin Marin has written a new book about Fredrik Law Olmsted called The Genius of Place. Here in Atlanta, Spring Dale Park is an Olmsted Park. It’s part of the Olmsted Linear Parks just off of Ponce de Leon Avenue.

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For the second part of our conversation with Justin Marin, we conducted the interview across two different Olmsted-designed parks, states apart. Marin strolled through New York’s Central Park while I made my way across Atlanta’s Linear Park just off of Ponce. During the interview, we found out that Marin lives in an Olmsted Junior creation.


Tuesday, August 16th

StoryCorps Atlanta: Joe & Ann Peterson

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Lieutenant General Joe Peterson and his wife Ann have been married for 37 years, but first became a couple way back when they were both in the fourth grade. Even though they’d known each other for so long before they got married, there were still some shocks right after they said their “I do“‘s.


August Tomato Tips from the Garden Lady

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It’s the tail end of summer. In the garden world, that means it’s time to pick those tomatoes—and decide what to do with them. For some tips, we went outdoors to talk and snack with writer and horticulturist Geri Laufer. We began with the question: Just what makes a garden heirloom tomato so wildly colorful and delicious, while so many grocery store tomatoes are bland and tasteless?


Monday, August 15th

General Orders No.9

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If a film could feel like part documentary and part poem, then this might most accurately describe the experience of watching General Orders No. 9. It’s the first movie by Robert Persons, and it describes the conflict between a Southern city and its surrounding landscape. The movie has won a number of awards for its haunting cinematography, and it’s playing through Sunday at Cinefest on the Georgia State University campus. Host John Lemley sat down to talk with Persons about the themes in his film, and what audiences can take away.


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.