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Week of 22 August 2011

Friday, August 25th

Have Your Say - Get Rid of It!

This week, you had your say about some of your partners’ prized possessions…specifically, the ones that you CAN’T STAND. Here are some of your responses.

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


Thursday, August 24th

Inman Park Trolley Barn

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Every month, we meet up with Dr. Tim Crimmins, the Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University, to visit historically significant places around town. This month, we found ourselves in Inman Park, at the last remnant of the electric trolley line that used to run down Edgewood Ave.


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.


Wednesday, August 23rd

Museum of Flight Gathers No Dust

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Retired Delta pilot Ron Alexander loves old airplanes. He loves them so much, in fact, that he’s opened Candler Field Museum in Williamson, Georgia—a close-to-exact replica of Atlanta’s first airport in its earliest days of operation. The museum, on the grounds of Peach State Airpark, features photographs and a number of airplanes from aviation’s wild years—a time of daredevils and wing-walkers. What makes this museum different, though, is that every vehicle it houses, works. This Saturday, it’s hosting an event in which visitors can soar the wild blue yonder in one of its antique biplanes. Recently, host John Lemley visited the museum to talk with Ron Alexander, and to go for a ride. Kate Sweeney produced this story.

For more on Atlanta’s aviation history, take a listen back to this segment we did last year with Georgia State historian Tim Crimmins.


GSU’s Summer Reading Program Brings Students, Faculty Together

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Summer reading isn’t restricted to paperbacks on the beach or high school English courses; Georgia State University has gotten in on the act, too. Thanks to a new program put in place by Provost Dr. Risa Palm, this year’s incoming freshmen arrive all having read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Everything is Illuminated author Jonathan Safran Foer. Safran Foer also spoke at this past weekend’s convocation ceremony, kicking off a year-long conversation regarding the assignment. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with Risa Palm to find out more about the program.


Tuesday, August 23rd

Reel Atlanta

Reel Atlanta

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


StoryCorps Atlanta: Elizabeth & Steven Smith

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83-year-old Elizabeth Smith is a Carter Center volunteer, and she likes to look her best for big events there. But a recent trip to find the perfect outfit led to an unexpected event of its own. She told the story of what happened next to her son, Steven Smith.


Monday, August 22nd

Historic Grant Park

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There’s a good chance you’ve seen them before, in a bookstore or museum gift shop: those five-by-seven inch paperbacks with sepia-toned photos on the cover. They’re part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series, which focus on the history and heritage of the country’s people and places. One of the latest titles from the South Carolina publisher explores Atlanta’s Grant Park and the surrounding neighborhood. The authors of this work, Philip and Jennifer Cuthbertson, are residents of Grant Park, and we caught up with them in the park, for a quick history lesson. Scott Casavant produced this story.


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.