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Week of 5 September 2011

Friday, September 9th

Have Your Say on…Your Favorite Teachers

This week we asked listeners to tell us about the teachers who had the biggest impact on your lives.

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, September 8th

Behind the Scenes with Emory’s Old Kingdom Mummy

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A 4,000 year old mummy spent decades in pieces in the basement of the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the campus of Emory University. It wasn’t until last year that the funding and the technology were available for a team of experts to begin the painstaking process of restoring the mummy, which is one of the oldest in the world, for public exhibition. Today, the Old Kingdom Mummy goes on display for the first time, as the centerpiece of the Museum’s “Life and Death in the Pyramid Age” exhibit.

WABE’s Kate Sweeney recently paid a visit to the deep depths of the Carlos to see the mummy for herself, and to talk with Doctor Peter Lacovara and Renee Stein, curator and conservator of the exhibit about life—and death— in the Old Kingdom.

In this bonus cut, listen as Renee Stein describes the extremely meticulous task of restoring the Old Kingdom mummy to ready it for public view.

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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, September 7th

Sonic Generator & gloATL present “Maa”

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Symphony hall will be transformed into an atmospheric realm for electronic music and dance this Friday and Saturday. The ensemble, “Sonic Generator,” choreographer Lauri Stallings with glo-ATL dancers and Atlanta Symphony music director Robert Spano will perform “Maa,” a ballet by the acclaimed Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho. The artistic director of Sonic Generator is Tom Sherwood, who is also the principal percussionist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He stopped by our studios to talk with WABE’s Lois Reitzes about this unique production.


The Dance Steps From Atlanta: Arthur Murray’s Georgia Beginnings

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Nearly a century ago, a Georgia Tech college student named Arthur Murray began teaching dance classes at Atlanta’s Georgian Terrace Hotel. His work launched a dance empire; and although today, we don’t dance quite like we used to, there are still just under 300 Arthur Murray Dance Studios around the world. Host John Lemley recently visited one such studio in the Atlanta area—for a talk—and a short lesson—with Leslie Sharp, who’s been teaching for more than two decades.


Tuesday, September 6th

Into the Woods at the Alliance

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Susan Booth is celebrating her tenth year as artistic director of the Alliance Theater. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with Booth to talk about how she’s commemorating her decade of work here in Atlanta. As it turns out, it involves Little Red Riding Hood: The Alliance Theater’s production of Into the Woods is onstage now through October 2nd.


StoryCorps Atlanta - Kevin Howard & Elena Garcia

Kevin Howard & Elena Garcia

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Sixteen years ago, as a college student, Kevin Howard biked 9,000 miles alone across the country from Florida to California. At StoryCorps, Kevin, who now lives in Smyrna, tells the story to his wife, Elena Garcia.


Monday, September 5th

StoryCorps Salutes Teachers with New Initiative

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StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their stories. As a new school-year gets underway, StoryCorps is announcing a project called the National Teacher’s Initiative. Host John Lemley sat down with StoryCorps Atlanta’s Amanda Plumb, and the two joined on the phone by senior coordinator for the initiative, Tramaine Chelanget.


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.