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Week of 19 September 2011

Friday, September 23rd

Have Your Say - Monuments, Memorials and Landmarks

This week we asked you to call in and tell us about the monuments, memorials and landmarks that have moved you.

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.


The History and Future of Foxfire

Foxfire writers Kayla Mullen and Katie Lunsford, with traditional drawknife and chair-bottoming

Foxfire writers Kayla Mullen and Katie Lunsford, with traditional drawknife and chair-bottoming

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Foxfire magazine and the accompanying series of books have long served as a multi-volume compendium of Appalachian know-how and oral history, with articles on everything from how to make soap, to mountain folk-remedies, to the origins of popular folk songs.

This year, the series—which is researched and written by high school students in Rabun County, Georgia—is publishing its 45th Anniversary Book. Host John Lemley sat down with editor Joyce Green, and students, Katie Lunsford, and Kayla Mullen. Joyce began the conversation by talking about Foxfire’s beginnings in the 1960s.


Thursday, September 22nd

Lift Every Voice and Sing

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This Friday at noon, a group of 500 public school children will assemble on the stage of Atlanta’s Symphony Hall to recreate the premiere of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which originally took place in the year 1900. The event is part of the Atlanta Music Festival. We caught up with some of the organizers and singers for this Friday’s performance. Among them was international opera star and Atlanta native Indra Thomas, who shared her personal history with the song.


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 21st

Outdoor Shakespeare Going Strong at Roswell Theater Company

Max Flick as Falstaff, Kyle Brumley as Prince Hal (L to R). Photo by Thomas L. Strickland

Max Flick as Falstaff, Kyle Brumley as Prince Hal (L to R) Photo by Thomas L. Strickland

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When financial trouble forced Georgia Shakespeare to cancel its popular “Shake at the Lake” program at Piedmont Park, the joy of seeing the Bard’s works in the great outdoors seemed lost. Enter North Fulton Drama Club, a community theater in Roswell that has performed exclusively the works of Shakespeare on the front lawn of Barrington Hall since its first show in 2006. The theater’s production of Henry IV, Part One opens at Barrington Hall this Friday. Admission is free.


A Conversation with Robert Spano: ASO’s 2011-2012 Season

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Officially founded in 1945, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has been performing the music of great composers and inspiring audiences for decades. With the upcoming season right around the corner, it seems this year will be no exception. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with ASO music director and conductor Robert Spano, for a preview of what’s ahead this season.


Tuesday, September 20th

Atlanta History: Ponce de Leon Park

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Each month, we leave the station for a walk around the city and to talk history with Dr. Tim Crimmins, Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University. This month, we take a look back at a fire that brought the city’s attention to Midtown on September 8, 1923. The blaze consumed Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Park, on Ponce de Leon Avenue. Host John Lemley met up with Dr. Crimmins on the site of the city’s former minor league ball park.


StoryCorps Atlanta: Betty Castellani & Susan Smith

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Chaplain Betty Castellani has run DeKalb Medical Center’s Cancer Center since it opened 20 years ago. After all this time, she still remembers her first cancer patient. She told the story to her employee, cancer survivor, Susan Smith. This story was recorded in partnership with Dekalb Medical Center.


Monday, September 19th

1906 Atlanta Race Riot

Atlanta Race Riot

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It was this week in 1906 that the Atlanta race riots broke out. The four days of riots were spurred on by growing racial tensions that had been simmering since then end of the Civil War, and fueled specifically by rhetoric from white politicians and newspaper accounts about a black crime wav, leading to indiscriminate attacks on blacks. WABE’s David Barasoain has more on those four days.


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.