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Week of 3 October 2011

Friday, October 7th

This week we asked about the special reunions from your life.

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, October 6th

Darwin Exhibit is a Natural Selection at Fernbank

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The name “Darwin” is synonymous with evolution, and much of what we now know as the field of biology can be traced back to his research. Right now, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is offering a deeper look at Charles Darwin in an exhibit that follows his five years aboard the HMS Beagle and the decades of work that followed. WABE’s Myke Johns went down to check it out.


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, October 5th

War in Our Backyards

Peachtree Creek Battlefield 1864

Aftermath of the Battle of Peachtree Creek, 1864

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Atlanta is known for remaking itself again and again. And indeed, Civil War battles fought here 150 years ago—which radically changed the direction of U-S history—leave little physical trace today.

Or do they? An exhibit at the Atlanta History Center that displays artifacts, maps and photos from the era has reached the halfway point in its run. And, as historian and curator Gordan Jones showed us, visitors to “War in Our Backyards” can even see what Civil War incidents took place in their backyards. The Atlanta History Center’s “War in Our Backyards” exhibit is part of its observance of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta. It runs through October 2012.


Canoeing the Hooch

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Georgia’s Chattahoochee River sometimes suffers the strange fate of being thought of strictly as an historic battlefield. However, more and more folks are seeing the “Hooch,” as it’s lovingly known, as a natural wonder, as well, through a program sponsored by the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The Center’s invitation is simple: “Take a river adventure in Atlanta’s backyard.” Host John Lemley and producer Scott Casavant accepted the offer and boarded a canoe with one of the center’s river guides, Alicia Evans.


Tuesday, October 4th

The Case of the $10 Art Mystery

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There’s a mystery going around. Host John Lemley received an envelope earlier this year containing three puzzling things: a cryptic letter with a clue on it, a slip of paper with a quotation of some sort, and a ten-dollar bill. As the months wore on, other people began receiving similar letters—including WABE’s Kate Sweeney, who decided it was time a few of the recipients got together to hash it all out.

You can read more about Narrative Urge, the enigmatic force behind the Ten Dollar Art Mystery project—and about the project itself here and here. And if you’d like to try your hand at solving some of the clues yourself, check out this site.


StoryCorps Atlanta: Chad & Laina Curtiss

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When Chad Curtiss met his future wife, Laina, two years ago in Charleston, he was morbidly obese. He’d never felt motivated to lose all that weight before, but things started change, and he decided to spend six months in an intensive weight-loss program. Laina Curtiss started their StoryCorps Atlanta conversation, which took place at the Dekalb County Courthouse.

This story was recorded in partnership with DeKalb Medical Center.


Monday, October 3rd

Out On Film Festival

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The Out On Film Festival has kicked off, and WABE’s Myke Johns sat down with festival director Jim Farmer for a primer on this long-running tradition of gay cinema in Atlanta.


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.