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Week of 17 October 2011

Friday, October 21st

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This year marks the 8th Annual “Lend Me An Ear” presentation. It’s a night of classic radio theatre put together by the Tri-Union Radio Players, all to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. We invited some of the cast and crew to our studios to find out more about this year’s show, and to perk our ears to the sounds of yesteryear.


King of Pops Field Day

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For many people, a lot of childhood memories are flavored with the cold, fruity taste of popsicles. And since last year, local street vendors King of Pops have tapped into that nostalgia with an ever-changing lineup of the frozen treat with flavors like blueberry mojito, milk & cereal, even sweet potato soufflé. Their white carts and umbrellas are a ubiquitous sight around town and at the many fairs and festivals that take place here. And this weekend, they’re throwing what amounts to a big customer appreciation day. WABE’s Myke Johns paid a visit to their kitchen to talk to co-founder Steven Carse and Gabriella Oviedo about the King of Pops Field Day and about that nostalgic spark that has made them a part of Atlanta’s cityscape.


Thursday, October 20th

Atlanta Ballet Finds a New Garden of EDEN/EDEN

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The Atlanta Ballet is presenting their performance of The Four Seasons this weekend. The other half of the program though, is a wild and thoroughly contemporary piece of work called EDEN EDEN. The work was choreographed by Wayne McGregor, the Resident Choreographer of the Royal Ballet in London who has also worked with rock bands like Radiohead and the White Stripes. WABE’s Myke Johns paid the ballet a visit to see this “new tech” ballet for himself.


This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

Access Atlanta

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


Wednesday, October 19th

ASO: Developing Classical Music’s Next Generation

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program (TDP) identifies and develops musically-gifted African American and Latino classical music students. The program puts them on the path to university and conservatory music programs and prepares them for careers as professional musicians. The TDP’s Fall Musicale is coming up this weekend, and WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with violist Monica Caldwell to talk about how the program has affected her.


A Visit with Atlanta’s Mounted Police

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Atlanta Police Officer Eric Pate has a unique partner: a 14-year-old Hanoverian named Blue. Blue is one of 14 horses in Atlanta’s Mounted Police squad. This audio portrait pays a visit to Atlanta’s mounted police facility near Grant Park—and takes a look at the training of Atlanta’s mounted police officers and horses, what they do, and just how the partnership between officer and horse works. Produced by WABE’s Kate Sweeney.


Tuesday, October 18th

StoryCorps Atlanta: Sonny & Katie Poloche

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Today, Sonny Poloche is a lawyer in Atlanta, married with a young son. But he was just five when his family moved to the United States from Venezuela, spending their entire life savings on the airfare. It wasn’t the easiest transition. At StoryCorps, Sonny told his wife, Katie, about his first day of school in the U.S.

This story was recorded in partnership with GALEO, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.


Spooky History

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A number of metro Atlanta neighborhoods host walking ghost tours this time of year, and Host John Lemley decided to take a stroll with one such group in Marietta Square. The “Ghosts of Marietta” tour covers a little bit of history and a whole lot of scary lore. And before this particular night was through, John and producer Kate Sweeney might have experienced a little haunting of their own.

A warning: This story does relate some scary tales, and may not be suitable for all listeners.


Monday, October 17th

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.


Atlanta’s Classical Revolution

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Back in 2006, out of San Francisco’s Revolution Café, there was born a movement that took chamber music out of the concert halls and put it into less common venues, like bars and coffee shops. The Classical Revolution has since spread around the globe, including to our fair city. Classical Revolution ATL offers public performances throughout the metro area, giving audiences the opportunity to enjoy some music, sip a drink, and even jam along. We spoke with co-directors William Johnston and Jessica Sherer about the group.