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Week of 7 November 2011

Friday, November 11th

Have Your Say: Lessons from Veterans

This week we asked about the lessons you’ve learned from the veterans in 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.


Rita Cosby’s Quiet Hero

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As of today, Veterans Day, it’s estimated that post traumatic stress syndrome is affecting more than 7 million Americans this year alone and as one TV journalist has learned over the past several years, it affects entire families. Rita Cosby’s dad was once a 90-pound World War II prisoner of war, a shocking revelation that led her on a journey of hope and healing. She’s in Atlanta this weekend to share this story from her book “Quiet Hero—Secrets from my Father’s Past” which is now in paperback. Rita joined us by phone to talk about her father and how she’d discovered that he had been a prisoner of war.


Thursday, November 10th

Live Arts Theater presents Don’t Drink the Water

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Guests who overstay their welcome are one thing, but unwelcome guests who are in hiding from a communist regime? These are another thing altogether. That’s the idea behind Live Arts Theater’s production of Woody Allen’s Broadway hit Don’t Drink the Water, onstage this weekend at the New Dawn Theater Company in Duluth. WABE’s Myke Johns paid a visit to a rehearsal.


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, November 9th

CATLANTA!

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Most street art—or graffiti, or however you choose to characterize it—is meant to be eye-catching. Think wild, colorful letters and designs on walls and bridges. But one Atlanta street artist is trading on artwork that isn’t always easy to spot. He goes by the name Catlanta, and he’s been dropping his cardboard and magnetic cats around the city for about a year now. Catlanta has gained enough of a following that the High Museum of Art has taken notice. Tomorrow has been declared Catlanta Day at the High. Catlanta has created a series of cats based on the works in the High’s “Picasso to Warhol” exhibit, and hidden them around the Woodruff Arts Center campus. If you find a cat, or if you’ve ever found one of Catlanta’s pieces in the past, that little feline will get you into the museum for free!

This past summer, WABE’s Myke Johns managed to track the artist down and spent an afternoon hiding cardboard and magnetic cats with the elusive figure.

If you’d like to join in on the fun, you can follow Catlanta on Twitter and become a fan of his on Facebook. Happy hunting!


Freud’s Last Session

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What happens when two of the world’s most iconic thinkers get together for a conversation? Theatrical Outfit is digging into that very idea with Freud’s Last Session. The show premiered back in 2009, and has enjoyed an extended run off-Broadway. It opened at Atlanta’s Balzer Theater back in mid-October and it’s been extended through this Sunday. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat with David De Vries, the actor tackling the role of Sigmund Freud, to talk about the role and about the show’s background.


Tuesday, November 8th

Atlanta Theater Shines at the Suzi Bass Awards

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Monday night, Atlanta’s theater community came together for the 7th Annual Suzi Bass Awards Ceremony. The Suzis, as they’re known, is this city’s version of the Tony awards. Select actors, productions, directors and technical staff were awarded for their work over the 2010-2011 season. WABE’s Myke Johns slapped on a black tie and found that behind the glitz, family was a running theme.


Garden Geek - Blueberry Planting Time

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Fall is the busy season for planting, and this month, we visit with horticulturist Geri Laufer in the garden she’s creating in new front yard, where she shows us the do’s and don’ts of sowing blueberry bushes.


StoryCorps Atlanta: Amy Hutcheson & Cassandra Webster

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Amy Hutcheson was raised in southwest Atlanta in the 1950s and ’60s, when the area went from majority white middle-class families, to almost exclusively black middle-class families. At StoryCorps, she told her daughter, Cassandra Webster, about that time.


Monday, November 7th

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.


Jim Lehrer on Tension City

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Veteran journalist Jim Lehrer has written a book covering his more than 40 years acting as moderator of televised political debates. The book is called Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain, and WABE’s Lois Reitzes talked with Lehrer—about his book, and some of the major historic moments he’s witnessed through the years.