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Week of 28 November 2011

Friday, December 2nd

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex and the Second City (But Were Afraid to Ask)

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The venerated comedy enterprise that gave us Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, John Belushi, Gilda Radner and hundreds more—Chicago’s Second City—is back at the Alliance for its fourth year in Atlanta. In the past, the troupe has tackled the ATL with heavily improv’ed send-ups of MARTA, city politics and the Christmas season. This year, they’re doing something a little different. Cast members Amy Roeder and Ed Kross joined WABE’s Lois Reitzes to talk about the show Sex and the Second City—a play about love in the 21st century.


Thursday, December 1st

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.


Reel Atlanta

Reel Atlanta

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A look at the city’s cinematic offerings with WABE contributor David Lee Simmons.


Wednesday, November 30th

Santaland Diaries is Back

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Santa Land Diaries began life as an essay by David Sedaris. It’s a true and humorous account of Sedaris working as a Christmas elf at Macy’s department store. Sedaris first read the essay on NPR’s Morning Edition. The piece was well-received, and provided Sedaris with his first major break. For the past 13 Christmases, the play has been a holiday mainstay at Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre. For every one of those years, Harold Leaved has played the role of Sedaris’s character, Crumpet the Elf.


Georgia Rambler Pt. 2

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It was just last summer that public radio listeners coast-to-coast first met Charles Salter, when he spoke with Ira Glass on This American Life. In the 1970s, Salter wrote a column for the Atlanta Journal called “Georgia Rambler.” He’d get into his car, head out to some small town, and ask around until he found a story. Recently, he’s dusted off those columns and brought some of them together for the first time in book form. That book, aptly named “The Georgia Rambler” was released just this year, and earlier we sat down with the author for a chat about his rambling days. We began our interview with one simple question — What is a rambler?


Tuesday, November 29th

StoryCorps Atlanta: Ronald Goldstein & Gail O’Neill

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Most people’s conversations with their dentists are confined to dental chairs—but recently, patient Gail O’Neill brought her own dentist, Ronald Goldstein, to StoryCorps. She started the conversation by explaining why she wanted to talk with him.


Georgia History: Techwood Homes

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On November 29, 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Atlanta to dedicate Techwood Homes, among the very first low cost housing projects and one of the major projects of his New Deal. We met with Dr. Tim Crimmins, Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University at a remnant of the apartments—which still sits, amidst the mixed income and student housing along Centennial Olympic Drive.


Monday, November 28th

Film Historian Brings Napoleon to Emory

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Kevin Brownlow is a distinguished figure in the field of film preservation—one of the very few film historians to be recognized with an Academy Award. He has created documentaries—including I Am King Kong, about filmmaker Merian C. Cooper—and written books on restoring and preserving the films of the silent era. Brownlow will be at Emory this Thursday to talk about one particular film to which he has devoted his life for the last fifty years: the “lost epic” Napoleon, a 1927 silent film by French director Abel Gance. Emory University’s Director of Film Studies, Matthew Bernstein, sat down with WABE’s Lois Reitzes to talk about Kevin Brownlow’s upcoming visit.


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.