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Week of 5 December 2011

Friday, December 9th

Have Your Say - Close Encounters of the Merry Kind

This week we asked about your memorable moments with Jolly Old St. Nick.

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.


Early Music Celebrates Holiday Serenity

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The music of Christmas and the holiday season goes far deeper than “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World.” Two groups in Atlanta specialize in what’s known as “early music,” typically written in the 15th and 16th centuries, often for the church. Atlanta Schola Cantorum and Camerata Theater each have performances coming up—both of these, interestingly, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. So WABE’s John Lemley headed down to their rehearsals to talk about early music, and about why St. Bart’s is their ideal venue. WABE’s Myke Johns produced this story.


Thursday, December 8th

This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

Access Atlanta

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The Atlanta Journal Constitutions Shane Harrison talks about budget-friendly events this week in Atlanta.


Tollbooth Has Community “On the Same Page”

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A community-wide reading program based in the Decatur bookstore Little Shop of Stories is wrapping up this week. Since it started in September, “On the Same Page” has had hundreds of area children and adults reading the 1961 children’s novel The Phantom Tollbooth. WABE’s Kate Sweeney thought the phenomenon warranted some looking into.

“On the Same Page” culminates Friday night, with a reading by Juster at Agnes Scott.


Wednesday, December 7th

70 Years Ago Today: Remembering Pearl Harbor

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Where were you on December 7th, 1941? WABE Producer Dave Barasoain asked this question to nearly two dozen Atlanta residents who still have answers to this question.

The day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States entered World War II. This story was produced in 2007 for a WABE program called - ”Atlanta Voices: Memories of World War II.”


Southeastern Pearl Harbor Survivors Meet for the Final Time

President and Pearl Harbor vet Bob Kerr addresses the group for the last time.

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The Southeastern chapter of Pearl Harbor Survivors is part of a national organization that’s shutting down at the end of this year due to dwindling membership. WABE’s Kate Sweeney spent time with them at their very last meeting, in Snellville, and has this story.

This story first appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.


Tuesday, December 6th

StoryCorps Atlanta: Jumana Rosshandler & Anja Sebunya

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Growing up in Amman, Jordan, Jumana Sharabi Rosshandler’s life changed when a family of American Baptist missionaries moved in across the street. Jumana became best friends with one of their chidren, Jan. What happened next changed both girl’s lives forever. Jumana told the story to friend and colleague, Anja Sebunya.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta International School.


Diving Feet First into Motherhood

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What happens when a savvy 30-something feminist, humorist and writer decides to take on another label, too: mother? This is the question behind Megan Gogerty’s new play, Feet First in the Water with a Baby in my Teeth from Synchronicity Theater. WABE’s Kate Sweeney has this look.


Monday, December 5th

Building Shelters for the Homeless

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Many nonprofits devote themselves to getting homeless people off the street. But one group has a different goal: to provide better shelters for homeless people right where they are. WABE’s Kate Sweeney went to a build by the Mad Housers, and has this story.


Local Book Events

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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.