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Week of 26 December 2011

Friday, December 30th

Have Your Say: Best of 2011

This week we looked back at some of your “Have Your Say” phone-calls from the past year. Here are some of our favorites.

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Thanks to everyone who phoned in during 2011!


Thursday, December 29th

Best of 2011: Imperial Opa Circus

Imperial Opa Circus

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As we looked back at the many stories we did this past year, one aspect of life in Atlanta we returned to again and again was the festivals. And if you’ve attended any of the many festivals that take place around town, you may have caught the subject of our next story. The Imperial OPA Circus is an outfit made up of stilt walkers, contortionists, and bizarre puppets, among other characters. WABE’s Myke Johns paid a visit to a rehearsal and brought back this profile.


Best of 2011: Stone Mountain Carving Caretaker

Confederate Memorial Carving

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Back in May of this year, we aired a feature about the caretaker of the Confederate Memorial carving at Stone Mountain. The carving features three Confederate leaders of the Civil War on horseback: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson. As part of our look back at the best stories of City Cafe from this past year, WABE’s David Barasoain introduces us to the man who cleans and maintains the carving.


Wednesday, December 28th

Best of 2011: Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus

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It was in April of 2011 when we visited with the Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus at Morehouse College. Led by Dr. David Morrow, who is known for his work with the Morehouse College Glee Club, this chorus has been making music for the Atlanta community for decades. As part of our look back at City Cafe’s best stories from this past year, here’s another listen to what we heard when we stopped in on one of their rehearsals. Scott Casavant produced this story.


Best of 2011: Christian Towers’ “Senior” Prom

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This time of year, we take a look back at some of our favorite stories from the previous 12 months. One story, from WABE’s Kate Sweeney, looked at a unique annual dance that takes place at a retirement community in Decatur. For 15 years, Christian Towers has given its residents a chance to re-live the magic of slow dances, dates, and boutonnieres—with its own senior prom.


Tuesday, December 27th

Best of 2011: StoryCorps - Skelly Holmbeck, Paul & Thomas Pelham

Skelly Holmbeck, Paul & Thomas Pelham

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We’re looking back to some of our favorite StoryCorps-Atlanta stories of 2011. Here’s a conversation from last January. Skelly Holmbeck’s sons Paul Pelham and Thomas Pelham II are ten and 12, respectively. The three moved to Florida after Skelly’s divorce, but came to Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth for this conversation. Skelly started it off.


Best of 2011: Matthew Kaminski: Braves Organist

Matthew Kaminski

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Baseball season may be long over, but as we look back at City Cafe’s Best of 2011, we knew the interview we conducted with Braves organist Matthew Kaminsky was among our very favorites. Back during the preseason, we paid a visit to Turner Field to meet the man behind the keys. This story was produced by WABE’s Myke Johns.

Follow Matt on Twitter (and send him requests) here!


Monday, December 26th

Best of 2011: Cacao Atlanta

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As a lunchtime show, we love to talk about food, and we’ve taken many opportunities both to cook and to sample Atlanta’s fare this year. As we look back at some of our favorite stories from 2011, there was one food segment that stood out in particular: and it was about chocolate.

Back in February, Atlanta Magazine devoted an article to chocolate maker Kristen Hard, who truly works from scratch. We also spoke to the magazine’s food editor, Bill Addison, about the time he spent on a “bean-finding” mission with Hard in the Caribbean. We met her a little closer to home—at her shop, Cacao Atlanta, for a look at how she goes from “bean to bar.” WABE’s Myke Johns produced this story.


Best of 2011: Can You Spell “Orthographic”?

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As part of our look back at favorite stories of 2011, we turn to a piece WABE’s Kate Sweeney did last January, about an annual spelling bee more than four decades old. The bee is not for young people, and it’s not associated with a local school. In fact, it takes place in a bar.