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Week of 2 January 2012

Thursday, January 5th

Best of 2011: A Conversation with Joan Rivers

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America’s original comic “queen of mean,” Joan Rivers, visited Atlanta back in March, bringing her plastic surgery, ribald jokes and red-carpet gossip to her audacious one-woman show at Atlanta Symphony Hall. We were able to catch the comedienne at her publicist’s office in New York for a quick phone chat, and we’re going to revisit that conversation now as part of our look back at our most memorable moments of 2011. We began by discussing just how many people she idolized at the beginning of her career.


This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

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


Wednesday, January 4th

Best of 2011: Canoeing the Hooch

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It was in June of 2011 when we aired a feature about our canoe trip down the Chattahoochee . As part of our look back at the best stories from this past year, we’re taking another listen to our “River Adventure in Atlanta’s Backyard,” which was led by our gracious river guide, Alicia Evans.

Scott Casavant produced this story.


Best of 2011: H. Johnson: When It Has That Swing

WABE's H Johnson

As part of our look back at some of the best stories of 2011, here’s one produced by WABE’s Kate Sweeney that aired during Jazz Appreciation Month, in April. It’s a sound portrait of H. Johnson, whose Saturday night program Jazz Classics has swung the Saturday night airwaves on WABE since the late 1970s. In this piece, H. talks about how he got into jazz in the first place, and how you know when it really does have that swing.

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Tuesday, January 3rd

Best of 2011: Georgia’s Zero Mile Marker

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In 1850, the Western & Atlantic railroad line running from Chattanooga was linked to the Georgia Railroad at a spot approximately seven miles from the Chattahoochee River. A stone marker denoting the “zero mile” was driven into the ground there, in the middle of what would become Terminus—later Marthasville, and finally Atlanta.

You might be surprised, as we were, to learn that that zero mile marker still stands on that very spot. Not content with just knowing about this piece of Atlanta history, the City Café crew contacted architect Jeff Morrison, a man who leads small tours of downtown Atlanta’s lesser-known features. He knows exactly how to find the mile post, and invited us down to see it.

WABE’s Myke Johns produced this story.


Best of StoryCorps Atlanta 2011 - Libby Yost & Erin Robbins

Libby Yost & Erin Robbins

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Best friends Libby Yost and Erin Robbins met in high school, and then attended the same college. During a semester break, they traveled to Peru to do research the rainforest. But it didn’t turn out as planned. At StoryCorps Atlanta, they recounted why.


Monday, January 2nd

Best of 2011: The Newest Silverback

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In this story from July, host John Lemley trained for a day with Atlanta’s pro men’s soccer team, the Atlanta Silverbacks. Here, we have the story again, followed by a conversation between John and producer Kate Sweeney, about the unexpectedly athletic experience of putting this piece together.

The story began at Silverbacks Stadium, where team director Rodrigo Rios told John what to expect.


Best of 2011: Full Radius Dance Company

Full Radius Dance Company

It was early in 2011 when we visited with the Full Radius Dance Company. The troop works with dancers with and without disabilities, to promote and advance modern dance, and many of the company’s dancers perform while seated in their wheelchairs. WABE’s David Barasoain attended a rehearsal at Full Radius, and brought back this profile.

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