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Week of 23 January 2012

Friday, January 27th

Have Your Say - What Do You Treasure?

This week we asked you to call in and tell us about an object you treasure, but which has value only to you.

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!


Thursday, January 26th

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.


At Farewell Event, Landmark Gay Bookstore Counts Down Final Days

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This week, landmark gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender bookstore, Outwrite, held its final reading, after announcing its impending closure this fall. Amid the poetry and prose, WABE’s Kate Sweeney spoke to patrons about the place that’s acted as a literary hub and personal haven for so many, for so long—and why that’s changed.


Wednesday, January 25th

A Conversation with Poet Billy Colllins

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Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, will be in Atlanta this weekend to deliver a free reading at Emory University. A well-known regular guest on National Public Radio programs, he’s often referred to as “the most popular poet in America.” Billy Collins joined us for a conversation from the studios of WMFE in Orlando. Host John Lemley began by asking him about one of his favorite poets, Emily Dickinson, and how her work fits into American poetry as a whole.

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In part two of our conversation with former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, we discuss the reason poetry’s so interested in death these days. He also gives us an exclusive reading.

Click below for a couple of Billy Collins’s animated poems on YouTube:

Billy Collins - The Country

Billy Collins - Forgetfulness


Tuesday, January 24th

StoryCorps Atlanta: Linda Gorham & Gwendolyn Hilary

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Linda Gorham has worked as a professional storyteller for close to two decades—but making the transition to that job was a step that took some courage. At StoryCorps Atlanta, Linda told her friend and fellow storyteller, Gwendolyn Hilary about how she got her start.

Linda told Gwendolyn this story at the 2011 National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference in Atlanta.


A High-Tech Tour of the State Capitol

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Last month, we visited Georgia’s Capitol building to talk to Dr. Timothy Crimmins about the convention that moved the capitol city from Milledgeville to Atlanta. This month, we return for a tour of a few of the other historic sites around the building and grounds, using the Georgia Capitol Tour app as a guide.

WABE’s Myke Johns produced this story.


Monday, January 23rd

Reel Atlanta

Reel Atlanta

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


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.