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Week of 13 February 2012

Friday, February 17th

Song Byeok’s “Departure” at the Goat Farm

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North Korean-born artist Song Byeok is making his United States premier here in Atlanta. His exhibit, “Departure,” features 20 paintings, including six brand new works never before seen by the public. The artist’s story—he was a propaganda artist for Kim Jong-il’s regime before escaping to South Korea—is just as fascinating as the work itself. WABE’s Myke Johns sat down with the artist to find out more.

The exhibition opens with a reception and artist lecture Friday at the Goat Farm’s Rodriguez Room at 7:00 p.m. The works are on display through the 26th. More details here.


Thursday, February 16th

The Voices of the Classics Brought to Life with Southern Writers Onstage

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The words of revered southern authors are being brought to life at Theatrical Outfit. The Southern Writers Onstage Performance Series is back for a second year, to present the works of authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor and others, through readings, theater, and discussion.

To find out more, WABE’s Myke Johns sat down with their organizer Pearl McHaney, Associate Dean of Fine Arts for the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University.

Remaining performances feature:

Richard Wright, February 20th
E. Roger Mitchell will present “A Dramatic Reading from Black Boy.”
Celebrating Black History Month

Zora Neale Hurston, March 12th
Kim Brockington will present her one-woman show Zora
Talk-back with Valerie Boyd, author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
Celebrating Women’s Month

William Faulkner, April 23rd
John Maxwell performs his play “Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?”


Wednesday, February 15th

Georgia History: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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On February 15th, 1925, Atlanta mayor Walter Simms accepted the offer of a five-year lease on an abandoned racetrack south of the city. This established what is today known as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Host John Lemley spoke with Dr. Tim Crimmins about the history of the nation’s busiest airport. Dr. Crimmins is the director of the Center on Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University.

John began by asking Dr. Crimmins what led up to the city’s purchase of the airfield.


The Accidental Slaveowner

Detail from the quilted art work, “Unravelling Miss Kitty’s Cloak,” created by artist Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier and the members of Grace United Methodist Church in Covington, Georgia. Photograph: Mark Auslander

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Conflicting stories exist about “Miss Kitty,” a slave who lived in antebellum Oxford, Georgia. To whites in the area, Kitty was a dedicated servant who stayed loyal to her Methodist bishop slave master and refused to be freed. Meanwhile, there’s another story that claims Miss Kitty was actually held in sexual servitude for years. Anthropologist Mark Auslander went in search of what really happened in the life of Miss Kitty, a journey he unfolds in his new book, The Accidental Slaveowner. Auslander visited our studio to tell us more about this much-debated page in Georgian and American history.

Here is an excerpt read with an introduction, read by the author in our studio:

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Tuesday, February 14th

Valentine’s Day: A Special Report from Youth Radio

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It’s Valentine’s Day: time to get romantic, and for some of us, a time to recreate the feeling of young love. That got us thinking about what young love looks like these days, so we asked Youth Radio’s Hunter Moore to give her perspective on this day of hearts, flowers, and fancy dinners…for some folks.


StoryCorps Atlanta: Mary Ann & Ed Cashin

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Mary Ann Cashin spent the ten years after high school in a convent becoming a teacher. Meanwhile, her future husband was in a Marist order thousands of miles away. Mary Ann tells the story of their first meeting to their son, Ed.


Monday, February 13th

“The Honey Badger” Visits the Cafe

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Every once in a while, a YouTube video comes along that goes viral. It happens with babies laughing and superstars singing…but rarely does it happen for a nature video.

Of course, the subject of this segment is no regular nature video, but something more satirical. It’s a clip from YouTube about an animal called a honey badger, and it’s been viewed millions of times online. Today, references to the ferocity of the animal are peppered throughout popular culture. The narrator of the video is a man that goes simply by the first name, “Randall.”

“Clean” version of Randall’s Honey Badger Narration on YouTube


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.