Myke Johns

Producer

Myke Johns was hired in 2006 to edit for a few hours a week. Since then, he has run through traffic on Marietta Streetridden shotgun in a speeding racecar, and spent many late nights with actors and athletes alike.

His work has won awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Georgia APME.

In addition to his reckless behavior here, he also serves as co-producer of WRITE CLUB Atlanta, a competitive philanthropic literary event.

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Thomas Mullen’s biography opens with the confession that while his neighbors near downtown Atlanta “suspect not a thing, he commits murders, spins wildly convoluted conspiracy theories, travels through time, [and] reinvents the past.”

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You could grab a pint of chocolate ice cream out of your grocery store freezer. You could buy a candy bar from a vending machine, But when you want a treat that someone's put a little more thought and care into, where do you go?

Mara Davis, WABE contributor and co-host of "Atlanta Eats," joins "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes to talk about some of the gourmet offerings being made right here in Georgia.

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In this Sunday, May 17, 2015 file photo, Kanye West performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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Is Atlanta about to get a complete Dungeon Family reunion?

Contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss speculate on whether Andre 3000 will make his rumored appearance at the ONE Music Festival and discuss other highlights of the weekend's concert calendar on "Mara's Music Mix."

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London’s most notorious criminal has hit Atlanta … or one of Atlanta’s stages, at any rate.

7 Stages Theatre is opening their 38th season with Bertolt Brecht’s groundbreaking work, "The Threepenny Opera." Directed by 7 Stages’ co-artistic director Michael Haverty with musical direction by Bryan Mercer, the show incorporates elements of late 1920s Berlin with 21st century touches like live video feeds and an opening credits sequence.

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Atlanta is getting very heavy in September, and we're not talking about weight. Each month, we check in on the local independent music scene for a preview of some of the new albums coming from our homegrown artists, and for that, producer Myke Johns sat down with Guillermo Castro, editor of Immersive Atlanta.

You don't have to know anything about opera to enjoy reading "The Queen of the Night," the recent novel by Alexander Chee. If you do love opera, there will be that much more to relish.

Set in the late 19th century, the book centers Lilliet Berne, an orphaned American girl who winds her way through the Parisian underground, taking on work as a circus performer, a prostitute, a courtesan and a spy. And though she never imagines ending up as a living legend, her voice propels her to stardom with the Paris Opera.

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This holiday weekend's packed schedule of festivals and events will have an eclectic evening soundtrack, featuring everything from German electronic pioneers to a cult internet cartoon character. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the weekend's concert calendar on Mara's Music Mix.

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"In Conversation with Valerie Jackson" is a series in which the former First Lady of Atlanta speaks with  some of today's most dynamic artists, innovative thinkers and interesting personalities. 

The Olympic Games in Rio may be over, but our appetite for gold hasn’t gone away. Luckily, we have a two-time gold medalist right here in Atlanta.

Wahid Khoshravani

Here’s a mental exercise: Try speaking in verse, out loud, off the top of your head. Be sure to rhyme, maintain a rhythm and be clever.

Sound easy?

Now do that to a beat and that is what is popularly known as freestyle. One group in Atlanta has dedicated itself to the art form not only to keep its members lyrically on their toes, but as an educational tool.

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This weekend, Atlanta is playing host to both some 80s junior prom throwbacks and a pair of hip-hop super stars.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for the look at the wide spectrum of artists coming to town.

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This weekend, local musicians are banding together to pay tribute to a classic of Atlanta R&B, and a breakout 18-year-old rapper takes Center Stage. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at concert offerings.

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Music festivals in Atlanta are dominated by the big, established names — Music Midtown, Shaky Knees — and rely on corporate sponsorships and ticket sales to sustain themselves. But one smaller independent festival is celebrating its fourth year and has managed to stick to its guiding principles: Always Free, Always All-Ages, Always Accessible. We’re talking about Jortsfest.

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It seems like there is a podcast for everything now. If you can identify some niche interest, it’s likely that there are super-fans out there gleefully picking it apart. One notable recent example is “The West Wing Weekly,” which is examining the entire series of the television show "The West Wing" one episode at a time. So with that format in mind, why not a 14th century Italian poem about hell?

“The Divined Comedy” is a podcast which is devoted to talking about Dante Alighieri’s “The Inferno” one canto at a time, taking plenty of detours into pop culture along the way. 

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Author Jacqueline Woodson holds the idea of black girlhood as almost sacred.

Her young adult, middle grade and picture books are almost all told from the perspective of young African-American girls growing up around Brooklyn. Her 2014 memoir-in-verse "Brown Girl Dreaming" won a National Book Award and her book covers are frequently adorned with honors from the Newbery, NAACP and Coretta Scott King awards.

Photos of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia taken on Thursday, January 29, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech; brennabeech17@att.net)
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This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here

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This weekend, we have everything from hair metal to country stars coming out of exile heading to Atlanta. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at who's coming back on Mara's Music Mix.

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Atlanta's biggest art museum has a lot more work to put on its walls.

In the last year, the High Museum of Art has acquired 530 new works across all seven of their departments. In the High's African Art collection, Head of Collections Brett Abbott points out a carved wooden stool, featuring two figures of a man and a woman.

"It's a really beautiful example of this kind of wooden 19th century stool from Cameroon," he explains. The stool was one of many works which were gifted to the High.

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The Queen of Funk and the current kings of Top 40 are descending on Atlanta this weekend. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss to hit the highlights of this weekend's concert calendar with Mara's Music Mix.

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One of Atlanta’s most celebrated and hard-working playwrights has officially broken into television.

Topher Payne is the award-winning playwright behind "Evelyn in Purgatory," which was recently published by Samuel French. His play "Perfect Arrangement" was produced off-Broadway at Primary Stages last fall. And now, "My Summer Prince," his first TV movie, is premiering on The Hallmark Channel on Saturday. 

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Atlanta has a very active and ever-changing independent music scene, which is seeing even more flux as longtime venue the Masquerade closes down its North Avenue home this month. Immersive Atlanta's Guillermo Castro points out that as this is on the minds of the city's musicians, and with the summer festival season still going, many promoters have begun building up smaller, more diverse and inclusive music festivals such as Jortsfest and The Big Thing.

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This week in Atlanta concerts, we have an all-female supergroup, 90s rockers making a comeback, a golden-voiced singer-songwriter and more.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at "Mara's Music Mix."

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A Huey helicopter flies low over a field at Serenbe, about an hour south of Atlanta. This isn’t a military exercise or a film shoot, but Serenbe Playhouse's theatrical production of "Miss Saigon," the story of star-crossed lovers in war-torn Vietnam. 

Executive and artistic director Brian Clowdus spent eight months convincing the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, based in Hampton, Georgia, to participate.

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This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here  

Twenty years ago, the Olympic Games brought the world’s athletes to Atlanta. It also brought Nobel laureates.

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It’s not often that you hear someone talk openly about the worst thing they ever did. Rarer still that they’d put up a memorial to it. But that’s exactly what Dad’s Garage Theatre Company has done.

Dad’s Garage is celebrated for its award-winning improv comedy, its ability to attract big-name comedians to Atlanta, collaborations with the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Opera, and performances at the Fox Theatre. In short, they’ve been very successful. But downstairs in their lobby, they have a plaque on the wall which reads in part:

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Having Asperger's Syndrome is not funny, but the comedy troupe Asperger's Are Us is very funny. The quartet of comedians, all of whom are openly autistic, formed in 2010 after meeting at a summer camp and have been touring the country with their unique brand of comedy ever since.

Troupe member Noah Britton describes the syndrome as a "systematic difference" in the way they approach the world. The condition involves hypersensitivity to conflict and change. 

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Garbage, Gucci and one giant clown are just some of what's going on in Atlanta's concert venue's this weekend. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the calendar.

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The band Winger and their frontman, Kip Winger, are best known for their 1988 hit “Seventeen.” But the heavy metal frontman has in recent years traded in the stacks of amplifiers for an acoustic guitar, and has turned a childhood love of ballet into a second career as a composer.

His album, "Conversations With Nijinsky," which includes music written for the San Francisco Ballet, was released this summer and quickly went to No. 1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Albums chart.

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This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here. To read the whole story on ArtsATL, click here.

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“Under Construction” is a sign you will see on Atlanta roads all summer long.  It’s also the marker you could affix to any teenager’s head.

Powerful new technologies are enabling brain researchers, healthcare professionals and educators to investigate the connections among brain function, development and behavior in adolescents. One of the interesting threads emerging from this research is the power of music as a therapeutic and pedagogical tool. 

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Milestone birthdays, summer entertainment and great movies are intersecting at the corner of Forsyth and Luckie streets in Atlanta. The Rialto Center for the Arts is presenting the Be Downtown Film Festival to celebrate their centenary, their 20 years with Georgia State University and the Atlanta Film Festival's 40th anniversary. 

The festival, which includes screenings of Shaft, Space Jam and Enter The Dragon, has been curated by Rialto Executive Director Leslie Gordon and the Atlanta Film Festival's Executive Director Chris Escobar. 

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