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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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Working Title Playwrights is a professional writers’ group with a vast member list and a decade of history here in Atlanta. Monday evening, they’ll be celebrating ten years of fostering playwrights with a special project…a chain play in which ten writers collaborated on one script…completely anonymously. And if that sounds like it could get complicated, WABE's Myke Johns spoke to some of the brave souls involved to find out just how complicated it got.

The Mountaintop is a play that puts its audience inside of Dr. Martin Luther King’s room at the Lorraine Motel the night before his assassination. AFter directing the show on Broadway, Kenny Leon has brought Katori Hall’s character study to his True Colors Theater Company, in a production led by director Jasmine Guy. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with the director to talk about the show.

There are several methods of composting—that is, decomposing matter to use as fertilizer. We recently paid a visit to our gardening expert Geri Laufer to learn about one method which employs the help of our slimy friend, the worm…

Last night after sunset, Decatur residents and employees gathered around the bandstand on the Decatur square for what was promised to be a major announcement. Gail Rothman, the executive director of the independent non-profit Decatur Education Foundation took to the steps with the news: that a local family has gifted the foundation 500 thousand dollars.

Photo: Mike Jensen

The High Museum opened their exhibition Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913 to 2013 last month, and interestingly, among works of art spanning the last century of modern and postmodern art, from Marcel Duchamp to Jeff Koons, there are also contemporary works.

Sarah Sze's mixed media installation, Book of Parts (Centennial), closes out the exhibition. WABE's Myke Johns spoke to the artist there.

Karlheinz Stockhausen was a composer known for odd, high-concept pieces which stretched the boundaries of music. For one of the last pieces of music he wrote, that boundary stretched beyond conventional instruments. Stockhausen’s “Heaven’s Door” calls for a percussionist to beat upon a cathedral door. WABE’s Myke Johns spoke to DJ Betsill, a Stone Mountain instrument maker and Dr.

Justin Keoninh (Mr. Jakyl)

Atlanta artist Brian Dettmer of the Saltworks Gallery uses books as his medium. Part collage, part sculpture, he carves into books, page-by-page, revealing the themes and inner-workings lying dormant in disused textbooks and encyclopedias.

We paid a visit to his studio to watch him at work.

Brian Dettmer has an exhibition at MOCA-GA opening on October 20th.

Justin Hadley Photography

At once whimsical and dark, The Devil Tree is the second production from The Collective Project. Staged at the Goat Farm, the show takes us into the churches and forests and out-of-the-way corners of the deep south. WABE’s Myke Johns  spoke with The Project's Executive Director Corey Bradberry and has this story.

Alfred Uhry has an impressive list of credentials. The Atlanta-born author and playwright won a Pulitzer Prize for his play “Driving Miss Daisy,” and an Academy Award for the screen adaptation, which starred Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman.

photo by: S. Nicole Boroski

Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula has been adapted countless times in every conceivable genre and medium. But you can’t keep a good story down. Right now at 7 Stages, Atlanta theater and Atlanta rock and roll collide to bring Dracula: The Rock Opera to unsuspecting audiences. This partnership between the theater and the Little 5 Points Rockstar Orchestra has been years in the making and represents the Orchestra's first original work.

Georgia History: Peace in the Gate City

Oct 10, 2012

Visitors to Piedmont Park have surely seen the monumental statue standing just inside the 14th Street entrance, overlooking the playing fields.  It was dedicated on October 10th, 1911.  We met with Dr. Tim Crimmins, Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University, to learn about the story behind the monument. 

Stephan Pastis Casts Pearls Before Swine

Oct 9, 2012

Everyone has his or her favorite comic strip, be it the oddball stylings of the classic Far Side, or the humble wisecracking philosophy of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts. For many, the not-to-be-missed strip is Pearls Before Swine.

The streets of Castleberry Hill will be overtaken this Saturday for the annual Flux Night. One of the spectacles that will be on display is a lantern parade led by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons—a sort of community social club and a group of dedicated mirth-makers.

Georgia History: Gwinnett County Courthouse

Sep 26, 2012

Gwinnett County was one of the nation's fastest-growing counties during the 1970s and ‘80s. And the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse, which opened back in September of 1885, played an important role in developing the infrastructure to make that growth possible.

Peachtree Road's Historic Randolf-Lucas House

Sep 25, 2012

The house that sits at 2494 Peachtree Road has not always been on that particular spot. The 1920s-era mansion was picked up and moved to its current location to make way for its neighbor, the 2500 Peachtree Condominiums, which looks out over the intersection of Peachtree and Lindberg Drive.

We met up with Wright Mitchell, founder and president of the Buckhead Heritage Society, to talk about the home's past, and to speculate on its future.

Jo Arellanes

Many productions of Shakespeare’s plays choose to present them in updated settings to make the show that much more palatable to contemporary audiences. Anyone who came of age in the 1990s might be interested to know that the North Fulton Drama Club—a theater company in Roswell that exclusively performs the works of the Bard—is opening a production of Hamlet set in 1994. WABE’s Myke Johns has this story.

In the Midnight Hour: The Music of Wilson Pickett, is a jukebox musical that celebrates the music legacy and life of the international Rhythm and Blues artist, The "Wicked" Wilson Pickett…the man who put songs like “Mustang Sally,” and “Land of 1000 Dances” at the top of the charts.

J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier is one of the masterpieces of classical music. Written in 1722, the collection is comprised of 24 Preludes and Fugues in all keys. That’s two-and-a-half hours of music…and Marietta’s internationally renowned pianist Robert Henry will be performing it in concert. Earlier, our own Lois Reitzes spoke with the musician and educator about this comprehensive performance.

Each month, we get out of the office for a walk around the city and to talk history with Dr. Tim Crimmins, Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University.

This month, we look back at a Midtown fire that began on September 8, 1923.  The blaze consumed Ponce de Leon Park, home of Atlanta’s minor league team, the Crackers. We met Dr. Crimmins on the site where the park once stood, now home to the Midtown Place Shopping Center.

The exhibition “Rising Up,” is now on display at the High Museum. It features a series of epic murals painted by artist Hale Woodruff for Talladega College, Alabama. WABE’s Myke Johns paid the museum a visit and has this story.

Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals from Talladega College is on display at the High Museum now through September 2nd.

Georgia State University’s First Year Book program puts it to an entire incoming freshman class to read one book before the beginning of the semester. Entering the university with this one reading experience in common, the hope is for it to stimulate discussion, promote critical thinking, and to develop a sense of community among students and teachers.

97 Years ago this month, back in 1915, a sculptor with an unusual name paid Stone Mountain a visit. He was there at the behest of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, who were commissioning a memorial to Robert E. Lee on the face of the granite.

The sculptor was Gutzon Borglum and though he would begin work on the carving, it would take almost fifty years for another sculptor to finally complete what we now see there—three men astride horses in the largest bas relief sculpture in the world.

Theatrical Outfit's latest production, My Name Is Asher Lev, tells the story of a young artist’s struggle for self-expression and self-discovery in his strict, religious household.

Based on a novel by Chaim Potok, the story takes place in post-WWII Brooklyn.

WABE’s Lois Reitzes spoke with the show’s director Mira Hirsch and lead actor Nick Arapoglou about the big ideas behind the play.

Ashley Anderson's "Shinobi Marilyns" at the Emily Amy Gallery in 2012.
Myke Johns / WABE

Marilyn Monroe is an enduring icon of fame and glamour, thanks in no small part to artists like Andy Warhol who manipulated her image to make their own commentaries on fame and glamour. Right now at the Emily Amy Gallery, there is an exhibition that once again takes Monroe as its subject, and does so in a thoroughly modern way.

Testing Atlanta's Air

Aug 6, 2012
Myke Johns

Each day, alongside the weather forecast, we report the Air Quality Index. It’s a forecast that looks at air pollutants and rates our air quality on a colored scale.

But where does this information come from and what can we do with it? WABE’s Myke Johns paid a visit to the offices of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Environmental Protection Division and the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic to find out more.

Ronda Respess opened the doors of her house to young string students in 2001. Since then, students of Franklin Pond Chamber Music have gone on to Ivy League schools and teaching positions and other worthy pursuits.

A long piece of classical music is hardly surprising. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony clocks in around an hour and five minutes—Wagner had some works that are of epic-length. But this weekend, there will be a performance of a piece of contemporary chamber music lasting four hours.

Chamber Cartel is the group behind all this. Begun at the beginning of 2012 by artistic director Caleb Herron, the group has kept up a grueling pace of a unique concert a month. This Sunday's performance will mark its seventh outing.

In Conversation with Monica Pearson

Jul 20, 2012

Sunday, July 22 at 8:00 pm

In this installment of Valerie Jackson In Conversation, we speak with longtime Atlanta news anchor Monica Pearson...or as many Atlantans knew her for years, Monica Kaufman. Pearson will be retiring on July 25th.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster David Coucheron took center stage back in May to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Tonight, that performance will be featured on our Atlanta Symphony Broadcast tonight at 9 pm. Previously, Coucheron brought his violin down to our studios and spoke with our own Lois Reitzes about the concerto.

English Choral Tradition Visits St. Philip's

Jul 6, 2012

Mary Tudor established The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, England in 1533. It consisted of ten choristers, six lay-clerks, four priests, an organist, and a schoolmaster, that survived in that configuration essentially unchanged for over three centuries. 30 years ago, the University of Cambridge for the first time admitted women and Trinity made the radical change of replacing its boy trebles with female sopranos.  It is in that form that the Choir has existed now for three decades.