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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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French Class

Jun 14, 2012

G. A. Towns Elementary School's French program is led by Madame Mimi Seydel.

Studies show that children ages 3-5 have a greater ability to compartmentalize and learn multiple languages than adults do.

Ultimate Frisbee, resembling soccer and football, was first proposed by film producer Joel Silver in 1968, with the rules later codified by students at Columbia High School in New Jersey.

Cigar Box Guitars

Jun 14, 2012

Homemade instruments have been a longtime staple for poor musicians throughout history. Starting sometime in the 1840s, the cigar box became a favorite raw material for folks who wanted to play banjo, fiddle or guitar but couldn't afford one. The cigar box guitar was especially popular among blues musicians like Blind Willie McTell, Lightnin' Hopkins and Bo Diddley, many of whom began playing music after building their own instruments.

Aquarium Otters

Jun 14, 2012

Asian Small-clawed Otters are the smallest of the thirteen species of otter. The five currently residing at the Georgia Aquarium are all sisters. Maggie, Joni, Little Girl, Pinky and Grace all came to the aquarium from France in May of 2005.


Jun 14, 2012

The practice of tattooing dates back to the Neolithic era in some cultures. The Western tradition was brought back from Polynesia by 18th Century explorers.

Surprisingly (or perhaps not, considering), Thomas Edison could be considered to be the father or modern tattooing, having patented an engraving machine in 1876 which was later adapted by Samuel O'Reilly into a device to tap ink into skin.

Fox Organ

Jun 14, 2012

The giant Möller theater organ the Mighty Mo is located at the Fox Theater. Larry Douglas Embry is the Organist in residence. In 1929 the organ was purchased for $29,000. Today it is considered an irreplaceable masterpiece of organ design.

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If you’ve driven down Moreland Avenue this week, you’ve probably seen something new popping up at the top of the hill overlooking Freedom Parkway. It’s a new sculpture titled “SEAT” and WABE’s Myke Johns took a walk in the park to speak to the artists behind it.

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On May 20th, a children’s book—Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons, debuted at number one on the New York Times Bestseller List for picture books. “Pete the Cat” is the creation of Atlanta-based artist James Dean who teamed up with musician, storyteller and fellow Atlantan Eric Litwin to produce a book for children.

The improvisers and comedians over at Dad’s Garage Theater are opening a new show, titled…beg your pardon…Musicals Suck: The Musical. Unless you have been involved in a theatrical production, what goes on behind the scenes may be a mystery. But WABE’s Myke Johns followed writers Travis Sharp and Kevin Gillese for six months during the writing and production of the show and has this story in two parts.

The Rose Window at St. Philip's Cathedral

Jun 1, 2012

At the time, it was the deadliest crash in aviation history. On Sunday morning, June 3, 1962, Atlanta was stunned by the news that a plane carrying 106 of its citizens had crashed on take-off at Orly Airfield near Paris, France.   Among the victims were some of Atlanta’s most prominent figures in the arts world.

  Kentucky musician Ben Sollee has been releasing solo records since 2008. A lifelong musician, Ben combines his classical education with R&B and bluegrass to create highly literate and heartfelt songs on his chosen instrument: the cello.

Carol Ann Jackson Miller and Henrietta Antonin are both in their 70s, and both have spent their lives attending Friendship Baptist Church where Carol Ann’s father was once the minister. When StoryCorps Atlanta came to their church, the two couldn’t help reminiscing about their decades at the church…and its music.

Carol Ann Jackson Miller Henrietta Antonin are both in their 70s, and both have spent their lives attending Friendship Baptist Church where Carol Ann’s father was once the minister. When StoryCorps Atlanta came to their church, the two couldn’t help reminiscing about their decades at the church…and its music.

In 1941, in the thick of World War Two, two of the world’s top physicists met in Copenhagen; One German, One Danish. The details of their meeting have never been revealed and the two never spoke to each other again.

That’s the central conceit behind Michael Frayn’s play, Copenhagen, onstage now at the Academy Theater. WABE's Myke Johns spoke with the cast and director and has this story.

A Garden for Mother's Day

May 11, 2012

It's been said that Ryan Gainey has done for gardening what Martha Stewart did for housekeeping. A lifetime spent cultivating plants and digging in the dirt brought him global recognition and celebrity acclaim. Audrey Hepburn featured Gainey in her series Gardens of the World. He hosted two garden parties for her when she was a UNICEF ambassador.

Horse Farriers

May 9, 2012

Hygiene is important for everyone… including horses.  Farriers have the very important job of taking care of horse’s hooves. For this Atlanta Sound, we met horse farriers Desmond Fox and Lucas Gilland at the Little Creek Horse Farm in Decatur to get a look at what they do.

Photo by Greg Mooney

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County had its world premier here in Atlanta at the beginning of April at the Alliance and created quite a buzz around town. Much of it had to do with the big names attached to the project: with music by T Bone Burnett, lyrics by John Mellencamp and written by the master of horror, Stephen King

City Cafe Stops to Smell the Roses

May 3, 2012

This weekend here in Atlanta, some of the dedicated gardeners of the Greater Atlanta Rose Society will be hosting their annual Rose Show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Two of their members were kind enough to show us around their garden and talk to us about the flower, the work that goes into planting them, and some of the rich history behind the iconic blossom.

“Autocross” is a style of motorsports in which drivers take on a course full of twists and turns, one at a time—racing against the clock. In this Atlanta Sounds, we sit shotgun with driver Alison Hill, recorded during an event by the Atlanta Region of the Sports Car Club of America.

See a video of Alison driving the course on our Facebook page!

This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” –personal, first-person narratives from metro Atlantans. This is storytelling at its most intimate, delivered without scripts or notes of any kind.

Shannon McNeal grew up listening to her grandfather telling tales about their family. She inherited his talent for spinning tragedy into comedy and loves to share her stories about growing up in Alabama and her adventures after moving to Atlanta. Here she is in our studios with her story about her “Torch for the Lord.”

Darling! City Café Meets Auntie Mame

Apr 11, 2012
Photo by Tom Gillespie

Since the release of the 1955 novel Auntie Mame, the title character of author Patrick Dennis’ book has been portrayed in stage and screen versions of the story by the likes of Rosalind Russell, Angela Lansbury and Lucille Ball.  As of this week, you can add to that list, Topher Payne

Grown Up Red Riding Hood

Apr 10, 2012

The story of Little Red Riding Hood exists safely in the realm of fairy tales, with a ravenous talking wolf, a heroic Huntsman, and a basket full of goodies. The arts organization SAÏAH decided that there was more to the story than just a children’s story and have created Rua | Wülf, a new take on the tale that combines theater and performance art on the grounds of the Goat Farm outside of midtown.

Every two years, the Townsend Prize is given to the best work of fiction written by a Georgia author. This bi-annum’s winner is set to be announced in a ceremony on April 26th. But right now, the nominees have been carefully pared down to a list of ten books. With a thirty year history and a list of past winners which includes Celestine Sibley, Alice Walker and Ferrol Sams.

photo by Bolis Cooper

David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow premiered on Broadway back in 1988 and quickly garnered several Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Play.

This week, Atlanta’s Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theater opens their production of the show, which pulls back the curtain on the ballet of ego and politics that is the Hollywood movie industry.

Atlanta Gets Rebuilt at Phipps Plaza

Apr 2, 2012
Photo by: Sonny Abesamis |

Building things out of Lego bricks is a nearly universal childhood experience. The interlocking plastic blocks came out of Denmark in 1949 and have spread to toy boxes and living room floors the world over ever since.  One way the company has been banking on the toy’s popularity is by opening a number of Lego-themed attractions around the world.

Atlanta musician Jeffrey Bützer has been playing solo around town since 2005. He’s one of the guys behind the popular Charlie Brown Christmas shows that have taken place at the EARL for the past four years. This weekend, Bützer—a pianist, accordionist, drummer, guitarist…et cetera, is putting out his first 7 inch record.

Marta Bus Driver

Mar 25, 2012

The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority operates a fleet of 554 buses running 120 routes which serve Fulton & DeKalb counties.

Jane Little

Mar 25, 2012

Jane Little has been a double-bassist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for sixty three years--making her the only musician who has been with the ASO since the beginning.

The East Atlanta Farmers Market was started in 2006 and operates about seven months out of the year. 

The market offers a mix of locally-grown produce and other readymade products like bread, cheese and soaps.

Braves Organist

Mar 25, 2012
Matt Kaminski, organist for the Atlanta Braves
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The Atlanta Braves' home of Turner Field may be a state-of-the-art park, with giant LED screens and an enormous sound system, but as you're watching a game--even though you may not be aware of it--the sound of the traditional organ can still be heard pumping up the crowd as players make their way to the batter's box. We paid a visit to Matthew Kaminski, the man behind the keys. Follow Matt on Twitter (and send him requests) here!