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Stephannie Stokes


Stephannie Stokes is a producer at WABE’s features desk. The title, “producer,” can mean a lot of things, but her focus is on telling stories. On WABE, you might hear her reporting about a lesser known part of Atlanta’s history, while another day you might catch a sound portrait she produced about a person or place in the region.

She came to Atlanta in 2014 by way of Washington, D.C., where she worked for member station WAMU’s local news and public affairs program The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

But really she isn’t from the East Coast at all. She was born, raised and educated in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Today, the Cheshire Bridge Road corridor is known for being, well, diverse. It’s a mix of decades-old businesses and, in more recent years, adult entertainment venues.

But tucked away, behind all the development, there is actually a creek running through the area. And now there's also a trail to explore it.

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The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to fill us in on the week in book events.

He highlighted an appearance from Robbin Shipp and Nick Chiles, out with their new book "Justice While Black," and also an event with Sandy Althomsons, author of "Inside A Refugee Crisis: My Time In South Sudan."

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  For Jamaicans, jerk is no insult. It's a culinary tradition stretching back centuries to the early days of British colonial rule on the island. And it's one that can make both Caribbean natives and non-natives' mouths water. 

But you don't have to go to Jamaica to find it. Jerk chefs like Donald Roberts of Juci Jerk are cooking up the specialty right here in Atlanta, as we learn in this Atlanta Sounds.


You can find the longer version of our story about jerk cooking here.

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Today, you can get just about anywhere in the U.S. by hopping on an interstate. But back in the early 1900s, the idea of traveling across the country by road was nearly inconceivable. Many people, especially those in the South, had access to little more than dirt roads that extended just as far as the nearest town. 

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Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival dropped by to share this week's upcoming literary events.

He highlighted readings with Bill Roorbach and George Weinstein and also pointed out that this weekend is Small Business Saturday.

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In the mid-to-late 20th century, people flocked to halls around the country to play a game of chance called Bingo. 

And today, while the game isn't quite as popular as it was in its heyday, there is still a group of dedicated Bingo players keeping the tradition alive. 

WABE producer Stephannie Stokes talked to a few of them at a Bingo night at the American Legion Post 66 in Avondale Estates and brought back this sound portrait.

And the 30-second version of this story:

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The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to tell us about upcoming literary events in Atlanta. This week, he highlighted events with Ron Rash, Maureen Corrigan and Christina Stevens. 

Miss anything?

Ron Rash will be at the Margaret Mitchell House tonight discussing his latest release, "Something Rich And Strange." Learn more here

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As children, many of us are taught that life just isn’t fair. And as adults, it will often seem true. We’re faced with unfair situations all the time. 

But why do we care so much about fairness in the first place? 

According to an Atlanta primatologist, we might look to another species to find the answer.

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The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to highlight some of the literary events happening around metro Atlanta. This week, Daren shared events with authors Edward E. Baptist, Rick Bragg and Dan Harris. 

Miss anything?

Edward E. Baptist will be discussing his new book at Charis Books on Thursday, Nov. 13. Find more details here.

Clayton voters Rhonda Shelton, Lewis Corbitt & Michael Ozment
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Election results have dominated the news as people learn who will lead their state as well as their country.

WABE producers spoke to voters who made it to the polls here in Metro Atlanta yesterday and asked them what they hope their newly elected officials will do.

WABE producers Stephannie Stokes and Myke Johns spoke with voters in Southwest Atlanta and in Clayton County.

Each week, thousands of cartoon submissions from aspiring cartoonists land on Robert Mankoff's desk. His job? To decide which of them will ultimately grace the pages of the New Yorker Magazine.  

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Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to fill us in on the upcoming literary events happening around Atlanta. This week, he highlighted appearances from Azar Nafisi and Alexander McCall, as well as the Marcus Jewish Community Center Book Festival happening this week. Learn more in the interview below. 

Miss anything?

Azar Nafisi will be at the First Baptist Church Decatur tonight. Find more details here.

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Most people today, if they want to take a picture, they’ll pull out their smartphone. Or maybe, if it’s a really special occasion, they’ll dust off their old digital point-and-shoot.

But inside a Decatur camera store, called The Camera Doctor, you’ll find a man whose love for film cameras hasn’t changed with advances in technology. 

His name is Steve Schwab and, as he put it, he’s “kinda camera crazy.” 



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Vincent Price, sometimes called the "Master of Menace," is well-known for being a little bit spooky. While he first reached widespread popularity as an actor for his roles in creepy classics like The House On Haunted Hill (1959) or The Fly (1958), later generations may know him best for his haunting voice in Michael Jackson's Thriller.

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 Many people are interested in music or, at least, love listening to it. But few have gone as far as recreating the musical instruments that fascinate them. 

That has been the life-long passion of Atlanta resident Bob Cunningham, and for the last few decades it has inspired him to build wooden harps, first as a hobby and then professionally.

One day his appreciation for the craft even led him to invent an instrument of his own, called the "Hammerchord," as you'll learn in the sound portrait below. 

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The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to fill us in on the literary events happening around Atlanta. This week, he highlighted events with Mike Stobbe and Edward J. Larson, as well as the Marcus Jewish Community Center Book Festival happening over the weekend. Learn more in the interview below.

Miss anything?

Mike Stobbe will be at Eagle Eye Bookshop on Tuesday Oct. 28. Find more details here.

Many car enthusiasts are drawn to vehicles for their speed. They’ll pour time and money into their cars all to make them run as fast as possible.

But for Sandy Springs resident Danni Suskin, his love of cars has little to do with their horsepower. In fact, the ones that interest him barely make it past twenty miles an hour.  

Suskin collects and restores old cars, some of which date back more than a hundred years. We profiled him for this Atlanta Sounds.  


  Every October, the city welcomes Atlanta Celebrates Photography - or ACP, as it is often called. To find out more about the festival, City Cafe host John Lemley recently sat down with Public Broadcasting Atlanta's Jason Parker.

Jason interviewed The Bitter Southerner’s Creative Director, Dave Whitling about their ACP event that's coming up this Friday. They started off by discussing what Atlanta Celebrates photography is all about.

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This story originally aired Sept. 17, 2014.

If it weren’t for the sign just outside the entrance to the Podponics farm, you might wonder if you’d gotten the address wrong.

As you pull into the lot, the scene most resembles an industrial truck yard. Airplanes are rushing overhead, taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson, just a few miles away. And the 11 acres of land in front of you are mostly empty, with exception of a few dozen shipping containers, stacked two levels high in the middle of the lot.

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The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang dropped by WABE studios to fill us in on the week in metro Atlanta literary events. This week, you can catch readings from Edward Humes, Jodi Picoult and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Daren tells us more in the interview below.

Miss anything?

Jodi Picoult will be at the Atlanta History Center on Wednesday Oct. 22. More details here.