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Henry Winkler is the protector of an extraordinary Holocaust legacy.

The actor best known to baby boomers as "The Fonz" and to younger generations for his work on "Arrested Development" and much more, grew up with parents who had narrowly escaped Nazi capture. The rest of Winkler's extended family did not survive.

Sundown Wednesday, May 4 marks the beginning of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

When Henry Winkler visited WABE in March, he shared his family's story.

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Artist Bethany Collins is obsessed with words.

Her latest obsession, the word "blue," is explored in a new exhibit called “with the exception of the sky” currently on view at the Hudgens Center for the Arts through May 21.

After delving more into the history of "blue," Collins discovered more overtones to the word and color.

Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman'
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When Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman” was released, best-selling novelist Joshilyn Jackson was hesitant to read the book.

“I didn’t think I should read it until Harper Lee had died,” she says, because for the majority of her life, Lee did not want it to be released. Now that Lee has passed away and Jackson has read the book, she wanted to talk about it from a writer’s perspective.

On “Writer to Reader,” Jackson discusses what it means to view the book as a writer.

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Parts of Atlanta are covered in murals, but what if there were one on every surface of our city? That’s the dream of some Georgia Tech freshmen, who are building a wall-climbing, spray-painting robot called the Color Slug.

The Color Slug was a finalist for the Goat Farm and Hambidge Center’s Field Experiments. Producer Gabbie Watts followed them through the process of making their first prototype for that competition. 

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The megahit musical "Hamilton" has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another notch in the show's march into theatrical history.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary on Tuesday broke the 15-nominations record held by "The Producers" and "Billy Elliot." ''Hamilton" was nominated in virtually every category it could compete in, from acting to scenic design.

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Thirty years ago, Hoggle, Ludo, Sir Didymus and Sarah approached the Goblin King's fortress to save baby Toby.

They had navigated the Labyrinth, a vast network of puppet mystery envisioned by Jim Henson. "Labyrinth" was the last film Henson made, and since its initial release in 1986, it has become a cult classic.

To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, the Center for Puppetry Arts announced it will open a special exhibit dedicated to “Labyrinth.” That will open Sept. 1. The center will also host a "Labyrinth"-themed ball in tandem with the opening night of Dragon Con.

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

One of America’s most influential choral musicians is Robert Shaw. The late leader of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus would have turned 100 years old on April 30, and the music world will remember him with a concert at Carnegie Hall on that date.

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In 1916, 25 refined African-American women formed the Utopian Literary Club. They were housewives, usually married to professionals like businessmen or professors.

“The wives were left at home, but they were intelligent women who became intellectually curious about their community,” said Zelma Payne, a former nutrition professor and current member of the group. At that time, there was also a growing trend of women forming literary societies.

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Poet and writing professor Jericho Brown says that if you see a poet this month, give them a hug, because they’re busy. He’s referring, of course, to National Poetry Month. Brown was just on a whirlwind of readings and classes in New York last week and is heading back out on the road soon.

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The future of the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library may be in limbo.

Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts has called for a new, flashier building in its spot, which is located on Margaret Mitchell Square. While the chairwoman of the Library Board of Trustees, Stephanie Moody, said in a recent meeting that it should be replaced with a smaller downtown branch instead. 

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The Danger Of Giving A Novel Too Much Room To Change

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After taking time off from writing to promote her newest novel, best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson is back behind the keyboard with a deadline looming seven weeks away. “I feel like it’s coming too fast,” she says. “It’s coming at me and with bad intentions.”

In this week’s installment of “Writer To Reader” Jackson shares where she is in the writing process of her next novel, tentatively titled “Origin Story.”

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

Often, artists need legal help.

Bob Edge was the personal lawyer and dear friend of former Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conductor Robert Shaw. Past chairman of the Spivey Foundation, he has also been a great supporter of the Atlanta art scene.

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Writing is often a solitary practice, but a pair of Atlanta poets found a way around that.

Paige Sullivan and Andi Rogers, both students at Georgia State, have spent the last year collaborating on a book of poetry. To help celebrate National Poetry Month, they visited "City Lights" to share their work and talk about what their project is all about.

Rogers says the collaboration began with a list of titles she compiled.

"I sent it to Paige," Rogers says, "and said 'we should try to take titles from this list and both write poems and see what happens.'"

This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

A profound intellect, Robert Shaw grew the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra into an internationally recognized group and elevated the city’s entire musical landscape.

Shaw, though, also had “devilish little teenager” spirit, accord to Fred Scott, who was an assistant conductor under the maestro. Scott is now the music director of the prestigious choral group Chantincleer.

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Norman Mackenzie, director of choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, poses for a portrait on July 9, 2015.
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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

Saturday would have been Atlanta choral conductor Robert Shaw's 100th birthday. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will honor him that day with a performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. 

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

In 1977, Joyce Johnson had a tremendous opportunity.

Robert Shaw recognized the pianist's talent and invited her on the Atlanta Symphony's stage to perform the new, Pulitzer Prize-winning concerto by John La Montaine.

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Authorities say there were no signs of trauma on Prince's body when he was found unresponsive at his home, and that suicide isn't suspected in the musician's death.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson released the information during a news conference Friday.

The sheriff says the investigation is ongoing into the death of the 57-year-old musician, who was found dead Thursday morning at his home in suburban Minneapolis.

An autopsy was completed earlier Friday, but the medical examiner's office said results wouldn't be announced for days or weeks.

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

Before there was a major symphony chorus in Atlanta, there was the Choral Guild. Nick Jones was so impressed by one of their performances under Robert Shaw that he joined up. A season later, he was part of the founding of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

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Earlier in this series, best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson encouraged listeners to judge a book solely by its cover, buy it and read it. On this edition of “Writer To Reader,” Jackson reports back with her experience after picking a book based on how it looked on the bookstore shelf. What she got was unexpected.