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Cooking and eating insects is nothing new, but it’s an idea that makes the Western palate squeamish.

No matter how you approach the concept — environmental impact, deforestation, soil acidification, food insecurity, malnutrition, even over-nutrition — the case for adding insects to our diet is strong.

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

Is the best botanical garden in the U.S. located right here in Atlanta? USA TODAY's 10BEST series is choosing readers' favorites, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden is in the running.

Nineteen botanical gardens across the U.S. are competing in the 10BEST. The top 10 will be selected through online polls. Voting is open through March 27 at 12 p.m. Winners will be announced March 31.

Tess Yaney, a volunteer at the Botanical Garden, feeds frogs in the frogPOD.
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A famous frog died at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in September.

Gibbs Gardens
Gibbs Gardens

Most residents and visitors to Atlanta are familiar with the popular Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown and Callaway Gardens located south of the city in Pine Mountain. But what about the hidden gems on the city’s north side?

Here are three North metro Atlanta botanical gardens that deserve a visit this fall when plants like Japanese maples and goldenrod are at the height of their brilliant colors. Take a look at what Gibbs Gardens, Smith-Gilbert Gardens and Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Gainesville location have to offer this season.

Gibbs Gardens

Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden has announced that Toughie, the last documented member of the Rabbs' fringe-limbed treefrog species, has died. He was estimated to be 12 years old.

 Platanthera integrilabia (white fringeless orchid) on private property in Carroll County.
Alison Guillory / WABE

The white fringeless orchid grows in a handful of places in the Southeast. Only about 100 of the rare flowers bloom in Georgia in any given year. Now the plant is protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The flowers, also known as monkeyface orchids, are threatened by habitat loss, and, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by collectors. The plant is now listed as "threatened."

A judge has ruled that the Atlanta Botanical Garden has the right to bar its visitors from bringing in firearms, even though the garden operates on public property.

News outlets report that Fulton County Judge Gail Tusan ruled Thursday that despite the public ownership of the land, the botanical garden is a private entity and may lawfully prohibit guns.

John Quigley

In 1968, there was Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Then, in the late 1980s, we saw the Traveling Wilburys, made up of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.

These are supergroups, short-lived musical dream teams. And today, there is case/lang/veirs, the moniker for Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs and the name of their collaborative album.

Lang, a multi-Grammy winner, suggested the supergroup several years ago, and the trio spent two and a half years writing together between touring and their own musical projects.

Courtesy of Vega String Quartet

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival kicks off its 35th season next month, but the celebrations start a little earlier this year with a concert at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden

Gun rights group Georgia Carry can move forward with its lawsuit against the Atlanta Botanical Garden's policy that bans patrons with weapons.

A Fulton County Superior Court had dismissed the suit, saying there weren't enough allegations to take legal action.

But on Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously said that was the wrong decision.

The case will now go back to the Fulton County Superior Court, where the judge will have to rule on the merits of the claim and not just dismiss it for procedural reasons.

wild bergamot
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In Atlanta, it’s hard to ignore the mosquitoes and roaches. But there are insects some people would like to see more of: pollinators, like butterflies and bees. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is working with other organizations on the Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership to make the city a better place to live for birds, bats, bees and butterflies.

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Anyone who has attempted to get brunch in Atlanta on a Sunday morning knows what an endurance test it can be — and that feat is maybe twice as difficult on Mother's Day.

Although that time spent fending off your growing hunger may bring you and your mother closer together, the "City Lights" staff and Atlanta PlanIt's Kimberly Harbrecht have compiled a list of alternative events for Mother's Day.

Candy hearts for Valentine's Day.
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Sunday is Valentine’s Day, and that means teddy bears, flowers and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates will be flying off of store shelves while significant-others tear through greeting card racks to find the absolute perfect card. While tried and true, these techniques may come off as boring or a bit uninspired to a seasoned Valentine.

5 Atlanta Holiday Lights Shows You Don't Want To Miss

Dec 17, 2015
Holiday lights at Centennial Park Dec 15, 2016
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If you’re looking for the best holiday light viewing, but don't want to have to drive through countless neighborhoods, here are five metro Atlanta spots to see loads of twinkling lights:

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Back for the fifth year in a row, Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens features thousands of colorful bulbs that meander throughout the botanical garden. The Tunnel of Lights is new this year and not to be missed.

Atlanta Pups Celebrate Holidays With A Reindog Parade

Dec 7, 2015
Teddy Bear dressed in Santa Claus costume waits to take a photo with Santa Clause
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While Atlanta's holiday parade made it's way down Peachtree Street, Atlanta's dogs were participating in their own special holiday procession.

Hundreds of pups, dressed in holiday costumes, enjoyed the once-a-year opportunity to go into the Atlanta Botanical Garden over the weekend during the Eighth Annual Reindog Parade

Pups competed in six categories including: Best Puppy, Best Adult, Best Botanical, Best Dog-Owner Dress-a-like, Best Dog Pack, and ultimately, Best in Show.

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The long, hot Southern summer is over, and winter feels like it’s just around the corner.

But there’s so much to soak up outdoors at hundreds of parks and recreational areas in metro Atlanta as a beautiful autumn unfolds.

If you can’t decide exactly what to do, have a family set on doing different things, or don’t want to venture too far from home, you may want to consider the handful of parks and recreation options designed for a variety of activities.

This March 2, 2014 file photo shows Idina Menzel performing during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
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Looking ahead at some of the upcoming concerts around town this weekend, we have a Broadway superstar, an Atlanta hip-hop icon, the scariest pair of '90s alt-rockers and much more.

WABE contributor Mara Davis joins "Morning Edition" host Steve Goss for Mara's Music Mix.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees from 2014 Daryl Hall and John Oates will perform in Atlanta on July 10.
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 Looking ahead at some of this weekend's concert offerings, we have an American Idol in Wolf Creek, a "tempting" R&B legendary group in Gainesville and a pop duo recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

WABE contributor Mara Davis joins "Morning Edition" host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.

Weird Al Yankovic sings the Saga Begins at the HMV Forum London.
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Looking ahead at some of this weekend’s concerts, we have a country-rock triumvirate, vintage garage rockers and a truly weird concert hitting Chastain.

WABE contributor Mara Davis joins Morning Edition host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.

This photo taken April 10, 2009 shows Gourmet magazine editor Ruth Reichl being interviewed in her office in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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On the day that Gourmet magazine shut its doors, editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl spent hours in the cookbook library, reading letters from readers.

As it turned out, that experience would form the foundation for her first novel.

The recently published “Delicious!” is set at a modern-day New York food magazine, but the heart of the story takes place decades before during World War II.

Horizon Theatre

Join us as we take look at some of this weekend’s events with WABE’s Lois Reitzes. Today she's speaking with Betsy Riley of Atlanta Magazine, who talks about events ranging from a South African theater production, to 'A Christmas Carol', to 'Scuba Claus.'

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights 

The Santaland Diaries at Horizon Theatre

Africa Umoja at the Rialto

Atlanta Botanical Garden

  This fall the Atlanta Botanical Garden announced the launch of its next capital campaign.  The $40 million goal will fund a varied wish list of repairs and new features on the Garden's 30-acre site adjacent to Piedmont Park.  

Mary Pat Matheson has been President and CEO of the Garden since 2002.  Recently she spoke with WABE's Steve Goss.

Jennifer Holliday on Being the Original Dreamgirl

Sep 27, 2013
Jennifer Holliday
Actor's Express

Jennifer Holliday is a Tony-award winning actor and singer best known for originating the role of Effie in the Broadway show Dreamgirls.

Holliday paid us a visit to talk about the role—and the music—that made her career in advance of this weekend’s concert performance at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.