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AIDS quilt
Jim Burress / WABE


In June of 1987, a small group of people gathered in San Francisco, California. They feared history would soon forget their friends and loved ones who were quickly dying of AIDS.

Members of that group came up with a collective idea ─ make a quilt. Many now know it as the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. It has more than 48, 000 panels, and it is housed and cared for here in Atlanta. 

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Now that it’s tax season, the number of attempts by scam artists to steal a taxpayer’s identity, or con people into paying money that they don’t owe, has increased dramatically.  

Recently, Dottie Callina ─ manager of communications with the Better Business Bureau serving metro Atlanta, Athens and northeast Georgia ─ talked with WABE's Steve Goss about how to protect yourself from a tax season scam. 

Camila Marin, Bill Garrett
Allison Guillory / WABE

One of Atlanta's newer high schools is unique for its student body and its work-study program. 

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is a private school that serves students from low-income households who are required to earn money at a school-sponsored job to help pay their tuition.

Cristo Rey Atlanta's president Bill Garrett recently updated the school's progress with WABE's Steve Goss.

Larry Downing / Associated Press

Note: The State of the Union is over, but you can watch the whole thing on this page. We have also updated the links below with analysis and responses.


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At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, you'll find the original Ebenezer Baptist Church. It’s where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his first sermon and where he would serve as co-pastor until his assassination in 1968.

Today, it’s no longer a place of worship, but a place where people can learn about the legacy of Dr. King. Sometimes it’s also where visitors can experience what it might have been like to hear the civil rights leader while he was alive. 

Taylor Branch at the 2009 Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas, United States.
Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0 / wikimedia.org

On this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we'd like to present an encore broadcast of a conversation with renowned historian Taylor Branch that first aired two years ago.

His Pulitzer Prize winning book, "Parting the Waters" was the first in a trilogy chronicling the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, that also included the titles, "Pillar of Fire" and "At Canaan's Edge."    

Here, he talks with WABE's Steve Goss...

Forsyth County March
Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This Saturday is Jan. 17.

If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 28 years to that date in 1987, we'd be witness to the first "brotherhood" march in Forsyth County.

That organizers felt the need to march for racial harmony in the county had its roots in events that occurred there 75 years earlier.

Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss.

The case of James C. Brazier is one of those being investigated by the Ga. Civil Rights Cold Cases project team at Emory.

One of the darker legacies of the modern Civil Rights era are scores of unsolved and unpunished racially motivated murders

Hank Klibanoff is the director of the journalism program at Emory University, where he is one of the professors teaching a course investigating civil rights cold cases here in Georgia.  Klibanoff, himself, is also a member of the broader Civil Rights Cold Case Project that’s looking into cases across the South.  

Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

Six Years Of City Cafe

Jan 9, 2015
cake at Death Cafe Atlanta
Kate Sweeney / WABE

City Cafe began on Feb. 2, 2009 with a few jaunty notes and host John Lemley welcoming listeners to the noon hour for a mix of classical music and stories and interviews which took a look at the artistic and cultural life of Atlanta. 

The Cafe is closing for good on Jan. 9, and we are taking this week to look back at our favorite stories. All of us on the City Cafe staff would like to thank you for listening.

Read more about the changes coming to WABE here.

How Do I Listen To WABE Streams?

Jan 6, 2015

WABE has a lot to offer. Of course we've got 90.1 FM, and then there's online streaming, HD radio, the WABE app, and three different channels to choose from. But don't fret! Let us show you how it works.

If you need help, call 678-553-2908 to leave a message with your question. A representative from WABE will return your call.

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The Best of City Cafe for 2014

Jan 2, 2015
Francine Reed
Georgia Department of Economic Development

2014 has proved to be another busy year for both City Cafe and the city of Atlanta. Our reporting has taken us to rooftops, through forests, and into the lives of seemingly ordinary folks with extraordinary stories. As this year ends and the new one begins, we present some of our favorite features of '14.

Singer Francine Reed on Her Career and Recognition

NPR's Michele Norris, during her interview with WABE's Denis O'Hayer about "The Race Card Project."  The conversation took place at Georgia State University on April 3, 2014.
Dan Raby / WABE

At the turning of the year, we're getting a second listen to some of the more memorable 2014 interviews from "The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer" on All Things Considered.

Early in the year, former NPR All Things Considered co-host Michele Norris won a Peabody Award from the University of Georgia, for her self-funded work, "The Race Card Project."  It invites people to submit 6-word phrases or sentences, describing their experiences and impressions of race in America.  

H. Johnson presents "A Christmas Carol"

Dec 23, 2014

This time of year, there are many performances of Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" in and around Atlanta. 

We here at City Cafe thought we’d throw our hat in the ring with the help of several of those theater groups.

We’ve pulled together a compilation of audio clips from the various shows to illustrate the story, with our own H. Johnson as narrator.

25 new hours of new local programming

Dec 16, 2014
Atlanta City Council moves to not pass a recording studio ordinance that would have placed tighter restrictions on new studios.
WABE 90.1FM Atlanta's NPR station / WABE News

Imperial War Museum, United Kingdom: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205022085?utm_source=iip&utm_medium=lnk&utm_campaign=insight

In 1914, around Christmas, British, German and French soldiers were fighting their first winter of World War I, when something unexpected happened along the Western Front. In many places, soldiers stopped shooting at each other. Some even met their enemy in the no man's land between the trenches, sharing gifts and playing soccer.

That brief moment of piece in an otherwise bloody conflict has come to be known as the Christmas Truce. And, this December, people from the three European countries are celebrating its hundredth anniversary.

Poznyak (on right, with bag) with her family upon arriving in New York.
courtesy Anna Poznyak

Anyone who made a big move while still young can attest to the challenges it presents. The change can uproot you from school, your friends and familiar surroundings. Youth Radio’s Anna Poznyak recently experienced such a move and wrote this commentary.

Anna Poznyak is a student at Grady High School. Her commentary was produced by Youth Radio.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the Raiders of Mays High School will take on the Northside Warner Robins Eagles in the Class 5A championship game.

It’s been a really long time since a city of Atlanta high school has been crowned state football champs.

Rose Scott talked with one very excited Mays alum.

He wore the number 50 on his jersey and was an intimidating linebacker. 

A historic fire bell in Atlanta.
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

There’s a really old bell sitting not far from the Georgia Dome. It even has a nickname: “Gussie.”

One of Atlanta’s oldest fire bells weighs nearly 2,000 pounds and it’s 148 years old. A group of Atlantans are now trying to raise funds to preserve and restore the bell.

It began… as the case of the missing bell.

One of the signs placed near several streams close to Fort Gillem
Michelle Wirth / WABE

Earlier this year, the Army discovered toxic vapor in several homes near Fort Gillem. The former Army base is in Clayton County. It used to serve as a maintenance facility, and hazardous chemicals were routinely buried on its grounds. Now there’s a debate about whether the Army is to blame for the unhealthy air.

Maria Saporta
Saporta report

Longtime Atlanta business reporter Maria Saporta remembers well the 1992 fallout from the Rodney King police beating verdict. 

She says the recent Ferguson rallies here in Atlanta recently saw, by comparison, were more peaceful.

(To hear the interview between Saporta and WABE's Jim Burress, click the 'listen' icon below.)

WABE/Dan Raby

  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.

Roswell Memorial Remembers Area's Cherokee History

Nov 26, 2014
Dylan Fagan / WABE

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears, which was the forced relocation of Native Americans from their land. Before their removal, many of the Cherokee people lived in what is now Roswell, Georgia. The story of the Cherokees in the area is one that author Cindi Crane is trying to bring to light.


Get Delicious! is PBA30’s series of irreverent and mouthwatering specials covering the unique corners of Atlanta’s food culture. Host Jim Stacy has lead us on tours of international cuisine, barbecue, and other hidden treasures and tonight he returns for the fourth installment. Get Delicious! 4: Comfortably Yum focuses on comfort food, and we sat down with producers Jack Walsh and Gordon Ray to talk about it. 

Mary Claire Kelly. taken October 10, 2014

Beautiful City is WABE's series about places to go in Atlanta to get away from Atlanta.

Today we’re heading off to Kirkwood, an East Atlanta neighborhood in between Edgewood and Decatur.

Hidden here is a small patch of nature that, in a way, is just as manmade as the concrete jungle that surrounds it.

The Kirkwood Urban Forest is a combination meadow, community garden, and forest space that used to be something completely different.

SodanieChea / flickr.com/sodaniechea

The English language is constantly evolving, and recognizing this, the Oxford Dictionary annually selects a “Word of the Year.”

WABE’s Myke Johns spoke with one of their editors, Allison Wright, about how the word was selected.

Read Oxford's post about their pick at their blog here.

McDonough Boulevard in front of the Lakewood Assembly Plant
Georgia State University Library

This Sunday is Nov. 16.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 78 years to that date in 1936, we'd be witness to the United Autoworkers Union's first automobile sitdown strike - an event staged at the Lakewood General Motors plant on McDonough Boulevard.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the strike with WABE's Steve Goss...


Medicare as it currently exists includes four parts:  Medicare Part A covers hospitalization costs; Part B, medical services; Part C, Medicare Advantage; and Part D, prescription drugs.  The open enrollment period for this fall will expire on Dec. 7, 2014 - hence the flood of ads for various plans in the mail, online, and on TV.  

Maria Saporta
Saporta report

It's been more than 40 years since Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's long-held career homerun record before a sold-out crowd at Atlanta Stadium.  Recently, veteran Atlanta journalist Maria Saporta sat down with Hank Aaron and his wife Billye for an interview for the Atlanta Business Chronicle.