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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.

Stephannie Stokes / WABE

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.” 



The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta’s Response

Oct 31, 2014
Licensed clinician Hala Fawal practices drawing blood from a patient using a dummy during a CDC training in Anniston, Ala.
Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

WABE’s exclusive documentary, “The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta’s Response,” takes a look at how the current epidemic in West Africa began to take form.

The disease, which has so far been concentrated in the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, has killed more people than all the previous outbreaks combined.

The outbreak began to take shape in early March, when Doctors Without Borders and Guinea’s Ministry of Health started looking into what they called “Ebola clusters.”

Craig Ruttle / AP

Atlanta’s not the only the city where concerns about coming in contact with those working with Ebola patients causes alarm.

New York City’s first confirmed Ebola patient was Dr. Craig Spencer, who contracted the virus while volunteering in Guinea.

Whether workers like Spencer should be immediately quarantined upon returning to the U.S continues to be a highly debated issue.

But journalist Michele Wilson, who lives one floor below Dr. Spencer has a different take.

When she spoke with WABE, Wilson had this message on calming fears about Ebola.

David Goldman / AP

With the release of Dallas nurse Amber Vinson, Emory University Hospital has now helped four patients recover from the Ebola virus.  

Vinson left Emory less than two weeks after her arrival. When she was discharged, Emory said the 29-year-old had shown no Ebola virus for at least a week.                                                    

As Vinson left a news conference Tuesday to head back to Texas, she hugged and thanked each of the hospital’s Ebola treatment team.

John Bazemore / Associated Press

The reality about Ebola is, some are panicking. And fears about the spread of Ebola in the United States has led to strict guidelines for those entering the U.S.

Ebola Fears Lead to Discrimination

Oct 31, 2014
Reverend William Harris
Katie King / for WABE

As Ebola fears grow in the U.S., some local residents from countries hardest hit by the deadly viral disease say they’re experiencing discrimination.

All you have to do is say you’re from a country in West Africa, and it immediately strikes fear among some in the local community. William BGK Harris came to the U.S. from Liberia in the 1970s and recently had this experience with a woman who worked at a local mall.

“She followed my accent and she said ‘you’re from Liberia.’ ” 

“Yes I am,” said Harris. “She said, ‘Oh, you’re the ones who brought Ebola here.’ ”

John Amis / Associated Press

Concerns about the Ebola virus prompted several Metro Atlanta school districts to update their health policies for those coming from Ebola-affected regions.

DeKalb changed its policy after two students who traveled from Liberia tried to register for school. District officials said they didn’t have the right medical documents.

Inside the CDC's Ebola Safety Course

Oct 31, 2014
Michell Eloy / WABE

Nearly 5,000 people in West Africa have so far died from the deadly Ebola virus, and its spread shows little sign of slowing.

Part of the reason is because the health care systems in the hardest hit countries are overwhelmed by the thousands of cases.

In response, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a training course for those interested in deploying to the region to help out.

Earlier this month WABE’s Michell Eloy visited the training facility.

Dr. Kent Brantly stands with his wife at a press conference at Emory University Hospital Thursday. Brantly says he is going away for a while to reconnect with his family.
Jim Burress / WABE

Three weeks after arriving in Atlanta for treatment for Ebola, American missionaries Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly were been released from Emory University Hospital.

Writebol asked for privacy, and did not speak to media after her discharge on Tuesday.  But Brantly did speak briefly to reporters before his release Thursday.

With his wife by his side and a tear in his eye, a waifish Kent Brantly thanked God for his recovery.  He also praised the Emory team of five doctors and 21 nurses who worked to restore him to good health.

Jim Burress / WABE

What follows is a first-person account of WABE report Jim Burress’ experiences at a Liberian hospital where the country’s first Ebola patients sought treatment:

Warren Akin
Etowah Valley Historical Society

  With a number of decisive Union victories, the Civil War was quickly turning in the North's favor by the fall of 1864. As an eleventh-hour strategy, the Confederacy was considering forcing enslaved African-American men into its army. One person debating the idea was a Georgia attorney named Warren Akin. He wrote this letter to an unknown correspondent.

John Edgar Browning
Rob Felt / Georgia Tech

Scary movies are in season with Halloween just a day away. As people dim the lights and pop in their favorite horror movies looking for a good scare, we wondered why we’re so fascinated by movie monsters and, in particular, vampires.

Thankfully, we have an expert here in town: John Edgar Browning is the Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Tech, and he is a scholar of vampires.

The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta’s Response

Oct 28, 2014
Licensed clinician Hala Fawal practices drawing blood from a patient using a dummy during a CDC training in Anniston, Ala.
Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

On Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., join WABE News for an exclusive  documentary, The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta’s Response

The Ebola health crisis reaches from Africa to the United States, and Atlanta has been key in dealing with this deadly virus.

How did this outbreak begin?  Who is a risk?  What mistakes have been made? What have we learned?  And what’s being done right here in Atlanta to respond?

The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta's Response

Oct 28, 2014
Licensed clinician Hala Fawal practices drawing blood from a patient using a dummy during a CDC training in Anniston, Ala.
Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

Evan Changhwan Jang / WABE

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.

Maynard Jackson
Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This Thursday is October 16th.  If we were to turn our city's clock back 41 years to that date in 1973, we'd hear news that Maynard Jackson had just been elected Atlanta's first African American mayor.  Georgia State University Associate professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...  

Howard Joe
Douglas Sweeney / Merrill Lynch

Recent studies conducted by Merrill Lynch and the research and consulting firm, Age Wave, found that health care costs in retirement dominate the concerns of most Americans over fifty.  Howard Joe, a wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch, discussed the study's results with WABE's Steve Goss...

Death Of A King

Oct 7, 2014
Tavis Smiley at WABE
Jason Parker / WABE

  Tavis Smiley’s new book about the last year of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life is based on interviews with those within King’s inner circle.

The book looks at the tumultuous 12 months before King’s assassination.

In a recent conversation with WABE’s Rose Scott, Smiley described King one year before he was assassinated in April 1968.

Youth Radio's Gilbert Young
Cody Studios

  The story of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown’s death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is still sparking protests there.

That incident and the conversation it has created continues to hit close to home for youth here in Atlanta. Youth Radio's Gilbert Young has more.

Mary Claire Kelly

"Beautiful City" is WABE's series about places to get away from Atlanta without leaving the city.

Beautiful City: Grandfather Beech at Bush Mountain Outdoor Activity Center.
Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

"Beautiful City" is WABE's series about places to get away from Atlanta without leaving the city.

Today we’re heading off to the urban forest of the Bush Mountain Outdoor Activity Center. The 40-year-old park, hidden in the middle of a Southwest Atlanta neighborhood, features two miles of trails, a large wooden playground, a cabin-like educational center, and a community garden that sits on the former practice lot of the Atlanta Black Crackers baseball team.

Bobby Jones

This Saturday is September 27th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 84 years to that date in 1930, we'd hear news that Atlanta golfer Bobby Jones had just completed winning the sport's four major tournaments all in the same year--the so-called 'Grand Slam' of golf.  Jones was considered the best golfer of his era, and perhaps the best amateur golfer in history.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...

Jonathan Rapping
Gideon's Promise

Last week, the MacArthur Foundation announced the 2014 recipients of its Genius Grants.  The grants include a $625,000 prize awarded to a variety of people for their exceptional creativity in addressing important issues and for their promise for future advances in their fields.  Atlanta attorney Jonathan Rapping was one of the Fellows named.

New Blog Unveils Old Atlanta

Sep 10, 2014
Atlanta Historic Block Party
Geoff Hetherington

What if you could peel back the layers of development along Atlanta's streets and city blocks?  A new blog site called Atlanta Historic Block Party attempts to do just that by revealing how portions of our city evolved over the decades.  Geoff Hetherington is the blog's creator.  Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...


The History of Atlanta's Battlefield Preservation, or Lack Thereof

Sep 4, 2014
George Barnard

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the surrender of Atlanta during the Civil War, and while many battles took place inside of the city, you might not be able to tell by just looking around.  That’s because of all the sites of major Civil War engagements, Atlanta is the only one without its battlefields preserved.

Greg McBride

Have you saved enough...or any money...for your retirement?  No?  Well, you're not alone according to the latest poll by Bankrate.com, a financial services website.  Greg McBride is Bankrate.com's chief financial analyst, who recently spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

Carrie Berry kept a diary from 1864 until 1866, giving her account of the siege of Atlanta, including the shelling of her home and neighborhood, as well as the experience of hiding in her cellar during that shelling and life at home during this time.
Atlanta History Center

By September, there were only a few thousand civilians living in Atlanta. Most had fled. Women and children were some of the first to to so months before—and this makes today’s installment of our “Voices of 1864” series especially remarkable.

Carrie Berry was ten years old when she kept a diary during the Union shelling of the city that summer. In this entry from 150 years ago today, she wrote about some of the final moments she witnessed as Southern forces retreated.

In this entry, she writes about the Confederate detonation of an ammunition train, which destroyed the 

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An Atlanta teacher is the author of two fiction novels for middle grade students.

The first book is called the Dagger Quick and the sequel is Dagger X.

But he recently tackled science fiction.

It’s called DivN8 and WABE’s Rose Scott reports, the author took an unconventional approach to writing his first science fiction book for young teens.