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Philip Rafshoon and Daren Wang
AJC Decatur Book Festival / AJC Decatur Book Festival

The 9th annual AJC Decatur Book Festival is this Labor Day weekend.  From Friday through Sunday, about 600 authors, artists and performers will participate in what has become the nation's largest independent book festival.  The festival's executive director Daren Wang, and program director Philip Rafshoon recently shared some of the weekend's featured attractions with WABE's Steve Goss...  

Atlanta History Center

Today’s installment of our “Voices of 1864” series reveals a surprising moment of camaraderie between enemies.

As August wore on and Union batteries continued shelling Atlanta, there were frequent skirmishes, as soldiers on both sides dug into their trenches.

However, when out of sight of their officers, soldiers would talk with the enemy and trade items like newspapers, combs, and tobacco.

Here are excerpts from a letter by James Neumann, a 20-year-old Private in the Union Army.

Chuck Reece
Aaron Coury / http://aaroncoury.com

Last August, a new online magazine showed up on the Ethernet with the curious moniker, 'The Bitter Southerner."  When WABE's Steve Goss spoke with editor in chief Chuck Reece at that time he said the magazine's goal was to feature 'one great story about the South every week'-- free to its readers.  

"The Bitter Southerner" is still free online, although the business model is changing.  Recently, Goss revisited with Reece for an update...

Small breakout groups consider the concept of "moral injury" Friday at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta.
Jim Burress / WABE News

(This feature originally aired on Weekend Edition Saturday.)

War generates wounds.  In battle, a slight movement of finger fires a bullet that injures or kills.

A click of a button releases a missile that wounds a landscape.

Sometimes, the warrior whose finger pulls the trigger is wounded.  They don’t bleed. But they do hurt. 

The concept is called “Moral Injury.” Thirty-nine-year-old Mark Jarrett lives it daily.  

Credit Evan Changhwan

In 2002, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum was appointed president of Atlanta’s Spelman College.

The institution, located in the Atlanta University Center, is one of two all-female historically black colleges in the country.

The college was founded as Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary by Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles.

Dr. Tatum is Spelman's ninth president and recently announced she is retiring .

Henry Hugh Proctor
Library of Congress

Today is August 4th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 104 years  to this date in 1910, we'd witness the debut of the Atlanta Colored Music Festival--a cultural event, which at the time, was unprecedented for our city's race relations.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...

LifeLine Animal Project

Just over a year ago the Lifeline Animal Project assumed management of the DeKalb County Animal Shelter.  Not long before that, Lifeline had been contracted to operate the Fulton County Animal Shelter.  Recently, Lifeline's CEO Rebecca Guinn talked with WABE's Steve Goss about the progress made at both shelters within the last year....   

View of Union officers posing on the porch of the Windsor Smith house, the headquarters of Col. Henry A. Barnum (4th from left), 149th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry, U.S.A., on Whitehall Street in Atlanta, Georgia; the house had previously served as the headqua
Atlanta History Photograph Collection, Kenan Research Center / Atlanta History Center

  In this installment of “Voices of 1864,” we hear excerpts from a letter penned 150 years ago today by a Union soldier fighting under General William T. Sherman, in what would later come to be known as the Battle of Atlanta, a major turning point of the Civil War.

Alonzo Miller was a Private in the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and 25 years old. He wrote this letter to his family two days after the battle.

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta.

Taking a Closer Look at Civil War Atlanta

Jul 23, 2014
Wendy Hamand Venet

The passage of 150 years has glossed over or romanticized much of the horror of the Civil War in Georgia.  In her new book, "A Changing Wind--Commerce and Conflict in Civil War Atlanta" (Yale University Press, 2014), Georgia State University Professor of History Wendy Hamand Venet recounts many of the personal stories of our city's residents during that tragic time.  Recently, she spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...  

Kingston Works To Win Over Undecided Voters

Jul 21, 2014
Michelle Wirth/WABE News

Jack Kingston is traveling throughout Georgia to get his message out before tomorrow’s Republican primary runoff. The 11th term congressman is facing businessman David Perdue in a closely contested and bitter U.S. Senate race. WABE’s Michelle Wirth followed Kingston as he campaigned in Gainesville.

Kingston shook hands and mingled with supporters and undecided voters as they ate bacon, eggs and other breakfast food at a cafe in Gainesville.

“How are guys doing?”

“We’re doing well.”

“I’m doing great. I’m jack Kingston.”

Evan Jang / WABE

With Georgia’s primary election runoff set for tomorrow, Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue has been canvassing the state, spreading his message of being "an outsider."

That’s been his strategy in a tight race to replace outgoing U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss.

WABE’s Michell Eloy caught up with Perdue on his recent bus tour. 

WABE 90.1 FM News

It’s been more than a year since the groundbreaking of the Junior Achievement Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center.

Located inside the Georgia World Congress Center, it’s a 15-million dollar financial literacy and business model giving area students first-hand experience about the corporate world.

WABE’s Rose Scott visited the Discovery Center to see how it all works. 

 On Monday, July 14th--smack dab in the middle of summer--Atlanta's newest high school will open its doors.  The Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is the 28th of its kind to offer a unique educational opportunity for its students.  Bill Garrett is president of the school, and during a recent conversation with WABE's Steve Goss he explained what makes the Cristo Rey experience unique...   

Heart of Atlanta Motel
Special Collections, Pullen Library, Georgia State University / Georgia State University

Today is July 2nd.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 50 years to this date in 1964, we'd witness a lawsuit being filed against the new civil rights law on behalf of the Heart of Atlanta motel.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the landmark case with WABE's Steve Goss...  

Federal entrenchments at the foot of Kennesaw Mountain
Matthew Brady Civil War Photo Collection

On June 27, 1864 the Union armies under the command of General William T. Sherman engaged the Confederate forces of General Joseph E. Johnston at Kennesaw Mountain in a battle that lasted seven days.  WABE's Steve Goss revisits the event with Georgia State University Associate Professor of History, Dr. Clifford Kuhn...


Evan Jang / WABE

The time has finally come.

Atlanta’s National Center for Civil & Human Rights will open next Monday.

After years of pre-planning, securing funding, commissioning an architect and lastly the construction…the center is ready.

WABE’s Rose Scott went on a private media only tour of the center.


This Sunday, the WNBA and the ESPN-2 network will celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride…on national television.

It’s part of a larger initiative that the WNBA is embracing.

League officials are calling it a new national platform celebrating inclusion and equality, while combating anti-LGBT bias.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports why the WNBA is launching this initiative and she asked fans of Atlanta’s WNBA team for their reaction.

Celebrating the Art of Photographer Ansel Adams

Jun 17, 2014
Ansel Adams

Stone Mountain resident Peter Essick has spent more than 25 years as a photojournalist for National Geographic magazine, frequently focusing on the environment and man's effect on it.  In his most recent book, Essick turns his camera on "The Ansel Adams Wilderness" (National Geographic Society, 2014) in the High Sierra of California as a tribute to the legendary photographer for which the wilderness area was named.  Here the author speaks with WABE's Steve Goss...

The Georgia Association of Broadcasters honors WABE 90.1FM GABBY Award winners for 2014: (left to right) Myke Johns, Denis O’Hayer and Rose Scott.

  90.1 WABE FM has been honored with three 2014 GABBY Awards including Broadcaster of the Year for WABE News Reporter, Denis O’Hayer.  

“I was completely taken by surprise,” said O’Hayer. “I’m deeply grateful.”

The 2014 GABBY for best sportscast went to WABE’s Rose Scott for her story about the historical Negro Baseball League.  

1960s Freedom Movement in South Revisited

Jun 11, 2014
Charles E. Cobb Jr.
John Abromowski / Brown University

It's been 50 years since "Freedom Summer" and the drive to register black voters across Mississippi.  The events and forces that shaped that movement are recounted in a new book by former civil rights organizer and veteran journalist Charles E. Cobb Jr., entitled, "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed--How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible" (Basic Books, 2014).  Recently, the author spoke with WABE's Steve Goss... 

Is There Really Such a Thing as Proper English?

Jun 4, 2014
Ammon Shea
Ogden Thelonious Horowitz Shea

There aren't many people who have read the entire Oxford English Dictionary, nor are there many who would want to--with its more than 21,000 pages.  Ammon Shea did, and then wrote a book about the experience ("Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages").  Shea has just published his latest book, "Bad English--A History of Linguistic Aggravation" (Perigee Books, 2014).  Recently, the author shared a few words with WABE's Steve Goss...  

Spelman College

Tributes and remembrances of Maya Angelou are pouring in today.

The civil rights activist, poet laureate, author and playwright passed away early Wednesday morning at her home in North Carolina.

Maya Angelou had many ties to Atlanta.

WABE’s Rose Scott spent the day speaking with leading Atlantans that knew Angelou.

The story begins with Atlanta based author and playwright Pearl Cleage saying there are many reasons to celebrate the life of her friend Dr. Maya Angelou.

Grady Memorial Hospital

This past Sunday was May 25th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 114 years to that date in 1892, we'd be witness to the dedication of a new city hospital:  Grady Memorial.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...  

Chris Ferguson / WABE News

About one in five Georgians lives in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

But what does poverty look like?    

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Georgia wants to capture that in pictures.  The organization is behind an exhibit called, “100 Profiles of Poverty,” which coincides with the organization’s 100th anniversary.  

One of the profiles is 42-year-old mother Chanda Baptist.

Essential Advice for Atlanta Job Seekers

May 22, 2014
Steve Hines
Isabelle Hines

The economy and securing a job continues to be a major concern for millions of Americans.  Steve Hines is a long-time career counselor and job search coach who has just published the 19th edition of his book, "Atlanta Jobs" (CareerSource Publications, 2014).  Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...  

Atlanta's Urban Forest Trails Revealed

May 19, 2014
Jonah McDonald
Robert Armstrong

For many of us living in metro Atlanta who enjoy hiking outdoors, we typically look to north Georgia's mountains as the destination to satisfy that urge.  But a new book entitled, "Hiking Atlanta's Hidden Forests--Intown and Out" (Milestone Press, 2014) reveals 60 hiking trails practically in our own backyards.  Recently, author Jonah McDonald spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...  

Andrew J Young Foundation

Ambassador Andrew Young stopped by WABE to talk about the 2014 Pass on Blessings Awards.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports the Andrew J. Young Foundation will honor some big names for this year’s 2014 Pass on Blessings Awards.

Honorees are being recognized for making a difference in the lives of others:

This weekend, May 16-18, a good number of people downtown will have big smiles on their faces as the third annual international Southern Fried Laughter conference invades the Hotel Capitol Park.  

Recently, conference co-facilitators Lori Sugarman and Debbie Ellison spoke with WABE's Steve Goss.  

Why Liberia?

May 5, 2014
The sun sets on a rural village in Lofa County, Liberia. Most villages like this have no running water, paved roads or electricity.
Jim Burress / WABE

This week, WABE News presents the series we're calling, "Why Liberia?" 

As part of a reporting trip paid for through a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, WABE's Jim Burress spent twelve days in the West African country looking at how it's rebuilding nearly a decade after its civil war ended, as well as how Atlanta is connected to those efforts. 

Match Day at Emory

Apr 29, 2014
Jaime Lee / WABE

Each year graduating medical school students face “Match Day.” It’s the day when these students find out where they will be ‘matched’ for their residency – a time when each will be trained in their chosen field of medicine. 

Match day happens at medical schools across America each year on the 3rd Friday of March at the same exact time. 

WABE’s David Barasoain had a first-hand look at match day last Friday at Emory University and has this report.

Here is a video of the event: