One-on-One with Steve Goss

Feature interviews with Steve Goss

Bess Meade / Atlanta History Center

If you had to select an object that best represents Atlanta, what would you choose? 

Give it some thought because the Atlanta History Center is collecting ideas for an upcoming exhibit called, “Atlanta in 50 Objects.” 

Recently, Don Rooney, head of exhibitions at the History Center, spoke with WABE’s Steve Goss about the project.

  It has been 100 years since Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager in Atlanta, was convicted of the murder of Mary Phagan, a 13 year-old employee. 

 Two years after his trial, Frank was abducted from his prison cell and then lynched by a vigilante mob in Cobb County.  

Steve Oney is the author of what many consider to be the definitive book on the case, "And the Dead Shall Rise" (Pantheon Books, 2003).  

A number of communities in north and central DeKalb County are proposing the creation of independent cities, but there's also an effort in the southern portion of DeKalb to incorporate.  

Jason Lary is President and Chairman of the Stonecrest City Alliance--a group which has contracted with the University of Georgia for the required feasibility study.  

Here, Mr. Lary speaks with WABE's Steve Goss.

Rich Heritage Lives On in Atlanta Music Festival

Sep 18, 2013
Dwight Andrews
Emory University

Just over a century ago, the minister of Atlanta's historically black First Congregational Church created an event called the "All Colored Music Festival of Atlanta."  

Today, the inspiration to showcase African American concert talent lives on in the annual Atlanta Music Festival, being held this week at Emory University.

City of Briarcliff
City of Briarcliff Initiative, Inc

In the last decade, several independent cities have been carved out of Fulton and DeKalb counties.

The latest effort in DeKalb County seeks to create a "City of Briarcliff."  

Recently, Allen Venet, President of the City of Briarcliff Initiative, Incorporated, spoke with WABE's Steve Goss.

Chuck Reece
Whitney Ott

Calling itself "The Bitter Southerner", the website is bound to attract attention.  Within just a few weeks of its debut, thousands have already visited the site.

 Chuck Reece is editor-in-chief.  Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss.

Daren Wang and Philip Rafshoon
Ryan Klee / LENZ, Inc

The annual AJC Decatur Book Festival turns the page on another year this weekend (August 30-Sept. 1), with events in and around the square in Decatur.  

Daren Wang, Executive Director, and Philip Rafshoon, Program Director, preview the festival's events with WABE's Steve Goss.

'New' New Georgia Encyclopedia Debuts Online

Aug 21, 2013
Kelly Caudle
Kelly Caudle

It's been almost ten years since the Georgia Humanities Council launched the New Georgia Encyclopedia as the first state encyclopedia designed exclusively for publication on the Web.  As a resource on Georgia history and culture, it garners as many as 2 million page views a month.  

Last week, the New Georgia Encyclopedia unveiled a newly redesigned site.  Kelly Caudle, NGE's Project Director and Managing Editor, recently spoke with WABE's Steve Goss.

Bryan Schroeder
Bryan Schroeder

For more than four decades the Georgia Conservancy has been an advocate for the protection and preservation of our state's natural resources.

Membership in the group has a variety of benefits:  one of which is access to several of Georgia's more remote areas that may otherwise be inaccessible to the general public.

Bryan Schroeder, the Conservancy's Director of Stewardship and Outreach, recently talked about the organization's mission and activities with WABE's Steve Goss.

Bryan Schroeder
Bryan Schroeder

The Georgia Conservancy may be our state's oldest environmental organization.  Membership in the group has a variety of benefits:  one of which is access to several of Georgia's natural resources that may otherwise be inaccessible to the general public.  Bryan Schroeder, the Conservancy's Director of Stewardship and Outreach recently talked about the organization's mission and activities with WABE's Steve Goss...  

Is Georgia Ready to Embrace 'Medical' Marijuana?

Aug 12, 2013

Over the last decade several states have passed legislation allowing the medical use of marijuana to treat a variety of illnesses and diseases.  A number of organizations in this state are urging Georgia legislators to follow suit.  

One of these is the Georgia CARE Project -- which stands for the Campaign for Access, Reform and Education.  

In a recent conversation Georgia CARE's director, James Bell, spoke with WABE's Steve Goss. 

Sally Bethea, Executive Director with the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Kevin Garrett

Since the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Lake Lanier can be used as a source for drinking water, many in metro Atlanta breathed a sigh of relief.  

But several questions concerning our region's water supply remain--including drinking water for metro Atlanta.  

Sally Bethea is Executive Director with the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.  Recently, she spoke with WABE's Steve Goss.

On Tuesday, June 25th, the Balzer Theater at Herren's and others will commemorate the voluntary  desegregation fifty years ago of Herren's restaurant--the first in Atlanta to do so.  

'Back to the Chatt' Event This Saturday

Jun 13, 2013
Sally Bethea, Executive Director with the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Kevin Garrett / Kevin Garrett

The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, in partnership with the National Park Service and the City of Roswell, is presenting the 'Back to the Chatt' River Race and Festival on Saturday, June 15.  

Sally Bethea, Executive Director of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, talks with WABE's Steve Goss about the inspiration for Saturday's event and what's being planned.

Helen Denton
WABE News / WABE News

Helen Denton was a member of the Women's Army Corps (WACS) assigned to General Eisenhower's London command during World War II.

Her specific responsibility was to type the detailed instructions for the invasion of France, D-Day.

In Part 2 of a conversation that first aired in 2007, WABE's Steve Goss asks her how long it took to prepare the battle plans.

Helen Denton talks with WABE's Steve Goss

Today is the 69th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France during World War II.

Helen Kogel Denton, originally from South Dakota, was one of the thousands of women who joined the Women's Army Corps (WACS).

Her ultimate mission was to play a key role in the plan for the military invasion that turned the tide of the war in Europe.

In an interview we originally aired in 2007, WABE's Steve Goss asked her to recount the events that led to her assignment to General Dwight Eisenhower.

Sanjeev 'Ricky' Uppaluri
special to WABE

Last month, Alpharetta fifth-grader Sanjeev "Ricky" Uppaluri, a student at Fulton Sunshine Academy, represented the state of Georgia at the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.  

Of 54 contestants, he finished third.  

Recently, Ricky spoke with WABE's Steve Goss.

Right now, the area around Turner Field includes both depressed and transitioning neighborhoods, as well as acres of asphalt.  

But a good portion of those parking lots soon may be undergoing a metamorphosis.  

Last Fall, Invest Atlanta, the city's economic development arm, solicited redevelopment ideas for that land.

Tyrone Rachal, Managing Director for Redevelopment with Invest Atlanta, recently spoke with WABE's Steve Goss about what might lie ahead.

Image courtesy of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Many of Atlanta's neighborhoods underwent a racial 'sea change' in the decades following World War Two. 

The response and reaction by neighborhood churches to that transition is recounted in an honors thesis by Emory University student Preston Hogue entitled, "The Ties That Bind:  White Church Flight in Atlanta from 1955 to 1985" [excerpt below].

About four years ago, Fayetteville, Georgia elementary school students, Carter--age 8 and a half, and sister Olivia, age 7--founded a non-profit organization devoted to conservation and saving endangered animals. 

"One More" began by adopting cheetahs in South Africa, a species close to extinction.  Since then, their environmental activism has spread worldwide.

What Does Freedom Look Like?

May 8, 2013
Author and New York University Professor Dr. Deborah Willis.
Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel

  The evolution of the photographic image and self-image of African-Americans is chronicled in a new book co-authored by New York University Professor Dr. Deborah Willis, and  University of Massachusetts Assistant Professor Dr. Barbara Krauthamer, entitled "Envisioning Emancipation--Black Americans and the End of Slavery" (Temple University Press, 2013).  

Here, Dr. Willis talks with WABE's Steve Goss.

  Major League baseball as it was played and managed in the 1940's was vastly different than the game we know today.  

Brendan O'Connell is a contemporary artist who has achieved commercial and critical success painting scenes inside Walmart stores.  

The former Tucker, Georgia resident chose painting as his life's devotion during several years spent in Europe following his graduation from Emory University.

Why he has chosen Walmart as his muse, is something he shared with WABE's Steve Goss.

Score Atlanta's Fletcher Proctor
Special to WABE News

  The Atlanta Braves' 2012 season certainly ended better than the historic collapse of the year before, but still not what long-time Braves fans have come to expect.

With the 2013 season to begin on Monday, April 1, at Turner Field, WABE's Steve Goss rang up Fletcher Proctor, the Braves beat writer with Score Atlanta to get his take on the hometown team's prospects for the season ahead.

Combating Africa's Book Famine

Mar 22, 2013

Books for Africa began collecting and shipping school books to nations in Africa from a warehouse in St. Paul, Minnesota 25 years ago.  

Now with a warehouse in Smyrna, Georgia, BFA is the world's largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent.

Here, Brad Mattson, Development and Operations officer with the non-profit, talks with WABE's Steve Goss.

Captain Planet's "Learning Gardens"

Mar 15, 2013

As we approach St. Patrick's Day and the 'wearing of the green', we'd like to take a look at an organizations that's 'growing green' in the form of gardens planted at elementary schools around the country and in metro Atlanta.  Leesa Carter is executive director of the Captain Planet Foundation, including its "Learning Gardens" program.  Here, she talks with WABE's Steve Goss...

Redeveloping Fort McPherson for Civilian Use

Mar 14, 2013

Fort McPherson--first opened south of Atlanta in the 1880s--was ordered in 2005 to begin shutting down or transferring its operations as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act.  In 2006, a state-chartered authority began drawing up plans for converting the military base to civilian use.  Jack Sprott is executive director of that body--the McPherson Implementing Redevelopment Authority.  Here, he talks with WABE's Steve Goss...

  Beginning this weekend, and running through March 24th, the Atlanta Preservation Center is presenting its 10th annual "Phoenix Flies"--a celebration of Atlanta's living landmarks.

Boyd Coons, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center, and Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, events coordinator with the APC, join WABE's Steve Goss for a discussion of what lies ahead for Atlanta's past.

Cristo Rey Network to Open Atlanta Campus

Mar 4, 2013

Recently, Cristo Rey Network announced plans to open a campus of its Catholic high school in Atlanta's west side.  Bill Garrett is President-elect of what will be known as Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School.

Here, he talks with WABE's Steve Goss.

Tax Tips for 2012 Filers

Feb 25, 2013

4.1 million Georgians are expected to file tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service this year. With each new year, there are changes to the tax laws that could affect how and when you file.

Mark Green is a spokesperson with the IRS covering Georgia, South Carolina,and Mississippi. Here he talks with WABE's Steve Goss.