Week of 4 January 2010
Thursday, January 7th
Atlanta Journal Constitution
AJC Best Bets writer Shane Harrison talks about what’s going on around Atlanta this week.
A look at the city’s cinematic offerings with arts journalist David Lee Simmons, including a screening of Ichi the Killer.
Wednesday, January 6th
All Cakes Considered
A few years ago, Melissa Gray, a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered and a novice baker, decided to bring a cake to work to chase away the Monday blues. It worked: the gesture became a tradition, and Melissa has collected her experiences in All Cakes Considered, perhaps the world’s first ‘friendly’ baking book, and the first authored by a radio producer. With more than 50 recipes, the book also includes tips and tricks, engaging stories, and anecdotes about favorite NPR personalities, all delivered in Melissa’s sensible, humorous, winning style. Melissa will discuss and sign copies of her cookbook at an event this Saturday at Atlanta’s Urban Cottage.
Paste Magazine’s Kevin Keller stops by to tell us what’s happening this weekend in Atlanta’s independent music scene.
Monday, January 11th - Eddie’s Attic Open Mic Night
Tuesday, January 5th
Archivist of Death
Atlanta resident Nowell Briscoe has been collecting obituaries for 50-years. His story was included in the Obituary Project that ran during All Things Considered last week. He says his collection is a way of savoring people after they’re gone.
We bring you a love story from one of our own staff members here at WABE. Public Broadcasting Atlanta fundraiser Fred Skey and his fiancée, Olivia Erbele had been single for most of their adult lives. They came to the StoryCorps booth on the morning of their wedding day to talk about one of their first dates, and how they fell in love.
All of us here at WABE send Fred and Olivia best wishes for many many years of continued joy together.
Monday, January 4th
Back in 1944 twenty-one Trappist monks left an Abbey in Kentucky to set up a monastery in what was then a very rural Conyers, Georgia. Trappist monks value silence and will generally only speak when necessary. And for decades they’ve worked to uphold their faith and traditions.
Robotic Music from Georgia Tech
Gil Weinberg is a Georgia Tech computer Scientist. He says he’s made a robot that can listen to music and improvise on a marimba. The robot is called Simone and just before Christmas NPR’s Robert Siegel talked to Weinberg about the robot and its capabilities. Weinberg says the robot can listen to what’s played, analyze it and then improvise.