Week of 9 May 2011
Friday, May 13th
Have Your Say - Your Favorite Museums
All week we’ve been asking listeners to phone in and tell us what their favorite museum is.
Here are some of the great responses we received.
Thanks to everyone who phoned in this week to Have Your Say.
A look at the city’s cinematic offerings with WABE contributor, David Lee Simmons.
Sunday, May 15th - Sunrise: A Tale of Two Humans
May 16th through 22nd - Peep World
Opens Friday, May 26th - 13 Assassins
Thursday, May 12th
A Week at Atlanta’s Lesser-Known Museums: Waffle House Museum
In advance of International Museum Day, this week we’re visiting some lesser-known metro Atlanta museums—including one today, that celebrates a place that nearly every one of us has visited at one time or other. The Waffle House Museum is at the site of the very first Waffle House, in Avondale Estates. Producer Kate Sweeney paid a visit, to find out what draws people to a place whose façade is familiar indeed to most Southerners.
To test the theory that just about everyone has a Waffle House story, we decided to go around the building and ask PBA staff for theirs.
This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison
Atlanta Journal Constitution “Best Bets” writer Shane Harrison talks about what’s going on around the city this week.
Saturday, May 14th - 6th Annual MayDay Celebration
Saturday, May 14th - Kirkwood Spring Fling
May 13th through 15th - Marietta Greek Festival
Wednesday, May 11th
Atlanta’s Museums: The CDC Museum
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may not seem like an obvious place for a museum, but a visit there can be just as informative—and fascinating—as one to any natural history or art museum. WABE’s Myke Johns had never been there before, so what better time to go and bring back this story, than just before International Museum Day?
Etiquette with Carolyn Davenport
In a world where common courtesy such as thank-you notes and holding the door for someone else seem to be lost to the past, Marietta etiquette instructor Carolyn Davenport says there’s still room for manners, especially at the dinner table.
Tuesday, May 10th
StoryCorps Atlanta - Saralyn Chestnut & Lorraine Fontana
Saralyn Chesnut is best known as the first director of what’s now Emory University’s office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life. But the recent retiree wasn’t always such an activist or open about her own identity as a lesbian. She told her story to longtime friend, Lorraine Fontana.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Museum
If you’re a regular listener to WABE, then you may very well be familiar with this Atlanta Sound. It’s a recording from a Civil War weapons demonstration at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. But in keeping with our theme this week, the site also hosts a museum. WABE’s David Barasoain had a look inside.
Monday, May 9th
Atlanta’s Museums: A Visit to the Wren’s Nest
The Wren’s Nest, a house museum in the West End, was the family home of Joel Chandler Harris: Atlanta Constitution reporter and author of the “Uncle Remus” stories. The Uncle Remus stories re-created the oral tradition of the Brer Rabbit tales that Harris heard growing up on a plantation in Eatonton, Georgia. We spoke to his great-great-great grandson and executive director of the Wren’s Nest, Lain Shakespeare, about the house and the author’s legacy.
Lain tells us a fascinating story about Joel Chandler Harris’ unusual relationship with President Teddy Roosevelt.
Local Book Events
Monday, May 9th - Gary Shteyngart - Super Sad True Love Story
Wednesday, May 11th - Erik Larson - In the Garden of Beasts
Thursday, May 12th - Melissa Fay Greene - No Biking in the House Without a Helmet
*Correction: We announced that Melissa Fay Green would be appearing at the Decatur Library. That event will actually take place at the Decatur First Baptist Church.