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Dear Friend and Supporter,

We have a lot to celebrate inside these pages. As you catch up on our news, I hope you realize that these are your achievements just as much as they are ours.

Your generosity flows through every member of our team to produce thoughtful programming, trusted news and quality storytelling. Thanks to you and other Sustainers like you, the only requirement for our audience is their curiosity.

Nobody knows your value to WABE 90.1 better than Rose Scott, who wants to tell you more about ATL68. To mark the 50 years since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., PBA is running special programming that delves deeper into his life, his mission and his influence in present-day Atlanta.

There’s also a very special announcement for all you podcast fans… That’s right—WABE 90.1 is expanding its lineup with a new podcast sure to bringer you closer than ever before to the rich civil rights history of our region. It’s also the kind of investment that only happens when you have a reliable source of funding and generous Sustaining Members like you.

So, along with the sense of excitement and innovation around WABE 90.1 & ATL PBA in 2018, we also feel a deep gratitude for the people who value the important work we do for our community.

Your commitment to public media means everything to us, and to everyone we reach.

Thank you for your continued support.





Debra Roberts
Sustaining Member Manager

P.S.  Notice anything different about us? PBA30 is now ATL PBA! Our new name is designed to reinforce our commitment to Atlanta, while bringing you the best of PBS. Stay tuned for new local programming like our upcoming original series Made in ATL.

Community Conversations

“The Future of Atlanta Jobs”

Last November, Jim Burress hosted a lively discussion about the future of Atlanta jobs and where the key opportunities and challenges lie ahead.

“State Government Matters Too”

WABE’s political reporters kicked off 2018 with an in-depth look at the ins and outs of Georgia’s State House of Representatives and State Senate.

“Race and Poverty in Healthcare”

Last month, WABE presented a panel of policy makers, medical professionals and advocates who shared perspectives on what 2018 could mean for providers, patients, doctors and hospitals.

“Ask a Scientist”

On March 18, WABE science reporter Molly Samuel was joined by metro Atlanta scientists who let us into their world, explained their work and answered our questions.

Find out more about these and other conversations at:

Podcast Lineup

Our podcasts feature in-depth stories, investigations and conversations. Enjoy our two new productions wherever you stream your podcasts, whenever you choose.


Political Breakfast with Denis O’Hayer Political Breakfast


Subscribe to hear conversations between Morning Edition host Denis O’Hayer and political strategists from the left and the right. Incisive, respectful and lively, recent episodes have covered the race for Atlanta’s mayor, President Trump’s approval ratings in Georgia and the upcoming Georgia governor race. Episodes streaming now!







Introducing: Buried Truths            Buried Truths.png


Years in the making, Buried Truths explores the mysteries and injustices of history through civil rights cases that few have seen. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and veteran journalist Hank Klibanoff tells the story of three black farmers who, in 1948, defied powerful white supremacists and resolved to vote in rural South Georgia. Buried Truths is about why we as a people allowed racial injustices to happen, and what our fading history can still teach us today. Episodes begin streaming March 26!

Rose Scott Takes A Closer Look with ATL68


Rose Scott Civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated fifty years ago. In a special series of conversations called ATL68 that explore Dr. King’s life and legacy, WABE listeners will get to know the man, his mission and how far we’ve come as a city—and as a nation—since his death in 1968.

On the show I host, Closer Look, we’ll bring in scholars, thought leaders and other members of our community to talk about Dr. King and his influence. Together, we’ll make sense of his legacy through various lenses: from politics and social justice to education and health care. We’ll also follow Dr. King’s journey during the last four months of his life.

Station-wide projects like ATL68 can only happen through the generous support of Sustaining Members, so I hope these conversations tell you something new about Dr. King and shed light on modern-day civil rights issues.

This special series of conversations will continue until April on Closer Look, City Lights and the interactive website created for the series,

Three ATL68 Conversations Rose Wants You to Hear…

Brooks1. For decades, civil rights activist Tyrone Brooks has worked to bring justice in an unsolved 1946 lynching. My conversation with Tyrone provides the backdrop as to why a   civil rights cold case is still a passion for the man who worked alongside Dr. King.




Shipman2. For new insight into what influenced Dr. King’s civil rights strategy and how he inspired others, listen to my conversation with Doug ShipmanPresident and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center and a scholar on Dr. King.





3. Perhaps my most unforgettable conversation so far has been with W.J. Michael Cody, the attorney who witnessed Dr. King’s “Mountaintop” speech and went on to represent him in the days before his death.

Can’t-miss TV on ATL PBS!



In 1837, a teenager is crowned Queen Victoria. Despite the existing corruption and political challenges, this young girl rises to become the most powerful woman in the world.

Austin City LimitsAustin City Limits

The longest-running music series in American television history will feature artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and The War on Drugs. New on Saturday nights at 10 p.m.!



Finding You RootsFinding Your Roots

This season, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shares the ancestral histories and familial connections of LL Cool J, Jimmy Kimmel, John McCain and Shonda Rhimes.







Made in ATLComing This Spring!: Made In ATL

A brand new program that celebrates Atlanta and the passionate, creative, community-driven people who came of age in our great city. On Made in ATL, we find out more about what shaped these people’s lives and world views, their goals and their successes... and we do it through the lens of the formative years that they spent at a public high school in the Atlanta metro area. Take a peek at the lives of Made In ATL guests, Dana Spinola (CEO and founder of women’s clothing boutique Fab’rik) and Finesse Mitchell (actor, author and stand-up comedian).


Independent LensIndependent Lens

A weekly documentary series made by independent filmmakers. Learn the history and importance of historically black colleges and universities with Tell Them We Are Rising. Take an insightful look into the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, scandals and uprisings with The Force.



A Few Highlights from City Lights

Lois Reitzes It’s hard for us to pick favorites. But these stories show the full range of arts coverage Lois Reitzes and contributors to City Lights bring you every Friday.

On the heels of the acclaimed Netflix documentary The Art of Organized Noize, Lois caught up with the influential Atlanta music producers to discuss their careers in hip-hop, the importance of integrity in music and what they want to pass on to upcoming Atlanta musicians.

In April, as tensions ran high between real estate developers and local arts organizations, we took our listeners on a tour of the Creative Hive—a temporary artists’ colony set up by Hambidge Center in Colony Square. It was a moment to stand back and admire the extraordinary artistic talent we have in Atlanta.

From the many author interviews we aired in 2017, a standout was Lois’ conversation with essayist and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman. We talked about Chuck’s new book X, public intellectuals and why Chuck loves looking at the index.

It’s thanks to the continuous, monthly support of Sustaining Members that City Lights can shine a spotlight on the vibrant arts community in Atlanta. So, expect even more of this arts and cultural news coverage in 2018!

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