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Playlist: Atlanta

Compiled By: Eva Breneman

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Country Fried Rock Interviews The Whiskey Gentry

From Sloane Spencer | Part of the Country Fried Rock series | 58:00

Lauren Staley fronts The Whiskey Gentry, a roots band from Atlanta that draws heavily from bluegrass and traditional country storytelling. With a live show that enthralls audiences from European festivals and listening rooms to rowdy Southern bars, The Whiskey Gentry are perched for national recognition.

Whiskey_gentry_cover_small The Whiskey Gentry's second album, Holly Grove, sets the stage for this Atlanta band to break out of their Georgia confines and become a nationally known roots music band.  Lauren Staley's lyrics and vocals are backed by a tight band of stellar players.  Their second album is the first that wholly originated during the lifespan of the band, and John Keane again coaxed the best from their talents, while changing up their recording methods from song to song, partially because of its piecemeal recording process over five months, and partially because the core of the band, husband and wife, Jason Morrow and Lauren Staley, were inspired by the Sound City documentary, and wanted to record some songs fully live.  Following up on a year of success, including their first European tour, The Whiskey Gentry will be touring much more in the coming year across the US.  Their high-energy live show should be on your must-see list.

Cola Wars

From Josh J | 01:54

A look at the battle between Coca Cola vs Pepsi in an Atlanta High School.

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What are you going to be for halloween?

From amy handler | Part of the The Kids Are Alright series | 45:53

Kids tell us what they are planning to be for Halloween- an intermingling of music and kid talk.

Tkaar_jan24_rat_final_red_small The Kids Are Alright interviews Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School's first and second graders about their upcoming Halloween costumes. Join us as we take a musical tour through their choices.

Passion for Porches

From Sidewalk Radio | Part of the Sidewalk Radio with Gene Kansas series | 32:02

August in Atlanta is hot, so what better month to celebrate our sizzling passion for porches? As you’ll hear, this space and place are more complex than you might imagine. This platform plays the role of architectural element, environmental medium, status symbol, memory maker, and even a place for race relations.

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Jim Strickland is founder of Historical Concepts, an architecture firm believing strongly in the prominence and provenance of the porch.  Jim joins Gene in the studio to recall personal moments of porch life, the architectural importance of the porch, and the dialogue that design creates on, off and about the porch.

Jocelyn Donlon likes porches so much she wrote the book on them.  Swinging in Place: Porch Life in Southern Culture, examines everything from childhood games to courtship to gossip with neighbors.  Donlon, via phone from Japan, talks about the significance of the porch to our everyday life and gives a nice comparison to other traditions around the world including the Japanese porch, the engawa. Donlon’s grandmother’s porch, one of a white woman in a black neighborhood, was not only a place where the author grew up and enjoyed life, but it was also inspiration for the book.

As Chair of Emory University’s Department of Environmental Studies, Uriel Kitron is no stranger to the insects we see, hear and swat while playing on the porch.  Kitron gives a warm and educational review that ranges from the dangers of disease in mosquitos to the romance of the firefly, all in the context of the urban environment and with historical scientific footnotes.

Kicking back with an iced tea or a cold beer, watching the world go by, and just enjoying the breeze is all part of porch life. It’s hard to talk about porches without talking about rocking chairs. Thought to have been invented by Benjamin Franklin, the rocking chair has enjoyed many famous aficionados.  From masters of literature like Mark Twain to Presidents such as John F. Kennedy, the rocker has kept on rocking.

But, it’s the imagination, creativity and ingenuity of designer Kathleen Oscadal that has us impressed.  Oscadal created the Sawa Chair, part rocking chair part porch swing, as an expression of her belief that it is okay to be ourselves. Oscadal’s human quality, personality and charm shine through in both her design and in our interview.

Culturology: Erika Kooda presents an essay about the results of her tryout with a a major drum corps program

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Culturology series | 03:50

Erika Kooda is a senior at Grand Rapids High School. During the school year she's been checking in with essays reflecting on her experience. In this installment Erika reveals the results of her recent tryout in Georgia for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps 2013 Color Guard.

Erikakooda2crop_small Erika Kooda is a senior at Grand Rapids High School. During the school year she's been checking in with essays reflecting on her experience. In this installment Erika reveals the results of her recent tryout in Georgia for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps 2013 Color Guard.