Atlanta Considered

Rickey Bevington looks at the most interesting stories in the South's most prominent city.

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Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey host the popular podcast Stuff You Missed In History Class in the Atlanta offices at HowStuffWorks at Ponce City Market.

They joined me during our live show from the rooftop of Ponce City Market to talk about what it’s like to produce a history podcast in a historic building – and also some of their personal connections with the Sears company, which built this building in 1926.

Timeline: The History Of Ponce City Market

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Hop's Chicken

We may think about food all the time, but when is the last time you thought about what your food sounded like?

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The Safe Harbor Act is one of the four amendments Georgians will be voting on in next Tuesday's election.

If it passes, the state will impose additional fees on those convicted of certain sex trafficking crimes, as well as adult entertainment establishments. That money will fund treatment and resources for victims of child sex trafficking.

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For this edition of Atlanta Considered, I went to Chrome Yellow Trading Company on Edgewood Avenue during the A3C hip-hop festival and conference.

A3C is one of the nation’s largest urban music events and stands for All Three Coasts, as Atlanta joins New York and Los Angeles as the pillars of hip-hop culture.

 

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Atlanta may see a first: Tonight thousands of people may come to a candlelight vigil for a grocery store. "Murder Kroger" as it's known closes its door tomorrow, October 28 after serving Ponce de Leon Avenue for three decades. GPB's Stephen Fowler was live at "Murder Kroger" in the shadow of Ponce City Market. 

Rickey Bevington: So let's begin with why many Atlantans call this supermarket "Murder Kroger." 

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Since hip-hop first got its start in 1973, two cities were the main players in driving its style and sound.

On the East Coast there was New York, and on the West Coast there was L.A.

Atlanta is now home to many of hip-hop’s current and former stars, making it the “third coast” in A3C’s “All Three Coasts” moniker.

As the East Coast-West Coast rivalry came to a head in 1995, a duo from Atlanta named OutKast managed to win Best New Rap Group at the Source Awards.

While the New York-heavy crowd booed, Andre 3000 grabbed the award and took the audience to task. 

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Atlanta’s presence in the hip-hop scene has been well established for many years with the likes of OutKast, Ludacris and Soulja Boy making the city’s artists into household names.

Even if you know hip-hop, you might not know this name: Cam Kirk.

I went to downtown Atlanta to learn more about Kirk and how hip-hop looks from behind the lens.

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Some of the biggest names hip-hop will perform at this week's A3C Festival and Conference in Atlanta.  But this event isn't just about music.  Also on the agenda: discussions about mental health and moving civil rights protests beyond social media. Two women will lead the dialogue.  Dina Marto is owner and founder of Twelve Music Studios and Ashley Reid is founder the social justice group "The People Assembly." 

Explore Georgia

“100 Plates Locals Love” is a list of the best dishes served by Georgia restaurants, as voted on by people across the state.

My colleagues over at GPB TV’s "Georgia Traveler" traveled all over Georgia trying these plates.

Since I never want to be left out, I decided to bring a few plates into the studio to taste test.

Joining me is the list’s curator Atlanta-based Chef Jennifer Booker.

Over 100,000 concertgoers are expected to visit Piedmont Park for Music Midtown this weekend to hear headliners like The Killers, Beck and Deadmau5.

After years of expensive high-profile superstars like Drake, Elton John, and John Mayer, this year's festival has cut a day of performances and features a roster filled with lesser-known performers.

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Americans have been starting small businesses for centuries.

So why does it seems like every new business is suddenly a “startup?”

To unpack the jargon, Rickey Bevington spoke with Cassius Butts, Region IV Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

 

 Interview Highlights

On the definition of startup

 

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You may be familiar with the popular ABC show "Shark Tank," where entrepreneurs from across the country try to get "sharks" like Kevin O’Leary to invest in their companies, but you might be wondering: What is a pitch, and what makes one successful?

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A growing number of companies in the startup scene around Atlanta are ditching traditional offices for coworking spaces. Coworking spaces are shared spaces for businesses and startups with varying needs to work alongside each other.

How To Speak Startup

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Startup culture has its own language. Many of the most popular terms tossed around sound like what Æon Flux and Uncle Pennybags would call their illegitimate love children. Oh Mr. Monoply, what has your lust wrought upon this plane where Strunk and White's nightmares meet Dr. Moreau's dreams?

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Legendary Atlanta restaurant Manuel’s Tavern re-opens this weekend after months of renovations.

Manuel Maloof founded it in 1956 because, in his words,“Where else can a guy who makes $50 a week and a guy doing $200,000 a year sit next to each other and find out what each other is thinking?"

For the past six decades, politicians, journalists, college students and families have intermingled at this Poncey-Highlands watering hole. 

Maloof’s son, Brian Maloof, now runs the Tavern and ahead of the opening, he talks about the bar's past, present and future.

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Before Nashville became the world’s country music capitol, a 1920s Atlanta radio program popularized the music beyond the Southeastern United States. Sears & Roebuck broadcast “Dinnerbell R.F.D.” from 1926 to 1928 out of the tower of its massive Atlanta distribution center, today’s Ponce City Market. This weekend, a group of Atlanta musicians and chefs will present a modern interpretation of the live fiddle music show.

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A new AAA survey* shows 1 in 3 drivers admit to driving multiple times in the past year after consuming alcohol. 

After 28 years on Atlanta television, former news anchor Amanda Davis lost her career after three DUI arrests.

 

She says she's sober now, and she recently joined Rickey Bevington in the studio to talk publicly about her alcoholism. 

 

Interview Highlights

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Atlanta urban designer and Chamblee native Ryan Gravel has a way for Georgia communities to solve their transportation problems and create more sustainable, livable places to live.

Gravel's new book "Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities” explores the process of reviving abandoned railroad tracks, degraded waterways and obsolete roadways. 

And when it comes to re-purposing old infrastructure, Gravel is one of the world's leading thinkers.

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Consider this Atlanta. Are you willing to pay a half-penny sales tax to expand MARTA?

That question will be answered when voters go to the polls in November.

MARTA Board Chairman Robbie Ashe calls the upcoming vote “the most significant thing to happen to MARTA in its history.”

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 PBS talk show host and author Tavis Smiley spent Thursday in Atlanta as part of his “One Great Idea” tour in which he highlights public policy successes around the country. 

Georgia’s one great idea, according to Smiley, is the sweeping overhaul of its criminal justice system.

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This week for Atlanta Considered, we “consider” how first-world technology like smartphones and apps is becoming a crucial weapon against third-world diseases.

That’s where Decatur-based Task Force for Global Health comes in. Its mission is to combat devastating illnesses that affect millions of people living in poverty.

It’s able to fight this battle by not only utilizing doctors – but by using data.

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This week for Atlanta Considered, we “consider” Atlanta’s geek culture and why it matters.

It matters because Atlanta is home to The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Dragon Con, 75 video game companies and much more. 

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Crowd-sourcing isn’t a common way to curate a history exhibit but that's how the Atlanta History Center opted to put together a new show about Atlanta.

After all, Atlantans are the best experts on what represents their city.

Among the 300 public submissions were Coca Cola, WSB, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN, the Peachtree Road Race and, to the surprise of curators, “trees."

Below, you can hear my recent tour with curator Amy Wilson:

 

SOUND EFFECT: Woman's voice" "Welcome aboard the Plane Train."