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Waffle House restaurants are noisy when they’re busy. Waiters call orders over burbling conversation. Frying food spits and sizzles. Dishes rattle in the sink.

Sometimes, a jukebox joins that chorus playing music you won’t hear on the radio.

"There are Raisins in My Toast" is one of about 40 songs that Waffle House has released since the mid-1980’s on its own record label, called Waffle Records, of course.

“So, it’s not Waffle House, Waffle House, Waffle House over and over again in a song,” said Shelby White, Senior Marketing Manager at Waffle House.

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Donald Trump is the winner of Georgia's Republican presidential primary, while Democratic voters turned out overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton.

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In this episode, music from Oh Rose!, Ty Segall Tiny Ruins and more.

 

For more than a decade, The Morris Museum of Art's Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song Concert Series has featured icons and rising stars in bluegrass, country, americana, gospel, roots and jazz...everyone from Doc Watson and Del McCoury to Pam Tillis and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. For the first time, GPB Augusta is partnering with The Morris to archive these performances, recorded live at The Historic Imperial Theatre.  This recording features performances by the husband and wife duo, Rob & Linda Williams, as well as Suzy Burges.

Super Tuesday Primary in Georgia!

Mar 1, 2016
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The SEC/Super Tuesday Primary day is finally here, as is the special Primary edition of GPB’s Political Rewind. With both major party front-runners appearing poised for big nights, their closest challengers just hoping to stay in the game.

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Gordon Smith  is one of the few African American players on the J.V. baseball team at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Ga. 

On a recent, Spring like afternoon the baby-faced shortstop and the other players took some serious batting practice. What was clear is that Smith loves baseball.

Join host Joe Silva for new music from Neko, Massenger, Camper Van Beethoven, and more…

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St. Simons Island could become Georgia’s next city. It attracts a lot of development. And some residents think only a local city government can make sure developers preserve the island’s character. But as GPB’s Emily Jones reports, not everyone is sold.

 

 

 

  When you drive around St. Simon’s Island, it’s easy to see why people love it. Old live oaks twist and spread their limbs over the roads, with tiny cottages tucked between them.

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Lobo Marino is Jameson Price on percussion and Laney Sullivan on harmonium and voice. Together they make atmospheric music that echoes the sounds they've experienced on their global travels. It's world music that asks you to slow down and just be. Produced with the Field Note Stenographers and students from the Mercer University Center for Collaborative Journalism

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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." 

In this month's preview of music coming to Macon, we look forward to the holy drone of Lobo Marino, to a tsunami of surf punk from Repeat Repeat, a show from a godfather of lo-fi recording, and to a visit from a veteran of the deep soul scene. With the Field Note Stenographers. 

    

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Clay Murphey, a project manager for Macon Bibb County, walked through an eight-foot-high stormwater culvert under a busy intersection. As sloshed through three inches of water, Murphey ran a hand along a jagged crack in the dusty red brick.

"This is the stuff we're concerned about. These large cracks," Murphey said. “You got seepage that's coming from above. That shouldn't be happening. Everytime you're seeping, you are washing away the mortar that's holding this brick in place.”

Then Murphey pointed down to brick rubble lying in the water.

Writer and performer Mike Schlitt has made it his mission to start an honest dialogue about American democracy. His traveling, one-man show, “Patriot Act,” tells a concentrated history of U.S. politics with some comic relief mixed in. Schlitt joins us to talk about why he calls the show “career suicide” and what he hopes people take away.

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Donald Trump told the crowd in Atlanta Sunday afternoon he was confident he would win Georgia’s primary but only with their help.

Former President Jimmy Carter is concerned about the election for a new leader of soccer's governing body. Members of FIFA will cast ballots at a meeting in Zurich later this week. 

Carter doesn't usually weigh in on sports matters, but he often has something to say about elections. The Carter Center has monitored over 100 since 1989. 

Just Off The Radar: Leslie Stein's Mixtape

Feb 22, 2016

New music this week selected by our latest guest, Comic book artist, Leslie Stein, calls in for an all new edition of the Just Off The Radar Mixtape.

    

Harper Lee Remembered

Feb 19, 2016

As we were finishing production on this week’s show, the bulletin crossed the wires announcing the death of Harper Lee at age 89. She was a giant of American literature and one of the most important chroniclers of the evolution of the American South in the mid-twentieth century.

Magnolia Crossing, an apartment complex in Cobb County, has recently been closed down in favor of clearing the land for higher-end commercial property. While the city claims that the renovation is a community investment, the continuing loss of low-cost housing continues to be a prevalent issue. We talk to Nathaniel Smith, who is the CEO of the Partnership for Southern Equity, about what can be done to assist low-income households with finding reliable living conditions.

About a week and a half ago, Beyoncé took the nation by storm with her music video for the song, “Formation.” It evokes images of Hurricane Katrina, unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Black Lives Matter movement. It's also sparked a massive conversation about race issues in this country - and revealed divisions that go deeper than black and white. Armstrong State University professor Regina Bradley, Aurielle Marie of the Atlanta based organization, “It’s Bigger Than You,” Cornell University PhD student J.

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This year, Georgia lawmakers will look at two bills dealing with a person’s right to religious practice, both of which are expected to inspire much discussion, even though they answer questions that already seem to have answers.

 

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Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to improve Georgia’s failing schools faces one final hurdle: passage of an amendment to the state constitution.

 

Georgians will vote on that in November.  In the meantime, education policy analysts still have questions about the proposal.

 

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The story of how Bernice Smith’s grandson became her son is a story told by documents.

Some of the ones she flipped through in the living room of her Decatur, Georgia home were official looking, covered with stamps and seals. Others were more informal.

“This is his autobiography that Stephen wrote himself,” Smith said, holding a printed page. “It says, ‘God Works In Mysterious Ways.’”

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Members of Sapelo Island’s Gullah Geechee community are suing local and state governments for practices they say are threatening their ability to live on land they've called home for generations.

Reed Colfax is an attorney representing the group and says many are descendants of slaves.

“When those slaves were freed after the Civil War, many started creating their own communities, had their own lives,” he says. “It was an extraordinary thing, and it's being ignored now.”

 

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Bright blue streetcars roll up Auburn Avenue in Downtown Atlanta every 15 minutes or so, but from inside Condesa Coffee, you can't always hear them over the sounds of conversation and grinding beans.

Octavian Stan is one of the co-owners of the coffee shop. He said, so far, he’s pretty happy with the streetcar.

“Overall, I think it’s a great addition,” Stan said.

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Most holidays have some kind of baggage. Christmas has commercialism. Thanksgiving has travel headaches.

But one holiday celebrated this time of year seems, so far, to remain free of any such entanglements.

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On a recent Monday night, it was standing room only at the Martin Street Church of God in Summerhill. Neighborhood residents had come to the church, which sits less than a mile from Turner Field, to voice their concerns about the stadium's future.

 

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The first thing you need to know about Lucille Perry is that she has a great laugh. The second thing is that she works…a lot.

“I got here at 7:00 a.m., and I’ll leave at 4:30 p.m. I have to be to my next job at 5:45 p.m., and I’ll probably get off at 10:00 p.m. tonight,” she said.

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3-D printing has been used for years to solve all kinds of problems. Ford Motor Company has been using the technology since the 1980s for prototyping, and, recently, scientists have even used it to print custom skin grafts for burn victims.

One Atlanta art museum is working to make sure 3-D printing and the problem solving it enables stays in the hands of regular people.

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It was Monday morning rush hour at the Gwinnett Transit Center, and Yvette MacPherson had missed her bus.

“What happened was we got to Doraville Train station, and the 10 we take was late getting us to the Gwinnett Transit County Center, and the 30 left before the 10 got here,” MacPherson said.

She was one of the smattering of people gathered at the modest transit center, which is just a few bus shelters in a parking lot next to Gwinnett Place Mall.

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Daufuskie island's population peaked in the 1940s with more than a thousand residents, mostly descendants of freed slaves brought to the coast to harvest rice and sea cotton.

Today, this quiet community has less than 100 people and is nestled between Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Once, Daufuskie Island was a home to Gullah people from all over the low country but when Daufuskie Island's booming oyster industry came to an end in the 1950’s after the beds were poisoned by pollution in the Savannah River, the population began to dwindle.

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