“City Lights” explores the ways in which people express themselves creatively and enhance our lives.

In addition to a wide range of music, “City Lights” covers theater, dance, pop culture, visual arts and more. WABE has long been a partner with many organizations in Atlanta and through “City Lights” we’re deepening those relationships to serve our community with even greater arts and cultural content.

Featured Episode

The Allure of “Finding Your Roots”

Sabin Streeter joins Lois Reitzes to talk about the intensive research involved in the making of “Finding Your Roots” and share some memorable stories of guests. This evening, our PBS station ATL PBA will host a virtual conversation with Sabin Streeter and WABE’s Morning Edition host Lisa Rayam. More information about that event will be on our website–wabe.org/citylights.

Plus a conversation with Miriam Udel, associate professor of Yiddish language, literature, and culture at Emory University. She is also the author of the Yiddish children’s book, “Honey on the Page.” 

City Lights: Asha Gomez; Alon’s; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:37: Lois Reitzes speaks with Alon Balshan about the 25th anniversary of his food market Alon’s.
  • 15:55: Reitzes speaks with chef Asha Gomez about her new cookbook.
  • 31:33: Reitzes speaks with comedian Nemr about performing stand up in Middle East and the United States.
  • 45:08: Reitzes speaks with actor Sean Gunn, who portrayed Kraglin in the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie along with being the on set actor of Rocket Raccoon.

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City Lights: ‘Crown Heights’; ‘Dragons Love Tacos’; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:26: Lois Reitzes speaks with Colin Warner, who spent 21 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, along with actors Lakeith Stanfield and Nnamdi Asomugha, who portray Warner and his friend Carl King in the new film “Crown Heights.”
  • 16:55: Reitzes speaks with authors and illustrators Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri about their children’s book “Dragons Love Tacos.”
  • 29:40: Gabbie Watts speaks with dancers Cici Kelley and Rae Ransom Coleman about their dance company Dare Dream Dance.
  • 44:04: Reitzes speaks with actor and writer Stephen Tobolowsky about his memoir “My Adventures with God.”

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City Lights: ‘Archer’; Chicago Hot Dogs; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:44: Lois Reitzes speaks with composer and reverend Dwight Andrews about working as musical director with playwright August Wilson.
  • 17:22: Gabbie Watts speaks with Christian Danley, who is the editor on animated show “Archer.”
  • 29:49: Reitzes speaks with artist William Massey about the second volume of ColorATL, a coloring book featuring Atlanta artists.
  • 45:41: Reitzes speaks with New York Times food writer Kim Severson about Chicago hot dogs.

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City Lights: Matthew Sweet; Amy Ray; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:40: Lois Reitzes speaks with musician Matthew Sweet while he was in town performing at City Winery.
  • 14:28: Reitzes speaks with the artist behind the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s current exhibition “Curious Garden” Adam Schwerner and its president Mary Pat Matheson.
  • 29:26: Reitzes speaks wtih Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo about his new collection of short stories, “Trajectory.”
  • 39:22: Reitzes speaks with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls about her solo record that dives into country music.

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City Lights: John Cleese; Atlanta Theater; And More

Monday on “City Lights with┬áLois Reitzes”:

  • 2:07: Lois Reitzes speaks with theater maker Richard Garner, who directed “Shakespeare In Love” with the Alliance Theatre earlier this year.
  • 14:44: Flying Circus Theatre’s Adam Koplan talks with Reitzes about lyricist Dorothy Fields and her contribution to the Great American Songbook and musical theater.
  • 32:00: Reitzes speaks with director and actress Tinashe Kajese-Bolden about producing Danai Gurira’s play “Eclipsed” with Synchronicity Theatre.
  • 42:44: Reitzes speaks with legendary comic, actor and writer John Cleese about all things Monty Python.

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City Lights: John Waters; Dulce Sloan; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:43: Lois Reitzes speaks with filmmaker John Waters a.k.a. “the Pope of Trash,” who is talking tonight at the Woodruff Arts Center a part of the month-long Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival.
  • 15:59: Dulce Sloan is the newest correspondent on the Daily Show, and the Atlanta native speaks with Reitzes about what she has planned for the show.
  • 29:44: Reitzes speaks with Colin Baker, who played the sixth incarnation of Doctor Who.
  • 43:36: Reitzes speaks with Atlanta artist Fabian Williams about his murals and making art with a missions.

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