“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: Making Audio Guides; Arts Education; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:00: Jessica Booth, Georgia Department of Education’s fine arts specialist, speaks with Lois Reitzes about the state of arts education in Georgia;
  • 12:06: Myke Johns reports on an outlandish bit of audience disruption at Atlanta’s Shakespeare Tavern;
  • 19:11: Stephannie Stokes visits a group that’s attempting to address racial stereotypes through community discussions;
  • 23:28: Myke Johns goes behind the scenes to see how the High Museum crafts its audio guides.

City Lights: ‘Downton Abbey’; Mark Twain; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Retizes”:

  • 0:26: Actor Bill Oberst Jr., who is performing in “Mark Twain Live!” at ART Station Theatre, talks about how he came to love performing as the cantankerous wordsmith;
  • 15:10: Author Jessica Fellowes, who is the niece of “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, talks about why exactly the show has been so compelling to people from different backgrounds;
  • 21:30: Local author Joshilyn Jackson continues her examination of book covers in the latest edition of “Writer to Reader”;
  • 30:14: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht gives a preview of this week in Atlanta theater.

City Lights: Humor In Music; 2015 Movie Picks; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:00: WABE contributor Scott Stewart joins Lois Reitzes in the studio for a fun examination of humor in classical music;
  • 17:08: Local science fiction author Ed Hall recommends his favorite children’s book on a new edition of “Page-Turners”;
  • 21:55: The staff of Videodrome gives their picks for their favorite movie releases of 2015.

City Lights: Chamber Cartel; French New Wave; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:30: Atlanta-born opera singer and former All-American football player Morris Robinson speaks with Lois Reitzes about his residency with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, coming back home to Atlanta and his efforts to introduce classical music to younger ears;
  • 25:41: Emory University’s Film Department Chair Matthew Bernstein and curator James Steffen discuss the school’s four-month-long series of French New Wave films;
  • 34:06: Myke Johns visits the Goat Farm to report on Atlanta-based contemporary ensemble Chamber Cartel’s performance of a piece written for six percussionists — one of whom played an instrument that the musicians had to build themselves.

City Lights: Salman Rushdie; Johnny Mercer; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 00:00: WABE’s Erin Wright talks to singer/songwriter Gwen Hughes and Braves organist Matthew Kaminski, two of the members of local band Back in the Saddle;
  • 16:11: Author Salman Rushdie talked about his latest novel “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights”;
  • 31:28: WABE’s Gabbie Watts spoke with Jaqai Mickelsen and Omar Beach about their documentary, “Spilled Milk,”on sickle cell anemia.

City Lights: ‘A Christmas Carol’; George Wallace; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:00: Scott Stewart talks about some of his favorite music from Christmas movies;
  • 19:22: Gabbie Watts profiles Betsy Goodrich, also known as Atlanta’s real-life superheroine Danger Woman;
  • 26:09: Comedian George Wallace speaks with Lois Reitzes about getting advice from Jerry Seinfeld, leaving his Las Vegas gigs and reaching out to a younger generation;
  • 32:59: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht previews this week’s theatrical events;
  • 35:00: H. Johnson narrates WABE’s own version of “A Christmas Carol,” featuring samples of different “Carol” performances all around Atlanta.

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