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Country Music Band Sugarland

The hiatus is finally over. Country music duo Sugarland is coming home sweet home to Georgia. Originally from the A-T-L, the popular band is performing on tour together for the first time in years. And fans are greeting them with open arms. AJC music reporter Melissa Ruggieri talks to band members about their 2018 album, “Bigger,” ahead of their August performance in Duluth. Plus, Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including the Roswell Summer Puppet...


Miss Georgia Pageant

More than 100 women will compete, but only one is crowned Miss Georgia. Rehearsals, appearances, workouts, and sponsor visits lead to a single, big moment—a night that could yield a life-long dream. AJC reporter Amanda Coyne describes how the South embraces pageant tradition, resulting in a Georgia woman competing in Miss America. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including Barbecue Nation at Atlanta History Center.


28th Annual Creepers Car Show

Two words: vroom, vroom. The Creepers Car Show drives onto the classic car scene once again this year in Marietta. These antique, rare machines are sure to impress. The charity event will show off vehicles at least 30 years old, with each car having its own unique story that car owners are ready to tell. AJC senior editor Todd Duncan talks about the beauties you’ll see at the event, and what it’s like to be a judge for the show. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta...


Atlanta Oddities Dealer James Freeman

An Atlanta entrepreneur has found his niche—historical antiques with a twist. James Freeman collects and sells oddities at Scott Antique Markets and local pop-up shops. Think letters from serial killers, decades-old Ouija boards, and original drawings by Robert Ripley, the founder of Ripley's Believe It or Not! AJC reporter Becca Godwin takes us in the world of rare, unique, antique, odd, and death-related collectibles. Disturbed yet? Wait until you hear from oddities dealer James Freeman...


Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, American gymnast Laurie Hernandez won the hearts of many across the world. She danced. She flipped. She fearlessly competed on the world’s biggest stage for athletes. During her recent visit to Atlanta, senior features editor Nicole Smith asks the gymnast to describe how it feels to live a life saturated with adrenaline, competition, excitement and gold-medal success. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days,...


Atlanta Playwright Jiréh Breon Holder Steals the Show

Playwright Jiréh Breon Holder is making his mark on the Atlanta theatrical scene. In fact, he defines himself as an authentic “southern writer.” In this charming conversation, AJC reporter Najja Parker dives into the story, struggles, and triumphs of Holder as an artist. Listen to how the Morehouse grad found his way in theatre and continues to live out every writer's dream. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including The Championship Tour...


"Backyard Wilderness," an IMAX movie

Walk into your backyard and discover an entire world hidden in plain sight. A new IMAX movie at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta encourages folks to explore an ecosystem of critters, plants, animals, and more. AJC reporter Gracie Bonds Staples talks about the fascinating 3D movie, “Backyard Wilderness,” and takes a tour of the Fernbank’s backyard with filmmaker Andrew Young. Plus host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including the Kirkwood...


Comedian W. Kamau Bell of CNN's "United Shades of America"

Known for sparking dialogue across the country about American social and political issues, comedian and TV host W. Kamau Bell makes his way to Atlanta for his latest discussion. In a new episode of CNN’s “United Shades of America,” Bell uses local historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)—Morehouse, Spelman, Morris Brown and Clark Atlanta—as the backdrop of his conversation about race. This week, AJC entertainment reporter Jennifer Brett visits Morehouse College for a one-on-one...


President Jimmy Carter Teaches Sunday School

In the sleepy Georgia town of Plains, there is a presence that feels undeniably presidential. Jill Vejnoska, the AJC’s authority on all things Jimmy Carter, takes you to Plains, where the former president and first lady still live. In this episode, you’ll hear the best excerpts of a Sunday school class recently taught by President Carter, and through sound resurfaced from our archives, learn what it takes to accommodate so many visitors who descend on the small town every week. Plus, host...


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Musical Director, Robert Spano

Robert Spano, the musical director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is set to retire in the coming years. The 2020-21 season will be his final curtain call. But not before leaving classical music lovers with something beautiful and melodic to remember. Although a man known for championing contemporary composers, he is also grounded in the classics. AJC features reporter Bo Emerson has a revealing interview with the music conductor whose career has spanned more than three decades. Plus,...


Atlanta’s Dining Scene: Spring 2018

Atlanta’s food scene has transformed into a culinary delight. For folks in search of sumptuous flavors, you'll find unique experiences from across the world right in the heart of the city. In this episode, AJC dining editor Ligaya Figueras discusses international eats and treats that make Atlanta’s dining scene one of a kind. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including Freaky Friday, the Disney-based musical at Horizon Theatre.


Meet the Heavy Hitters

With every beat, every note, and every sound, the drumline band for the Atlanta Braves plays their way into the hearts of Atlanta’s baseball fans. Meet the Heavy Hitters—24 drummers who captivate fans with a game day, musical performance that leaves onlookers entertained and feelin’ mighty good. In this episode, the AJC’s Jill Vejnoska gets to know the drummers and showcases what it’s really like to be a Heavy Hitter. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next...


Atlanta Hawks

For fans, it’s not just about the game. It’s about the experience. No one knows this better than AJC reporter—and Atlanta Hawks superfan—Helena Oliviero. In this episode, she takes us behind the scenes to know what the ultimate Hawks fan experience is really like at a basketball game. Plus, host Shane Harrison reveals some fun things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including Dad’s Garage 2018 Baconfest.


Mosaics of Atlanta artist Jim Hill

Brooklyn may have made him, but Atlanta can certainly claim him. Local artist Jim Hill made his way to the A-T-L to become one of the city’s artistic gems. In a captivating interview with AJC’s Talk of the Town columnist Nedra Rhone, this mosaic artist describes becoming a prolific artist without first having paint or chalk. Hear how Rep. John Lewis inspired one of his most controversial pieces and his plans to make a difference for Atlanta’s homeless. Host Shane Harrison reveals some fun...


Radio veteran Ryan Cameron

Ryan Cameron is one of the most prominent hometown radio personalities in Atlanta history. In this extensive interview with AJC radio/TV blogger Rodney Ho, Cameron candidly shares why he is leaving the business he knows best to become a partner at a new Atlanta-based branding firm. Host Shane Harrison reveals some fun things to do in Atlanta over the next 10 days, including the Celebrating David Bowie tour.


Marvel's "Black Panther"

Welcome to Wakanda. Entertainment blogger Jennifer Brett hits a star-studded red carpet for the "Black Panther" screening at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Tyrese Gibson, Kim Fields, and rapper T.I. share their excitement for the Atlanta-filmed Marvel blockbuster. Host Shane Harrison reveals some fun things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including the Yellow Pollen Street Festival.


John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band

In our first podcast, hear music reporter Melissa Ruggieri’s interview with John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band. Be in the know about his solo project, due later this year. Host Shane Harrison will tell you about some fun things to do in Atlanta over the next 10 days, including the Atlanta Brunch Festival and the Southeastern Cowboy Gathering.


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