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Rod Reilly

Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig are classic characters in the classic story of friendship: E.B. White’s children’s novel “Charlotte’s Web.”

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The book came out in 1952, and since then has been adapted into films, a musical, a video game and, also, a puppet show.

The Center for Puppetry Arts opens “Charlotte’s Web” next week. "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes spoke with puppeteers Amy Sweeney and Nikolas Carleo about the production and White’s enduring story.

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Friday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Congress is back in session this week, and lawmakers are supposed to pass a budget by the end of the month. One matter to decide is whether to preserve funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

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President Donald Trump wants to zero out the NEA's budget. An initial House plan ignores that request, but Georgia arts groups are taking the threat seriously. 

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In recent years, Cyprus has appeared in the news for its complicated geopolitical situation between Greece and Turkey. The United Nations recently announced that Cyprus' reunification would resume.

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Politics aside, the country has a rich tradition that will soon be on display in Atlanta: shadow puppetry. The Center for Puppetry Arts is adding several handmade puppets from Cyprus to their collection at the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.

City Lights: Gaelynn Lea; Cypriot Puppets; And More

Jun 6, 2017
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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":