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Atlanta Sounds

Atlanta Sounds debuted on September 10, 2007 and is designed to show the texture of Atlanta. The stories are portraits, oral histories, anecdotes, memories and fragments of life overheard. All told by those who live, work, and visit metro Atlanta.


Wildlife Rehabilitator, Marjan Ghadrdan with owls Ellis and Cricket
Dave Barasoian

For those of us with an injured or sick pet, we know the veterinarian's office is always an option, but what if you've found a wild animal in need of help? 

That is where AWARE, the Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort, might be able to help.

The staff, interns and volunteers at this wildlife refuge care for orphaned and injured animals like opossums, turtles and owls.

Stephannie Stokes / WABE

There was a time when you could turn around in your seat at the movie theater and see someone working away up in the booth behind you.

That was the projectionist, a person trained in the art of film screening.

Today their jobs have largely been replaced by computers and digital technology. But here in Atlanta there is still at least one projectionist working to keep the cinematic tradition alive.

Stephannie Stokes / WABE

Just off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Atlanta’s Vine city neighborhood, there’s a home with a blue sign on the front that reads "Georgia Pool Checkers Association." 

For nearly 50 years, it has been a meeting place for African-American men around Atlanta who play a game called "pool checkers."

While the club doesn’t have as many members as it once did, you’ll still find a handful of men there just about every afternoon, battling it out over a checker board.

Ryan Nabulsi/WABE

With its tree canopy and winding trails, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers a quiet, serene escape from the city. That is, until the park's volunteer canon crew arrives.

A handful of days each year, the group of men, young and old, assembles on the mountain, dressed in wool uniforms. And they do what their name implies – shoot off cannons. 

Stephannie Stokes / WABE

If you’re ever around the Pryor Street post office in downtown Atlanta around the hours of 3 and 4 a.m., you’ll discover an unusual sight: a postman in the middle of a dark parking lot strumming along to smooth jazz on an electric guitar.

Meet Leroy Glover, a postman for Atlanta's Grant Park neighborhood. Each morning he wakes up extra early so that he can practice guitar before his 5:30 a.m. shift.