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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.


Atlanta area youth travel baseball coach Kenny James works on defensive plays with his team of 10-year-olds.
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For many American kids — and adults — nothing says spring like the sound of a bat connecting with a baseball.

Kenny James knows this sound well. He’s a former professional baseball player who played with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for two years. But for over a decade now, James has been a professional travel youth baseball coach.

In this Atlanta Sound, we walk onto the field with Coach James and his team, the K. J. Lions. 

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Atlanta has had a sometimes contentious relationship with its parking enforcement agency, PARKAtlanta.

When the private company took over enforcement in Atlanta six years ago, many drivers complained of aggressive ticketing. And at one point, an Atlanta City Council member called on the city to cancel the contract.

While the city eventually restructured its deal with the agency to address the complaints, today you’ll still see the occasional bumper sticker that reads, “Nobody Likes PARKAtlanta.”

A completed pair of boots. Sarah Green says it takes her about 40 hours in a week to make three pairs.
Myke Johns / WABE

The work that goes into making a pair of leather shoes is exacting and difficult.

Few people make shoes on a small scale anymore, but there is a relative newcomer. Sarah Green makes boots, and, in this Atlanta Sound, we paid her a visit at her workshop in Atlanta to find out how it’s done.

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Psychiatrists treat people of all walks of life for all kinds of issues. It could be anxiety, depression or other brain disorders like schizophrenia. But while the diagnoses and histories may vary, most psychiatrists see all their patients in one place ─ at their clinic or practice.

Calligraphy: A Quiet Art With Lots Of Flourish

Mar 29, 2015
Eric Durban / WABE

Putting ink to a page is far less common in today's highly technological age. Yet, the art of writing isn't lost on everyone.

On a family vacation to Ireland as a child, Emily Canter-Amthor saw the "Book of Kells" for the first time. It's an intricately written manuscript dating back to around 800 A.D., and she was fascinated by the stylistic lettering.

Using an array of writing tools, including quill pens made from the flight feathers of birds, calligraphy is still practiced today by artists such as Canter-Amthor.