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56 minutes | 7 months ago
Dining in Atlanta in the age of COVID-19
This week, we look at how restaurants are coping with a changing world. When public health officials recommended socially distanced outdoor dining as the safest way to eat at restaurants during the pandemic, food and drink establishments responded by expanding the footprint of their patios and plopping picnic tables in their parking lots.The dining team checks in with local restaurants to find out how the business is coping, including efforts to winterize their outdoor spaces. The story is part of a major package that looks at dining and how the restaurant business is coping during the pandemic. Hear all about it from the dining team and some local restaurant owners and chefs on this week’s podcast.
15 minutes | 7 months ago
Things to do in Vinings
This week, we visit Vinings. Without a map, it’s hard to tell where Buckhead ends and Vinings begins, since Vinings is actually a part of unincorporated Atlanta even though it’s in Cobb County. It has the feel of a small town with a walkable village, and its streets are lined with beautiful homes surrounded by the Chattahoochee River and lush trees. On this episode, freelance writer Mary Welch joins us to talk about the many fun things to do and see in Vinings.
18 minutes | 7 months ago
Pumpkin patches and corn mazes
Pumpkin patches and corn mazes, which are a sure sign that the season of falling leaves and Halloween has arrived. They’re also welcome sign of cooler weather and a very good reason to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. This week on accessAtlanta, freelance writer Nina Reeder shares where to find the best local pumpkin patches and corn mazes in and around Atlanta.
17 minutes | 8 months ago
Travel-related television shows to watch
This week we talk about ways to visit a new place without leaving your couch. If you’re missing quality travel time, travel shows can give you a taste of the world without leaving home. Revisit some of your favorite spots, or take a vicarious tour through places you’ve never been. PBS and the Travel Channel used to be among the few options for travel TV, but with the wide array of options available now, you’ll find them in many more places. In this episode of accessAtlanta, Rodney Ho takes us through some of the best in travel-related television.
22 minutes | 8 months ago
Classic live albums to revisit
This week, we talk about live music and some classic live albums. We miss live concerts, and we bet many of you do, too. They’re slowly coming back, but in a very different form: smaller audiences, drive-in theaters and other outdoor venues with widely spaced seating. And while they can never take the place of the concert experience, live albums give us a taste of seeing our favorite artists onstage.Live albums, of course, have been around for a very long time, and AJC music writer Melissa Ruggieri recently compiled a list of a few memorable live albums to revisit. On this week’s podcast, we talk about that list and more, and she’s brought along a special guest.
38 minutes | 8 months ago
Filipino flavors and Filipino-American food in Atlanta
This week, we discuss a cuisine that’s making its mark on Atlanta. The restaurant scene has struggled during the pandemic, but you can never count out such a vibrant melting pot. You’ll find the cuisine of so many countries and ethnic groups here in our city and the people who bring us this culinary diversity are among those helping to keep us fed in these difficult times.Our dining editor Ligaya Figueras noticed that one in particular, Filipino-American food, was on the upswing. It’s a cuisine that has special meaning to her. She joins us to discuss this welcome trend and brings us her interviews with some of the people who are making it happen: the people behind the Estrellita, Kamayan ATL and Adobo ATL pop ups and restaurants.
27 minutes | 8 months ago
AJC Decatur (Virtual) Book Festival
In this week's episode, we discuss the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival. The AJC Decatur Book Festival, like many large gatherings, is going virtual this year. The event usually brings tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Decatur on Labor Day weekend, but the logistics of putting on this year’s edition have been deemed impractical in the midst of a pandemic.Instead, the festival organizers will host a series of 15 “virtual events” in honor of the book fest’s 15th anniversary.On this week’s podcast, we’ll talk about some of the online offerings you’ll find, including the Kidnote event. The AJC’s Bo Emerson spoke with Kidnote speaker Derrick Barnes about “Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut,” which he wrote with Gordon James. The book offers a kid’s eye view of a day in the life of a barbershop.
36 minutes | 8 months ago
Traveling during the pandemic era
The travel and tourism industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn't mean travel has stopped. Both business and leisure travel are rebounding a bit and a recent survey by TravelPort, a leading technology company serving the global travel industry, found that the majority of travelers are ready to consider domestic and international travel again. What’s it like to travel during the pandemic era? Here to talk about it, just back from a visit to Las Vegas, is the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri.
34 minutes | 9 months ago
Drive-in concerts and other alt entertainment
In this episode of accessAtlanta, AJC reporter Melissa Ruggieri discusses alternatives to live shows at our favorite venues: drive-in concerts in Atlanta.
25 minutes | 9 months ago
How Tyler Perry produces shows during a pandemic
In this episode of accessAtlanta, AJC reporter Rodney Ho speaks with Tyler Perry about how the media mogul has been able to produce shows at Tyler Perry Studios during the pandemic.
34 minutes | 9 months ago
Entertaining during a pandemic
How we entertain family and friends has certainly changed these days. Are there safe and creative ways to do it? AJC reporter Rosalind Bentley and accessAtlanta host Shane Harrison were talking a few weeks ago and shared their own experiences. They wondered what the experts had to say about it. Find out what they said in this episode of accessAtlanta. How are people who professionally plan parties responding? Bentley also spoke with an assistant professor of psychiatry to find out about our shifting perceptions of risk. No matter what, it’s always a good idea to listen to the medical and scientific experts in a changing pandemic landscape.
32 minutes | 9 months ago
The Movie Soundtracks of Our Lives
Recently released biopics and remakes have stimulated interest in back catalogs and original songs. In this episode of accessAtlanta, ajc music writer Melissa Ruggieri provides a nostalgic guide to the best 25 movie soundtracks from the 1970s through now.
37 minutes | 10 months ago
Georgia Tech’s SlothBoth in Atlanta Botanical Garden
You can see a robot that mimics a sloth at Atlanta Botanical Garden. In this episode of accessAtlanta, AJC reporter Bo Emerson speaks to Emily Coffey of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Georgia Tech’s Magnus Egerstedt about the origins of the SlothBoth and the mission of the project, which aims fight to save endangered species.
29 minutes | 10 months ago
Lori Allen (‘Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta’) has a new book
Lori Allen, of “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta,” has a new book out called “Say Yes to What's Next.” The book blends the memoir and self-help genres and in this episode of accessAtlanta, Allen discusses her life and career that led her to writing and publishing her book.
33 minutes | 10 months ago
50 years later: The second Atlanta International Pop Festival
One month before Woodstock, the second Atlanta International Pop Festival took place in Byron, Georgia. In this episode of accessAtlanta, AJC music writer Melissa Ruggieri looks back at one of the largest gatherings in Georgia history and discusses what it meant for Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, Hampton Grease Band and Atlanta as a music market.
19 minutes | 10 months ago
Alternative ways to celebrate the 4th of July
In this episode of accessAtlanta, freelance writer Kimeko McCoy things to do to celebrate the 4th of July while social distancing.
16 minutes | a year ago
Berries (and some peaches) available for picking at local farms
You can create a true farm-to-table experience for yourself, and freelance writer Mary Welch shares how. In this episode of accessAtlanta, shares several local farms that invite you to pick berries, peaches and more available at local farms.
26 minutes | a year ago
Classic Summer Movies
Hollywood blockbusters have been put on hold, but thanks to streaming services, you can host your own movie night. In this episode of accessAtlanta, Suzanne Van Atten shares five blockbusters and cult classics you can watch to create your own movie festival at home.
19 minutes | a year ago
How to create a stylish, functional outdoor space
You can make your balcony, patio, porch or backyard a safe haven this summer. In this episode of accessAtlanta, freelance writer Carolyn Desalu shares how to create a stylish, functional outdoor space – with insight from Will DuBose Design.
18 minutes | a year ago
Black Music Month
June 1 marked the start of the 41st annual commemoration of Black Music Month, which coincides with both the coronavirus pandemic and the unrest after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. In this episode of accessAtlanta, AJC reporter Melissa Ruggieri shares how to honor Black Music Month while balancing intensity with comfort.
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