North Avenue Lounge
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The North Avenue Lounge is an interview show on WREK. Hosts Charlie Bennett, Keren Landman, and Shannon M. Turner talk with artists, writers, professors, students, scientists, engineers, musicians, and other fascinating people from the metro Atlanta area and beyond.
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Archival MaterialSean of the South(Georgia Institute of Technology, 5/6/2019)Shannon speaks with prolific author, storyteller, blogger, and musician, Sean Dietrich, aka Sean of the South. Sean speaks about growing up as an underestimated kid, his early influencers, how community college change his life, and talks about writing process. In the final segments, Sean reads from his daily blog and we sample his podcast performances.
Archival MaterialKate Rope and Soniah Kamal(Georgia Institute of Technology, 3/18/2019)Shannon talks with with two of Atlanta's most exciting authors. Kate Rope's new book, "Strong As a Mother," is a practical and compassionate guide to preparing for a smooth start to motherhood, both physically and emotionally. Soniah Kamal is returning to the show, this time with her new book, "Unmarriagable," a retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride & Prejudice" set in Pakistan.
Archival MaterialSpelman Museum & Hammonds House(Georgia Institute of Technology, 2/4/2019)Shannon talks with leaders from the Spelman Museum and Hammonds House about their history, the state of black art institutions, and the important exhibits they currently feature. Spelman Museum has two exhibits: Amy Sherald returns to her roots at the Atlanta University Center after rocketing to fame when she painted the now famous Michelle Obama portrait in the National Gallery. At the same time, our guest Anne Collins Smith curates "PRESENCE: Meditations on the Spelman College Collection." Hammonds House currently features "Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity." Guests: Anne Collins Smith, Leatrice Ellzy, and Shantrelle Lewis
Archival MaterialTopher Payne & Jon Carr(Georgia Institute of Technology, 12/10/2018)Shannon talks with Jon Carr & Topher Payne about playwriting, improv comedy, Dad's Garage, the Hallmark Channel, Black Nerd, and chasing after your dreams in the supportive artist culture of Atlanta.
Archival MaterialSocial Media Activism(Georgia Institute of Technology, 10/22/2018)A very timely discussion about feminism, using the online realm for organizing, hashtag activism, and local grassroots philanthropy with Oronike Odeleye of the #MuteRKelly campaign & Idea Capital, and Allie Bashuk of many endeavors, including founder of the Dream Warriors Foundation.