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In honor of the Ken Burns series Country Music , Bill Nigut is taking over the On Second Thought Sunday time slot with a special edition of Two Way Street. This episode features his conversation with the legendary Brenda Lee, an artist featured in sections of the documentary.
On this edition of "Two Way Street," Georgia musician Adron stops by to talk and play a few songs from her new album "Water Music" before setting sail for the west coast. We also hear from a woman who made a career of saying goodbye: Kay Powell.
On this episode of Two Way Street, we hear from two Southern writers from the Decatur Book Festival. In front of an audience at the festival, new host Virginia Prescott interviews authors Rick Bragg and Armistead Maupin on the way their Southern heritage shapes their writing.
In an age when we all seem to be talking at each other, Virginia Prescott thinks we need to do a better job listening.
Bill Nigut’s guest on this edition of Two Way Street is Georgia-based musician Brandon Bush. He was an original member of Sugarland, one of the hottest acts in country music until they went their separate ways six years ago to the dismay of their millions of fans.
On this edition of Two Way Street we feature a conversation with Denene Millner. She’s a best-selling author, blogger and television personality. Denene’s blog, "My Brown Baby," has become one of the most popular resources for black mothers because it‘s devoted to helping them navigate the tricky waters of raising a black child today.
We’re revisiting our conversation with astronaut Scott Kelly — and other favorites — as part of Two Way Street’s birthday celebration. To mark our four years on the air, we’re listening back to the shows that have stuck with us the most. And it was an easy decision to include this one — because Kelly is one of only two people who can say they’ve spent a year in space.
Today we’re revisiting a conversation with the royal family of roots music. On this edition of “Two Way Street,” Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn speak about their new album, “ Echo in the Valley .” This is their second collaboration, following the success of their self-titled debut, “ Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn ,” which took home the Grammy for “Best Folk Album” in 2016.
Today we’re going to continue our look back at some of our favorite shows from the first four years of Two Way Street. Southern culture has always been an important theme for us. One example of that is our program celebrating the life and career of the great South Georgia writer Flannery O’Connor – one of the most important American literary voices of the 20 th Century.
We are continuing our look back on some of our favorite shows from the first four years of Two-Way Street. In February 2017, we produced a show about the life of one of Georgia’s literary lions: Columbus-born Carson McCullers.
On this edition of “Two Way Street,” Tom Johnson shares stories about his life and career in journalism. We’re revisiting this conversation — and other favorites — as part of our “Two Way Street” anniversary celebration. To kick off our fifth year, we’re listening again to the shows that we can’t let go: the conversations that challenged us, surprised us and have stuck with us all these years. This show originally aired on January 14, 2017.
Johnny Mercer grew up in Savannah and went on to write some of the most popular love songs of the 20th century. You may not know his name, but you certainly know his music, which includes "Something’s Gotta Give," "Moon River," and "Autumn Leaves." Between 1929 and 1976, Mercer wrote the lyrics—and in some cases the music too—to some 1,400 songs. We explore the life and music of Johnny Mercer with Georgia State University archivist Kevin Fleming . Georgia State is the repository for Johnny Mercer’s papers as well as a vast collection of other materials related to his life and career.
Savannah businessman Charles Lamar on Nov. 28, 1858, became the first person in 40 years to land a slave ship on American soil. That event is the subject of Jim Jordan’s new book, “ The Slave-Trader’s Letter-Book: Charles Lamer, the Wanderer, and other Tales of the African Slave Trade .” Jordan was able to reconstruct the story because he got his hands on valuable research material — Charles Lamar’s own letters, which most historians didn’t even believe existed.
Who is Atticus Finch really—an arch-segregationist or a champion of justice? And how do we go about answering that question when going straight to the source isn’t an option?
Right now Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest period on the Islamic calendar. What is Ramadan and what is the history behind it? What compels Muslims everywhere to devote themselves to an entire month of fasting and prayer? Soumaya Khalifa , one of Georgia's most influential Muslim leaders, joins us to answer those questions and more. Khalifa is the Executive Director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta.
On this edition of "Two Way Street," we sit down with four smart, well read Georgians to discuss their favorite books. This conversation picks up the discussion started by " The Great American Read ," an eight-part PBS series that unpacks a diverse list of 100 books. "The Great American Read" premieres Tuesday May 22 at 8 PM on GPB. Our guests today are Oglethorpe Unvirersity Creative Writing Professor Jessica Handler , Bitter Southerner Editor in Chief Chuck Reece , Altanta International School Headmaster Kevin Glass, and On Second Thought's new host Virigina Prescott .
Platinum-selling songwriter Jimmy Webb stopped by our studio last October to talk about his first memoir, " The Cake And The Rain ." Artists from Frank Sinatra to Barbara Streisand have recorded Webb's songs. Some of his hits include “Up, Up and Away,” “Wichita Lineman,” “MacArthur Park,” and “By The Time I Get to Phoenix.” Our conversation begins with a discussion of his childhood in rural Elk City, Oklahoma. He explains how his mother’s “iron will and sometimes anger” drove him to the piano. Plus, Webb talks about the time he was out plowing a field when a voice on the radio captivated him. It belonged to Glen Campbell , who became a close collaborator of Webb’s. He reveals the story behind his celebrated classic "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," for which Campbell won two Grammy awards. Webb also talks about his hit "Wichita Lineman," another song that Campbell recorded. Once, at the Songwriters Hall of Fame , Billy Joel described “Wichita Lineman” as being “emblematic of an ordinary
Today on “Two Way Street” we’re discussing The New York Times obituary project “ Overlooked ” with its co-creator Jessica Bennett . From Ida B. Wells to Emily Warren Roebling , “Overlooked” features the retroactive obituaries of prominent women whose stories initially failed to make it into the Times obit section. Jessica, the Times’ newly appointed gender editor, joins us to discuss her work on “Overlooked” with the digital editor of the obituary desk Amisha Padnani . And since no conversation about obituary writing is complete here in Georgia without including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s longtime obit editor, we asked Kay Powell to join us, too. Kay served as obituary editor of the AJC from 1996 to 2009. “Overlooked” began after an exhaustive search of the Times’ obituary archives struck Jessica and Amisha with this epiphany: white men had historically dominated the newspaper’s obituaries. The two editors responded by writing obituaries for some of the women who had been
Author Tom Wolfe died at age 88 on May 14, 2018. This conversation was recorded in October 2017. On this edition of Two Way Street, we mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of Tom Wolfe’s smash best-seller “A Man in Full,” the long-awaited follow up to his novel “Bonfire of the Vanities.” “A Man in Full” is the story of the flamboyant Atlanta developer Charlie Crocker as he tries to save his collapsing Georgia real estate empire. Wolfe spent months researching characters and locales in Georgia for the book, including taking trips to the South Georgia quail hunting plantation of real life Atlanta developer Mac Taylor (Mac’s wife Mary Rose was a good friend of Wolfe’s.) The New Georgia Encyclopedia says that the publication of the book in 1998 was the most important cultural event for Atlanta since the world premiere of Gone with the Wind in 1939. The book was a sensation here: more than 1,000 people turned out to meet Wolfe at a book signing at Border’s Books in Buckhead. But
On this edition of Two Way Street our guest is Shuler Hensley, the Tony-award winning Broadway actor who was born and raised in Marietta and still makes his home here. Shuler’s mother Iris was the founder of the Georgia Ballet. She encouraged her son from an early age to seek a career as a Broadway performer. And he did just that. Shuler has played leading roles in a number of iconic Broadway musicals: his break-out performance came when he played the villainous Jud Fry in a 1999 revival of “Oklahoma,” which started on the West End in London and then transferred to Broadway. Here he is in the song that defined his performance in the show and helped make him a star: In May, Shuler travels to the UK to reprise his role as a 600 pound man eating himself to death in the play “The Whale.” He originated that role in a production of the play at Playwright’s Horizon in New York City. He is the host and driving force behind the Georgia High School Awards, which is called “The Shulers” in his
On this edition of “Two Way Street,” Bill talks to author Bruce Feiler , whose life’s work is to reinterpret ancient stories in a way that allows us to think more deeply about who we are today. Last year, he came to our studio to talk about his book, “ The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us ,” which challenges the common narrative of Adam and Eve. “Eve has been victim to the greatest character assassination the world has ever known,” Feiler tells us. He explains why he believes that Adam and Eve is not a story of disgrace. In fact, Feiler argues that Adam and Eve is the first love story with lessons for us today. For “The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us,” Feiler traveled across four continents to explore the story of Adam and Eve and the impact it’s had on history through the ages. He invites us to see their story through the literature of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” and the work of Mark Twain, among others. Plus, he gives us a new interpretation
On this week’s “Two Way Street,” Bill talks with Lamont “ U-God ” Hawkins, one of the founding members of legendary hip hop group, the Wu-Tang Clan. He and RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and Masta Killa put East Coast rap back on the map at a time when California rap was dominating the genre. His new memoir “ Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang ” tells the story of ascent out of poverty into fame. Hawkins tells us about the journey that took him from his early years growing up in a housing project in Staten Island, to selling drugs, to a 3-year sentence in prison, and eventually to becoming a successful recording star. Bill and Hawkins discuss the pressure cooker atmosphere of creating rap lyrics good enough to win a spot on a Wu-Tang album, Hawkins’ perspective on the uneasy relationship between young black men and the police, the incident in which Hawkins’ 2-year-old son was caught in the crossfire of a gun fight and sustained
On this edition of "Two Way Street," we're asking the question—who is Atticus Finch? He was a beloved champion of justice in “ To Kill a Mockingbird ” but a bigot in “ Go Set a Watchman .” That question—of who Atticus Finch is really—is now the subject of a lawsui t. Harper Lee’s estate is suing writer, Aaron Sorkin, for how he portrays Atticus Finch in his Broadway adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It’s a question we’ve also asked ourselves. After the release of “Go Set a Watchman,” we invited Bitter Southerner editor Chuck Reece and Emory University historian Joseph Crespino to discuss what they make of this new Atticus. This conversation originally aired on August 1st, 2015.
On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we’re talking to Tony-award winning director, Kenny Leon , about his Broadway revival of the play, “ Children of a Lesser God .” “Children of a Lesser God” is a love story between a hearing man and a deaf woman. For his revival, Leon decided to learn sign language. And when it came time to cast the show, he began wondering—could his deaf sign language teacher, Lauren Ridloff , make the perfect leading lady? Hear why he took that chance—and how it paid off—on this "Two Way Street.” We also learn about Lauren's husband, Douglas Ridloff , who is a deaf slam poet. Plus—a conversation about the poet Gwendolyn Brooks . As one of the 20th century’s most influential and highly-regarded poets, Brooks was Illinois’ poet laurate and the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. Quraysh Ali Lansana joins us to discuss the life and work of Brooks. Lansana is a former student of Brooks and one of the editors of a volume called “ Revise the Psalm: Work
On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we’re diving into the extraordinary life of “ Krazy Kat ” cartoonist, George Herriman .“Krazy Kat,” which ran in American newspapers from 1913-1944, featured characters Krazy and Ignatz in the setting of Coconino County, Arizona. Our guest is Michael Tisserand , author of the biography “ Krazy : George Herriman, a Life in Black and White .” Herriman lived with a closely guarded secret: he was born into a Creole family but passed for white his entire life His racial heritage wasn’t brought to light until 27 years after his death in 1971, when a comic historian located Herriman’s birth certificate. Hear how this secret history made it into the strips of “Krazy Kat.” Tisserand reinterprets old punchlines for us with this new understanding of Herriman’s racial identity. Learn about Herriman’s high sources of inspiration, including how cutting edge surrealist art influenced his craft. Hear how the 1913 “ Armory Show ,” an art show that showcased European
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Georgia Public Broadcasting
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Nov 19th, 2016
Latest Episode
Sep 21st, 2019
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