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Two Way Street: GPB Celebrates Brenda Lee's Georgian Roots

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.


Two Way Street: Obituary Editor Kay Powell And Musician Adron On Beginnings And Endings

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.


Two Way Street: Southern Authors Rick Bragg and Armistead Maupin on Family and Identity

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.


Two Way Street: Virginia Prescott on Being a Good Listener

In an age when we all seem to be talking at each other, Virginia Prescott thinks we need to do a better job listening.


Brandon Bush: A Life in Music

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.


Two Way Street: Denene Millner's Blog Helps Black Mothers

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.


Astronaut Scott Kelly On His Year In Space

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.


Grammy-Winning Roots Duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn On Their New Album

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.


The Making of a Reputation: Flannery O'Connor

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.


Delving Into The Life And Work Of Carson McCullers

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.


Diana Nyad: The Woman Who Swam From Cuba to Florida at Age 64

July fifth 2018 marks the fourth anniversary of "Two Way Street." To celebrate that milestone, we're revisiting one of our favorite conversations: an interview with Diana Nyad, the strong-willed swimmer who was the first to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective shark cage. She completed the feat, which many thought was impossible, at the remarkable age of 66.


Former CNN President Tom Johnson On A Lifetime In Journalism

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.


The Life and Music of Savannah-Born Songwriter Johnny Mercer

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...


Reconstructing A Final Chapter Of The American Slave Trade

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.


The Search For Atticus Finch's Origin Story

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?


Ramadan: Your Questions Answered

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.


The Man, The Myths And The Music Of 'Hamilton'

Today we're talking about one of the biggest sensations in the history of American theatre: "Hamilton: An American Musical." Composer, lyrisict, and preformer Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspired to create "Hamilton" after reading Ron Chernow's 800-page biography of Alexander Hamilton. Fans of the mega-hit "Hamilton" have waited impatiently for a chance to see the show here in Georgia—and now that opportunity has arrived . The Tony-winning musical is now at the Fox Theatre through June 11. Our...


Four Smart, Well-Read Georgians Discuss Their Favorite Books

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...


Platinum-Selling Songwriter Jimmy Webb On The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits

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...


For Prominent Women Discrimination Often Doesn't Stop At The Grave

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...