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Bruce Feiler On The Story Of Adam And Eve

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...


Lamont U-God Hawkins On How Wu-Tang Changed His Life

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...


Who's The Real Atticus Finch? The "Go Set a Watchman" Controversy

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,”...


Tony-Award Winning Director Kenny Leon On His “Children Of A Lesser God” Revival

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...


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

On this edition of“Two Way Street,” we’re talking to the “royal family of roots music,” Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn , 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. We hear about the early influences that drove Béla to the banjo, despite growing up in the urban center of New York City. Plus, we learn about the...


The Secret Life Of Legendary “Krazy Kat” Cartoonist George Herriman

Tomorrow on “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...


What Your Dog Really Thinks About You

On this “ Two Way Street ,” we’re talking about what dogs think and feel with a neuroscientist who has spent years studying them— Dr. Gregory Berns . His book, “ What It’s Like to Be a Dog ,” details his years of research on canine cognition. Berns leads The Dog Project at Emory University, which has scanned over 90 dogs’ brains of since its inception in 2012. Hear about The Project’s unlikely origins and the epiphany Berns had while watching news coverage of the Navy SEAL mission that...


Leonard Bernstein’s Life and Iconic Musical Candide

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Bernstein , a legendary composer, educator, and humanitarian, was born in August 25, 1918. To celebrate this milestone, orchestras and theatres around the world are preforming his vast range of work. Here in Atlanta, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre are teaming up for a production of Candide , one of Bernstein’s most iconic musicals. That show and Bernstein’s life are the topic of this edition of...


Whisperin' Bill Anderson: Decatur Native And Nashville Star

On this episode of “Two Way Street,” we’re reairing our conversion with Country legend, Bill Anderson . Whisperin’ Bill Anderson came on our program last April to discuss the release of his memior, “ Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music .” There are few artists in the music business that have had the kind of career Bill Anderson has had. He wrote his first number one hit at age 19 while working as a disc jockey in Commerce, Georgia back in 1957; and since then...


What David Giffels Learned About Mortality From Building His Own Coffin

What’s your idea of quality time? Author David Giffels has an unusual answer to that. He enlisted his father to help him build his own coffin. That project is the subject of David’s new book, “ Furnishing Eternity: a Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life . David is an Akron-based writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic , and The Wall Street Journal . He is also the author of several books and previously wrote for the MTV series “Beavis and...


How The Stories We Tell About The Gullah Measure Up To The Reality of Their Lives

On this episode of "Two Way Street," we’re separating fact from fiction about the Gullah people. Our guest is Rutgers University History Professor, Melissa Cooper , author of " Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination ." Our conversation with Cooper focuses on the many people and factors that have contributed to our misunderstanding of the Gullah. We're unpacking the stories that have been told about the Sapelo Islanders over time and how they...


The Making of a Reputation: Flannery O'Connor

On tomorrow’s edition of “Two Way Street,” we’re exploring the work and life of Georgian Flannery O’Connor. Her works “ Wise Blood ” and “ A Good Man is Hard to Find ” earned her a reputation as one most important writers of the 20th Century. The making of that reputation is the focus of tomorrow’s conversation. It’s also the subject of Daniel Moran’s book, “ Creating Flannery O’Connor: Her Critics, Her Publishers, Her Readers .” Moran joined us to discuss O’Connor’s life, work, and place...


The Highs And Lows of Billie Holiday's Life And Career

On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we’re discussing the life and music of jazz singer Billie Holiday with actress Terry Burrell , who’s now playing her on stage , and Emory musicologist Dwight Andrews. Burrell is currently playing Holiday in a Theatrical Outfit production of the musical “ Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill .” We talk to Burrell about what it’s like to play “Lady Day” in the late stages of her addiction, just three months before her death. What led Holiday to drugs in...


The Kidnapping Of George And Willie Muse In The Jim Crow South

Have you ever wisecracked that you’d like to escape your troubles by running off to join a circus? It was no joke for brothers George and Willie Muse at the turn of the last century. These African American brothers, born albinos to a poor sharecropper’s family, were kidnaped from the tobacco fields in rural Virginia. For decades, they were displayed as freaks in the circuses that crisscrossed America for many years. The brothers were billed as “Ambassadors from Mars,” or Eko and Iko, the...


Astronaut Scott Kelly On His Year In Space

Tomorrow on “Two Way Street,” we’re talking to astronaut Scott Kelly , who holds the American record for most consecutive days in space. His 340 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is the subject of his new memoir, “ Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery .” Kelly talks about the challenges of long-term spaceflight, including being unavailable to his loved ones. “If something happens to them,” Kelly says about family, “you’re not coming home.” That was the case...


Andrew Young Reflects On His Remarkable Career And Life

With New Year's right around the corner, we're re-airing our conversation with Ambassador Andrew Young in the spirit of self-reinvention. We hope that Young, a man who has been working on himself for his entire life, will inspire you as you write your New Year's resolutions. This conversation was recorded last May in front of a live audience at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library . Young has had a remarkable career as a preacher, Civil Rights leader, a Congressman, U.S. Ambassador to the...


A "Two Way Street" Holiday Tradition: A Special Reading Of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory"

Host Bill Nigut reads one of the most beloved of all holiday stories: Truman Capote’s “ A Christmas Memory .” In this heart-warming memoir, Capote recounts the Christmases he spent with an elderly, distant cousin when he was a young boy living in Monroeville, Alabama . Bill introduces the story by describing the sad circumstances that led to Capote’s being taken in by distant relatives, and how his career as a writer unfolded from the time he was 11 years old. Plus, we learn about a...


Kristian Bush On Sugarland's 2018 Reunion

On today's episode of “Two Way Street,” we talk to Sugarland artist Kristian Bush . He and his musical partner, Jennifer Nettles , have been on hiatus since 2013 but recently announced that they will be getting back together for a 2018 tour . We talk to him about Sugarland’s long-anticipated reunion, but since this is a holiday show, we start by talking to Kristian about his passion for Christmas music. He tells us what Christmas was like growing up in Dolly Parton’s hometown Sevierville ,...


Journalist Steve Twomey On Pearl Harbor

We’re commemorating the 76th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor this week by revisiting our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Twomey. His book “ Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack ” is out now in paperback . Our conversation is an eye-opening look at the mistakes, misconceptions and miscommunications that prevented U.S. forces from recognizing that the American fleet at Pearl Harbor would be the target of a massive Japanese...


'The Splendid Table' Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper On Her Five Decade Career

Today on “ Two Way Street ,” we’re talking to “ The Splendid Table ” host Lynne Rossetto Kasper ahead of her retirement. For more than two decades, Kasper has been unpacking the stories behind the food we eat for a weekly audience of about 725,000 listeners . The show began following the success of her debut cookbook of the same name, in which Kasper explored the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna—a region of Northern Italy that was almost unknown outside of the country. Kasper herself is of...


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