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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...

Duration: 00:49:11

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...

Duration: 00:48:21

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...

Duration: 00:50:59

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...

Duration: 00:48:56

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...

Duration: 00:50:59

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 ,...

Duration: 00:48:43

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...

Duration: 00:49:53

'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...

Duration: 00:51:10

Our Annual Thanksgiving Cooking Show

Tomorrow we air our annual “Two Way Street” Thanksgiving cooking show. We’ll hear from four of Georgia’s most accomplished chefs, with their favorite Thanksgiving recipes and best holiday memories. Anne Quatrano is best known for her acclaimed, game-changing restaurant Bacchanalia . She also operates Floataway Café, W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, and Star Provisions . Here’s Quatrano’s recipe for buttered rutabaga, which we share on the show. *** Mrs. Carver’s Buttered Rutabagas Serves 12 Kosher...

Duration: 00:49:48

Religious Scholar Garry Wills On What Islam Is Actually About

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills has spent his career taking a close look at the Roman Catholic Church . But for all that thinking about religion, he had never read the Qur’an until recently. What he learned about Islam is the subject of his new book, “ What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters ,” and this episode of “Two Way Street.” "I think Islam hates us.” That’s what then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in 2016 when asked if he...

Duration: 00:50:06

How We Know What Time It Is

Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, which means we'll be getting back that hour of sleep we lost in March. Why do we turn our clocks back? We're getting to the bottom of that and more this week on " Two Way Street ." On today's show, we hear from historian Michael O'Malley on the topic of time. O'Malley is a George Mason University professor of 19th and 20th century American history and author of " Keeping Watch: A History of American Time ." Our conversation begins with an exploration...

Duration: 00:50:59

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

Platinum-selling songwriter Jimmy Webb stopped by our studio last month 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.” He came to our studio last month to talk about his first memoir, “ The Cake And The Rain: A Memoir .” Our conversation begins with a discussion of his childhood in rural...

Duration: 00:47:43

Robots, Robbery, And Addiction: Revisiting Three Of Our Favorite Conversations

This week on "Two Way Street," we're listening back to three of our conversations with some of the bravest, most inventive women to ever step into our studio: writers Molly Brodak and Melissa Febos, and robotics engineer Ayanna Howard. Last fall, Molly Brodak joined us to discuss her memoir, " Bandit: A Daughter's Memoir ." She tells us about the first time she realized her father was a liar. He would go on to rob 11 banks outside of Detroit and become known as the "Super Mario Brothers...

Duration: 00:38:38

Catching Up With Diana Nyad, Radney Foster, And Kenny Leon

We've heard from over 200 musicians, scientists, and other creative-types in the more than three years that "Two Way Street" has been on the air. Today, we're checking in on what three of our most interesting guests are up to now: record-setting swimmer Diana Nyad , singer-songwriter Radney Foster , and Tony-winning director Kenny Leon . We begin with an update on what Nyad is up to. She previously made the news in 2013 for swimming to Florida to Cuba at the age of 64. No one had ever...

Duration: 00:36:40

Daren Wang's Remarkable Hometown

Daren Wang has made a career out of his love for literature. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival was his idea , and after 12 years as its executive director, he resigned this fall . Before that, he worked on public radio shows that celebrated literary luminaries. This August, Wang stepped into a new role: author. He's previously written for the AJC and Paste Magazine among others, but " The Hidden Light Of Northern Fires " is his first novel. On this edition of "Two Way...

Duration: 00:50:41

Emory Celebrates 200 Years Of Frankenstein

Emory University’s Center for Ethics is spending the next year continuing a conversation that Mary Shelley started nearly two centuries ago. Her debut novel, “ Frankenstein ,” will turn 200 on January 1, 2018. Emory is commemorating that milestone with an initiative it’s calling FACE: Frankenstein Anniversary Celebration and Emory. Emory began its celebration last week when it unveiled a new portrait of Frankenstein’s creation by Ross Rossin . He is a native Bulgarian known for his...

Duration: 00:50:59

Emily Saliers Of Indigo Girls Releases First Solo Album

Today on “Two Way Street,” Emily Saliers tells us about her first solo album, “ Murmuration Nation .” For more than 30 years, she’s been one half of the beloved musical duo, Indigo Girls . Saliers and her bandmate, Amy Ray , have been playing music together since attending high school together in Decatur. Throughout their career, Ray has released six solo records. We start with the question that’s on everyone’s mind: What took Saliers so long to produce her own album?

Duration: 00:49:50

George Saunders' Novel Takes On Abraham Lincoln And A New Kind of Afterlife

Today on “Two Way Street,” we revisit our conversation with author George Saunders . He spoke with us in March about his first full-length novel “ Lincoln in the Bardo ,” which takes place during the first 24-hours after Willie Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year old son, dies. Willie is interred in a Georgetown cemetery, Oak Hill, where he becomes trapped in the bardo—the Tibetan Buddhist concept of a transitional state in between death and rebirth. Saunders was inspired by the...

Duration: 00:51:00

Filmmaker Ken Burns On His New Vietnam War Series

America is at a tense moment in history. We're living at a time of stark disagreement. Some say the president doesn't tell the truth; others say he tells it like it is. This tension came to head in Charlottesville, Virginia, where confrontations between white nationalists and counter-protesters erupted in violence. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns says these rifts aren't without precedent: the Vietnam War also sparked divisions in American society. In today's "Two Way Street," Burns takes...

Duration: 00:36:51

Author Steve Oney's New Book Looks For Lessons In Masculinity

Today on “Two Way Street,” we talk to writer Steve Oney about his new book, “ A Man’s World .” Oney has been writing for more than four decades for publications such as Esquire , Time, GQ, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Over the course of his career, he estimates that he’s written somewhere between 150 and 200 profiles, 20 of which are included in this new collection of essays.

Duration: 00:50:59

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