Nikki Giovanni is one of the most celebrated poets of her generation. Her unique style weaves together strong family ties, experiences as an African American woman growing up in the South, and her pride as an activist. Giovanni speaks Wednesday night at Atlanta’s Lovett School. She tells us that the country needs to come together amid so many divisions.
We continued our look at Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Atlanta Journal Constitution reporters Eric Stirgus and Ernie Suggs. They recently rolled out a Re:Race series called “HBCUs: A Threatened Heritage.” The project looks at the enrollment numbers, finances, and the overall future of HBCUs in America. We also heard from some alumni and current HBCU students in Atlanta.
On March 1st, Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources will open its second annual Coyote Challenge.
Last week’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida was followed by scenes we have seen all too often. In 2013, a similar scene played out at Decatur’s Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy. Thankfully, no one was killed. A short film based on that incident is nominated for an Academy Award. We talked with the film’s writer and director, Reed Van Dyk.
For more than a hundred years, America’s historically black colleges and universities have graduated many of our most dynamic and influential citizens.
What would you do for true love? How about travel back in time, to the middle of bloody war you already know ends badly for your beloved? That’s the dilemma of the heroine in the “Outlander” series of novels. Since the first book came out 27 years ago, the story has spawned a television series, a graphic novel and even a musical. All this was born from the mind of author Diana Gabaldon, who holds advanced degrees in marine biology and behavioral ecology. Gabaldon visits with us before an appearance at the Savannah Book Festival, 6 p.m. , February 15.
We talked with Atlanta native Tayari Jones. Her latest novel, “An American Marriage,” was included this month in Oprah’s Book Club. Jones is in Savannah this weekend for the annual Savannah Book Festival.
Marvel’s Black Panther is now showing nationwide. It was produced and partially filmed in Georgia. We meet two of the people who worked behind the scenes.
In honor of the Savannah Book Festival, we headed into the Breakroom with an all-authors panel.
Los Angeles musician Phoebe Bridgers is only 23 years old. But she’s already toured and collaborated with artists like Ryan Adams and Julien Baker. She has a NPR Tiny Desk Concert, and was also featured in an Apple iPhone commercial in 2014.
There’s one thing you notice when you see Snarky Puppy. The Brooklyn by way of the Texas band is huge! They have 20-plus rotating musicians, most of whom fill the stage at a live show. The jazz-fusion group will likely crowd the Variety Playhouse stage in Atlanta, where they play two sold out shows this week. Producer Trevor Young caught up with Snarky Puppy’s Mike League and Marcelo Woloski last month.
Bert Roughton worked with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 37 years. Last month, he retired from his role as Senior Managing Editor. But before he left, he wrote an opinion page dedicated not to his career -- but to the growing distrust between government, media, and the public. We talk with Bert about his time at the AJC and his vision for government transparency. We also talk about this with Carroll Doherty, Director of Political Research at the Pew Research Center.