On Second Thought For Monday, March 13, 2017

Mar 13, 2017

Personal finance site WalletHub conducted a recent study rating the healthiest and unhealthiest cities in the country. According to the study, Augusta, Georgia is one of the unhealthiest cities in the nation. This is based on a number of factors, like the cost of a doctor visit, fruit and vegetable consumption, and fitness clubs per capita. We talk more about this with Rodney Lyn, the director of the Division of Health Management and Policy at Georgia State University. We also hear from Kelsey Budge, a personal trainer in the Augusta area.

We welcome back Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Robert Coram. In his latest book, Coram doesn’t hold back on his memories growing up in a small Georgia town. He breaks the notion that life was a romantic “claptrap,” and takes us down a rabbit hole of a harsh and brutal life. It’s all part of the narrative in his memoir, "Gully Dirt: On Exposing the Klan, Raising a Hog, and Escaping the South."

Then, when we think of Southern Gothic, a lot of names come to mind: Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy. Critics include North Carolina-based author David Joy in that category. His new novel, "The Weight of this World," takes us into a gritty, seamy world in rural Appalachia. Characters are tormented by their own demons, roused by painful memories of a small town and memories of war. We talk with David Joy ahead of his book talk in Atlanta on Monday night.

And, President Trump’s revised travel ban goes into effect this week. It bars travel for 90 days from six majority-Muslim countries. There’s a lot of concern about how Muslims in the United States are viewed and treated. In recent weeks, a handful of Atlanta-area mosques have received threatening messages. Now, faith-based leaders across the state are working to change hearts and minds. Over the weekend, GPB’s Olivia Reingold visited an Atlanta mosque that opened its doors for the second annual “Visit a Mosque Day.”