On Second Thought For Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dec 19, 2017

Georgia educators are filing a class-action lawsuit against the state over retirement benefits. The state Department of Community Health changed a law in 2012, effectively reducing the subsidies of any retirees who were in the school system for less than five years. We talk about the controversy with James Salzer, reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Every year, Coca-Cola releases a slew of holiday ads that are almost as traditional as eggnog. The Coke ads of the 1930s are largely credited with inventing our modern conception of Santa Claus. And in the 1990s, Coke began featuring their iconic polar bears on TV. We talked last year about the history of Coca-Cola’s holiday marketing with author Mark Pendergrast. He’s a leading expert on Coke, and wrote the book “For God, Country and Coca-Cola.”

Georgia band Algiers released their sophomore record, “The Underside Of Power,” this summer. NPR Music describes it as one of the year’s most ambitious and intense records. GPB’s Sean Powers caught up with the lead singer in October.

Gospel musician Washington Phillips has been shrouded in mystery for decades. The Texas-based artist recorded only 18 songs in the 1920s, which were lost to obscurity until recently. Decatur-based Dust to Digital revived his music into a new collection called “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams.” That release was nominated for a Grammy Award. We talk with Dust to Digital Co-Founder Lance Ledbetter; Texas-based music journalist Michael Corcoran; and Doris Nealy, an old friend of Washington Phillips.