On Second Thought For Wednesday, January 10, 2018

This hour we get into some serious questions about science, economic development and where the two meet. But first, we revisit a conversation about the power of curiosity for its own sake. The Ig Nobel Prizes reward silliness in science. They’ve been awarded annually since 1991, to honor achievements that first make you laugh, then make you think. Georgia Tech doctoral student Patricia Yang won one in 2015. She joins the show with Marc Abrahams, founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes.

This week a private company tried to put a top secret government payload into space. The rocket launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Now, one county in Georgia wants to compete in the space race. A public report on Camden County’s bid for a spaceport came out recently. Laura Forczyk is an author of it, and the owner of Astralytical. The Atlanta-based consulting firm is working on Camden County’s plans for a launch site.

Last week the Trump Administration released a new plan for offshore drilling. This means within a few years, there could be oil rigs within a hundred miles of the Georgia coast. We talk about oil and gas exploration with Alice Keyes, Associate Director of 100 Miles, a coastal advocacy organization. And Hunter Hopkins, the Executive Director of the Georgia Petroleum Council.

 “Dear Martin” is the latest novel by Atlanta-based author Nic Stone. In it, she explores police violence against People Of Color through the eyes of a teenage boy. He tries to make sense of contemporary racism using the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., asking if those teachings still hold up. We revisit our conversation with Author Nic Stone ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday [Jan. 15]. 

We add two more tunes to our ever-growing Georgia Playlist. Evan Leima is the frontman and singer for Athens-based Dream Culture. They perform at the Caledonia Lounge in Athens this Saturday [Jan. 13]. Leima brings us tracks by Washed Out and Warehouse.