Emilia Brock

Producer, On Second Thought

Emilia Brock is a producer for GPB's program, "On Second Thought."

Emilia is a passionate storyteller and has experience in a number of creative fields, including journalism, photography, video and radio production, fiction writing and more.

She has held a variety of professional roles, ranging from arts and culture reporting to communications for Atlanta's Delta Air Lines. She was even, at one point, a street performer in Helsinki, Finland, writing stories and poems on demand.

Emilia got her start in journalism early on, writing for her local newspaper, “The Daily Breeze,” before even graduating high school. She went on to write a weekly column for that paper, recounting her experiences as a freshman at New York University. There, she double-majored in journalism and English & American literature, and minored in music, graduating cum laude.

Emilia is originally from Los Angeles, and while she will always have love for her former cities in the Avocado State and the Big Apple, she is thrilled to make her home here, now, in the Peach State.

"On Second Thought" is on the road this weekend for the Savannah Book Festival.

Host Virginia Prescott will introduce keynote speaker Chris Stirewalt, Fox News channel’s politics editor, at the festival's opening Friday evening.

Ahead of the festival, "On Second Thought" sat down with "Friday Black" author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and "Birth of Loud" author Ian Port at the GPB Savannah studios. 


Auto company General Motors recently announced it is shutting down production at five plants across North America, leaving thousands of workers without jobs. These real-world events are mirrored in the Atlanta production of "Skeleton Crew." The play follows a tight-knit group of workers at the only auto stamping plant left in Detroit at the height of the Great Recession.

Director of "Skeleton Crew" Jamil Jude visited "On Second Thought" to discuss the play. He's also the new artistic director for Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company. Jude shared how the play's themes around unionizing, sacrifice and job insecurity resonate with audiences today.

 


The Georgia coast is a central calving spot for North Atlantic right whales; however, last year, no new calves were spotted there, and that caused great concern about the species. Only about 400 right whales are left in the entire world.

Things are looking up this year: four, possibly five, calves have been spotted along the Florida and Georgia coasts so far this season. 


Everyone knows what a magazine looks like on the coffee table or nightstand, but have you ever seen one performed on a stage? Monday night a group of artists and journalists performs Pop-Up Magazine at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse.

The event is described as a combination of a podcast, documentary film, concert, play, comedy show and more. Aaron Edwards, senior story producer and co-host of Pop-Up Magazine, joined "On Second Thought" to explain what the audience can expect to see and how it all came together. We also hear from Atlanta native Josie Duffy Rice, senior reporter for "The Appeal," who is a contributor for the onstage performance.

 


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Everyone knows what a magazine looks like on the coffee table or nightstand, but have you ever seen one performed on a stage? Monday night a group of artists and journalists performs Pop-Up Magazine at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse.

The event is described as a combination of a podcast, documentary film, concert, play, comedy show and more. Aaron Edwards, senior story producer and co-host of Pop-Up Magazine, joined "On Second Thought" to explain what the audience can expect to see and how it all came together. We also hear from Atlanta native Josie Duffy Rice, senior reporter for "The Appeal," who is a contributor for the onstage performance.

Offshore drilling and budget negotiations are taking top priority with state lawmakers this week. GPB politics reporter Stephen Fowler reflected on the last few days at the Georgia State Capitol. 

A new radio documentary will highlight the roots of gospel music during Black History Month. The four-part documentary is called "Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul," and Grammy Award-winning gospel musician, Cece Winans will host the program. Bob Marovich is a historian and founder of the Journal of Gospel Music. He spoke with "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott about his contributions to the project. 

 


The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival was founded in the year 2000 and saw nearly as many visitors that first year. Since then, it's grown into the largest Jewish film festival in the world, now attracting tens of thousands of moviegoers each year.

The 2019 festival begins Wednesday, and it will showcase 76 films across 180 screenings over the next three weeks. The goal, organizers say, is to inspire "social and cultural understanding" among all communities. Hazel Gold, co-chair of the Film Evaluation Committee for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, joined "On Second Thought" to talk about how the showcase is curated.

Shawn Snyder, the director and co-writer of "To Dust," also joined the conversation on the line from New York. His film, a dark buddy comedy featuring actors Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig, will be screened as a part of the 2019 line-up.

Today's show highlighted the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the upcoming Savannah Book Festival and the importance of foreign language education for Georgia students.

GPB reporter Stephen Fowler stopped by "On Second Thought" to discuss the State of the Union and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams' Democratic response. We also heard from Patrick Wallace, program specialist for world languages and global workforce initiatives at the Georgia Department of Education, and Jacques Marcotte with the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta. They discussed Georgia students' readiness for the global workforce through language learning.

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An upcoming documentary aims to highlight Atlanta soul musician Lee Moses for a new era. The documentary, "Time and Place," focuses on Moses' life and the soul scene in Atlanta during the 1970s. The documentary takes its name from Moses' solo album. The album has become a staple of Southern soul despite not finding commercial success when it was released. 

 

Filmmaker Simon David stopped by "On Second Thought" to discuss the documentary and how it traces Atlanta's soul scene through those who remember it. Doris Moses, Lee Moses' widow, also joined the conversation.

 

Today's show featured stories on Georgia artists Lee Moses and Grammy-nominee David Harris, who worked with artist H.E.R. on her self-titled album. Peter Sagal also previewed "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me" visiting the Savannah Civic Center this week.

Peter Sagal, host of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me," is the author of a new book on the impact of running on his life. "The Incomplete Book of Running" captures Sagal's meditations on joy, hardship and returning to the Boston Marathon after the bombing in 2013. He stopped by "On Second Thought" to discuss the book and the live taping of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me" at the Savannah Civic Center on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Today's show recapped the Super Bowl events around the city, along with the game's Georgia connections and an author interview with Atlanta resident Snowden Wright.

The New England Patriots are once again Super Bowl champions, deafeating the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. "Morning Edition" producer Taylor Gantt and GPB reporter Ross Terrell joined "On Second Thought" to break down the highlights of the game. They discussed Maroon 5's halftime show, the role social media played throughout the game and how the city managed visitors over the event weekend.

On today's show, we looked ahead to Super Bowl LIII this weekend, explored the legacy of Atlanta DJ Alley Cat and heard updates from the GPB newsroom about the Georgia legislature.

GPB reporter Stephen Fowler joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the Gov. Brian Kemp's state budget proposal and a bipartisan group of lawmakers' renewed efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.


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Georgia has been a major player in the music industry. Atlanta especially is a mecca for rap, hip-hop and R&B. Notable artists come here to record, and Georgia has been home to a number of famous names, including Ray Charles, Arrested Development, T.I., Ludacris and heavy metal band Mastodon.

 

Now, state legislators are working to make Georgia an even bigger hub for music and entertainment. Recently, Georgia Rep. Erica Thomas announced plans to co-chair a newly created Georgia Entertainment Caucus. She joined "On Second Thought," along with Grammy Award-winning music producer and engineer Matt Still, to discuss the caucus' potential impact.

 

Today's show highlighted authors Soniah Kamal and Goldie Taylor, along with discussions on sports fans and information on an upcoming Georgia entertainment caucus.

"Unmarriageable" is author Soniah Kamal's modern adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," set in Pakistan. The novel follows teacher Alys Binat as she navigates family, romance and her own misconceptions about the dashing Valentine Darsee. Kamal joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the inspirations for her novel and her appearance at the Savannah Book Festival next month.


Today's show featured conversations on the philosophy of sports fandom, youth engagement in religious communities and the new season of FXX's "Archer."

Super Bowl LII is almost here, and with the game come the hopes and dreams of thousands of sports fans. Emory University philosophy professor Erin Tarver is the author of "The 'I' in Team: Sports Fandom and the Reproduction of Identity." She told "On Second Thought" on how winning, losing and belonging shape sports' fans identities.


Today's show explored the mysteries of the human brain, how workers 55 and older are navigating the job market and opioid misuse among construction workers.

Emory University's Brain Health Center has partnered with GPB to create a new television show, "Your Fantastic Mind." The show's host Jaye Watson joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the upcoming season, which premieres tonight on GPB. It highlights clinical advances in neurology, psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine.


Today's show explored art and artists in Georgia, from Alliance Theatre's upcoming production of "Ever After" to Brendan O'Connell's paintings that capture the beauty in the mundanity of life.

Alliance Theatre is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a revamped stage and the Atlanta debut of a new musical. The first production of the season is "Ever After," a musical based on the 1998 Drew Barrymore movie that re-imagines the Cinderella fairytale. Alliance Theatre artistic director and director of "Ever After" Susan V. Booth, choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter and lead actor Sierra Boggess all joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the show.


Today's show explored social justice through the lens of dance and mental health initiatives across college campuses.

Atlanta choreographer and dancer Raianna Brown joined "On Second Thought" to discuss activism and dance. In 2016, she gained attention online for kneeling during a college football game. Now, Brown is continuing her advocacy with movement. She discussed her new dance production, “Skid," a look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area.

Today's show explored the history of black motorists through Victor Hugo Green's travel guides. We also discussed arguments for affordable menstrual products and increased funding for fine arts programming in rural Georgia schools.


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The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is commemorating what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 90th birthday this year with a new exhibit of drafts and notes from some of Dr. King's most enduring speeches and sermons, including "I Have A Dream." 

Nicole Moore is the manager of education and museum content for the center. She was part of the team that worked to curate this special exhibit called "The Meaning of Hope: The Best of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection." The exhibit opened in Atlanta Jan. 19. 


The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is commemorating what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 90th birthday this year with a new permanent installation and new exhibit of drafts and notes and notes from some of Dr. King's most enduring speeches and sermons, including "I Have A Dream." 

Nicole Moore is the manager of education and museum content for the center. She was part of the team that worked to curate this special exhibit called "The Meaning of Hope: The Best of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection." The exhibit opens in Atlanta Jan. 19. 


Today's show explored the week in Georgia politics, the realities of exploitation and abuse revealed in Lifetime's new R. Kelly documentary and music from Georgia artists.

It’s been a busy week in Georgia politics. The state has a new governor, and a new legislative session is underway in the state House and Senate. GPB Politics Reporter Stephen Fowler has been under the gold dome covering the action and stopped by "On Second Thought" to provide a recap of the week.

Today's show took a survey of the state, from a blacksmith in Albany to the hidden battle for resources in the American Civil War.

The Civil War calls to mind the epic clash between Union and Confederate soldiers, but skirmishes also took place off the battlefield. The war for food, timber, shelter and control was waged largely on civilians. Historian and Atlanta native Joan Cashin joined "On Second Thought" to discuss her new book, "War Stuff: The Struggle for Human and Environmental Resources in the American Civil War."

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On Jan. 16, 1861, the Georgia Secession Convention opened in Milledgeville. A few days later, state leaders voted to secede from the Union.

 

The Civil War calls to mind the epic clash between Union and Confederate soldiers, but skirmishes also took place off the battlefield. The war for food, timber, shelter and control was waged largely on civilians. Historian and Atlanta native Joan Cashin joined "On Second Thought" to discuss her new book, "War Stuff: The Struggle for Human and Environmental Resources in the American Civil War."

 

Governor's Office

Brian Kemp was sworn in as Georgia's 83rd governor Monday, bringing an end to Gov. Nathan Deal's eight years in office. Deal had his critics, but he also earned praise for initiatives related to business, education and criminal justice reform. Many of those achievements are symbolically represented in his official portrait with First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal. The portrait will now hang at the State Capitol.

Saporta Report founder Maria Saporta and Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter James Salzer joined "On Second Thought" to reflect on Deal's legacy as governor. 


Today's show celebrated the 50th anniversary of Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, explored the dynamics of aging in place and checked in about the future of funding for MARTA.

Michael Parver and Jamie Clements joined "On Second Thought" to revisit 50 years of programming and transformations at the theatre. They also discussed the new renovation project and the opening of "Ever After," a musical based on the 1998 Drew Barrymore film.


Today's show previews a new year in Georgia politics and the start of the 2019 legislative session. We also revisit Gov. Nathan Deal's legacy over his eight years in office.

GPB reporter Stephen Fowler and "Political Rewind" host Bill Nigut joined "On Second Thought" to discuss Brian Kemp's inauguration as he becomes the 83rd governor of Georgia. They also highlighted new legislation the Georgia General Assembly could pass in the next few months.