On Second Thought For Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Feb 21, 2018

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.

Last month, Atlanta became the first Georgia city to adopt inclusionary zoning ordinances. This requires developers to reserve housing for low income Atlantans around the Beltline and Mercedes Benz stadium. Is this a step in right direction for creating more affordable housing? We check in with Atlanta-based attorney Sasan Nematbakhsh and James Kunstler, author of the book, “The Geography of Nowhere.”

Athens-based hip hop artist Mariah Parker adds two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. She has record release shows this weekend in Atlanta and Athens. Parker’s Georgia Playlist picks include tracks by of Montreal and Andre 3000.

A survey from WalletHub lists Atlanta as the second best city to be single. What makes a city a strong place for dating? We ask blogger Brittany Manson of the "Alone in Atlanta" blog, Atlanta-based artist Matthew Terrell, and Victoria Elizabeth of the "You Don't Know Me" podcast.

When you find a special someone, it’s important to show how much you care for them. Some do it with flowers, some use candy, and still others prefer a nice dinner ... at Waffle House. Each Valentine’s Day, Waffle House dresses up its restaurants with white-table cloth candle-lit dinners. On Second Thought intern Emily Bunker recently took her boyfriend on a Waffle House date in Marietta. She brought back an audio postcard.