From chefs to authors to bird-watchers, the On Second Thought team pulled together another five favorite conversations from our archives to start your week right.
Last October, birder Jason Ward joined On Second Thought to outline the obstacles he faced in a field dominated by older, whiter birdwatchers. He told us about what brought him into the world of birdwatching, unique challenges resulting from prejudice, and how his body of work is bringing his passion to new communities.
Stephen L. Carter visited the show in November 2018 to tell the story of his grandmother, Eunice Hunton Carter, New York’s first African American Assistant District Attorney. An Atlanta native and granddaughter to enslaved people, she led the legal battle against infamous mobster Charles “Lucky” Luciano in 1936. Learn more about her story in the interview, and check out Carter’s book, Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster.
Our “Main Ingredient” series features local chefs sharing a Southern ingredient key to their cooking. When we spoke with Chef Deborah VanTrece, she chose to spotlight okra, and shared her favorite succotash recipe. Listen to Chef VanTrece talk about trends in the culinary world, her experience travelling internationally, experiencing international cuisine, and guide us around her kitchen in her Atlanta restaurant Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours.
Back in December, we sat down with three independent booksellers from around the state to walk through their winter reading lists. With a new-found abundance of time on our hands, we’ve unearthed that interview to find some great reads. If you’re looking for something new, browse through this list of books.
Bernie Taupin is a renowned lyricist for his collaborations with Sir Elton John. But he visited Atlanta last November for a new exhibition of his visual work, and joined On Second Thought to talk about his inspirations and background, his partnership with the acclaimed John, and his thoughts on the film Rocketman. Listen to the full interview to hear how Southern culture and music influences Taupin’s own work.
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