On this week’s return to our archives, On Second Thought is presenting some of our favorite arts and media stories. From movies to “Mobituaries,” motivate your Monday with some memorable pieces from yesteryear.
Decatur native and University of Georgia graduate Kyanna Simone Simpson has seen a meteoric rise in the last few years. She stars in Netflix’s Chambers, as well as Ma (2019) alongside Octavia Spencer, the CW’s Black Lightning, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017), a HBO biopic. Her career caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey, who cast Simone Simpson in her own biopic. She joined On Second Thought and reflected on media representation and her own experiences in the industry.
Pat Mitchell is a massive name in the news industry — as president of CNN Productions and the first female CEO and president of PBS, among other accomplishments, she has left her mark on the way media reaches its audiences. We sat down with her to discuss her origins and her motivations as documented in her most recent book, Becoming A Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk To Change The World.
Synesthesia is the blending of two senses in the body to create a unique perception of the world around someone, and some of the most accomplished artists have used this skill in their careers. Atlanta-based sensory artist Siana Altiise counts herself among these artists as she uses her self-described “superpowers” to creative meditative and ambient music. She shared more about her creative process and sensory experiences during GPB's "Music Month" last September.
University of Georgia graduates Caroline Ervin and Cristen Conger worked together on the school’s acclaimed newspaper The Red and Black. Their work launched them into a career at the intersection of feminism and journalism as hosts of Stuff Mom Never Told You, a How Stuff Works podcast. They have since co-authored a book and started their own production company, Unladylike Media, where they host their own podcast. They joined On Second Thought to discuss the importance of having prominent female voices in media.
Mo Rocca of CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! spoke at the Carter Center last November to discuss his latest book, Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Retelling, based on his podcast of the same name. He spoke with On Second Thought beforehand to tell the stories of some of the forgotten names of history and media he writes about, as well as humorous and serious anecdotes that the public may have forgotten.
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