OST Full Show: Arts After COVID-19, Billy Bragg, Julia Alvarez

Artists and arts organizations were quick to adapt to coronavirus. Museum tours, operas, Broadway shows, author talks, home concerts and classes for kids sprung up online shortly after closures were announced.

But as the dust begins to settle on our new normal, many worry about the long-term economic impact and outlook for the artists, performers and independent organizations essential to the cultural ecosystem.  Doug Shipman, president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, joined On Second Thought to talk about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the arts world now – economically, culturally, and artistically – and how that might change as things open back up.


Billy Bragg is many things: poet, punk rocker, folk musician and singer-songwriter. He’s also an activist, music historian and best-selling author. His newest work, The Three Dimensions of Freedom, is a pamphlet in the tradition of Thomas Paine, and addresses the concept of accountability in western cultures today. He joined On Second Thought to share more about his view on politics, protest and punk rock.

Author Julia Alvarez joined Virginia Prescott for one of the Atlanta History Center’s virtual author talks. She shared more on how her new book, Afterlife, tackles aging and the immigrant experience.

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