"On Second Thought" For Monday, April 29, 2019

Understanding what southern ladies really mean has nothing to do with accents. That's what author Helen Ellis wants people who aren't from the South to understand. The author stopped by On Second Thought to talk about her new book, "Southern Lady Code." 

Ellis says the title refers to the, “technique by which, if you don't have something nice to say, you say something not-so-nice in a nice way.”  


GPB’s Wild Georgia series wraps up Monday.  Our journalists have been out hiking, climbing, boating -- and reporting.  They’ve been bringing you stories about the natural beauty of the state.

Two of them stopped by On Second Thought to expand upon their findings. Grant Blankenship explained the results of the biggest study ever of Southern coyotes.  He learned the animals have changed since migrating South, and they’re changing the food chain here also. Sophia Saliby hiked three mountains for her story and learned why they’re not just mountains.  They’re monadnocks.

Global temperatures are on track to rise 2-5 degrees by the year 2100, according to the United Nations Meteorological Organization. That level of climate change is anticipated to negatively impact every aspect of human life — from health to agriculture to the economy.

The last time humans had to adapt to the changing environment on a global scale was hundreds of thousands of years ago, when homo erectus lived in Africa. An international team of geologists and anthropologists, among them Dan Deocampo of Georgia State University, has been studying that period in hopes we might learn from our ancient ancestors about surviving climate change.