On Second Thought For Monday, December 12, 2016

Dec 12, 2016

This year marks the 50th anniversary of “Foxfire,” a collection of traditions from the folk cultures of the Appalachian Mountains. To commemorate half a century of research into the North Georgia communities, a new exhibit has opened at the University of Georgia in Athens. We speak with Mary Miller, who spearheaded the exhibition, and one of the students who contributed to its development.

Then, from its earliest days as a nation, the United States has struggled with a problem that it can’t seem to solve - racism. It’s at the foundation of many of the policies that have formed and divided the country. Ibram Kendi chronicles the evolution of racism in his book “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” It recently won the National Book Award for nonfiction. We talk with Ibram before his lecture Monday night at the Atlanta History Center.

Customers of Atlanta-based Georgia Power have been the target of scamming recently. Phone callers posing as Georgia Power representatives are probing customers for billing information. We bring on Georgia Power Representative Craig Bell to talk about the most recent issue, and how big companies can stop scammers in their tracks.

Then, construction recently began on the future headquarters of U.S. Army’s cyber command facility. It’s based at Fort Gordon, right outside Augusta. The state of the art center will bring with it many new intelligence and security jobs. We learn more about the project, and discuss the area’s new role as the Silicon Valley of cyber security.