"On Second Thought" For Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Daylight saving time is behind us, and spring is just around the corner. To celebrate, "On Second Thought" is reflecting on a Southern icon: The Quercus virginiana is Georgia's official tree. It's better known as the live oak tree and has held the title since 1937.

These majestic, ancient trees are symbols of the South in postcards, films and online travel sites. Greg Levine, co-executive director and chief program officer at Trees Atlanta, stopped by the show to explain the history and nature of live oak trees. 


Our GPB colleague, "Morning Edition" host Leah Fleming, shared with us her conversation with "Snap Judgment" host Glynn Washington. Washington and his team will be at the Atlanta Symphony for a live show later this month. 

The truth never gets in the way of a good story at the Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival in Rome. Comedians, fabulists and tellers of tall tales from all over will gather there Friday.

Among the unreliable narrators is comedian and storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin. Irwin is a featured fibber at this year's event. He spoke with "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott about the character he will portray at the festival. 

The Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival gets underway Friday at Rome City Auditorium. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that drowning is one of the top three causes of unintentional deaths for people under 29 years old, and the risk for black children between ages 5 and 14 is three times higher than for white children.

A near-drowning experience as an adult led Trish Miller to create SwemKids, a nonprofit that aids black children and their families to develop a positive relationship with the water through safety and swimming skills.

She is a speaker at TEDxAtlanta on March 15 and joined "On Second Thought" to discuss factors that influence children's swimming proficiency.