'On Second Thought' For Tuesday, March 19, 2019

It takes about a decade to grow a productive pecan tree, but only a matter of minutes to take one down. Five months after the storm, a University of Georgia specialist estimates that Hurricane Michael left 75 percent of pecan crops unviable in several south Georgia counties. Combined losses in the state's agricultural sector run around $2.5 billion. 


We've been following up with growers since the storm. Months later, they're still picking up the pieces. We checked in today with Randy Hudson of Hudson Pecan Company in Irwin County. We also heard from Rob Cohen, who owns Pecan Ridge Plantation in Decatur County. 

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, domestic violence and sexual assault are the leading causes of injuries for young women and girls over the age of 15 in Georgia.

We spoke with Michelle White, child and youth manager for the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about why teens are less likely to report relationship violence and how to identify and prevent dating violence.

E.R. Anderson is the executive director of Charis Circle, the nonprofit programming arm of feminist bookstore Charis Books and More in Atlanta.

Anderson stopped by "On Second Thought" to share more choices for our "Southern Reading List" series in which authors and readers share books that define and reflect the South. Anderson highlighted Kiese Laymon's "Heavy: An American Memoir," which describes Laymon's relationships with trauma, toxic masculinity and his own family.

March Madness is a time of brackets, betting and basketball. GPB's in-house sports experts, reporter Ross Terrell and Morning Edition producer Taylor Gantt, stopped by "On Second Thought" with some updates on the tournament.

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