On Second Thought For Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Oct 17, 2017

A new novel by Atlanta-based author Nic Stone explores police violence against people of color through the eyes of a teenage boy. He tries to make sense of contemporary racism using the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., asking if those teachings still hold up. “Dear Martin” is out today, Oct. 17. The book launches with an event tonight at The National Center for Human and Civil Rights in Atlanta. Author Nic Stone joins us live in the studio.

In Georgia, sports are a way of life. The fandom surrounding sports often influences the psyche of both the individual and the groups obsessing over teams. Erin Tarver explores how sports can influence our values in her new book, “The ‘I’ in Team: Sports Fandom and the Reproduction of Identity.” She talks to us, along with Vicki Michaelis, Professor of Sports Journalism at the University of Georgia.

Last Saturday, the Macon Symphony performed its last-ever concert. After more than 40 years, the orchestra announced this summer it would call it quits. The MSO cited lack of ticket sales as the primary reason. We dropped by the Grand Opera House in Macon over the weekend to talk to folks about the orchestra’s swan song.

The annual Pride Parade drew thousands of people to midtown Atlanta over the weekend. GPB’s Emily Cureton stopped by Piedmont Park to ask a few parade-goers what Pride events mean to them.

We add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. Philip Frobos is the bassist and vocalist for the Atlanta band OMNI. They released their second album, “Multi-Task,” last month. Frobos brings us tunes by Love Tractor and Current Rage.