On Second Thought for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Feb 14, 2018


Urban archeology has unearthed centuries-old artifacts from beneath Atlanta. And lots of it is simply very old trash. Now, a team from Georgia State University is working with students to catalog the artifacts and teach history, writing and anthropology in the process. It’s called the Phoenix Project, and we had three of the faculty members involved with it in the studio: Jeffrey Glover, Brennan Collins, and Robin Wharton. Also with us for this Lesson from Left Field segment was Jessica Moss, a masters student from Georgia State.

Bert Roughton worked with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 37 years. Last month, he retired from his role as Senior Managing Editor. But before he left, he wrote an opinion page dedicated not to his career -- but to the growing distrust between government, media, and the public. We talked with Bert about his time at the AJC and his vision for government transparency. We also talked about this with Carroll Doherty, Director of Political Research at the Pew Research Center. Their most recent studies confirm a lack of public trust in government on numerous issues.

Right whales are Georgia’s state aquatic mammal, and around this time of year they’re usually right off our coast having their calves. But this year, only three whales have been spotted, and none of them are calves. Environmental changes and human activity seem to be jeopardizing the endangered whales’ livelihoods. So, how worried should we be? With us by phone was Clay George, biologist and head of right whale work for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

And there’s one thing you notice when you see Snarky Puppy. The Brooklyn-by-way-of-Texas band is huge. They have  20-plus rotating musicians, most of whom fill the stage at a live show. The jazz fusion group will likely crowd the Variety Playhouse stage in Atlanta, where they play two sold out shows this week. Producer Trevor Young caught up with Snarky Puppy’s Mike League and Marcelo Woloski last month.