On Second Thought For Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Today's show featured interviews with a Georgia film critic and two photographers discussing a new exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Jackie K. Cooper is a retiree who's practiced law, served in the U.S. Air Force and written seven books. The 77-year-old can now add another title to his enviable resume: overnight YouTube sensation. Cooper has reviewed movies, books and television shows on his YouTube page for the past 12 years.


He joined On Second Thought on the line from Perry, Georgia, to explain how he went from 136 to 150,000 subscribers in less than one month on YouTube.

Between 1983 and 1992, photographers Guy Mendes and Roger Manley traveled with poet Jonathan Williams along the backroads of the Southeast. Williams covered nine states in search of what he called "outlandish art." Mendes and Manley captured sprawling environments like Howard Finster's Paradise Garden in Somerville and the Land of Pasaquan in Buena Vista.

Photography and art from their trips are now gathered in an exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta called "Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads." Manley and Mendes joined On Second Thought to recap their travels and the importance of self-taught artists in the South.

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