Appalachian Mountains

She took her columns for Teen Vogue seriously, and now she’s taking her skills to NPR.  On Second Thought met Isabella Sarmiento Gomez,  a new NPR Kroc Fellow from Atlanta.

Each year hundreds of people hike the Appalachian Trail, which starts right here in Georgia. This year, two married writers are doing them. We followed up with them for another audio check in along their journey.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been more than 200,000 opioid-related deaths in the United States over the last two decades. Georgia has some of the nation's hardest-hit counties. White users have largely been the face of the epidemic, but the problem affects every demographic.

Photo courtesy of Foxfire

This year marks the 50th anniversary of “Foxfire,” a collection of traditions from the folk cultures of the Appalachian Mountains. To commemorate a half-century of research into the North Georgia communities, a new exhibit has opened at the University of Georgia in Athens.

We are joined by UGA student Kimberly Ellis, whose work is featured in the exhibition. Also with us is Peabody Awards Archivist Mary Miller, who spearheaded the exhibition. 

Kristie Macrakis

Kristie Macrakis is on a personal journey in north Georgia. A transplant from Boston and a self-described “pagan agnostic,” she decided one way to learn more about the people who live in her community was to go to church with them. Macrakis calls the project “Six Churches, Six Miles, Six Weeks.” She has been writing about the experience on her blog. We talk to her about her spiritual journey. 

Plus, Macrakis is also an expert in something else which has nothing to do with religion. Host Celeste Headlee tries to uncover what it is as part of our occasional series "No Notes." 

Workman Publishing

If I could say only one thing about my conversation with author Lee Smith for this edition of “Two Way Street” it would be this:

Listen to her voice.