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Whether you go yellow or white, sweet or savory, grits are a Southern food staple now popping up on menus all over the country.

Food writer Erin Byers Murray goes deep in Grits: A Cultural and Culinary Journey Through the South, talking with growers, millers and chefs to understand the origins and evolution of grits. Along the way, she examines how race, gender and politics simmer in the significance of grits.


The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival was founded in the year 2000 and saw nearly as many visitors that first year. Since then, it's grown into the largest Jewish film festival in the world, now attracting tens of thousands of moviegoers each year.

The 2019 festival begins Wednesday, and it will showcase 76 films across 180 screenings over the next three weeks. The goal, organizers say, is to inspire "social and cultural understanding" among all communities. Hazel Gold, co-chair of the Film Evaluation Committee for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, joined "On Second Thought" to talk about how the showcase is curated.

Shawn Snyder, the director and co-writer of "To Dust," also joined the conversation on the line from New York. His film, a dark buddy comedy featuring actors Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig, will be screened as a part of the 2019 line-up.

Courtesty Black Bobby

If you're searching for new tunes for the weekend, look no further. Larry Harris, Junior is an Atlanta rapper who goes by Black Bobby. He's also an activist and mental health advocate.

Black Bobby's new album, "Downloading: Alchemist" describes his passions for Atlanta, romance and music.


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Think Christmas music and there are sounds that probably jump to mind. 

There's Bing Crosby, Vince Guaraldi, maybe Handel's "Messiah." Well, as it turns out, one of the oldest African-American musical traditions is also tied to Christmas.

That's the Ring Shout, still performed by the Geechee and Gullah people of the Georgia and South Carolina coast.

Don't know the Shout? Meet the McIntosh County Ring Shouters. We caught up with them introducing their music to children at a recent Savannah Music Festival Musical Explorers concert.  

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The Breakroom gang is back in the saddle to dissect and debate the week’s news. We talk about cultural appropriation of hairstyles, moving the NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte to Atlanta, and the difference between diversity and discrimination in the casting of Broadway’s “Hamilton.” 

After the break, the crew returns to chop up more of the week’s notable moments. We talk about the idea of a ‘gap year’ break for high school students, the new menu option known as the Burgerizza at Turner Field, and the idea that beautiful people don’t get substantial roles in Hollywood. 

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Most major cities around the country cultivate a certain cultural tone over time. Portland is known as a hub of nostalgia and alternative lifestyles; Miami boasts a blend of Latin culture mixed in with a constant party vibe. But how is Atlanta defined culturally and how has that definition changed over the years?

 

 

Just Off The Radar: Leslie Stein's Mixtape

Feb 22, 2016

New music this week selected by our latest guest, Comic book artist, Leslie Stein, calls in for an all new edition of the Just Off The Radar Mixtape.