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Alice Walker, the author of the The Color Purple, turns 75 this Saturday. The Georgia Writers Museum, a nonprofit organization and exhibit space that educates the public about the state’s rich literary heritage, will host a one-day celebration of Walker’s birthday. Valerie Boyd, editor of Walker’s forthcoming journals, joined On Second Thought to talk about Alice Walker’s legacy.


Depending on who’s talking, Freaknik was a notorious public safety hazard or an annual lovefest that solidified Atlanta’s status as America’s “Black Mecca.”

Documentary filmmaker Chris Frierson joined On Second Thought to discuss the event's rise and fall, which is further detailed in his new podcast series, Freaknik: A Discourse on a Paradise Lost.


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The truth never gets in the way of a good story at the Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival in Rome. Comedians, fabulists and tellers of tall tales from all over will gather there Friday. 

Among the unreliable narrators is comedian and storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin. Irwin is a featured fibber at this year's event. He spoke with "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott about the character he will portray at the festival. 


Fulldome Film Kicks Off Macon Film Festival

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The Macon Film Festival begins tonight, but the audience will have to look up, around, and behind them to see the first film. The planetarium of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences is the screen for Savannah filmmaker Diana Reichenbach’s fulldome film, "Stardancer’s Waltz."

“Everybody can understand and connect through animation and that's honestly what brought me into animative filmmaking and then, eventually fulldome,” Reichenbach said.

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Spring is here, which means dogwood trees are in full bloom and to mark the occasion, Atlanta’s 80th annual Dogwood Festival returns to Piedmont Park this weekend. Reporting live from the park, On Second Thought producer Sean Powers gets a lesson on Georgia’s beloved Dogwood tree from Valerie VanSweden, the curator of the Goizueta Gardens at the Atlanta History Center. Then,  Sean talks with Atlanta artist Dawn Martin, who’s showcasing her landscape paintings at this year’s festival.

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The week-long Atlanta Science Festival is currently in full swing, offering interactive events and educational experiences for all ages. One event for adults, entitled 'The Science of Sin,'  uses the Seven Deadly Sins to present the latest scientific research associated with each sin. Seven researchers and scientists will present their findings and hold discussions with attendees.

We talk to Emory University’s Larry Young about the seduction of Lust and Sarah Brosnan of Georgia State University about the allure of Envy.