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Auto company General Motors recently announced it is shutting down production at five plants across North America, leaving thousands of workers without jobs. These real-world events are mirrored in the Atlanta production of "Skeleton Crew." The play follows a tight-knit group of workers at the only auto stamping plant left in Detroit at the height of the Great Recession.

Director of "Skeleton Crew" Jamil Jude visited "On Second Thought" to discuss the play. He's also the new artistic director for Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company. Jude shared how the play's themes around unionizing, sacrifice and job insecurity resonate with audiences today.

 


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If you watched this year's Grammy awards show, it was not a night of the usual suspects. The show performances and winners showed a lot more diversity than in the past. That's after some artists and critics spoke out about last year's lack of it, and some even refused to perform at the event. It's also after The Recording Academy promised to be more inclusive.

"On Second Thought" invited entertainment reporter, Jewel Wicker to speak about the awards show and historic wins. Wicker also gave updates about rapper 21 Savage following his arrest in Atlanta during Super Bowl weekend. The rapper was released from ICE detention on Wednesday.


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Few people have done more to thoroughly understand Southern identity than Bill Ferris. For the last half century, the folklorist has used photographs, field recordings and film to document the true character of the South. On Sunday, his "Voices of Mississippi" collection of interviews, films and songs won the Grammy Awards for Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes.

Ferris joined "On Second Thought" last summer when Atlanta-based Dust-to-Digital released "Voices of Mississippi."


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The state of Georgia was well represented during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Stone Mountain native Childish Gambino (a.k.a Donald Glover) earned Record of the Year and Song of the Year honors for his smash hit "This is America," the first time a rap song has won in those two categories in Grammy history.

Offshore drilling and budget negotiations are taking top priority with state lawmakers this week. GPB politics reporter Stephen Fowler reflected on the last few days at the Georgia State Capitol. 

A new radio documentary will highlight the roots of gospel music during Black History Month. The four-part documentary is called "Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul," and Grammy Award-winning gospel musician, Cece Winans will host the program. Bob Marovich is a historian and founder of the Journal of Gospel Music. He spoke with "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott about his contributions to the project. 

 


Some say music holds the power to heal, and, on her album "Rifles and Rosary Beads," Nashville-based singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier directs that power to veterans.

"Rifles and Rosary Beads" is up for Best Folk Album at the Grammy Awards this weekend. Chuck Reece of "The Bitter Southerner Podcast" spoke with Gauthier about the songs, each of which Gauthier co-wrote with veterans and military spouses. 


Today's show featured stories on Georgia artists Lee Moses and Grammy-nominee David Harris, who worked with artist H.E.R. on her self-titled album. Peter Sagal also previewed "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me" visiting the Savannah Civic Center this week.

Peter Sagal, host of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me," is the author of a new book on the impact of running on his life. "The Incomplete Book of Running" captures Sagal's meditations on joy, hardship and returning to the Boston Marathon after the bombing in 2013. He stopped by "On Second Thought" to discuss the book and the live taping of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me" at the Savannah Civic Center on Thursday, Feb. 7.

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David Harris is a music producer and composer from Manchester. The LaGrange College graduate has worked closely with rhythm and blues musician, H.E.R. Harris collaborated with H.E.R. on "Focus," which is nominated for best R&B song at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Harris also worked on other songs from H.E.R.'s debut album that is nominated for best R&B album. 

"On Second Thought" asked Harris to choose two songs for the Georgia Playlist. Music artists choose two songs written or performed by a Georgian, and they can't nominate their own songs. Harris chose Otis Redding's "Sittin' On The Dock of The Bay" and Thomas Dorsey's "Precious Lord." 


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The Grammy Awards will take place this weekend. While music's biggest stars are preparing to hit the red carpets and stage in Los Angeles, friends and families are rooting for Georgia nominees. That includes music producer and composer, David Harris, who worked with the rhythm and blues musician H.E.R. She is nominated in five categories. 

Harris collaborated with H.E.R. on "Focus," which is nominated for best R&B song. Harris also worked on other songs from H.E.R.'s debut album that is nominated for best R&B album. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards airs Feb. 10 at 8:00 pm. 


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The 60th Annual Grammy awards will take place this Sunday.

 

Atlanta will be well represented, with a number of local artists nominated for awards in a variety of categories.

Freelance entertainment reporter Jewel Wicker joins GPB's Leah Fleming to preview this weekend's awards.

 

On Second Thought For Monday, December 4, 2017

Dec 4, 2017

Churches in the United States are barred from endorsing political candidates, or contributing to campaigns. This part of our tax code is known as the Johnson Amendment. It includes all non-profit organizations. But Republicans, including President Trump, want to repeal the amendment as part of a federal tax overhaul happening now. We talk about politics from the pulpit with researcher Matthew Boedy, an assistant professor at the University of North Georgia. And we discuss how taxes change behavior with Susan Anderson,  an accounting professor at Elon University in North Carolina.