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Each year, The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame inducts new members to its growing list of authors who have made significant literary contributions to the state. This year’s inductees – John T. Edge, A. E. Stallings, and Julia Collier Harris – will all be celebrated at the University of Georgia Special Collections Library in Athens on Nov. 17.

Author Janisse Ray was inducted to the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2015. Her expansive body of creative works range from nonfiction to poetry, and her memoir, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, came out with its 15th anniversary edition last year.


Understanding what southern ladies really mean has nothing to do with accents. That's what author Helen Ellis wants people who aren't from the South to understand. The author stopped by On Second Thought to talk about her new book, "Southern Lady Code." 

Ellis says the title refers to the, “technique by which, if you don't have something nice to say, you say something not-so-nice in a nice way.”  


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It’s springtime in Georgia. The weather is warming, gardens are blooming and animals, well, they’re having babies. Lots and lots of babies. Sometimes, those babies need help.

“It’s going to be non-stop this month,” wildlife rehabilitator Kim Wright said. She lives in the city of Byron.


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Daylight saving time is behind us, and spring is just around the corner. To celebrate, "On Second Thought" is reflecting on a Southern icon: The Quercus virginiana is Georgia's official tree. It's better known as the live oak tree and has held the title since 1937. 

These majestic, ancient trees are symbols of the South in postcards, films and online travel sites. Greg Levine from Trees Atlanta stopped by the show to explain the history and nature of live oak trees. 


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The U.S. Coast Guard is hosting a public hearing Thursday about a proposed rocket launching facility on Georgia's Coast.
 

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Bees play an invaluable role in our ecosystem, but they are slowly dying out as a species. In order to further integrate bees into a city environment, the Urban Honey Bee Project at Georgia Tech hopes to create new homes for these vital insects while educating students on ecological responsibility. 

We talk to Georgia Tech’s Jennifer Leavey, who is director of the project, about the initiative and what results she hopes to achieve over the length of the project. 

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The Ocmulgee Mounds are an archeological treasure in Middle Georgia. The Native American earth lodges that are part of the mounds date back to 900 A.D. Yet the Macon mounds remain intact and serve as a testament to those ancient cultures. 

There is a movement afoot in Congress to change the name of the national monument to "Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park." The bill in Congress would also expand the site from 700 acres to 2800 acres. 

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Every year, thousands of birds make their way to Georgia’s coastline during their migration. One vital resting place for these birds is the estuary found at the mouth of the Altamaha River, where they eat and recover en route to their final destination. One species called the red knot heavily depends on Georgia’s coast to help complete its 19,000 mile journey. The industrious bird is the subject of Deborah Cramer’s most recent book, "The Narrow Edge,"  where she follows the red knots’ arduous migration path.   

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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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Bird songs play a big part in this week's Atlanta Science Festival.  The rhythmic sounds of birds have also inspired modern music compositions. On Second Thought producer Sean Powers joined some bird watchers at the Fernbank Museum in Atlanta to learn about the variety of chirps, tweets and calls in the state.