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When Nighttime Shadows Fall
Retired social services administrator, writer and former Savannah-Chatham County School Board president Diane Cantor talks about her book “When Nighttime Shadows Fall.” With themes including sexuality, public health, teen pregnancy and women’s self-empowerment, the character-driven novel was set in 1970’s Appalachia and is very relevant to our own times.
Nov 28, 2017
The Horror Is In Your Head
Fantasy horror writer Alledria Hurt talks about breaking molds and sticking to others within a broad literary genre. She talks about her influences and pet peeves. And she talks about putting African-American female characters front and center.
Oct 25, 2017
I Didn’t Really Understand How Lucky I Was
Baritone Singer Kurt Ollmann talks about his career from theater in Wisconsin to opera on some of the world’s biggest stages. He considers himself lucky to have won a Grammy Award with Leonard Bernstein. He talks about moving to Savannah, what he’s doing now and his favorite music.
Sep 28, 2017
All Of The Decisions That I’ve Made Have Been For Music
Bicoastal songwriter Josephine Johnson talks about playing the ukulele, crossing seas and continents for music and the inspirations behind her songs. She plays “Let It All Out,” “Tuesday Evening” and “Come Down.”
Sep 05, 2017
Symbol, Substance In Bridge Name Movement
Pushing to change the name of Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge, Ronald Christopher talks about race, economics, education and our city’s future. A Savannah native who became a New York City lawyer and investment banker, Christopher returned to make the city better. But as of yet, he hasn’t found just the right place.
Aug 12, 2017
Legendary Name In Savannah Baking Returns
Laurence and Michael Gottlieb talk about the latest incarnation of their family’s baking business, established in 1885. They explain the origins of their famous Chocolate Chewy cookie. And they talk about mental health in the hospitality industry.
Aug 03, 2017
Health Forces Chatham Farmer To Retire
Farmer Willie Johnson talks about his 50-years at Promised Land Farms in Port Wentworth. Although he cites riding tractors and watching things grow as the best parts of his business, he’s clearly motivated more by his love for people and people’s love for him. Now his farming career is coming to an end.
Jul 27, 2017
Lessons From Mountain Climbing
Jim Nowak of the Dzi Foundation talks about risk, determination and focus. His Colorado-based non-profit helps to build schools and other life-giving infrastructure in remote Nepal. But not without overcoming many challenges.
Jul 20, 2017
Fighting Corporation, Community Finds Power
Retired school teacher Peggy Riggins of Jesup talks about her unlikely activism. She and others led the successful fight to stop a corporation from bringing coal ash to the Altamaha River watershed. Republic Services eventually backed down.
Jul 06, 2017
I Am A Muslim And I Am Not A Terrorist
Syrian refugee and new Savannah resident Naji Abousaleh talks about his journey to safety and freedom. Lauren Cruickshank, our area’s refugee resettlement coordinator for Lutheran Services of Georgia, talks about her organization’s services and what people can do to help.
Jun 12, 2017
Savannah’s Love Is On The Rise
Singer Laiken Love talks about her emergence from choirs, karaoke bars and open mics to an in-demand vocalist. Whether it’s jazz, funk, blues, classical, pop, you name it, her style and talent are on show with Savannah’s best musicians. She talks about her own composition, “Promise.”
May 24, 2017
Yo-Yo Champion Preaches Individuality, Learning
Yo-yo throwing champion Coffin Nachtmahr talks about the values of being true to yourself and learning new skills. The subject of the documentary film “Throw,” part of MountainFilm on Tour, Nachtmahr turned his passion and hobby into a business.
May 04, 2017
Solid Nights Of Soccer In South Georgia
President Darin Van Tassell and coach John Miglarese of Tormenta FC talk about their Premier Development League team and the growth of soccer in South Georgia. The players come from all over the world. They’re hungry for a chance to move up the tiers of soccer. They’ll play USL Charleston Battery on May 10th.
Apr 28, 2017
The Refugee Story Is A Children’s Story
Author Gwen Strauss talks about her children’s book, “The Hiding Game,” an intense and colorful profile of Varian Fry, who successfully hid and saved Jews and anti-Nazi refugees during WWII. Strauss describes her creative process, the timeliness of a refugee’s story and her personal connections with figures in the book.
Apr 20, 2017
Be A Bread Crumb
Organ donor Harold Mintz talks about the “bread crumbs” that led him to an act of “extreme altruism.” He became one of the first people in the country to donate a kidney to a total stranger in 2000, when Gannett Belay came within days of dying. He was the subject of the documentary “1-800-GIVE-US-YOUR-KIDNEY,” featured at Mountain Film on Tour in Savannah.
Mar 31, 2017
75 Years Ago, War Came To Georgia’s Coast
Historians Mimi Rogers and Michael Higgins talk about the submarine attacks that killed 22 mariners off the coast of Georgia on April 8th, 1942. Rogers, curator of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, and Higgins, a retired merchant seamen, describe the torpedoing of the SS Oklahoma and Esso Baton Rouge near St. Simons Island.
Mar 15, 2017
Fragments Of Forgotten History Unearthed Near Golf Course
Archaeologist Laura Seifert of Armstrong State University talks about a Catholic school for newly freed slaves built shortly after the end of the Civil War on Skidaway Island. Seifert and her students are excavating the short-lived school site, which is slated to become a home near a golf course in a gated community.
Mar 07, 2017
It’s Still The Best Job That You Can Have
Singer-songwriter Andrew Gill talks about his new band, Junkyard Angel, his old band, Wormsloew and the difficulty of keeping a band together. He also talks about his solo projects, including a new EP.
Feb 22, 2017
MountainFilm Celebrates Runner’s Legacy
Los Angeles postal service worker and marathon runner Johnny Jameson talks about perseverance, legacy and “grinding that bad boy out.” A man of grace and humor, he was the subject of Vincent DeLuca’s film “Mile 19,” which chronicled his 31 annual marathons in L.A. The film was presented as part of Mountain Film on Tour Savannah.
Feb 14, 2017
Every Space Tells A Story
Interior designer Lisa Pinyan of LS3P talks about her profession, what she considers her favorite projects and trends in the industry. She has designed schools, libraries, corporate headquarters and other projects in a career with architecture firms.
Feb 07, 2017
Racing Little Cars, Club Marks 30 Years
Remote-controlled car racers talk about their hobby. Their club, the Savannah-Chatham Off-Road Racing Enthusiasts (SCORE), and its outdoor track, the Phil Hurd Raceway at Lake Mayer, are celebrating 30 years of racing little cars.
Jan 31, 2017
Challenging Culture, Building Allies Against Sexual Violence
Savannah Rape Crisis Center director Kesha Gibson Carter talks about what only can be called a terrible year for advocates like her. From Stanford to Access Hollywood, the messages haven’t been good. What can we do to counter the culture?
Jan 26, 2017
Captivating Photos Paint Island In New Shades
Photographer Jill Stuckey talks about her colorful images of Ossabaw Island. Longtime island caretaker Roger Parker talks about his work as Georgia’s “saltwater cowboy.” The couple are featured in a new book, “Ossabaw Island: A Sense of Place,” published by Mercer University Press.
Jan 17, 2017
Isaac Smith Defines Himself
Singer-songwriter Isaac Smith talks about his transition from sacred to secular music. A pastor’s son, he started writing his own music when he moved to Savannah a few years ago. His voice and style are very "of the moment."
Jan 10, 2017
You See The Marsh, But Also Men And Women
Chris Manganiello of the Georgia Rivers Network talks about the pioneers of Georgia environmentalism. Eugene Odum, Jane Yarn and many others led a popular movement to pressure lawmakers in the late 1960’s to pass the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act, the most important piece of environmental legislation in Georgia.
Jan 03, 2017
Climate Conference Spotlights Georgia Science, Activism
Excerpts from interviews and presentations recorded at the “Prepare, Respond and Adapt – Is Georgia Climate Ready” conference on Jekyll Island. Subjects include tropical storms, droughts, fisheries, vulnerability assessments, living shorelines, energy, climate change skepticism and what we can do to fight global warming.
Dec 21, 2016
Children’s Hospital Growing, Set Back This Year
Memorial University Medical Center’s VP for the Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah, Bill Lee, talks about growth and setbacks at his facility. The hospital has greatly expanded pediatric care in our community. But the effort to create a standalone children’s hospital took a $15 million hit when the Memorial-Novant deal collapsed.
Dec 06, 2016
Finding Healing Between The Pages
Retired drug enforcement agent Gordon Rayner and his wife Ella Mae Rayner talk about coming to terms with PTSD and depression. Battling bad dreams and foul moods, Gordon started writing memoirs and fictions at Senior Citizens, Inc. The experience, shared with Ella Mae, turned into two books and a more positive outlook on life.
Dec 02, 2016
Poet Finds A Sense Of Belonging
Poet and photographer Danelle Lejeuene talks about how her life’s many different passions came together on Georgia’s coast. She explains how her Iowa background in farming and historic preservation has informed her work. She’s a literary mama with a bright future, expecting her first book, “Etymology of Whale-Fish and Grace,” next year.
Nov 28, 2016
Water Is For Fighting Over
University of Colorado law professor William Boyd talks about groundwater on Georgia’s coast. He examines this precious resource through natural, historic, legal and political lenses. He focuses his talk on the water-intensive pulp and paper industry on the Savannah River.
Nov 14, 2016
A Mile in My Shoes
Wilmington Island artist Lisa Rosenmeier talks about her work painting running shoes and pets. Known for her bright colors and heavy lines, the former Utah resident creates focused compositions, highlighting individuality. She talks about her move to Savannah and her artistic inspirations.
Nov 10, 2016
DJ Sets Positive Vibe
Longshoreman, football player, motorcycle enthusiast, community activist and freelance DJ Navaughn Kearse a.k.a. DJ Moony Dee talks about his desire to learn and do good. Kearce spins records at Savannah’s Star Castle, in Atlanta and New York and across the region. He stays positive, clean and old school on the records and in his life.
Nov 04, 2016
Change For The Better, No In Between
Singer and motivational speaker Kim Michael Polote talks about her new inspirational album, “Change.” She talks about her career, her friendship with Paula Deen and some of the personal stories behind her music. This podcast include clips from her gospel-tinged album.
Oct 20, 2016
Gripping Historical Fiction Tackles Southern Jewry
Savannah writer Jonathan Rabb talks about Southern Jews, the Holocaust, Jim Crow, otherness, acceptance and other big themes in his new book “Among the Living.” Set in 19-47 Savannah, it’s a gripping story about a concentration camp survivor as he discovers his path through sweeping changes in his own life and in the world around him.
Oct 13, 2016
A Place Is Not A Place Until It Has A Poet
Writer and environmental activist Janisse Ray talks about the Georgia coast as experienced through the brilliant language of our great authors. She explains how writers shape our sense of place and how lost vocabulary makes us speechless before nature.
Oct 05, 2016
This Is Your Land, Explore It
Jason Lee of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Christi Lambert of the Nature Conservancy talk about Altama Plantation Wildlife Management Area. Once a playground for the rich, this 4,000 acre waterfront tract is now a haven for wildlife. We explore its high and low areas, marveling at the plants, animals and natural silence.
Sep 28, 2016
Still Shocking, Sugar Blast Examined In Book
Writer Lanie Peterson talks about her late husband Larry Peterson’s book, “Deadly Dust: The Imperial Sugar Inferno.” The book examines what happened in Savannah’s worst industrial fire, a shocking example of corporate negligence. She also talks about Larry’s career in journalism.
Sep 22, 2016
Cancer Survivor Inspires With Music
Breast cancer survivor Jamie Herbster talks about her inspirational music. An motivational speaker and vocational rehabilitation specialist, she sings her songs at cancer treatment centers. She explains how cancer changed her life, made her a more adventurous person and someone less afraid of asking for help.
Sep 14, 2016
Love This Place? Thank A Yankee
Coastal historian Buddy Sullivan talks about the northern industrialists who shaped the current state of Georgia’s coast, especially its protected barrier islands, in the century that followed the Civil War. His presentation was delivered at the “Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture” symposium organized by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Sep 05, 2016
Comedian Moves To Savannah, Goes Barefoot
Comedian Collin Moulton talks about his Barefoot Comedy Club on Tybee Island, his new East Coast comedy beachhead, having recently moved here from Los Angeles. He also talks about the comedians the he admires, why he loves Brazilian jiu-jitsu and his four podcasts.
Aug 31, 2016
Dog Catcher, Idea Hatcher
The new director of Chatham County Animal Services, Kerry Sirevicius, talks about demystifying her agency’s work, facilitating adoptions and her own professional background with pets. She wants to make her agency more transparent, more expansive and a happier place to visit.
Aug 24, 2016
Fighting Drugs By Letting Kids Be Kids
Licensed professional counselor Teneka Gerido competes with the violent streets of Savannah. The street offers young people drugs, money and fast living. “Miss G” offers them field trips, free meals, mental counseling and a refuge from fast dying. It’s not a choice that a lot of young people get. In my cul-de-sac, Atari childhood in Florida, […]
Aug 17, 2016
The Wood That Built America
Environmental historian Albert Way of Kennesaw State University talks about the history of Georgia’s longleaf pine forests. He argues that longleaf pine is a foundational material of American industry. He presented this talk at the “Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture” symposium organized by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Aug 09, 2016
Lighthouse Enthusiast Can’t Stop Climbing
Lighthouse enthusiast Bill Fulton talks about his hobby. He calls it lighthouse inspection. More like lighthouse tourism, his passion for coastal beacons has taken him from the Great Lakes to Florida. He has climbed between more than 200 lighthouses.
Jul 21, 2016
Naturalist Still Shares Unbound Enthusiasm
South Carolina Naturalist Rudy Mancke talks about his award-winning careers in nature, education and broadcasting. His Zen-like television program NatureScene and his snappy radio segments Nature Notes are like walking in the woods with a friend. His unbound enthusiasm for the natural world makes the world a more eco-friendly place.
Jul 12, 2016
The Ghosts of Dunbar Creek
University of Michigan history professor Tiya Miles talks about “ghost tourism” and “flying African” stories in the South. Both turn historical fragments into supernatural tales. This lecture was recorded at the Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture symposium organized by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Jul 05, 2016
Southern Menus Come Together With Soil Grown Love
Rafe and Ansley Rivers of Canewater Farm in McIntosh County talk about their vegetable-growing business and art. Native Georgians, they moved to the coast three years ago to pursue their dream of farm ownership. A photographer, Ansley talks about her project documenting America’s rivers.
Jun 28, 2016
The Immersive, Magical Journeys Of David Poole
Theater director and Collective Face co-founder David I. L. Poole talks about his quirks as an artist. He says that he gravitates toward strong, female-driven scripts and magical, immersive set designs. He previews the company’s 2016-2017 season.
Jun 17, 2016
Horrible, Captivating Disaster Tourism Post Civil War
Historian Drew Swanson talks about post Civil War “disaster tourism” and how it relates to the South’s conservation movement. A professor at Wright State University, Swanson argues that postwar emphasis on wildness, recreation and isolation fueled later generations. He spoke at the Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture symposium organized by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Jun 06, 2016
What If We Promoted King’s Legacy Every Day?
Tybee Island activist Julia Pearce talks about her life-changing moments and latest causes. An inspiration, she shares advice on how to live and better the world. Pearce founded Tybee MLK, a year-round island legacy to non-violence and understanding.
Jun 02, 2016
The Really Good Songs Are Given To You
Tybee Island singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver talks about the mystery of the creative process. The retired Atlanta newspaper editor now lives at the beach, where he books the Savannah Singer Songwriter Series. He talks about taking notes, traveling and daily discipline in the context of his prolific output.
May 25, 2016
Area’s Only Table Tennis Club Open In Pooler
Abdel Metwally of Metwally Table Tennis Club in Pooler talks about the sport’s finer points. He talks about the difference between ping pong and table tennis. And he talks about how he transitioned from a recreational break room player to a club owner.
May 12, 2016
Utopian Dreams, Hard Realities In Early Georgia Maps
Historic cartography expert Max Edelson of the University of Virginia talks about British maps of Georgia. He explains how maps reflected the hopes and fears of Colonial settlers. They drew Georgia into being and documented its changing vision.
May 03, 2016
Elvis Photos Feel Fresh, Modern
Art dealer Chris Murray talks about the photography exhibit “Elvis at 21.” On display at the Jepson Center for the Arts, the images capture Elvis Pressley in 1956, while the musician was still on the cusp on stardom. The photos were taken by Alfred Wertheimer.
May 02, 2016
Manufacturer Strives To Change An Industry
Laura Lee Bocade of DIRTT Environmental Services talks about the innovative Savannah manufacturer. They employ about 100 area residents in an unusual workplace. They make building interiors. And they are trying to change the construction industry.
Apr 29, 2016
Inspired By Chopin, Pianist Composes 24 Preludes
Armstrong State University piano professor Benjamin Warsaw talks about his short preludes. Inventive, captivating and based on Chopin’s immortal Op. 28, they draw on a wide range of classical influences and invite the listener into many differing moods.
Apr 14, 2016
I Believe In The Power Of Art
Sculptor, poet, performer, activist and educator Vanessa German delivers a powerful presentation about art and love. As she describes it, art and love are the same thing. And they have the power to heal individuals and communities. She spoke as part of Telfair Museums’ “State of the Art” exhibit at the Jepson Center for the Arts.
Apr 05, 2016
People Lived Here Long Before Oglethorpe
Archaeologist David Hurst Thomas of the American Museum of Natural History talks about our history before the English arrived in 1733. He explores Native American and Spanish facts that define “pre-Georgia” history. This talk was given at the “Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture” symposium presented by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Apr 02, 2016
Everything You Write Is Something You Know
Savannah writer Bess Chappas talks about her book, The Wrath of Aphrodite. An old-fashioned romance novel, it features the colorful bar owner Pinke Masters and draws on Greek-American stereotypes. She also talks about her mother and other influences.
Mar 30, 2016
Versatile Musician Defies Labels
Guitar-toting, rap-spitting musician Basik Lee, a.k.a. Steve Baumgartner, talks about his musical influences. His style runs the gamut from hip-hop and soul to rock and blues. He doesn’t like being put in musical boxes. A former member of Dope Sandwich, he talks about the struggle for urban music to gain legitimacy.
Mar 22, 2016
Radio Voice Gets You To Work Smoothly
Radio news producer Claire Beverly talks about her roles as traffic reporter and morning show personality. She answers some commonly asked questions of radio hosts. She is a familiar voice to listeners of six stations owned by Alpha Media in the Savannah and Hilton Head Island radio market.
Mar 15, 2016
Georgia Coast Has Inspired Dreamers Throughout History
Environmental historian Mart Stewart of Western Washington University talks about islands, edges and the globe and how they relate to Georgia’s history. He says this place always has inspired dreamers. This was the keynote address at the “Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture” symposium presented by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Mar 05, 2016
I Still Miss Him Every Day
Retired educator Joseph Killorin, who taught at Armstrong State University for four decades, remembers his friendship with the great Savannah writer Conrad Aiken. He reflects on the tragic childhood events that shaped Aiken’s life and the “terrific” times that they both enjoyed in the writer’s waning years.
Feb 25, 2016
Mosque Leader Sees Possibilities, Incrementally
Imam Maajid Faheem Ali, the spiritual leader of Masjid Jihad, Savannah’s oldest mosque, talks about Islam and the ignorance surrounding it. He speaks eloquently about the possibility of greater understanding through education, however incremental.
Feb 16, 2016
I Really Wanna Lose 3 Pounds
Visual artist Michael Mahaffey talks about his stencil and spray paint creations. Often referencing strong women from television and movies, they take a dark, humorous and subversive hit at modern life. His work has strong overtones of LGBT culture.
Feb 02, 2016
Food Truck Pioneer Dishes Puerto Rican Delights
Chaz Ortiz of Chazito’s Latin Cuisine talks about his food truck. His delicious empanadas, Cuban sandwiches and mojo pork are devoured at special events. He is a culinary pioneer who navigated difficult rules in Savannah to lead the way for others.
Jan 26, 2016
Ossabaw Island Communal Feasting, From Oysters To Hogs
Archaeologist Victor Thompson of the University of Georgia talks about the Native American practice of communal feasting and what it has to say about changes in the landscape of Ossabaw Island. Island cowboy Roger Parker talks about his six decade career as a wildlife manager on Ossabaw Island.
Jan 19, 2016
What Are We Making This Man Wait For?
Armstrong biology major Yair Munoz talks about his journey from Mexico to graduation at Armstrong State University. Brought to this country as a nine-year-old, the child immigrant overcame many obstacles to become an inspiration to his peers among undocumented students. His case challenges the US policy of “Deferred Action.”
Jan 12, 2016
It’s All In The Details
Jamie Durrence of Daniel Reed Hospitality talks about his sleek and modern farm-to-table restaurants, Local 11Ten, the Public Kitchen and Bar and Soho South Café. He talks about his background in the fashion industry and the importance of patience, tourism and details in restaurant management.
Jan 05, 2016
Turning Page, Writer Finds Magic In Savannah
Savannah writer Beverly Willett talks about the inspirations behind her work, including her nationally-published articles about parenting and marriage. Her daughters and Buddhist meditation retreats inform her work. She also co-chairs the Coalition for Divorce Reform and talks about the constitutionality of no fault divorce.
Dec 22, 2015
Fallen Tree Reveals Guale Burial Ground
Archaeologist David Hurst Thomas of the American Museum of Natural History talks about Fallen Tree, a burial ground site of the extinct Guale people on St. Catherine’s Island. He also talks about his archaeological principles and career accomplishments.
Dec 16, 2015
How Xulu Found His Voice
Xulu Jones of the band Xuluprophet talks about his eclectic style, his distinctive voice and his rise from homelessness and addiction. He describes his musical influences and performs four songs. He shares some of his views on food security and religion.
Dec 08, 2015
Master Calendar Maker Is Thankful To Be Alive
Scott West of Savannah Master Calendar talks about his distinctive hats, his cute dogs, his powerful marketing business and his outspoken activism. One of Savannah’s most visible gay businessmen, he recently took to social media to decry the city’s crime wave. He talks about his family, living with HIV and Savannah’s LGBT community.
Dec 01, 2015
Everything Is Recyclable
Ramsey Khalidi of Southern Pine Co. talks about his “urban recycling” business. He’s the “everything is recyclable” and “build a community” historic preservationist in Savannah. He talks about the evolution of his business, his professional background, his many collaborations and the small business incubator that Southern Pine Co. has become.
Nov 24, 2015
Educator Challenges Districts To Promote Equity
Savannah education researcher and practitioner Alethea Raynor talks about school reform. An advocate with the Anneburg Institute for School Reform, she talks about discipline disparities, community partnerships and two initiatives she co-founded in Savannah, the Risers Academy and the African-American Male Achievement group.
Nov 17, 2015
Concert Harpist Enjoys Challenge
Harpist Kristin King talks about her instrument, the challenges of playing the concert harp, her original compositions and her collaborations. She demonstrates the harp’s flexibility with four songs, classical, jazz, New Age and rock. She also talks about the music booking agency that she co-owns with Ricardo Ochoa, New Arts Ensembles.
Nov 11, 2015
Writer’s Homes Tell Personal, Shared Histories
Author and playwright Miriam Center presents a tour of the addresses that she’s called home in Savannah. Daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, women’s spiritual guide, former real estate agent, former politician and divorcee of a longtime Savannah alderman, her homes reveal a lot more than how the neighborhoods have changed.
Nov 03, 2015
Impressionism Exhibit Shines New Light On Telfair Favorites
Courtney McNeil, Curator of Fine Arts and Exhibitions at Telfair Musems, talks about the exhibit “Monet and American Impressionism.” The exhibit presents four works by Claude Monet, six Impressionist works from the museums’ permanent collection and scores of traveling pieces that all highlight the art of Impressionists in the United States.
Oct 21, 2015
Book Explores Campus, Savannah History
Erik Brooks, author of “Tigers in the Tempest: Savannah State University and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” talks about the school’s 225 year history. He connects campus activities with larger events in the equality movement. And he isn’t afraid to delve into internal struggles on campus.
Oct 14, 2015
Images Explore Black History, Identity
Artist, historian and writer Deborah Willis of New York University talks about the intersection of history, culture and identity in black images. Telfair Museums presented this lecture in connection with the exhibit “Mickalene Thomas at Giverny.” It was the 2015 Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture.
Oct 12, 2015
Guitarist Explores Jazz Mindset
Jazz guitarist, band leader, arranger and composer Jackson Evans talks about his influences, mentors, collaborators and artistic progressions. And there’s a surprise. He sings, too! This professionally recorded performance takes you inside his creativity.
Oct 06, 2015
Hanging, History In Savannah-Based Opera
Innovative opera composer Michael Ching talks about his new work based on a Savannah story, “Alice Ryley.” The Savannah Voice Festival Commissioned the piece. It tells the tale of an Irish immigrant in Colonial Georgia. Ching also talks about his other notable works and the inspirations that drove them.
Sep 29, 2015
Does Your Yard Have A 911 Tree?
Karen Jenkins of the Savannah Tree Foundation and Shem Kendrick of Coastal Arbor Care talk about tree maintenance from a homeowner’s perspective. They discuss the problems and solutions in neighborhoods where emergency trees threaten property and lives.
Sep 22, 2015
Park To Pro, Disc Players Keep Fit
Ultimate Frisbee fans, including professional player Chris Gwinner, talk about the “flying disc” sport. Forsyth Park regulars explain how throwing and twisting keeps them fit. Savannah native Gwinner talks about his other globe-trekking outdoor adventures.
Sep 08, 2015
Rum Is An Island Drink
Rum distiller Tony Chase talks about Daufuskie Island Rum Co. It’s the Savannah area’s first distillery in recent memory. Chase discusses the art and science of turning sugar into a potent potable.
Sep 01, 2015
The Shortest Distance Between Two People Is A Story
Savannah nurse and educator Dottie Kluttz, founder of the Story Keeping program at Hospice Savannah, talks about the importance of storytelling. She believes real live person-to-person storytelling is in danger. And she offers practical advice on how to use it in our own busy everyday lives.
Jul 28, 2015
Good Years, Bad Years And Other Shrimping Memories
McIntosh County shrimper Morris Butler talks about his career on the water. He shares some of his skills for surviving this highly seasonal and physically demanding job. He talks about his good years, bad years, best captains and most memorable adventures.
Jul 21, 2015
Inspired By Trash, Artist Explores Mental Landfills
Savannah painter Isaac McCaslin talks about his large, oil-based “landfills of the mind.” These monumental works have earned him a reputation as one of the area’s most gifted painters. Inspired by junk yards and Renaissance masterpieces, his art deals with death, decay, value and rebirth.
Jul 14, 2015
Gay Marriage, Faith and History In Georgia’s First City
This special podcast features inspiring voices from Savannah’s LGBT community. The speakers have pushed tirelessly for a more gay-positive community. They celebrated the historic US Supreme Court decision. They married. They founded a gay-affirming church. And they founded Georgia’s oldest LGBT community service organization.
Jul 07, 2015
Bet You Didn’t Know
Curator of fine arts and exhibitions for Telfair Museums, Courtney McNeil, talks about works by African-American artists in the museums’ permanent collection. You’ll hear about some heavyweights in the art world like Augusta Savage, Romaire Bearden, Sam Gilliam and Whitfield Lovell. She also talks about where the collection will grow from here.
Jun 29, 2015
Small Waves No Deterrent For Tybee Surfer
Surfing instructor Atsushi Yamada talks about his Happy Surf Camp Aloha on Tybee Island. Possibility, acceptance, humility, nature, laughter, stillness, competition and children all come up in his words. He talks about his background as a professional snow skier in Japan.
Jun 23, 2015
Public Defender Recognized For Community Service
Chatham County Assistant Public Defender Christopher Middleton talks about his job, his community service and the game of chess. Recently recognized by the State Bar for his volunteerism, he sees his personal and public work as flowing from the same well. He also talks about his mentors.
Jun 18, 2015
Exhibit Covers Pivotal Decade
Montclair Art Museum contemporary art curator Alexandra Schwartz talks about the exhibit “Come as You Are,” on display at the Jepson Center. The exhibit highlights the artistic and societal trends of the 1990’s, including globalization, identity politics and information technology.
Jun 12, 2015
Etiquette Goes From Charm To Social Intelligence
New School of Etiquette founder Tatia Adams Fox talks about her journey from Savannah “charm school” to the heights of music marketing in New York City. Along the way, she learned a thing or two about “social intelligence.” Now she’s teaching and motivating students in Savannah.
Jun 09, 2015
Georgia’s Top Teacher Builds Positive Relationships
The Georgia Teacher of the Year for 2016, Ernie Lee, talks about getting the most out of students by building positive relationships with them. A former lawyer and actor, he talks about the skills needed for classroom instruction and how he became a teacher. Lee teaches history and civics at Windsor Forest High School.
Jun 02, 2015
Tech Startup Rocks Out Cameras
Ian Nott of Aetho talks about his company’s motion-stabilizing camera product. The design was a napkin sketch a little more than a year ago. It started with a high-flying camera business. He discusses his inspirations, methods and Savannah’s startup culture.
May 29, 2015
Confidence Clicked For Bag Designer
Jamie Bowerman talks about his modular bag system designed for people with active lifestyles. It relies on a patented clasp to enhance flexibility. Bowerman is a classic inventor. He discusses inspiration, failure, confidence and teambuilding.
May 24, 2015
A Story In Every Bite
Chocolatier Adam Turoni talks about his sweet creations. He opened Chocolat by Adam Turoni when he was 22-years-old. He talks about the humor, guts and terror that went into his early success. He also discusses his mentors and inspirations.
May 12, 2015
Turkish Strongman Frustrates Allies
Yale Ferguson, a graduate fellow and emeritus professor of global affairs at Rutgers University in Newark, talks about the souring relationship between Turkey and its Western allies. A combination of autocratic moves, human rights abuses and inflamed rhetoric makes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a frustrating figure in Washington and Brussels.
May 08, 2015
Photographer Documents His South
Photographer Jon Waits is best known around Savannah for his evocative concert photos. He talks about capturing special moments in performance. But his photographic passions also include wildlife and the rural South. He explains how sobriety led him to take pictures seriously.
May 05, 2015