Two Way Street



Two Way Street is an exciting new approach to exploring the issues, people and events that make Georgia a vibrant place to live, work and play. While most news broadcasts provide useful summaries of the days news, Two Way Street's mission is to give listeners a more complete perspective on the major issues facing the state, and to seek out engaging stories about the talents and achievements of the remarkable people who give our state its unique personality.


  • Two Way Street: Obituary Editor Kay Powell And Musician Adron On Beginnings And Endings

    13/09/2018 Duração: 51min

    On this edition of "Two Way Street," Georgia musician Adron stops by to talk and play a few songs from her new album "Water Music" before setting sail for the west coast. We also hear from a woman who made a career of saying goodbye: Kay Powell.

  • Two Way Street: Southern Authors Rick Bragg and Armistead Maupin on Family and Identity

    06/09/2018 Duração: 51min

    On this episode of Two Way Street, we hear from two Southern writers from the Decatur Book Festival. In front of an audience at the festival, new host Virginia Prescott interviews authors Rick Bragg and Armistead Maupin on the way their Southern heritage shapes their writing.

  • Two Way Street: Virginia Prescott on Being a Good Listener

    30/08/2018 Duração: 52min

    In an age when we all seem to be talking at each other, Virginia Prescott thinks we need to do a better job listening.

  • Brandon Bush: A Life in Music

    24/08/2018 Duração: 51min

    Bill Nigut’s guest on this edition of Two Way Street is Georgia-based musician Brandon Bush. He was an original member of Sugarland, one of the hottest acts in country music until they went their separate ways six years ago to the dismay of their millions of fans.

  • Two Way Street: Denene Millner's Blog Helps Black Mothers

    16/08/2018 Duração: 54min

    On this edition of Two Way Street we feature a conversation with Denene Millner. She’s a best-selling author, blogger and television personality. Denene’s blog, "My Brown Baby," has become one of the most popular resources for black mothers because it‘s devoted to helping them navigate the tricky waters of raising a black child today.

  • Astronaut Scott Kelly On His Year In Space

    06/08/2018 Duração: 51min

    We’re revisiting our conversation with astronaut Scott Kelly — and other favorites — as part of Two Way Street’s birthday celebration. To mark our four years on the air, we’re listening back to the shows that have stuck with us the most. And it was an easy decision to include this one — because Kelly is one of only two people who can say they’ve spent a year in space.

  • Grammy-Winning Roots Duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn On Their New Album

    06/08/2018 Duração: 51min

    Today we’re revisiting a conversation with the royal family of roots music. On this edition of “Two Way Street,” Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn speak about their new album, “ Echo in the Valley .” This is their second collaboration, following the success of their self-titled debut, “ Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn ,” which took home the Grammy for “Best Folk Album” in 2016.

  • The Making of a Reputation: Flannery O'Connor

    02/08/2018 Duração: 51min

    Today we’re going to continue our look back at some of our favorite shows from the first four years of Two Way Street. Southern culture has always been an important theme for us. One example of that is our program celebrating the life and career of the great South Georgia writer Flannery O’Connor – one of the most important American literary voices of the 20 th Century.

  • Delving Into The Life And Work Of Carson McCullers

    02/08/2018 Duração: 51min

    We are continuing our look back on some of our favorite shows from the first four years of Two-Way Street. In February 2017, we produced a show about the life of one of Georgia’s literary lions: Columbus-born Carson McCullers.

  • Diana Nyad: The Woman Who Swam From Cuba to Florida at Age 64

    05/07/2018 Duração: 51min

    July fifth 2018 marks the fourth anniversary of "Two Way Street." To celebrate that milestone, we're revisiting one of our favorite conversations: an interview with Diana Nyad, the strong-willed swimmer who was the first to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective shark cage. She completed the feat, which many thought was impossible, at the remarkable age of 66.

  • Former CNN President Tom Johnson On A Lifetime In Journalism

    28/06/2018 Duração: 51min

    On this edition of “Two Way Street,” Tom Johnson shares stories about his life and career in journalism. We’re revisiting this conversation — and other favorites — as part of our “Two Way Street” anniversary celebration. To kick off our fifth year, we’re listening again to the shows that we can’t let go: the conversations that challenged us, surprised us and have stuck with us all these years. This show originally aired on January 14, 2017.

  • The Life and Music of Savannah-Born Songwriter Johnny Mercer

    21/06/2018 Duração: 51min

    Johnny Mercer grew up in Savannah and went on to write some of the most popular love songs of the 20th century. You may not know his name, but you certainly know his music, which includes "Something’s Gotta Give," "Moon River," and "Autumn Leaves." Between 1929 and 1976, Mercer wrote the lyrics—and in some cases the music too—to some 1,400 songs. We explore the life and music of Johnny Mercer with Georgia State University archivist Kevin Fleming . Georgia State is the repository for Johnny Mercer’s papers as well as a vast collection of other materials related to his life and career.

  • Reconstructing A Final Chapter Of The American Slave Trade

    14/06/2018 Duração: 51min

    Savannah businessman Charles Lamar on Nov. 28, 1858, became the first person in 40 years to land a slave ship on American soil. That event is the subject of Jim Jordan’s new book, “ The Slave-Trader’s Letter-Book: Charles Lamer, the Wanderer, and other Tales of the African Slave Trade .” Jordan was able to reconstruct the story because he got his hands on valuable research material — Charles Lamar’s own letters, which most historians didn’t even believe existed.

  • The Search For Atticus Finch's Origin Story

    07/06/2018 Duração: 51min

    Who is Atticus Finch really—an arch-segregationist or a champion of justice? And how do we go about answering that question when going straight to the source isn’t an option?

  • Ramadan: Your Questions Answered

    31/05/2018 Duração: 53min

    Right now Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan, the holiest period on the Islamic calendar. What is Ramadan and what is the history behind it? What compels Muslims everywhere to devote themselves to an entire month of fasting and prayer? Soumaya Khalifa , one of Georgia's most influential Muslim leaders, joins us to answer those questions and more. Khalifa is the Executive Director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta.

  • The Man, The Myths And The Music Of 'Hamilton'

    24/05/2018 Duração: 49min

    Today we're talking about one of the biggest sensations in the history of American theatre: "Hamilton: An American Musical." Composer, lyrisict, and preformer Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspired to create "Hamilton" after reading Ron Chernow's 800-page biography of Alexander Hamilton. Fans of the mega-hit "Hamilton" have waited impatiently for a chance to see the show here in Georgia—and now that opportunity has arrived . The Tony-winning musical is now at the Fox Theatre through June 11. Our guests today are David Sehat , an Associate Professor of American History at Georgia State University, and Rick Lombardo , a seasoned theatrical director who is now the chairman of the Kennesaw State University theater department. Sehat tells us about Alexander Hamilton’s place in history and weighs the musical’s accuracy. Plus, Lombardo and Sehat discuss Miranda's decision to cast actors of color in roles as Founding Fathers. This is a music-packed coversation about the man, the myths, and the music

  • Four Smart, Well-Read Georgians Discuss Their Favorite Books

    17/05/2018 Duração: 51min

    On this edition of "Two Way Street," we sit down with four smart, well read Georgians to discuss their favorite books. This conversation picks up the discussion started by " The Great American Read ," an eight-part PBS series that unpacks a diverse list of 100 books. "The Great American Read" premieres Tuesday May 22 at 8 PM on GPB. Our guests today are Oglethorpe Unvirersity Creative Writing Professor Jessica Handler , Bitter Southerner Editor in Chief Chuck Reece , Altanta International School Headmaster Kevin Glass, and On Second Thought's new host Virigina Prescott .

  • Platinum-Selling Songwriter Jimmy Webb On The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits

    10/05/2018 Duração: 51min

    Platinum-selling songwriter Jimmy Webb stopped by our studio last October to talk about his first memoir, " The Cake And The Rain ." Artists from Frank Sinatra to Barbara Streisand have recorded Webb's songs. Some of his hits include “Up, Up and Away,” “Wichita Lineman,” “MacArthur Park,” and “By The Time I Get to Phoenix.” Our conversation begins with a discussion of his childhood in rural Elk City, Oklahoma. He explains how his mother’s “iron will and sometimes anger” drove him to the piano. Plus, Webb talks about the time he was out plowing a field when a voice on the radio captivated him. It belonged to Glen Campbell , who became a close collaborator of Webb’s. He reveals the story behind his celebrated classic "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," for which Campbell won two Grammy awards. Webb also talks about his hit "Wichita Lineman," another song that Campbell recorded. Once, at the Songwriters Hall of Fame , Billy Joel described “Wichita Lineman” as being “emblematic of an ordinary

  • For Prominent Women Discrimination Often Doesn't Stop At The Grave

    03/05/2018 Duração: 50min

    Today on “Two Way Street” we’re discussing The New York Times obituary project “ Overlooked ” with its co-creator Jessica Bennett . From Ida B. Wells to Emily Warren Roebling , “Overlooked” features the retroactive obituaries of prominent women whose stories initially failed to make it into the Times obit section. Jessica, the Times’ newly appointed gender editor, joins us to discuss her work on “Overlooked” with the digital editor of the obituary desk Amisha Padnani . And since no conversation about obituary writing is complete here in Georgia without including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s longtime obit editor, we asked Kay Powell to join us, too. Kay served as obituary editor of the AJC from 1996 to 2009. “Overlooked” began after an exhaustive search of the Times’ obituary archives struck Jessica and Amisha with this epiphany: white men had historically dominated the newspaper’s obituaries. The two editors responded by writing obituaries for some of the women who had been