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I Love Tea!

I drink lots of tea. Lots! And so, I am thrilled that GPB partnered with Kennesaw State University's Confucius Institute to produce a documentary on the history and origins of Chinese tea.

Did you know that after water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world? This global elixir was revealed first in China.

To follow that history we sent a GPB team to China, and what they found tells us so much about Chinese life and culture, but also our own here in The United States.

A Real Mentor

This essay was originally written for The Atlanta Business Chronicle for a series on mentoring in business.

She was not my boss at the time. But, soon, she would be.

Last Dinner at Downton

Dear Lord Grantham,

Watch The Black Panthers Documentary On GPB

1970's California. The headlights were blinding. I could only hear, not see, the voice booming from the stage below. It was Black Panther activist,
Angela Davis.

The fear was palpable. Six cars were driven onto the outdoor stage and pointed at the audience, headlights on! We were all bathed in blistering white light and could barely see the stage. Angela Davis and other Black Panther speakers were clearly not feeling the love.

There Is Mercy On Mercy Street

My lifelong obsession with the Civil War began when I was in high school. I would stare for hours at Matthew Brady's battlefield photographs and imagine the life behind them.

The smells, the sounds, the scene, the people -- I made up worlds that surrounded the pictures. Odd for a kid growing up on the west side of Los Angeles, I know.

Well now I don't have to imagine. The new drama series, Mercy Street, begins this Sunday night at 10pm, right after Downton Abbey,on GPB.

Fall In Love With Another Drama - Indian Summers

It's India, 1932. The empire is crumbling, but the British carry on with endless partying while India's nationalists take a bloody stand for independence. And I have a front row seat for you. This Sunday night the drama gets red hot on "Indian Summers" at 9pm on GPB.

This is all you want from great drama - stunning scenery, passionate lovers and political intrigue - all set against the background of revolution.

Walt Disney Documentary Two Night Premiere

When I was growing up, if something was an "E" ticket ride, it was the best experience imaginable. And that idea all started when Walt Disney cut the ribbon on a dream so audacious that it was the "shock and awe" of its day in the entertainment world.

Disneyland opened in January 1955 in Anaheim, California. A few years later, as a toddler, I first spied the glistening "Matterhorn" mountain at the park. It was so large, I first saw it from the freeway!

When Did Georgia Howl?: The Inside Story On GPB

It's May, 1864. President Abraham Lincoln is on the verge of losing the Republican primary and his chance for re-election. The Civil War is droning on and there seems to be no end in sight. Calls for appeasement between the North and South are getting stronger. The United States is at genuine risk of disintegration.

And then, along comes Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and his infamous, bloody march through Georgia.

Free Speech or Hate Speech

I am thinking about.....

August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand

I am thinking about...playwrights. My mother is a playwright. Or rather, she was. She doesn't write much anymore. My favorite play she wrote was a one-woman show starring Kathleen Turner called Tallulah!. How can you miss pairing Kathleen Turner with Tallulah Bankhead? I remember sitting in the theatre next to my mother and laughing until my sides hurt. She was embarrassed. She said I laughed too loud.

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