Segment 1: Suddenly news about driverless cars is everywhere. Four states have now licensed driverless test vehicles, Google continues to develop its driverless car, and here in Georgia, Georgia Tech has built and continue to refine a car that was part of the U.S. Military’s DARPA challenge, which encouraged universities and other institutions to build prototypes for driverless vehicles. Some experts say that we’ll see these cars on our roadways within a decade, some say it will be longer before they are in wider use. In any case, driverless cars present some new and interesting challenges for highway designers and engineers. I talk with Dr. Michael Hunter, a Georgia Tech expert on traffic control and highway planning about the challenges he’s reported to the Georgia legislature. Among them – what happens if you decide not to pay for parking at your office building and instead, send your car back home every day after you arrive at work? Suddenly, rush hour becomes a two way street (pardon the pun!)
Segment 2: Atlanta chef Asha Gomez. Asha Gomez made a big splash when she arrived on the Atlanta restaurant scene in 2011 with the opening of “Cardamom Hill.” Asha cooks Indian food, but not the traditional cuisine most of us associate with India. She’s from the Southwest tip of India, where they cook much differently. Cardamom Hill became a big hit, being selected as one of the top 50 new restaurants in the U.S. in 2011 by Bon Appetit magazine among other honors. Then she did the unheard of: although you couldn’t get in the door without booking a reservation many weeks in advance, Asha shut the doors and decided to move on to new cooking adventures. In our conversation she talks about the history of Indian food, of the ancient spice route that brought new flavor profiles to her region, of the fascinating reason that the people of her region have Spanish names, and of the difficulties a woman can face in becoming a top chef. She also tells us about her newest restaurant “Spice to Table,” and the fried chicken shack she’ll be opening by year’s end.
Segment 3: Time for some music on Two Way Street. Atlanta singer and songwriter Eliot Bronson visits our studio with his guitar and plays a couple of songs from his new record. He tells the story of how he was able to attract the interest of one of Nashville’s biggest record producers, who worked with him on the new album and about how growing up in a Pentecostal church in Baltimore influenced his music. *You can catch Eliot's at Eddie's Attic in Decatur for his album launch party and first stop on his tour TONIGHT, Oct. 25th!* [WATCH ELIOT BRONSON PERFORM LIVE AT GPB STUDIOS!]