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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...

by Teya Ryan | April 26, 2016

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. I was an Executive Producer showing lots...

by Teya Ryan | April 18, 2016

Last Dinner at Downton

Dear Lord Grantham, I regret to inform that I will no longer be able to attend your highly entertaining gatherings on Sunday evenings. I have so appreciated the invitation to join you, your family, and brilliant staff...

by Teya Ryan | March 4, 2016

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...

by Teya Ryan | February 16, 2016

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,...

by Teya Ryan | January 15, 2016

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...

by Teya Ryan | September 25, 2015

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...

by Teya Ryan | September 14, 2015

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...

by Teya Ryan | September 9, 2015

Free Speech or Hate Speech

I am thinking about..... Muhammad. The Prophet Muhammad. A couple of weeks ago, we invited a friend of ours, who is Muslim, to dinner. Mustafa is Turkish and had just brought his new wife back to live with him in...

by Teya Ryan | March 5, 2015

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...

by Teya Ryan | February 19, 2015

Public Radio Makes You Think

I have been thinking about.... NPR report from the Detroit Auto Show that aired on our radio stations last week. The reporter was interviewing an auto expert who made the prediction that the majority of the...

by Teya Ryan | February 13, 2015

GPB Captures Emmy Gold

Congratulations are in order to GPB’s hardworking staff. The 2014 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards ceremony took place Saturday night and GPB took home an armful of gold. Fourteen Emmys to be precise. I am so...

by Teya Ryan | June 9, 2014