On Second Thought For Thursday, May 19, 2016
Some were sentenced to prison. Some to jail. Others to home confinement. But many of the eleven Atlanta Public Schools educators who were convicted of racketeering in a cheating scandal last year can now return to the classroom. We learn more from Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Molly Bloom. Plus, the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial was the longest in the state’s history. The appeals process is set to begin later this year. But before that can happen, transcripts of months of testimony need to be completed. That task falls to court reporter Evelyn Parker. Producer Linda Chen visited Parker’s office at the Fulton County Justice Center Tower and speaks with her about how it feels to relive every moment of the trial, down to the last word.It's back to class for some of the eleven Atlanta Public Schools educators who were convicted of racketeering in a cheating scandal last year. And we hear from court reporter Evelyn Parker about the challenge of transcribing all the APS trial testimony. Plus, Southern cocktails and diversity on the opera stage.
Then, a new documentary by an Atlanta filmmaker was screened this week at the Cannes Film Festival. “The New Orleans Sazerac” tells the story of one of the most famous cocktails to come out of the South. We talk with filmmaker James Martin and Clair McLafferty, an expert on Southern cocktails.
And The Capitol City Opera in Atlanta will stage a production of the comic operetta "The Mikado" this weekend. The story was written in 1885 and casting for the production has almost always been problematic because many directors choose not to cast Asian actors. They hire white singers to put on yellowface instead. We speak with Rick Shiomi, the co-artistic Director of Full Circle Theater Company, and ethnomusicologist Nilanjana Bhattacharjya about diversity in opera casting.