On Second Thought For Tuesday, June 7, 2016
In the summer of 1989, construction workers in Augusta made a frightening discovery. They uncovered close to ten thousand bones buried in the dirt basement of a 150-year-old building. The markings on the bones revealed that they came from dissected bodies. The story of how the bones got there and the person responsible is a disturbing chapter in Augusta's medical history. We speak with David Adams, coordinator of the Anatomical Donation Services at Augusta University, and Nick Garrett, Communications Coordinator at Augusta University, about how medical students once learned anatomy from bodies dug up by a former slave.
This weekend, the State of Black Science Fiction Convention will be held in Atlanta and will feature a wide range of panels, cosplay, and exhibits featuring black creators. Afro-futurism, ‘steam funk’, and other types of black-inspired creations will be on display during the weekend event. We talk with one of the founders of SOBSFCON, Balogun Ojetade, and author Ytasha Womack about black science fiction and diversity in comics, animation, and more. Then, we hear from a young man about how “Roots” the miniseries influenced his thoughts on the N-word.
And there is an oyster renaissance underway in the South. A class at the Southern Grown Festival this weekend will demonstrate the many ways to prepare and eat oysters. We speak with Chef Mike Lata, who is teaching the class, and Bryan Rackley, co-owner of the Kimball House in Atlanta, about oyster recipes and the growing oyster industry in Georgia.