Pylon, The American Economy, Confederate Monuments

Among the legendary music acts to come out of Athens in the ‘70s was the band Pylon. The group had been a local mainstay until 2009, when guitarist Randall Bewley passed away. But singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay recently revived the band into the newly formed Pylon Reenactment Society. They have a new EP, called “Part Time Punks Session,” coming out this fall. We talk with Vanessa Briscoe Hay and drummer Joe Rowe about the new music.

Pylon Reenactment Society vocalist Vanessa Briscoe Hay returns to bring us picks for our Georgia Playlist. She chose music from The Brains and the Classics IV.

The American economy has seen more volatility under the Trump administration than any other recent president. It remains to be seen what kind of long-term effects Trump’s presidency will have on the job market in Georgia, and the global economic landscape. We talk business with Marilyn Geewax, Senior Business Editor and Economics Correspondent for NPR.

Following the recent events in Charlottesville, a national debate has been raging over what should be done with Confederate symbols across the South. In Athens, and across Georgia, many monuments and markers dedicated to Confederate soldiers persist in daily life. We talk about how to reckon with these, with Valerie Babb, Director of the Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Georgia. Also Knowa Johnson, Co-Founder of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, and Blake Aued, Editor for Flagpole Magazine.