In January, an ongoing water dispute goes to Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Georgia’s water rights battle with Florida. Earlier this year, Georgia scored a major victory in this decades-long squabble. A special master appointed by SCOTUS said the high court should refuse Florida's request to cap Georgia’s water use. We discuss this case with E&E News reporter Amanda Reilly, who has been following it from Capitol Hill.

America first met Georgia author Cassie Beasley in 2015. Her debut novel, "Circus Mirandus,” became a New York Times bestseller. Beasley’s books are targeted to middle schoolers, but their appeal is much wider. We talk with Beasley about her follow-up novel, “Tumble and Blue.”

Angie Thomas is author of the bestselling Young Adult book, “The Hate U Give.” Growing up, she was a major fan of the Atlanta-based group, TLC. After dealing with serious bullying as a kid, Thomas explains how she used TLC’s music — specifically the words of the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes — to support her.

We are joined by singer Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, who is a member of TLC. She grew up in Atlanta, and has a new memoir out. T-Boz shares her experience living with an incurable disease, and she talks about why it is important for her to remain authentic as her career evolves.