On Second Thought For Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Georgia’s Girl Scouts recently joined the debate over a Savannah bridge name. As it stands, Talmadge Memorial Bridge honors a segregationist. The Girl Scouts would like the bridge renamed in honor of their founder and Savannah native, Juliette Gordon Low. Today marks 91 years since Low’s death. We talk about her life with Girl Scouts historian Jami Brantley. She manages the Girl Scout First Headquarters Museum in Savannah.
Before Gregg Allman passed away last past summer, he was recording an album full of original works. The posthumously released “Southern Blood” is nominated for Best Americana Album at the Grammy Awards later this month. The heart-shattering album reflects on Gregg’s life as his terminal illness overtook him. We listen to the record and talk with Gregg’s longtime friend Chank Middleton and Gregg’s guitarist and band leader Scott Sharrard. We also hear from Gregg’s producer, Don Was.
Accents are complicated and they’re often intertwined with identity. The Southern accent is no exception. So we brought together a couple of linguists to answer our questions about what makes a truly Southern manner of speaking. Erik Thomas is from North Carolina State University and Dennis Preston is from Oklahoma State University.