A 2011 essay in Garden & Gun magazine called “Redefining the Southern Belle” got lots of responses; much of the feedback was positive, some not, but it all opened explorations of what “Southern woman” meant then and now. The discussions that followed led to a new book of portraits and interviews with artists, innovators and entertainers — from Reese Witherspoon to Oprah, Dolly Parton to Beyoncé, along with several names you may not know yet.

We hear more about the new book from Garden & Gun, called Southern Women: More Than 100 Stories of Innovators, Artists and Icons, from Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice and Euneika Roger-Sipp, two women featured in the magazine and its deputy editor, Amanda Heckert.

On Second Thought for Friday, Dec. 20, 2019.

The end of the year brings “best of” lists coming out left and right. With so much great content to check out, On Second Thought asked Josh Jackson and Ellen Johnson, editors at Atlanta’s own Paste Magazine to help us narrow down the year in music. They join the program to share some highlights from their list of the “50 Best Albums of 2019.”


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