One of the ways that people are coping with coronavirus anxiety is by baking. That’s not a surprise to resident chef for NPR’s Here & Now Kathy Gunst, perhaps because she and former Food Network executive Katherine Alford wrote about the power of baking to process emotions in their new cookbook, Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury and Women’s Voices. On Second Thought spoke with Gunst to talk about the resurgence of baking in a world that is now so dramatically different.

"On Second Thought" for Friday, Apr. 10.

When Wahida Clark went to federal prison in 1999, she knew she needed some way to support her teenage daughters. She never thought it would be writing. Since then, the Atlanta-based author has come to be known as “The Queen of Street Lit.” She’s published 15 novels, including four New York Times bestsellers. She now runs a company that helps other inmates find their voice and publish their own books. Before self-quarantines and makeshift home studios, Clark shared more about her story. 

We continue our check-ins with Georgians during the coronavirus crisis. This week, we hear from Southern Book Prize-winning author Jessica Handler about what she has rediscovered while staying at home.

When Abby Wright's high school musical was canceled, she was disappointed. But the viral #SunshineSongs hashtag gave her an opportunity to share her performance with hundreds of people online — and led to the Dalton junior getting attention from Broadway stars. Wright shared more about what the experience meant for her.

We revisit Virginia’s What You Need To Know: Coronavirus with Father Emmanuel Vasconcelos, associate pastor at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Columbus, Georgia. There, they are finding ways to connect congregants by filling the pews not with the church attendees, but with their photos.

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