Retired social services administrator, writer and former Savannah-Chatham County School Board president Diane Cantor talks about her book “When Nighttime Shadows Fall.” With themes including sexuality, public health, teen pregnancy and women’s self-empowerment, the character-driven novel was set in 1970’s Appalachia and is very relevant to our own times.
Fantasy horror writer Alledria Hurt talks about breaking molds and sticking to others within a broad literary genre. She talks about her influences and pet peeves. And she talks about putting African-American female characters front and center.
Baritone Singer Kurt Ollmann talks about his career from theater in Wisconsin to opera on some of the world’s biggest stages. He considers himself lucky to have won a Grammy Award with Leonard Bernstein. He talks about moving to Savannah, what he’s doing now and his favorite music.
Bicoastal songwriter Josephine Johnson talks about playing the ukulele, crossing seas and continents for music and the inspirations behind her songs. She plays “Let It All Out,” “Tuesday Evening” and “Come Down.”
Pushing to change the name of Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge, Ronald Christopher talks about race, economics, education and our city’s future. A Savannah native who became a New York City lawyer and investment banker, Christopher returned to make the city better. But as of yet, he hasn’t found just the right place.
Laurence and Michael Gottlieb talk about the latest incarnation of their family’s baking business, established in 1885. They explain the origins of their famous Chocolate Chewy cookie. And they talk about mental health in the hospitality industry.
Farmer Willie Johnson talks about his 50-years at Promised Land Farms in Port Wentworth. Although he cites riding tractors and watching things grow as the best parts of his business, he’s clearly motivated more by his love for people and people’s love for him. Now his farming career is coming to an end.
Jim Nowak of the Dzi Foundation talks about risk, determination and focus. His Colorado-based non-profit helps to build schools and other life-giving infrastructure in remote Nepal. But not without overcoming many challenges.
Retired school teacher Peggy Riggins of Jesup talks about her unlikely activism. She and others led the successful fight to stop a corporation from bringing coal ash to the Altamaha River watershed. Republic Services eventually backed down.
Syrian refugee and new Savannah resident Naji Abousaleh talks about his journey to safety and freedom. Lauren Cruickshank, our area’s refugee resettlement coordinator for Lutheran Services of Georgia, talks about her organization’s services and what people can do to help.
Singer Laiken Love talks about her emergence from choirs, karaoke bars and open mics to an in-demand vocalist. Whether it’s jazz, funk, blues, classical, pop, you name it, her style and talent are on show with Savannah’s best musicians. She talks about her own composition, “Promise.”
Yo-yo throwing champion Coffin Nachtmahr talks about the values of being true to yourself and learning new skills. The subject of the documentary film “Throw,” part of MountainFilm on Tour, Nachtmahr turned his passion and hobby into a business.
President Darin Van Tassell and coach John Miglarese of Tormenta FC talk about their Premier Development League team and the growth of soccer in South Georgia. The players come from all over the world. They’re hungry for a chance to move up the tiers of soccer. They’ll play USL Charleston Battery on May 10th.
Author Gwen Strauss talks about her children’s book, “The Hiding Game,” an intense and colorful profile of Varian Fry, who successfully hid and saved Jews and anti-Nazi refugees during WWII. Strauss describes her creative process, the timeliness of a refugee’s story and her personal connections with figures in the book.
Organ donor Harold Mintz talks about the “bread crumbs” that led him to an act of “extreme altruism.” He became one of the first people in the country to donate a kidney to a total stranger in 2000, when Gannett Belay came within days of dying. He was the subject of the documentary “1-800-GIVE-US-YOUR-KIDNEY,” featured at Mountain Film on Tour in Savannah.
Historians Mimi Rogers and Michael Higgins talk about the submarine attacks that killed 22 mariners off the coast of Georgia on April 8th, 1942. Rogers, curator of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, and Higgins, a retired merchant seamen, describe the torpedoing of the SS Oklahoma and Esso Baton Rouge near St. Simons Island.
Archaeologist Laura Seifert of Armstrong State University talks about a Catholic school for newly freed slaves built shortly after the end of the Civil War on Skidaway Island. Seifert and her students are excavating the short-lived school site, which is slated to become a home near a golf course in a gated community.
Singer-songwriter Andrew Gill talks about his new band, Junkyard Angel, his old band, Wormsloew and the difficulty of keeping a band together. He also talks about his solo projects, including a new EP.
Los Angeles postal service worker and marathon runner Johnny Jameson talks about perseverance, legacy and “grinding that bad boy out.” A man of grace and humor, he was the subject of Vincent DeLuca’s film “Mile 19,” which chronicled his 31 annual marathons in L.A. The film was presented as part of Mountain Film on Tour Savannah.
Interior designer Lisa Pinyan of LS3P talks about her profession, what she considers her favorite projects and trends in the industry. She has designed schools, libraries, corporate headquarters and other projects in a career with architecture firms.
Remote-controlled car racers talk about their hobby. Their club, the Savannah-Chatham Off-Road Racing Enthusiasts (SCORE), and its outdoor track, the Phil Hurd Raceway at Lake Mayer, are celebrating 30 years of racing little cars.
Savannah Rape Crisis Center director Kesha Gibson Carter talks about what only can be called a terrible year for advocates like her. From Stanford to Access Hollywood, the messages haven’t been good. What can we do to counter the culture?
Photographer Jill Stuckey talks about her colorful images of Ossabaw Island. Longtime island caretaker Roger Parker talks about his work as Georgia’s “saltwater cowboy.” The couple are featured in a new book, “Ossabaw Island: A Sense of Place,” published by Mercer University Press.
Singer-songwriter Isaac Smith talks about his transition from sacred to secular music. A pastor’s son, he started writing his own music when he moved to Savannah a few years ago. His voice and style are very "of the moment."
Chris Manganiello of the Georgia Rivers Network talks about the pioneers of Georgia environmentalism. Eugene Odum, Jane Yarn and many others led a popular movement to pressure lawmakers in the late 1960’s to pass the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act, the most important piece of environmental legislation in Georgia.
Excerpts from interviews and presentations recorded at the “Prepare, Respond and Adapt – Is Georgia Climate Ready” conference on Jekyll Island. Subjects include tropical storms, droughts, fisheries, vulnerability assessments, living shorelines, energy, climate change skepticism and what we can do to fight global warming.
Memorial University Medical Center’s VP for the Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah, Bill Lee, talks about growth and setbacks at his facility. The hospital has greatly expanded pediatric care in our community. But the effort to create a standalone children’s hospital took a $15 million hit when the Memorial-Novant deal collapsed.
Retired drug enforcement agent Gordon Rayner and his wife Ella Mae Rayner talk about coming to terms with PTSD and depression. Battling bad dreams and foul moods, Gordon started writing memoirs and fictions at Senior Citizens, Inc. The experience, shared with Ella Mae, turned into two books and a more positive outlook on life.
Poet and photographer Danelle Lejeuene talks about how her life’s many different passions came together on Georgia’s coast. She explains how her Iowa background in farming and historic preservation has informed her work. She’s a literary mama with a bright future, expecting her first book, “Etymology of Whale-Fish and Grace,” next year.
University of Colorado law professor William Boyd talks about groundwater on Georgia’s coast. He examines this precious resource through natural, historic, legal and political lenses. He focuses his talk on the water-intensive pulp and paper industry on the Savannah River.
Wilmington Island artist Lisa Rosenmeier talks about her work painting running shoes and pets. Known for her bright colors and heavy lines, the former Utah resident creates focused compositions, highlighting individuality. She talks about her move to Savannah and her artistic inspirations.
Longshoreman, football player, motorcycle enthusiast, community activist and freelance DJ Navaughn Kearse a.k.a. DJ Moony Dee talks about his desire to learn and do good. Kearce spins records at Savannah’s Star Castle, in Atlanta and New York and across the region. He stays positive, clean and old school on the records and in his life.
Savannah writer Jonathan Rabb talks about Southern Jews, the Holocaust, Jim Crow, otherness, acceptance and other big themes in his new book “Among the Living.” Set in 19-47 Savannah, it’s a gripping story about a concentration camp survivor as he discovers his path through sweeping changes in his own life and in the world around him.
Writer and environmental activist Janisse Ray talks about the Georgia coast as experienced through the brilliant language of our great authors. She explains how writers shape our sense of place and how lost vocabulary makes us speechless before nature.
Jason Lee of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Christi Lambert of the Nature Conservancy talk about Altama Plantation Wildlife Management Area. Once a playground for the rich, this 4,000 acre waterfront tract is now a haven for wildlife. We explore its high and low areas, marveling at the plants, animals and natural silence.
Writer Lanie Peterson talks about her late husband Larry Peterson’s book, “Deadly Dust: The Imperial Sugar Inferno.” The book examines what happened in Savannah’s worst industrial fire, a shocking example of corporate negligence. She also talks about Larry’s career in journalism.
Coastal historian Buddy Sullivan talks about the northern industrialists who shaped the current state of Georgia’s coast, especially its protected barrier islands, in the century that followed the Civil War. His presentation was delivered at the “Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture” symposium organized by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Comedian Collin Moulton talks about his Barefoot Comedy Club on Tybee Island, his new East Coast comedy beachhead, having recently moved here from Los Angeles. He also talks about the comedians the he admires, why he loves Brazilian jiu-jitsu and his four podcasts.
The new director of Chatham County Animal Services, Kerry Sirevicius, talks about demystifying her agency’s work, facilitating adoptions and her own professional background with pets. She wants to make her agency more transparent, more expansive and a happier place to visit.
Licensed professional counselor Teneka Gerido competes with the violent streets of Savannah. The street offers young people drugs, money and fast living. “Miss G” offers them field trips, free meals, mental counseling and a refuge from fast dying. It’s not a choice that a lot of young people get. In my cul-de-sac, Atari childhood in Florida, […]
Environmental historian Albert Way of Kennesaw State University talks about the history of Georgia’s longleaf pine forests. He argues that longleaf pine is a foundational material of American industry. He presented this talk at the “Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture” symposium organized by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Lighthouse enthusiast Bill Fulton talks about his hobby. He calls it lighthouse inspection. More like lighthouse tourism, his passion for coastal beacons has taken him from the Great Lakes to Florida. He has climbed between more than 200 lighthouses.
South Carolina Naturalist Rudy Mancke talks about his award-winning careers in nature, education and broadcasting. His Zen-like television program NatureScene and his snappy radio segments Nature Notes are like walking in the woods with a friend. His unbound enthusiasm for the natural world makes the world a more eco-friendly place.
University of Michigan history professor Tiya Miles talks about “ghost tourism” and “flying African” stories in the South. Both turn historical fragments into supernatural tales. This lecture was recorded at the Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture symposium organized by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Rafe and Ansley Rivers of Canewater Farm in McIntosh County talk about their vegetable-growing business and art. Native Georgians, they moved to the coast three years ago to pursue their dream of farm ownership. A photographer, Ansley talks about her project documenting America’s rivers.
Theater director and Collective Face co-founder David I. L. Poole talks about his quirks as an artist. He says that he gravitates toward strong, female-driven scripts and magical, immersive set designs. He previews the company’s 2016-2017 season.
Historian Drew Swanson talks about post Civil War “disaster tourism” and how it relates to the South’s conservation movement. A professor at Wright State University, Swanson argues that postwar emphasis on wildness, recreation and isolation fueled later generations. He spoke at the Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture symposium organized by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Tybee Island activist Julia Pearce talks about her life-changing moments and latest causes. An inspiration, she shares advice on how to live and better the world. Pearce founded Tybee MLK, a year-round island legacy to non-violence and understanding.
Tybee Island singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver talks about the mystery of the creative process. The retired Atlanta newspaper editor now lives at the beach, where he books the Savannah Singer Songwriter Series. He talks about taking notes, traveling and daily discipline in the context of his prolific output.
Abdel Metwally of Metwally Table Tennis Club in Pooler talks about the sport’s finer points. He talks about the difference between ping pong and table tennis. And he talks about how he transitioned from a recreational break room player to a club owner.
Historic cartography expert Max Edelson of the University of Virginia talks about British maps of Georgia. He explains how maps reflected the hopes and fears of Colonial settlers. They drew Georgia into being and documented its changing vision.
Art dealer Chris Murray talks about the photography exhibit “Elvis at 21.” On display at the Jepson Center for the Arts, the images capture Elvis Pressley in 1956, while the musician was still on the cusp on stardom. The photos were taken by Alfred Wertheimer.
Laura Lee Bocade of DIRTT Environmental Services talks about the innovative Savannah manufacturer. They employ about 100 area residents in an unusual workplace. They make building interiors. And they are trying to change the construction industry.
Armstrong State University piano professor Benjamin Warsaw talks about his short preludes. Inventive, captivating and based on Chopin’s immortal Op. 28, they draw on a wide range of classical influences and invite the listener into many differing moods.
Sculptor, poet, performer, activist and educator Vanessa German delivers a powerful presentation about art and love. As she describes it, art and love are the same thing. And they have the power to heal individuals and communities. She spoke as part of Telfair Museums’ “State of the Art” exhibit at the Jepson Center for the Arts.
Archaeologist David Hurst Thomas of the American Museum of Natural History talks about our history before the English arrived in 1733. He explores Native American and Spanish facts that define “pre-Georgia” history. This talk was given at the “Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture” symposium presented by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Savannah writer Bess Chappas talks about her book, The Wrath of Aphrodite. An old-fashioned romance novel, it features the colorful bar owner Pinke Masters and draws on Greek-American stereotypes. She also talks about her mother and other influences.
Guitar-toting, rap-spitting musician Basik Lee, a.k.a. Steve Baumgartner, talks about his musical influences. His style runs the gamut from hip-hop and soul to rock and blues. He doesn’t like being put in musical boxes. A former member of Dope Sandwich, he talks about the struggle for urban music to gain legitimacy.
Radio news producer Claire Beverly talks about her roles as traffic reporter and morning show personality. She answers some commonly asked questions of radio hosts. She is a familiar voice to listeners of six stations owned by Alpha Media in the Savannah and Hilton Head Island radio market.
Environmental historian Mart Stewart of Western Washington University talks about islands, edges and the globe and how they relate to Georgia’s history. He says this place always has inspired dreamers. This was the keynote address at the “Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture” symposium presented by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Retired educator Joseph Killorin, who taught at Armstrong State University for four decades, remembers his friendship with the great Savannah writer Conrad Aiken. He reflects on the tragic childhood events that shaped Aiken’s life and the “terrific” times that they both enjoyed in the writer’s waning years.
Imam Maajid Faheem Ali, the spiritual leader of Masjid Jihad, Savannah’s oldest mosque, talks about Islam and the ignorance surrounding it. He speaks eloquently about the possibility of greater understanding through education, however incremental.
Visual artist Michael Mahaffey talks about his stencil and spray paint creations. Often referencing strong women from television and movies, they take a dark, humorous and subversive hit at modern life. His work has strong overtones of LGBT culture.
Chaz Ortiz of Chazito’s Latin Cuisine talks about his food truck. His delicious empanadas, Cuban sandwiches and mojo pork are devoured at special events. He is a culinary pioneer who navigated difficult rules in Savannah to lead the way for others.
Archaeologist Victor Thompson of the University of Georgia talks about the Native American practice of communal feasting and what it has to say about changes in the landscape of Ossabaw Island. Island cowboy Roger Parker talks about his six decade career as a wildlife manager on Ossabaw Island.
Armstrong biology major Yair Munoz talks about his journey from Mexico to graduation at Armstrong State University. Brought to this country as a nine-year-old, the child immigrant overcame many obstacles to become an inspiration to his peers among undocumented students. His case challenges the US policy of “Deferred Action.”
Jamie Durrence of Daniel Reed Hospitality talks about his sleek and modern farm-to-table restaurants, Local 11Ten, the Public Kitchen and Bar and Soho South Café. He talks about his background in the fashion industry and the importance of patience, tourism and details in restaurant management.
Savannah writer Beverly Willett talks about the inspirations behind her work, including her nationally-published articles about parenting and marriage. Her daughters and Buddhist meditation retreats inform her work. She also co-chairs the Coalition for Divorce Reform and talks about the constitutionality of no fault divorce.
Archaeologist David Hurst Thomas of the American Museum of Natural History talks about Fallen Tree, a burial ground site of the extinct Guale people on St. Catherine’s Island. He also talks about his archaeological principles and career accomplishments.
Xulu Jones of the band Xuluprophet talks about his eclectic style, his distinctive voice and his rise from homelessness and addiction. He describes his musical influences and performs four songs. He shares some of his views on food security and religion.
Scott West of Savannah Master Calendar talks about his distinctive hats, his cute dogs, his powerful marketing business and his outspoken activism. One of Savannah’s most visible gay businessmen, he recently took to social media to decry the city’s crime wave. He talks about his family, living with HIV and Savannah’s LGBT community.
Ramsey Khalidi of Southern Pine Co. talks about his “urban recycling” business. He’s the “everything is recyclable” and “build a community” historic preservationist in Savannah. He talks about the evolution of his business, his professional background, his many collaborations and the small business incubator that Southern Pine Co. has become.
Savannah education researcher and practitioner Alethea Raynor talks about school reform. An advocate with the Anneburg Institute for School Reform, she talks about discipline disparities, community partnerships and two initiatives she co-founded in Savannah, the Risers Academy and the African-American Male Achievement group.
Author and playwright Miriam Center presents a tour of the addresses that she’s called home in Savannah. Daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, women’s spiritual guide, former real estate agent, former politician and divorcee of a longtime Savannah alderman, her homes reveal a lot more than how the neighborhoods have changed.
Courtney McNeil, Curator of Fine Arts and Exhibitions at Telfair Musems, talks about the exhibit “Monet and American Impressionism.” The exhibit presents four works by Claude Monet, six Impressionist works from the museums’ permanent collection and scores of traveling pieces that all highlight the art of Impressionists in the United States.
Erik Brooks, author of “Tigers in the Tempest: Savannah State University and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” talks about the school’s 225 year history. He connects campus activities with larger events in the equality movement. And he isn’t afraid to delve into internal struggles on campus.
Artist, historian and writer Deborah Willis of New York University talks about the intersection of history, culture and identity in black images. Telfair Museums presented this lecture in connection with the exhibit “Mickalene Thomas at Giverny.” It was the 2015 Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture.
Jazz guitarist, band leader, arranger and composer Jackson Evans talks about his influences, mentors, collaborators and artistic progressions. And there’s a surprise. He sings, too! This professionally recorded performance takes you inside his creativity.
Innovative opera composer Michael Ching talks about his new work based on a Savannah story, “Alice Ryley.” The Savannah Voice Festival Commissioned the piece. It tells the tale of an Irish immigrant in Colonial Georgia. Ching also talks about his other notable works and the inspirations that drove them.
Karen Jenkins of the Savannah Tree Foundation and Shem Kendrick of Coastal Arbor Care talk about tree maintenance from a homeowner’s perspective. They discuss the problems and solutions in neighborhoods where emergency trees threaten property and lives.
Ultimate Frisbee fans, including professional player Chris Gwinner, talk about the “flying disc” sport. Forsyth Park regulars explain how throwing and twisting keeps them fit. Savannah native Gwinner talks about his other globe-trekking outdoor adventures.
Savannah nurse and educator Dottie Kluttz, founder of the Story Keeping program at Hospice Savannah, talks about the importance of storytelling. She believes real live person-to-person storytelling is in danger. And she offers practical advice on how to use it in our own busy everyday lives.
McIntosh County shrimper Morris Butler talks about his career on the water. He shares some of his skills for surviving this highly seasonal and physically demanding job. He talks about his good years, bad years, best captains and most memorable adventures.
Savannah painter Isaac McCaslin talks about his large, oil-based “landfills of the mind.” These monumental works have earned him a reputation as one of the area’s most gifted painters. Inspired by junk yards and Renaissance masterpieces, his art deals with death, decay, value and rebirth.
This special podcast features inspiring voices from Savannah’s LGBT community. The speakers have pushed tirelessly for a more gay-positive community. They celebrated the historic US Supreme Court decision. They married. They founded a gay-affirming church. And they founded Georgia’s oldest LGBT community service organization.
Curator of fine arts and exhibitions for Telfair Museums, Courtney McNeil, talks about works by African-American artists in the museums’ permanent collection. You’ll hear about some heavyweights in the art world like Augusta Savage, Romaire Bearden, Sam Gilliam and Whitfield Lovell. She also talks about where the collection will grow from here.
Surfing instructor Atsushi Yamada talks about his Happy Surf Camp Aloha on Tybee Island. Possibility, acceptance, humility, nature, laughter, stillness, competition and children all come up in his words. He talks about his background as a professional snow skier in Japan.
Chatham County Assistant Public Defender Christopher Middleton talks about his job, his community service and the game of chess. Recently recognized by the State Bar for his volunteerism, he sees his personal and public work as flowing from the same well. He also talks about his mentors.
Montclair Art Museum contemporary art curator Alexandra Schwartz talks about the exhibit “Come as You Are,” on display at the Jepson Center. The exhibit highlights the artistic and societal trends of the 1990’s, including globalization, identity politics and information technology.
New School of Etiquette founder Tatia Adams Fox talks about her journey from Savannah “charm school” to the heights of music marketing in New York City. Along the way, she learned a thing or two about “social intelligence.” Now she’s teaching and motivating students in Savannah.
The Georgia Teacher of the Year for 2016, Ernie Lee, talks about getting the most out of students by building positive relationships with them. A former lawyer and actor, he talks about the skills needed for classroom instruction and how he became a teacher. Lee teaches history and civics at Windsor Forest High School.
Ian Nott of Aetho talks about his company’s motion-stabilizing camera product. The design was a napkin sketch a little more than a year ago. It started with a high-flying camera business. He discusses his inspirations, methods and Savannah’s startup culture.
Jamie Bowerman talks about his modular bag system designed for people with active lifestyles. It relies on a patented clasp to enhance flexibility. Bowerman is a classic inventor. He discusses inspiration, failure, confidence and teambuilding.
Chocolatier Adam Turoni talks about his sweet creations. He opened Chocolat by Adam Turoni when he was 22-years-old. He talks about the humor, guts and terror that went into his early success. He also discusses his mentors and inspirations.
Yale Ferguson, a graduate fellow and emeritus professor of global affairs at Rutgers University in Newark, talks about the souring relationship between Turkey and its Western allies. A combination of autocratic moves, human rights abuses and inflamed rhetoric makes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a frustrating figure in Washington and Brussels.
Photographer Jon Waits is best known around Savannah for his evocative concert photos. He talks about capturing special moments in performance. But his photographic passions also include wildlife and the rural South. He explains how sobriety led him to take pictures seriously.