Jonathan Poirier of Drayton Glass Works talks about the art of glass blowing. He and his assistant Thomas Sodeur work though hot days in their Starland studio. They use metal rods and gas flames to mold exquisite creations. They also discuss artists Jan Erik Ritzman and Dale Chihuly.
Norman Luten, Jr. of the Sandfly Community Betterment Association talks about the fight against commercial encroachment. It started a decade ago with the new Wal-Mart. Now it’s flaring up again. The community is seeking Historic District protection.
Dr. Stephen Blank of the American Foreign Policy Council talks about current events in Russia. He calls Vladimir Putin’s regime a “patrimonial kleptocracy.” He says Russia planned to invade Ukraine a long time ago. And he explains how oil prices and sanctions are pushing Putin to an edge.
Savannah municipal archivist Luciana Spracher talks about the 225th anniversary of city government, some of our greatest mayors, our historic City Hall building, her role as research librarian and her backdoor route to the archivist profession.
Todd Groce of the Georgia Historical Society talks about the 150th anniversary of the evacuation, surrender and peaceful occupation of Savannah during the closing months of the Civil War. The event left Savannah with a historic core that has become the envy of many. Groce talks about the end of Union Gen. William Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Robert Jepson talks about the past, present and future of the Port of Savannah. The city’s economic prosperity always has been tied to the sea. Jepson is a businessman, philanthropist and former chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority board. This talk was presented in conjunction with the Telfair Museums exhibit “Port City.”
Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart talk about their 1980’s television food program New Southern Cooking. They also discuss their cookbooks, including Southern Biscuits and the James Beard Award winning Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking.
Andy Schwartz of Grow Eat Repeat talks about composting. He started a new business aimed at taking kitchen scraps and turning them into a rich soil amendment for gardens across the city. He talks about common mistakes for the novice composter.
Jason Bible of the Savannah band The Train Wrecks talks about the songwriting process behind five songs on the band’s new album We Roll On. He says the band’s third release brings new sounds. And he says the production is slightly different, too.
Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute talks about the dangers of over-reliance on diplomacy. A scholar and former Pentagon official, he details the failures of diplomacy as they apply to rogue regimes, such as North Korea, Iran and the Taliban. He argues for a balanced approach including military and economic levers.