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.
Singer and motivational speaker Kim Michael Polote talks about her new inspirational album, “Change.” She talks about her career, her friendship with Paula Deen and some of the personal stories behind her music. This podcast include clips from her gospel-tinged album.
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.