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.
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.”
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.
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.