October 29th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, Georgia drought, opinion page, The Sharper Your Knife, and Genarlow Wilson's release.
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October 29th Show

It's the start of a brand new work week, and here's what's happening on today's show:

In our first hour, we'll talk about the continuing drought that plagues parts of the Southeast. Unlike some natural disasters, such as floods or wildfires, droughts don't happen suddenly... but the effects can be just as damaging. After months of drought, water resources are dangerously low and Georgia's governor has declared a water supply emergency in the northern part of the state. We'll talk about the measures that are being implemented in an effort to manage the crisis and the critical impact a drought can have on a region. Our topic for our weekly "opinion page" at end of the hour is still in green (the color of hope). We'll have something in black (the color of certainty) in a matter of moments. Stay tuned.

Have you ever asked yourself "What do I REALLY want?" Usually we ask the question, may even have an answer, and proceed to immerse ourselves in the hum-drum of daily living until the question gnaws at us again. Now, imagine actually diving into that answer and completely re-inventing your life... and yourself. That's what Kathleen Flinn did. After bearing the brunt of a company lay-off, she chucked it all, ran off to Paris and enrolled at the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. She chronicles her journey, her experiences earning her culinary degree at the famed school, and yes, falling in love (ah, Paris) in her new book The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. Following that conversation, we'll speak with the lawyer who represented Genarlow Wilson, the former high school student who was sentenced to ten years in prison for engaging in consensual oral sex with a girl two years his junior. Genarlow was released from prison last Friday after serving two years of his term. We'll talk to Wilson's lawyer about his release, and the ten year sentence that the Georgia Supreme Court ruled "cruel and unusual punishment."