Bradley George

Senior Editor & Reporter

Bradley George joined GPB in 2014. He's reported Georgia stories for NPR, Marketplace, and The Takeaway. He comes to Georgia from Nashville, where he woke up “Morning Edition” listeners at WPLN from 2011 to 2014. George has also worked at public radio stations WBHM in Birmingham and WFDD in Winston-Salem, NC.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue talked trade in Canada Friday. The former Georgia governor met with his Candian counterpart, Lawrence MacAulay, on Prince Edward Island. Perdue’s trip comes after President Trump imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

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Dorthy Cotton, a civil rights pioneer who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr has died at the age of 88. Cotton led education efforts for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the civil rights era, and she led the Atlanta-based civil rights group’s Citizenship Education Program.


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Students across Georgia walked out of class today, as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence and to remember the victims of last month’s school shooting in Florida. Some school systems encouraged students to participate, while others said those who take part could face consequences. We begin our look at the protests with GPB’s Maura Currie.

Highlights from schools that participated in the protest around Georgia: 

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Trust in media, fake news, and government misinformation--we’ve heard a lot about these issues in the U-S over the last few years.

But we’re not alone.

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The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, has resigned amid questions over her investments in tobacco and pharmaceutical companies.

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A brutal winter storm smacked the coastal Southeast with a rare blast of snow and ice Wednesday, hitting parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with their heaviest snowfall in nearly three decades.

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Operations are getting back to normal at the world's busiest airport after a massive power outage Sunday completely shut down Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

Georgia Power officials say a fire in a substation below the airport knocked out both the main power and the backup power for several hours on Sunday.

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Maybe there’s a voice-activated speaker like Amazon Echo or Google Home on your holiday shopping list. They’re handy for listening to music or setting alarms. The state of Georgia is connecting its website to the Echo’s Alexa operating system.

The board of credit reporting company Equifax says CEO Richard Smith will retire, effective immediately. His departure comes after hackers stole personal data on millions of Americans.

In a statement, Smith says he believes it’s in the company’s best interest to have new leadership.

Paulino Barros, who leads Equifax’s Asia-Pacific division, will take over as interim CEO. Smith will stay on as an unpaid advisor.

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On this edition of “Political Rewind,” our panel discusses how Georgia braces for Hurricane Irma. Will the state’s new emergency management team be up to the challenge?

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Astronomy students at the University of West Georgia are using Monday’s solar eclipse to recreate an experiment that proved Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.

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At Lake Lanier on Tuesday, crews will remove a houseboat that sank years ago. Nicknamed “The Titanic,” it’s one of about 20 abandoned boats and docks on Georgia’s largest lake. Not only are they eyesores, they’re harmful to people and the environment. And, there’s no easy way to get rid of them.  

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the 6th District showdown in June means almost 9 more weeks of attack ads. Bradley George fills in today for Bill Nigut as the panel looks at the road ahead for the Ossoff and Handel campaigns. The race is definitely drawing national attention with many insiders viewing it as a referendum on the election of Donald Trump.

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Georgia lawmakers took action on a number of health bills during the the 2017 session. Governor Nathan Deal has already signed one of them into law.

UPDATE: Massive Fire Crumbles Atlanta Interstate Bridge; None Hurt

Mar 30, 2017
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A massive fire caused an interstate bridge to collapse during rush hour Thursday in Atlanta, just minutes after witnesses said police halted traffic and turned cars away from the crumbling overpass. However, officials said no one was hurt despite dramatic images of towering flames and plumes of smoke.

In the last year, a nonprofit abortion and birth control clinic on the East Coast has expanded its presence in the South by opening two clinics in Georgia. The group is called Carafem, and it’s also trying to reduce the stigma around abortion through an aggressive media campaign. We talk with Melissa Grant, Carafem's vice president of health services.

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In the last year, a nonprofit abortion and birth control clinic on the East Coast has expanded its presence in the South by opening two clinics in Georgia. The group is called Carafem, and it’s also trying to reduce the stigma around abortion through an aggressive media campaign. We talked with Melissa Grant, who is Carafem's vice president of health services.

Theatrical Outfit

One of the true divas of the 20th century was singer and songwriter Nina Simone. She served as the voice for many frustrated African-Americans in the 1960s, particularly during the civil rights movement. A new musical in Atlanta called “Simply Simone” tells her story from the very beginning. It's called "Simply Simone," and it's being performed at the Theatrical Outfit. We talked with director/choreographer Patdro Harris.

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In 2015, construction workers at the University of Georgia made a startling discovery. They dug up a human skull while working on an addition to a classroom building. Eventually, archeologists discovered more than 100 gravesites. Some of them could have been slaves.  Some in Athens’ black community are upset with the way the university handled the remains.

How Will Proposed Trump Budget Affect Georgia?

Mar 16, 2017
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The Trump administration unveiled its proposed 2018 budget Thursday morning. Unsurprisingly, the budget calls for significant increases in military and border security spending while dramatically reducing the funding for a number of other government agencies.

Several of those cuts, including reductions at the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will affect a variety of Georgia-based programs that receive federal funding.

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As lawmakers continue to pour over the Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, members of Georgia’s congressional delegation have started to respond.

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A special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Georgia in the state’s long-running dispute with Florida over water rights in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the voters are getting restless and are starting to take out their frustrations on their representatives in Washington. Last night, a town hall meeting in Utah turned ugly for Congressman Jason Chaffetz. Today, staffers for Georgia Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Rep. Jody Hice got similar treatment as they hosted a "constituent service day." Is this the new normal for lawmakers? And will these protests morph into an organized movement like the Tea Party? 

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UPDATE 4:10 p.m.

Emergency officials say the death toll in Georgia has risen to 12 people killed as violent storms tear across the region.

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency gave the updated figure in a news release Sunday afternoon. The agency had reported total 11 deaths earlier in the day.

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Debris and dust from the World Trade Center ruined the organ at Trinity Church, just a few blocks from Ground Zero in New York.

The instrument was removed and sat in storage for years. Now it’s been restored, and has a new home at a church outside Atlanta.

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“Catastrophic and devastating.”

That’s how Glynn County Emergency Management director Jay Wiggins describes Hurricane Matthew.

His and five other counties on the coast are anxiously waiting for the storm, which could bring winds of over 100 miles an hour and a storm surge as high as eight feet.

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UPDATE 10/9/16 12:25 p.m

Governor Nathan Deal is lifting the mandatory evacuation order for coastal counties except for Chatham, where it won't be lifted until 5 p.m. At that point, Chatham County will be open to the public as well, though there will be a curfew in effect from 10 p.m.-7 a.m.

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Today on "Political Rewind," we discuss the "Commander-In-Chief Forum" and how this event sets the stage for the upcoming presidential debates. Candidates took on tough issues and came prepared with their polished responses.

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Many of the struggles of the Civil Rights era are well known. Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat, the March on Washington, Bloody Sunday in Selma, and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Others remain hidden, or only known to a few. In 1963, more than a dozen African American girls, aged 13-15, were held in a stockade for two months. Their crime: demonstrating for integration in Americus, Georgia.

Black Lives Matter Protesters Rally At Governor's Mansion

Jul 12, 2016
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Monday meant another night of protests in Atlanta, as hundreds of demonstrators outraged by recent police killings of black men held a sit-in outside the governor's mansion.

After gathering at the Lenox MARTA station, the protesters blocked a road near Lenox Square mall before marching to the mansion amid chants of "justice" and "black lives matter."

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