On Second Thought For Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Nov 28, 2017

The stress of work can often lead to unprofessional behavior. The scandals surrounding Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, and even Atlanta Public Schools demonstrate how high expectations can produce unethical decisions. Researchers at the University of Georgia just published research on what drives employees to engage in improper workplace behavior. We speak with Marie Mitchell, a Professor of Management in the Terry College of Business at UGA. Karen Rommelfanger, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University, also joins us.

Then, more homeless youth live in Atlanta than any other city in the South. Across the country, more than one million young adults and teens are living on the streets. New research from Georgia State University looks at the difficulties facing homeless youth in America. We talk about those struggles with Ana LaBoy, a Research Associate at Georgia State University. Brandon Attell, a Research Associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center, also joins us.

Another threat facing homeless youth is the risk of being trafficked. Children often experience sexual abuse and violence at home before they end up in the hands of traffickers. The FBI says child sex abuse cases are at near epidemic levels. The agency has a Child Exploitation Task Force, with units scattered across the country and the largest one in Atlanta. We talk about this with FBI Special Agent Eric Pauley. Nancy Chandler, formerly of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, also joins us.

And, from 2005 through 2015 about 22 percent of tested children in downtown Savannah had lead levels above the CDC’s reference level of 5 micrograms per deciliter. That’s about 639 children. While the number of children with elevated lead levels across the country and in Savannah has been generally decreasing, this part of Savannah still has a troubling rate. For the past two years, reporters at Reuters have been working on a series about U.S. children’s exposure to lead. We talk about the findings with Michael Pell, a data reporter at Reuters.

Fianlly, a major force within the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus steps down from his post next month. After 10 years, Kevin Robison leaves the chorus as its artistic director. He recently talked with GPB’s Sean Powers about the chorus' significance to gay rights, and the legacy he leaves behind.