On Second Thought For Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dec 13, 2017

A record number of guns were confiscated this year at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Though that follows a national trend, the Atlanta airport led the nation in the number of guns found for another year. We discuss this with Kelly Yamanouchi, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who focuses on airport-related stories. Tom Barton, a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, also joins us. 

Photographer Alison Wright has seen a lot of places. She’s trekked through Africa, to South America, to Asia, with many stops along the way: 150 countries in all. She has one goal: Documenting the human condition, one photograph at a time.  Her new book, "Human Tribe," is a selection from those thousands of photographs, all showing our shared humanity.

Getting the flu is, at best, unpleasant. It can kill you. The CDC reports Georgia is one of seven states reporting widespread flu activity this year. In metro Atlanta, 47 people have been hospitalized for influenza-associated conditions. That’s about double the number hospitalized by this time last year. The CDC recommends nearly everyone above the age of six months get an influenza vaccination. But people still seem to have questions about what these shots are, how they work, and if they are safe. The term "flu shot" is heard and used all the time, but not well understood. That means it's time to break it down. Then we’ll check our work with an expert: Robert A. Bednarczyk is a Professor of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

All this year, we’ve paid homage to Southern food. Now, it’s time for cocktails. Every drink has its own story, and they’re told in a new book called “The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails.” We talk with co-authors Sara Camp Milam and Jerry Slater, who speak at the Atlanta History Center on Wednesday night 

Georgia offers some amazing cocktails. But there was -- legally anyhow -- a long dry spell. Prohibition was the law of the land from 1920 to 1933. Georgia had its own rules about alcohol, and when and where it could be bought and sold. A museum that opened in Savannah this year tells the Prohibition story from first drop to last. We learn more about that history from the museum’s manager, Kayla Black.