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Tough Talk By Bibb County Judge Goes Viral

Apr 2, 2016

A Bibb County judge's tough-talk to at-risk children has gone viral. As of Friday evening, roughly 150,000 people have viewed the 10-minute discussion by Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin to about 20 kids in a Bibb County courtroom. GPB Macon's Michael Caputo spoke with Judge Colvin about her motivation to give the difficult speech to these children.

Michael Caputo: So what program brought you in these 20 or so kids together in that courtroom a couple of days ago. 

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Think that this year’s presidential contest is the wildest this country’s ever seen? Well, think again.

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While tornado watches are set to expire into Friday evening, The National Weather Service is investigating what, if any, of the wind damage that came from storms that hit Georgia early Friday morning was caused by tornadoes.

 

In all, the National Weather Service issued seven tornado warnings in Georgia between 3 a.m. and noon Friday.

Thousands To Lose Food Stamps In Georgia

Apr 1, 2016
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As many as 5,700 metro Atlanta residents could lose their food stamps, part of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, starting today because of a requirement that benefits recipients have jobs.

Each week journalists Leah Fleming of GPB Macon and Charles Richardson, editorial page editor at The Telegraph talk about the issues on the minds of Middle Georgians. 

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Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston say there will be no special session to override Governor Nathan Deal’s veto of a religious liberty bill. Both leaders would like to take another pass on the bill in the next legislative session.

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We've got music, Frankenstein and an imaginary rabbit all in Middle Georgia this month. 

Local harpist Betsy Fitzgerald and Jackie K. Cooper, film critic for the Huffington Post share their lists of what to do this month!

Here are Betsy’s items for this week's show:

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It's Friday, and it's time to sit back, relax and celebrate Friday with our weekly Breakroom panel. We talk about yoga in the classroom, if Wonder Woman in the new “Batman v Superman” is too skinny, and whether the Internet is a good place to go when you need to make an important decision. 

Private Funds Hire Off-Duty Public Patrols

Apr 1, 2016
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Bill Fickling sat on his front porch in the Ingleside neighborhood of Macon.

 

He pointed beyond the cherry blossom trees, well-known to those who live in the city. Through the woods is a house.

 

“The burglars were actually using that as a hide out, apparently that house is vacant,” said Fickling.

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Not long ago, “Two Way Street” producer Jenny Ament told me she thought we ought to do an interview with Dr. Dax. Dax, for all of you out there who are as clueless as I was, is one of the best-known Atlanta graffiti writers to make a splash on the national scene.

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Heather Henley, editor of Do Savannah, and Tanya Milton, vice president of the Savannah Tribune, offer up some ways to have fun in Savannah this weekend.

 

 

 Tanya’s picks:

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The animated TV series, "Archer," wouldn't be the same without the creative team at Floyd County TV based in Atlanta.  But the voicework that helps the show come to life happens all around the country. 

 Lead voice actor H. Jon Benjamin has played the title character, Sterling Archer, for seven seasons on FX Networks now.  And he has one of the most recognizable voices in the world.  

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Two’s a company and three’s a crowd, but does that apply to American politics? A number of Republicans have called for a third party candidate as Donald Trump gets closer to the Republican nomination. Are we witnessing the rise of the Independent Party?

We speak about third party politics with Ron Rapoport, Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary, and Murray Dabby, the co-coordinator of Georgia Independent Voters. 

The Problem of Part-time Legislators

Mar 31, 2016

The Georgia General Assembly's work is done. Legislators must now run for re-election. Well, most of them. More than a dozen are actually going to retire. Among them Nikki Randall of Macon. So why are they leaving? And is it because of the salaries these part time lawmakers get?  To answer that question GPB Macon’s Michael Caputo brought in Chris Grant a political science professor for Mercer University. 

Michael Caputo: So these are supposed to be part time jobs. Are they really part time jobs? 

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UPDATE:

The Supreme Court of Georgia denied Bishop's request for a stay of execution Thursday afternoon.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied death row inmate Joshua Bishop's plea for clemency. The 41-year-old's execution is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

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There’s been a tremendous backlash in the conservative faith community after Governor Deal announced he will veto the “religious liberty” bill. Our panel of insiders discusses how the governor came to his decision and what supporters of the bill plan to do next to give the measure new life.

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When Michael Sam became the first openly gay athlete to be drafted into the NFL back in 2014, important barriers to equality were broken. But not much has changed when it comes to tolerance in the NFL and other professional sports. Most recently, the Atlanta Falcons were ostracized for questioning the sexuality of a potential draft pick by asking him if he liked men during an interview. 

Former NFL player and current advocate Wade Davis joins us to discuss the lack of tolerance in pro sports. Writer and editor Erick Fernandez of Cycle also weighs in on the controversial issue. 

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 The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is currently underway in Atlanta. President Obama and a host of politicians, scientists, and medical professionals aim to address the problem of prescription drug abuse. Currently, misuse of prescription meds is responsible for an estimated 72 deaths a day, a number that has pushed the medical community to classify this problem as an epidemic. 

We are joined by Dr. Patrice Harris of the American Medical Association to discuss the problem of prescription drug abuse and what can be done to curb the problem.

An Animated Tour Of Archer's Atlanta Home

Mar 30, 2016
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"On Second Thought" host Celeste Headlee is a huge fan of the FX adult animated series, "Archer."  

 

The show's seventh season begins on Thursday, March 31st and Celeste got treated to the fangirl dream of a lifetime last month. "Archer" is designed, edited, produced and mixed at Floyd County TV studios in Atlanta, Georgia, just about a mile away from GPB's home base in Midtown.  And they invited us over for a tour and to meet the crew that makes this wildly popular show.

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Most major cities around the country cultivate a certain cultural tone over time. Portland is known as a hub of nostalgia and alternative lifestyles; Miami boasts a blend of Latin culture mixed in with a constant party vibe. But how is Atlanta defined culturally and how has that definition changed over the years?

 

 

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A group of faculty and student researchers at Kennesaw State University have recently discovered a new method for delivering vital proteins into human cells. This new method of cell penetration could have a number of important applications down the road, ranging from improvements to cosmetics all the way to aiding the fight against cancer.

We talk to KSU’s associate vice president of research Jonathan McMurry and graduate student Verra Ngwa about the science behind their team’s discovery. 

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Beautiful music filled Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Alpharetta this past weekend.  More than a hundred people gathered there to sing. Not just any old songs but a style of music called Sacred Harp. The church was home to this year's Georgia State Sacred Harp Singing Convention. This event is in its 55th year, but the tradition of sacred harp is much older.  Much, much older.  

We speak with singer and photographer Johnathon Kelso and The Bitter Southerner's Editor-in-Chief Chuck Reece about the art of Sacred Harp music and its roots in southern gospel music

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University of Georgia researchers have developed a new flu vaccine that may one day take some of the guesswork out of fighting the virus.  

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President Obama is in Atlanta today to speak at the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. Although the rise of opioid abuse is a national problem, opioid addiction is especially critical in this state, where drug-related deaths increased by 10 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Obama Vows To Step Up Fight Against Opioid Abuse

Mar 29, 2016
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President Obama visited Atlanta Tuesday to lay out his administration's plans to step up its fight against what it calls the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.

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