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The weekend is upon us and that means plenty to do in and around Savannah. Bevin Valentine Jalbert of Paprika Southern and Shannon Lowery of Visit Savannah have some tips.


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Millennials aren't as religious as generations before them. That's according to a report from the Pew Research Center. The study found 35 percent of Americans born between 1981 and 1996 are religiously unaffiliated. We gathered a group of church leaders to explain how they engage with young people. 

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In an episode of "Meet the Press" in April 1960, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said he thought it was one of the most "shameful tragedies of our nation that 11 o'clock on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours in Christian America."

Nearly 60 years later, a pair of church leaders in Macon observed that not much had changed. The New Georgia Encyclopedia states Macon is home to more churches than any other city in the American South.

GPB recorded a conversation between Rev. Dr. Jake Hall of Highland Hills Baptist Church and Rev. Dominique Johnson of Kingdom Life, Inc. for the series "Macon Conversations." In this excerpt, they discussed finding common ground between white people and people of color in their congregations.


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Five years ago, Jonathan Merritt moved from Buford to Brooklyn, New York. Almost immediately, Merritt found he couldn't communicate with the people around him. It was not that they spoke a different language, but rather that Southern Baptist preacher's son — and Emory-educated Master of Divinity — felt unable to have the conversations about faith and spirituality that he had always had in his hometown. Merritt set out to find out if other people in the United States were avoiding conversations about religion. In a survey of 1,000 people, he found that 1 in 5 had not had a conversation about religion in the last year. 


A voter enters a polling site in Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.
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Monday night, a federal judge denied a request to move Georgia’s 159 counties to paper ballots ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm election.

But she also denied the state’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, writing that Georgia’s 16-year-old touchscreen voting system is at risk of cyberattack or other threats.

GPB's Stephen Fowler has been following the case. He spoke with GPB's Rickey Bevington about what comes next.


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Visitors to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge may hear blasts among the bird calls over the next few weeks. 

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Today, "On Second Thought" took a scan of the state.

We spoke with NPR political reporter Asma Khalid about low voter turnout, and heard from some of the Georgians she met in Houston, Cobb and Hancock counties.

GPB's own Emily Jones also joined from Savannah with a story about alligators in the Okefenokee swamp, and "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott munched on some edible bugs with University of Georgia entomologist Marianne Shockley.

We also caught up with John T. Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance. His new series, "TrueSouth," debuts on SEC Network tonight. Chef Todd Richards also told us about his favorite Southern ingredient: collard greens. 

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We launched a new "On Second Thought" series on Tuesday called “Main Ingredient” in which a chef tells us about his or her essential Southern ingredient. Host Virginia Prescott heads into the kitchen with Atlanta-based chef and cookbook author, Todd Richards. He shares with us his love for collard greens.

"Bacon, Collard and Fried Egg Sandwich" by Todd Richards

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Football and food are two mighty markers of Southern identity. The two intersect Tuesday night when John T. Edge and Wright Thompson's new series "TrueSouth," an exploration of Southern food and culture, debuts on SEC Network. In the first episode, Edge, who directs the Southern Foodways Alliance, goes to Birmingham, Alabama, where he meets generations of Greek-Americans who transformed their community. 


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With American politics more polarized than ever, most Americans have at least one thing in common going into midterms: they tend to stay home on Election Day. In fact, as NPR political reporter Asma Khalid has found, midterm elections have not drawn a majority of voters to the polls since the early 1900s. She set out to find out why.


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The National Weather Service says Georgia will be spared the worst of Florence, which was downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday morning. 

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The latest forecasts show Hurricane Florence making landfall in the Carolinas, but the storm’s already causing dangerous conditions on Georgia’s beaches.

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Hundreds of African-Americans met in downtown Atlanta Tuesday for the first State of Black Health conference.


Political Rewind: The Divide Over Medicaid

Sep 11, 2018

On this edition of Political Rewind, Stacey Abrams unveils a proposal she says will provide health care to the neediest Georgians.  The Kemp campaign says Abrams’ plan to expand Medicaid is a non-starter, but they have yet to announce how they’ll address a problem voters say is high on their list of priorities.


National Hurricane Center

Hurricane season is in full swing with three named storms in the Atlantic. Hurricane Florence is currently churning toward the East Coast as a Category 4 storm.

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It’s not hard to meet a gator in Georgia. Waterways in South Georgia are full of them. But there’s a lot we don’t know about these big reptiles. GPB’s Emily Jones went to the Okefenokee Swamp to meet the researchers and alligators hoping to change that.


Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a new poll shows the race between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams is a virtual tie. The numbers also show how Georgian’s feel about President Donald Trump’s job performance.


J. Cindy Hill

The number of nesting sea turtles along Georgia’s coast is down again this year following a record set in 2016. But that may not be something to worry about. 


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September brings plenty of fun to the Savannah area. Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council has some tips.


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The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender histories of New York and San Francisco are well known. But what about the South?


J. Cindy Hill

A record number of baby oysters were grown last year at the University of Georgia's nursery on Skidaway Island. 


Beth Macy

On this edition of Political Rewind, for six years, Roanoke-based journalist Beth Macy watched the opioid crisis unfold in struggling Appalachian communities all around her. And so she began documenting the roles that a pharmaceutical industry hungry for profit, medical practitioners intent on easing pain and government agencies slow to recognize the crisis all played in allowing a devastating plague of addiction to grip the entire region.


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In an age when we all seem to be talking at each other, Virginia Prescott thinks we need to do a better job listening.


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Labor Day weekend brings plenty of fun to the Savannah area. Do Savannah's Heather Henley has some tips.


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Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District is threatened. The National Park Service on Tuesday announced it was downgrading the district’s status from satisfactory because of threats from development, natural disasters and "intangible threats like noise and traffic."

 

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Gwinnett County health officials say a resident is recovering from West Nile Virus. It’s the third suspected case in the state this year. On the whole, mosquito-borne illnesses have been on the rise since 2004.

 

Roxanne Connelly is the Entomology and Ecology Team Lead with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. She tells GPB’s Emily Jones that, so far, this summer has been slow — but it’s too soon to tell how the year will add up.


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There's something for everyone in Savannah this weekend. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calender and Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune have some tips.


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The media has a big role to play in suicide prevention, officials said Thursday.

Especially when it comes to at-risk children as young as 9 years old, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Trebor Randle said Thursday to a group of healthcare journalists.

Suicide is a serious public health issue and the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 39, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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It's a weekend full of music (and more) in Savannah. Anna Chandler of Savannah Magazine and Bill Dawers of hissing lawns and the Savannah Morning News have some tips.


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