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Writer Steve Oney has been writing for more than four decades for publications such as Esquire, Time, GQ and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Over the course of his career, he estimates that he’s written somewhere between 150 and 200 profiles, 20 of which are included in A Man’s World, a collection of essays now out in paperback. 

All the profiles in A Man’s World explore a common theme: how and what it means to be a man. These have always been pressing questions for Oney, who told GPB Political Rewind host Bill Nigut that his father never fully equipped him for manhood. And so Oney looked toward his subjects for lessons in masculinity. He shared those lessons with us, including what he learned about being a man from actor Harrison Ford and Atlanta architect John Portman.


As thousands of people prepare to travel during Memorial Day weekend, the world's busiest airport is preparing for major congestion.

 

The travel period begins Thursday and runs through Tuesday, May 28.

At a recent press conference at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, TSA spokesperson Mary Leftridge Byrd estimated that 87,000 people will be traveling on Thursday.

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 Three to four days a week Ernestine Mims comes to the Senior Center in Twiggs County to eat lunch with her friends. On a recent afternoon, the women sat at a long table, covered in a yellow cloth.  Ernestine was clearly having fun.

“I laugh and talk, and I can go the day on, don’t think about nothing, no pains or nothing,” she said. “When I come up here I am able to forget about it. It’s just like a home away from home.” 


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  • Hartsfield Jackson Airport Officials Warn Of A Busy Memorial Day Weekend
  • Covington Police Officer Honored After Recovering From Labor Day Shooting


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Georgia was once a leader in the oyster canning business, but the last cannery closed in the 1960s. In decades since, the local bivalves had a reputation as too wild, too muddy and too much work, so they didn't show up on a lot of menus.

In the past few years, however, a group of people attuned to the estuaries of Glynn, Camden, Liberty and McIntosh counties have helped revive the Georgia oyster — through farming. Their stories are the center of André Gallant's A High Low Tide: The Revival of a Southern Oyster.


  • Georgia Tech To Offer Identity Theft Protection To Over One Million Affected By Data Breach
  • Kemp Visits Georgia Film Studios Amid Backlash Surrounding Abortion Law
  • Macon Becomes 10th Georgia City To Decriminalize Small Amounts Of Marijuana


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Kandace Springs covers several genres on her latest album Indigo.

The Nashville native was born into a musical household. Her father Scat Springs was a soul singer who sang backup for Brian McKnight, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and Donna Summer. 


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia’s new abortion law continues to make waves here and across the country. Four metro-Atlanta district attorneys vow they will not use the law to prosecute women who have an abortion.


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Every year, fans of anime, gaming, comics, and animation assemble in Atlanta for MomoCon. Georgia’s film and television industry is well represented.

GPB's Rickey Bevington and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined GPB's Rickey Bevington live on 88.5 FM GPB at 10 a.m. Tuesday to answer your questions and discuss Atlanta's most pressing issues.

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  • Two Film Productions Opt Out Of Georgia
  • Judge Rules Voting Lawsuit Can Proceed

A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit challenging Georgia's current voting system to continue, even as the secretary of state's office is reviewing proposals to replace it. 

Judge Amy Totenberg denied the state's request to dismiss the case, brought by a group of election integrity advocates and concerned Georgia voters.

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In 1920, African American farmers owned 14% of all American farmland. Today, 45,000 black growers own just 2% of that land. The vast majority of them live in the South, according to census data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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Calling all anime, gaming, comics and animation fans: This is your weekend.

MomoCon 2019 kicks off Thursday in Atlanta. Voice actors, designers, writers and showrunners take animation enthusiasts behind the scenes, making one of the fastest growing all-ages conventions in the country.

GPB's Kalena Boller, host of The Credits podcast, sat down with voice actor Bob Carter ahead of the convention. He voices video games.


Georgia was once a leader in the oyster canning business, but the last cannery closed in the 1960s.

In the past few years, however, a group of people have helped revive the Georgia oyster — through farming. 

André Gallant, author of A High Low Tide: The Revival of a Southern Oysterjoined us with more on the past, present and future of Georgia's oyster industry.

Bryan Rackely, co-owner of Kimball House — a Decatur restaurant where Georgia oysters are now on the menu —  also joined the conversation about these briny bivalves. 


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Food deserts, or areas where there’s nowhere to buy fresh, healthy food, don’t just happen on their own. Everything from city codes to discriminatory lending practices have kept stores and developers from investing in neighborhoods. Now, city planners in Savannah are trying to write codes that attract grocery stores.


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  • Two Productions From Lionsgate And Amazon Will Leave Georgia
  • Protests Surrounding Heartbeat Abortion Bill Take Place At The Capitol
  • Election Lawsuit Concerning Paper Ballots Not Struck Down, Will Move Forward


Georgia’s high school graduation rate has increased over the past several years. For the third year in a row, the state’s graduation rate is above 80%. That’s according to the Georgia Department of Education.


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GPB's Rickey Bevington and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined GPB's Rickey Bevington live on 88.5 FM GPB at 10 a.m. Tuesday to answer your questions and discuss Atlanta's most pressing issues. 

Watch the Facebook Live video below.

This will be a monthly conversation so submit your questions for the mayor on Twitter with the hashtag #QuestionsForKeisha or by email at allATL@gpb.org.

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Holding signs reading “Stop the bans,” "Our bodies, our choice" and “You, yes you: run for office!” several hundred people spilled out from the steps to the street outside the Gold Dome Tuesday afternoon.

They chanted, "Abortion is a human right, and we won't go without a fight," and "Hey hey, ho ho, abortion bans have got to go," while speakers from groups such as Sister Song and the American Civil Liberties of Georgia reminded the crowd abortion is still legal in Georgia and urged them to stay involved in their calls for expanded reproductive rights.


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Federal prosecutors in Georgia say a former county commissioner used her elected position to extort $1,000 from a contractor.

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A lawsuit challenging Georgia's outdated voting machines and seeking statewide use of hand-marked paper ballots can move forward, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

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Atlanta's professional women's basketball team, the Atlanta Dream, is preparing for the upcoming season. It had a successful run last year and made it to the WNBA finals with Head coach Nicki Collen at the helm. She's been in the top spot since 2017. 

Collen stopped by On Second Thought to discuss her start playing tennis, her passion for the sport and her dreams of bringing a championship to Atlanta.


A small group of mostly African American residents from Columbia County gathered in the sanctuary of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Grovetown over the weekend to help organize a new chapter of the NAACP, which bills itself as “the Nation’s Premiere Civil Rights Organization.”


In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a worker is seen behind the registration window of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a conversation with Grady Hospital President and CEO John Haupert on the many crises that public health institutions across the country continue to face.


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Gov. Brian Kemp has appointed 15 people to five different state boards and commissions, including the Georgia Department of Economic Development Board of Directors, Board of Community Affairs, State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Student Finance Commission Board of Commissioners, and Georgia Composite Medical Board.

Atlanta's professional women's basketball team, the Atlanta Dream, is preparing for the upcoming season. It had a successful run last year and made it to the WNBA finals with head coach Nicki Collen at the helm. She's been in the top spot since 2017.

She stopped by On Second Thought to discuss her start playing tennis, her passion for sports and her dreams of bringing a championship to Atlanta.


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Principal Lynn Janes knows she is responsible for some hungry kids.

 

“We have a lot of students, who, the only times that they really get a full solid meal is here at school,” Janes said.

 

 

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