Death Penalty | SEC Primary Approaches | Soul Man William Bell

Mar 2, 2016

The first of March is the all-important ‘SEC Primary’ for Georgia and six other Southern states. Candidates from both parties have been flooding Georgia with grass-roots efforts, campaign dollars, and in-person appearances. But after it’s all said and done, who will come away the big winners of the South? We talk with Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Bill Nigut and Emory Political Science Professor Andra Gillespie to get a preview of the primary before the final votes are cast.

Super Tuesday | Gender Gap | Superdelegates

Mar 1, 2016
Ida Mae Astute

For the presidential candidates, Georgia is high value territory. There are 76 Republican delegates up for grabs today and 102 Democratic delegates. We talk with Congressman John Lewis to answer some questions about this election season. 

Trump and Clinton Head South with Momentum

Feb 24, 2016

Fresh off his victories in South Carolina and Nevada, Donald Trump heads into the SEC/Super Tuesday primaries with what appears to be unstoppable momentum. Polls in Georgia show the GOP frontrunner with what may be an insurmountable lead in the state, while Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign is counting on his organization and ground game in Georgia to prove the pollsters wrong. Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio is counting on the continued winnowing of the Republican field to eventually put him in a one on one contest with Trump before it’s too late to stop the billionaire businessman. Gov.

Unsung Heroes Of Macon Music | PIT Maneuver | Voter Turnout

Feb 24, 2016

Police officers have long used a controversial tactic to end car chases. It’s called precision immobilization technique, or PIT maneuver. Many departments restrict how and when this tactic can be used because it can be dangerous at higher speeds. The Georgia State Patrol does not have those policies. Freelance journalist Shaun Raviv recently wrote about the agency’s PIT policies, which has killed at least twenty-eight people in Georgia. Also, Otis Redding, the Allman Brothers and Little Richard are just a few of the top-notch musicians to get their professional start in Macon, Georgia.

Paying for Crumbling Stormwater Systems

Feb 23, 2016
Grant Blankenship / Georgia Public Broadcasting


Clay Murphey, a project manager for Macon Bibb County, walked through an eight-foot-high stormwater culvert under a busy intersection. As sloshed through three inches of water, Murphey ran a hand along a jagged crack in the dusty red brick.

"This is the stuff we're concerned about. These large cracks," Murphey said. “You got seepage that's coming from above. That shouldn't be happening. Everytime you're seeping, you are washing away the mortar that's holding this brick in place.”

Then Murphey pointed down to brick rubble lying in the water.

Former President Jimmy Carter is concerned about the election for a new leader of soccer's governing body. Members of FIFA will cast ballots at a meeting in Zurich later this week. 

Carter doesn't usually weigh in on sports matters, but he often has something to say about elections. The Carter Center has monitored over 100 since 1989. 

"Healthy" Soda Marketing | Super Bowls & Cities | Tasers On Campus

Feb 22, 2016

Soda companies have devised a defense against sin taxes and criticism about the health effects of their products. Duane Stanford of Beverage Digest tells us how the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Company has evolved in its marketing to attract more health conscious consumers. Plus, is hosting a Super Bowl worth it economically for host cities? And one lawmaker hopes to convince those who don't want guns on public college campuses to allow students to carry tasers and other forms of stun guns.

Full Show - February 22, 2016

South Carolina Primary Heats Up

Feb 19, 2016

As Republicans prepare to go to the polls in the first of many to come southern primaries, Donald Trump continues to lead the field in most polling. The South Carolina contest is getting more heated with the GOP frontrunner’s legal counsel serving Sen. Ted Cruz with a cease and desist order because of a campaign ad that uses Trump’s words. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has announced her endorsement of Marco Rubio, much to the disappointment of former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Will Haley’s endorsement of Rubio help push him to the front of the pack?

Magnolia Crossing, an apartment complex in Cobb County, has recently been closed down in favor of clearing the land for higher-end commercial property. While the city claims that the renovation is a community investment, the continuing loss of low-cost housing continues to be a prevalent issue. We talk to Nathaniel Smith, who is the CEO of the Partnership for Southern Equity, about what can be done to assist low-income households with finding reliable living conditions.

About a week and a half ago, Beyoncé took the nation by storm with her music video for the song, “Formation.” It evokes images of Hurricane Katrina, unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Black Lives Matter movement. It's also sparked a massive conversation about race issues in this country - and revealed divisions that go deeper than black and white. Armstrong State University professor Regina Bradley, Aurielle Marie of the Atlanta based organization, “It’s Bigger Than You,” Cornell University PhD student J.

Bernie Sanders Visits Georgia!

Feb 17, 2016

Bernie Sanders brought his presidential campaign to Atlanta with a rally at Morehouse College. Sanders was introduced by State Sen. Vincent Fort, who earlier in the day had switched his presidential support from Hillary Clinton to Sanders. Atlanta rapper Killer Mike also offered an impassioned endorsement of the Vermont senator. Sanders is trying to chip away at Clinton’s support among African American voters as southern states, including Georgia, prepare to vote on March 1st. Clinton, meanwhile, called for the end of “systemic racism” in a speech in Harlem.

Bees play an invaluable role in our eco-system, but they are slowly dying out as a species. In order to further integrate bees into a city environment, the Urban Bee Project at Georgia Tech hopes to create new homes for these vital insects while educating students on ecological responsibility. We talk to Georgia Tech’s Jennifer Leavey, who is director of the project, about the initiative and what results she hopes to achieve over the length of the project. Plus, in 1967, Kathleen Cleaver joined the Black Panther Party after leaving the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Atlanta.

Sevendust Goes To The Grammys | Dangerously Lonely | ICE Raids

Feb 15, 2016

After 20 years together, Atlanta metal band Sevendust received its first Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance this year. They’ll be at the award ceremony on Monday night, but first, lead singer Lajon Witherspoon tells us about making metal music in the South and what it feels like to be in the running for music’s top honor. Valentine’s Day can be an especially lonely time for some people. But chronic loneliness can have adverse health effects and be just as bad for you as smoking, obesity, and sitting too long.

Author Stewart O'Nan on "West of Sunset"

Feb 13, 2016

I first read “The Great Gatsby” when I was in college. I have to admit, I was disappointed. It just didn’t seem to me at the time to be the Great American novel that so many think it is.

But I read it again about two years ago, when my daughter Emma was reading it in her high school lit class. It moved her deeply. She told me it was the best book she’d ever read. And so, I thought I should give F. Scott Fitzgerald another look. I can’t explain why I fell in love with Gatsby the second time around, but I did. I now realize what a great writer Fitzgerald really was.

John Lewis and Others Go After Bernie Sanders!

Feb 12, 2016

The major party presidential candidates have put the northeast in their rearview mirrors for now and have turned their attention southward and westward. On the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton held anther contentious debate, this time in Wisconsin. Secretary Clinton continued to push the argument that Senator Sanders’ math does not add up when it comes to paying for his proposals. Sanders, meanwhile, continued to rail against Wall Street.

The Breakroom | Karen White's 'Grit Lit' | A Timeless Love

Feb 12, 2016

Karen White writes fiction, mostly mysteries. But she likes to call her work "grit lit," a genre of work dedicated to stories told from the perspectives of Southern women. White is a featured author at his year's Savannah Book Festival and she talks with us about her latest work. J.B .and Lynette Tuttle of Savannah, Georgia married each other 72 years ago. Now in their 90's, they're both retired and living in a nursing home. While they may have slowed down, their love for each other hasn't.

Dead Wake | Rise & Shine | A Real Southern Cook | Zombie Psychology

Feb 11, 2016

Why are we attracted to gory shows about zombies? Psychologist Travis Langley, author of “The Walking Dead Psychology,” says the popularity of dark shows reflects our feelings about the state of our society. He joins host Celeste Headlee to talk about viewers’ deep love for undead characters. Plus. Dora Charles never received any formal training in cooking, but she worked in Paula Deen's kitchen for over twenty years. She helped develop many of the recipes that made Deen's Savannah restaurant, The Lady & Sons, a culinary destination.

CDC Speaks On Pregnancy & Alcohol | Ag Outlook | Malcolm Mitchell

Feb 10, 2016

Georgia was one of many states in the midst of a farm crisis thirty years ago. It was the worst since the Great Depression. Almost 300,000 farms nationwide faced financial failure by the mid-1980s. Farmers have come a long way since then, but is our agricultural climate stable enough that it couldn't happen again? Zippy Duvall is a Georgia farmer who recently took over as president of the American Farm Bureau. He gives host Celeste Headlee about his agricultural outlook.

Sanders and Trump Take New Hampshire by Political Rewind

Feb 10, 2016

Well, the first in the nation primary is history. The people of New Hampshire have made their choices known and have only added to the confusion surrounding this year’s presidential races. On the GOP side, Donald Trump far outpaced his competition with just over 35 percent of the vote. Ohio Governor John Kasich finished second with nearly 16 percent of the vote while Iowa caucus winner Sen. Ted Cruz tallied nearly 12 percent to finish third. Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio finished close behind.

The Georgia State Senate passed a bill last year that bars local governments from banning certain types of dogs. The measure never got a vote in the House, but it's a sign of how often breed-specific bans are cropping up in Georgia. Host Celeste Headlee talks about the effectiveness of these policies with Emily Patterson-Kane of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Most people take cough syrup or ibuprofen when they're sick. But the Gullah Geechee people used to gather an herb called "life everlasting" and boil it into a tea to settle coughs and congestion. Gullah Geechee culture is endangered as population numbers dwindle and land disputes threaten their way of life. That includes their medicinal traditions.

The Breakroom | Georgia Playlist | How Iowa Reflects GA Voters

Feb 5, 2016

After a barn-burner of a race in Iowa, the nation’s eyes shift toward New Hampshire before slowly making their way southward. The SEC primary is less than a month away and Georgia voters are preparing to play a huge role in the country’s 2016 presidential decision. Host Celeste Headlee talks with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Greg Bluestein about the results in Iowa and how they could reflect the mindset of Georgia voters. Plus, keyboardist Chuck Leavell has played all over the world with music legends like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and The Allman Brothers.

Sanders and Clinton Clash in New Hampshire Debate

Feb 5, 2016

The Democratic Party’s last debate before the New Hampshire primary was the best debate of the 2016 election season so far. Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of promising things that he will not be able to deliver and of an “artful smear” of her while Sanders continued to rail against the income inequality and the influence of money in politics and talk about Clinton’s ties to Wall Street. Will Sanders be able to maintain his lead in New Hampshire and even up the contest? How will his message play as the campaign turns west and south?

What celebrity sightings might you be in store for this weekend? That all depends on what film projects are taking place around the state. Host Celeste Headlee gets an update on who’s currently on set from Jennifer Brett of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Buzz Blog. Plus, quarterbacks Cam Newton and Peyton Manning are set to do football battle at this Sunday’s Super Bowl. But outside of the game, one local writer argues that Newton, a Georgia native and star of the Carolina Panthers, is also redefining what it means to be a real Southern gentleman.

The Weeping Time | Family Secrets, Shame | Mental Health Courts

Feb 3, 2016

Four years ago, one in every six inmates in the state prison system was mentally ill. Since then, the state has established 25 accountability courts to break the link between mental illness and crime. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Dekalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson and Macon Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin about how mental health courts work and their effectiveness. Also, Georgia has some of the harshest immigration policies in the country, but does it help or hurt the economy?

First Votes Cast in Iowa Caucus

Feb 3, 2016

The first votes of the 2016 election season have finally been cast. Did Ted Cruz’s victory in the Hawkeye state caucuses make him the new GOP frontrunner? Did Donald Trump learn enough lessons about retail politicking to help him prove the pollsters right in New Hampshire? Does Marco Rubio’s third place finish in Iowa position him as the establishment candidate most capable of challenging and beating Trump for the Republican nomination? What about Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich?

John Smoltz | Sanders' Rise In The Race | Campus Cyber Crime Lab

Feb 2, 2016

In the 2016 Presidential race, it was expected that Hillary Clinton would lock up the Democratic nomination early and decisively. One year ago, no reputable political analyst would have thought Bernie Sanders would come within a breath of winning the Iowa caucus. But he did. For registered Democrats in Georgia, their vote might actually matter more in the primary race than anyone expected. Host Celeste Headlee talks with Georgia State Rep. LaDawn Jones, who is the state director for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

From the Atkins diet to Weight Watchers to the Paleo diet, it feels as if we’re inundated with diet studies all the time. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Dr. Laurence Sperling, a cardiologist at Emory, about which diets to trust and which ones to avoid. Also, while concussions and other sports-related injuries might grab the headlines, it’s the mental health of student players that’s the top concern of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA recently released its guidelines on how to manage mental health issues in college athletes.

The Republicans competing to replace Barack Obama held their final debate before the February 1st Iowa caucuses and their frontrunner was a few miles down the road hosting an event for the vets. Donald Trump’s boycott of the GOP debate reportedly grew out of his months long feud with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and his perception that the network was not treating him fairly. In Trump’s absence, GOPers on the stage seemed to turn their attention to the runner-up in the polls, Ted Cruz. So how did the “Trumpless” debate play out?

'American Buffalo' and 'Sweeney Todd' in Atlanta

Jan 29, 2016

On this edition of Two Way Street, we talk with the directors and stars of two classics of American theater that are on stage in Atlanta now: First, director Freddie Ashley, and actors Deborah Bowman and Kevin Harry join us for a conversation about Stephen Sondheim’s dark, satiric masterpiece “Sweeney Todd; the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” It’s playing now at Actor’s Express Theatre. For more information, go to their website. Then, we talk to director John Dillon and actor Neal Ghant about the production of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo.” Mamet wrote the show in the mid-1970s.