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The Breakroom | EV Car Sales | Emory Students Crack Cold Case

Jan 29, 2016

On yesterday's show, we talked about a tumultuous time in Georgia politics when the state had three active governors in the late 1940's. That was ultimately resolved in a Democratic primary in September 1948. One of the Georgians who voted in that primary was Isaiah Nixon, a black man who lived with his family in Montgomery County. After casting his vote, he was shot by two white men and later died. Students at Emory University have been investigating the case as part of a class looking at cold cases during the Jim Crow era.

Three GA Governors | Race & Police Recruits | Year Of GA Music

Jan 28, 2016

Calls for reforming the nation's police departments have grown louder in recent years following several high-profile police shootings, particularly those involving African-American fatalities. In general, police forces are more diverse than they were just a few decades ago. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 25% of police officers belong to a racial or ethnic minority, but many people say that's not enough. Why are so many police departments across the nation facing racial imbalances, and what can be done to ensure they reflect the communities they're protecting?

Citing his ongoing feud with Fox News anchor and upcoming debate moderator Megyn Kelly, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump pulled out of the last Republican debate before Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses. Trump has accused Kelly of being unfair to him. Fox News has accused Trump of “terrorization”. Trump said that instead of debating, he may hold an event for the wounded warriors and the vets. Will his absence finally give some air to the establishment candidates trying to gain traction if not in Iowa, but in New Hampshire and beyond? Will voters tune in to watch a “Trumpless” debate? Sen.

Atlanta Race Riots | Burns Suppers | 'Disgraced' Debuts At Alliance

Jan 27, 2016

Each year, fans of the Scottish poet Robert Burns gather around food, drink and music to honor his legacy. These Burns Suppers, as they’re called, are held annually near Burns’ January birthday, all over the world. GPB’s Sam Whitehead attended a recent Burns Supper in Athens, Georgia to find out why the poet is so beloved more than 200 years after his death.

A family is suing an Atlanta dog kennel after their dog died during its care there. But the kennel denies any wrongdoing and argues pets have only market value. This case is filed before the Georgia Supreme Court. Is a dog more than just a possession in the eyes of the legal system? Host Celeste Headlee sits down with Georgia State University Law Professor Tanya Washington to answer that legal question. Atlanta’s strip club scene is known as a launch pad for some of hip hop’s greatest hits.

Georgia’s Political Mood | Democracy In Black

Jan 25, 2016

How are voters in Georgia feeling about the upcoming presidential election? Excited? Anxious? Confused? Host Celeste Headlee gets a read on the Peach State electorate with help from Emory University political scientist Andra Gillespie and University of Georgia demographer Trey Hood. Plus, we hear the voices of Georgians around the state expressing their mood about Election 2016.

When I was a kid, local television stations showed old black and white movies back to back into the early morning hours on weekend nights. I saw some of my favorite pictures for the first time by staying up until 3 in the morning to watch; and one of the pictures I remember best was “They Died with their Boots On.” It starred Errol Flynn as George Armstrong Custer and Olivia DeHavilland as his wife Libbie. The movie portrayed Custer as a great hero of the West, a romantic figure with his long, flowing blond locks and his custom-made buckskin jackets.

DeKalb Officer Indicted For Murder | Therapy Dog | The Breakroom

Jan 22, 2016

DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen was indicted on six counts, including felony murder, by a grand jury Thursday night. Olsen now faces criminal charges in the death of 27-year-old Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran who was unarmed and naked at the time he was fatally shot by the officer. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Christian Boone about the case going forward. Plus, a recent report by the American College Health Association found nearly one in six students has been diagnosed with or treated for anxiety in the past year.

The “First Amendment Defense act of Georgia” has been introduced in the Georgia State Senate. Though some think the bill moves the same sex marriage debate further to the right, its author, Sen. Greg Kirk, sees the bill as being more palatable than the previously passed in the Senate “Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)”. Is it? Will it gain any traction in the Senate and move on to the House? U.S. Senator David Perdue has blocked DeKalb County State Court Judge Dax Lopez from becoming Georgia’s first lifetime appointed Federal judge.

Remembering Blowfly | Foraging For Food | Babe Lane

Jan 21, 2016

Navigating Atlanta streets on a bike can be tough for even the most experienced rider. But it can be a terrifying experience for a beginner. The riding group Babe Lane hopes to ease that learning curve and make biking around Atlanta more comfortable for all female-identifying people. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Babe Lane’s founder Brianna Isbell and member Katy Adishian about the group and biking around Atlanta We revisit a conversation about the deep divide in the Republican Party.

Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin flew into Iowa to deliver a full throated, Obama and establishment bashing endorsement of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. How does the former Alaska governor’s support for Trump affect the upcoming caucus? Does Palin’s support solidify Trump’s support among evangelicals? Does it have legs outside of Iowa? How will it play in Georgia? And how is the Ted Cruz campaign hurt or not hurt by the endorsement?

PSAT Problems | A Thousand Naked Strangers | Semaj Clark

Jan 20, 2016

Georgia went through one of its warmest weathers in recent history in the last few months. That’s had an undeniable effect on some of the staple crops grown within the state. Peaches, pecans, and blueberries have all been affected by the seasonal uncertainty. Host Celeste Headlee talks with pecan farmer Randy Hudson about the tumultuous growing season and why Georgia crops have been so adversely affected.

Atlanta’s soccer scene is going through some major changes in the next year. As one professional team prepares to enter its first season, another one is calling it quits. Host Celeste Headlee gets an update on the changes afoot with Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports reporter Doug Roberson and Jorge Alonso of Terminus Legion, a soccer organization based in Atlanta. Then, according to a report last year by the group, The State of Obesity, black adults in Georgia have a 10% higher obesity rate compared to white adults. That gap is slightly lower than the national average.

From movies like “Ride Along 2” to a new biopic about the late rapper Tupac Shakur, there are a host of new films coming out this year that were produced in Georgia. Plus, a group of students at the University of Georgia have created a fraternity-style house for hackers in an effort to bring together those interested in computer science and engineering.

George H.W. Bush Biographer Jon Meacham! Parts 1,2,3

Jan 16, 2016

I was really happy when we booked Jon Meacham for this week’s Two Way Street. His new biography of George H.W. Bush “Destiny and Power; the American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush” gives the most insightful view ever of a man who many Americans don’t think much about. Bush was at one point in his run for the presidency tagged as a wimp, and he never quite got out from under that disparaging label. He was often described as aloof, unfeeling and out of touch with regular Americans.

The Republicans debated for the first time in 2016 in North Charleston, SC and the gloves finally came off in the formerly friendly scrimmage between businessman Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Trump continues to assert that there are questions about Cruz’s eligibility to run for the presidency, while Cruz pointed out that under the strictest interpretation of “natural born citizen” that Trump himself would not be eligible for the job. Did the back and forth between the top two candidates change any voters’ minds as the first two contests of the 2016 approach?

The highly popular music subscription streaming service Spotify has come under fire recently by two multi-million lawsuits from songwriters who claim that the company used their copyrighted material without any permission or compensation. University of Georgia teacher David Lowery is the named plaintiff in one of these cases and says that the illegal use of his copyrighted music entitles him and his fellow artists to a massive payday. Host Celeste Headlee sits down with copyright attorney Gail Podolsky to help unravel this thorny legal issue and discern if Spotify is truly in the wrong.

Tommy Davidson has worn many hats in the world of entertainment. Stand-up comic, sketch player on the hit show “In Living Color”, and actor in such films as Black Dynamite and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Now, Davidson travels to Georgia to bring his unique comic stylings to the Atlanta Comedy Theatre. Host Celeste Headlee sits down with the influential entertainer to talk about his past successes and his future plans. And every actor who’s had had the opportunity to play Martin Luther King, Jr. on screen offers a different take on the iconic Civil Rights leader.

Introducing the NEW Wednesday Edition of Political Rewind!

Jan 13, 2016

Welcome to our first Wednesday edition of Political Rewind! From now on we will be on LIVE Wednesdays at 2pm in addition to our normal time Friday afternoons at 3. The Georgia general Assembly gaveled to order on Monday, January 11th with an ambitious list of things to get finished before their forty day session expires. And with many legislators predicting a fast session, there may be much to be accomplished in a short period of time. Governor Deal delivered his annual State of the State address and discussed issues critical to keeping the ship of state sailing forward.

A new task force called ‘Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration’ has been assembled by some of the country’s most influential members of law enforcement to help stem the growing tide of incarceration. Host Celeste Headlee sits down with one of them – DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander to talk about his role in the newly formed group and how he plans to lower incarceration rates across the state and country. And, although the physical and emotional terrors of domestic violence have been thoroughly documented, a more insidious threat remains for victims.

The New Home Ec | Hip-Hop And Free Speech | VA Patient Privacy

Jan 12, 2016

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been plagued by problems with major gaps in care ranging from long wait times to patient deaths. A recent ProPublica investigation finds even more problems hovering over the department. According to ProPublica, there are thousands of patient privacy violations each year, and they're on the rise. And one of the places where it's particularly bad is the VA's Sunshine Healthcare Network, which includes southern Georgia. Host Celeste Headlee talks with ProPublica reporter Annie Waldman.

Documenting Syria | Higher Ed For Sale | Gun Violence Research

Jan 11, 2016

In the past ten years, groups led by billionaire chairman Charles Koch donated nearly $108 million to college and universities across the county. The bulk of those funds went to schools in the South. Host Celeste Headlee looks at where the money is going and the ethical issues behind large donations to higher education. She talks with Alex Kotch of the Institute for Southern Studies and Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed. Plus, our conversation about the influence of wealth on Southern colleges and universities continues.

Journalist Mike Kelly and 'The Bus on Jaffa Road'

Jan 9, 2016

We’re doing something new on Two Way Street this week: broadcasting a conversation that I led in front of a live audience at the Atlanta Jewish Book Festival recently. The guest is Mike Kelly. He’s a columnist and reporter for the Bergen Record in New Jersey; and he’s written a book called “The Bus on Jaffa Road,” which takes a deep dive into lives of terrorists and victims that intersected when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest on the No. 18 bus in Jerusalem in February, 1996. Among the victims were two young Americans, Sara Ducker and Matthew Eisenfeld.

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Well, it’s a New Year and with the New Year comes a new chapter in Georgia’s history with the convening of the Georgia General Assembly. This year’s session will be busy for the state’s legislators as they tackle everything from education reform to religious freedom to defense of the First Amendment, while trying to get out of town in time to raise money and campaign for reelection by primary time in May. And will teacher merit pay and a new model for school funding gain any traction in an election year? Rep. Lynn Westmoreland has announced that he will not seek another term in the U.S.

The Breakroom | GA Lawmakers Start New Session | Georgia Playlist

Jan 8, 2016

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act created controversy when it became law in the state of Indiana, effectively legalizing anti-LGBT discrimination in certain situations. The Georgia Legislature will soon decide the fate of a similar bill that could drastically shift the rights of LGBT citizens living in the state. Host Celeste Headlee sits down with reporter Kristina Torres from the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s political team to comb through the details of this legislation and other important issues that will dominate the early political season.

Police departments across the country are asking a very important question: “What more can be done to prevent mass shootings?” Some jurisdictions have started training residents on best practices, which include fighting back if they’re in that situation. That’s part of a seminar on Thursday that Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman is hosting in Jefferson, Georgia. Host Celeste Headlee talks with him about what the training entails, and she asks Stetson University psychology professor Chris Ferguson about the role human behavior plays in our ability to learn these survival techniques.

A Chestnut Revival | Coding Education | Decatur's Demographics

Jan 6, 2016

The face of Decatur, Georgia is changing. A diversity report sponsored by the city found that the African-American population has dropped by 50% from 1990 to 2010. It also revealed that the median household for black residents plunged by 50% in the past decade, while white household incomes increased by 10%. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Casie Yoder, former Decatur public information officer, about the report and the reasons why. Decatur superintendent David Dude currently has one coding class in his schools, and he’s thinking about expanding the program.

President Obama is expected to announce Tuesday new executive actions tightening the nation’s gun laws following a string of mass shootings. But there's still a lot we don't know about gun violence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta studies a host of public health issues, but it's limited in its research in this area because of congressional restrictions. So, should gun violence be viewed as a public health issue?

Two reasons for many to be celebrating this weekend: It’s the start of a brand new year…and Downton Abbey kicks off its sixth season Sunday night on PBS television stations! OK, yes, this is the final season of Downton, and many devoted fans are already mourning the loss, but for the next two months, all of your favorites, from Carson to Lady Mary, the dowager countess and, of course the long-suffering Bates and his bride Anna will keep you company on Sunday nights.

Staff Favorites: Celeste Headlee

Jan 1, 2016

Celeste Headlee wraps up this week of staff favorites with her own picks: writers Salman Rushdie and Peter Golden, opera singer Jamie Barton, and a team GPS race through Atlanta's rush hour traffic.

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