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As Georgia's beaches fill up for Memorial Day, advocates are reminding people: respect sea turtles.

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In Rome, a men’s homeless shelter has been cultivating a backyard farm with a variety of veggies to feed its residents.

The shelter has been so successful, they’re looking to share, bringing fresh food to the northwest Georgia community in a tricked-out school bus.

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It’s going to be hot Memorial Day weekend, and forecasters are expecting record-breaking temperatures.

  • Forecasters Predict Record-Breaking Temperatures For Holiday Weekend
  • Wildfire Almost Totally Contained At Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Coastal Police Seeking Information On Hit-And-Run Accident

Alchemy Sky Foundation

State officials say more than 100,000 service members from Georgia were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2012. Nationally, about 20 percent of veterans coming back from those conflicts have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

Alchemy Sky Foundation is an Atlanta organization that helps people heal through music. It recently worked with a group of metro Atlanta veterans to create a song called "Adjust Fire."


The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra

The Atlanta Jazz Festival gets underway this weekend. The annual event is one of the country's largest free jazz festivals. Among the featured is Atlanta-based band, The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra. Trumeter Russell Gunn leads the group. 

He stopped by On Second Thought to talk about the band's latest album, Get It How You Live and the group's natural mashup of traditional jazz, rhythm and blues and southern hip-hop. 

Texas GOP Rep. Chip Roy objected to speeding the measure through a nearly empty chamber and complained that it does not contain any of President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request for border wall funding.

On this edition of Political Rewind, after months of delay, the U.S Senate approved a disaster relief package that would send relief money to Georgia and other states hit by natural disasters. However, in the House of Representatives, Texas Rep. Chip Roy blocked the measure.

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A conservative House Republican complaining of Washington’s free-spending ways has temporarily blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill.

A'Lelia Bundles

Madam C.J. Walker died 100 years ago this month.

In the early 20th century, she cemented her legacy by creating a hair salve designed for African American women. Her contributions to black beauty products are still felt in Georgia and across the country. 

GPB's Morning Edition host Leah Fleming spoke with Walker's great-granddaughter, A'lelia Bundles. Bundles is also a black hair and journalist. 

State officials say more than 100,000 service members from Georgia were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2012. Nationally, about 20% of veterans coming back from those conflicts have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

The Atlanta organization Alchemy Sky Foundation helps people heal through music. It recently worked with a group of metro Atlanta veterans to create a song called "Adjust Fire." Jaye Budd, a musician and founder of Alchemy Sky Foundation, and Marcus McCreaery, an Army veteran with the project, joined On Second Thought to share details about the experience. 

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Nearly half of college students on campus experience food insecurity, according to a recent study. It’s an issue University of Georgia students wanted to do something about.

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Headed out on the water this Memorial Day weekend? Public safety officials have some tips to stay safe.

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The Senate on Thursday passed a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill by a broad bipartisan vote, but only after Democrats insisted on tossing out President Donald Trump’s $4.5 billion request to handle an unprecedented influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • WNBA Season Begins With Atlanta Dream Hosting The Dallas Wings At State Farm Arena
  • Public Safety Officials Are Warning Boaters To Be Safe Over Memorial Day Weekend
  • U.S. Senate Passes $19 Billion Aid Package For Storm Recovery, Heads To House

  • Senate Passes Disaster Relief Bill That Would Deliver Aid To Georgia Farmers
  • Athens Becomes 4th Georgia City To Committ To 100% Clean Energy By 2035
  • Macon Matches High Temperature Record Thursday

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A newly-signed abortion law in Georgia has some district attorneys saying women who have abortions could face criminal charges for their actions. But, others say it's not possible to file charges because of existing statutes and case law, or won't because of prosecutorial discretion.  

A survey of Georgia's 49 elected district attorneys shows a range of reactions to the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act, which would ban nearly all abortions once cardiac activity is detected in an embryo, usually around six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they are pregnant.

  • GSU: Georgia's Economy Expected To Slow Down
  • Augusta University Whistleblower Lawsuit To Move Forward
  • Atlanta To Get Food Forest

Coastal Ga. Weekend: Savannah, Coastal Events May 23-26

May 23, 2019
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This Memorial Day weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy art, music, shopping — maybe even adopt a pet — and food in Savannah.

Co-editor of Paprika Southern Magazine Bevin Valentine Jalbert has your guide. 

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.” 


  • Atlanta City Council Approves 'Food Forest' Initiative
  • Hartsfield Jackson Airport Officials Warn Of A Busy Memorial Day Weekend
  • Covington Police Officer Honored After Recovering From Labor Day Shooting

Courtesy André Gallant

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


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.

  • Gwinnett County Sheriff Re-Ups ICE Partnership
  • 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.