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Tucked away down a quiet street, not far from Howell Mill Road on Atlanta's Westside, you'll find the Goat Farm Arts Center. It's a compound of artist studios, residences, and performance and event spaces. While there are some goats, it's long been a community where artists can live, exchange ideas, and get projects off the ground.

The Goat Farm recently announced a $250 million transformation. Anthony Harper, founder and co-owner of the arts compound, joined On Second Thought to explain how this will allow them to both preserve most of the existing structures on the property while expanding the facilities and scope of their programs. He also discussed what they hope this will achieve for Georgia's arts community.


The Goat Farm, an arts community and compound in Atlanta, recently announced a $250 million transformation. Anthony Harper, founder and co-owner of The Goat Farm, joined On Second Thought to share what the expansion will entail, and what it means for the Georgia arts scene.


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  • More Major Media Companies Reconsider Working In Georgia
  • MARTA Moves Closer To Major Transit Expansion
  • Beer And Wine To Be Sold At Sanford Stadium

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You can’t talk about Atlanta without discussing its close relative, traffic.

All it takes is one trip down I-75 or I-85 during rush hour to make you question why you ever thought driving on the highway was a good idea. The cars on the highway can seemingly stretch for miles with little movement for minutes at a time.


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Rose Hotel is not a hotel at all. It's a band. But that doesn't mean that their tunes won't make you dream, with their lo-fi, bedroom indie-pop sound. It's the music project of Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Jordan Reynolds. 

Rose Hotel's debut LP, called I Will Only Come When It's A Yes, is out today. There is an album release concert Friday at 529 in East Atlanta Village. First, Reynolds joined On Second Thought to add to our Georgia Playlist of songs written or performed by a Georgian. She selected "SpottieOttieDopaliscious" by Outkast and "Keep the Change" by Mattiel.


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  • Fair Fight Action Lawsuit Against Georgia's Election System Will Move Forward
  • Dekalb Officer Faces Felony Charges For Attacking A Homeless Woman
  • Atlanta Based Invesco Plans $70 Million Expansion


  • Disney Weighs In On Georgia Abortion Law
  • MARTA Board Committee Approves Timeline For Multi-Billion Dollar Expansion
  • Invesco To Almost Double Workforce In Atlanta


Another federal judge is allowing a second lawsuit alleging problems with Georgia's current voting system to continue.

Judge Steve Jones Thursday denied the state's request to dismiss the case, filed by Stacey Abrams-affiliated Fair Fight Action, Care in Action and a slew of local churches. 

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A flood of major entertainment companies have issued cautious statements about future filming in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect, amidst national calls for a boycott and local concern over the state's booming film and television industry.

CBS, Sony, AMC, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, Disney and Netflix will monitor what could be a lengthy legal fight over the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act, which would effectively ban abortions in the state except for cases of rape and incest with a police report, when the health of the mother is in jeopardy or the pregnancy is declared "medically futile."

The law also gives personhood rights to an embryo once cardiac activity is detected.


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The metro-Atlanta region has landed another major sporting event.

Major League Baseball announced Wednesday, SunTrust Park and the Atlanta Braves will host the 2021 All-Star game.

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Behind the bench in Georgia's Supreme Court, there is an inscription on the wall. It reads "Fiat justitia ruat caelum". It's Latin for "Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall." While Georgia was one of the last states at the time to establish its high court — in 1846 — there have been many firsts since.

That includes electing the first African-American woman as a Chief Justice, anywhere in the country, in 2005. The Honorable Leah Ward Sears broke a number of other precedents in her climb to the state's highest judicial title, and did not stop there. The now-retired Chief Justice joined On Second Thought to reflect on why she pursued a career in the law, the steep climb from lawyer to judge to the Georgia Supreme Court, and life after stepping down from the bench.


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  • Former Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Admits To Fraud
  • Educators, Administrators Resign Amidst Cheating Scandal
  • MLB All-Star Game At SunTrust Park In 2021

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As the month of May closes out, there is plenty to do in Savannah to usher in the next phase of summer. Rachael Flora, editor of Connect Savannahand Bill Dawers, of Savannah Morning News and music blog Hissing Lawns, have your guide. 


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An inmate at Valdosta State Prison has died.

The Georgia Department of Corrections says about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, guards found Astair Holmes Jr. unresponsive in his cell. Officials say paramedics were called but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The department, in a statement Tuesday, said Holmes was pronounced dead by the prison's doctor at about 12:10 p.m.

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  • Georgia's Forestry Commission Issues Wildfire Warning
  • Disney Says It Will Be "Very Difficult" To Stay In Georgia If Abortion Ban Becomes Law
  • Nine Gwinnett Educators Leave Jobs In Wake Of Cheating Investigation


Drive through almost any neighborhood in Macon-Bibb County and you're apt to spot some houses with crumbling facades, shuttered windows and overgrown lawns. They're among the county's nearly 4,000 unoccupied properties. Most of them are only in poor or fair condition, but more than 400 are in such bad shape they need to be demolished.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, the new head of the State Ethics Commission has launched a large-scale investigation of organizations led by Stacey Abrams. Ethics Chief, David Emadi says his probe is strictly non-partisan, but Democrats call it a blatant effort to undermine Abrams.


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A former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who campaigned in a "deportation bus" has pleaded guilty to falsely reporting that computer servers were stolen from his office.

It was a superb Spring day in the mountains of west Georgia, with bluebird skies and a light breeze through the longleaf pines, when a helicopter rained fire from the sky.

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Daniel Brown realized that he would be the person to make an innovative space for coffee and tea while tagging along for his grandfather’s baptism in Jamaica.

“In that moment, I just heard the Lord say, ‘I think you should be the one doing the coffee shop,’” Brown said. “So, I didn't question it. I just ran with it.”

Brown said he sees parallels between baptism and brewing coffee.

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Access to fresh, healthy food is not a given in Georgia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture tracks areas here that are low-income and have limited access to grocery stores, also referred to as “food deserts.”

This month, GPB News is looking into creative, local solutions to food access issues in a series called “Full Plates: How Georgia Fights Hunger.”  Reporters Emily Jones and Stephen Fowler stopped by On Second Thought to discuss what two communities are doing to get fresh food to residents.


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  • $19-Billion Disaster Aid Bill Blocked
  • Netflix Considers Future Productions In Georgia
  • All Things Considered To Broadcast From Atlanta United Tailgate Today

It’s been three weeks since Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the toughest abortion laws in the country, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act that outlaws most abortions.

Since that time, there have been calls to boycott Georgia’s film industry, including a recent statement from Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos, who claimed that the streaming giant would fight to oppose the bill and rethink its relationship with the state if the bill becomes law. 

GPB political reporter Stephen Fowler spoke with Leah Fleming to recap the latest developments.


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Drive through almost any neighborhood in Macon-Bibb County and you're apt to spot some houses with crumbling facades, shuttered windows and overgrown lawns. They're among the county's nearly 4,000 unoccupied properties. Most of them are only in poor or fair condition, but more than 400 are in such bad shape they need to be demolished.

Samantha Max just wrapped a series and a podcast on blight for The Telegraph, where she covers health. She joined On Second Thought from Macon to explain the roots of the problem and what residents and local leaders are doing to fix it. 


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The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation (all times local):

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  • Netflix Says It Will Help Fight Georgia's Abortion Bill
  • $19 Billion Dollar Storm Aid Package Delayed In House
  • The Georgia Ports Authority Elects New Commissioner


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According to the Georgia Food Bank Association, one in six Georgians is food insecure, meaning they don't know how or where they'll get their next meal. This week, as GPB reports on new approaches to food access, On Second Thought turns to a young Georgian who works on solutions to food insecurity on a national level.


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The Georgia Ports Authority has elected a new chairman. Augusta Construction company executive William D. McKnight will begin a term July 1. 


  • Atlanta Mayor Signs Legislation Aimed At Closing City Jail
  • Netflix Will 'Rethink' Investment In Georgia If Abortion Law Takes Effect
  • Georgia Ports Authority Elects New Leader


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Food insecurity is a pressing issue nationwide — particularly in Georgia, where one out of every four children live in food insecure households. It's a dire picture for seniors, too, with the latest estimates putting Georgia in the top ten worst states for food insecurity among aging populations. 

Residents and officials across Georgia are working to address the problem. GPB's Full Plates series is taking listeners around the state to learn about creative local solutions to food access problems.


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