Emilia Brock

On Second Thought Producer

Emilia Brock is a producer for GPB's program, "On Second Thought."

Emilia is a passionate storyteller and has experience in a number of creative fields, including journalism, photography, video and radio production, fiction writing and more.

She has held a variety of professional roles, ranging from arts and culture reporting to communications for Atlanta's Delta Air Lines. She was even, at one point, a street performer in Helsinki, Finland, writing stories and poems on demand.

Emilia got her start in journalism early on, writing for her local newspaper, “The Daily Breeze,” before even graduating high school. She went on to write a weekly column for that paper, recounting her experiences as a freshman at New York University. There, she double-majored in journalism and English & American literature, and minored in music, graduating cum laude.

Emilia is originally from Los Angeles, and while she will always have love for her former cities in the Avocado State and the Big Apple, she is thrilled to make her home here, now, in the Peach State.

Atlanta Judge Christopher Portis recently launched a court program to help homeless defendats in Atlanta. Hear how the new initiative aims to help people get off the streets and navigate the court system.


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Like the endearing story presented in 1965's animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas, the music from the feature has endured as a holiday classic. The mellow, jazzy piano tunes were arranged by Vince Guaraldi.

And for the 12th year, you can go hear this delightful soundtrack performed live. A trio of musicians — Jeffrey Bützer on drums, T. T. Mahony on keys and Mike Beshera on bass — will once again perform this 40-minute score for Georgia audiences in Atlanta, Savannah and Woodstock.


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He is, by his account, "World Champion." Of what? Depends on when you ask. 

It may be easier to pin down Judah Friedlander's resume as an actor and comedian in movies like Wet Hot American Summer, American Splendor, Meet The Parents and The Wrestler. Or maybe you'd recognize him — and his hats — from NBC's 30 Rock, where he played the slumpy and kind of sleazy Frank Rossitano.


Comedian Judah Friedlander is probably best known for his role as Frank Rossitano on NBC’s 30 Rock, but his new stand-up series Judah Friedlander: Future President takes a satirical look at America and its complicated place on the world stage. He performed in Atlanta a few weeks ago and joins On Second Thought to share his approach to stand-up.


It seemed like winter came early this year with record low temperatures dipping below the 20s. As the cold weather continues, cozy up with a blanket, warm cup of tea and a book.

On Second Thought is joined by three of Georgia’s booksellers, Janet Geddis owner of Avid Bookshop in Athens, Annie Jones owner of The Bookshelf in Thomasville and Charles Robinson co-owner of Eagle Eye Book Shop in Atlanta. They help choose which books to crack open this holiday season.


The impeachment proceedings continue in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.  Today, On Second Thought gets the perspective of two Georgia experts pertaining to the possible effects of the hearing. Author, lawyer and Pro Hac Judge to the City of Atlanta Municipal Court, Parag Shah, clarifies hearsay and its admission during the hearings. 


Dee Dee Hibbler now consults for the Dekalb County film commission after being an instrumental figure in establishing Atlanta as the hip-hop capital of the south. Hibbler is also known as “Peaches” most commonly associated with Outkast and Dungeon Family fame. She joins On Second Thought to talk about her work with some of the most notable names in hip-hop. 


Georgia’s foster care system is in crisis with the number of kids in state custody rising significantly. To getter a better understanding of the strain on the system, On Second Thought spoke with Samantha Max, former health reporter for The Telegraph in Macon and current reporter for Nashville Public Radio. Also joining the conversation is foster parent and founder of Never Too Late group home, Dr. John DeGarmo.


Atlanta's own Black Lips is a band that keeps audiences on their toes, literally — which you'd know if you've ever landed in the mosh pit at one of their shows — and figuratively, given that the latest it-bag line from Gucci is named after band member Zumi Rosow. 

For 20 years, founding members Cole Alexander and Jared Swilley have been making unruly garage rock, rockabilly records, and sometimes, they can sound like old country crooners. In fact, they have a new album coming out in early 2020, which they say is a country album. It's called The Black Lips Sing In A World That's Falling Apart.


Gnats don’t read maps, but the bugs do seem hesitant to cross an unseen, geographic boundary in Georgia. Learn about the disparities north and south of the "gnat line" from Tales from the Gnat Line author and longtime state lawmaker Larry Walker.


New data from the Associated Press reveal more than a thousand failing dams in the U.S. that could have catastrophic consequences if they gave out. Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Grant Blankenship analyzed the information and learned Georgia is one of the most at-risk states. Find out which dams could cause the most damage for surrounding communities.


Dr. Vonda Wright spreads the word on the potential for injury in esports. Learn the similarities between traditional and digital sports, and how Dr. Wright teaches young players how to participate safely.


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Mo Rocca follows the world of the living as correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, panelist for Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, and host of The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation.

His other beat is the departed. He is host of the Mobituaries podcast, now in its second season. In it, Rocca tells stories of people and things that have passed through this earthly plain with too little notice, and uncovers little known facets of iconic figures who did get a lot of ink.


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English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock has been making music for more than 40 years now. Inspired by pop rock from the likes of The Beatles, his tunes vary from jangly psychedelia to somber acoustic numbers.

Hitchcock has released more than 20 records, whether under his own name or as member of The Soft Boys, a band he founded in 1976. Hitchcock's music has been inspired by rock 'n' roll forerunners and his peers and has, in turn, influenced a number of other acts. Athens band R.E.M., for example, covered one of his songs, called "Arms of Love."


Health and Human Services Chair Sharon Cooper says she will introduce legislation to improve staffing and oversight of senior care facilities after an explosive investigation from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Hear our conversation with Carrie Teegardin, one of the reporters behind the story.


Governor Kemp recently announced his proposals for Medicaid waivers for the state. To help breakdown what the proposals could mean for your pocketbook, On Second Thought was joined by Andy Miller from Georgia Health News and Ariel Hart from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.


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Singer-songwriter Allison Moorer has recently released her 11th album, along with a companion memoir. They are both called Blood.

They tell a story she's avoided talking about directly throughout her career. When Allison was 14 years old, her father killed her mother — and then himself — leaving Moorer and her sister, the singer Shelby Lynne, orphans.


President Trump comes to Georgia this week. On Second Thought speaks to organizers and members of the black GOP about their efforts in recruiting other black voters. Kaaryn Walker from the Black Conservatives for Truth and Leo Smith from the Minority Engagement Specialist for the GOP join the show.


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Ava King is a newly divorced mother of a teenage son when she moves into her grandmother’s posh New Orleans home. Ava is the descendant of slaves, grandma Martha is about as WASP-y as they come, and their connected pasts are one of the plot twists in The Revisioners, a new novel by National Book Award finalist Margaret Wilkerson Sexton.

There is some magic in The Revisioners, but it’s less fantasy than testament to intergenerational bonds — in this case between Ava and her great-great-great grandmother, born enslaved on a Louisiana plantation.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton joined On Second Thought to unpack her vision for The Revisioners, and her aim to look deeper at the power passed down through generations of African American families.


A case study of three metro Atlanta cities looked into the increase of tickets and fees to bolster municipal revenue - or what The Institute for Justice calls “taxation by citation.”  On Second Thought learns more from Senior Research Analyst Jennifer McDonald.


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Wild fires spreading across California, vaping deaths, punches and counterpunches in the impeachment inquiry — the problems of the world can feel inescapable with each ping of a news alert.

Daryn Kagan knows that all too well. As a local reporter and later anchor for CNN, she's covered the good, the bad, and the ugly. 


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You'll find it at the steps of the Capitol, hung from front porches, draped over the caskets of fallen soldiers, and splashed across bathing suits and ball caps: the American flag. It's a symbol of patriotism, unity and power — and a central component of artist Bernie Taupin's work.

Does the name sound familiar? Well, you might include some of his other work, which includes songs like "Tiny Dancer," "Candle in the Wind," and "Rocket Man."


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Sub Pop Records in Seattle has churned out a number of hit-makers. There's The Shins, Sonic Youth, Sound Garden and more. (Who could forget Nirvana?)

And the record label keeps the acts coming. One of the newest additions to their roster: Atlanta locals, Omni.


Daryn Kagan covered everything from wars to the red carpet at CNN. Now, she chases down positive news stories. She joined On Second Thought to unpack some uplifting news stories to head into the weekend.


Meet scream researcher Harold Gouzoules, an Emory psychologist, and hear how goats yell, frogs screech and humans use screams as nonverbal forms of critical communication. 


Halloween week might be a time for imaging run-down, decrepit buildings, but they don’t scare photographer Jeff Hagerman. Having ventured inside these abandonded beauties with a camera, a flashlight and some gloves – Herman's resulting images now comprise his second book. Find out what he sees behind the closed doors you may pass on your daily commute.

As speculation spreads over the potential mid-season replacement of Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, we get an update on all things happening in Atlanta Sports. On Second Thought speaks with Jon Nelson, host and correspondent for GPB’s Football Friday, and Taylor Gantt, GPB’s Morning Edition producer to hear about the Atlanta Falcons, Hawks and Atlanta United.


News continues to swirl around the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. On Second Thought takes a look at the constitutional foundations of impeachment with Buckner F. Melton Jr., professor of history and political science at Middle Georgia State University and author of The First Impeachment


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"There is no exquisite beauty...without some strangeness in the proportion."

That's a line from Edgar Allan Poe, the king of the dark and eerie, the strange and surreal. It could also describe the appeal of an exhibition currently on view at the High Museum of Art, called "Strange Light: The Photography of Clarence John Laughlin."


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Chick-fil-A announced it will be closing its first U.K. store just eight days after opening. Its landlord in Reading, England announced it will not renew the Atlanta-based company’s lease after pressure from local LGBTQ groups protesting the chain’s record on same-sex marriage rights.

Chick-fil-A is not alone. Nike, Amazon, and SoulCycle are just a handful of other corporations that have become targets of boycotts that spread quickly on social media.


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