The Breakroom: Finding Your Roots, Household Stress, IQ Tests

Oct 13, 2017

The Breakroom gang joins guest host Adam Ragusea to weigh in on the week's news. The panel includes Democratic strategist Howard Franklin, Editorial Page Editor Charles Richardson of the Telegraph in Macon, Amy Condon of the Refinery Writing Studio, and writer Jessica Szilagyi of


1) All through the presidential campaign Donald Trump pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare. He is using an Executive Order that allows companies or nonprofit groups to exclude birth control coverage on religious or moral grounds. Considering that much of the insurance regulations associated with Obamacare are determined by executive action rather than by statute, should we be surprised here?

2) A recent Harper’s article looks at the emotional cost to women of housekeeping, even when both partners work. Is it fair to say that housekeeping is the big relationship stressor?

3) On the PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” Larry David and Bernie Sanders found out they are distant cousins. Do you think you are related to any famous people?

4) Our president said his IQ is much higher than that of his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Mensa has offered to administer the tests. Acknowledging that this is ridiculous, do you believe IQ tests are a good measure of intelligence?

5) A Georgia sheriff and several deputies are in big trouble over a massive drug sweep a few months ago. They’ve been indicted, after conducting body searches on 900 students at Worth County High School in Sylvester, Georgia. The sheriff did not have a warrant, just a “target list” of a dozen suspected drug dealers. They found no drugs at all. Would you ever give permission for officers to search your kid’s person with you not present?

6) One Georgia family found a Ty Cobb baseball card in a sock drawer valued at $150,000. What are you holding on to, hoping it’s valuable?