"On Second Thought" For Friday, March 15, 2019

We're in the final weeks of the 2019 legislative session, and lawmakers are not going out quietly. They're debating changes to Georgia's abortion laws. House Bill 481, otherwise known as the "heartbeat" bill, already passed the House last week. Republican Rep. Ed Setzler of Acworth, the bill's sponsor, says he aims to prevent doctors from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected. 

GPB politics reporter Stephen Fowler and "Lawmakers" Capitol correspondent Donna Lowry stopped by "On Second Thought" with an update on that legislation and other bills making their way through the Gold Dome.


Georgia native Dulcé Sloan is a comedian, actress and correspondent on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." Sloan started her stage career at Meadowcreek High School in Gwinnett County. After earning her degree in theater from Brenau University in Gainesville, Sloan was convinced to try her hand at comedy in Atlanta's stand-up circuit. In 2016, she made her big break: a late night debut on "Conan."  Sloan joined "On Second Thought" from NPR in New York for a conversation about "The Daily Show," MARTA expansion, Waffle House and Georgia politics.

The '90s sitcom, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," ran for six seasons and launched Will Smith as a cultural icon. The show followed Smith as a fictionalized version of himself as he moved from Philadelphia to live with his aunt and uncle in the wealthy neighborhood of Bel-Air in Los Angeles. An upcoming book series reimagines the story with a new character, a fresh princess named Destiny. Author Denene Millner is writing "The Fresh Princess" series and joined "On Second Thought" to discuss her work as an author. Millner's publishing imprint, Denene Millner Books, was recently acquired by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and launches in spring 2020.

Throughout the show today, we also heard from three students competing in the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) State Spelling Bee. Braden Flournoy of Canton, Ananya Augustine of Stockbridge and Abhi Kapaganty of Suwanee shared their spelling success secrets and their favorite words, as well as how to spell them.