On Second Thought For Monday, June 17, 2019

Jun 17, 2019

Organizers and city leaders are still puzzling out why a job fair at the Anderson Conference Center in Macon recently saw an unexpectedly large turnout.

More than 3,500 job hunters stood in a line a mile long, and some continued to wait hours after the fair technically closed.  This all happened amidst reports of low unemployment rates for the county and state.


Stephen Adams is executive director of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, the entity charged with attracting new businesses and employers to the county. He joined On Second Thought to talk work opportunities in Macon and how the infrastructure of the county is ready for new industry.

On Second Thought also spoke with Alex Camardelle of the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute. The GBPI is dedicated to nonprofit, nonpartisan research and analysis. Camardelle explained how measuring unemployment might not paint an accurate economic picture — and how that misinterpretation can affect adversely policy decisions.

"Recreational Genetics" are a thing. Apparently, an estimated 26 million people worldwide have dug into their ancestry with the help of at-home DNA kits such as Ancestry or 23andMe. But finding your family story requires more than learning ethnic percentages from a DNA swab. 

That's where genealogist Kenyatta Berry comes in. She's a lawyer and co-host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow. Berry visited On Second Thought to talk about her new book, The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy.