On Second Thought For Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018

At least one person has died and more than 100 people have fallen ill from E. coli following a recent outbreak in connection with romaine lettuce from Arizona. Dr. Patricia Griffin, chief of the enteric diseases epidemiology branch at the CDC, explained how the recent outbreak happened and what consumers should be aware of when buying produce.


Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are using DNA technology to try and prevent future E. coli outbreaks. The method is called genome sequencing and it could eliminate the guessing game when it comes to finding the source of E. coli outbreaks. With it, scientists can determine the exact food and location in which the contaminated produce originated. Michael Doyle is a professor emeritus of food microbiology at the University of Georgia. Doyle told us exactly how genome sequencing will help both consumers and the food industry.

The term 'implicit bias' might not be something we hear often, but it does have an impact on how we think and act in our everyday lives. According to the Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University, the term refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. When it comes to school discipline, implicit bias has been a big issue in Georgia and across the country. A recent study from the Government Accountability Office finds that black students are over-represented when it comes to suspensions, corporal punishment, and school arrests. GPB's Leah Fleming sat down with lawyer Michael Tafelski of the Georgia Legal Services Program to examine the issue and discuss potential solutions.

Georgia is one of 23 states where some form of corporal punishment is still allowed. Should that change? We talked to Georgetown University professor Rebecca Ryan, whose research shows fewer parents are spanking their kids.

Maynard Jackson Jr. was an Atlanta legend. As the first black mayor of a major southern city, Jackson pushed for businesses to adopt affirmative action programs, expanded the Atlanta airport to become the international hub it is today and also led the campaign to bring the 1996 Summer Olympics to Georgia. Jackson's life and legacy are the focus of the new documentary, "Maynard," which was executive produced by his daughter-in-law Wendy Jackson and his son Maynard Jackson III. They joined us in studio to discuss the man and politician, Maynard Jackson Jr.