On Second Thought for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018

We continued our look at Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Atlanta Journal Constitution reporters Eric Stirgus and Ernie Suggs. They recently rolled out a Re:Race series called “HBCUs: A Threatened Heritage.” The project looks at the enrollment numbers, finances, and the overall future of HBCUs in America. We also heard from some alumni and current HBCU students in Atlanta.

On March 1st, Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources will open its second annual Coyote Challenge. It invites hunters to present coyotes they’ve killed in exchange for the chance to win some free prizes. The mysterious southern coyote is considered a nuisance to some people and other wildlife. First, we heard a report from GPB’s Grant Blankenship on researchers who catch and release coyotes to give them GPS tags. Then we were joined by Chris Mawry, associate professor of Biology at Berry College and cofounder of the Atlanta Coyote Project, to talk more about the Coyote Challenge.

In less than two weeks, a critical program for many immigrants in the U.S. illegally expires. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, shields immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children from being deported. The program’s future is still unclear. Emory University professor Marie Marquardt has been watching this closely. She’s an immigration activist, who brings her activism to young adult fiction. We talked with her about her latest book, “Flight Season.”

Georgia is a hub for first generation immigrants. Census data show nearly half Gwinnett County’s residents are minorities, and 20 percent of its overall population is Latino. For the last two decades, a mariachi band there has been working to bring all people together through music by adapting to the culture of the South. The band is called Mariachi Mexicanisimo de Atlanta, and On Second Thought producer Sean Powers caught a performance at a Mexican restaurant in the town of Lilburn.