On Second Thought For Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Oct 24, 2017

For most of us, our idea of politics is influenced by what we see on TV. Millions of Americans regularly watch shows like “The West Wing,” “Veep,” and “House of Cards." Georgia native Jay Carson worked as supervising producer and political consultant for Netflix’s “House of Cards.” We talk with him about how to write engaging political drama in 2017, and how much the fictional White House resembles the real one.

Hospital closures make it harder to get health care in rural Georgia. And they hit the economy hard, too. Yet, one South Georgia county’s attempt to open a new for-profit hospital is creating controversy. Lee County’s plan for a medical center has opponents saying it will put neighboring Dougherty County’s not-for-profit hospital out of business. We hear both sides, and we talk about the implications with Andy Miller, Editor for Georgia Health News.

Savannah’s Owens-Thomas House was recently awarded $250,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The money will continue renovations and reinterpretations of the property’s museum. We talk with Daina Berry, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas. Berry has authored and edited a number of books on slavery in the South. We also talk to Leslie Harris, Professor of History at Northwestern University. Harris and Berry co-edited, “Slavery and Freedom in Savannah.”

This week, we’re explore gun violence in Georgia. The Peach State is a leading exporter of illegal firearms. That’s largely due to the I-95 corridor, where guns flow from Georgia to other parts of the country with stricter gun laws. This route’s nicknamed the Iron Pipeline. Many of the illegal weapons end up in New York City. We talk about this with BuzzFeed News National Editor Tina Susman and New York City’s Public Advocate, Tish James.

Georgia’s no stranger to gun violence. On November 23, 2012, Atlanta native Jordan Davis was shot and killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. The African-American teen was unarmed when a white man named Michael Dunn shot him. Dunn was reportedly angered by the music Davis and friends were playing in their car. Michael Dunn got a life sentence for murder. Davis’s mother, Lucia McBath of Atlanta, shares her memories of the case.