"On Second Thought" For Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

A lot of Americans feel lonely – between one-third and half, depending on which research you consult. The holidays can be an especially difficult time for people who spend them alone. A few weeks ago, we talked about the emotional experience of loneliness.

Today we looked at the health effects and financial costs of sustained loneliness with Kerstin Emerson, a clinical assistant professor of gerontology at the University of Georgia's College of Public Health.

It's that time of year when we look back and reflect on some of our newsroom's proudest moments, so we asked GPB's reporters and correspondents to take us behind the scenes of some of their favorite stories they've reported this year. Stephen Fowler, Cindy Hill, Rickey Bevington, Ross Terrell and Emily Jones joined "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott in studio and on the line from Savannah to talk about their reporting.

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