On Second Thought For Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The 2016 film Hidden Figures highlights black female mathematicians who battled racial and gender discrimination to help the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA launch its Apollo missions to the moon. 

An Atlanta native, single mom and Georgia State University doctoral student will follow in their footsteps this summer.


India Jackson was accepted to NASA's prestigious internship program, but she had only one problem: money. The stipend offered wouldn't cover travel and living expenses for Jackson and her daughter, Jewel.

That's when strangers from around the world stepped in — raising more than $8,000 on GoFundMe to help fulfill Jackson's dreams.

Jackson spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about her NASA internship and long-term goals.

From waiting rooms across the country to the floor of the U.S. Capitol, healthcare is one of the biggest issues for American voters.

One of the main challenges in Georgia is access to doctors and pharmacies alike, especially in rural parts of the state. And then there's cost of care. According to the Commonwealth Fund, a quarter of Americans report not filling prescriptions they cannot afford.

Kiah Williams and Adam Kircher are two of the co-founders of SIRUM, which also operates the Georgia-based Good Pill Pharmacy. They joined On Second Thought to talk about their work.

Father's Day is just around the corner. It's a time to celebrate and reflect on how your dad or dads shaped your life — for better or for worse. But, have you thought about how you affected your father? 

James Rilling is a professor of anthropology at Emory University. He spoke to On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about ongoing research on the neurological and hormonal influence of fatherhood.