On Second Thought

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On Second Thought is a one-hour news talk show that airs at 11 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

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Atlanta is growing and it's growing fast. For the last six years, Atlanta has been the top moving destination in the U.S., according to Penske Truck Rental. Within the next 25 years, expect many more new faces to the city.

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Being a teacher is not an easy job. Growing levels of career dissatisfaction, uncompetitive salaries, stress, low levels of teacher retention and many other factors make teaching a serious challenge. Ryan Neumann, a Cobb County teacher and host of the blog Neumannic Times, feels the weight of being a teacher and wrote a commentary based on the challenges voiced by many of his peers.

We take a listen to an excerpt of Ryan’s commentary and hear how he really feels about the his complicated career

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Although the average American life expectancy continues to improve, one demographic group has been dealing with substantial problems over the past few decades. Research from Princeton University discovered that older white Americans from ages 45-54 are experiencing sharp increases in health failure, poisoning from drugs and alcohol, and suicide.

    

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A conductor in Clarkston, GA is looking to add some much-needed diversity into the world of classical music. Jason Rodgers has founded Atlanta’s first all-black orchestra, which will be known as Orchestra Noir. The group will debut later in the year and hopes to encourage other classical music programs to further the cause of diversity.

We speak to conductor Jason Rodgers and Director of Community & Learning Caen Thomason-Redus for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra about the current status of diversity in classical music. 

The Return Of Purple Ribbon Sugarcane

Mar 14, 2016
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Purple ribbon sugar cane tastes a little different from its tropical relative. For a while, it thrived on Sapelo Island off the coast of Georgia. Then, disease nearly wiped it out in North America altogether. Now a team of farmers, geneticists, and historians have come together to bring back the Purple Ribbon Sugar Cane. And, in doing so, help save Gullah Geechee culture.

Georgia Playlist: Drew Kirby of Mothers

Mar 12, 2016
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Drew Kirby of the Athens-based band Mothers contributes his nominations for our Georgia Playlist. He chooses songs by "The Olivia Tremor Control" from Athens and Atlanta-based "OutKast."

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Musicians from all over the world are in Savannah this week for the annual Stopover Music Festival. One of Georgia's hometown bands performing is Twisty Cats. Peter Mavrogeorgis and Blake Olmstead are the creative forces behind the group. They're married, and moved to Savannah a few years ago from New York. By day, they run a recording studio, and by night they perform what they describe as "Electro-gothabilly-Psych-Punk-Pop."

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The Stopover Music Festival brings in a hundred bands to perform over three days in Savannah. Many of the musicians are local, but some are out-of-towners who need a place to crash. Luckily, Savannah is the Hostess City and there are a large group of enthusiastic volunteers who open their hearts and even their homes to the bands. Our producer Sean Powers visited one of those homes, where he met the band Go!Zilla,

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After a long week, it’s time to kick back, relax, and look back at what’s happened since Monday. We talk about a call to ban homework, small churches vs. mega churches, and spending the night in slave quarters.

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Most people recognize the power of a midlife crisis, but two Atlanta performers are hoping to showcase  the funny foibles of life in your mid-20s. Celia Quillian and Shelli Delgado raised $10,000 through crowd funding in order to create their own Web series called "Quarter Life*."

We sit down with the two co-writers and producers of the show to talk about how we should really look at life during our mid-twenties. 

More info on Quarter Life*

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One of the bands performing this year at the Stopover Music Festival in Savannah is Culture Vulture. The trio describes themselves as an instrumental pop outfit with heavy math rock and jazz influence. They give us a special studio performance and talk about their style of music.

Funny And Feminist

Mar 10, 2016
Mike Hillman

A sketch comedy show at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta promises to deliver laughs and “smash the patriarchy right through the glass ceiling.” It’s called “Woman of the Year” and features sketches that challenge traditional notions of how women are supposed to act, dress and behave.

Commentary: Learn From Confederate Monuments, Don't Remove Them

Mar 9, 2016
Jud McCranie

Georgia's Civil War legacy has been hotly debated over the years. The Atlanta History Center has created online tools to help put Confederate monuments in historical perspective. In a commentary, the Center’s president and CEO Sheffield Hale says we should learn from Confederate memorials, not tear them down.

 

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There’s a “pro-white” rally scheduled in April at Stone Mountain, which is Georgia’s most famous Confederate monument. “Pro-white” is how the organizers describe it, others call it a white supremacy rally. Some self-described anti-hate groups are planning to protest the “pro-white” crowd.

Counter protesters include the Confederates of Michigan and the South Carolina-based Bastards Motorcycle Club. They say they want the rally to end without violence. We talked with members of both groups about what they hope to accomplish.

Save The Bats, Save The Agriculture

Mar 9, 2016
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Bats may give us some of us the creeps, but their usefulness in the field of agriculture is undeniable. Bats can save farmers billions by merely eating their fill of crop insects. But the dangerous fungus known as "white-nose syndrome" continues to infect caves and kill bats, with some estimates saying that nearly 95 percent of the population is in danger.

We talk to Georgia State University microbiologist Chris Cornelison and wildlife pathologist Heather Fenton about the severity of the fungus and what’s being done to combat it.

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A new TV series called “Underground” premieres Wednesday night on WGN America.  It tells the story of a slave escape from a Macon, Georgia plantation in the late 1850s.

Actor Aldis Hodge of “Straight Outta Compton” stars in the series. We talk with him about how he prepared to take on the role. 

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Ahead of this week’s Stopover Music Festival in Savannah, we add another couple of tunes to our Georgia Playlist.

Trey Rosenkampff of the Athens-based group Chief Scout picks songs by Atlanta band Balkans and Athens’ Of Montreal.  

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Ahead of this week’s Stopover Music Festival in Savannah, we talk to one of the event’s featured artists for the Georgia Playlist. 

    

Andy Sutphen of the Savannah group Street Clothes tells us about two of his favorite songs by Georgia artists.

The Savannah Bananas

This is the first year since 1996 that the Sand Gnats baseball team will not play in Savannah. The team moved to South Carolina last year and changed their name to the Columbia Fireflies. But Savannah has a new baseball team to play inside Grayson Stadium, and that team finally has a name: The Bananas.

Do you like the team name? Or is it ridiculous? What's your favorite wacky sports team name?

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Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi has seen Muslims targeted based on biases and stereotypes in an effort to detect radicalization in the general population. He is the Imam of the Islamic Society of Augusta and spearheading an outreach to educate the public and increase dialogue about Islam.  

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Some corrections officials are doubling down on training to prevent a possible terror attack.  It's something Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills and Macon-Bibb County Sheriff David Davis have thought a lot about in his department. 

We kick off our week of coverage of Savannah’s Stopover Music Festival with a Georgia Playlist from one of the artists performing. 

Anna Chandler of the Savannah-based band COEDS picks two songs from Atlanta’s Cat Power and The Gerbils of Athens.

Authoritarianism In American Politics

Mar 7, 2016
Michael Vadon

Donald Trump is an unlikely candidate for president. He has no real political experience and endorses extremist views. Yet, the GOP frontrunner has had success with voters across all demographic lines. Political scientists point to the rise in authoritarianism in American politics as the driver of Trump’s success. 

Death Café | Trump’s Triumph in Georgia | The Breakroom

Mar 4, 2016
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What is it about Donald Trump that made so many Georgia Republicans vote for him? We learn about a club that meets once a month to eat cake and talk about death. And the Breakroom is in the house, talking about weddings in the water and Atlanta's cat cafe. 

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We kick off a new series called "No Notes" where Celeste Headlee interviews a mystery guest. She talks with one of the most familiar voices in the world.  We also talk with an actor who holds the world record for playing monsters and aliens, even if he sometimes doesn't speak at all.  And we bid goodbye this weekend to one of the most successful dramas in PBS history. 

Super Tuesday Recap | Racism in the Classroom | Waffle House

Mar 2, 2016
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Voters across the country placed their votes for the presidential nominee yesterday. The Guardian US reporter Richard Wolffe has been following the election and tells us about Super Tuesday’s winners and losers. 

We then look at a different kind of competition - baseball. Georgia Public Broadcasting's Leah Fleming has story about an Eagle Scout in Macon whose love for the sport has lead him to unearth Negro League history. 

Death Penalty | SEC Primary Approaches | Soul Man William Bell

Mar 2, 2016
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The first of March is the all-important ‘SEC Primary’ for Georgia and six other Southern states. Candidates from both parties have been flooding Georgia with grass-roots efforts, campaign dollars, and in-person appearances. But after it’s all said and done, who will come away the big winners of the South? We talk with Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Bill Nigut and Emory Political Science Professor Andra Gillespie to get a preview of the primary before the final votes are cast.

Super Tuesday | Gender Gap | Superdelegates

Mar 1, 2016
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For the presidential candidates, Georgia is high value territory. There are 76 Republican delegates up for grabs today and 102 Democratic delegates. We talk with Congressman John Lewis to answer some questions about this election season. 

The Best Lessons From Left Field, Vol. 1

Feb 29, 2016

  

It’s a Lessons From Left Field Special! Join us for a listen back to some of the best segments from our series that highlights interesting, quirky, unusual and unique classes taught around the state of Georgia.

Full Show - February 26, 2016

It’s a Lessons From Left Field Special! Join us for a listen back to some of the best segments from our series that highlights interesting, quirky, unusual and unique classes taught around the state of Georgia.

Studying Spike Lee | The Black Calhouns | Olympic Preparation

Feb 29, 2016

Filmmaker Spike Lee's large body of work that's earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  It's also inspired a new curriculum for a class at Morehouse College. Also, the daughter of Lena Horne traces her family history to Atlanta and we talk about the Georgia Track Club's preparations to get several athletes to this summer's Olympic Games.

Full Show - February 25, 2016

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