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The national conversation over the removal of Confederate memorials has inspired students at one Atlanta High School to act. The editorial staff of Grady High School’s student newspaper has called for the removal of the school's name in a recent editorial

One of the paper’s managing editors, Chloe Prendergast, explains why she and others no longer want to attend a high school named Grady.  

Elizabeth Chappell

The debate over whether the U.S. accepts or rejects refugees from Syria continues nationwide. Atlanta photographer Elizabeth Chappell has been working to document the refugee crisis in the Syrian town of Kobani. She's planning to return in a few months, but before she does, she told us about what she witnessed.

 

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More than 80 percent of children in Syria have been harmed by the unrest, according to a report by the United Nation’s children’s agency.  Some of the children who have escaped the violent conflict with their families have ended up in Georgia.  And we may have many more soon.  The U.S. plans to take in as many as 100,000 refugees by next year.

FREDDY COLE

Nat King Cole would be 97 today had he lived, but his legacy is very much alive.  And newly honored by a new album from his brother Freddy, who is a jazz musician in Atlanta. Freddy's  new album, "He  Was  The King,"  is a tribute to his brother, Nat. We  talk with Freddy about his storied career, and his brother’s legacy. 

The son of civil rights leader Ralph David Abernathy Jr. has died.  Ralph David Abernathy III served as a Georgia State Senator and was known for his own role in working toward racial equality. His most recent work involved efforts to build a memorial for activist icons like John Lewis, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King and his own parents. 

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Professional Bull Riding is a growing action sport, but many people have yet to experience an event in person. More than a thousand cowboys are members of the Professional Bull Riders organization, known as the PBR, which has doled out upwards of $140 million to winners in its more than 20 year existence.

 

We take a listen to an audio postcard from a PBR event in Duluth and hear from Shane Proctor and Derek Kolbaba , two daredevil riders who tangle with two-ton bulls for a career. 

VIDEO: Watch the event kick-off with pyrotechnics and fireworks:

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The Central Library in Atlanta is at the center of a debate over whether the Atlanta-Fulton County library system should downsize. This comes at a time when public libraries have yet to fully recover from the recession. Today’s libraries are so much more than quiet spaces to read a book. You can now find 3D printers and maker spaces among your favorite papers. But all this technological innovation comes at a price. 

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In Georgia, state legislatures are conducted on a part time basis. Most legislators are also involved in major secular fields, including medicine, law, and real estate. A recent Atlanta Journal Constitution article cites that many of these legislators are bringing bills to the floor that will directly benefit their personal career field.

We talk to AJC reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin about the potential for conflicts of interest when part-time lawmakers deal with policies that can affect their own bottom line.

How To Lie Like A Southerner

Mar 16, 2016
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Call it a fib, a fiction, a white lie, or a fish story. Storytelling has long been part of Southern culture, and sometimes that means telling stories. Tomorrow kicks off the Second Annual Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival in Rome, Georgia. Fourteen fibbers from around the state will perform a five minute tall tale with the hopes of being crowned the new Big Fibber Champion.

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What people experience as minorities in America can vary based on gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic group.  But sometimes there are overlaps in these narratives.  A new class at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges explores relations between African-Americans and Asian-Americans through the lens of history.

Rebecca Kumar teaches the class called "How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?"  We chat with her and  two of her students who say their own experiences as African-Americans have shed a light on similar struggles facing Asian-Americans.

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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
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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
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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?

Islamic Society of Augusta

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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