all things considered

An agriculture professor at the University of Georgia, James L. Carmon, talked his school into buying the costliest computer in existence in 1964 -- and it helped put a man on the moon. The computer was $3 million when the school purchased it. It’s now worth $25 million. Carmon's daughter, Lee, talked about her father's work. Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Bo Emerson joined her on On Second Thought to talk about how the computer influenced the space race.

 

 


The Georgia General Assembly session begins on January 14, 2019.
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Lawmakers are back at the state Capitol for a special legislative session. Gov. Nathan Deal called the session to address the billions of dollars in damage caused by Hurricane Michael as it tore through southwest Georgia in October.

GPB's Rickey Bevington visited the Capitol to talk with Greg Bluestein of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He explained the $270 million aid package legislators will consider.


What's In A Name? | Joyland

Aug 16, 2018
Éditions Albin Michel

There are a lot of interesting names around Atlanta, but have you ever heard of a neighborhood called Joyland?

In this "What's In A Name," we explore the "amusing" history of the South Atlanta neighborhood.


What's In A Name? | Pittsburgh

Aug 13, 2018
Library of Congress

Places in Atlanta are often related to other places around Atlanta, but today we look at a neighborhood with a northern namesake. 

We're telling the story behind a southern suburb called Pittsburgh. 


What's In A Name? | Tight Squeeze

Aug 9, 2018
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Atlanta once had a neighborhood called Tight Squeeze. My colleague, Don Smith, suggested we check out this part of town that he remembers as the hangout spot for hippies in the 1970s.

 


 

Atlanta Trails

Many Atlanta roads are named after ferries and bridges, so at the request of listeners "40Watt" and Bill Witherspoon, we took a peek at the watery origins of these Atlanta roadways.


What's In A Name? | Panthersville

Jul 31, 2018
Big Cat Rescue

Atlantans have been wondering about the place names around them for decades. Just look at this early 20th century letter, in which a DeKalb County Commissioner asks where the Panthersville community got its name.

What's In A Name? | Butts County and Between

Jul 30, 2018
The Sun

Even if you live inside Atlanta city limits, you've probably heard some of the most unusual names outside of the metro area. Butts County is one such name that listeners like B.T. have been curious about for years.


What's In A Name? | Paul McCartney Boulevard

Jul 25, 2018
Access Atlanta

As you drive into the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, you might find yourself on a road called Paul McCartney Boulevard. And yes, it's that Paul McCartney.


What's In A Name? | Box Ankle

Jul 25, 2018
Town Maps USA

There's a town south of Atlanta called Box Ankle, Georgia. But how did it get its name?

At the request of listener Ginger Applegarth, we looked into the story behind Box Ankle. 


What's In A Name | Five Forks Trickum Road

Jul 24, 2018
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Five Forks Trickum Road is one of Atlanta's most interesting names. At the request of listeners Shannon Dupont and Sam Burnham, we unpack the road's curious origins. 


atlanta.net

If you live in or around Atlanta, you probably know how many places are named after peaches. In fact, within city limits there are 15 separate streets called Peachtree.

This installment of "What's In A Name?" answers a question from Sarah, the 8-year-old daughter of GPB's Chief Technology Officer, Adam Woodlief. She asks why everything in Georgia is called "peach."


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Is there an Atlanta name you're curious to know the history behind? Click on this link and write your idea in the comments section.

Listen to our summer series "What's In A Name?" during All Things Considered weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. on Atlanta's NPR News station, 88.5 FM.

What's In A Name? | Druid Hills

Jul 16, 2018

Druid Hills is one of Atlanta's best-known neighborhoods — and streets.

In this "What's In A Name," as requested by listeners Forest McMullen and Lisa Mount, we dive into the unexpected history of the northeast Atlanta neighborhood.


The Human Footprint

Many Atlanta roads are named after local waterways — but where do those creeks and springs get their names?

In this episode of "What's In A Name," we explore three names listeners were curious about: Beaver Ruin Road, Ponce de Leon Avenue and Foe Killer Creek.