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We dedicate our entire show to the way Southerners speak.

Where did y’all come from? We can trace the use of the word “y’all” all the way back to our colonial ancestors. Cameron Hunt McNabb, an English professor at Southeastern University, gives us a history and dialect lesson.

Plus, The Atlantic staff writer Vann Newkirk II makes the case for why “America Needs Y’all.”

Atlanta is the fifth highest metro area for rates of new HIV diagnoses, but recent data shows annual infection rates in the state are dropping, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We learned more about the fight to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS with Tiffany Roan, the state’s regional director for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

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The University System of Georgia is making an antidote for opioid overdoses available on all its campuses.  The drug Naloxone can reverse the effects of an overdose on opioids like heroin and fentanyl.

The use and addiction of the opioid heroin has increased throughout the United States and is trending among 18-25 year olds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a little over 1,300 people died in Georgia from opioid overdoses in 2015, the most recent year with available data.

UGA Approves $63 Million Sanford Stadium Enhancement

Feb 15, 2017
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A $63 million enhancement to Georgia's Sanford Stadium that will provide a new locker room has been approved by the athletic association's board of directors.

The project also includes a new video board, a plaza for fans to use on game days and a room to host recruits. The project approved at the board's quarterly meeting on Tuesday is expected to be completed in time for the 2018 season.

There’s a major climate change conference on Thursday in Atlanta. It’s happening at the Carter Center, but only because it was canceled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We talked with Georges Benjamin of the American Public Health Association, who is giving the keynote address at the conference. We also checked in with environmental journalist Peter Dykstra of Environmental Health News.

On this special Valentine's Day show, we spend the day talking to Georgia couples who’ve kept romance alive even though they work together. We also talk about the challenge of being single, along with the falling divorce rate.

We start with a story of truly enduring love. J.B. and Lynette Tuttle have been married for more than 70 years. The Savannah couple is now in their 90s. They're both retired and live together in a nursing home. GPB's Sean Powers brings us their timeless story of romance.

Former UGA Player, Woman, Child Die In House Fire

Feb 13, 2017
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Quentin Moses, a former Miami Dolphins linebacker who played for the University of Georgia, was found dead by firefighters in Monroe, Georgia early Sunday morning. A 31-year-old woman and her 10-year-old daughter were also found dead at the scene. 

This is show is a celebration of Black History Month. Since 1970, February has been dedicated to celebrating the contributions and achievements of African-Americans. We talk about the "Bank Black" movement, some tragic history in Savannah, a daring escape from Macon, and even how to handle a controversial term in the classroom.

 

A study by Emory University found that people view the term “African-American” more favorably than “black.” We talked with Erika Hall, who worked on the study, about what this might mean for prospective job seekers.

This year we present a continuing series called “Georgia Eats.” We’ll bring you great conversations with farmers, chefs, cooks, scientists and even some delicious recipes you may want to try. 

The "Justin Bieber of the Southern organic crowd," that's how the New York Times described Will Harris of White Oak Pastures. It’s the largest USDA organic farm in Georgia and the only farm in the country with both beef and poultry slaughterhouses. We talked to him and Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media about the outlook for organic meat.

Vince Dooley racked up more than 200 wins, six SEC championships, and a national football championship. Dooley has also written a number of books, including a volume on gardening. But for his first article in a scholarly journal, Dooley chose to revisit football history. In 1942, and there were not one, but two football teams at the University of Georgia.  Both ranked as top in the nation. Coach Vince Dooley joined us in 2015 to talk about that history.

 

 

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The food scene in Athens, Georgia is experiencing explosive growth. Restaurants like Five And Ten and The National have put the small city on the culinary map.

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Cindy Wilson co-founded The B-52s in Athens, Georgia in 1976. Now she’s back on tour, premiering material from her forthcoming, full-length solo album, “Change.” She drops by the studio to chat about her life and music. You can hear music from the new album recorded live in the GPB Performance Studio in the video below. 

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Indie musician Kishi Bashi boasts an impressive resume. He's performed violin on stage with Regina Spektor and Athens psychedelic group Of Montreal. 

His real name is Kaoru Ishibashi, but in 2011 he adopted the pseudonym 'Kishi Bashi' and launched his own solo career. His first two albums were largely violin centric. On his album "151a" (pronounced Ichi-Go-Ichi-Eh), violin looping and vocal effects dominate the tracks.

NPR

In music, we can escape the cruelties of the world or face them.

Southern music is hot right now. From Americana to hip hop, there are plenty of artists seeking to hang their sound on the hook of some piece of the Southern musical tradition. Meanwhile, there are other artists who have unmistakably carved out a piece of Southern sonic soil for themselves, even if unintentionally. Athens band New Madrid could fall into this second category.

U.S. News and World Report has released its annual ranking of top national and liberal arts universities. Four of Georgia’s colleges and universities were ranked among the nation's best. More than 1347 institutions are ranked in the report. 

Emory, Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, and Mercer are the state's highest ranking schools.

In this episode of Just Off The Radar, hear some of Kishi Bashi's new album Sonderlust, due out September 16, plus tracks from Joanna Gruesome, tacocat and more.  

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We catch up with singer/songwriter and former Georgia resident Matthew Sweet as he prepares to release his next studio album “Tomorrow Forever”

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Singer Kate Pierson has been a staple of Georgia's music scene since the early 1970s. She is a founding member of the B-52s. She has also collaborated with the likes of R.E.M., the Ramones, Iggy Pop and many others. Her first solo album was released in 2015. She adds two songs to our Georgia Playlist, a couple classics from James Brown and Little Richard.

R.E.M.

R.E.M. made the world listen. Formed in 1980, the quartet out of Athens, Georgia exploded the old idea of what pop music is all about. The 25th anniversary edition of the band’s iconic “Out of Time” album is set to be released in November. A 2014 MTV documentary explores the band’s Georgia roots.

Exclusive interview with Pylon…post-punk legends from Athens, GA on the occasion of the release of their double album “Live.” Plus tracks from Russian Circles, The Orb and more. Get more Pylon in our live session with the Pylon Reenactment Society, too. You can follow the Just Off The Radar podcast on the NPR One app. 

Just Off The Radar: Nellie McKay Live

Aug 19, 2016

Recently we were lucky enough to have Nellie McKay record a few songs for us during her 2016 tour at Atlanta’s City Winery. And you can subscribe to the Just Off The Radar Podcast on Google Play or follow the show on the NPR One app. 

Just Off The Radar: New Dinosaur Jr.

Aug 15, 2016

Dig into some new Dinosaur Jr. (the whole band is back together), a track from Case/Lang/Veirs, a track off the new Pylon live album and more in this episode of Just Off The Radar. You can follow the Just Off The Radar podcast on the NPR One app.

Just Off The Radar: Angel Olsen ...And More

Aug 15, 2016

Thank heavens…a new Angel Olsen is forthcoming this year! As a preview we’ve got the latest single from her this week, along with tributes to Ralph Stanley and Scotty Moore, a throwback track from John Wesley Harding, and new BRONCHO. Subscribe to the Just Off The Radar podcast on Google Play or follow the show on the NPR One app. 

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Kishi Bashi recently stopped by NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters to announce his new album Sonderlust, which is due out Sept. 16 via Joyful Noise. It includes the lushly layered "Say Yeah," a rapturous mix of '70s soft rock, disco and synth pop.

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We add a couple of songs to our essential Georgia Playlist courtesy of David Barbe, director and lecturer at the University of Georgia’s music business certificate program. He selects a pair of his favorite songs, one from Athens scene pioneers Pylon and another from Atlanta's Lotus Plaza featuring Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter.

Check out  "Stop It" by Pylon and "Strangers" by Lotus Plaza.

Andy Partridge Interview: Just Off The Radar

Jun 24, 2016

Pop maestro Andy Partridge, formerly of XTC, talks about the new book “Complicated Game: Inside The Songs Of XTC” that he co-authored with journalist Todd Bernhardt. Also music from Black Mountain,  Swedish Zappa style pop from Dungen and Wayne Coyne sans Flaming Lips. 

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Four Tet, Frankie Cosmos, New Move and More

Jun 7, 2016

Four Tet celebrates 1,000,000 listeners by releasing a track with one of the longest names we’ve ever heard, plus a #ThrowbackTrack from Dukes of the Stratosphere, and a farewell to Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete

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There is still a lot we don't know about the effects of climate change on our world.  NASA and the Air Force have collaborated to help us learn more. They've called on a special team of students from the University of Georgia for help.  The team will build two small satellites to be launched into space.  UGA student Caleb Adams details the project. 

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