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On this edition of Political Rewind, the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia has filed a lawsuit asking the federal court to block implementation of the state’s restrictive new abortion law.  ACLU Director Andrea Young joins us to discuss the basis for the suit.


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Jimmy Carter is taking a swipe at the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency, saying Russian interference in the 2016 election was responsible for putting Trump in the White House.

The 94-year-old former U.S. president said Friday that he believes Russia’s meddling “if fully investigated would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016.” Carter said he believes Trump “lost the election” and became president “because the Russians interfered on his behalf.”

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A new lawsuit claims Georgia's abortion law, set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020, violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 

The 36-page suit, Sistersong v. Kemp, argues that the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act "criminalizes pre-viability abortions in direct conflict with Roe v. Wade," which establishes a woman's right to an abortion until about 24 weeks into pregnancy. 


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The month of June is full of festivals, celebrating all kinds of heritage. 

 

Besides Pride, it's also Caribbean Heritage Month.

 

Atlanta has one of the largest contingents of U.S. Virgin Islanders living on the U.S. mainland.

 


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  • State Ethics Commission Continues Battle With Former Insurane Commissioner 
  • Henry County Officer Faces Multiple Charges Stemming From A Traffic Stop Incident
  • REPORT: Hepatitis A Infections On The Rise In Northwest Georgia


  • Ethics Cases Against Former Gubernatorial Candidate To Continue
  • Local Group Reacts To Supreme Court Ruling On Citizenship Question
  • Atlanta-Based Cox Enterprises To Sell Radio Stations


Tyler Perry Joins New BET Video Streaming Service

Jun 27, 2019
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Tyler Perry Studios is partnering with Viacom and BET to launch a new streaming service.

BET+ will feature on-demand video streaming for subscribers, as well as new projects from Perry.

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The flu vaccine turned out to be a big disappointment again.

The vaccine didn't work against a flu bug that popped up halfway through the past flu season, dragging down overall effectiveness to 29%, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

Jeremy Jacobs, Curator Emeritus National Museum of Natural History

In 2008, G. Wayne Clough became the 12th secretary of the Smithsonian. The Douglas native and Georgia Tech president emeritus was the first Southerner to hold the position.

When Clough retired from his post, he decided to write about his birthplace of South Georgia. At the same time, he dove into the Smithsonian's vast collections, searching for artifacts from the region. He shares what he found in his memoir Things New and Strange: A Southerner's Journey through the Smithsonian Collections.


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  • Lawsuit Claims Inmate Witnesses Were Unfairly Punished After Prison Bus Escape
  • Tyler Perry Partners With BET, Viacom To Create New Streaming Service
  • Clint Eastwood Brings Movie Production To Georgia In Wake Of Abortion Ban Backlash


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There has been a huge push to end the stigma, the bigotry and intolerance surrounding the LGBT+ community.  

 

But despite that, for many people who identify as LGBT+, there are still  experiences and memories of discrimination, violence and familial rejection which are recognized as significant factors contributing to mental health concerns.

 

GPB Evening Headlines For June 26, 2019

Jun 26, 2019

  • Chatham County Issues Second Beach Advisory In A Month
  • Tyler Perry Announces New Video Streaming Service With BET
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For the past three decades, Rosser Shymanski has played a critical role in almost every program you've watched on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Shymanski, GPB's television production manager, retires Friday after 31 years with the organization. He will say "Aloha" to his colleagues Friday with his final "Hawaiian Shirt Friday," a tradition that has become a mainstay of GPB, just like Shymanski himself.

But before Shymanski worked behind the scenes and won the hearts of his colleagues at GPB, viewers around Atlanta knew and loved him as DeAundra Peek – a character he created and portrayed for The American Music Show on People TV, a public access channel, from 1987 to 2004. The full collection is now archived at Emory University's Rose Library.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, members of the Democratic U.S. House of Representatives votes in favor to send billions of dollars in humanitarian aid to detention centers holding immigrant children under conditions described as deplorable. Will the Republican held senate go along with the effort?


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Suzanne Jackson has lived a creative life. She's known for her visual art - but is also a poet, dancer, writer, radio host and has a master's in theatrical set design from Yale University.

 

Telfair Museums in Savannah is revealing a 50-year retrospective of Jackson's work. It's called, "Suzanne Jackson: Five Decades." The exhibition will begin showing this Friday. Jackson spoke with On Second Thought about her life, work and how art has always been a part of it all.

 

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  • Stacey Abrams Testifies Before Congress In Washington
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms Talks Cybersecurity During Congressional Committee
  • Liberty Becomes First GA County To Openly Oppose Offshore Drilling


  • Stacey Abrams Testifies On Capitol Hill About Voting Rights
  • Atlanta Seeks Federal Help To Fend Off Cyberattacks
  • Liberty County Joins Opposition To Coastal Oil Drilling And Seismic Testing


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While the particulars, origin stories and claims to be the barbecue capital of world may vary, Jim Auchmutey has found one thing we can agree on: Barbecue has a Southern accent. 

The veteran journalist and smoked meat sherpa recently wrote a new book — Smokelore: A Short History of Barbecue in America. Auchmutey stopped by On Second Thought to give a taste on what to expect from the history of barbecue.


In Search Of Flannery O'Connor's Peacocks

Jun 25, 2019
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Once you turn onto the dirt road leading up to Andalusia, it’s easy to forget that you’re in a college town and not a rural 1950s farmland.

Flannery O’Connor’s historic home appears almost exactly as it did when she lived in Milledgeville, with a notable exception: the writer’s famous aviary, which once housed more than 40 peacocks, has been whittled down to just two of the colorful birds and moved to the opposite end of the backyard.

This month, researchers broke ground on an archaeological dig at Andalusia, hoping to find the exact location of O’Connor’s peacock pens.


On most residentially-zoned lots in American neighborhoods, it is illegal to build anything other than a single-family home. In Sandy Springs, 85% of the residential land allows for only detached, single-family homes. As Savannah updates its historic zoning laws for a modern world, residents of a newer city aren’t all ready for change.

On Second Thought explored the broader implications of the debate over ordinances in Sandy Springs with New York Times’ Writer Emily Badger and Evelyn Andrews of Reporter Newspapers.


In 2015, the first Republican presidential debate featured 17 candidates. The first Democratic presidential debates will feature 20 candidates.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, with the first Democratic presidential debates soon to get under way, controversies so far have plagued a small number of the crowded field of candidates. How will candidates set themselves apart and distance themselves from unfavorable headlines in hopes of coming out of the first debate unscathed? 


  • Atlanta Affordable Housing Plan Unveiled
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  • Macon Brings Back Pride Celebration After 20 Year Hiatus
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  • Atlanta Launches New Affordable Housing Plan
  • Macon Celebrates Pride Month For First Time In 20 Years
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Atlanta is launching a new comprehensive plan to address affordable housing in the city, but one expert thinks it doesn't go far enough.


Migrants watch clashes with U.S. border agents, seen from Tijuana, Mexico.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the immigration community takes a sigh of relief after President Donald Trump temporarily delayed plans to round up millions of undocumented immigrants across the country. What is next for Georgia’s immigrant community?

Atlanta has one of the highest eviction rates in the country. According to Apartment List, the city ranks third in the nation — with a nearly 6% rise in evictions between 2015 and 2017. 

Earlier this month, On Second Thought spoke with Brooke Gladstone about a reporting series NPR's On The Media created with the Eviction Lab at Princeton. Our conversationon the series called, "The Scarlet E: Unmasking America's Eviction Crisis" garnered a lot of feedback from listeners so we decided to do a follow up, while getting a landlord's perspective.  

 


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