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Shantih Shantih is a four-piece band founded in Atlanta. The band combines rock 'n' roll with harmonies over twanging guitars — heard in their new single, Radio Dream. 

On Second Thought invited Anna Barattin and Julia Furgiuele from the band to add some tracks to our Georgia Playlist


Courtesy of Flux Projects

Flux Projects is back at it. The arts organization produces temporary events that connect people to creativity and to place. Beginning Thursday, Sept. 26, Flux is transforming Ponce City Market into an acoustic playground.

A series of artists are using sound as the primary medium to reveal hidden dimensions of the historic building turned ultra popular destination for food and shopping.


Caitlyn Collins is a sociologist and author of "Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving."  Collins looks into “Work/Family Justice” for parents, especially as more and more women become the breadwinners of their families.  Her studies show that mothers in the United States are the most stressed of comparable western cultures and speak more about not having enough time to be with their children. Unlike many European countries, such as Sweden, the United States does not have a national support system for mothers. Collins preveiws her research into societal trends and policy with On Second Thought before her speech at the University of Georgia.


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President Trump has released a transcript of his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Updated at 5:25 p.m. ET

President Trump told Ukraine's president that "a lot of people want to find out" about the activities of former Vice President Joe Biden's family in Ukraine and asked its leader to be in touch with lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General Bill Barr.

That's according to a briefing for correspondents about the contents of the July 25 phone call, on Wednesday at the Justice Department.

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A recent study by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the number of babies hospitalized with influenza last flu season is at least double previous estimates. Those estimates nearly triple when considering the number of babies previously thought to have died of flu-related illness.


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When Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide last month in a New York Corrections Facility, questions about the state of mental healthcare in America’s prisons briefly dominated the national news.

But suicides in jails and prisons are becoming more and more commonplace – especially in Georgia.  The state has one of the highest rates of inmate suicide in the nation, nearly double the national average.


A service dog strolls through the isle inside a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport while taking part in a training exercise, in Newark, N.J.
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Delta Air Lines has announced emotional support animals will now be allowed on flights longer than eight hours. The Atlanta-based airline instituted the ban last December. It prohibited emotional support animals under 4 months from flights regardless of length.

Last year’s ban came after Delta announced an 84% increase in incidents with support and service animals from 2016 to 2017.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. during a television news interview at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 16, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Lithonia) are calling for impeachment proceedings in the aftermath of President Trump’s alleged efforts to pressure the president of Ukraine to look into the business dealings of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.


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Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is a staple on high school and college reading lists. Published in 1937, it could have easily disappeared into obscurity if it wasn't for a young Georgia writer named Alice Walker


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Some of Georgia’s congressional delegates announced Tuesday their support for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

The calls for impeachment have grown after the Washington Post reported a whistleblower alleged Trump asked Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate Joe Biden and Biden's son.

Suicides are on the rise in jails and prisons, and Georgia has one of the highest rates of inmate suicides in the nation — nearly double the national average. On Second Thought explores the circumstances effecting the numbers.

Atlanta-based freelance reporter Max Blau reported in The Macon Telegraph last month. He spoke to state officials, family members and dug into public records data. He joins On Second Thought to discuss his findings on prison suicides.


Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst will retire at the end of the season. Parkhurst announced his decision Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, before the team trained for a crucial match at New York City FC.
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Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst will retire after the season, ending a 15-year career in which he was one of the top defenders in Major League Soccer, played in the Olympics and won an MLS Cup championship.


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Six historically black colleges and universities are adding a new sport during the 2020 – 2021 school year.  Morehouse College in Atlanta, Paine College in Augusta and Ft. Valley State University, as well as Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, and Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky, are all adding men’s volleyball programs. The teams will play a regular season, with a year-end tournament in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference


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This month, GPB is bringing you stories of Georgia music, a lot of them about music history. Now, we turn to the future.

Every musician has to start somewhere, whether it’s a piano recital or singing in church. Guitarist Oz Yakabovits, 8, is fond of playing outside in Savannah’s parks. And he recently landed a higher-profile gig: a gallery show by artist Scott Stanton, or Panhandle Slim.


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Georgia's new state law that effectively bans abortions around six weeks into pregnancy made its first appearance in federal court Monday.

The American Civil Liberties Union and several reproductive rights groups opposing HB 481 asked U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones for a temporary injunction on the law.


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Today on Political Rewind, we dive deep into the proposed budget cuts that Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered all state agencies to make.


Vaping is under fire after a series of deaths and crackdowns on flavors, said to attract children to smoking. The new vaping flavors contain nicotine salts, which deliver nicotine more quickly through the body, increasing the likelihood of addiction. The effects of electronic cigarettes on school-age children have been reported as the cause of eight deaths so far.  On Second Thought speaks with Dean of GSU’s College of Public Health, Michael Eriksen, on the latest news and developments.


Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez will miss at least one game with a knee and ankle injury.
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Atlanta United star Josef Martinez is expected to miss at least one game after injuring his right knee and ankle, a better-than-expected diagnosis that sets up the dynamic striker to be available for the MLS playoffs.

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City of Dunwoody

A new ordinance in one metro Atlanta community would go further to protect bicyclists and pedestrians more than anywhere else in the state.

The Dunwoody City Council will consider the legislation Monday.


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With a hint of fall in the air, India Jackson is still buzzing from a remarkable summer. On Second Thought spoke to the Georgia State University doctoral student and single mother just before she and her daughter left for NASA's prestigious summer internship program in Houston.

The stars aligned for Jackson when strangers from around the world stepped in to raise more than $8,000 through gofundme.com to support her dreams. Jackson is on the cover of the fall issue of GSU Magazine. She stopped back by On Second Thought with shocking details about her internship.


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Last week, the FDA disclosed a criminal probe into electronic cigarettes as the number of vaping-related illnesses climbed. The enforcement action dovetails with an ongoing Centers For Disease Control and Prevention investigation into vaping-related illness in the U.S. 

Five hundred thirty people with a history of vaping have been diagnosed with mysterious lung injuries. Eight people have died. Five of those cases are in Georgia, with another being investigated here.


Mike Snowden in his Marietta home-based shop. He crafts and sells cigar box guitars.
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Smoking cigars isn’t healthy and touring as a musician can take the fun out of performing, but Mike Snowden of Marietta has found a way to make money and have fun by crafting guitars out of cigar boxes.


Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett played brilliantly Sunday.

He was poised, accurate and turnover free. He helped the Colts score points, avoided mistakes and capitalized when opportunities arose.

He was virtually flawless.

Brissett completed his first 16 passes, threw for two touchdowns in the first half, led the Colts to scores on their first four drives and even converted a late third down with an 11-yard completion to Jack Doyle to close out a 27-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

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In honor of the Ken Burns series Country Music, Bill Nigut is taking over the On Second Thought Sunday time slot with a special edition of Two Way Street. This episode features his conversation with the legendary Brenda Lee, an artist featured in sections of the documentary. 


A police officer responding to a call of a naked man behaving erratically at an Atlanta-area apartment complex arrived on the scene, exited his vehicle and shot the man almost immediately.

Now a jury must decide if he's guilty of murder.

Atlanta Braves bullpen pitchers celebrate after clinching the NL East baseball title with a victory over the San Francisco Giants, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Freddie Freeman didn't care that his eyes kept tearing up from all the beer and champagne soakings.

It seemed like every teammate stopped by to blast him, and he loved every minute of it.

"This is the first step of hopefully a few celebrations to come," he said with a big, wet smile. "We're excited. We've got a really good ballclub. We're just getting started."

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is hitting the campaign trail to stump for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Bottoms announced on Twitter she will travel to South Carolina, an important early primary state, to appear at events and fundraisers for the Biden campaign.

The Youth Climate Strike will take place Friday in Georgia, other U.S. states and about 150 countries. High school and college students are skipping class to demand action on climate change, and they are timing the strike for right before Monday’s UN Climate Action Summit. On Second Thought hears from Andrea Manning and Zeena Abdulkarim, two of the Atlanta organizers and Dr. Kim Cobb, a climate science professor.


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Today on Political Rewind, we sit down with Jackie Gingrich Cushman to discuss her new book, Our Broken America. As former Congressman Newt Gingrich’s daughter, Cushman is no stranger to the complexities of politics. This experience has given her insight to the importance of local politics. 


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