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As GPB continues “Chasing the Moon” during a commemorative week celebrating the Apollo 11 launch 50 years ago this week, On Second Thought is joined by Lonnie Johnson, a former NASA employee that worked on the project that sent Galileo to Jupiter.  


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Georgia added more than 20,000 jobs in June, pushing the state to a new record high.

According to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, Georgia currently has more than 4.6 million jobs.

“The numbers for June are very impressive,” Butler said. “We set yet another record for jobs, fewer people filed unemployment claims and our number of employed residents is climbing. There’s plenty to be encouraged about in the June report.”

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Before there were cellphone push alerts and before Americans turned to social media for news updates, Ted Turner started the world’s first 24-hour all news television channel, CNN, in 1980.


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The state’s economy has grown to be the ninth largest in the country. 

 

But not everyone in Georgia is enjoying economic prosperity.  

 

Take Athens-Clarke County, where 1 in 4 children live in poverty and over 28% of the population is poor. 

 

 


  • Senator Johnny Isakson Hospitalized After Breaking Ribs
  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Testifies To Congress On Climate Change
  • Henry County Government Deals With Potential Cyber Attack


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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is in the hospital after falling in his D.C. apartment, according to a statement from his office. 

The 74-year-old suffered four fractured ribs Tuesday night, according to Amanda Maddox, his communications director.

  • Atlanta Communities Prepare For Threatened ICE Raids
  • State Juvenile Justice Commissioner Fired For Lying Under Oath
  • Mayor Bottoms Testifies Before Senate Committee On Climate Change


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A month ago, President Donald Trump tweeted that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would begin the process of removing “millions of illegal aliens” from the country.  

Live stage productions and plays can frustrate the deaf community. That’s why a pair of UGA alumni decided to create their non-profit, Hands In! It’s a theater company in Athens that produces original plays in American Sign Language. The co-founders and directors want to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds by spreading awareness of ASL in dramatic media.

Beach and Ede spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about their latest production, Wanderland. They also talked about their plans to expand on arts and culture for members of the deaf community. 


U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks as, from left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., listen during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Sam Olens ran two successful statewide campaigns for attorney general and chose not to confront the anti-semitic slurs directed at him from some voters, a decision he now regrets.


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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is headed to Washington D.C. Wednesday to testify in front of a Senate committee about the city’s plans for climate change.

Other Georgia municipalities across the state are dealing with higher temperatures and extreme weather. Southern leaders, regardless of politics, are now taking actions to mitigate local effects of climate change, all while the federal government continues to roll back protections.


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  • Atlanta Jail Taskforce Holds First Meeting
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Atlanta police are cracking down on scooters after at least one death and hundreds of injuries. It's illegal to ride them on sidewalks or to violate other traffic laws while riding.

The focus might be shifting to electric powered two-wheelers, but collisions involving traditional bikes, cars and pedestrians are on the rise across the U.S. and in Georgia. The Atlanta Regional Commision reports a 53% jump in such accidents between 2006 and 2015. The number of related serious injuries or fatalities went up by 26% in that time.


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Live stage productions and plays can frustrate the deaf community. That’s why a pair of University of Georgia alumni decided to create their non-profit, Hands In! It’s a theater company in Athens that produces original plays in American Sign Language.

Hands In! co-founders and directors, Haley Beach and Amara Ede, want to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds by spreading awareness of ASL in dramatic media. Beach and Ede spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about their latest production, Wanderland. They also talked about their plans to expand on arts and culture for members of the deaf community. 


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Originally aired on August 29, 2018:

 

Afua Richardson is an artist, musician, and performer who is working on several high profile projects.

She's one of the artists behind the World of Wakanda comic book series.

 

Afua is also working on a graphic novel that details the early life and work of civil rights icon and U.S. Representative John Lewis of Atlanta, titled 'RUN.'

 

 


  • Strip Mining Proposed Near Okefenokee National Wildfire Refuge
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50 years ago today, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy. NASA allowed a film crew at the launch, documenting everything, from its preparation to mission control to the faces of the crowds witnessing the historic moment. All these pieces came together in a documentary film called Moonwalk One

David Resha, assistant professor of film studies at Emory University's Oxford College,  joined On Second Thought to discuss the cinematic elements of Moonwalk One, and why it didn't blast off at the box office. 


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Atlanta's jail task force held its first meeting Tuesday afternoon.  

The 25-member group will help determine the future of the city's detention center and how the space will be repurposed.  

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A company from Alabama wants to mine for heavy minerals in South Georgia, near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The Army Corps of Engineers is taking comment from the public now. GPB host Rickey Bevington spoke with reporter Emily Jones about the proposal.


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The Georgia Public Service Commission has approved the latest three-year plan for Georgia Power's energy mix. The Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP, was discussed Tuesday morning.

The utility giant will add 2,210 megawatts of renewable power procurement, the largest increase in Georgia's history. Most of that amount will be in large-scale solar power. By the end of the year, the state could have about 2,400 megawatts of renewable energy, so the newly-stipulated increase would nearly double its renewable energy capacity by the end of the three-year IRP.

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Many celebrations will take place this week commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We're focusing on Georgia connections to this amazing historical feat, along with the future of space exploration. 

Tiffany Davis is an aerospace engineer. You may have seen her on your timeline with the hashtag, #YesIAmARocketScientist. That hashtag went viral in 2016 after Davis posted it on her Instagram page, announcing her graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


50 years ago today, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy. A few days later, on July 20, 1969, the first two humans landed on the moon — Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Also at the launch was a film crew, documenting everything, from its preparation to mission control to the faces of the crowds witnessing the historic moment. These were mixed in with astounding footage taken by Armstrong and Aldrin, which all came together in a documentary film called Moonwalk One.


Joe Biden, left,  speaks during a presidential candidates forum in Des Moines, Iowa. Bernie Sanders, right,  participates in a rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, members of Georgia’s congressional delegation respond to President Trump’s tweets urging Democratic congresswoman of color to go back where they came from.


  • Legionnaires Disease Outbreak at Atlanta Hotel
  • Moon Rocks On Display At UGA
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Consuming political news is like drinking from a firehose. Each day presents a new tweet, a new storyline and a new debate to process. It can be exhausting, and often national conversations obscure important topics like Americans’ fundamental right to vote. 

On Second Thought wants to shift the paradigm, so GPB politics reporter Stephen Fowler is presenting listeners with a segment called “Slow Democracy.” Like the slow food movement, it looks at the sources, alterations and underpinnings of participatory democracy.


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An Atlanta hotel is relocating guests after reports of possible Legionnaires' disease cases connected to the hotel.

News outlets report that the Sheraton Hotel is voluntarily closing until further notice while the health outbreak is investigated.

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Fifty years ago, Buzz Aldrin left a device on the moon that has supported Einstein’s theory of relativity and allowed GPS as we know it to be possible. 

 

The quartz glass retro-reflector array was designed by the Bendix Corporation and Heraeus, a German company with a facility in Buford that is one of the few producers of this nearly indestructible material.

 

It was one of three scientific experiments that the Apollo 11 astronauts brought with them during the first moon landing on July 20, 1969. 

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The U.S. economy is being celebrated as healthy, with many people working.

 

State economists say Georgia continues to show consistent year-over-year revenue growth, an indicator of a good economy.

 

And according to the Georgia Department of Labor, 2,600 jobs were created in May with unemployment hovering around 3.9%.   

 

But things aren’t as positive for black workers. 

  • UGA Displays Moon Rocks Collected On Apollo 11 Mission
  • Governor Kemp Appoints First Judge For Newly Created Business Court
  • Immigration Advocates Remain Wary Of Future ICE Raids


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Georgia will see more days of extreme heat as the climate continues to warm.

A study by the advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists finds that if nothing changes, the state will see an average of 77 days each year with a heat index over 105 degrees by the end of the century.

That's compared to an average of four days a year from 1971 to 2000.

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