In Macon, insights from the annual day of community conversations are in, and in talking to each other, people in Macon gave voice to both optimism as well as concern.

According to the results in the most recent On The Table event,  three quarters of the people who chose to eat lunch together around town, and have difficult conversations, on one day last October said they felt like Macon as a city was on the right track and getting better. 

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Buford Highway is an eight-mile stretch of highway between Atlanta and Buford, Georgia that has earned the reputation as the place to seek international cuisine in Atlanta.  But there’s more than just food – Buford Highway is also a thriving center of international cultures. More than a thousand immigrant-owned businesses have laid the economic and social foundations for building community along what the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce has called, “Atlanta’s International Corridor.”

We Love BuHi” started as an Instagram page in 2015 to highlight the local businesses along Buford Highway. Today, it’s a bona fide non-profit that aims to build connections across the various communities thriving there through storytelling, art and community events.

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As peak tornado season bears down on the Southeast, On Second Thought is looking at who gets aid after disasters. A recent NPR investigation found federal emergency money has been a political football for both parties. Research from Carnegie Mellon and other sources shows how much people affected by disasters get can depend on how their districts vote.

Robert Benincasa is a producer for NPR Investigations. He researched and reported on the thousands of disaster buyouts Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA didn't want people to see.

Today we filled up on music and stories of community before Thanksgiving. We spoke with Sharon Collins, whose documentary named "The Macon Sound" premieres Nov. 20 on GPB. The documentary explores musicians like Otis Redding and Little Richard who helped make the town a destination for artists all over the country.

We also figured out how to navigate tense family holiday situations with some wisdom from author Anita Sanchez, plus heard some Thanksgiving stories from Kay Powell and Dame Wilburn.

Anita Sanchez

Thanksgiving is the time when people come together to celebrate with family and friends; however, the recent election and politics in general might make it harder to focus on love, blessings and gratitude.

Author Anita Sanchez shared her ideas for finding unity and connection in a season of so much conflict. She's the author of "The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times."

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Georgia communities are responding to the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh this week. Vigils are planned all over Georgia to honor the 11 people who were killed when a gunman open fired during services this past Saturday. It was one of the deadliest attacks on Jewish people in U.S. history.

We spoke with Jewish leaders from Savannah and Macon on how their communities are coming together to heal. Rabbi Robert Haas is from the Congregation Mickve Israel in Savannah. Adam Solender is the executive director of the Savannah Jewish Federation. We also spoke with Rabbi Emeritus Larry Schlesinger from Temple Beth Israel in Macon.

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In an episode of "Meet the Press" in April 1960, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said he thought it was one of the most "shameful tragedies of our nation that 11 o'clock on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours in Christian America."

Nearly 60 years later, a pair of church leaders in Macon observed that not much had changed. The New Georgia Encyclopedia states Macon is home to more churches than any other city in the American South.

GPB recorded a conversation between Rev. Dr. Jake Hall of Highland Hills Baptist Church and Rev. Dominique Johnson of Kingdom Life, Inc. for the series "Macon Conversations." In this excerpt, they discussed finding common ground between white people and people of color in their congregations.

Our Nothing Funny About Money Team continues the discussion about Money and children. This is part two in the extended segment on Money and Kids.

Money And Kids

Aug 7, 2017

This month, Matt and Michael dive into the often controversial and challenging topic of "kids and money", not just the expense of having kids but teaching them the important issues associated with managing resources. Our hosts, found this topic actually required more than 30 minutes to discuss, so this is part one of two.

In this second episode of "Nothing Funny About Money," hosts Matt Goren and Michael Thomas get a bit philosophical about the supposed corelation between money and happiness, the discussion might just surprise you.

In this first segment, hosts Matt Goren and Michael Thomas discuss banking fees, how to avoid them and maybe more importantly, how to be aware of how prevalent they are and how destructive they can be to managing your finances if you don't get a handle on them.