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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia legislative panels will meet this week to examine two major health concerns: improving mental and developmental outcomes for young children and addressing the high maternal death rate in Georgia. Our panel discusses how we can expect the legislature to deal with these issues.

The first round of independent test results are due out this week for the Sterigenics plant in Smyrna, and the community’s Air Quality Oversight Committee is scheduled to meet Monday.  Get an update on the story from Georgia Health News’ Andy Miller, and Web MD Brenda Goodman. Plus, take a look at what’s happening on the political side of it from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ’s Greg Bluestein.

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The first wave of punk rock growled out of the economic and social malaise of New York and London in the mid-1970s. But Los Angeles played a huge role in what came next, when punk's energetic D.I.Y. ethos began to diversify, cross genres and sprawl like the vast city itself.

One of the groups that sprouted in that time was the seminal punk band X. Three years ago, X's singer and bassist John Doe and music publisher Tom DeSavia pulled together first-hand accounts of the nascent scene from members of LA's tight-knit punk community. The resulting book, Under The Big Black Sun, was nominated for a Grammy.

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The Atlanta Falcons picked up their first win of the season Sunday, beating the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 24 to 20. 


Julio Jones was the hero of the evening, catching two touchdown passes, including the game winning score in the final minutes of the contest.



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Back in 2016, REM bassist Mike Mills stood on the stage at Macon’s City Auditorium. In his hands was a relic of rock and roll that once belonged to one of his idols.

“This is Duane Allman’s guitar. I don't even know what to do with it!” Mills said between movements of the rock concerto he was performing with violinist Robert McDuffie.

Derek and the Dominoes’ "Layla" was a hit on the radio when Mills was 12 so he knew exactly what to do. He took his best shot at Allman’s stinging "Layla" lick on the 1957 Gold Top Les Paul.

Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the congregation of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 15, 2019.
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On Sunday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden stood in the well of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where, 56 years ago, four members of the Ku Klux Klan detonated explosives, causing the deaths of four girls and injuring 22 others. Speaking during the Sunday school service, minutes before the 10:22 a.m. anniversary of the bombing, Biden delivered remarks addressing the hate in our country's past and the notably similar hate of today. 

During the memorial service, Biden referenced this being the 400th anniversary of the first slaves arriving in the United States, adding, “The domestic terrorism of white supremacy has been the antagonist of our highest ideals from before our founding: lynch mobs, arsonists, bomb makers and lone gunmen. And, as we all now realize, this violence does not live in the past.”


U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is demanding answers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after a Georgia woman said her father was bitten more than 100 times by ants at a veterans' home in Decatur.

The rate of uninsured Georgians has risen to 13.7% in 2018, ranking Georgia the third-highest uninsured state following Texas and Oklahoma, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

Nationally, the amount of uninsured people also increased.

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Democratic presidential candidates resume their debate Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, after a break during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, for the first time in this election cycle, the top three candidates in the Democratic presidential race appear on stage together. It was also an opportunity for lower-tier candidates to try and make some headway against poll leaders. Our panel gives their insights about how they think the debate unfolded.


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Music Midtown begins Saturday! This year, 25 years after it first began, the two-day festival will feature acts like Travis Scott, Cardi B, Lizzo and Vampire Weekend. And on Sunday at 1 p.m., you can catch Atlanta locals, The Coathangers.

First, drummer Stephanie Luke and bassist Meredith Franco, two members of the garage punk trio, joined On Second Thought to talk about how they started playing music together, what it's like being an all-female punk band in the music industry and what "punk" means to them.


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The Iliad is one of the oldest surviving stories of Western civilization, and is often referred to as if we know it — or, at least, we should.

The epic is usually credited to Homer, the ancient Greek storyteller who first sat down to orally weave the story for his audiences 3,000 years ago.  The war story chronicles the final weeks of the Trojan War, and it has been translated into dozens of languages — dozens of times.

Emory University is hosting a three-day, live reading of The Iliad, and On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott is among the orators. Delve into the classic tale with Stan Lombardo, a professor emeritus of classics at the University of Kansas, who wrote a modern translation of it.

East Point has an urban agriculture plan aimed at improving access to green spaces and minimizing food deserts. GPB’s Ross Terrell went to check it out.

US Civil Rights Advocate Juanita Abernathy Dies At 88

Sep 13, 2019
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Juanita Abernathy, who wrote the business plan for the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and took other influential steps in helping to build the American civil rights movement, died Thursday. She was 88.

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Grammy Award-winning artist and Monticello, Georgia, native Trisha Yearwood is returning to the country music scene with a new album, titled Every Girl.

The accompanying single, "Every Girl In This Town," is an empowering love letter to girls and women of every description. 

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Some of the most popular artists in the country will be in Atlanta's Piedmont Park this weekend for Music Midtown.


Travis Scott will be one of the headliners on Sunday, along with Vampire Weekend and Billie Eilish.


Cardi B. and Panic! At The Disco will be featured on Saturday. 


CLICK: Full schedule for Music Midtown 2019


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The family of a Georgia Tech student who was shot and killed by a campus police officer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The suit also names the university and the Georgia Board of Regents. 

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Gov. Brian Kemp is launching a new statewide initiative to promote Georgia-made products and bring new business to rural parts of the state.

At Faircloth Forest Products in Swainsboro, midway between Macon and Savannah, Kemp said he was fulfilling another campaign promise: to showcase economic opportunities available to companies that choose to invest in Georgia outside of the metro Atlanta area.

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The Georgia Ports Authority has announced plans to double the capacity of the Port of Savannah. 


Ports Executive Director Griff Lynch said at the State of the Ports event Thursday that the authority plans to establish a new container port on Hutchinson Island, which sits across the river from Savannah.

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More than two dozen black Georgia state legislators have endorsed Joe Biden for president ahead of the third Democratic primary debate in Houston Thursday night.

In a press release, the Biden campaign announced 59 total endorsements from black state lawmakers across the country, just hours before he was set to take the stage with nine other Democratic hopefuls.

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Georgia food stamp recipients affected by Hurricane Dorian have been given extra time to report food loss. The deadline to report loss of food purchased with SNAP benefits has been extended to Oct. 3.

The southeast coast of Georgia felt the largest impact from Dorian just about a week ago with downed trees and power lines.

From the Civil War to the Dust Bowl and from baseball to jazz, Ken Burns documentaries have covered a range of critical events in American history and culture. Now, country music is getting the Ken Burns treatment. 

He and long-time collaborators and producers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey spent eight years researching and making an eight-part, 16-hour documentary called Country Music, which will air in six parts beginning Sunday, Sept. 15 on GPB.

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Four Democratic primary candidates have emerged in the race to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue.

On this edition of Political Rewind, our panelists discuss the increasingly competitive Democratic race in Georgia for U.S. Senate. So far, the four Democrats who have officially launched their campaigns are aiming for Sen. David Perdue’s seat. When will Democrats begin lining up for a shot at the seat that Sen. Johnny Isakson is giving up? Why has no African American candidate come forward to run?

In July, the Savannah Philharmonic announced its new, second-ever conductor. Keitaro Harada, or Kei, as he likes to be called, grew up in Tokyo, but he’s no stranger to Georgia: he studied at Mercer University and was assistant conductor of the late Macon Symphony.

More recently, Harada wrapped up four years as associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony. He takes the stage Sept. 14 as the Savannah Philharmonic's music director designate. He spoke with GPB’s Sarah Zaslaw about music, love, community and batons.

The flag hangs outside of Cathedral of Christ King as metro-Atlanta first responders were honored on the 9/11 anniversary.
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First responders and law enforcement officials from the metro Atlanta area filled the Cathedral of Christ King for a special mass service in their honor.

The National Anthem, God Bless America and America the Beautiful would eventually echo through the sanctuary as parishioners and emergency officials paid their respects to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11. 

On Second Thought For Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019

Sep 11, 2019

Georgia State University students studying to be sports and entertainment lawyers have a new course available to them: The Legal Life of Ludacris.  GSU law professor Moraima "Mo" Ivory took On Second Thought back to school with a look at why the Georgia superstar’s career is a window into contract law.