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Fayetteville pediatrician Dr. Sara Goza has been elected president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Goza is back at her practice in Georgia after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border, and examining detention facilities where migrant children are held. She joined On Second Thought to tell us what she saw there.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Democrats across the state are crafting their strategy to attempt a majority in the next state legislative election. Hoping to mobilize voters around the heartbeat bill and internal GOP party struggles, party leaders are optimistic.

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Transportation — trucks, trains, planes and automobiles — is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Electric vehicles offer a less polluting alternative. That, and reduced fuel costs are strong selling points. Limited battery range is not.

But shorter distances, and those savings, work for many local governments. Last month, Savannah added two new electric cars to its city fleet. Nick Deffley is the director of Savannah's Office of Sustainability. He joined On Second Thought from GPB's studio in Savannah to talk about how the city began its transition to electric vehicles.

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State records show the number of Georgia families receiving welfare benefits has dropped by more than two-thirds in the past 14 years.

The numbers have decreased as Georgia has applied constant pressure to drive down the rolls, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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A tropical depression is likely to form in the Gulf of Mexico and has the potential to produce heavy rainfall by the end of the week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A trough of low pressure over central Georgia is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf, where a broad area of low pressure will form in a couple of days, forecasters said Monday.

The system has the potential to bring heavy rain along the northern and eastern U.S. Gulf.

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From the whirr of an espresso machine to the hum of the lights to the soca music playing on the speakers, Joe’s East Atlanta Coffee Shop has dozens of examples of Georgia’s energy mix at work.

It’s not like there are signs saying “Coffee maker powered by solar panels!” or “Lamps brought to you by the Chattahoochee River,” but utility providers like Georgia Power, electric membership cooperatives and city-run power companies do bring you electricity using a variety of sources.

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The Federal Communications Commission will vote July 10 on a $100 million initiative to improve health care access for rural Americans.

The money would boost funding for telehealth equipment across the country including here in Georgia, allowing people who can’t get to a clinic or hospital to see their doctors online.

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Gov. Brian Kemp speaks to members of the Georgia House at the state Capitol in Atlanta.
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Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp is asking the Department of Drivers Services to "conduct a full investigation" into the claims of discrimination against Puerto Rican applicants. 

This is in response to a lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday alleging Georgia is discriminating against Puerto Rican driver's license applicants by treating them differently than other citizens. 

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Citations for distracted driving have jumped in the past year since Georgia made it illegal to drive while holding a cellphone.

A state law that took effect July 1, 2018, prohibits drivers from holding a cellphone while they're behind the wheel. They can only make calls using hands-free devices with their phones.

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Tricia Hersey

Your Fourth of July plans may include parades, pool parties, cookouts or the Peachtree Road Race. Tricia Hersey plans to celebrate with a nice, long nap. The founder of The Nap Ministry, Hersey is known to many as a champion of rest. Some even call her the Nap Bishop.

Hersey dreamed up The Nap Ministry while a divinity student at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Graduate school had taken a toll on her sleep, and consequently her health, so she made the decision to rest. She joined On Second Thought in studio to preach the benefits of rest and share about her ministry, which she sees as a form of self care and social justice.  

Protestors march outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Homestead, Fla. A coalition of religious groups and immigrant advocates said they want the Homestead detention center closed.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Rep. John Lewis tours a detention center in Florida housing migrant children that has become a focal point of the immigration battle. Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services works to prepare more facilities, including one in Georgia.

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"The Freeze" is a welcome diversion at sweltering Atlanta Braves games. Wearing a full body leotard, the sprinting mascot races fans between innings of Atlanta's major league baseball games. He gives fans a giant headstart while managing to win ⁠— most of the time. 

One of the faces behind the mask this year is Durran Dunn. Dunn is a Jamaican sprinter who's competed in track and field championships around the world while representing the U.S. and Jamaica. On Second Thought producer La'Raven Taylor managed to catch up with Dunn and brought back this audio postcard.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, left, speaks in Washington. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, right, at the state Capitol in Atlanta.
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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello is calling on Gov. Brian Kemp to address allegations that Puerto Rican citizens are being discriminated against when applying for a Georgia drivers license. 

In a statement Rosello said that a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination when attempting to obtain a drivers license is "absurd." 

The world has six fewer North Atlantic Right Whales after a summer of loss for the endangered species. Four of the animals have died in the last week alone, and three of them were of breeding age.

The whales are Georgia's state marine mammal, and biologists are alarmed these deaths bring the species even closer to extinction. Clay George is a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He's among those monitoring the numbers, and he spoke with On Second Thought about the dwindling population, the role of the Georgia coast in the whales' life cycle and the origins of their name.

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Old Town Road launched Atlanta artist Lil Nas X to the top of the charts for thirteen weeks making it the potential 2019 "Song of the Summer." It started on the “Hot Country” chart and was pulled by Billboard when executives decided it wasn’t country. Georgia Tech professor and music journalist Joycelyn Wilson gives her take on what makes it the arguable “song of the summer.”

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No other insect has inspired Lisa Bartlett like the butterfly.


“There’s something about the metamorphosis, the secret, the mystery behind how they turn into a butterfly as a caterpillar,” said Bartlett, the garden manager of Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw. 


For the past several months, she has collaborated with volunteers to create the garden’s third annual butterfly house as part of its “Garden With Wings” pollinator exhibit, which opened June 18 and runs until July 31.

Pride Returns To Macon After 20 Years

Jul 3, 2019
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After a 20-year hiatus, Macon’s pride celebration came back June 22.


Iconic Macon drag performer Tangerine Summers entertained around 400 people in a downtown park despite the pouring rain. The city officially declared the day Gay Pride Day. Summers says that’s a far cry from the Macon of the 1970s.

National Archives

One hundred years ago, Americans were adjusting to life after a destabilizing world war. The Spanish influenza decimated communities, fears of Bolshevik-style communism ran rampant and hundreds of thousands of returning veterans were competing for jobs and housing ⁠— including African Americans confident that fighting abroad earned them the right to freedom at home. 

Throughout the summer of 1919, the war between nations gave way to a war between races. Mobs targeted and lynched black Americans. 


Craig Pascoe says when people come to Georgia, North Carolina or Alabama they often have one food on their mind. 

“The first thing they ask is ‘I want authentic BARBECUE,’” Pascoe said.

To satisfy aficionados’ appetite for Georgia barbecue, Pascoe teamed up with colleague James “Trae” Welborn to develop Georgia Barbecue Trails, a website mapping the location of traditional barbecue restaurants and situating their stories in the history and culture of Georgia.

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This story was updated Wednesday, July 3 at 2:35 p.m. 

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello asked Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday to address a lawsuit filed against the state's Department of Driver Services.

The federal suit alleges Geogia is discriminating against Puerto Rican driver's license applicants by treating them differently than other citizens. 

"This is absurd," Rossello said in a statement. "Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens and cannot be treated unequally in any U.S. jurisdiction. I ask Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to address the disturbing irregularities immediately. The U.S. citizen of Puerto Rico cannot be subject to illogical and illegal requirements when procuring government services."

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