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This fall, Georgia State College of Law University is offering "The Legal Life of Ludacris" — a course examining the strategic legal decisions and contracts that supported his career as a rapper, actor, philanthropist and restaurateur. 

It's the brainchild of GSU entertainment law professor, Moraima "Mo" Ivory, who's the head of the school's "Entertainment, Sports and Media Law Initiative." Ivory spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about the now full class. 

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Improvisational theater makes for a great evening of live entertainment. Actors make up a story right on the spot, mastering the art of staying in the moment while making their scene partners look good.

Dad’s Garage, the well-established improv theater in Atlanta, is making a push to bring that art to high schools across Georgia. Their new outreach program provides teachers with videos, worksheets, and teaching guides aimed to introduce students to the world of improv. All materials are free and conform to state curriculum standards.

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Today’s music minute features one of the original dirty south rappers, Atlanta's own Ludacris.


Born Christopher Bridges on this day in 1977, Ludacris has carved out a storied career that includes multiple hit songs, Grammys, and acting roles.




The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra's new season begins this Saturday, Sept. 14, with a new music director: Keitaro "Kei" Harada. 

Harada grew up in Tokyo, but he's no stranger to Georgia. He studied at Mercer University in Macon, where he was assistant conductor of the Macon Symphony. After that, he picked up the baton for four seasons as associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony. 

  • Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff Launches Senate Bid
  • New Federal Money Available For Farmers Hurt By Hurricanes
  • Delta Invests In Driverless Vehicle Research

Jon Ossoff announces his candidacy for U.S. Sen. seat currently held by David Perdue

On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp has moved to revitalize the task force assigned to maximize participation among all Georgians in the 2020 census. We ask his press secretary, can immigrant communities be reassured they have no reason to fear being counted?


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A team of specialists at Emory University will never forget Aug. 2, 2014. That's the day Kent Brantley, an American missionary based in Liberia, became the first of four patients with the Ebola virus to arrive at its Atlanta facility. 

The eyes of the world watched as the Serious Communicable Diseases Unit ⁠— in hazmat suits, successfully treated Brantley and three other patients with the highly infectious disease.

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Jontavious Willis got his start singing gospel in his hometown of Greenville, Georgia, but something clicked inside him when he heard the blues.

His second album, Spectacular Class, came out earlier this year. Critics and blues artists hailed it and declared him a wunderkind and genius who proves the blues is very much alive.

The image called Afghan Girl that first appeared on the cover of National Geographic is part of the inspiration for Tidal Flats, the first published novel by Columbus-based author Cynthia Newberry Martin. Martin altered the time and subject of the image of Afghan Girl, but the photo is critical to the plot.

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Georgia farmers who have suffered economically from Hurricane Michael or other recent weather events can begin applying for a piece of $3 billion in federal aid.

The money from what is called the WHIP plus program was authorized by President Trump back in June and is available for farmers hurt by weather as far back as Tropical Storm Cindy in 2017.

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  • GA Farmers Get $3-Billion Aid Package

It’s been five years as of this summer since the first U.S. Ebola patient went to Emory University Hospital. On Second Thought looks back on the events that followed with Dr. Colleen Kraft, one of the physicians who helped with care.

Find out what songs Atlanta native Faye Webster adds to our Georgia Playlist. She'll be at the annual Music Midtown this weekend.

Georgia has nine HBCUs now, but Morris Brown College could make that number increase. It's seeking accreditation nearly a decade after losing it due to a financial mismanagement scandal.

On Second Thought invited race and culture reporter Ernie Suggs to talk about the background and threats HBCUs face. Suggs collaborated with education reporter Eric Sturgis on an Atlanta Journal-Constitution series about the health of HBCUs. They also launched a podcast called HBCU Journeys.  

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Investigative filmmaker and one-time Congressional candidate Jon Ossoff is now the fourth Democrat running in the primary election to challenge Republican Sen. David Perdue in 2020.

  • 3 Of 4 Remaining Crewmembers Rescued From Capsized Ship Off Georgia's Coast
  • APS Board Denies Contract Extension To Superintendent
  • GDOT Says Metro Atlanta Rush Hour Traffic Reduced By One Hour With Express Lanes

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Georgia native Eve Hoffman teaches poetry at Emory University. Her most recent book, Memory and Complicity is a collection of autobiographical poems that tells the stories of a young Eve who grew up by the Chattahoochee River. 

Hoffman stopped by On Second Thought to give her recommendations for our "Southern Reading List" —  a series of authors and readers sharing books that define and reflect the South.

In this file photo, chairs sit empty in a classroom of Hunt Elementary School in Fort Valley, Ga., on Monday, May 17, 2010.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, we’re focusing on the state of public education in Georgia.



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As you might already know, both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats will be on the ballot next November.

But questions about who Gov. Brian Kemp will pick to replace Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson on the ballot in 2020 (and, if successful, the governor’s reelection campaign in 2022) has created an unending cascade of speculation and game theory about who will mount campaigns for the elected offices.

  • Search Continues For Missing Sailors From Overturned Cargo Ship
  • Lawmakers Look Again At Gambling To Fund HOPE Scholarships
  • Falcons Lose Season Opener

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Dahlonega city officials are preparing for a pro-Trump rally and possible counter protests on Saturday in the town square. 

According to a flyer for the "American Patriot Rally,” it’s an event to honor the flag and President Trump. But promoters of the rally have a history of ties to the Ku Klux Klan, and the event has been heavily shared on white supremacist websites.


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The Georgia Department of Public Health said Monday two cases of vaping illness have been reported in the state.

Nationwide, five people have died and more than 450 possible cases of vaping-related lung disease are being investigated by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

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The annual Music Midtown festival takes place this weekend. Through its 25 year history — it launched in 1994 — A-list acts like Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Elton John and Drake have all taken to the festival's stages.

This year, performing musicians include Travis Scott, Vampire Weekend, Billie Eilish and Lizzo. Atlanta native Faye Webster will be among them. First, she joined On Second Thought to talk about how, while still only in her early 20s, she's already released her third album — and to tell us about her musical journey along the way.

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UPDATE 6:22 p.m.: The fourth crew member has been rescued from the capsized vessel in St. Simons Sound, meaning all the crew members are accounted for.

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Speed limits have gone up on some Georgia interstates.

The Georgia Department of Transportation increased the speed limit to 70 mph on several major roads in and near Atlanta.

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  • Falcons Begin NFL Season
  • Now Deceased UGA Employee Allegedly Stole $1.3 Million From Student Orgs. 

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Mac Powell is an Atlanta-based multi-platinum Grammy-winning artist. His band, Mac Powell and the Family Reunion, recently released their new single, Back Again. 

Mac and the Family Reunion are now on tour, performing songs from the debut album, Back Again. Before his Atlanta performance, Powell added two songs to our Georgia Playlist.


On this edition of Political Rewind, in the wake of Johnny Isakson’s surprise decision to retire, two U.S. Senate seats are now on the ballot in Georgia in 2020. As Republicans and Democrats engage in complex maneuvering to benefit in the aftermath of Isakson’s announcement, we’ll take a behind the scenes look at the races for each seat.

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Hurricane Dorian is moving north after lashing the coast and outer banks of the Carolinas. In the meantime, Georgians are moving back to their homes. In the end, hurricane-force winds only edged along the state’s coast, causing less flooding and havoc than predicted.

Still, the impact on the economies – and lives – of the areas east of I-95 that were under mandatory evacuation remains, along with plenty of evidence that those orders were ignored.

  • Schools Reopening After Hurricane
  • Air Testing Underway Around Cobb County Sterigenics Facility
  • Atlanta Dream Score Upset Victory