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The Goat Farm, an arts community and compound in Atlanta, recently announced a $250 million transformation. Anthony Harper, founder and co-owner of The Goat Farm, joined On Second Thought to share what the expansion will entail, and what it means for the Georgia arts scene.

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Rose Hotel is not a hotel at all. It's a band. But that doesn't mean that their tunes won't make you dream, with their lo-fi, bedroom indie-pop sound. It's the music project of Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Jordan Reynolds. 

Rose Hotel's debut LP, called I Will Only Come When It's A Yes, is out today. There is an album release concert Friday at 529 in East Atlanta Village. First, Reynolds joined On Second Thought to add to our Georgia Playlist of songs written or performed by a Georgian. She selected "SpottieOttieDopaliscious" by Outkast and "Keep the Change" by Mattiel.

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Another federal judge is allowing a second lawsuit alleging problems with Georgia's current voting system to continue.

Judge Steve Jones Thursday denied the state's request to dismiss the case, filed by Stacey Abrams-affiliated Fair Fight Action, Care in Action and a slew of local churches. 

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A flood of major entertainment companies have issued cautious statements about future filming in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect, amidst national calls for a boycott and local concern over the state's booming film and television industry.

CBS, Sony, AMC, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, Disney and Netflix will monitor what could be a lengthy legal fight over the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act, which would effectively ban abortions in the state except for cases of rape and incest with a police report, when the health of the mother is in jeopardy or the pregnancy is declared "medically futile."

The law also gives personhood rights to an embryo once cardiac activity is detected.

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An inmate at Valdosta State Prison has died.

The Georgia Department of Corrections says about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, guards found Astair Holmes Jr. unresponsive in his cell. Officials say paramedics were called but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The department, in a statement Tuesday, said Holmes was pronounced dead by the prison's doctor at about 12:10 p.m.

Drive through almost any neighborhood in Macon-Bibb County and you're apt to spot some houses with crumbling facades, shuttered windows and overgrown lawns. They're among the county's nearly 4,000 unoccupied properties. Most of them are only in poor or fair condition, but more than 400 are in such bad shape they need to be demolished.


On this edition of Political Rewind, the new head of the State Ethics Commission has launched a large-scale investigation of organizations led by Stacey Abrams. Ethics Chief, David Emadi says his probe is strictly non-partisan, but Democrats call it a blatant effort to undermine Abrams.

It was a superb Spring day in the mountains of west Georgia, with bluebird skies and a light breeze through the longleaf pines, when a helicopter rained fire from the sky.

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Access to fresh, healthy food is not a given in Georgia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture tracks areas here that are low-income and have limited access to grocery stores, also referred to as “food deserts.”

This month, GPB News is looking into creative, local solutions to food access issues in a series called “Full Plates: How Georgia Fights Hunger.”  Reporters Emily Jones and Stephen Fowler stopped by On Second Thought to discuss what two communities are doing to get fresh food to residents.

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Drive through almost any neighborhood in Macon-Bibb County and you're apt to spot some houses with crumbling facades, shuttered windows and overgrown lawns. They're among the county's nearly 4,000 unoccupied properties. Most of them are only in poor or fair condition, but more than 400 are in such bad shape they need to be demolished.

Samantha Max just wrapped a series and a podcast on blight for The Telegraph, where she covers health. She joined On Second Thought from Macon to explain the roots of the problem and what residents and local leaders are doing to fix it. 

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The Georgia Ports Authority has elected a new chairman. Augusta Construction company executive William D. McKnight will begin a term July 1. 

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Food insecurity is a pressing issue nationwide — particularly in Georgia, where one out of every four children live in food insecure households. It's a dire picture for seniors, too, with the latest estimates putting Georgia in the top ten worst states for food insecurity among aging populations. 

Residents and officials across Georgia are working to address the problem. GPB's Full Plates series is taking listeners around the state to learn about creative local solutions to food access problems.

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Alonzo Franklin Herndon founded what would become the Atlanta Life Insurance Company more than a century ago. A former sharecropper, Herndon started his business with a $140 investment – and went on to become the wealthiest black man in Atlanta.

A new public art project and history exhibit called Windows Speak brings Herndon, along with other leaders of the institution, back to Atlanta Life's historic office building on Auburn Avenue. Exhibit curator Amalia Amaki stopped by On Second Thought for a conversation about Atlanta Life's lasting legacy.


Entertainment giant Netflix says it may "rethink" its investment in Georgia if a controversial abortion law survives legal challenges. 

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement the company will work with the American Civil Liberties Union to fight the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act in court.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a federal judge has blocked the Mississippi abortion bill that closely resembles Georgia’s new “fetal heartbeat” measure. It is the latest judicial action halting new state laws that severely restrict abortion. What would this mean for Georgia’s new law?



More than 93 million Americans — nearly 40% — are considered obese and Georgia ranks 38th on a list of “fittest” to “fattest” states, according to a recent study.

Lack of access to healthy food, inadequate transportation and inactivity contribute to the rise of obesity, but state policies could help reduce and even prevent obesity, according to Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization that contributed to a Georgia profile report on obesity.

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Bobby Akins lives on Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta. He lives in a high rise and has a fixed income, but finds himself in a food desert.

That's an urban area where the closest supermarket or grocery store with fresh produce is more than a mile away.  In fact, more than a third of Atlanta is considered a food desert.

Food insecurity is a pressing issue nationwide, particularly in Georgia. The latest estimates put Georgia among the ten worst states for food insecurity among aging populations, and 1 in 4 children in the state lives in a food insecure household. 

Josephine Bennett is assistant news director for GPB News. She found that Georgia is the first in the country to create a state plan for addressing hunger among seniors. She joined On Second Thought from our Macon bureau. 

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Leon Brown is trusted enough to drive a tractor-trailer inside one of the nation's busiest seaports more than six years after being released from prison. But he's not allowed to vote in Georgia because of a law rooted in the years after the Civil War, when whites sought to keep blacks from the ballot box.

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The Atlanta Jazz Festival gets underway this weekend. The annual event is one of the country's largest free jazz festivals. Among the featured is Atlanta-based band, The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra. Trumeter Russell Gunn leads the group. 

He stopped by On Second Thought to talk about the band's latest album, Get It How You Live and the group's natural mashup of traditional jazz, rhythm and blues and southern hip-hop. 

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We’re just a few weeks into the harvest for Georgia’s most famous crop, peaches, and farmers are already calling it one of the best they’ve had in years.

  • Georgia Farmers Say Signs Point To Best Peach Season In Years
  • Georgia Tech To Host Opening Round In NCAA Baseball Tournament
  • Georgia Sees Record-Breaking Highs Over Memorial Day Weekend

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As Georgia's beaches fill up for Memorial Day, advocates are reminding people: respect sea turtles.

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In Rome, a men’s homeless shelter has been cultivating a backyard farm with a variety of veggies to feed its residents.

The shelter has been so successful, they’re looking to share, bringing fresh food to the northwest Georgia community in a tricked-out school bus.

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It’s going to be hot Memorial Day weekend, and forecasters are expecting record-breaking temperatures.

In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses new revelations about how our immune system can be prompted to battle and conquer cancer.

The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPB Augusta SoundCloud page.

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  • Coastal Police Seeking Information On Hit-And-Run Accident

Texas GOP Rep. Chip Roy objected to speeding the measure through a nearly empty chamber and complained that it does not contain any of President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request for border wall funding.

On this edition of Political Rewind, after months of delay, the U.S Senate approved a disaster relief package that would send relief money to Georgia and other states hit by natural disasters. However, in the House of Representatives, Texas Rep. Chip Roy blocked the measure.