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It made headlines when Queen Elizabeth II agreed to grant Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle their wish for a more independent life, allowing them to move part-time to Canada while remaining firmly in the House of Windsor. We speak with Emory history professor Dr. Patrick Allit and CNN senior writer Lisa Respers France to analyze the historical context and current implications of their move to this side of the pond.


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Last September, President Donald Trump signed an executive order requiring state and local governments to consent, in writing, to allow refugee resettlement inside their borders.

The deadline for officials to opt in was originally Jan. 21. That order was struck down in a U.S. district court earlier this week. 


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The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is coming up on Monday. The King Center announced this year’s theme is “The Beloved Community: The Fierce Urgency Of Now.”

The Reverend Dr. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, says her father’s message of the ‘beloved community’ operates out of unconditional love, adding, "it’s not about who deserves anything...it’s about all human beings having this inherent worth and value.”

Xernona Clayton embodies those values. She worked with Dr. King and Coretta Scott King at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the late 60s. In 1967 she became the first African American in the southeast to have her own television program. She served 30 years as an executive at Turner Broadcasting System and founded the Trumpet Awards to recognizes accomplishments of African Americans.


  • Kemp Calls For Second Teacher Pay Raise In 2020 State Of The State Address
  • State Democrats Respond To Governor's Annual Address
  • Georgia Lawmakers Agree To Forcing Some Websites, Apps To Collect Sales Tax


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There is a lot of important news going on. Yet, this last week so many headlines were dominated by the news in Britain — not about Brexit, but “Megxit.”  More accurately, the response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s surprise decision to step back from their duties as “senior” royals.

The move has revealed a range of opinions about monarchy, race, class and media — not just in Britain, but also here in the U.S.


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On Thursday's Political Rewind, we discussed Gov. Brian Kemp’s 2020 State of the State address to the General Assembly earlier.

The governor took the opportunity to lay out his legislative priorities during the speech before a joint session of the General Assembly.

Our panel will discuss the issues he highlighted and those he omitted. 


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Speaking on the state House floor in front of representatives from Georgia’s executive, legislative and judicial branches, Gov. Brian Kemp said the state of the state is strong.

“And folks, we’re just getting started,” he said.

The governor, entering his second year in office, painted an extended metaphor of the state as a house under construction.

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Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced Monday. The list, which skews heavily white and male, has faced fierce criticism in the last few days.

The discussion is all too familiar for many, resurrecting conversations about #OscarsSoWhite and the lack of representation for both women and people of color in the esteemed awards.


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Republican Gov. Brian Kemp told lawmakers during his State of the State address Thursday that his budget proposal for the next fiscal year includes an additional $2,000 pay raise for teachers and school employees, completing a campaign promise to boost teacher pay and adding another layer of complication to a tight budget discussion.

In his second annual address to lawmakers, Kemp also said the General Assembly should continue to fully fund the state’s education formula.

“Let’s fully fund public school education for the third year in a row, accounting for growth and resources needed to properly educate,” he said.

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An online petition is calling for the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to be renamed for Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, according to AL.com.

The 79-year-old Democrat, who was born in Troy, Alabama, was among those beaten at the bridge in Selma while marching for voting rights in 1965.

Currently, the bridge bears the name of former confederate general, U.S. Senator and eventual grand-dragon of the KKK Edmund Pettus.

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Gov. Brian Kemp will give his State of the State address at 11 a.m. Thursday.

He calls it his, "blueprint for a stronger, safer and more prosperous Georgia."

Kemp's second annual State of the State speech comes amid questions about whether he can cut income taxes and deliver a campaign promise to raise teacher pay, while also trimming the state budget.

The governor has touted an agenda for the upcoming year that includes reforming state adoption law, combating human trafficking and fighting street gangs.

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On Monday, America will honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Many people worked shoulder to shoulder with King during the civil rights movement, including a Southern white author and activist in Clayton, Georgia.

Lillian E. Smith is one of the few people mentioned by name in King’s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”


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Eating disorders are not only becoming more common they are also affecting kids as young as 5, according to doctors at Georgia’s first all ages in-patient treatment center.


  • Scientists Say Injuries On Right Whale Calf Off Coast Worse Than Orginally Thought
  • Georgia Politicos Tout Strong Economy At Georgia Chamber ‘Eggs And Issues’ Breakfast
  • Bill Filed In State Legislature Could Change The Way Coal Ash Is Stored In Georgia 


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The injuries to a right whale calf spotted off the Georgia coast are worse than originally thought, and scientists have downgraded its chance of survival to poor.

Host Rickey Bevington spoke with GPB's Emily Jones about the injured whale and what this means for the critically endangered species.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, we tackled a range of issues that will be considered this year in the Georgia legislature, including sex trafficking and a state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

Some Georgia farmers interested in growing hemp will be paying close attention. They have been cautioned they cannot move forward with growing the potentially lucrative crop until the state finds funds for overseeing production.


Rock n’ Roll hits the page in Ian Port’s The Birth of Loud. Hear him tone it down to speaking volume when he stops by On Second Thought.


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Cars are an integral part of portraying time and place in film, with some leaving a lasting impact on our cultural references. There’s James Bond’s Aston Martin, Marty McFly’s time-traveling DeLorean, Thelma and Louise’s 1966 Thunderbird and countless other examples.  

With Georgia now a go-to filming location for projects like Baby Driver and Stranger Things, the demand for automobiles, current and vintage, is growing.

Y’allywood Film Cars aims to fill that demand and keep the industry fair in the process. Run by Beth Aylward, Jeana Lopeman and Stacy Frasure, Y’allywood Film Cars connects the car collectors of Georgia with the productions looking for a specific model.


Lynsey Weatherspoon

Nearly 4.6 million people live with developmental disabilities in the U.S. —  a reality that hits home to about 600,000 living in Georgia. Oftentimes, individual voices and experiences get lost in those numbers.

That's why FRQNCY Media, a Georgia-based production company collaborated with the Georgia Counil on Developmental Disabilities to create Hidden Voices, a podcast designed to highlight the stories of people with disorders and their families.


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More than 2,600 lawmakers and business leaders filled a ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center Wednesday to hear several top politicians share their perspectives on the state’s economy.

The overall message of the morning was that business is booming in Georgia: from low unemployment rates to more companies expanding their operations across the state. But state officials have difficult decisions to make regarding proposed budget cuts as slowing tax revenues don't match up with larger growth seen elsewhere.

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The BeltLine and the Georgia Department of Transportation have told GPB they have no plans to remove the Baby Yoda mural from the BeltLine.

“While Baby Yoda is located on our structure, we do not have any plans for a removal,” GDOT Communications Specialist Tori Brown said. “The Beltline can make that final decision.”

Jenny Odom, communications and media relations manager for the BeltLine said she sees no problem with the mural.

“It’s a free art space,” she said.

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Dozens of people opposed the conversion of a vacant grocery store into a storage facility in a USDA defined food desert coming before the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday.

Several neighbors spoke out against a proposed climate-controlled self-storage facility in the old Kroger at 400 Pio Nono Ave. in Macon.

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Ivanka Trump says the White House is committed to ending human trafficking, which she called “modern day slavery."

President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser made the comments during a trip to Atlanta on Tuesday. She visited nonprofit groups that help victims of human trafficking.

In recent years, multiple state and federal officials have called Atlanta a hub for sex trafficking.

During one stop, Ivanka Trump vowed to continue urging companies to be involved in helping survivors of abuse.

  • Atlanta Mayor Creates Office Of Inspector General
  • State Tax Revenues  Up After Months Of Decline
  • Atlanta Braves' Stadium To Be Renamed 'Truist Park'


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Whether you're searching something on Google, assessing a mortgage rate, or applying for a job, much of our lives today is informed by artificial intelligence. Or, the less scary term: intelligent algorithms.

While AI helps systems operate quickly, it's not perfect. Like humans, these technologies are only as good as the information they get. 


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By 1970, Muhammad Ali’s boxing career was in decline. Convicted for draft evasion in 1967, Ali lost his license to fight in all 50 states and had become a polarizing figure across the country.

That was before a group of key players managed to jump through a legal loophole and stage a comeback fight — in Atlanta.


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On Tuesday's Political Rewind, Georgians could soon be paying more for online purchases if a measure to hold companies accountable for collecting the taxes they owe on internet purchases continues to gain momentum under the Gold Dome.

Legislative leaders say enforcing collections could add $300 million or more to the state treasury at a time when budgets are tight.

Our panel also discussed possible tax cuts on the table in the new state legislative session.


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Georgia lawmakers gathered under the Gold Dome for the first day of the 2020 legislative session Monday.

House Speaker David Ralston said last week he expects this year's session will largely focus on balancing the state's $27.5 billion budget.

Lawmakers could also consider legislation allowing people to vote on a constitutional amendment in November on whether to legalize gambling among other measures.


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When trash leaves your house and goes to the landfill, that landfill has features in place that keep liquids from the trash from getting into groundwater. Right now, those features are not required for Georgia landfills that store the toxic coal ash from power plants.

A bill filed this week in the Georgia Legislature would bring coal ash storage rules in line with the rules for your household garbage.

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Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said his priorities for the 2020 legislative session include healthcare, foster care and boosting Georgia’s role as a technology hub.

Speaking to reporters in his office Monday, the first-term Republican said that he learned a lot during his first 12 months in office and is ready to continue working with the governor’s office and lawmakers.

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