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The Rachel Maddow Show is the biggest draw on MSNBC’s primetime line-up. The show tilts against Fox News’ Sean Hannity in the high stakes battle for cable news viewers. Both hosts have large and obsessive audiences, and both have seen double digit jumps in ratings since congress launched an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

That story was roiling when Rachel Maddow made her way onto the stage, at an event sponsored by A Cappella Books last Sunday, Oct. 13. On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott interviewed Maddow at the Fox Theatre. Today’s episode is part of the interview from Sunday.

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Flannery O’Connor featured her beloved Milledgeville farm, Andalusia, in several of her stories.

The 550-acre dairy farm includes the hay loft where an itinerant Bible salesman cajoles Joy Hulga out of her prosthetic leg in Good Country People and the walls of trees on the property conceal the fiery furnace of A Circle in the Fire. Of course, the iconic peacocks O’Connor raised were featured in her 1941 essay, The King of Birds.

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Today’s music minute highlights the artist behind one of the most popular country songs to ever come out of Georgia, featuring one of the state’s natural landmarks.


Alan Jackson, the artist behind the hit song “Chattahoochee,” was born in Newnan on this day in 1958. 


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The University of Georgia's College of Education will be named next year to honor the school's first African American graduate. 


Mary Frances Early was the third black student to attend UGA, but she was the first to graduate, earning a master's degree in music education in 1962.



  • Pickens Co. Reverses Course On Transgender Bathroom Policy
  • University System Of Georgia To Tackle Student Mental Health Issues
  • New Fundraising Numbers Provide Insight Into Georgia's Two U.S. Senate Races

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Students of Georgia Southern University gathered Wednesday night for a difficult conversation about race, free speech and tolerance.

It comes after a book burning on campus.

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The latest data from the American Cancer Society indicate breast cancer is now the most common cause of cancer death for African American women in Georgia even though breast cancer deaths overall have been declining.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, we look at the latest fundraising total for candidates in key 2020 Georgia races. Democratic candidates for Sen. David Perdue’s Senate seat are trailing behind him by wide margins. Our panel weighs in on how the money gap may dictate the strength of Democrats who want to beat Perdue.

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The latest drought monitor report notes pockets of “extreme drought” appearing across Georgia. As of Oct. 8, 2019, areas north and south of Atlanta, in central Georgia and near the South Carolina border, are currently experiencing dry conditions characterized by major damage to agriculture.

Dry conditions were also met with heat, with an October heatwave setting multiple new records across the state.

Greg Postel, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, joined On Second Thought to look at long term trends and what weather patterns are in store for fall and winter.

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Create Your Dreams, or CYD, is an after school program that provides long-term youth development, and is dedicated to helping students in underserved communities of Atlanta's Westside neighborhoods.

That means resources, opportunities and — perhaps most importantly — relationships that help these young Atlantans grow and succeed. This Friday, the organization celebrates its 25th anniversary


Millions of dollars have poured in to Georgia congressional campaign coffers in the last three months, as candidates look to show their viability a year out from the 2020 election.

The campaign finance reports submitted Tuesday show Democrats outraising Republicans in two key U.S. House races while needing to play catch-up in a U.S. Senate race.

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  • Surgeon General Talks Fighting Opioids In Macon

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Farmers in Georgia have been impacted by a multitude of events in the last few years: hurricanes, stalled aid, trade policy and, on top of that, drought. 

In September, the Southeast saw record heat — with little to no rain. Now, there is lots of rain in the forecast for the coming week. On Second Thought checked in with onion farmer Aries Haygood of A&M Farms in Lyons, Georgia, to hear about the issues impacting farmers.

New data from the American Cancer Society show breast cancer as the number one form of cancer-related death for African American women in Georgia. Principal scientist from the American Caner Society, Carol Desantis, and director of cancer health equity at Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Brian Rivers, delve into the reality behind the numbers.

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The Pickens County school board has reversed course on its decision allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.

In a message released Wednesday, the school board cited safety concerns as a driving force for the change.

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If summer temperatures increase by 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 Fahrenheit degrees, brown thrashers would lose nearly 75% of their range in Georgia.

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The 2019 ELEVATE Atlanta Art and Culture Festival began Monday. The annual event is hosted by the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, and this year, it takes place in the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood of Atlanta.

The week-long festival features exhibitions, performances and other cultural events, such as screenings of films like 2019's The Last Black Man in San Francisco and 1989's Do The Right Thing.

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Today on Political Rewind, Republicans have called the impeachment investigation of President Trump a Democratic witch hunt. Two decades ago, Democrats attacked the impeachment of President Clinton with similar fury.

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Pat Mitchell has been at the forefront of three media revolutions. She was among the first women reporters and anchors for national television news, a big player in the rise of cable news as president of CNN productions, and the first female CEO and president of PBS during a time when digital media was changing how people consume information.

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Georgia Southern University faculty are holding events on censorship and free speech this week following a book burning by students.


Author Jennine Capó Crucet spoke at the school’s Statesboro campus last week about white privilege and the college experience. Some students challenged her, and video posted on social media showed students burning her book.


School administrators said the students were within their rights but the book burning “does not align with Georgia Southern’s values.”


Pat Mitchell has long been an advocate for women and girls in television. Mitchell’s new biography tells how she advocated for herself as well. She is the former CEO of PBS and the co-founder of TedWomen. She joined On Second Thought to discuss her new book, Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World.

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Atlanta music mogul and Georgia State University alumnus Chris Bridges – known professionally as Ludacris – will be an artist-in-residence for the university’s Creative Media Industries Institute this fall.

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A retired soldier who was shot in the head while searching for Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl has died.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 46-year-old Master Sgt. Mark Allen of Loganville, Georgia, died Saturday. His obituary says he died from complications of an injury sustained while serving in Afghanistan.

Authorities say a second man has been arrested in a shooting that wounded four people at a block party outside an Atlanta college library in August.


Ahmad Coleman, 25, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals in Mississippi and now awaits extradition.

A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked man was found not guilty of murder Monday but was convicted of aggravated assault and other charges that could send him to prison for more than 30 years.

  • Georgia Officer Who Shot Unarmed Man Found Not Guilty Of Murder
  • Rain Returns To Forecast, But Drought Expected To Continue
  • Georgia Coast Sees Record Nesting And Hatching Season For Loggerhead Turtles

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a battle brews in Pickens County after the school superintendent issues a rule allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice, leaving some parents up in arms. Our panel weighs in on the controversy in north Georgia.

“Attitudes are changing, they are in flux," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway said. "And this is something that the wall may hold for a number of years, but eventually I think there’s going to be a breach.” 

  • Jessye Norman Laid To Rest In Augusta
  • Ship Overturned Off Georgia Coast Must Be Cut Apart For Removal
  • Record Nesting And Hatching Season For Loggerheads Sea Turtles

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The invasive northern snakehead fish has made its first ever appearance in Georgia.

State wildlife officials are working to stop them from spreading.