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When Luma Mufleh moved from Jordan to the United States in 1994 to attend Smith College, she didn’t imagine she’d ever be running a full-fledged school for refugees. But today, she’s founder of Fugees Academy in Clarkston, a school specifically tailored for the refugee population that uses soccer and a unique curriculum to help students adjust to life in the United States.

It has a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate, and it was recently named the “Nicest Place in Georgia” for 2019 by Reader’s Digest. Mufleh joined On Second Thought to discuss her journey building educational opportunities for refugee children.

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Community members and activists came together Monday night in Atlanta to speak out against Georgia Power’s proposed rate hike. The increase, set for 2020, would raise rates by about $10 for a typical residence.

Jade Abdul-Malik / GPB News

Halloween 2019 is expected to be a scary time not only for children but also for adult motorists as well.

A notorious day for traffic, highways are expected to be overcrowded with commuters leaving their jobs early during the day to prepare for a night of trick-or-treating with their children, said Director of Strategic Communications with the Georgia Department of Transportation Scott Higley.

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Former President Jimmy Carter's church says he plans to teach Sunday school less than two weeks after falling and breaking his pelvis.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

It’s been an eventful month, with the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump becoming a font of high-profile depositions, bombshells, attacks and counter attacks.

Further action on impeachment may well hang on four words in the U.S. Constitution: high crimes and misdemeanors.

Dr. Buckner F. Melton Jr. is a professor of history and political science at Middle Georgia State and author of The First Impeachment. He joined On Second Thought to help explain what “high crimes and misdemeanors” means, and how the phrase ended up in the Constitution in the first place.

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For now, you should think twice about eating the fish from Fishing Creek in Milledgeville.

That’s the recommendation from Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division following a release last week of industrial chemicals from the Zschimmer and Schwarz chemical factory into the stream that flows into the Oconee River in Milledgeville.

David Goldman / AP

Today on Political Rewind, Democrats play to their strengths while choosing a site for the upcoming Georgia presidential debate. They selected a stage near Atlanta, foregoing a chance to expand their base in the metro suburbs.

But does the location matter at all? We ask our panel.

Many studies have shown how childhood experiences can have profound effects on physical and mental health later in life. Now, a new study from Georgia State University, is showing how racism affects children over time.

Dr. Sierra Carter is assistant professor of psychology at GSU and co-author of a study finding that African American children who experience early life stress from racial discrimination are at elevated risk for accelerated aging and depression later in life.

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"There is no exquisite beauty...without some strangeness in the proportion."

That's a line from Edgar Allan Poe, the king of the dark and eerie, the strange and surreal. It could also describe the appeal of an exhibition currently on view at the High Museum of Art, called "Strange Light: The Photography of Clarence John Laughlin."

A former restaurant employee is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for starting fires inside the eatery in the historic heart of Georgia's oldest city.

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Georgia Tech

The Georgia Institute of Technology has a new president. Ángel Cabrera has been on the job for just under two months.

He formally steps into the role in a ceremony Monday.

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As the weather cools down, there are several events and activities in Georgia scattered throughout October to bring in Halloween and the fall season. Festivities around the state welcome the start of the holiday season with pumpkin patches, costume purchases and trick-or-treating. 

1. Randy's Pumpkin Patch, Lawrenceville, available until Oct. 31

2. 19th Annual Little 5 Points Halloween Parade, Atlanta, Oct. 19

3. Party City, Atlanta

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a giant of Georgia politics passed away yesterday. Leroy Johnson was Georgia’s first black state senator since Reconstruction and in 1963 he took the lead in desegregating facilities at the state Capitol. Our panel looks at his legacy.


Overall grades for Georgia's schools fell in the 2018-2019 school year, with Gov. Brian Kemp and state Superintendent Richard Woods repeating their calls Friday to overhaul grading methods.

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Chick-fil-A announced it will be closing its first U.K. store just eight days after opening. Its landlord in Reading, England announced it will not renew the Atlanta-based company’s lease after pressure from local LGBTQ groups protesting the chain’s record on same-sex marriage rights.

Chick-fil-A is not alone. Nike, Amazon, and SoulCycle are just a handful of other corporations that have become targets of boycotts that spread quickly on social media.

Ben Selkow

Anthony Bourdain was highly regarded as a chef, author, TV show host and world traveler who, for many, epitomized the essence of cool. He was seen as a stylish and sophisticated character with good taste and a subversive edge.

It has been about a year and a half since the famed food connoisseur died by suicide. His death was unexpected by many — from family and friends to his vast and devoted fanbase — and revealed a stark contrast to what many people perceived as the enviable lifestyle he led.

In this Oct. 20, 1969, file photo, Georgia state Sen. Leroy Johnson speaks for a group of Atlanta African-American leaders in support of Vice Mayor Sam Massell at a City Hall news conference in Atlanta.
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A former Georgia state senator who was the first black lawmaker elected to the upper chamber after Reconstruction has died.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that Sen. Leroy Johnson died at 91. Johnson was elected as a Democrat in 1962, three years before the Voting Rights Act was signed, and in the same freshman class as President Jimmy Carter. Johnson served until 1975.

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John Bazemore / AP

A drought that has spread across the Southeast is the showing the first real improvement in weeks, but some Georgia farmers are still feeling the effects of the dry conditions. 

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From special cleats worn by football players to tutus on runners in 5Ks, pink is definitely the color that reminds us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Breast cancer affects about 1 in 8 women in the U.S.


And it affects men too. About 1 in 883 men get it.



Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez gestures to the crowd after the team defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-0 in an MLS soccer Eastern Conference quarterfinal Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Atlanta.
John Bazemore / AP

Julian Gressel scored in the 10th minute, Josef Martinez added a late goal and defending champion Atlanta United beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Thursday night to advance to the Eastern Conference final.

United will host Toronto FC on Wednesday night. Toronto beat top-seed New York City FC 2-1 on the road Wednesday night. 

Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer watches during the second half of the team's MLS soccer match against the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J.
Steve Luciano / AP

The playoff run for MLS Cup defending champions Atlanta United continues with a conference semifinal match against Philadelphia Union. The winner will go on to face Toronto FC in the conference final and will be one step close to playing for the league title.  

John Amis / AP

Former President Jimmy Carter is out of the hospital where he was treated after fracturing his pelvis in a recent fall.

In a press release, Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said the former president had been released from Phoebe Sumter Medical Center and was recovering at his home in Plains.

The 95-year-old fell Monday evening at his home.

Congileo had said in an earlier statement that his fracture was minor, and he was in good spirits at the hospital and looking forward to recovering at home.

It was the third time Carter fell in recent months.

Rachael Joyce

Revisionist History podcast host Malcolm Gladwell's books have opened up new ways to consider human behavior — introducing concepts like "stickiness," the "10,000 hour rule" and The Tipping Point

His newest New York Times best-seller asks why we are so bad at understanding people we don't know. It's called Talking To Strangers. 

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The Halloween season brings plenty to do in Savannah. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar has your guide.

Community members place hands on each others shoulders during a candlelit vigil in support of the “safe harbor” legislation for child victims of human trafficking, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Atlanta.
David Goldman / AP

A new Georgia State University study says more than half of the homeless youth in Atlanta have experienced some form of human trafficking.


The study, led by Professor Eric Wright, found that marginalized groups like LGBTQ youth, as well as children who come from troubled backgrounds, are even more likely to experience exploitation. 



New York Times bestselling author, Denene Millner has been celebrating the black experience in her work for decades. Now, her new podcast from GPB, Speakeasy with Denene, dives into the “beauty of blackness and all of its manifestations.”

Millner created her website,, back in 2008 to connect with African American parents in the U.S. She also co-hosts “A Seat at the Table” on GPB-TV.

On Second Thought invited Millner to share about her new podcast, and how it breaks down the many ways that words can apply to the African-American experience.

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Today on Political Rewind, Georgia Democrats rally around their chances to win key races in 2020 at their annual dinner. In attendance: both declared and potential candidates for the two U.S. Senate seats on the ballot in Georgia.

Stephen Fowler

It's been about 10 months since Gov. Brian Kemp took office — with a pledge to lift up rural Georgia. 

Now, he has launched a Rural Strike Team, designed to boost economic development across the state. And he's embarked on a "Georgia Made" tour to highlight local companies and their successes. 

Omega Menders cries as she speaks to protesters demonstrating the shooting death of 27-year-old Anthony Hill by a police officer, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Decatur, Ga.
David Goldman / AP

Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Laquan McDonald. Freddie Gray. Anthony Hill. The list of officer-involved deaths is long and the death of Atatiana Jefferson, who was killed when a Fort Worth, Texas, police officer fired into her bedroom window, has revived questions about training, law enforcement and consequences.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Top Georgia Democrats said Tuesday the party is poised to capitalize on the state’s battleground status to win big in 2020 from the statehouse to the White House.

At the Democratic Party of Georgia’s state dinner, U.S. Senate candidates both confirmed and contemplating mingled with grassroots activists and donors. Legislative leaders touted newly-elected members in the state House and Senate, and Stacey Abrams said Republicans in the Georgia were given an “eviction notice” ahead of next year’s election.