NextGen Radio Atlanta

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NPR's Next Generation Radio is a one week camp for college students who are interested in public media style journalism.  The program was founded in 2000 and this our first ever project in Atlanta. 

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Atlanta’s Donald Glover has found a new level of success. He’s an actor, the creator of a hit show named after his hometown of Atlanta, and a rapper under the name Childish Gambino. But his most powerful statement might be “This Is America”, a new song and video released over the weekend. Freelance entertainment reporter Jewel Wicker gives us her take on the video and what role musicians should play when it comes to social issues.

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Ian Garvey didn’t know very many Donald Trump supporters before he met Tim Huff. Huff had never met a transgender person. Two weeks before Trump became president, Garvey was randomly placed in Huff’s dorm room.

Garvey moved in January 2017. At the time, the election had a heavy effect on the campus’ political climate, sparking protests and heated discussions. Oglethorpe University President Larry Schall sent a campus-wide email that invited students to a conversation at the dining hall.

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In its first season, Atlanta United FC broke records for attendance at U.S. soccer matches. In its second season, fans are still packing the stands.

Atlanta has a rich history of sports that has been historically dominated by college and professional football. But now that Atlanta has a professional soccer team, the sports culture in the city is shifting, said John Nelson, a senior correspondent and host for sports at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Nelson also co-hosts the podcast “Soccer Down Here.”

“When it comes to Atlanta United, what you’re looking at is the expectation of success and all of the trappings that come with it,” he said.

In the past few years, Atlanta sports teams have struggled. The Hawks had a terrible NBA season, the Falcons had a devastating Super Bowl meltdown last year, and the Braves have not been doing well in baseball either.

Soccer fans don’t think Atlanta United has that kind of baggage.

Reverend Vonshurri Wrighten

Black Lives Matter--it's become a rallying cry for a generation of young people demanding respect for black people, especially men, across the country.

It's been called, by some, the "New Civil Rights Movement."

Members of the Antioch A.M.E. church are now looking for ways to become involved.

Cardine Johnson

African-Americans have historically relied on churches to be the social center of their communities.  Many black churches have enabled members to stay engaged in politics, education, and other issues. However, in recent decades, some black churches have had to evolve in hopes of remaining relevant with members, particularly younger African-Americans.

Olivia Reingold

The Call

"It is time to get angry and do something."

Killer Mike was full of remorse in an interview posted online July 7th by Atlanta hip-hop station Hot 107.9.

Avery Braxton

Atlanta made a decision to do civil rights differently in the 1960s. Violence in the streets would not play out here. There were no dogs and no hoses. Politicians met with corporate leaders, civil rights advocates and the church to do things in a manner that did not end with atrocity as seen in other Southern cities.

It was a gentlemen’s conversation, rather than a brawl of ideals. This allowed the city to prosper financially and civically in a time when it didn’t seem realistic. That approach became known as the “Atlanta Way.”

La'Candis Brown

Neighborhoods in Atlanta are changing, as the city and surrounding region are on the edge of broader demographic shifts in the United States. The area’s population will double to more than 8 million by 2040, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission. Many Atlanta neighborhoods are gentrifying, as residents move back to the city from the suburbs and millennials come to the city because they want to live close to where they work.


Haylene Green is witnessing these changes in her neighborhood, West End, where she runs a community garden.