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On this edition of Political Rewind, we come to you from Augusta.

Jessica Lowell

Artificial intelligence is changing technology and is already shaping the world we live in, from using Siri and Alexa to choosing the best route home from work. However, there is often a gap between way we use AI and the way we imagine its potential for the future  — whether it's discovering a cure for cancer, taking over our jobs, or even turning on us to overtake the planet.

Charles Isbell was named John P. Imlay Jr. Dean at Georgia Tech's College of Computing on July 1. He joined On Second Thought to talk about that gap in understanding.

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A Georgia high school graduate has won a $30,000 college scholarship through the “Doodle for Google” competition.

Citing a Google statement, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Arantza Pena Popo’s design was featured on the tech giant’s homepage Tuesday. The nationwide contest asked grade schoolers to redesign Google’s logo based on what they hoped for the future.

Atlanta magazine calculates students who graduate from some of Georgia’s largest schools end up with an average of $27,000 in debt. Before it’s time to go back to school, examine the real price of higher education. On Second Thought is joined by freelance journalist Sean Keenan.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, talks with Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, the ranking member, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 10, 2019.
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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) are adding their voices those questioning the circumstances surrounding the death of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

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Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro listens as Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks during the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
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The campaign trail has been quiet after the Secretary of State announced Georgia's 2020 Presidential Primary was moving to a later date in March. No candidate has made an official campaign stop since the beginning of June. 

That will change this weekend when five White House hopefuls make their way to Atlanta to headline a candidate forum hosted by the Black Church Political Action Committee (PAC). 


As mental health becomes a political talking point, Georgia schools are finding innovative ways to make social and emotional learning part of the curriculum.  

Dr. Debra Murdock is the executive director for Cherokee County School District's Social Emotional Learning initiative. She spoke to On Second Thought on the importance of sustaining mental balance for students.

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In the 1930s, the government created a package of programs to add new jobs to the faltering economy. One of them was the Works Progress Administration, which hired people to work on a wide variety of public service projects, including public art.

Many famous male artists that came to define American art, such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, got their start through the WPA. But a new exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens seeks to shed light on a number of female WPA artists.

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Georgia farmers are facing more uncertainty after China announced last week it has stopped buying U.S. agricultural products.


The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling for a quick end to the U.S. trade dispute with China.


Tripp Cofield with the Georgia Farm Bureau echoed that call. 

He said some Georgia farmers support the notion of better trading terms with China.


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A heat advisory is in effect for most of Georgia through Tuesday.
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of the state through Tuesday. Temperatures throughout Georgia are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s but in some parts of the state, it will feel like it’s in the triple digits.

Heat index measures are expected to reach 107 degrees in Columbus, 104 degrees in Rome, 105 degrees in Macon and Americus, and a solid 100 degrees in Atlanta.  And that’s just on Monday.

As mental health becomes a political talking point, Georgia schools are finding innovative ways to make social and emotional learning part of the curriculum.  

Dr. Debra Murdock is the Executive Director for Cherokee County School District's Social Emotional Learning initiative. She spoke to On Second Thought on the importance of sustaining mental balance for students.

On Nov. 12, 2018, A bald eagle tilts its head while peering down from a branch at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area in Juneau, Alaska.
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The Trump administration is finalizing major changes Monday to the way it enforces the landmark Endangered Species Act, a move it says will reduce regulatory burden but critics charge will drive more creatures to extinction.


President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders are again pointing to mental health as an influence in the nation’s most recent mass shootings, but one Fulton County high school student said he disagrees with the rhetoric and wants more funding for mental health care in public schools.

Ethan Asher, 17, of Roswell, founded the Georgia chapter of March For Our Lives last year after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He was most recently announced as one of the national winners of the 2019 Diller Teen Award, a $36,000 award for teens making positive impacts in their community.

Macon Woman Wants Mental Health Care Available To All

Aug 10, 2019

It’s 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning just after the Fourth of July, and Nancy Cleveland is on the move.

She joins a group of about 20 Macon residents in Central City Park to help them harness the power of nature as a healing force. They’ve come to participate in a program called Walk With A Doc, bearing ailments from major depression to hypertension. Cleveland — a 2019 recipient of the annual Emerging City Champions (ECC) grant — walks with them.

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Thousands of people planning to travel to Atlanta for Dragon Con are eagerly awaiting word that one of the host hotels — Sheraton Atlanta — will reopen after an outbreak of Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease.

The hotel voluntarily closed July 14. Since then, one person has died, 12 people have lab-confirmed Legionnaires' and 63 more cases are considered "probable," according to the health department.

Sheraton General Manager Ken Peduzzi said Friday the hotel will remain closed until at least Aug. 14.

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A coalition of groups under the moniker of “Hate Free Georgia” is renewing calls for Georgia to pass a hate crimes bill when the legislature returns in January. 

At a press conference Friday, speakers from the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and others urged the state Senate to pass House Bill 426 in next year’s session.

Georgia is one of five states without a hate crimes law.

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Georgia's secretary of state has certified the new touchscreen voting machines the state is purchasing, saying they meet state law and are secure for use.

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Today on Political Rewind, as the debate over access to guns rages on, Georgia’s Republican lawmakers remain largely silent even as President Trump declares he’ll support new background check legislation.

La'Raven Taylor

When Jared Yates Sexton’s grandma researched their family tree, she discovered a long line of “scofflaws, debtors, drunkards and out-and-out criminals.”

The working class men he grew up with in Linton, Indiana, could never quite get ahead, especially as industrial jobs dried up.

But at home, their power was absolute. Often maintained by violence, intimidation and a rigid masculinity that was toxic to their families, communities and selves.   

Artist Mary Beth Meehan's large-scale photographs of residents Newnan, Georgia, have exposed the shifting demographics of the city and sparked a conversation about them.  On Second Thought is joined by the artist to discuss her work.

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Comedian and actor Scott Adsit has been on everything from Friends to The Office, but you may know him best as Pete Hornberger from the sitcom 30 Rock. Or perhaps as the voice of Baymax from Big Hero 6.

This weekend, he's in Georgia. Adsit is doing a two-night, four-show run at Dad's Garage in Atlanta. First, he stopped by On Second Thought to share stories about how improv influenced his acting career, why he never really got into stand-up comedy, and his connection to the Marvel Universe. 

Mary Beth Meehan

If art is supposed to start conversations, then “Seeing Newnan” is working. The project mounted 19 large-scale photographs of residents on buildings around Newnan, Georgia.

Artist Mary Beth Meehan’s large-scale photographs of residents in Newnan have exposed the shifting demographics of the town. A resident, who protested the image of two Muslim schoolgirls in the town square, got more than a thousand responses from others who embrace a more inclusive vision of the town.

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Originally aired on August 21, 2018:


This Saturday, thousands of Muslims across Georgia will begin observing one of the most holy days in the religion of Islam.


Eid al-Adha is known as the "Festival of Sacrifice" in Islam, commemorating the prophet Abraham and the sacrifice he promised to God.



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A stop-work order issued has halted demolition of 152 Nassau Street after it began Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Earlier this month, the city of Atlanta approved a demolition permit to tear down the building to make way for a new Margaritaville Resort.

The site briefly served as a recording studio for Okeh Records when music pioneer Ralph Peer came from New York to the South to set up a temporary recording studio.