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There's a building on the campus of the University of Georgia where the foundation rests on the bodies of enslaved people.

That's Baldwin Hall on UGA's picturesque North Campus. It's been years since more than 100 burials of enslaved people were discovered during an expansion of the building that houses the Anthropology Department. Since then, many on campus at UGA and in the larger Athens community have not been happy with the way UGA handled those remains.


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Construction cranes poke through the skyline across metro Atlanta. It's a testament to growth and efforts to draw new companies and residents to call the region home. Not so visible are the millions of Americans being thrown out of their homes. It's a problem throughout the country.

The Eviction Lab at Princeton University found nearly 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016. NPR's On The Media partnered with The Eviction Lab for a four-part series called The Scarlet E: Unmasking America's Eviction Crisis.


Rep. Doug Collins (R-9) joins Political Rewind to talk through the current issues on Capitol Hill and his work as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committe.
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Today on Political Rewind, Rep. Doug Collins has found himself in the national spotlight as a key defender of President Trump and as the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee.


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Not all superheroes wear capes, jump over buildings or hail from Wakanda. And if you're near downtown Atlanta, you may run into non-traditional superheroes: known as the W-Underdogs. The non-profit works with at-risk kids by rescuing dogs in the neighborhood.

Data from the Atlanta Humane Society report 70 million homeless animals in the U.S. Only one out of every 10 dogs find permanent homes. The W-Underdogs have rescued about 400 of those pets. Gracie Hamlin is founder of the program. She joined On Second Thought to talk about the organization.


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  • Democratic Presidential Candidates Campaign In Georgia
  • GA County Pilots HIV Prevention Program
  • Braves Make $13m Offer To Former Cy Young Award Winner

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Four presidential candidates traveled to Atlanta Thursday seeking endorsements, raising campaign cash and hoping to reach voters. 

Cory Booker says Georgia is a blue state. Pete Buttigieg claims that Stacey Abrams was robbed of an election. Joe Biden changes his stance on federal abortion funding. Beto O'Rourke proposes a plan to automatically register more voters. 


Atlanta United Academy U-14 team after winning youth tournament
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In 2018,  Atlanta United defender George Bello became the sixth youngest player in Major League Soccer history to score a goal at age 16.

He’s a homegrown soccer player that trained at the Atlanta United Academy for several years before being signed in 2018.

The league requires each team to run programs like the Academy to train boys starting from age 11 to be the next generation of star players for the league.


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When you think of sports in Georgia, your mind might immediately jump to football then maybe basketball or baseball.

But, according to a 2018 Gallup poll, soccer is now a more popular sport to watch among 18 to 54-year olds than baseball, and, because of this, professional soccer is a growing business opportunity.


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Soccer is considered the most popular sport in the world. Half of the world's population watched some part of the month-long 2018 World Cup in Russia, according to FIFA.

As popular as soccer is globally, Georgia soccer fans still stand out for their dedication to the sport.


  • State Senator Renee Unterman To Enter 7th District Congressional Race
  • Trump Signs Long-Delayed Disaster Aid Bill
  • Atlanta Plays Host To 4 Democratic Presidential Candidates


Kids playing at a Soccer in the Streets event outside of Mercedes Benz Stadium
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If you ask adults why they played sports as a kid, they might say because it was fun. 

If you ask adults what skills they learned from sports, they might say teamwork, discipline and leadership. 

Teaching young people those life skills is the mission of Atlanta-based non-profit Soccer in the Streets, which is marking three decades working in communities like Clarkston, Vine City and Jonesboro. 

Coastal Ga. Weekend: Savannah, Coastal Events June 6-9

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Don't let the rainy weekend get you down — there's a lot you can do in Savannah to beat the bad weather blues. Do Savannah editor Joshua Peacock has your guide. 


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President Donald Trump has signed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill aimed at helping communities across the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires.

The official start of summer is just around the corner. Whether you are headed to the lake or the beach, it’s the perfect time to pick up your next favorite summer read.

On Second Thought asked a group of Georgia independent bookstore owners to recommend their favorite big hits and hidden gems for summer. Jessica Osborne from E Shaver in Savannah, Janet Geddis from Avid Bookshop in Athens and Frank Reiss from A Cappella Books in Atlanta all shared their picks for the season.


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  • Georgia Military Base May House Migrant Children
  • Pastor Of Megachurch With Plans To Build In Hall County Arrrested
  • Atlanta-Based Author Wins Major Prize For Fiction

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A major campaign is underway to stop human trafficking in Georgia.

 

First lady Marty Kemp is the co-chair of the newly formed Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion and Education, or GRACE, commission.

 

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  • Georgia Set To Execute Second Death Row Inmate Of The Year This Month
  • Federal Officials Tour Fort Benning As Possible Site To Hold Migrant Children
  • Democratic Presidential Candidates Gather In Atlanta For Several Events


  • Fort Benning Could House Detained Migrant Children
  • Date Set For Second Execution Of 2019 In Georgia
  • Macon Job Fair Draws Larger-Than-Expected Crowds


Finding a doctor can be especially difficult in many Georgia counties. For LGBTQ patients, it can be even worse. A first of its kind clinic in Savannah is working to ease that difficulty. As a part of LGBTQ Pride Month, On Second Thought checked in with the Starland Family Practice, a routine family medical office with a focus on LGBTQ patients, celebrating its one-year anniversary.

 

Brandon Earehart is the clinic’s owner and physician assistant and Dr. Raymond Martins, the clinic’s physician, joined us from our studio in Savannah to talk about the unique medical issues facing the LGBTQ community and how clinics work with insurance companies to get patients the medicines they need.


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A Georgia government agency tasked with enforcing campaign finance laws is drawing scrutiny for how it is investigating former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

Lawyers for Abrams say the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission didn’t follow its own rules in its investigation, including when it issued subpoenas in April to the campaign and a number of independent advocacy groups that supported Abrams.

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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.   


President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, is greeted by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty, as they arrive on Air Force One at Lawson Army Airfield, Fort Benning, Ga., Friday, March 8, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, federal officials visit Fort Benning to explore whether the massive military base would be a suitable location for housing immigrant children apprehended without parents at the Southern border. Could Georgia become a focal point for the controversy over how the administration cares for immigrant children?


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Finding a doctor can be especially difficult in many Georgia counties. For LGBTQ patients, it can be even worse. A first-of-its-kind clinic in Savannah is working to ease that difficulty.

As a part of LGBTQ Pride Month, On Second Thought checked in with the Starland Family Practice, a routine family medical office with a focus on LGBTQ patients, celebrating its one-year anniversary.


In the era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” the focus on language in politics is high. What a bill is or campaign is called can be just as important as the actual contents. With the recent string of “heartbeat” and related bills in several states, we took a look at the role language plays into how we debate issues in public. 

Dr Fern Johnson, professor emerita in English at Clark University, joined us to talk about the power of connotation and the tools legislators use. Her research centers on the discourse surrounding ethnicity, race and gender.

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A man accused of killing an off-duty prison guard who had agreed to give him and another man a ride outside a Georgia Walmart store is scheduled to be executed later this month.

Marion Wilson Jr., 42, is set to die June 20 at the state prison in Jackson, state Attorney General Chris Carr said in a news release Wednesday. Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the March 1996 slaying of Donovan Corey Parks in Milledgeville, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.

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It's sea turtle nesting season, when turtles crawl up on Georgia beaches at night to lay their eggs. Every morning, volunteers walk the beach to look for new nests and block them off so people don't disturb them.

GPB's Emily Jones tagged along for a nest survey on Tybee Island and produced this audio postcard.


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  • Candidate In 7th District Congressional Race Drops Out
  • Georgia's Forestry Association Praises Passage Of Disaster Relief Bill
  • Fort Benning Being Considered As A Site To Hold Migrant Children


  • Federal Appeals Court To Revisit Unsolved Lynching Case
  • Over 100 Military Grave Markers Found At Abandoned Augusta Funeral Home
  • Georgia Forestry Industry To Receive Federal Aid After Hurricane Michael


The state of Georgia — and the country — is divided over so-called "heartbeat" bills and other new state laws restricting abortion. Many are confused about who could be prosecuted and what, exactly, constitutes a violation of the law.

On Second Thought leaves the flashpoints of politics behind and attempts to get some clarity on the legal questions raised by HB 481.

 


Political Rewind Town Hall in Cartersville, June 3, 2019. (L to R): Kevin Riley, Buddy Darden, Andra Gillespie, Julianne Thompson, Jim Galloway.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, we travel to Cartersville to speak with lawmakers and voters. What are the issues that matter most to the people in the northwest corner of the state? And how have they reacted to recently passed laws?


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