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British astronomer Fred Hoyle first used the term "Big Bang Theory" on a BBC radio program in 1949. Here in the U.S., Americans were hitting their stride on a massive bang of their own.

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics or NACA laid the groundwork for what would become NASA a decade later and sent a manned rocket to the moon 10 years after that. Before that successful mission, Vicky Graves and her husband, Barry, started working for NACA.


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The Army Corps of Engineers is extending the deadline for public comments on a proposal to mine for minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

The new deadline is Sept. 12, an additional 30 days from the original deadline of Aug. 13.

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What do you get when you take a strip mall in a north Atlanta suburb, add a real estate developer with over a quarter-million pieces of computing and technology history and sprinkle in a region brimming with tech talent and company headquarters?

As you drive past the Big Lots and Shoe Gallery at Roswell Town Center and park around back, tucked between the outdoor mini golf and indoor laser tag, you'll see there is no punchline, just the newly-opened Computer Museum of America.

For now, it's more than 44,000 square feet dedicated to tech big and small, from the earliest microcomputers to the innovation that took us to the moon. But founder Lonnie Mimms and the CMoA team envision a world in the near future where the museum is an anchor for a revolution of sorts that unites the region's colleges, corporations and community to capitalize on technology's role in our society.


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The Apollo 11 rocket NASA that launched into space 50 years ago this week was also the blast-off point for things now commonly used on Earth. The first moonwalk created the foundations for technology that moves people and products around every day. 

The lunar laser retroreflector used by astronaut Buzz Aldrin was critical to developing global positioning systems or GPS. Todd Jaegar is global director of commercial optics for Haraeus, which helped produce the reflector. Jaegar visited On Second Thought from Haraeus' quartz glass facility in Buford. 


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This week the federal government said it's encouraged by a decline in overdose deaths from opioids. But, while the Georgia Department of Public Health and other state leaders said they are encouraged by the drop in deaths, they are not ready to call the decline a trend as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar did.

“We are cautiously optimistic; however, it is too soon to know definitively if these decreases will continue over time,” DPH spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said.

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A newly-released survey detailing Georgia's health care landscape is the latest step in Gov. Brian Kemp's plan to expand access to some of the estimated 1.5 million residents who don't have health insurance.

The Georgia Environment Scan Report combines demographic, business, employment and health-related data to help inform consultants hired under the Patients First Act craft potential waivers to the state's Medicaid and Affordable Care Act plans. 

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As GPB continues “Chasing the Moon” during a commemorative week celebrating the Apollo 11 launch 50 years ago this week, On Second Thought is joined by Lonnie Johnson, a former NASA employee that worked on the project that sent Galileo to Jupiter.  


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As we approach some of the last weekends of summer, the Savannah theater scene is rife with shows of all veins and all-day summer parties still transpire. Bill Dawers, Savannah Morning News columnist and editor of the music blog Hissing Lawns, has your guide. 


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Georgia added more than 20,000 jobs in June, pushing the state to a new record high.

According to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, Georgia currently has more than 4.6 million jobs.

“The numbers for June are very impressive,” Butler said. “We set yet another record for jobs, fewer people filed unemployment claims and our number of employed residents is climbing. There’s plenty to be encouraged about in the June report.”

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The state’s economy has grown to be the ninth largest in the country. 

 

But not everyone in Georgia is enjoying economic prosperity.  

 

Take Athens-Clarke County, where 1 in 4 children live in poverty and over 28% of the population is poor. 

 

 


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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is in the hospital after falling in his D.C. apartment, according to a statement from his office. 

The 74-year-old suffered four fractured ribs Tuesday night, according to Amanda Maddox, his communications director.

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A month ago, President Donald Trump tweeted that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would begin the process of removing “millions of illegal aliens” from the country.  

Live stage productions and plays can frustrate the deaf community. That’s why a pair of UGA alumni decided to create their non-profit, Hands In! It’s a theater company in Athens that produces original plays in American Sign Language. The co-founders and directors want to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds by spreading awareness of ASL in dramatic media.

Beach and Ede spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about their latest production, Wanderland. They also talked about their plans to expand on arts and culture for members of the deaf community. 


U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks as, from left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., listen during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Sam Olens ran two successful statewide campaigns for attorney general and chose not to confront the anti-semitic slurs directed at him from some voters, a decision he now regrets.


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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is headed to Washington D.C. Wednesday to testify in front of a Senate committee about the city’s plans for climate change.

Other Georgia municipalities across the state are dealing with higher temperatures and extreme weather. Southern leaders, regardless of politics, are now taking actions to mitigate local effects of climate change, all while the federal government continues to roll back protections.


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Atlanta police are cracking down on scooters after at least one death and hundreds of injuries. It's illegal to ride them on sidewalks or to violate other traffic laws while riding.

The focus might be shifting to electric powered two-wheelers, but collisions involving traditional bikes, cars and pedestrians are on the rise across the U.S. and in Georgia. The Atlanta Regional Commision reports a 53% jump in such accidents between 2006 and 2015. The number of related serious injuries or fatalities went up by 26% in that time.


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Live stage productions and plays can frustrate the deaf community. That’s why a pair of University of Georgia alumni decided to create their non-profit, Hands In! It’s a theater company in Athens that produces original plays in American Sign Language.

Hands In! co-founders and directors, Haley Beach and Amara Ede, want to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds by spreading awareness of ASL in dramatic media. Beach and Ede spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about their latest production, Wanderland. They also talked about their plans to expand on arts and culture for members of the deaf community. 


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Multiple Pilot whales (Globicephala melas) repeatedly beached themselves on Georgia’s St. Simons Island Wednesday morning, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. 

While most of the whales were rescued by authorities and onlookers who pulled the animals further into the water, two incapacitated whales need to be euthanized, DNR whale biologist Clay George said in a news release. These whales will be taken for a necropsy. 

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50 years ago today, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy. NASA allowed a film crew at the launch, documenting everything, from its preparation to mission control to the faces of the crowds witnessing the historic moment. All these pieces came together in a documentary film called Moonwalk One

David Resha, assistant professor of film studies at Emory University's Oxford College,  joined On Second Thought to discuss the cinematic elements of Moonwalk One, and why it didn't blast off at the box office. 


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A company from Alabama wants to mine for heavy minerals in South Georgia, near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The Army Corps of Engineers is taking comment from the public now. GPB host Rickey Bevington spoke with reporter Emily Jones about the proposal.


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The Georgia Public Service Commission has approved the latest three-year plan for Georgia Power's energy mix. The Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP, was discussed Tuesday morning.

The utility giant will add 2,210 megawatts of renewable power procurement, the largest increase in Georgia's history. Most of that amount will be in large-scale solar power. By the end of the year, the state could have about 2,400 megawatts of renewable energy, so the newly-stipulated increase would nearly double its renewable energy capacity by the end of the three-year IRP.

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Many celebrations will take place this week commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We're focusing on Georgia connections to this amazing historical feat, along with the future of space exploration. 

Tiffany Davis is an aerospace engineer. You may have seen her on your timeline with the hashtag, #YesIAmARocketScientist. That hashtag went viral in 2016 after Davis posted it on her Instagram page, announcing her graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


50 years ago today, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy. A few days later, on July 20, 1969, the first two humans landed on the moon — Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Also at the launch was a film crew, documenting everything, from its preparation to mission control to the faces of the crowds witnessing the historic moment. These were mixed in with astounding footage taken by Armstrong and Aldrin, which all came together in a documentary film called Moonwalk One.


Joe Biden, left,  speaks during a presidential candidates forum in Des Moines, Iowa. Bernie Sanders, right,  participates in a rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, members of Georgia’s congressional delegation respond to President Trump’s tweets urging Democratic congresswoman of color to go back where they came from.


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