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In North Atlanta, where the perimeter meets the Chattahoochee River, there’s a little building just off the highway with a bright red sign that says, “Bar B Que.” That building is Heirloom Market BBQ run by chefs Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, a newly released poll offers clues about Georgian’s opinions on how Gov. Brian Kemp is performing in office, their feelings towards President Trump, and which Democratic presidential candidate is their current top choice. 


Pilot Whales Safe After Rare Georgia Beaching

Jul 22, 2019
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Summer fun quickly devolved into a rescue operation July 16 when a pod of short-finned pilot whales stranded on St. Simon’s island. Bystanders rushed into the ocean to push the frantic animals back out to sea, saving all but three. 

Georgia’s Department of Wildlife Resources provided an update Wednesday, stating that the pod had been spotted heading east to deeper waters. DNR’s Clay George said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the rescue mission was successful. 

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Residents in some Georgia neighborhoods are just starting to learn about the high concentrations of airborne toxins they breathe. Delve into an investigative piece from Brenda Goodman of WebMD and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News.  Also, hear about The Georgia Environment Scan Report that sets the baseline for Georgia’s Medicaid waiver proposal. On Second Thought is joined by Ashli Owen-Smith, assistant professor of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences at Georgia State University.


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Atlanta based Equifax announced a $671 million settlement Monday as a result of the 2017 data breach.


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A house fire spread to a house of worship next door, all but destroying the First Metropolitan Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia.

Savannah Fire Rescue firefighters responding to a two-story house fire late Sunday found the flames had already spread to the First Metropolitan Baptist Church and another nearby home. Reports say the homes and church were vacant at the time of the fire, and no injuries have been reported.

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For many kids, summer reading has taken up a big chunk of their vacation.

 

But for second-grader Nicholas Buamah of Snellville, people all across the country are busy reading his book.

 

Nicholas, who is 8 years old, is the author of "Kayla & Kyle The Walking Dictionaries: Election Day," which came out last year.

 

 

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The federal government on Thursday awarded one South Georgia hospital authority funding from $20 million distributed to 27 organizations nationwide to develop new rural residency programs.

In South Georgia, the Hospital Authority of Colquitt County received a $750,000 award from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grants. That money will be used to develop new rural residency programs while achieving accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Every day, millions of Americans use -and often rely on- GPS technology to help them navigate their commutes and get precise directions to their destinations. As Americans celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, they can thank the work of a Princeton University graduate, Todd Jaegar, who conceived and developed the Apollo 11 experiment that enabled GPS technology to take a “giant leap” forward.

Meet a hidden figure named Vicky Graves, who worked for NACA, the predecessor to NASA. 


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Long before blockbuster cookbooks, community recipe collections were go-to references for recipes. These compilations were fundraising tools for church and junior league groups, Girl Scout troops and 4-H clubs.

Matthew Terrell is an artist and writer living in Atlanta. His book, The Magnolia Bayou Ladies Auxiliary Country Club Cooking and Entertaining Book, picks up the spiral-bound, D.I.Y Southern tradition, but this time there is a twist. This cookbook is fiction. While the recipes are real, everything else — the stories, the characters, the commentary, the ads — are fake.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, a state commissioned study shows Georgia faces a major challenge in providing health coverage to its poorer residents. The report will be used by officials to draft waivers for expanding medicaid and insurance protections.


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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.  


Drag Parodies, Musicals, More Coastal Events July 18-21

Jul 18, 2019
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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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