Stone Mountain

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Daniel Brown realized that he would be the person to make an innovative space for coffee and tea while tagging along for his grandfather’s baptism in Jamaica.

“In that moment, I just heard the Lord say, ‘I think you should be the one doing the coffee shop,’” Brown said. “So, I didn't question it. I just ran with it.”

Brown said he sees parallels between baptism and brewing coffee.

Understanding what southern ladies really mean has nothing to do with accents. That's what author Helen Ellis wants people who aren't from the South to understand. The author stopped by On Second Thought to talk about her new book, "Southern Lady Code." 

Ellis says the title refers to the, “technique by which, if you don't have something nice to say, you say something not-so-nice in a nice way.”  

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The Peabody Awards announced winners in radio and podcasting this week, among them Type Investigations and Reveal for their "Monumental Lies" episode. After filing 175 open records requests to track public spending on Confederate memorials and organizations, reporters Brian Palmer and Seth Freed Wessler found that more than $40 million in state and federal funds have been spent on the maintenance and expansion of such monuments and sites over the past decade.

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Walking up Stone Mountain, it’s hard not to notice people.

They’re mostly hiking, but humans have quarried the mountain, carved into it and completely changed the landscape over the past few centuries.

But there are two other large mountains in the Metro Atlanta area, and they offer a glimpse at what Stone Mountain might have looked like without the same heavy human impact.

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A new investigation has found more than $40 million in taxpayer dollars have been spent over the past decade on the maintenance and expansion of Confederate monuments and sites.

A new investigation has found more than $40 million in taxpayer dollars have been spent over the past decade on the maintenance and expansion of Confederate monuments and sites. A pair of journalists visited more than 50 of those sites and filed 175 open records requests to track public spending.

Brian Palmer and Seth Freed Wessler reported "The Costs of the Confederacy" for the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, which collaborated with Smithsonian Magazine on the story. They joined "On Second Thought" to share their findings.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond is spearheading a challenging proposal to make Stone Mountain a symbol of diversity and inclusiveness.  Could it be a blueprint for dealing with Confederate memorials around the state?  Also, the latest financial disclosure reports show that Georgia gubernatorial candidates have raked in boatloads of cash, but a couple are far our front in the fundraising sweepstakes.  We’ll look at what the reports tell us about the state of the race.  Plus, in the aftermath of Sinclair Broadcasting’s controversial order demanding a mu

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On this edition of Political Rewind, President Trump visits Atlanta for the college football national championship game.  What plans do protestors have to make their voices heard?  Also, the Georgia Legislature is back in session.  Will lawmakers steer clear of hot button issues as they prepare to face elections later this year?  And, there are new plans to rebrand the state’s most prominent tribute to the Confederacy.


AJC Political Reporter Jim Galloway

Democratic Consultant Tharon Johnson

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We’re in Halloween mode with some uncanny tales, but not every story is scary. David Hirt is a professional storyteller. This month, he shared Southern Ghost stories at the Art Station Theatre in Stone Mountain. We asked him to share a spooky story.



A full hour of tricks and treats and from the On Second Thought crew.


Georgia native Karin Slaughter has written several international bestsellers and they are not for the faint of heart. These are complicated, tough, and realistic thrillers. Her latest is “The Good Daughter.”  It’s about a terrifying event that rips apart a family and the small town where they live. We spoke with Karin Slaughter about revealing the dark side of Georgia’s small town life.

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The Democratic Party has evolved and been molded over generations. Bates College lecturer Christopher Petrella says one photograph of Bill Clinton campaigning for president at Stone Mountain in Georgia paints a narrative of the Democratic Party’s history of discrimination.

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It's been a long day at Stone Mountain Park, where hundreds of protestors showed up to counter a Confederate rally being held there. 

The conflict started mid-morning as groups like Rise Up Georgia surrounded the park, leaving their cars blocking the main entrance. 

A long line of stopped vehicles kept park-goers from getting anywhere near the entrance, as Rise Up protestors demonstrated with chants and signs by the ticket counters. After about an hour, they returned to their cars to enter the park.