Events Surrounding White Nationalist Rally In Virginia Turn Fatal

Updated Aug. 12 at 10:04 p.m. ET Three people died and about 35 were injured in a day of violence that began with clashes at a white nationalist rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. One of those killed was a 32-year-old female pedestrian who was hit by a car that plowed into marchers, authorities said. The driver of the car, James Alex Fields is being held on charges including second degree murder. Police say he's from Ohio. A short time after the violence...

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The Hurdles Facing Black Business Owners In The South

A recent study by the non-profit Prosperity Now finds white-owned businesses make, on average, nearly ten times as much as African-American-owned businesses in the South. It also shows black business owners have a harder time finding mentorship and capital. We discuss with Dr. Dennis Kimbro, Professor of Business at Clark Atlanta University.

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Macon Road To Bear Country Music Star's Name

Aug 11, 2017
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One of country music’s biggest stars now has a street named after him in Macon.  

 

Jason Aldean returned to his hometown to accept the honor after he raised $500,000 for the children's hospital at Navicent Health.

 

The Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year says growing up in Macon had an impact on his music career.

 

Jimmy Carter sings the praises of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams; but then says it wasn’t an endorsement and that he will back whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

At an event here in Georgia, GOP candidate for governor Michael Williams wins the endorsement of staunch Trump supporter Roger Stone.

The Alabama special election to replace Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate becomes a battle to test the popularity of President Trump…and of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. 

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If you want to see theater in one of its most nerve-racking forms, look no further than actor Colin Mochrie. The comedian is best known for his role on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, a popular short-form improvisational comedy show. Mochrie has a richly deserved reputation for his skill at improvisation. Audiences in Atlanta can see him live on Aug. 11-12 at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta. We talked with him about his craft.

In the Breakroom this week we’ll talk about microchips, atheists, and disgruntled Google employees. Plus, we’ll discuss the ethics of getting an A for effort. Joining us this week: Kathy Lohr, Christian Zsilavetz, Amy Condon, and Steve Brown.

First, if you want to see theater in one of its most nerve-racking forms, look no further than actor Colin Mochrie. The comedian is best known for his role on TV’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and he has a richly deserved reputation for his skill at improvisation. Audiences in Atlanta can see him live Friday, August 11, and tomorrow August 12 at Dad’s Garage. We talk with Colin Mochrie.

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R. Kelly's Live Tour Meets Opposition In Georgia

R. Kelly's upcoming tour is quickly becoming shorter than he expected. The Office of the County Attorney for Fulton County, Ga., issued a letter to Live Nation on Thursday requesting an upcoming performance by the Grammy-winning singer at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater be canceled. Fulton County owns the 5,420-seat outdoor venue in College Park, Ga. The letter comes following a report from journalist Jim DeRogatis for BuzzFeed two weeks ago that chronicled accusations of misconduct by the singer...

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Now That He's President, Trump Is Sounding More Positive About The Economy

When Donald Trump was running for president last year, he never failed to portray the U.S. economy in the direst terms, with sky-high jobless rates, an anemic manufacturing sector and huge trade deficits as far as the eye could see. "Look, our country is stagnant. We've lost our jobs. We've lost our businesses. We're not making things anymore, relatively speaking," he said during one of the presidential debates. What a difference an election makes. These days, President Trump sees a lot to...

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In the past ten years, groups led by billionaire chairman Charles Koch donated nearly $108 million to college and universities across the county. The bulk of those funds went to schools in the South. Host Celeste Headlee looks at where the money is going and the ethical issues behind large donations to higher education. She talks with Alex Kotch of the Institute for Southern Studies and Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed. Plus, our conversation about the influence of wealth on Southern colleges and universities continues.

Journalist Mike Kelly and 'The Bus on Jaffa Road'

Jan 9, 2016

We’re doing something new on Two Way Street this week: broadcasting a conversation that I led in front of a live audience at the Atlanta Jewish Book Festival recently. The guest is Mike Kelly. He’s a columnist and reporter for the Bergen Record in New Jersey; and he’s written a book called “The Bus on Jaffa Road,” which takes a deep dive into lives of terrorists and victims that intersected when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest on the No. 18 bus in Jerusalem in February, 1996. Among the victims were two young Americans, Sara Ducker and Matthew Eisenfeld.

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Well, it’s a New Year and with the New Year comes a new chapter in Georgia’s history with the convening of the Georgia General Assembly. This year’s session will be busy for the state’s legislators as they tackle everything from education reform to religious freedom to defense of the First Amendment, while trying to get out of town in time to raise money and campaign for reelection by primary time in May. And will teacher merit pay and a new model for school funding gain any traction in an election year? Rep. Lynn Westmoreland has announced that he will not seek another term in the U.S.

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Jan 8, 2016

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act created controversy when it became law in the state of Indiana, effectively legalizing anti-LGBT discrimination in certain situations. The Georgia Legislature will soon decide the fate of a similar bill that could drastically shift the rights of LGBT citizens living in the state. Host Celeste Headlee sits down with reporter Kristina Torres from the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s political team to comb through the details of this legislation and other important issues that will dominate the early political season.

Police departments across the country are asking a very important question: “What more can be done to prevent mass shootings?” Some jurisdictions have started training residents on best practices, which include fighting back if they’re in that situation. That’s part of a seminar on Thursday that Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman is hosting in Jefferson, Georgia. Host Celeste Headlee talks with him about what the training entails, and she asks Stetson University psychology professor Chris Ferguson about the role human behavior plays in our ability to learn these survival techniques.

A Chestnut Revival | Coding Education | Decatur's Demographics

Jan 6, 2016

The face of Decatur, Georgia is changing. A diversity report sponsored by the city found that the African-American population has dropped by 50% from 1990 to 2010. It also revealed that the median household for black residents plunged by 50% in the past decade, while white household incomes increased by 10%. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Casie Yoder, former Decatur public information officer, about the report and the reasons why. Decatur superintendent David Dude currently has one coding class in his schools, and he’s thinking about expanding the program.

President Obama is expected to announce Tuesday new executive actions tightening the nation’s gun laws following a string of mass shootings. But there's still a lot we don't know about gun violence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta studies a host of public health issues, but it's limited in its research in this area because of congressional restrictions. So, should gun violence be viewed as a public health issue?

Two reasons for many to be celebrating this weekend: It’s the start of a brand new year…and Downton Abbey kicks off its sixth season Sunday night on PBS television stations! OK, yes, this is the final season of Downton, and many devoted fans are already mourning the loss, but for the next two months, all of your favorites, from Carson to Lady Mary, the dowager countess and, of course the long-suffering Bates and his bride Anna will keep you company on Sunday nights.

Staff Favorites: Celeste Headlee

Jan 1, 2016

Celeste Headlee wraps up this week of staff favorites with her own picks: writers Salman Rushdie and Peter Golden, opera singer Jamie Barton, and a team GPS race through Atlanta's rush hour traffic.

Hamilton Jordan, His Life and Legacy!

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I arrived in Georgia two years after Jimmy Carter left the White House, and so, never got to know the group known somewhat disparagingly by Washington insiders as “The Georgia Mafia” while they were in power. But I did become familiar with and a friend of a number of them in their post-Carter years.

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