Trump Offers Spending Blueprint, But Congress Already Wrote The Check

Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET President Trump released his 2019 budget proposal Monday calling for increased spending on the military, border security and the opioid crisis. But the White House blueprint has already been overtaken by events. The two-year budget deal passed by Congress last week boosts spending for both the military and domestic programs by nearly $300 billion over the next two years, complicating White House efforts to reorder federal priorities. "We really thought we could cut a...

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Keeping The Gullah-Geechee Heritage Alive

This week we’re hearing how some descendants are passing along Gullah heritage to the next generation. Patricia West is a writer and professor at Savannah State University. She was inspired to document her family’s roots after discovering her great great-grandmother’s grave on a trip to the family cemetery. The Scott-West family is also looking for ways to celebrate their history. Later this week, we will join them at the centuries-old cemetery where their American heritage begins, for a...

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Live Stream: Senate Intel Hearing On Worldwide Threats

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The FBI director and several top intelligence leaders are testifying on Capitol Hill about worldwide threats. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is holding the hearing, is also conducting an inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Watch the proceedings live at 9:30am ET

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  • Metro Atlanta high school student passes away from the flu.
  • CDC could be facing cuts under proposed federal budget.

On this edition of Political Rewind, to bring high speed internet to rural Georgia, legislators are looking at a broad range of taxes on services every Georgian uses, from streaming services to media downloads, even to satellite TV services.  Will the proposal fly in an election year?  Also, legislators look to impose a stiffer tax on used car purchases while also looking to bring back a tax break for electric vehicles.  As the legislative session unfolds, two GOP candidates for governor are dueling over a proposal to eliminate the state income tax. 

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  • Fast Food Workers Rally For $15/hr And Union Rights
  • Coastal Drilling
  • Glanville Coming Out Of Retirement

  • State Reps Say "No" To Off-Shore Drilling
  • Vote Anywhere Proposal Re-introduced  
  • Hartsfield Jackson Airport New Homeless Hangout

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From movies like “Ride Along 2” to a new biopic about the late rapper Tupac Shakur, there are a host of new films coming out this year that were produced in Georgia. Plus, a group of students at the University of Georgia have created a fraternity-style house for hackers in an effort to bring together those interested in computer science and engineering.

George H.W. Bush Biographer Jon Meacham! Parts 1,2,3

Jan 16, 2016

I was really happy when we booked Jon Meacham for this week’s Two Way Street. His new biography of George H.W. Bush “Destiny and Power; the American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush” gives the most insightful view ever of a man who many Americans don’t think much about. Bush was at one point in his run for the presidency tagged as a wimp, and he never quite got out from under that disparaging label. He was often described as aloof, unfeeling and out of touch with regular Americans.

The Republicans debated for the first time in 2016 in North Charleston, SC and the gloves finally came off in the formerly friendly scrimmage between businessman Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Trump continues to assert that there are questions about Cruz’s eligibility to run for the presidency, while Cruz pointed out that under the strictest interpretation of “natural born citizen” that Trump himself would not be eligible for the job. Did the back and forth between the top two candidates change any voters’ minds as the first two contests of the 2016 approach?

The highly popular music subscription streaming service Spotify has come under fire recently by two multi-million lawsuits from songwriters who claim that the company used their copyrighted material without any permission or compensation. University of Georgia teacher David Lowery is the named plaintiff in one of these cases and says that the illegal use of his copyrighted music entitles him and his fellow artists to a massive payday. Host Celeste Headlee sits down with copyright attorney Gail Podolsky to help unravel this thorny legal issue and discern if Spotify is truly in the wrong.

Tommy Davidson has worn many hats in the world of entertainment. Stand-up comic, sketch player on the hit show “In Living Color”, and actor in such films as Black Dynamite and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Now, Davidson travels to Georgia to bring his unique comic stylings to the Atlanta Comedy Theatre. Host Celeste Headlee sits down with the influential entertainer to talk about his past successes and his future plans. And every actor who’s had had the opportunity to play Martin Luther King, Jr. on screen offers a different take on the iconic Civil Rights leader.

Introducing the NEW Wednesday Edition of Political Rewind!

Jan 13, 2016

Welcome to our first Wednesday edition of Political Rewind! From now on we will be on LIVE Wednesdays at 2pm in addition to our normal time Friday afternoons at 3. The Georgia general Assembly gaveled to order on Monday, January 11th with an ambitious list of things to get finished before their forty day session expires. And with many legislators predicting a fast session, there may be much to be accomplished in a short period of time. Governor Deal delivered his annual State of the State address and discussed issues critical to keeping the ship of state sailing forward.

A new task force called ‘Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration’ has been assembled by some of the country’s most influential members of law enforcement to help stem the growing tide of incarceration. Host Celeste Headlee sits down with one of them – DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander to talk about his role in the newly formed group and how he plans to lower incarceration rates across the state and country. And, although the physical and emotional terrors of domestic violence have been thoroughly documented, a more insidious threat remains for victims.

The New Home Ec | Hip-Hop And Free Speech | VA Patient Privacy

Jan 12, 2016

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been plagued by problems with major gaps in care ranging from long wait times to patient deaths. A recent ProPublica investigation finds even more problems hovering over the department. According to ProPublica, there are thousands of patient privacy violations each year, and they're on the rise. And one of the places where it's particularly bad is the VA's Sunshine Healthcare Network, which includes southern Georgia. Host Celeste Headlee talks with ProPublica reporter Annie Waldman.

Documenting Syria | Higher Ed For Sale | Gun Violence Research

Jan 11, 2016

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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