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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!

Oct 10, 2015

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.

An intimate portrait of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. The world knew her as the quiet but courageous activist who challenged Alabama’s Jim Crow laws by refusing to give up a seat on a Montgomery city bus to a white man. But Rosa Parks was also a loving wife and aunt to 13 children born to her brother Sylvester and his wife.

Harper Lee and Chuck Reece

Feb 21, 2015

    

A look at Southern culture – the good and the bad:

Readers everywhere are eager to see the new book by Harper Lee, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird. We talk with Melita Easters, the Atlanta writer who wrote a one-woman play about Harper Lee’s life who shares with us little-known stories about the gifted but reclusive author.

Love = Chocolate and Great Food!

Feb 14, 2015

Food and romance are inextricably linked, and so our Valentines weekend special features conversations with two stars of the Georgia food world.

Kristin Hard makes some of the finest chocolates anywhere. She knows the business from cultivating and fermenting the seeds of cacao trees to creating unique flavor profiles.

Ebola Ethics

Nov 8, 2014

Host Bill Nigut talks with Dr. Paul Wolpe, Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Wolpe is a bio-ethicist who looks at ethics in the practice of medicine. The conversation focuses on ethical and moral considerations surrounding the prevention and treatment of Ebola. For example, Zmapp, a potentially life-saving Ebola drug has been in such short supply a very limited number of patients can receive the drug. Who should get it? Who should not? What are the factors that weigh into that decision?

Bill Nigut hosts guests who tell stories of strong, courageous women in real life and in the world of fiction. First up is author and historian Karen Abbott.Her new non-fiction book "Liar, Soldier, Temptress, Spy" tells the story of four women who defied their gender-based roles to fight in the Civil War, one by posing as a man to fight as a solider, the others spying against the enemy.

This week, TWS focuses on two of Georgia's most dynamic entrepreneurs. Clark Howard and Jeff Hilimire.

A Conversation With Krista Bremer, Author Of My Accidental Jihad:

Atlanta's Power Financial Couple Jeff Sprecher & Kelly Loefler have become the highest profile married couple in Atlanta. He is the Atlanta businessman who made and won an audacious bid to buy the NY Stock Exchange. She works with him in the business but is also a principal owner of the WNBA Atlanta Dream.

Bull Durham and Factory Man

Sep 6, 2014

Bull Durham: From Film To Broadway-Bound Musical:
Released in 1988, Ron Shelton wrote and directed what many film organizations call one of the greatest sports movies, Bull Durham. He could have chosen any region of the country to tell his baseball story, but Shelton set the scene in the South. The reason, Shelton says, is because of his Southern roots.

 

 

Segment 1&2: During her 13 years as obituaries editor of the Atlanta Constitution Kay Powell developed a wide following for her ability to uncover unexpected, moving and often funny details about the lives of the ordinary people who were the subjects of most of her obits. Kay says her job was to write personality profiles – it just happens the people she wrote about were all dead. She shares wonderful stories about her career.

Ebola: Dispelling The Myths
With the arrival of Ebola patients Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol at Emory University Hospital, there is probably no city or state more aware of the fight to stop the spread of Ebola than here in Atlanta and Georgia.

Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President and CEO of the Task Force for Global Health joins Bill Nigut to talk about the questions surrounding the Ebola virus.
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Bill Nigut debuts his new weekly radio program "Two Way Street with Bill Nigut" at 4 PM, Saturday, July 5 on 88.5, GPB Atlanta)

More than 40 years ago, I started my first job in broadcasting: hosting a one-hour daily radio show on WLTD-AM in Chicago, my hometown.

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