Adam Ragusea

Backup host "On Second Thought"

Adam is host of Current's podcast, "The Pub." He's a Journalist in Residence and Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism at the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. He’s also reported for public radio shows including "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered," "Here & Now," "Marketplace" and "The Takeaway." Before becoming a journalist, Adam studied music composition, and he creates all the music for "The Pub."

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For more than 35 years, The Weather Channel has been on the frontlines of some of the biggest stories in the world. Literally. Longtime meteorologist John Coleman co-founded the Atlanta-based television network in 1982. He died earlier this month. The Weather Channel has played a major role in shaping our understanding of the environment. We talk about this with Weather Channel CEO Dave Shull.

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For more than 35 years, The Weather Channel has been on the frontlines of some of the biggest stories in the world. It was founded back in 1982 by meteorologist John Coleman, who died earlier this month. The Weather Channel continues to play a major role in shaping our understanding of the environment.

Neighbor Lady

We add two more tunes to our ever-growing Georgia Playlist. Merideth Hanscom plays with the Athens-based group Neighbor Lady. They perform at 529 Bar in Atlanta tonight [Jan. 31]. Hanscom brings us tracks by Deerhunter and Omni.

Can Going To Church Make You Live Longer?

Jan 31, 2018
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There are all kinds of way to get healthy. You could spend time jogging, doing yoga...or going to church. New research from Emory University finds regular attendance at religious ceremonies can improve one’s health and lower mortality. We talk about this idea with the lead author on that study, Ellen Idler. She’s a Professor of Sociology at Emory University. We also chat with Harold Bennett, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Morehouse College.

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Paul Stephen Benjamin is not your usual artist. The Atlanta native does not typically use paint or a canvas. Instead, he uses screens -- lots of them. In his exhibition, you might see TVs stacked high; each one with different images that blend or conflict. Benjamin has a new exhibit at the Telfair Museum in Savannah called “Reinterpreting the Sound of Blackness.” It opened to the public this weekend, and will be on display through May 6th.

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the seventh generation of her family to grow up in the United States.  And yet, she is still asked, over and over: “Where are you really from?” She responds eloquently in her new memoir: “Real American.”

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An Atlanta man with a history of mental illness was put in jail for almost three months recently because he couldn’t pay $500 in bail. He was released earlier this month.

Since then, the city of Atlanta has proposed changes to its cash bail system and there are calls for broader reforms across the state.


The End Of An Era For Atlanta Alt-Weeklies

Jan 12, 2018
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For years, print publications have been struggling to stay afloat in a digital world. Recently, that uphill battle hit Atlanta’s alternative magazines.

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The Breakroom gang has a lot of news to cover this week. We’ll talk about Oprah’s impassioned Golden Globes speech, why more college students are finding sugar daddies, and what UGA’s big loss means for Georgia football fans. We also look at the rising popularity of cassette tapes, wonder if cash is going out of style, and ask if kids are spending too much time on smart phones. Joining us in the Breakroom are Natalie Pawelski, Charles Richardson, Sam Burnham, and Amber Scott.