Celeste Headlee

Host & Exceutive Producer - On Second Thought

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist who hosts GPB Radio’s “On Second Thought,” weekdays from 9 – 10 a.m. She has  appeared on NPR, PBS World, CNN, BBC and other networks and began working as a public radio journalist in 1999. She was formerly a host at National Public Radio, anchoring shows like “Tell Me More,” “Talk of the Nation,” “All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition.” Until September of 2012, Celeste was the co-host of the national morning news show, “The Takeaway” from PRI and WNYC.  

 

In 2014, she narrated the documentary “Packard: The Last Shift” for the Detroit Free Press. Headlee has won numerous awards for reporting from the Associated Press. She was selected twice to be a Getty/Annenberg Journalism Fellow and was selected as a fellow with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. She was also among the first fellows in Reporting on Native Stories for National Native News. For many years, she was a mentor and managing editor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project, training young reporters and editors in broadcasting.

 

 

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Electronic cigarettes have been around for more than a decade. They allow users to inhale a puff of vaporized nicotine and flavoring, instead of smoking. There’s no doubt these products are safer than cigarettes, if you already smoke. But safe? Not really. And what a person believes about the risks of vaping versus smoking depends on their worldview of authority. We discuss with Michael Eriksen, Dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State.

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Georgia’s legislative session begins January 8, 2018. But a bill addressing the debate over Confederate monuments has already been filed by Decatur’s State Representative, Mary Margaret Oliver. The bill would allow local governments to decide whether or not to keep or remove monuments.

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Thomas Hicks was once a local hero in the small mining community of McCaysville, Georgia. He was the town doctor who made middle-of-the-night house calls. But Hicks had a terrible secret, one still reverberating today. From 1950 to 1965, he sold more than two hundred babies on the black market. Some parents knew, others were told their children had died. These children are now fully grown adults, still known as the “Hicks Babies.” We talk to Melinda Dawson and Kriste Hughes about their search for birth parents. 

Thomas Hicks was once a local hero in the small mining community of McCaysville, Georgia. He was the town doctor who made middle-of-the-night house calls. But Hicks had a terrible secret, one still reverberating today. From 1950 to 1965, he sold more than two hundred babies on the black market. Some parents knew, others were told their children had died. These children are now fully grown adults, still known as the “Hicks Babies.” We talk to Melinda Dawson and Kriste Hughes about their search for birth parents. 

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Getting the flu is, at best, unpleasant. It can kill you. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Georgia is one of seven states reporting widespread flu activity this year. In metro Atlanta, 47 people have been hospitalized for  influenza-associated conditions. That’s about double the number hospitalized at this time last year. The CDC recommends nearly everyone above the age of six months get an influenza vaccination. But people still seem to have questions about what these shots are, how they work, and if they are safe.

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A record number of guns were confiscated this year at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Though that follows a national trend, the Atlanta airport led the nation in the number of guns found for yet another year. We discuss this with Kelly Yamanouchi, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who focuses on airport-related stories. Tom Barton, a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, also joins us.

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All this year, we’ve paid homage to Southern food. Now, it’s time for cocktails.

Photographer Alison Wright has seen a lot of places. She’s trekked through Africa, to South America, to Asia, with many stops along the way: 150 countries in all. She has one goal: Documenting the human condition, one photograph at a time. Her new book, "Human Tribe," is a selection from those thousands of photographs, all showing our shared humanity.

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If you’ve ever visited any Reddit message board or YouTube comment section, you know internet trolls and hate speech go hand in hand. A new study from Georgia Tech suggests the most effective way of combating internet hate speech is to eliminate the spaces where it occurs, not the trolls individually. We talk with Georgia Tech Assistant Professor Jacob Eisenstein.

A record number of guns were confiscated this year at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Though that follows a national trend, the Atlanta airport led the nation in the number of guns found for another year. We discuss this with Kelly Yamanouchi, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who focuses on airport-related stories. Tom Barton, a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, also joins us. 

Last month, Moody’s Investors Service issued a stern warning to states: address climate change or risk a credit downgrade. That report says Georgia is one of a handful of coastal states facing the highest risk from climate change. We talk with climate change reporter Christopher Flavelle of Bloomberg News and Jennette Gayer of Environment Georgia.

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Last month, Moody’s Investors Service issued a stern warning to states: address climate change or risk a credit downgrade. That report says Georgia is one of a handful of coastal states facing the highest risk from climate change.

Every year, the online magazine The Bitter Southerner picks its favorite Southern albums of the year. We listened to some of the featured tracks with Chuck Reece, the magazine’s editor-in-chief and co-founder. He recently compiled his list for the magazine.

Adult Swim

"Squidbillies" is Atlanta-based Adult Swim’s third longest-running animated series. It’s based on the show creators’ experiences here in Georgia – and features a cast of anthropomorphic redneck squids. The 11th season of "Squidbillies" comes to close this Sunday on Adult Swim. Co-creators Dave Willis and Jim Fortier recently joined us. 

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The Trump administration’s immigration crackdown has led to an uptick in arrests nationwide. New federal data show arrests in Georgia and the Carolinas are also up from the last fiscal year. The president’s push to be tough on illegal immigration also includes policies to build a massive wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Historian Kenneth C.

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This month, doctors in China were scheduled to perform the first-ever head transplant. Due to pressure from the medical community, the procedure has been pushed back to 2018, citing ethical concerns. The Neuroethics Program at Emory University is leading the international debate about the surgery. We talk about the issues with Paul Wolpe, Director of Center for Ethics at Emory.

The Trump Administration’s immigration crackdown has led to an uptick in arrests nationwide. New federal data show arrests in Georgia and the Carolinas are also up from the last fiscal year. The president’s push to be tough on illegal immigration also includes policies to build a massive wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Historian Kenneth C. Davis explains that anti-immigrant sentiment is older than America itself.

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The Breakroom overcomes the snowpocalypse to discuss a juicy week of news. We’ll weigh "House of Cards" minus Kevin Spacey, Atlanta’s abysmal voter turnout, and TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. We’ll also dig into the truth of Jack Daniels and think about the best way to tip waiters. Joining us in the Breakroom are Howard Franklin, Natalie Pawelski, Greg Williams, and Kalena Boller. 

ADULT SWIM

There is only one duo who can adventure through time and space, and still debate about political correctness...That is Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, from Adult Swim’s animated hit "Rick and Morty." Rick is a genius scientist. His grandson Morty? Well--he’s in high school. Together, they use portal guns and other wacky inventions to save the multiverse from hyper-intelligent dogs and cannibal mantis-people. Show co-creator Dan Harmon sat down with Celeste Headlee recently to discuss the success of the show.

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The Breakroom gang joined host Celeste Headlee to weigh in on the week's news. The panel included comedian Roy Wood, Jr. of "The Daily Show," former NPR correspondent Kathy Lohr, Georgia State University professor Hector Fernandez, and Republican strategist Julianne Thompson

 

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Sometimes the best way to make sense of what’s happening in the world is through comedy. For that, “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central has you covered. We chatted with comedian Roy Wood, Jr., who is a correspondent on the program. He is in Atlanta this weekend with performances at the Punchline Comedy Club.

Sometimes the best way to make sense of what’s happening in the world is through comedy. And for that, “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central has you covered. We chat with comedian Roy Wood, Jr., who’s a correspondent for “The Daily Show.” He’s in Atlanta this weekend with performances at the Punchline Comedy Club.

An investigative report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds about 12 percent of cops in Georgia schools were forced out of a previous job. The officers were terminated or investigated for a wide range of reasons, including chronically poor performance, lying to superiors, sexual misconduct and inappropriate use of force. But for some, jobs in the school system means a second chance for these troubled cops. We talk with Brad Schrade, reporter for the AJC.

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We were joined by singer Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, who is a member of TLC. She grew up in Atlanta, and has a new memoir out. T-Boz shared her experience living with an incurable disease, and she talked about why it is important for her to remain authentic as her career evolves.

In January, an ongoing water dispute goes to Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Georgia’s water rights battle with Florida. Earlier this year, Georgia scored a major victory in this decades-long squabble. A special master appointed by SCOTUS said the high court should refuse Florida's request to cap Georgia’s water use. We discuss this case with E&E News reporter Amanda Reilly, who has been following it from Capitol Hill.

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More homeless youth live in Atlanta than any other city in the South. Across the country, more than one million young adults and teens are living on the streets. New research from Georgia State University looks at the difficulties facing homeless youth in America.

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The stress of work can often lead to unprofessional behavior. The scandals surrounding Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, and even Atlanta Public Schools demonstrate how high expectations can produce unethical decisions. Researchers at the University of Georgia just published research on what drives employees to engage in improper workplace behavior.

The stress of work can often lead to unprofessional behavior. The scandals surrounding Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, and even Atlanta Public Schools demonstrate how high expectations can produce unethical decisions. Researchers at the University of Georgia just published research on what drives employees to engage in improper workplace behavior. We speak with Marie Mitchell, a Professor of Management in the Terry College of Business at UGA. Karen Rommelfanger, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University, also joins us.

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So, let’s say you are killed on “The Walking Dead.” Then what? Atlanta-based actor IronE Singleton is proof there’s life after being devoured by ravenous zombies. He was on the AMC show for three seasons until his character’s untimely death. Since his stint on “The Walking Dead,” Singleton created and starred in a one-man show about his life growing up impoverished in Atlanta. We talked with him about his big break and breaking up with the show that made him a star.

 

Lauren Wilson

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is full of odd and sometimes gross food moments. The characters do what they must to survive, even if that includes eating dogs, turtles, or sometimes humans. Lauren Wilson is author of "The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide." The new book re-creates some of the most iconic culinary scenes from the show.

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