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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President Obama won the 2008 and 2012 presidential election thanks in large part to his campaign’s outreach efforts to the minority community. The African-American vote, in particular, reached a historic milestone in turnout and has become a significant focus in this year’s election. Are this year’s candidates successfully reaching that population of the electorate? 

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South African attorney Mohamed Keshavjee is the latest recipient of the prestigious Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award for Peace, which is given out at Morehouse College. Past recipients include Rosa Parks, Andrew Young, and Nelson Mandela. Keshavjee talks about his work to help people in impoverished nations settle family disputes outside a courtroom.

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Atlanta's Clermont Hotel closed a few years ago, but the nearly century-old building retains its status as a place where interesting and sometimes unseemly things happened. There are even a few ghost stories. A new short documentary called Hotel Clermont records the last six months of this iconic structure's life before it closed. We talk with the film's director Heather Hutson and Bill Clark, who was the hotel's last manager before it closed in 2009.  

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This year,  the Atlanta Film Festival paid tribute to the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes," which was first released in 1991. The film stars Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Louise-Parker, and Mary Stuart Masterson. It's set in rural Alabama, but it was was filmed in Juliette, Georgia, just north of Macon. Director Jon Avnet talks about the production process, how being a feminist influenced the way he went about telling this story, and the film’s  legacy 25 years later.  

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It's Friday, and it's time to sit back, relax and celebrate Friday with our weekly Breakroom panel. We talk about yoga in the classroom, if Wonder Woman in the new “Batman v Superman” is too skinny, and whether the Internet is a good place to go when you need to make an important decision. 

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Long before Georgia became a film industry hub, the Atlanta Film Festival drew Hollywood types to the state. The 40th annual Atlanta Film Festival kicks off on Friday. More than 150 narrative and documentary films will be shown over 10 days. Jennifer Brett of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution gives us a preview of what to expect.

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The animated TV series, "Archer," wouldn't be the same without the creative team at Floyd County TV based in Atlanta.  But the voicework that helps the show come to life happens all around the country. 

 Lead voice actor H. Jon Benjamin has played the title character, Sterling Archer, for seven seasons on FX Networks now.  And he has one of the most recognizable voices in the world.  

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We all inherit more than genetic material from our parents.  One documentary at this year's Atlanta Film Festival is proof of that connection.  Concerto tells the story of two brothers bound by three things - love, music, and a painful past.  

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Two’s a company and three’s a crowd, but does that apply to American politics? A number of Republicans have called for a third party candidate as Donald Trump gets closer to the Republican nomination. Are we witnessing the rise of the Independent Party?

We speak about third party politics with Ron Rapoport, Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary, and Murray Dabby, the co-coordinator of Georgia Independent Voters. 

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When Michael Sam became the first openly gay athlete to be drafted into the NFL back in 2014, important barriers to equality were broken. But not much has changed when it comes to tolerance in the NFL and other professional sports. Most recently, the Atlanta Falcons were ostracized for questioning the sexuality of a potential draft pick by asking him if he liked men during an interview. 

Former NFL player and current advocate Wade Davis joins us to discuss the lack of tolerance in pro sports. Writer and editor Erick Fernandez of Cycle also weighs in on the controversial issue. 

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 The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is currently underway in Atlanta. President Obama and a host of politicians, scientists, and medical professionals aim to address the problem of prescription drug abuse. Currently, misuse of prescription meds is responsible for an estimated 72 deaths a day, a number that has pushed the medical community to classify this problem as an epidemic. 

We are joined by Dr. Patrice Harris of the American Medical Association to discuss the problem of prescription drug abuse and what can be done to curb the problem.

An Animated Tour Of Archer's Atlanta Home

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"On Second Thought" host Celeste Headlee is a huge fan of the FX adult animated series, "Archer."  

 

The show's seventh season begins on Thursday, March 31st and Celeste got treated to the fangirl dream of a lifetime last month. "Archer" is designed, edited, produced and mixed at Floyd County TV studios in Atlanta, Georgia, just about a mile away from GPB's home base in Midtown.  And they invited us over for a tour and to meet the crew that makes this wildly popular show.

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Most major cities around the country cultivate a certain cultural tone over time. Portland is known as a hub of nostalgia and alternative lifestyles; Miami boasts a blend of Latin culture mixed in with a constant party vibe. But how is Atlanta defined culturally and how has that definition changed over the years?

 

 

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A group of faculty and student researchers at Kennesaw State University have recently discovered a new method for delivering vital proteins into human cells. This new method of cell penetration could have a number of important applications down the road, ranging from improvements to cosmetics all the way to aiding the fight against cancer.

We talk to KSU’s associate vice president of research Jonathan McMurry and graduate student Verra Ngwa about the science behind their team’s discovery. 

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Beautiful music filled Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Alpharetta this past weekend.  More than a hundred people gathered there to sing. Not just any old songs but a style of music called Sacred Harp. The church was home to this year's Georgia State Sacred Harp Singing Convention. This event is in its 55th year, but the tradition of sacred harp is much older.  Much, much older.  

We speak with singer and photographer Johnathon Kelso and The Bitter Southerner's Editor-in-Chief Chuck Reece about the art of Sacred Harp music and its roots in southern gospel music

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A new Georgia museum that opened up last month tells the story of the legend of Bigfoot. “Expedition Bigfoot: The Sasquatch Museum” is located in Cherry Log, Georgia. We talk with the museum’s co-founder, David Bakara, about why he wants to educate others about what some believe is a myth. We also hear from author Keith Bearden, who says part of the secrecy behind Bigfoot is for the creature’s own good.

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For high school students from low-income households, the road to graduation can be filled with obstacles – and where they live is one of them.  The Brookings Institute has found a new link between states with high income inequality and dropout rates among low-income youths. According to the report, the perceived lack of social mobility is a big issue for low income students in states like Georgia.

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Healthy food options are often limited for low-income residents. The commute to the closest grocery store can take hours if you don't own a car. So, corner stores are often the place where people in these neighborhoods buy their food. But many of these stores don't offer fresh fruits and vegetables, and that can have deadly health consequences for those who depend on them. We speak with Rodney Lyn, who serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in Georgia State University’s School of Public Health, about a project that aims to change that. 

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Atlanta is home to some of the best restaurants found in the Southeast. But to get your hands on some of that great food, you have to put up with an awful lot of noise. Restaurants around the city are getting increasingly noisier, but is it just high volume of patrons or conscious decisions made by owners?

We talk to Atlanta Magazine deputy food editor Evan Mah and interior designer Vivian Bencich to find out who or what is responsible for all the noise. 

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Macon poet Anya Silver says her poetry has helped her come to terms with mortality. Silver’s life could have taken a much different turn. She was first diagnosed with an aggressive and lethal form of breast cancer when she was 35 years old and pregnant. It didn’t stop her. She continues to teach English at Mercer University, and she's a writer. Her poetry earned her a spot as one of last  year's Georgia Author of the Year award recipients.

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According to a report last year by the group The State of Obesity, black adults in Georgia have a 10% higher obesity rate compared to white adults. That gap is slightly lower than the national average. Soul food is a major staple in Southern culture, particularly among African-Americans. Is it to blame for obesity rates and other health disorders?

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Something horrible is happening in Waycross, Georgia. Four area children were diagnosed with rare forms of cancer last year.

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The Savannah Music Festival kicks off this week, and along with the rock, hip hop, jazz, blues and country, you can also go hear opera. The festival collaborates with the Savannah Voice Festival every year and that is run by world famous baritone Sherrill Milnes and his wife soprano Maria Zouves. We talked with them last year just as they first entered into this partnership with the Savannah Music Festival.  

Why We Need Y'all

Mar 22, 2016
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Where did y’all come from? Okay, we’re not specifically talking to you. But, what does that signature Southern word really mean? We can trace the use of the word “y’all” all the way back to our colonial ancestors. Cameron Hunt McNabb, an English professor at Southeastern University, gives us a history and dialect lesson. 

The three-man music production team from Atlanta, known as Organized Noize, is credited with building the foundation of Southern hip-hop. Producers Rico Wade, Ray Murray, and Sleepy Brown were behind some of the biggest hits in hip-hop, including songs by Outkast, TLC, and Goodie Mob. Now, the trio is the subject of a new documentary called, “The Art of Organized Noize” on Netflix.

We listen back to our conversation with Organized Noize’s Ray Murray. What's your favorite song produced by Organized Noize?

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Bird songs play a big part in this week's Atlanta Science Festival.  The rhythmic sounds of birds have also inspired modern music compositions. On Second Thought producer Sean Powers joined some bird watchers at the Fernbank Museum in Atlanta to learn about the variety of chirps, tweets and calls in the state.

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The 2014 Ebola epidemic, the deadliest outbreak on record, killed more than 13,000 people. The World Health Organization has declared the epidemic over, but new cases are still being diagnosed. Georgia Tech alum Archel Bernard opened a clothing factory  in post-Ebola Liberia with two goals in mind: 1) Give hope and a source of income for Ebola survivors and 2) create a profitable business. 

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The week-long Atlanta Science Festival is currently in full swing, offering interactive events and educational experiences for all ages. One event for adults, entitled 'The Science of Sin,'  uses the Seven Deadly Sins to present the latest scientific research associated with each sin. Seven researchers and scientists will present their findings and hold discussions with attendees.

We talk to Emory University’s Larry Young about the seduction of Lust and Sarah Brosnan of Georgia State University about the allure of Envy.

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Thankfully, its Friday once again! That means it's time for our Breakroom gang to reassemble and talk about all the noteworthy items of the past week. This week, we talk about the huge number of sexist/racist social media posts by the citizens of Atlanta, insurance policies designed to protect companies from crazy celebrity endorsers, and the budding 'bromance' between Chris Christie and Donald Trump.

This week, our Breakroom panel is:

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A church deacon and scout leader in Gainesville, GA has admitted to several counts of sexual abuse against minors during his time in the Boy Scouts.

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