Maura Currie

On Second Thought Producer/Reporter
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Throughout March, the Atlanta Science Festival is putting on events to celebrate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

This year, it tried something new: The festival has partnered with the Center for Puppetry Arts to show kids how science and the arts come together. 

On Second Thought producer Maura Currie went to a workshop and brought back an audio postcard.

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On this segment of "The Breakroom", the gang talked about the importance of a parent’s blessing when finding true love, the appeal of reality TV breakups, and whether certain books should be banned.

Atlanta’s professional soccer team has come a long way fast. Atlanta United took to the field for the first time in March 2017. Now it draws in tens of thousands of fans. Atlanta United FC squares off against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We talked with the team’s president, Darren Eales.

 

Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal announced his pick for Deputy Commissioner for Rural Georgia. In January, GPB Special Correspondent Celeste Headlee looked at legislative efforts to improve services like health care and internet access in rural parts of the state. She spoke with Mark Niesse, a reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Sharon Wright Austin, Political Science Professor at the University of Florida.

 

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Students across Georgia walked out of class today, as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence and to remember the victims of last month’s school shooting in Florida. Some school systems encouraged students to participate, while others said those who take part could face consequences. We begin our look at the protests with GPB’s Maura Currie.

Highlights from schools that participated in the protest around Georgia: 

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Last month, Atlanta’s mayor signed a measure to eliminate the city’s Municipal Court cash bond requirement for minor offenses. The alternative would be having many offenders sit in jail if they can’t afford bail. Other cities across the state are seeing similar calls to action. What does bail reform look like in other states, and what might it look like throughout Georgia?

The Georgia Anti-Defamation League reports a 262 percent increase in expressions of anti-semitic sentiments from 2015 to last year. We look at what’s behind the uptick, and the role of educators in talking about this hateful activity in the classroom.

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Atlanta’s BeltLine winds through the city’s different neighborhoods for miles. Along the way, it’s populated by cyclists, walkers, and runners. They are all exposed to public art displays and live music. On Second Thought producer Maura Currie shares an audio postcard of the sights and sounds of the BeltLine. 

On Second Thought Host Celeste Headlee announced in January she would step down from her post. Headlee has been with the program since it launched on GPB in 2014. Adam Ragusea talks with Headlee about her time as host, and what the future holds for public radio.

A new book by religious scholar Reza Aslan challenges some very old ideas about religion, and how we describe a higher power. The book is, “GOD: A Human History.” It hit shelves in November. We caught up with Reza Aslan ahead of an appearance in Atlanta.

All hour, we look back at some of the best conversations by Celeste Headlee, who stepped down last week as host of On Second Thought. The B-52’s have been a major part of Georgia’s music scene since the 1970’s, when it formed in Athens. The band’s meteoric rise was fueled by hits like Love Shack. We revisit our conversation with The B-52’s Kate Pierson about the release of her first solo album.

All hour, we look back at some of the best conversations by Celeste Headlee, who stepped down last week as host of On Second Thought. Colin Mochrie may have one of the fastest minds around, and a mouth to match. The comedian is best known for his role on Whose Line Is It Anyway? Audiences in Atlanta can see him live on March 16 at Dad’s Garage.

Actor George Takei first came to fame as a young “Sulu” in the original Star Trek series. But he’s since become an active voice in promoting equal rights for LGBT people. We spoke to Takei last year when the play “Allegiance” was showing in Atlanta movie theaters. The play is inspired by Takei’s experiences in a U.S. internment camp during World War II.

 

All hour, we look back at some of the best conversations by Celeste Headlee, who stepped down as host of ‘On Second Thought’ last week. The list of nicknames and titles for filmmaker John Waters is long and legend. Waters is more than a filmmaker. He’s an actor, writer, fashion icon, stand-up comedian and art collector. We talked to him last year ahead of his one-man show in Atlanta called “A John Waters Christmas.”

The Satanic Temple has been trying provide a secular alternative to traditional religion for over two decades. What is the mission of the Temple, and what are common misconceptions? The Atlanta Chapter is fighting to host an official after-school program in Cobb County schools. We talk to Atlanta Chapter head Fred Mephisto about the goals of his organization.

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The On Second Thought team says goodbye to Celeste Headlee, who ends her tenure as the show's host. In January, she announced that she was stepping down from the show, which she helped create. Celeste is moving back to Washington, DC to focus on writing her next book and guest hosting on NPR.

This week, the National Football League teamed up with Morehouse College in Atlanta for a workshop on activism. The workshop is designed to equip athletes with the tools and resources needed to make social change in respective and responsible ways.  Fifty years ago this year, two Olympic athletes brought their own type of activism to the national stage. Track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in a Black Power salute during the ceremony. Both were honored at the White House in 2016 by then-President Barack Obama.

Nikki Giovanni is one of the most celebrated poets of her generation. Her unique style weaves together strong family ties, experiences as an African American woman growing up in the South, and her pride as an activist. Giovanni speaks Wednesday night at Atlanta’s Lovett School. She tells us that the country needs to come together amid so many divisions.

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On March 1st, Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources will open its second annual Coyote Challenge. It invites hunters to present coyotes they’ve killed in exchange for the chance to win some free prizes. The mysterious southern coyote is considered a nuisance to some people and other wildlife. First, we heard a report from GPB’s Grant Blankenship on researchers who catch and release coyotes to give them GPS tags. Then we were joined by Chris Mowry, associate professor of Biology at Berry College and cofounder of the Atlanta Coyote Project, to talk more about the Coyote Challenge.

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