Olivia Reingold is a producer for “Two Way Street” and “Political Rewind.” She grew up in Washington D.C. and recently graduated from Oglethorpe University, where she was a Presidential Scholar and graduated cum laude.
Every day in the United States 91 people die of opioid overdose. That includes prescription opiates and heroin. Over a year, that’s more than ten times the number of people who died on 9/11. On today’s “On Second Thought,” we’re going to hear from some of the people struggling with addiction, those who offer help, and communities caught in the middle.
Lisa Kidd knows the drill. She flashes her identification card without needing to be prompted and has her lockbox open, ready to go. This is what she’s up to every fourth Tuesday of the month: picking up her methadone prescription at Counseling Solutions Treatment Center in Chatsworth, Georgia.
Atlanta might be the last place you’d look for endangered penguins, but every morning at the Georgia Aquarium begins with a Waddle Walk. That’s when staff take endangered African penguins out for a walk around the aquarium. GPB intern Olivia Reingold joined them recently to bring us this audio postcard.
The paranormal is often in the shadows, but a new store in Atlanta brings witchcraft to the public. ATL Craft opened last month. It sells mini-cauldrons for the urban witch, handmade wands, plus "everything you need for your spell work." GPB Intern Olivia Reingold stopped by the shop to meet owner Haley Murphy.
Muslims are a mystery to many Americans. And to some, they are targets. In recent weeks, several Atlanta-area mosques have received death threats. Leaders of all faiths across the state hope to give people a better understanding of Islam. Over the weekend, GPB’s Olivia Reingold visited an Atlanta mosque that opened its doors for the second annual “Visit a Mosque Day.”
The Georgia Senate passed a bill last month to tighten regulation of methadone clinics. Methadone treats opioid addiction by blocking withdrawal symptoms. Georgia has more than 70 clinics, the most in the South. We talked about this with Neil Campbell, who oversees the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse.
In January, Atlanta lost a beloved Atlanta restaurateur: Richard Thomas died at 82. He will be remembered for his R. Thomas Deluxe Grill, which he founded in 1985 as a homage to healthy living. Thomas co-founded the North Carolina fast food chain Bojangles. He also served as the first president of operations at Kentucky Fried Chicken.
On October 12, 1958, the Temple, Georgia’s largest synagogue, was bombed. Nobody was hurt in the explosion, but the community was shaken. A new play at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta recalls the attack, and its lasting effects. We spoke to Jimmy Maize, playwright and director of “The Temple Bombing.”
Two years ago, Georgia Tech became the first university in the country to accept Bitcoin. But they stopped this year due to a lack of interest. We break down what Bitcoin really is. Then we speak with Nathaniel Popper, New York Times Wall Street reporter and author of “Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money,” about the future of Bitcoin and who is leading the charge towards a worldwide currency.
Rule #1 is follow the prompt. I liked this rule when I thought the prompt was to tell a story about Atlanta's explosive growth. Did you know that Krog Street Market (a millennial and hipster playground in the Old Fourth Ward) is just blocks away from the densest concentration of section-8 housing in the Southeast? This is the sort of story I imagined telling. But then I learned that this was a version of the prompt that a game of email-driven telephone had distorted. The real prompt was much harder: we were to cover a phenomenon that Atlanta led the nation with.
Recent news of Atlanta’s startlingly high HIV/AIDS rate prompted comparisons of Georgia’s capital city to a "third world country." But is it accurate to use the term in this case? Oglethorpe University history professor Nick Maher joins us to help break down the complicated origins of the phrase and what we really mean when we say it.
How has Shakespeare managed to stay relevant for more than 450 years? His work's persistence is due in part to constant reinvention. An Atlanta Theater company breathes new life into Shakespeare by casting women to play traditionally male parts. We speak with actress Jennifer Acker of the Fern Theater about how an all-female cast contributes to our understanding of Shakespeare. Tim McDonough, chair of theater studies program at Emory University, also joins our discussion.