Stephen Fowler

Producer/Back-Up Host - All Things Considered

Stephen Fowler is the Producer/Back-Up Host for All Things Considered and a creative storyteller hailing from McDonough, Georgia. He graduated from Emory University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. The program combined the best parts of journalism, marketing, digital media and music into a thesis on the rise of the internet rapper via the intersectionality of social media and hip-hop. He served as the first-ever Executive Digital Editor of The Emory Wheel, where he helped lead the paper into a modern digital era.

As a storyteller, his photos, videos, voice and words have won numerous awards and have been featured everywhere from the Coca-Cola Company boardroom to the TEDx stage. He has interviewed an eclectic group of subjects over the years, ranging from Paul Simon to the Dalai Lama, and is always looking for another story to tell. 

In his free time, you can ask him to expound on brunch, Atlanta hip-hop and potpourri trivia.

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The Georgia Tech community is left with many questions after a student leader was fatally shot by campus police last weekend.

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This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

The night started as a sea of candles reflecting off the Georgia Tech Campanile fountain and ended with the bright orange glow of a burned-out patrol car.

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As the world comes to grips with the unprecedented damage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, millions of Americans in the southeastern United States are working to rebuild their lives. Irma crossed into Georgia in the early morning hours of Monday, September 11, 2017. Over the next 24 hours, water inundated island and beach communities over 100 miles of coastline. Winds topping 69 miles per hour toppled trees and power lines. 1.1 million Georgians lost power and three lost their lives.

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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.

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Tucked away in northeast Georgia, Stephens County has rolling green hills, about 26,000 people…and a problem.

Job postings have gone unfilled for months as prospective employees haven’t been able to pass drug tests.

But it’s not the usual suspects like cocaine or marijuana putting an economic damper on the northeast Georgia community – it’s illegal use of prescription opioids.

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Hundreds marched through Atlanta Sunday night, in a second day of protests against deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Some protesters also defaced a monument with ties to the Confederacy.

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The Civil War ended 152 years ago, but some of its battles are still being fought in Henry County, Georgia.

On the grounds of Nash Farm Battlefield, there’s an outdoor wedding chapel, markers commemorating the Battle of Lovejoy and, until recently, a Civil War museum.

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Some of them came in a 20-truck caravan, flags flapping in the morning breeze. Some of them came with their children, holding miniature red, white and blue pinwheels and the remnants of breakfast. Some of them came from all corners of the state, riding from Jesup or Conyers or right down the road. But all of them came together to fight what they say is an attack on their history, their heritage and the Confederate flag.

On the morning of May 27, more than 200 people gathered in the field next to the Nash Farm Battlefield Museum in Henry County.

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Tupac Shakur is one of the most famous rappers in history. Until his murder in 1996 at the age of 25, Shakur was a figurehead of the West Coast rap scene. 

So Tupac Shakur’s connection to Georgia might surprise you.

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On Friday April 14, GPB Atlanta broadcasted “All Things Considered” live from SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves' new baseball stadium in Cobb County.

It was the first home game of the season for the Braves and the first time fans would experience the new $1.1 billion stadium complex.

In the show we’ll take a look at important moments in Braves history, at the mixed-use development around SunTrust Park called “The Battery” and, of course - talk about traffic.

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The Atlanta Braves are saying there’s more to their new stadium than hot dogs and beer.

The team hopes a 50-acre development surrounding SunTrust Park will keep fans engaged and keep them coming back year-round.

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One of the biggest questions metro Atlantans have had about the opening of SunTrust Park is traffic.

The new 42,000 seat stadium sits at the intersection of two major interstates – I-285 and I-75.

But local officials say they’re prepared.

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Several hundred people lined up along rooftops, parking decks and surface streets to watch this morning's controlled implosion of the Georgia Archives Building.

Built in 1965, the "White Ice Cube" across from the Capitol has been empty since 2003 after engineers determined the building was sinking.

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Several hundred climate scientists and public health professionals descended on the Carter Center in Atlanta today. It was for a climate and health conference organized by former Vice President Al Gore. 

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On Friday February 3, GPB Atlanta broadcasted "All Things Considered" live from the High Museum of Art's monthly "First Friday" event.

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In 2016, at only 28-years-old, pianist John Burke has already accomplished the dream of a lifetime for many musicians -- to be nominated for a Grammy Award. It's for his newest album "Orogen," a breathtaking journey through what he describes as the creation of mountains.

 

 

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The Georgia Institute of Technology is known for graduating its students from nationally-ranked programs in science, technology, engineering and math.

A new class taught by visiting professor Dr. Joyce Wilson is using hip-hop to take those students down a more creative pathway than their STEM studies to learn about issues such as race, poverty and cultural identity.

The class is titled “Exploring the Lyrics of OutKast and Trap Music to Explore Politics of Social Justice.”

Dr. Wilson joined me in the studio to explain why she’s teaching trap at Tech.

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In metro Atlanta, art is all around us.

We asked some of the city's creative minds to share their perspectives about the Atlanta art scene, why they work in their particular medium and the value of public art.

Check out a slideshow of their favorite works above, and listen to what they had to say below.

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There’s some art in Atlanta that’s not found in paints and brushes, but in pitches and beats.

The art of making music is a special gift, and one the Atlanta Music Project takes very seriously.

The afterschool program is at the Kindezi School Westlake, and in a few short years it has made a lasting impact not only on the students, but also the community around it.

Listen to the sounds of a typical afternoon at the Atlanta Music Project, and hear how a few hours of music strikes a powerful chord with everyone involved.  

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Amid the fallout from last Friday’s executive order on immigration policy, one metro Atlanta city is preparing for a dent in its refugee-based economy.

The order stops refugee admissions for three months and then lowers the total number of refugees admitted to the United States.

Residents and refugees alike are worried.


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Georgia’s role in producing award-winning musicians is well documented. This year, nominations have gone to well-known rappers Lil Yachty and 2 Chainz, country music singer Thomas Rhett and Christian artist David Crowder.

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On the rooftop of Ponce City Market, Skyline Park is home to midway games, sweeping views of the city and the Nine Mile Station beer garden.

I went up to Skyline Park on a Friday night and found both kids and kids at heart willing to talk about the joy and happiness the midway brings.

Here's an audio postcard of the sounds of Skyline Park.

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We may think about food all the time, but when is the last time you thought about what your food sounded like?

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We may think about food all the time, but when is the last time you thought about what your food sounded like?

Whether it’s Indian street food or classic burgers, Ponce City Market’s food hall has something that sounds - and tastes - good for everyone. 

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We may think about food all the time, but when is the last time you thought about what your food sounded like? 

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We may think about food all the time, but when is the last time you thought about what your food sounded like?

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For this edition of Atlanta Considered, I went to Chrome Yellow Trading Company on Edgewood Avenue during the A3C hip-hop festival and conference.

A3C is one of the nation’s largest urban music events and stands for All Three Coasts, as Atlanta joins New York and Los Angeles as the pillars of hip-hop culture.

 

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Atlanta may see a first: Tonight thousands of people may come to a candlelight vigil for a grocery store. "Murder Kroger" as it's known closes its door tomorrow, October 28 after serving Ponce de Leon Avenue for three decades. GPB's Stephen Fowler was live at "Murder Kroger" in the shadow of Ponce City Market. 

Rickey Bevington: So let's begin with why many Atlantans call this supermarket "Murder Kroger." 

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Since hip-hop first got its start in 1973, two cities were the main players in driving its style and sound.

On the East Coast there was New York, and on the West Coast there was L.A.

Atlanta is now home to many of hip-hop’s current and former stars, making it the “third coast” in A3C’s “All Three Coasts” moniker.

As the East Coast-West Coast rivalry came to a head in 1995, a duo from Atlanta named OutKast managed to win Best New Rap Group at the Source Awards.

While the New York-heavy crowd booed, Andre 3000 grabbed the award and took the audience to task. 

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Atlanta’s presence in the hip-hop scene has been well established for many years with the likes of OutKast, Ludacris and Soulja Boy making the city’s artists into household names.

Even if you know hip-hop, you might not know this name: Cam Kirk.

I went to downtown Atlanta to learn more about Kirk and how hip-hop looks from behind the lens.

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