Taylor Gantt

Radio Producer/ Back-Up Host

Taylor graduated from Georgia State University in 2015 with B.A in Journalism and a concentration in Telecommunications. He interned with On Second Thought during his Senior spring semester and immediately fell in love with the team and the GPB working environment (but mostly the t-shirts).

Taylor also worked as a freelance sports reporter for the Forsyth County News and a sports contributor for the growing southern magazine "The Kitchen Drawer." When he's not listening to Rush or groaning at the local teams, he can be found petting his cat "Mr. Jorge" or watching Netflix.

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Environmental advocates say Georgia’s water supplies could be at risk if Congress approves President Trump's proposal to cut $2.5 billion from the  Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.

If approved, the budget would slash the EPA's funding by 31 percent and lay off over 3,000 workers. 

Gil Rodgers is the director of the Georgia and Alabama offices of the Southern Environmental Law Center. He says the EPA plays a big role in protecting many facets of the state's environment. 

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After securing their first win on the road last weekend, Atlanta United FC put together another signature performance to capture their first home win on Saturday.

Atlanta United (2-1) shut out the Chicago Fire (1-2) by a score of 4-0 in the afternoon contest.

 

Coretta Scott King was not just the wife of the late civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. She was also an accomplished activist in her own right.

 

She traveled the world and advocated for racial and social equality for people of all walks of life.

 

In 1968, the same year her husband was assassinated, Scott-King founded the King Center, which has served as a base of operations for modern day activism.

 

 

 

 

FLICKR

There were two big stories that made headlines involving sex trafficking in Georgia last week.  In Savannah, a man was convicted of 19 counts of child sex trafficking. 

In Sandy Springs, police broke up a human-trafficking operation inside a million dollar home. Eight women were rescued and one man was arrested in connection with the crime.

 

Atlanta has a reputation as one of the worst sex-trafficking hubs in the country. But how widespread is the problem?

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The Harlem Globetrotters are one of the most storied basketball teams in history.

They have been combining athleticism, theater and comedy for over 90 years.

 

But they've also been responsible for promoting change in the sports world by way of their unique act on the basketball court.

We sit down with "Buckets Blakes" to talk about the legacy of the team and the changes they've experienced over the years.

The Globetrotters are headed to Atlanta this weekend for a pair of games on Saturday.

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As college students make spring break plans, many are still buzzing about President Trump’s new executive order that moves the Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities under the jurisdiction of the White House.

 

 

Trump says the move will help galvanize support for struggling HBCUs. But the details and benefits of the move are still yet to be seen.

 

 

FLICKR

On this day in 1977, country music star Jason Aldean was born in Macon.  

 

His hometown loves its native son and will show that love by renaming a downtown street “Jason Aldean Way.”  

Aldean’s career includes six platinum albums and 18  #1 singles, including his song, “A Little More Summertime.”

After his latest hit album, "They Don't Know," Aldean will be up for several big Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

 

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On this day in 1971, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas was born in Atlanta. She would grow up to become one-third of the group TLC. The trio is famous for a number of memorable hits, including the song, "Creep," which won a Grammy in 1996.

 

 

Outside of her music career, Thomas has worked as an actor, a reality TV star, and a fitness guru. She also founded the organization Chilli’s Crew, a group that helps young girls deal with self-esteem issues.

PINTEREST

February is a time to celebrate influential figures in African-American history. And our guest today is certainly one of those trailblazing figures.

PINTEREST

Today’s music minute features a member of one of Georgia’s most popular bands. Coy Bowles of the Atlanta-based Zac Brown Band was born on this day in Thomaston in 1979.

FLICKR

One of the ways African-Americans have shared the pain and the pleasure of the black experience is through music.  

 

Black artists have been an essential part of almost every genre of music. And black songs are often catalysts for change and enhanced public awareness.

FLICKR

Computer Science students at Morehouse College are working on a project to help save young minority men from incarceration.

They have created a tool that uses visualization technology to help organizations analyze data from more than 200 youth facilities nationwide. The goal is to help these detention centers determine the most effective reform methods so resources can be allocated more efficiently.

 

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DeKalb County elections officials could decide today how old you have to be to run for office in the new city of Stonecrest.

Mary-Pat Hector is a 19-year-old Spelman College student who is running for a seat on the City Council. But one of her opponents in this crowded race filed a complaint last month with the DeKalb County elections board, citing Mary-Pat’s age as a disqualifying factor. 

 

We sit down with Mary-Pat Hector to discuss her current situation, why she wants to run for office, and her background as a young activist. 

   

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Fans of the Atlanta Falcons are slowly working past a crushing defeat in the Super Bowl. The team gave up a 25 point lead and squandered away a game that was well in hand for the first three quarters.  

As the Falcons returned back to Atlanta on Monday, many fans took to the airwaves on sports radio shows to voice their disappointment. But psychology experts say if you hold on to negative emotions too long it could end up hurting you physically. 

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Each week during Black History Month, we will bring you a discussion centered around African American issues. In this episode, we discuss the role of black women in society and the difficulty of being a double minority.

 

We sit down with Stephanie Sears of Clark Atlanta University. She is an adjunct professor of Africana Women’s Studies. We discuss some of the issues facing black women today, what steps can be taken to achieve greater equality, and the idea of the “Angry Black Woman.”

This week President Trump signed a “two-for-one” executive order that says for every new regulation that government agencies pass, two old ones must be eliminated. Trump says the action will help small and large businesses succeed. 

To learn more about regulations and the effect they may have in Georgia, we sit down with Antonio Saravia. He’s an assistant professor of economics and director of Mercer University’s BB&T Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism.

FLICKR

February is Black History Month here in the United States. Since 1976, every president has set aside the month to honor and remember African American history.

But is designating one month just for Black History appropriate? We tackle that question in the first part of our series about Black History Month.

 

We discuss this idea with Daniel Black. Black is an award-winning novelist and an African American Studies Professor at Clark Atlanta University. 

 

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Relief efforts are underway for those affected by the storms that rolled through Southwest Georgia last weekend.

The American Red Cross is operating three emergency shelters in South Georgia, located in Cook, Doughtery, and Turner counties.

In addition to monetary contributions, The Red Cross is accepting physical supplies.

Drop off sites for these items are available at any Goodwill location.

Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief is accepting donations and offering training to any volunteers who want to assist in the clean up effort.

PIXBAY

The city of Stockbridge has voted to ban smoking inside vehicles when children are present in a 3-2 vote during Monday night’s council meeting.

The trend towards banning smoking in vehicles where children are passengers is growing.  According to the Public Health Law Center there are eight states plus Puerto Rico that have such bans.  Georgia is not one of them.

 

Taylor Gantt

Online Gamers from around the world are in Atlanta this week to compete in the SMITE World Championships at the Hi-Rez Expo.  The tournament began on Thursday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and there's over a million dollars in prizes at stake.

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On this day in 1960, lead singer Michael Stipe was born in Decatur, Georgia. The group was a pioneer in the alternative rock genre, releasing fifteen albums over their thirty year career. In 2007, R.E.M. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

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A Consumer Reports study found three metro Atlanta teaching hospitals ranked among the lowest scores for preventing central-line infections in the ICU. These infections stem from improper use of IV tubes that supply medicine and other fluids to ailing patients. 

Atlanta Medical Center, Emory University Hospital Midtown and Grady Memorial Hospital ranked among the 31 lowest scoring hospitals nationwide that were covered in the report.

Taylor Gantt

Atlanta is home to a number of big time musical artists, including College Park's own 2 Chainz. But many of these musicians have aspirations outside of the recording studio.  

Unbeknownst to many listeners, 2 Chainz has a passion for food. He's the author of the cookbook #MEALTIME. And this week, he's opening up a new restaurant in Atlanta called Escobar. 

PIXBAY

The foster care population in Georgia has spiked over the past three years. Last month, The New York Times reported that the number of kids in protective care has nearly doubled since 2013. To date, Georgia has the fastest growing foster care population in the country.  

GPB's Leah Fleming speaks with Bobby Cagle, Director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, about the growing number of kids in Georgia's foster care system. 

This month, the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest returned from a 20 year hiatus with their new album "We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service."

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and features the late rapper Phife Dawg, who passed away earlier this year.

STEREOGUM

Over the next few days, millions of people will flock to stores nationwide for Black Friday weekend.

A local initiative, known as the ‘Buy Black’ movement, wants to capitalize on the craze and push consumers towards black owned businesses.

GPB SPORTS

 The high school football playoffs are currently underway across the state. And GPB has you covered on all the big matchups. GPB Sports host Jackie Brittain joins us to talk about the upcoming playoff matchups and why Georgia is such a hotbed for high school football. 

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Fans of the popular Pokemon series are rejoicing today. Nintendo has released the latest pair of games in the series, "Pokemon Sun" and "Pokemon Moon." And if you can't get enough of the collectible pocket monsters, there's a musical event this weekend that you'll definitely want to check out.  

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What should America’s next big national conversation be in the wake of the 2016 election? We get perspectives from Georgians at both ends of the political spectrum.

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