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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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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The Southern Poverty Law Center finds that anti-government militia groups grew by more than one-third last year.  Several of those groups are based right here in Georgia. New York Times reporter David Zucchino recently visited one of the state's most vocal militia groups, the Georgia Security Force. He writes that tensions surrounding the election have put many militia members on edge, especially when it comes to Second Amendment rights.

We speak with Zucchino about why armed activity is on the rise in Georgia and his experiences interacting with members of the militia.  

UPFRONTANALYTICS

We add another episode to our “Break it Down” series, where we give proper explanations of commonly used phrases or terms.

In this installment, we examine what “margin of error” means when it comes to polling with help from Pew Research Center senior research methodologist Andrew Mercer. 

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Right now, Georgia is in the middle of a serious drought. Rising temperatures and lack of rainfall have affected a number of counties throughout the state.  The National Drought Monitor Center has found that more than 50 counties in Georgia are in “extreme” drought.

We speak with Jac Capp from the Environmental Protection Division and Weather Channel senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman about a dry end to summer and water conservation in the Peach State. 

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It’s Friday! That means it’s time for our Breakroom gang to assemble and talk about the week’s news! We’ll talk about deaths of beloved TV characters, a new trend in Halloween costumes for young girls, and Shaq’s new business venture in Atlanta. 

Then, we talk about Eric Trump’s free-water cup scandal, Wonder Woman as a United Nations ambassador for women, and which Halloween candy is #1 in Georgia. 

One aspect of college football has received a significant deal of negative attention: “guarantee games.” These are matchups where a large school pays a smaller school a significant sum of money to schedule a matchup against them. Some claim that historically black colleges and universities are often forced to take guarantee games to help fund their struggling athletic departments, which puts players at risk against unfair competition.

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Over fifteen million people in the United States deal with social anxiety disorder. SAD is an extreme fear  of being scrutinized and judged in social situations. For people who deal with social anxiety, it can be a paralyzing part of their everyday life. Georgia State psychology professor Page Anderson has developed a new technology to help people with social anxiety by using virtual reality. Her technology simulates real life settings and helps patients treat their anxiety virtually before confronting real-world situations.

The conclusion of the 2016 election season is less than three weeks away. Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in their final head-to-head debate on Wednesday night. And now that the verbal jousting is over, it’s time for the voters to decide who will become the 45th President of the United States.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has released their final poll of Georgia voters this morning.

Political reporter Greg Bluestein joins us to talk about the results of the poll and how Georgia voters are feeling about the election. 

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The Center for Civil and Human Rights will present a new exhibit in Atlanta this month. It's called “Breaking Barriers” and will focus on historical moments when sports led to meaningful social change. Athletes and political leaders will be featured in the exhibit, including Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Nelson Mandela. The Atlanta Hawks will host a preview of “Breaking Barriers” at Phillips Arena this month.

Political sportswriter Dave Zirin and ESPN’s Kevin Martinez join us to talk about the intersection of sports and social change. 

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Gambling laws in the Peach State are some of the most restrictive in the country. Georgia is one of only five states that does not allow commercial, tribal, or racetrack betting. But companies like MGM and Wynn Resorts are pushing for legalized gambling in Georgia, which will be a hot-button issue in the next legislative season. 

We speak with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Scott Trubey and Georgia Tech economics professor Tibor Besedes about the impact legalized gambling could have on the state. 

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We find out what’s filming in Georgia with Jennifer Brett, who writes the Atlanta Buzz blog for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

She tells us about the latest Madea movie, the next steps in Marvel’s cinematic universe, and all the other productions across the state.

WORDYWINGS

The Breakroom gang celebrates #HappyFriday with a look at the week’s biggest stories including an app that finds lunch companions, a surprise wedding, and busting big banks.

Then, we talk about creepy clowns, the debut of the Netflix series “Luke Cage,” and a Harry Potter move marathon in IMAX.

The Holocaust displaced millions of Jews in the 1940s. Many survivors were left to find new homes and rebuild their lives on foreign shores. One of those places of refuge was Savannah, Georgia. Author Jonathan Rabb explores this difficult transition in his new novel, “Among The Living.” In the book, set in 1947, concentration camp survivor Yitzhak Golden travels to Savannah and must deal with complex divisions within the Jewish community there. 

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Last month, NPR host Steve Inskeep spoke with several voters from Georgia before and after the first presidential debate. One of those voters was Jimmy Arno, who told Inskeep that he has considered joining a militia group if Hillary Clinton becomes president. Earlier this year, the Southern Poverty Law Center found that the number of anti-government militia groups has grown by more than a third since 2014.

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Last week, legendary golfer Arnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87. Palmer won seven major championships over his career, including four Masters Championships in Augusta, GA. He was businessman, a philanthropist, and an inspiration to people across all walks of life.

Sports writer Scott Michaux of the Augusta Chronicle joins us to talk about the life and career of Arnold Palmer and how he used his celebrity to forever change the game of golf.

There are less than 100 female black physicists in the United States. Hadiyah Nicole-Green, of the Morehouse School of Medicine, is one of those few women. And she's on the forefront of a new technology that uses lasers to target and destroy tumors. Professor Green has received a million dollar grant to push her research into clinical trials. 

She joins us to talk more about her medical breakthrough and why her fight against cancer is so personal. 

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In 1912, more than 1,000 black citizens were driven out of Forsyth County. Large tracts of land were seized and families were threatened with violence if they did not cooperate. Poet and author Patrick Phillips grew up in Forsyth County and documented the area’s complicated racial heritage in his new book, "Blood at the Root."

He joins us to talk about the racial climate in Forsyth and the issues that persist to this day. 

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Georgia’s $2 billion film industry has put Atlanta on the map as the Hollywood of the South, or as some describe it, Y’allywood. There’s a greater demand there for actors, producers, technicians, and … stuntmen! GPB's Taylor Gantt and Sean Powers  recently visited the school for a crash course in stunt driving.

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The state of Georgia has declared 2016 the Year of Georgia Music. Each month will be a celebration of people who make the state’s soundtrack come alive. Today, we feature two Georgia songwriters. Michelle Malone was born and raised in Atlanta and comes from a family of performers. Randall Bramblett was born in Jesup, Georgia and now lives in Athens.

We speak with the pair about what inspires their work and what being a singer-songwriter means to them. 

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens this Saturday. It will probably be a smooth and impressive experience for most visitors, but the creation of a museum isn't always smooth.

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It's Friday! Our Breakroom gang returns to discuss the week’s news, including the new iPhone, minority-majority in Norcross, and self-diagnosing yourself on WebMD.

Then, we discuss the death of facts in America, literacy as a constitutional right, and making music a requirement in schools. 

This week, our Breakroom gang is:

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Atlanta activist Cecily McMillan is only 27 years old, but she's experienced things that most of us won’t ever face. In 2014, McMillan was convicted for assaulting a police officer during an Occupy Wall Street protest, and she served three months behind bars at Rikers Island in New York. She made numerous accusations while incarcerated about abuse and prisoner neglect.

We speak with her about her new memoir, "The Emancipation of Cecily McMillan," which chronicles her time at Rikers Island.

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Atlanta will host its first Super Bowl since 1998 in 2019. The game will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is slated to open by the start of the 2017 NFL season. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank sees his multi-billion dollar project as a way to raise Atlanta’s international profile and boost the surrounding community.

We speak with Arthur Blank about the new stadium and his thoughts on Super Bowl LIII.

FLICKR

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has claimed on multiple occasions that the election is rigged against him. But can a national presidential election actually be rigged against a single candidate or party?

We speak with Emory University law professor Michael Kang about mistrust in the voting system and whether voters should be concerned.

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Atlanta’s new soccer team - Atlanta United FC – may not have a head coach yet, but it has tons of fans. The team has already set a new record for the most season tickets sold by an expansion team. 

We speak with Atlanta United Team President Darren Eales about the new team and soccer’s growing popularity in the South. We also speak with Tara Goodwin-Ruffus, the events director for the Atlanta soccer support club Terminus Legion.

@TheSavBananas

It’s been quite an inaugural year for the Savannah Bananas. The amateur baseball team won the Coastal Plains League championship last week and broke the league’s record for stadium attendance.

We spoke with two of the Banana’s biggest fans. They share a few of their favorite moments from the season.

Here's a little video that encapsulates the Bananas' inaugural season: "Can't Stop The Peeling"

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Veteran care is an important issue for Atlanta attorney Linda Klein. She was sworn in as the president of the American Bar Association earlier this month. One of her goals is to offer more legal aid to veterans.

We speak with Linda Klein about her new position and her plan to help veterans.

To find more information on Linda's veteran initiative as president, visit www.americanbar.org

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Beer giant MillersCoors announced this month that it bought a majority stake in Athens-based brewery, Terrapin Beer Company. The news came as a big disappointment to Paste Magazine news editor Jim Vorel. He wrote a commentary about the merger for Atlanta Magazine titled, "This is how Terrapin quietly sold out to Big Beer and betrayed its fans."

We speak with Vorel about the recent trend of big beer buy outs.

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It’s Friday! That means it’s time for the Breakroom to reconvene and talk about the week’s news. Our round-table panel discusses the effect of horrible bosses, baseball game traffic and eliminating all student loan debt.    

Then, our panel talks about the end of "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," cyber-bullying a gold medalist, and sexism in the courtroom.      

Our Breakroom this week:

The teacher wage gap is wider than ever, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute. The report found public school teachers earned 17 percent less than other college graduates – the difference was only 2 percent back in 1994. The gap is especially severe in Georgia, which has the eighth widest pay gap in the nation. 

We speak with Lawrence Mishel, the president of the Economic Policy Institute, about teacher salaries. 

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