Thomas Hicks was once a local hero in the small mining community of McCaysville, Georgia. He was the town doctor who made middle-of-the-night house calls. But Hicks had a terrible secret, one still reverberating today. From 1950 to 1965, he sold more than two hundred babies on the black market. Some parents knew, others were told their children had died. These children are now fully grown adults, still known as the “Hicks Babies.” We talk to Melinda Dawson and Kriste Hughes about their search for birth parents.
Getting the flu is, at best, unpleasant. It can kill you. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Georgia is one of seven states reporting widespread flu activity this year. In metro Atlanta, 47 people have been hospitalized for influenza-associated conditions. That’s about double the number hospitalized at this time last year. The CDC recommends nearly everyone above the age of six months get an influenza vaccination. But people still seem to have questions about what these shots are, how they work, and if they are safe.
A record number of guns were confiscated this year at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Though that follows a national trend, the Atlanta airport led the nation in the number of guns found for yet another year. We discuss this with Kelly Yamanouchi, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who focuses on airport-related stories. Tom Barton, a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, also joins us.
A record number of guns were confiscated this year at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Though that follows a national trend, the Atlanta airport led the nation in the number of guns found for another year. We discuss this with Kelly Yamanouchi, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who focuses on airport-related stories. Tom Barton, a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, also joins us.
Last month, Moody’s Investors Service issued a stern warning to states: address climate change or risk a credit downgrade. That report says Georgia is one of a handful of coastal states facing the highest risk from climate change. We talk with climate change reporter Christopher Flavelle of Bloomberg News and Jennette Gayer of Environment Georgia.
"Squidbillies" is Atlanta-based Adult Swim’s third longest-running animated series. It’s based on the show creators’ experiences here in Georgia – and features a cast of anthropomorphic redneck squids. The 11th season of "Squidbillies" comes to close this Sunday on Adult Swim. Co-creators Dave Willis and Jim Fortier recently joined us.
This month, doctors in China were scheduled to perform the first-ever head transplant. Due to pressure from the medical community, the procedure has been pushed back to 2018, citing ethical concerns. The Neuroethics Program at Emory University is leading the international debate about the surgery. We talk about the issues with Paul Wolpe, Director of Center for Ethics at Emory.
The Trump Administration’s immigration crackdown has led to an uptick in arrests nationwide. New federal data show arrests in Georgia and the Carolinas are also up from the last fiscal year. The president’s push to be tough on illegal immigration also includes policies to build a massive wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Historian Kenneth C. Davis explains that anti-immigrant sentiment is older than America itself.
The Breakroom overcomes the snowpocalypse to discuss a juicy week of news. We’ll weigh "House of Cards" minus Kevin Spacey, Atlanta’s abysmal voter turnout, and TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. We’ll also dig into the truth of Jack Daniels and think about the best way to tip waiters. Joining us in the Breakroom are Howard Franklin, Natalie Pawelski, Greg Williams, and Kalena Boller.
Georgia’s Secretary of State is in charge of its voting system. And it’s an elected office. So the person who oversees fair elections, also runs as a candidate. Is this an inherent conflict of interest? Secretary of State Brian Kemp has been accused by some of using his position to help Republicans win elections. Now, Kemp is running in the Republican primary for governor. We talk with Robert Howard, Executive Director of the Southern Political Science Association.
Kamasi Washington is one of most active and innovative jazz musicians alive today. The saxophonist/composer has performed with and recorded for a diverse group of artists--including Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Flying Lotus, and Kendrick Lamar.
New research from Georgia State University finds the majority of smokers are looking to quit cigarettes. That’s especially difficult in a world that glorifies smoking through media, advertising, and regulatory language. The new study recommends we change the way regulators talk about smoking, and give less emphasis to the pleasurable aspects of the habit.
There is only one duo who can adventure through time and space, and still debate about political correctness...That is Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, from Adult Swim’s animated hit "Rick and Morty." Rick is a genius scientist. His grandson Morty? Well--he’s in high school. Together, they use portal guns and other wacky inventions to save the multiverse from hyper-intelligent dogs and cannibal mantis-people. Show co-creator Dan Harmon sat down with Celeste Headlee recently to discuss the success of the show.
New FBI data show an uptick in reported hate crimes. Nationwide, 2016 saw more than 6,100 incidents, up by more than 270 from the year before. Georgia reported a drop in hate crimes during that period. But a recent ProPublica investigation finds many police departments, including those in Georgia, aren’t trained to identify and investigate hate crimes. This could lead to underreporting. We talk with ProPublica’s A.C. Thompson.
Churches in the United States are barred from endorsing political candidates, or contributing to campaigns. This part of our tax code is known as the Johnson Amendment. It includes all non-profit organizations. But Republicans, including President Trump, want to repeal the amendment as part of a federal tax overhaul happening now. We talk about politics from the pulpit with researcher Matthew Boedy, an assistant professor at the University of North Georgia. And we discuss how taxes change behavior with Susan Anderson, an accounting professor at Elon University in North Carolina.
We add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. Mariah Parker, better known by her moniker Lingua Franca, is an Athens-based hip hop artist. She’s performs at The Bakery in Atlanta this Saturday, at The World Famous in Athens next Tuesday, and at Fresh Produce Records in Macon next Wednesday. Parker brings us tunes by Of Montreal and Andre 3000.
Sometimes the best way to make sense of what’s happening in the world is through comedy. And for that, “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central has you covered. We chat with comedian Roy Wood, Jr., who’s a correspondent for “The Daily Show.” He’s in Atlanta this weekend with performances at the Punchline Comedy Club.
An investigative report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds about 12 percent of cops in Georgia schools were forced out of a previous job. The officers were terminated or investigated for a wide range of reasons, including chronically poor performance, lying to superiors, sexual misconduct and inappropriate use of force. But for some, jobs in the school system means a second chance for these troubled cops. We talk with Brad Schrade, reporter for the AJC.
In January, an ongoing water dispute goes to Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Georgia’s water rights battle with Florida. Earlier this year, Georgia scored a major victory in this decades-long squabble. A special master appointed by SCOTUS said the high court should refuse Florida's request to cap Georgia’s water use. We discuss this case with E&E News reporter Amanda Reilly, who has been following it from Capitol Hill.
More homeless youth live in Atlanta than any other city in the South. Across the country, more than one million young adults and teens are living on the streets. New research from Georgia State University looks at the difficulties facing homeless youth in America.
The stress of work can often lead to unprofessional behavior. The scandals surrounding Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, and even Atlanta Public Schools demonstrate how high expectations can produce unethical decisions. Researchers at the University of Georgia just published research on what drives employees to engage in improper workplace behavior.
The stress of work can often lead to unprofessional behavior. The scandals surrounding Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, and even Atlanta Public Schools demonstrate how high expectations can produce unethical decisions. Researchers at the University of Georgia just published research on what drives employees to engage in improper workplace behavior. We speak with Marie Mitchell, a Professor of Management in the Terry College of Business at UGA. Karen Rommelfanger, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University, also joins us.
A coalition of strip clubs in Atlanta are currently suing the state of Georgia over a new tax law. The bill, which went into effect this year, requires strip clubs to give one percent of their revenue to help curb child sex trafficking. The Georgia Association of Club Executives argues the tax is unconstitutional because it prohibits free speech--in this case, dancers exposing their naked bodies.
Since the early 1970s, Atlanta has elected African-American mayors. That streak could be broken next week. In 1971, Ebony magazine called Atlanta the "black mecca of the South." We talked with Georgia State University professor Maurice Hobson, who challenges that notion in his new book.
The holidays mean lots of food and lots of trash. Atlanta began taking a different approach to waste earlier this year, in partnership with Rubicon Global, a waste management company. They say this “smart trash” model cuts costs for the city, and helps combat climate change. We talked with Atlanta Chief Resilience Officer Stephanie Stuckey-Benfield and Rubicon Global’s Michael Allegretti.
In 2016, over two million cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis were reported in the United States. Georgia is among the most infected states. According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia has the fourth highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases in the nation. We talk about this with Michelle Allen, Director of the Infectious Disease Section for the Georgia Department of Health.
UGA has a great football team this year. They’re ranked number seven in the country -- after a spell in first. But it’s not all good news. UGA rates dead last in the Southeastern Conference when it comes to graduation success rates for student athletes – all while the university’s overall student graduation rates are way up. Eric Kelderman is Senior Reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Also with us is Professor of Sports Journalism at UGA, Vicki Michaelis.
In recent years, Atlanta has been on a mission to turn around failing public schools, while many parents turn to charter schools. David Osborne is author of the new book, “Reinventing America’s Schools.” He suggests treating all schools a bit like charter schools would improve the situation. We talk with David Osborne ahead of an appearance in Atlanta.