The Breakroom gang is back, and we’ve got a lot to talk about. We’ll discuss whether Super Bowl performances by Lady Gaga and The Schuyler Sisters need really be controversial. Plus, we’ll look at why the online dictionary is going viral, and how social media sites are stepping up to combat fake news.
Author Sheri Riley began her professional life at a record label in Atlanta. As marketing director at LaFace Records, she helped put numerous hip hop artists on the map -- TLC, Toni Braxton, and Usher, to name a few. But Sheri gave all that up to research and write about healthy lifestyles. She joins us to talk about her new book, “Exponential Living,” which comes out this week.
The battle for equal rights in America has centered around many modes of transportation--buses, trains, and streetcars for example. But one more form of travel should be added to that list: Airplanes. That’s the assertion of a new book from UGA Press called “Jim Crow Terminals: The Desegregation of American Airports.” The book covers the largely undocumented segregation at Southern airports in the 20th century. With us to discuss this is the author, Anke Ortlepp. She’s a Professor of North American and British History at the University of Kassel in Germany.
A new report from housing site Trulia suggests house flipping activity has increased to the highest in a decade in 2016, with the Atlanta metro area ranking eighth in the country. They find that in 2016, 7.9 percent of all home sales in Atlanta were house flips, a modest 0.6 percent jump from the year before. We speak with Ralph McLaughlin, Chief Economist for Trulia, about these findings.
Reverend Kim Sorrells grew up in conservative Alabama, and is now based in Atlanta. When Sorrells was in seminary, they, Sorrells' preferred pronoun, decided to transition to become gender-queer. Sorrells still faces daily struggles in reconciling Sorrells' identity with religious colleagues. We hear Sorrells' story, and a plight for a broader understanding of transgender individuals.
Atlanta has seen a striking number of attacks by loose dogs in recent weeks. One such attack resulted in the death of a 6-year-old boy in southwest Atlanta. We talk about these events with Ellen Eldridge, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. We also discuss how this may or may not affect the animal laws in the state with Jessica Rock, a Founding Partner at Animal Law Source.
Under a new, conservative administration, rights for LGBT individuals and families may come under threat. We discuss the status of current state and federal rights for LGBT citizens, and look at what battles might be ahead. With us is Atlanta-based LGBT activist Robbie Medwed, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Reporter Kristina Torres, and Lila Bradley, family law attorney at Claiborne Fox Bradley LLC.
When you watch any high-profile awards ceremony, like the Oscars or the Emmys, you go in knowing a lot of it will be Hollywood fluff. But at least with those, you’re fairly confident that quality films and TV will be recognized.
That, unfortunately, is not the case with the Grammys. While the Emmys, for example, have rightfully helped put series like "Breaking Bad" or "Game of Thrones" in the history books of quality shows, the Grammys tend to write the wrong history.
The Breakroom is back, and there’s plenty to talk about. We’ll discuss the firing of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, and if she has a place in Georgia politics. Then, we look at stories surrounding the Atlanta Falcons, including their increased national popularity and alleged overuse of painkillers. We’ll also see if classic movie reboots are any good, and we'll put to bed the debate whether Jack could’ve survived in “Titanic."
Doctor Tom Frieden was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Following President Trump’s inauguration two weeks ago, Frieden stepped down from the CDC. Tom Frieden joins us to talk about his work with the CDC, and what he hopes to see happen there moving forward.
New legislation has passed the Georgia Senate which would allow local breweries to sell beer directly to consumers. The bill would do away with the current need to sell beer through tour packages. We talk with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin, and Andrew Lorber, brewer and co-founder of Orpheus Brewing in Atlanta.
Following the success of its first online master’s degree program, this fall Georgia Tech will offer a second online master’s degree program in analytics. The cost for the degree is less than $10,000, a new investment in the institute’s model for low-cost, online graduate education. We talk with Nelson Baker, Dean of Professional Education, about what the program hopes to achieve.
The role of a female photographer is especially important in an age when women are often depicted in superficial or sexualized ways. Many women in the photography industry are trying to change that, including Kate Parker, whose new book, “Strong is the New Pretty,” depicts girls as unique and capable, rather than simply primped and stereotypically pretty.
"Fallen Land," a recent novel by writer and Georgia native Taylor Brown, depicts a couple fleeing a band of marauders in the final year of the Civil War. The book has been named one of Southern Living’s Best Books of 2016. Brown joins us to talk about his fiction and how it ties in to Georgia history.
Casino gambling legislation was introduced in both the State House and Senate last week. Sponsors say they will provide jobs and bring tax revenue to local governments. Opponents say the casinos will bring crime and other issues. To discuss these concerns, we talk with Allan Vella, CEO of the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
A recent lawsuit by dancers at the Cheetah nightclub in Atlanta alleges multiple women were subject to sexual misconduct behind closed doors. Physical abuse, groping, and even rape were among the claims of the dancers. The strip club vehemently denies any such allegations. We talk to Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Chris Joyner about how this lawsuit challenges the status quo of the industry.
There is a renewed effort to revitalize communities in West Atlanta--such as ‘The Bluff,’ or Vine City. In the shadow of the new home of the Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Blue Seas Restaurant provides healthy, affordable food, as well as jobs to folks in the neighborhood. But it’s more than a restaurant. It also unites Christians, Muslims, and community members in one place.
As part of the Telfair Museum’s growing contemporary art program, the Savannah gallery will showcase the largest exhibition of work by Chicago-based artist Nick Cave ever presented in Georgia, including work shown in the Southeast for the first time.
Cave is best known for his "Soundsuits" -- “made of collected, found, and repurposed materials such as yarn, children’s toys, human hair, baskets, sequins, and buttons.” He joins us to talk about "Soundsuits" and the deeper meaning he embeds in his works.
A lawsuit filed by non-profit The Praxis Project directed at Atlanta-based Coca-Cola alleges the company uses deceptive advertising to entice children. Furthermore, Praxis suggests the advertising is responsible for an increase in children's health problems. We talk to Jenny Kaplan, a Bloomberg reporter, to discuss the implications of this lawsuit.
The buzz over who would perform at Donald Trump’s Inauguration has garnered a huge portion of the news surrounding the ceremony. Musicians like Elton John, The Beach Boys, and 2 Chainz were reportedly asked to perform, but declined. Still, many musicians were eager to play at such an event--the final line-up includes Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down.
The abortion debate has been waged in the courts and in society for decades. It seeks to balance the rights of women seeking abortions against the rights of a fetus. One side believes in the sanctity of all life. The other side believes in reproductive freedom, that women should have control over their bodies. Is this a moral, ethical or legal question? Emory University Law Professor Michael Perry join us to discuss the law as it relates to reproductive rights.
Nearly 96 percent of counties in the Midwest and South have no abortion provider, compared with 80 percent of counties in the rest of the country which have none. Those numbers come from the Trust Women clinic in Wichita, Kansas. It was founded in 2013--the only such clinic within a 200-mile radius.
We talk with Trust Women CEO and Founder Julie Burkhart, who describes the challenges she faced opening two new clinics.
The debate over a woman’s right to an abortion is one issue that’s expected to take center stage with the incoming Trump administration. Donald Trump has picked Georgia Congressman Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Price has long opposed abortion rights. For more on that side of the debate, we talk with two abortion critics: Emily Matson of Georgia Life Alliance and Ricardo Davis of Georgia Right to Life.
As 2017 kicks off, new unemployment numbers in Georgia show mixed results. Working Nation is a not-for-profit campaign focused on finding solutions to the unemployment issue. Founder Art Bilger says Georgia’s low ranking is due to a number of factors, including poor performance in some areas and lack of awareness. We ask him about some of these analytics, and what his organization believes the future holds.
The Breakroom gang is back in action. We talk about why people feel the need to raid grocery stores before an impending storm, how ParkAtlanta has issued tons of bogus parking tickets, and the Pope’s recent decision to give the go-ahead for women to breastfeed in church.
A new study from the University of Georgia shows birds, like White Ibises, have a high risk of contracting and spreading Salmonella in congested areas like urban parks. The study furthermore suggests feeding of these birds corrupts their ecosystem, and hopes to dissuade pedestrians and city planners from creating this mutually harmful environment.
We speak with researcher Dr. Sonia Hernandez. She’s an Associate Professor at the School of Forestry and Natural Resources and College of Veterinary Medicine at UGA.
The Georgia Lottery has recently come under audit by the state government. News broke last week that the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts was questioning the Georgia Lottery Corporation’s spending practices.
The Georgia Legislature, House and Senate, both have a chaplain. They are usually Protestant Christians, who starts every day with a short devotional and prayer. It is a long-hallowed tradition. Legislators invite the speakers.
But our state’s religious profile is constantly changing. That change raises the question: should there be more faiths represented in these daily prayers? Or, should there even be a religious ceremony in a place where laws are made?