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?
Atlanta-based songwriter Anthony Aparo is best known as the front man for the band Culture Culture and a performer for the local collaboration ATL Collective. Anthony is featured in an upcoming GPB Music Session, and gave us two more tunes for our essential Georgia Playlist. Picks include songs by OutKast and Drivin’ n Cryin’.
Our series Pulitzer Peaches continues. In it, we feature Pulitzer winners from or connected to the state of Georgia. We talk to author Edward Larson. He won his Pulitzer for History in 1998, for the book “Summer of the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion”.
Larson is formerly a professor of History at the University of Georgia, and still serves there as senior fellow at the Institute of Higher Education.
Let’s talk some trash. The City of Atlanta announced last month it is the test pilot for a new, software-based trash pick-up system. Atlanta is the first partner of waste management company Rubicon Global—who says the program will cut costs for the city and help combat climate change.
The effort to make Atlanta a more bicycle friendly city has made some major strides this year. The city launched its own version of a bike share program, called Relay, this summer.
We check in with Atlanta's Chief Bicycle officer Becky Katz and with Timberley Jones from Relay. Also with us to see the big picture is Alex Karner, professor of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech.
A new study from UGA suggests about half of Americans won't get flu shots this year. The CDC recommends just about everyone above the age of six months get an influenza vaccination. But people still seem to have questions about what these shots are and how they work.
So, we explain flu shots in our series, Break It Down. Then, we're joined by Professor Robert A. Bednarczyk from the Hubert Department of Global Health and Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, with more details.
Georgia’s film industry tax credits have brought nearly 80,000 jobs to the state and more than $4 billion in wages. But the incentive program now has a powerful enemy.
The group Americans for Prosperity, backed by the Koch Brothers, is lobbying to strip film producers of their tax breaks. They say it is unfair for the industry to come in and use state resources without paying their due.
The Breakroom gang assembles for one last time in 2016. This week, we talk about thieves; from package grabbers to one serial kleptomaniac who has been stealing since the 1970s. Then, we ask the Breakroom what the worst holiday songs are, and also which classic touring acts they’ll be sad to see retire. Finally, we ask why Atlanta has so many strip clubs, and ponder what the heck Kanye West and Donald Trump had to talk about. Our guests today include:
Breitbart recently used a clip from Atlanta-based The Weather Channel to supplement an article denying climate change. The Weather Channel fought back in a video in which anchor Kait Parker called out Breitbart’s article as incorrect and lacking in facts.
Did The Weather Channel make the ethically responsible choice? Is Breitbart justified in posting what its writers believe to be true?
New research from the University Of Georgia links poverty to stifled brain development in children. The study also shows how those negative effects of poverty can be curbed by programs which implement positive parenting and improved family relationships.
Lead researcher Gene Brody is with us to talk about the findings, and Washington University professor Deanna Barch also joins us to talk about implications of the study.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of “Foxfire,” a collection of traditions from the folk cultures of the Appalachian Mountains. To commemorate a half-century of research into the North Georgia communities, a new exhibit has opened at the University of Georgia in Athens.
We are joined by UGA student Kimberly Ellis, whose work is featured in the exhibition. Also with us is Peabody Awards Archivist Mary Miller, who spearheaded the exhibition.
Popular belief says that men and women have inherently different ways of communicating. A new study from Georgia Tech has found men and women do not show disparity while writing when given the same task and training.
We bring on lead researcher Brian Larson to explain his findings, as well as Emory professor Falguni Sheth to discuss stereotypes in gender communication styles.
Atlanta-based Coca-Cola is largely credited for bringing Santa Claus into mainstream culture. Since the 1930s, Coke has released advertisements at Christmas time featuring the big jolly man. But their marketing scheme has shifted every year, featuring everything from polar bears to shiny trains.
We bring back Coke historian Mark Pendergrast to give us a lesson on Coca-Cola Christmas marketing through the ages.
A new study from the University of Georgia links colorful, plant-based foods to increased brain activity in older adults. The research used functional MRI technology to determine the benefits of foods like kale and squash.
Lead researcher Cutter Lindbergh joins us to talk about how the connection can boost long-term, cognitive health.
Bassist and songwriter Stanley Clarke boasts a career spanning 40 years and work on over 40 albums. The four-time Grammy Award winner was the backbone of jazz-fusion band Return To Forever in the 1970s. His most recent album “The Stanley Clarke Band: UP” was released in 2014, with a new version of his hit tune “School Days.”
Clarke is now on tour, and performs at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta Thursday at 8 p.m. He joins us for a conversation about his life and contribution to the bass technique.
Crime rates in Atlanta are reportedly down about 30 percent since 2009. But how has the Atlanta Police Department achieved that number? How are other areas of Georgia faring in fighting crime?
We talk crime statistics in Atlanta and across the state with Vernon Keenan, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Atlanta Police Department Assistant Chief Shawn Jones, and Georgia State University Criminology Professor Dean Dabney.
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Andra Day comes to Georgia this weekend. Day has sung at the White House and on the BET Awards show.
She was discovered, in part, by Stevie Wonder, who appeared alongside her in an iconic Apple TV ad in 2015. Her song “Rise Up” went multi-platinum. She sets aside some time to speak with us before a performance in Boston.
Andra Day will perform at The Tabernacle in Atlanta on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Another Friday, another chance to meet up in The Breakroom. This week, our panel looks at something we can't avoid: Donald Trump's Twitter rampages. Then, we talk more about fake news and whether Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed should be compared to President-elect Trump.
This week, out guests are:
Greg Williams, Mortgage banker and host of the conservative radio show “Greg’s List”
It's time to add a few more tunes to our Georgia Playlist. The Shadowboxers started as friends at Emory University and grew into a band. The R&B group gives us their picks for the quintessential Georgia music collection.
The Shadowboxers perform at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on December 15 at 8 p.m.
Cindy Wilson co-founded The B-52s in Athens, Georgia in 1976. Now she’s back on tour, premiering material from her forthcoming, full-length solo album, “Change.” She drops by the studio to chat about her life and music. You can hear music from the new album recorded live in the GPB Performance Studio in the video below.
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, were introduced more than a decade ago as a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes. But a recent study from Georgia State University suggests public skepticism of e-cigs tripled between 2012 and 2015.
GSU School of Public Health Dean Michael Eriksen joins us to talk about the findings, along with Kristin Higgins from Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute.
As part of our occasional series Pulitzer Peaches, we honor the late journalist Eugene Patterson. He served as vice president and executive editor of the Atlanta Constitution in the 1960s.
Patterson received his Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 1967 for documenting civil rights issues of the time. We are joined by broadcaster Xernona Clayton, who will induct Patterson into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame.
A student organization called Turning Point USA has created the Professor Watchlist, a collection of people in academia who the group says “advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.” We talk with two Georgia professors who made the list: George Yancy of Emory University and Matthew Boedy of the University of North Georgia. Plus, we get an overview on the history of watchlists from Corey Walker, the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Winston-Salem State Unive