Trevor Young

On Second Thought Producer

Trevor Young currently works as a Producer for "On Second Thought" with Celeste Headlee at Georgia Public Broadcasting. 

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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.

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The food scene in Athens, Georgia is experiencing explosive growth. Restaurants like Five And Ten and The National have put the small city on the culinary map.

Photo courtesy of Stanley Clarke

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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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

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Voters in Georgia shot down a proposal by Governor Nathan Deal on Election Day. Deal's plan for the state to take over "chronically failing schools" was first introduced in last year's legislative session.

The Opportunity School District was designed to let the state intervene where there is historically low student performance. What happens to those failing schools now that the public has decided against Deal's plan?

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Education Reporter Maureen Downey is back with us to talk about options for educators and students. 

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There’s a social theory in which individuals make choices to benefit the self, but ultimately harm themselves and the greater community. A new study published by researchers at Georgia Tech provides methods to combat what’s known as “tragedy of the commons.”

We speak with lead researcher and Georgia Tech Professor Joshua Weitz to talk about the implications of his counter-theory. Georgia State University sociology professor Dan Pasciuti also joins us to put the theory into a societal context. 

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Patterson Hood co-founded the Southern Rock band Drive-By Truckers in 1996 in Athens, Georgia. Since then, the band has pumped out 11 full-length albums; Hood has released three solo albums. 

Drive-By Truckers is now on tour to promote their newest record, "American Band." Patterson Hood joins us by phone to talk about the band's history, and how the current album coincided with the tumultuous politics of the last year.

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According to a National Science Foundation report from 2014, Hispanic college students received only 12 percent of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees and African-American students less than 9 percent.

The Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) funds and encourages students of color to get involved in more STEM majors. LSAMP provides stipends and career development opportunities  at six different colleges in Georgia. 


In the week since Donald Trump won the presidential race, we’ve learned more about what to expect from him in the Oval Office. Trump's campaign and ultimate success changed the political playbook in many ways. This election year also exposed how divided we are as a nation. What are the challenges we need to address before we can move forward?

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The Atlanta Beltline was originally the master's thesis of Georgia Tech student Ryan Gravel in 1999. Now a pivotal landmark of the city's infrastructure, the Beltline has become a source of some controversy. Gravel stepped away from the Atlanta Beltline Partnership in September. He joins us to talk about his concerns, and what the trail leaders can do to get back on track.

The GPB Music team caught All Them Witches at the 2016 Shaky Knees Music Festival. We knew instantly we had to get these guys in the Performance Studio for a music session.

The Nashville-based musicians are masters of their own unique dark, bluesy sound. They channel power and rhythm in the most impressive ways. We know you'll enjoy this GPB Music Session with All Them Witches.


The new PBS documentary "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise," explores the many twists and turns of the civil rights movement over the last 50 years. The four-part series airs November 15 and 22 at 8 p.m. on PBS.

The documentary ends with the current struggles highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement. To talk about those issues, Georgia Public Broadcasting hosted a panel discussion with three experts and leaders in the African-American community in Atlanta. 

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Antonio Sanchez began playing drums at age five. He’s since performed and recorded with many jazz legends, including Chick Corea and Pat Metheny.

Never did Sanchez think he would compose music for film until he was approached by director Alejandro González Iñárritu. The two worked together to create the score for the 2014 film "Birdman."

The score, reflective of Sanchez’s talents, is all percussion. He is now on tour, performing the drum score live alongside a screening of the film. He joins us to discuss the new project and talk about how his drumming has evolved.

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Voter suppression and intimidation is a very real issue in Georgia. We talk with Kristina Torres of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the most recent and shocking examples from across the state. We also bring on University of Georgia Professor Charles Bullock to provide context and discuss the implications of voter intimidation.

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Can it be true? It turns out you might be paying more for utilities than your friends living in other cities. That is the conclusion of housing website Trulia, which found the median cost of annual utilities in metro Atlanta to be $4,353.

Trulia's Felipe Chacon joins us to discuss the reality and implications of Atlanta's hidden - and incredibly high - utility costs.

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Following the success of his second novel, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," in 2005, Jonathan Safran Foer strayed away from fiction. Instead, he decided to focus on his new family and wrote the successful nonfiction work "Eating Animals," an exploration focused on vegetarianism.

Now, 11 years later, Foer has released his newest work entitled"Here I Am." The novel centers around a Jewish family as they struggle with individual crises of identity and morality. He joined us in the studio to discuss the book and its many themes.

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Indie musician Kishi Bashi boasts an impressive resume. He's performed violin on stage with Regina Spektor and Athens psychedelic group Of Montreal. 

His real name is Kaoru Ishibashi, but in 2011 he adopted the pseudonym 'Kishi Bashi' and launched his own solo career. His first two albums were largely violin centric. On his album "151a" (pronounced Ichi-Go-Ichi-Eh), violin looping and vocal effects dominate the tracks.

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The Masquerade is moving soon. The beloved music venue is hailed as an Atlanta institution. Needless to say, many are sad to see "The Masq" go. 

We visit the Masquerade's longtime home on North Avenue to hear memories and somber feelings about its departure.

If you've ever had a memorable experience at the Masquerade, we'd love to hear it. Give us a ring at 404-500-9457 or post your stories to our Facebook page.

Telling Georgia Ghost Stories

Oct 31, 2016
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For some, Halloween is about more than just candy and dressing up. It’s a day to think seriously about what scares us. Many of Georgia’s historic sites are also places where sightings of ghosts and apparitions have been reported. We share some real-life ghost stories from some of the most notoriously haunted spots in the state.

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Mike Mills is a music legend. In 1980, Mills co-founded Athens-based R.E.M. They disbanded in 2011. Today, Mills is performing with his childhood friend, violinist Robert McDuffie. The two grew up together in Macon, Georgia, and have since gone on to achieve their own unique musical fame.


Mike Mills and violinist Robert McDuffie will perform Mills' Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and Strings at Emory University Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. Hear more from our Georgia Playlist here.

Music Midtown: Sunday

Sep 18, 2016
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Welcome to Sunday at Music Midtown! It is rainy and potentially disastrous for that reason, but there's a whole lot of good music to hear today. Here's what we hace for you: 

*Coverage of Sunday was stifled by weather concerns which caused a mass evacuation in the late afternoon*