Trevor Young

Associate Producer

Trevor Young currently works as a Reporting Fellow at Georgia Public Broadcasting. There he produces stories which reflect the unique and always exciting culture of Atlanta. He has been heard on NPR numerous times, and his stories air throughout the week on GPB's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

 

An Austin, Texas native, Trevor has always been a sibling to all forms of music. He has been performing and attending live performances since he was 11 years old. He attended the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and graduated from the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. 

 

In his free time, Trevor likes to take extended bike rides and practice his bass. Always an old soul, his favorite bands will forever be Rush, Pink Floyd and Genesis.

 

He hopes to use his journalism to bring awareness to the things he finds crucial, including new music, progressive education, the consequences of institutional poverty, and the need to build healthy minds and bodies.

Ways to Connect

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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.

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Homeless Pets are everywhere in Georgia. The issue has been labeled the biggest challenge facing shelter and rescue operations in our state.

 

We speak with Gloria Dorsey, Vice President of Community Education at the Atlanta Humane Society, and Jessica Rock, a founding Partner at Animal Law Source. 

 

 

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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. 

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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:

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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?

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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.

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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. 

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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.  

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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.  

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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.

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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. 

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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.

PBS

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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