"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?
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.