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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The first Sunday musician was easily the most emotionally dense. Julien Baker, who we interviewed with "On Second Thought," gave an utterly gut-wrenching performance. Given the somber nature of her writing style and character, it was to be expected. But man, when you hear her voice in full force, it is something else entirely.

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I feel really terrible for the Silversun Pickups. Once upon a time, they were the second coming of alt-rock groups like The Smashing Pumpkins. They’ve been out of the fray for too long it seems, based on their weak and unsure turnout Saturday evening.

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Saturday has begun, and as I had predicted yesterday, it is packed. While it was easy to navigate without bumping elbows every ten seconds yesterday, today is a different story. If you’re coming out today, be sure to bring your sidling skills.

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Shaky Knees is officially underway, and the Friday lineup is killing it. Sure, it’s hot and there’s a lot to see, but you tend to forget about the overwhelming nature of music festivals a few bands in.

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One of the featured performers at this weekend’s Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta is 20-year-old singer-songwriter Julien Baker. The Tennessee native’s melodies are admittedly melancholy, but Baker says there is joy to be found in her music as well.  She talks about the stardom that’s been creeping up on her and how her Southern roots influence her style.  

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Baroness is a heavy metal band from Savannah. They'll play the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta this Friday. Lead singer John Dyer Baizley picks two songs that best represent the Peach State for our essential Georgia Playlist. He chooses tracks from Kylesa and Neutral Milk Hotel. 

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Students have been speaking out for and against the bill that would have allowed guns on public college campuses. The bill was vetoed by Governor Deal on Tuesday, but not everyone is finished talking about it.

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First-graders at The Lovett School in Atlanta are learning geometry a bit differently than usual. They’re building three-dimensional cubes, using any materials they choose.

This approach follows a method The Lovett School calls “exploration based” learning. That is exactly the kind of method that State Superintendent Richard Woods looks for in educational programs.

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Governor Nathan Deal is poised to make a decision on "campus carry" legislation on Tuesday. At a state budget signing this morning, Governor Deal assured reporters that his decision on campus carry will come.

“I don’t walk away from bills, I either sign ‘em or veto ‘em," said Deal.

The Governor has yet to give any indication of his leanings, but has clearly indicated that he will announce whether or not to sign the legislation tomorrow. 

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Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill Wednesday to amend criminal justice procedures in Georgia.

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It's been a long day at Stone Mountain Park, where hundreds of protestors showed up to counter a Confederate rally being held there. 

The conflict started mid-morning as groups like Rise Up Georgia surrounded the park, leaving their cars blocking the main entrance. 

A long line of stopped vehicles kept park-goers from getting anywhere near the entrance, as Rise Up protestors demonstrated with chants and signs by the ticket counters. After about an hour, they returned to their cars to enter the park.

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In front of the retired ticket box at the Fox Theatre, a memorial of flowers, candles and balloons lies in solemn respect. Since the news yesterday of Prince’s death, fans have flocked here to express their devotion for the beloved musical icon.

Prince performed his last official concerts at the Fox on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. That fact makes the Atlanta venue a particularly sentimental location, being what some might see as his final musical resting place.

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The Atlanta Board of Education votes tonight on the 2017 Fiscal Year budget, which also operates as the budget for the 2016-2017 school year.

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The Georgia Public Service Commission has unanimously approved Southern Company's purchase of AGL Resources, parent company of Atlanta Gas Light.

Commissioners met Thursday morning to express their support for the ongoing transaction.

The deal is worth nearly $12 billion. Approval has been granted from associated utility companies in Maryland, Virginia and California. The merger still needs the approval of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Georgia’s insurance commissioner has issued a rare "consumer alert" after Allstate Insurance filed for a 25 percent auto insurance rate hike for customers. The increase is set to take effect on May 22.

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The man known as the "Phantom of the Fox" has died.  The beloved icon Joe Patten served as technical director of the Fox Theater in Atlanta for more than 35 years.

In the 1970s, Patten formed Atlanta Landmarks, which helped save the Fox Theater from demolition.

He was also responsible for restoring the theater’s organ, and even lived in an apartment inside the venue.

“Most any show is worth seeing, or I’m not in there," said Patten.

Family members say Joe Patten passed away after a stroke at age 89.

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The city of Clarkston, known for its diversity and progressive politics, could become the first city in Georgia to decriminalize marijuana. The city is moving forward on a new policy that would allow police to issue fines rather than arrest those in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. 

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LGBT rights groups rallied near the State Capitol Tuesday to celebrate Governor Nathan Deal’s veto of a ‘religious liberty’ bill last week. 

More than 300 people turned out for the rally, including Jeff Graham of LGBT rights group Georgia Equality. He wants laws that protect minorities as well as the faith community.

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President Obama is in Atlanta today to speak at the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. Although the rise of opioid abuse is a national problem, opioid addiction is especially critical in this state, where drug-related deaths increased by 10 percent from 2013 to 2014.

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The fight over religious liberty legislation is far from over.

Today a coalition of nine religious groups spoke out at the State Capitol against Governor Nathan Deal’s decision to veto a ‘religious freedom’ bill. The groups called on conservative Georgians to join the fight for religious liberty.

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Governor Nathan Deal has vetoed the so-called Religious Freedom bill, saying that he wants to keep Georgia "a welcoming state."

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines says it will do its best to accommodate customers traveling to Brussels in the wake of Tuesday's terror attacks. 

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Chris Nylund writes the blog "Field Note Stenographers" from Macon, Georgia. He contributes his nominations for our Georgia Playlist with songs by Macon and Johnny Jenkins.

 

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A coalition of religious leaders is protesting against campus carry legislation in Georgia. The anti-gun violence group Outcry held a rally on the steps of Atlanta’s Central Presbyterian Church on Monday.

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Once the bill passed in the House Wednesday, the Senate picked up the measure and passed it with a vote of 37-18. The bill now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal for approval. 

With a vote of 104-65 late Wednesday afternoon, state House members approved the “Free Exercise Protection Act," a bill offering a number of protections to members of religious groups.

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Some members of the Georgia business community are reacting to the expanded “religious liberty” bill that made it through the state legislature Wednesday. The “Free Exercise Protection Act,” HB 757, would allow faith-based organizations to deny services to same-sex couples.

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Indie Musician Kishi Bashi announced the winners of his nationwide competition last Friday. Grady High School Orchestra was one of four finalists who made the cut.

Best known for his work with groups Of Montreal and Jupiter One, Bashi blends tradition and technology with a songwriting style centered around the violin. 

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Drew Kirby of the Athens-based band Mothers contributes his nominations for our Georgia Playlist. He chooses songs by "The Olivia Tremor Control" from Athens and Atlanta-based "OutKast."

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The Department of Health and Human Services awarded Georgia $731,250 Friday to help treat the growth of prescription opioid abuse.

The federal funding will help support two health centers in Georgia which are working to improve substance abuse services. Their focus is on opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

Dawn Randolph is with the Georgia Substance Abuse Council. She says Georgia is in a state of emergency.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, is getting a $6 billion facelift. 

The details were outlined by airport General Manager Miguel Southwell on Thursday. The announcements came as part of the inaugural State of the Airport address at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Southwell said the project will not only "be transformational for the airport, but they will enable the needed expansion to accommodate the growing demand we have at Hartsfield-Jackson." 

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