On Second Thought For Friday, September 22, 2017

Is Atlanta at risk of overcrowding? Last month, The Atlanta Regional Commission reported nearly 80,000 new people in the metro region since just last year -- the highest growth rate since the Great Recession. How this will affect more than your commute, like your rent, and your space to walk down the street, has yet to be seen. We talk with Mike Carnathan, a researcher with the Atlanta Regional Commission, and Chris Leinberger, a business professor at George Washington University.

Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the Southeast. It was even more destructive on the Virgin Islands, where it hit as a Category 5 storm. Nearly every building was damaged, and many were completely destroyed. As Irma approached, DonTaƩ Hodge of Atlanta was anxiously following updates. Hodge grew up in the British Virgin Islands, and tells us what it was like to be so far from home at a critical time.

The Breakroom gang this week includes farmer Jon Jackson, Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown, Natalie Pawelski of Cater Communications, and Nsenga Burton, who chairs Mass Media Arts at Clark Atlanta University. They talk about diversity in Georgia and dreaded movie sequels. Then, they reflect on the shooting this week at Georgia Tech, a dramatic change to one fast food chain, and how one South Carolina teacher's lesson plan on the KKK backfired.