On Second Thought For Monday, August 21, 2017

For centuries, groups in the South have sought to secede from the United States. More than 150 years after the Civil War, groups like the League of the South are pushing again to break from the Union. We talk about how serious we should take calls for secession with Roxanne Donovan, Psychology Professor at Kennesaw State University. And Trey Hood, Political Science Professor at the University of Georgia in Athens.

The South is a proud place. Southerners are notorious for their love of their heritage and culture. But following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, it’s becoming more difficult to separate the South from its roots in racism and white supremacy. We talk about this growing identity crisis, and what it means to truly be from the South, with Chuck Reece, Editor of The Bitter Southerner; Regina Bradley, Professor of African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University; and Sam Burnham, curator for the blog “All The Biscuits In Georgia.”

Over the last year Atlanta’s soccer scene has blown up thanks to a new professional soccer club, Atlanta United. You can’t miss the black, red, and gold jerseys and flags that fans are sporting. In about three weeks, the team begins its next chapter when it opens the season at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We check in with Atlanta United President Darren Eales.

Finally, a recent Associated Press investigation found that Georgia is not honoring a U.S. Supreme Court ruling banning life without parole as a sentence for juveniles convicted of homicide and other serious crimes. According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, there are 25 juveniles serving this type of sentence in Georgia right now. Joining us is Jessica Cino, Professor of Law at Georgia State, and Stephen Reba, attorney and Director for the Appeal for Youth Clinic at Emory Law School.