On Second Thought For Thursday, April 13, 2017

Apr 13, 2017

A hundred years ago, the United States entered into World War I. To mark the centennial, the Atlanta History Center is taking a closer look at Georgia’s connections to the conflict. Take the red poppy, now a ubiquitous symbol in times of war. Since 1921, the artificial flower has been used to honor those who died, and it rose to prominence thanks to a former University of Georgia professor Moina Michael. She’s featured in the Atlanta History Center’s exhibit. We talk with Sue VerHoef, the center’s director of Oral History and Genealogy. Then, we hear from World War I veteran Roland Neel of Macon. Lieutenant Neel received the Distinguished Service Cross for his service. He shared his experiences during the war in a 1975 oral history interview.

This week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its investigation of thousands of doctors across the country. Reporters discovered that a disturbing number of medical professionals are sexually abusing their patients with little or no repercussions. We talk with two of the reporters of the series: Ariel Hart and Danny Robbins.

Then, recent reports from an Atlanta-based health clinic finds that Latino youth are being harassed and bullied more since the Presidential election. But the Georgia Department of Education says it has not received complaints about bullying of Latino students since the election. We talk with Andy Miller, Editor for Georgia Health News; and Belisa Urbina, Executive Director of Ser Familia, which provides counseling and other services to Hispanic families in the metro Atlanta area.

And, as the population of Latino students increases, the number of Latino teachers in the workforce is scarce. Gainesville and Hall County are struggling to find teachers who reflect the student population. We talk about this with Julio Cabanas, an Assistant Principal at Fair Street Elementary in Gainesville. Cabanas is Gainesville’s first Hispanic administrator.