On Second Thought For Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mar 16, 2017

"Mr. Tuck & the 13 Heroes" is a new children's book about the first school in Henry County to desegregate black and white students. In 1966, Fairview Elementary accepted 13 students of color--an effort led by then principal, Brooks Tuck. The author of the book is John Harris, whose father was friends with Mr. Tuck. We talked with Harris, along with the illustrator, his daughter Sophie Harris.

More than 200 years ago, the British Army made its first push into the American South. The Georgian Continental Army lost to the British during the American Revolution at Brier Creek. Today, another battle is being waged over threats to the preservation of this historic 500-acre site. We talked about that history and what’s at stake with Daniel Battle of the Georgia American Revolution Preservation Alliance and Daphne Owens of the Brier Creek Project.

The motor vehicle death rate in Georgia has jumped by more than 30 percent since 2014. That’s the fifth highest jump in the nation, where fatalities comparatively rose only 14 percent. Those numbers come from a National Safety Council study released last month. The top three killers: speed, alcohol, and distraction. We invited Natalie Dale, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, to shed some light on these rates.

The autonomous vehicle industry may soon find a home in Atlanta. That’s because the city is one three worldwide chosen for the
Safer Roads Challenge." That effort brings together manufacturing and tech companies with the common goal of making traffic safer. Part of that initiative is the implementation of self-driving cars. For more on self-driving cars, we turned to Faye DiMassimo of the Renew Atlanta Bond and Georgia Tech professor Michael Hunter.