On Second Thought For Thursday, September 7, 2017

What if your dog could talk? Georgia Tech researchers have developed a vest that can help service dogs communicate. Melody Jackson leads the initiative, and she’s the director of Georgia Tech’s Center for BioInterface Research. We talk about canine communication with her, and with Greg Berns. He directs the Center for Neuropolicy at Emory University, and is author of the new book, “What It's Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience.”

More than 1,700 people signed an online petition to protest the high school dress code in Rome, Georgia. The petition claims the new rules affect girls more than boys, and “the way in which the dress code has been discussed promotes objectification, over-sexualization, and rape culture.” We asked the student who started that petition to explain. RHS Junior Chloe Tilton brings us a commentary.

A flood devastated Rome, Georgia in 1886. According to local lore, the waters rose high enough for a steamboat to float down Broad Street, the town’s main thoroughfare. This event inspired city leaders to elevate the street and all the buildings along it. Business owners recently opened up their basement doors for people to tour the remains of old Rome. GPB’s Emily Cureton sends us an audio postcard from the underground.

If you’re a fan of NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts, you’ve probably heard Tank and the Bangas. The New Orleans group won this year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest. The band comes to Atlanta this weekend for One Music Fest. GPB’s Sean Powers caught up with the lead singer.