On Second Thought For Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Apr 18, 2017

Actor George Takei rose to fame at warp speed as Sulu in the original "Star Trek" series. He’s since become an active voice in promoting equal rights for LGBT people. “Allegiance” is a play inspired by Takei’s experiences in an American Internment camp during World War II. George Takei visited the studio when the play hit theaters in Atlanta in February.

When does your vote mean the most? It’s not during a presidential election year, but in the oft-ignored smaller elections. Melody Crowder-Meyer of Sewanee: The University of the South joins us to talk about how voting for the small stuff can have a big impact.

In 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, which barred literacy tests and other measures to prevent voting. Fast forward to present day: states are once again able to pass voting restrictions, due to a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision. In his book “Give Us The Ballot,” journalist Ari Berman says that decision opened the flood gates on voter discrimination against poor people, young people, and people of color.