First, the number of high-poverty neighborhoods in the metro Atlanta area tripled between 2000 and 2015. That’s according to a new Harvard study, which finds poverty is largely moving to the suburbs surrounding the city. We talk about this with Kim Addie, Senior Director of Health for United Way of Atlanta. Michael Rich, a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University, also joins us.
Then, “Wonder Woman” became the highest grossing box office film this summer. And the movie “Girls Trip,” which features an all-female cast, was second at the box office last weekend. Women are taking the leads in films, finally. However, of last year’s 250 top domestic grossing films, only 7 percent were directed by women. We talk about this with Lorielle Broussard, Executive Director for Women in Film & Television Atlanta. Also Kalena Boller, a filmmaker and podcast producer.
Next, "Atlanta Noir," a new collection of short stories comes out today. The book depicts neighborhoods in the city using grim and moody devices typical of the noir genre. Joining us to talk about the dark sides of Atlanta is Tayari Jones, editor and contributing author of the new book.
Finally, Savannah’s First African Baptist Church was recently honored by the Georgia Historical Society for its role in the civil rights movement -- from housing escaped slaves under their floorboards, to being the place where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his first public speech. GPB’s Ryan McFadin recently went to the church service and brought back this audio postcard.