On Second Thought For Tuesday, August 15, 2017

First, a new report finds chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 110 of 111 brains of deceased former NFL players. The study adds to a  growing body of knowledge about the connection between contact sports and brain-damaging concussions. We talk with Steve Broglio, Director of the NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan.

We also talk with former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Buddy Curry, who is working to improve football education with his group, “Kids & Pros.”

Next, the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream has had a surprising season. The team lost to the New York Liberty on Friday, for its sixth straight loss, and it’s currently in ninth place in the league. But that’s still enough time to make the playoffs. And in many ways, the Dream has exceeded many people’s expectations since it lost a star player for the summer. For more on the Atlanta Dream’s season, we turn to GPB sports analyst and former WNBA player Keisha Brown. 

Finally, David Barbe is a name well-known in the Athens music scene. He runs the famed Chase Park Transduction recording studio, and has produced albums for Drive-By Truckers, Deerhunter, New Madrid, and a lot of others. As a performer, Barbe played bass for the band Sugar, and made a name with his solo projects. We catch up with David Barbe as his third solo album drops, called “Tenth of Seas.”