First, according to a recent lawsuit, hundreds of students at Worth County High School in Sylvester, Georgia were the subject of a humiliating pat-down by local sheriff's deputies. The case raises questions about privacy on school campuses. We speak with Robyn McDougle of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute.
Then, Atlanta is the fifth-highest metro area for new HIV diagnoses, according to federal data. A collection at Emory University sheds light on the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s by showcasing photos by Atlanta photographer Billy Howard. He documented dozens of people who were HIV positive, and asked them to write a reflection on their portraits. We talk with Howard about the exhibit, and we hear from Doug Lothes, who in 1987 agreed to be photographed for the collection. We also check in with AID Atlanta Executive Director Nicole Roebuck.
Next, one of America’s most beloved species is making a comeback. The bald eagle was nearly extinct, before being labeled endangered in the 1960s. But a record number of bald eagle nests have been documented in Georgia this year, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The Department announced last month that surveys detected over 200 occupied nests in the state. We talk with Bob Sargent, survey leader with the DNR.
Then, a recent survey by the University of Georgia finds that 16 percent of Georgians don’t have access to a high-speed internet connection. The vast majority of those effected live in the state’s rural regions. We talk about broadband deserts with UGA’s Associate Director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Eric McRae.
Finally, broadband deserts are a political issue as well. Kyle Wingfield, a conservative columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, brings us a commentary.