On Second Thought For Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hurricane Maria slammed the entire U.S. territory of Puerto Rico two weeks ago. Maria came hard on the havoc of other storms, leaving the entire island dreadfully damaged, flooded, without basic necessities, and difficulty distributing what they did have, and no electricity. Nearly 90,000 Puerto Ricans live in Georgia, nearly a fourth of them in Cobb and Gwinnett Counties. Cynthia Román-Hernández is a Managing Director with the Latin American Association in Atlanta, and her husband Juan Carlos Rodriguez is an assistant professor at Georgia Tech.

We’re trying to make sense of mass murder in Las Vegas. Amid the chaos and terror, stories of heroism are coming to the surface. Are heroes born or made? Nature or nurture? We talk about what makes a hero with Zeno Franco, an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. We also hear from Rob Johnson of Gray, Georgia, whose brother Shannon died saving a colleague in the 2015 San Bernardino shooting.

The less money you have, the more careful you are likely to be in spending it. That’s one find in Rachel Schneider’s new book, “The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope In A World Of Uncertainty.” It follows the lives of low- and middle- income households as they try and manage their money. We sit down with Rachel Schneider to talk about her book, and the personal side of planning. Rachel Schneider will be at Savannah's Armstrong Center on October 12 from 8:30-10 a.m.  Also joining us is Atlanta financial advisor, Cecily Welch.

A new show on WUGA in Athens explores a variety of financial issues in fresh new ways. “Nothing Funny About Money” is hosted by Professors Matt Goren and Michael Gene Thomas from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at The University of Georgia. The mission of the show is to make often scary financial topics feel approachable and even entertaining. We listen to a portion of “Nothing Funny About Money.”