On Second Thought For Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Georgia lawmakers convene next week. The Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press recently analyzed financial disclosure reports from state legislators nationwide. They found many examples of legislators using their power to benefit personal interests.  We talk with Liz Whyte, reporter with the Center for Public Integrity. And James Salzer, who covers state politics for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality. Those regulations prohibit broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service. But a lot of people still don’t understand what net neutrality is all about, so we break it down. Then, we take a look at how rural healthcare initiatives in Georgia will suffer without net neutrality in place. We discuss this with Andy Miller, Editor for Georgia Health News. Also Mei Kwong, Director with the Center for Connected Health Policy.

Then, when Tom Barton started working as a reporter in Savannah, the newsroom was filled with cigarette smoke and typewriters. Some 39 years later, the long-time opinion page editor is retiring. His last day with the Savannah Morning News is this week. We catch up with Barton about his career, and which stories made a difference.

And, many historic Georgia theaters need repairs. Several months ago,  Atlanta-based Fox Theater Institute shared nearly half a million dollars with more than a dozen theaters in the state. One recipient is the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, Georgia. Filmmaker Jesse Freeman says the Center shaped his love of filmmaking.