On Second Thought

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On Second Thought is a one-hour, daily news talk show that airs at 9 a.m. ET weekdays. 

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The Breakroom returns with a week’s worth of crazy news to discuss. We’ll talk about why Democrats are meeting in Atlanta to elect a leader, and what it was about Milo Yiannopoulos’ recent controversy that tipped conservatives over the edge. Plus, we’ll look at research which show dogs have their own sense of morality, and another study which finds people who move around a lot lose out on friendships.

Our group this week includes:

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The Georgia Senate is one of  26 chambers in the nation that does not offer video streaming of committee meetings. Lawmakers often bar reporters and citizens from observing, and they don’t want other lawmakers recording the proceedings.

The Georgia Senate is one of 26 chambers in the nation that does not offer video streaming of committee meetings. Lawmakers often bar reporters and citizens from observing, and they don’t want other lawmakers recording the proceedings. Some senators are going rogue--using mobile phones or small cameras to stream committee meetings. Those actions have called for new rules, leading to a mess of tension and controversy. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kristina Torres breaks down the debate.

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In January, Atlanta lost a beloved Atlanta restaurateur: Richard Thomas died at 82. He will be remembered for his R. Thomas Deluxe Grill, which he founded in 1985 as a homage to healthy living. Thomas co-founded the North Carolina fast food chain Bojangles. He also served as the first president of operations at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Our understanding of history is often shaped by a lot of things other than what we learned in school. Historian Gary Gallagher is particularly fascinated by how narratives about the Civil War develop following their portrayals in movies. Gallagher is a professor of history at the University of Virginia. We revisit a conversation with him about films that shape perceptions of history.

We dedicate our entire show to the way Southerners speak.

Where did y’all come from? We can trace the use of the word “y’all” all the way back to our colonial ancestors. Cameron Hunt McNabb, an English professor at Southeastern University, gives us a history and dialect lesson.

Plus, The Atlantic staff writer Vann Newkirk II makes the case for why “America Needs Y’all.”

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The Georgia Peach might well be the most iconic fruit to symbolize Georgia. You see it on license plates, billboards, and even government documents. But the peach is actually rare to Georgia, and not native to our agricultural climate.

Tom Okie is an Assistant Professor of History Education at Kennesaw State University. His new book, called “The Georgia Peach: Culture, Agriculture, and Environment in the American South,” explores the odd history of the fruit.

When you think of a fictional "hero," you might picture a strong, capable character. Someone who exudes confidence and is revered by those around them. But the heroes of Yiddish literature are very different.

Atlanta is the fifth highest metro area for rates of new HIV diagnoses, but recent data shows annual infection rates in the state are dropping, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We learned more about the fight to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS with Tiffany Roan, the state’s regional director for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

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On October​ ​12,​ ​1958, the​ ​Temple,​ ​Georgia’s​ ​largest synagogue,​ ​was​ ​bombed.​ ​Nobody was hurt in the explosion, but the community was shaken. A new play at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta recalls the attack, and its lasting effects. We spoke to Jimmy Maize, playwright and director of “The Temple Bombing.”

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Atlanta is the fifth highest metro area for rates of new HIV diagnoses, but recent data shows annual infection rates in the state are dropping, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Georgia scored a big win in a long-running legal battle with Florida. Last week, a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court said the high court should refuse Florida's request to cap Georgia’s water use. Florida argues the cap is needed because Georgia’s high rate of water consumption is dampening its oyster industry and state economy. E&E News reporter Amanda Reilly joins us to talk about this latest development in a decades-old water war.

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In 1967, the first African-American students were admitted to the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Joseph Hobbs, one of the first black students to graduate, was the first black faculty member at the school.

Doctor Hobbs is now Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, and is organizing the 50th anniversary of desegregation at that college. He joins us from Augusta to discuss decades of work in elevating African-American doctors at the school.

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Author and former Atlanta Police Officer Trudy Nan Boyce published her first novel, “Out of the Blues,” last year. That story follows the detective work of Sarah Alt--a.k.a “Salt”--as she investigates often gruesome crimes in the Atlanta area.

The second installment of Detective Salt’s story, called “Old Bones,” follows the fictional shooting of students at Spelman College. That book hits shelves February 21. Author Trudy Nan Boyce join us to discuss her new novel.

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Georgia scored a big win in a long-running legal battle with Florida. Last week, a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court said the high court should refuse Florida's request to cap Georgia’s water use. Florida argues the cap is needed because Georgia’s high rate of water consumption is dampening its oyster industry and state economy. E&E News reporter Amanda Reilly joined us to talk about this latest development in a decades-old water war.

Battle For Nerf Blaster Supremacy

Feb 20, 2017
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There’s a war in Marietta, Georgia. It is a Nerf War. The members of the Southeast Nerf Club meet at East Cobb Park once a month to shoot for foam dart supremacy. "On Second Thought" intern Keenan Jones was on the front lines and brought back this audio postcard.

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Since we did our show live from Savannah for the Savannah Book Festival, we organized a special edition of The Breakroom featuring all authors. The panel included Alejandro Danois, Karin Slaughter, Nicki Salcedo, and Mike Lowery.

One of the featured authors at the festival is Forbes Financial Columnist John Tamny, who is author of the book “Who Needs the Fed?” We take a look at the role of the fed, and ask Tamny about how it may change in the Trump administration. The Fed also will see some big changes this month in Atlanta, as the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta steps down.

 

 

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Dennis Lockhart, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will step down this month. The Federal Reserve may be in for changes in the months ahead. It is an important agency, but there’s one problem. Not a lot of average Americans understand what the Fed is or what it does. So, we explain it in another edition of our Break It Down series.

New research from the Pew Research Center finds over a quarter of Americans adults haven’t read a book in the last year--in part or in whole. That includes all forms of reading, such as print, e-books, and audio books. We talk about this with Austin Dickson, Executive Director of Literacy Action, and Emily Rubin, Educational Outreach Specialist for the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta.

There’s a major climate change conference on Thursday in Atlanta. It’s happening at the Carter Center, but only because it was canceled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We talked with Georges Benjamin of the American Public Health Association, who is giving the keynote address at the conference. We also checked in with environmental journalist Peter Dykstra of Environmental Health News.

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Food is an integral part of the South’s identity, and all this year, we’re paying homage to Southern cuisine. It’s a series we call Georgia Eats. A lot of chefs and food writers know the name Mrs. S.R. Dull. In 1928, she wrote the book "Southern Cooking," which has been described as the "bible" of Southern cooking. That got us thinking if there are any other cookbooks that rise to that level.

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There’s a major climate change conference on Thursday in Atlanta. It’s happening at the Carter Center, but only because it was canceled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We talked with Georges Benjamin of the American Public Health Association, who is giving the keynote address at the conference.

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J.B. and Lynette Tuttle have been married for more than 70 years. The Savannah couple is now in their 90s. They're both retired and live together in a nursing home. GPB's Sean Powers shared their timeless story of love.

On this special Valentine's Day show, we spend the day talking to Georgia couples who’ve kept romance alive even though they work together. We also talk about the challenge of being single, along with the falling divorce rate.

We start with a story of truly enduring love. J.B. and Lynette Tuttle have been married for more than 70 years. The Savannah couple is now in their 90s. They're both retired and live together in a nursing home. GPB's Sean Powers brings us their timeless story of romance.

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Betsy DeVos was confirmed last week as President Donald Trump’s secretary of education. She has been an aggressive proponent of school choice, but her definition of school choice may not be the same as how other people define it. School choice is one of those phrases that gets thrown around a lot, but is often misunderstood. So, we explain it in another edition of our Break It Down series.  

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Hundreds of refugees from Syria now call Georgia home. We hear from two of them, who have become good friends. One of them is a man who arrived in Georgia right after 9/11, but before the Syrian civil war. The other is a young child, who came to the state last year. Besides calling Syria their birthplace, they share an even greater bond.

 

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost Georgia more than $20 million a year. It would also cost the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly $900 million—12 percent of the agency’s budget. Republicans leading the repeal effort call the money a “slush fund.” That means to imply that millions of untracked dollars are used for projects that have little benefit for public health. Joining us to discuss this is Andy Miller, editor for Georgia Health News.

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost Georgia more than $20 million a year. It would also cost the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly $900 million—12 percent of the agency’s budget.

Actor George Takei first warp sped to fame as a young Sulu in the original "Star Trek" series. But he’s since become an active voice in promoting equal rights for LGBT people. “Allegiance,” a play inspired by George’s experiences in an American Internment camp during World War II, is hitting movie theaters next week--including eight in the metro Atlanta area. Georgie Takei is in the studio to talk about the play, and the parallels he sees draws between his past and current events.

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