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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 Huffington Post recently tracked media reports of K-12 students who were tasered or shot with a stun gun by a school police officer. In the last five years, there were at least 84 incidents, including a few in Georgia.

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A new report shows that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations is currently dealing with nearly 3,500 backlogged rape kits. Health care professionals are required to submit rape kits to authorities if a sexual assault victim requests it.

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Outsourcing all but destroyed the textile industry in the South over the last few decades, which went from employing more than a million workers in the late 1940s. As Georgia and other Southern states try to lure manufacturers back with tax incentives, an Atlanta company has developed a possible breakthrough: a robotic sewing machine. We speak with Barry Clark, vice president of research and development at SoftWear Automation, and Courtney Hammonds, academic director of the fashion department at the Art Institute of Atlanta, about how new technology is changing the garment industry. 

Outsourcing all but destroyed the textile industry in the South over the last two decades, which went from employing more than a million workers in the late 1940s. As Georgia and other Southern states try to lure manufacturers back with tax incentives, an Atlanta company has developed a possible breakthrough: a robotic sewing machine. We speak with Barry Clark, vice president of research and development at SoftWear Automation, and Courtney Hammonds, academic director of the fashion department at the Art Institute of Atlanta, about how new technology is changing the garment industry.

In Georgia, the contest to win a Senate seat is much more competitive than anyone predicted. Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson is just a few percentage points ahead of a relative unknown Democrat. And the independent, Allen Buckley, might force a runoff like he did a few years ago. We talk with The Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s Washington Correspondent Tamar Hallerman about how the national election is influencing Georgia’s Senate race. 

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Every 107 seconds from now, someone will be sexually assaulted in the U.S, according to federal data analyzed by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Atlanta artist Jessica Caldas is getting beyond the numbers and statistics by taking to the city's streets with a piece of chalk and an important message. She marks the ground with an X every 107 seconds to represent those affected by sexual violence.

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Veteran care is an important issue for Atlanta attorney Linda Klein. She was sworn in as the president of the American Bar Association earlier this month. One of her goals is to offer more legal aid to veterans.

We speak with Linda Klein about her new position and her plan to help veterans.

To find more information on Linda's veteran initiative as president, visit www.americanbar.org

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Beer giant MillersCoors announced this month that it bought a majority stake in Athens-based brewery, Terrapin Beer Company. The news came as a big disappointment to Paste Magazine news editor Jim Vorel. He wrote a commentary about the merger for Atlanta Magazine titled, "This is how Terrapin quietly sold out to Big Beer and betrayed its fans."

We speak with Vorel about the recent trend of big beer buy outs.

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More than half a million veterans wait at least a month for appointments at the VA. That's 70,000 more veterans than last year, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As GPB's Sean Powers reports, there's a new push in Georgia to improve veteran care by helping them connect with their roots on the farm.

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Watermelon season is almost over. It was once a symbol of pride for freed slaves, but it's since taken on all kinds of racial meanings. We talk about the fruit's history as a racist stereotype with Pat Turner, a professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The first school in the South that caters to LGBT youth opened its doors in Atlanta this month. It’s called Pride School, and its mission is to be a place where teens can find acceptance in being themselves. We speak with the school’s founder Christian Zsilavetz and student Josh Farabee about how classes are going so far. 

Then, Atlanta producer and DJ Speakerfoxx adds two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. She’s the host of a new radio program called “Cruisin’ in the ATL.” It’s part of a relaunch of the Red Bull Music Academy Radio, which takes place in Atlanta this week.

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Atlanta producer and DJ Christen Nilan, also known as Speakerfoxxx, adds two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. She’s the host of the radio program “Cruisin’ in the ATL,” and part of a re-launch of Red Bull Music Academy Radio. RBMA Radio is taking place at Patchwerk Studios in Atlanta this week with lectures, workshops, and live broadcasts.

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The first school in the South that caters to LGBT+ youth opened its doors in Atlanta this month. It’s called Pride School Atlanta, and its mission is to be a place where teens can find acceptance in being themselves. We speak with the school’s founder and director Christian Zsilavetz and student Josh Farabee about how classes are going so far.

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It’s Friday! That means it’s time for the Breakroom to reconvene and talk about the week’s news. Our round-table panel discusses the effect of horrible bosses, baseball game traffic and eliminating all student loan debt.    

Then, our panel talks about the end of "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," cyber-bullying a gold medalist, and sexism in the courtroom.      

Our Breakroom this week:

People always seem to have an opinion about politics, but what if that belief is based on inaccurate information? Are people willing to change their minds?

The teacher wage gap is wider than ever, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute. The report found public school teachers earned 17 percent less than other college graduates – the difference was only 2 percent back in 1994. The gap is especially severe in Georgia, which has the eighth widest pay gap in the nation. We speak with Lawrence Mishel, the president of the Economic Policy Institute, about teacher salaries. 

The teacher wage gap is wider than ever, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute. The report found public school teachers earned 17 percent less than other college graduates – the difference was only 2 percent back in 1994. The gap is especially severe in Georgia, which has the eighth widest pay gap in the nation. 

We speak with Lawrence Mishel, the president of the Economic Policy Institute, about teacher salaries. 

The Red Bull Music Academy's RBMA Radio lands in Atlanta this week. It's a six-day event with lectures, workshops, and live broadcasts. It features conversations and performances from artists and musicians who have shaped the city's sound, including Jermaine Dupri, Organized Noize, and Don Cannon.  

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The Red Bull Music Academy comes to Atlanta this week with a series of workshops and live performances. The Academy has been broadcasting live from Patchwerk Recording Studios, an iconic studio that has served as a hip-hop home base for more than 20 years. We re-visit our tour and conversation with owner Curtis Daniel about the role the studio has played in Atlanta’s music scene. 

We're three months away until the Presidential election, and Georgia is a key battleground state for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. A recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows Clinton with a slight edge over Trump. But there could be problems with voting, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. It says most states rely on electronic voting machines that are at least a decade old and prone to failures and crashes. We talk about this with Merle King, the executive director at Kennesaw State University's Center for Election Systems.

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We're three months away until the Presidential election, and Georgia is seen as a key battleground state for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. But there could be problems with voting, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

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There’s a special jam session that happens in Fayetteville, Georgia every Wednesday afternoon. The musicians are cancer patients who come together at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. They form a drum circle. The rhythms they make together helps relieve stress and create community. 

Producer Linda Chen dropped in on a recent drum circle session and brings us a head-bobbing audio postcard.

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Brain tumors once thought to be inoperable can now be removed without a single incision through Gamma Knife radiosurgery. The procedure delivers small, highly precise doses of radiation to a specific area without damaging the rest of the brain. 

We speak with Dr. Shannon Kahn, radiation oncologist at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, and cancer survivor Lynn Wyatt about the benefits of Gamma Knife surgery. 

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A class-action lawsuit filed last week alleges 13 cities in St. Louis County, Missouri put people behind bars because they couldn't afford to pay court fines. The fines included tickets for minor offenses like traffic violations. The Arch City Defenders is the nonprofit law firm behind the suit.

August marks two years since a police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Inequalities in our criminal justice system have dominated headlines since then. But Marc Lamont Hill says the injustice goes beyond police policies and prison sentences. He says there is a war on the powerless in this country. 

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Each year, over fifty thousand college students struggle to attend classes while coping with homelessness. Last week, Kennesaw State University unveiled a first-of-its-kind housing facility for its homeless students.

We speak with Marcy Stidum, director of the university’s CARE Center, about the facility and the growing issue of homelessness in higher education.

Kennesaw State University unveiled a first-of-its-kind housing facility for its homeless students last week. We speak with Marcy Stidum, director of the university’s CARE center, about the facility and the growing issue of homelessness in higher education.

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Gwinnett County is the most diverse county in the Southeast, but the area is represented almost entirely by white officials. And now, a lawsuit by a coalition of voting rights groups alleges that minority votes are being weakened by unfair district lines.  

We speak with a trio of local experts about how much political representation and race matter in multicultural communities.

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 The NFL pre-season began last week for all 32 teams, including the Atlanta Falcons. The Dirty Birds are hoping to shake off last year’s mediocre 8-8 season. The Falcons will head across the street to Mercedes-Benz stadium after this season, so will their last year in the Georgia Dome be a memorable one? We ask GPB sports correspondent Jon Nelson what he thinks of the Falcon’s chances this year and their prospects for the future. 

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Savannah is known as one of America's most haunted cities. So it fits that the Savannah Voice Festival would commission an opera about ghosts. "Alice Ryley" is about the first woman hanged in Georgia. The ghost opera will return to the Savannah Voice Festival stage Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin Savannah Harbor Ballroom.

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