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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CDC Speaks On Pregnancy & Alcohol | Ag Outlook | Malcolm Mitchell

Feb 10, 2016

Georgia was one of many states in the midst of a farm crisis thirty years ago. It was the worst since the Great Depression. Almost 300,000 farms nationwide faced financial failure by the mid-1980s. Farmers have come a long way since then, but is our agricultural climate stable enough that it couldn't happen again? Zippy Duvall is a Georgia farmer who recently took over as president of the American Farm Bureau. He gives host Celeste Headlee about his agricultural outlook.

The Georgia State Senate passed a bill last year that bars local governments from banning certain types of dogs. The measure never got a vote in the House, but it's a sign of how often breed-specific bans are cropping up in Georgia. Host Celeste Headlee talks about the effectiveness of these policies with Emily Patterson-Kane of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Most people take cough syrup or ibuprofen when they're sick. But the Gullah Geechee people used to gather an herb called "life everlasting" and boil it into a tea to settle coughs and congestion. Gullah Geechee culture is endangered as population numbers dwindle and land disputes threaten their way of life. That includes their medicinal traditions.

The Breakroom | Georgia Playlist | How Iowa Reflects GA Voters

Feb 5, 2016

After a barn-burner of a race in Iowa, the nation’s eyes shift toward New Hampshire before slowly making their way southward. The SEC primary is less than a month away and Georgia voters are preparing to play a huge role in the country’s 2016 presidential decision. Host Celeste Headlee talks with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Greg Bluestein about the results in Iowa and how they could reflect the mindset of Georgia voters. Plus, keyboardist Chuck Leavell has played all over the world with music legends like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and The Allman Brothers.

What celebrity sightings might you be in store for this weekend? That all depends on what film projects are taking place around the state. Host Celeste Headlee gets an update on who’s currently on set from Jennifer Brett of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Buzz Blog. Plus, quarterbacks Cam Newton and Peyton Manning are set to do football battle at this Sunday’s Super Bowl. But outside of the game, one local writer argues that Newton, a Georgia native and star of the Carolina Panthers, is also redefining what it means to be a real Southern gentleman.

The Weeping Time | Family Secrets, Shame | Mental Health Courts

Feb 3, 2016

Four years ago, one in every six inmates in the state prison system was mentally ill. Since then, the state has established 25 accountability courts to break the link between mental illness and crime. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Dekalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson and Macon Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin about how mental health courts work and their effectiveness. Also, Georgia has some of the harshest immigration policies in the country, but does it help or hurt the economy?

John Smoltz | Sanders' Rise In The Race | Campus Cyber Crime Lab

Feb 2, 2016

In the 2016 Presidential race, it was expected that Hillary Clinton would lock up the Democratic nomination early and decisively. One year ago, no reputable political analyst would have thought Bernie Sanders would come within a breath of winning the Iowa caucus. But he did. For registered Democrats in Georgia, their vote might actually matter more in the primary race than anyone expected. Host Celeste Headlee talks with Georgia State Rep. LaDawn Jones, who is the state director for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

From the Atkins diet to Weight Watchers to the Paleo diet, it feels as if we’re inundated with diet studies all the time. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Dr. Laurence Sperling, a cardiologist at Emory, about which diets to trust and which ones to avoid. Also, while concussions and other sports-related injuries might grab the headlines, it’s the mental health of student players that’s the top concern of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA recently released its guidelines on how to manage mental health issues in college athletes.

The Breakroom | EV Car Sales | Emory Students Crack Cold Case

Jan 29, 2016

On yesterday's show, we talked about a tumultuous time in Georgia politics when the state had three active governors in the late 1940's. That was ultimately resolved in a Democratic primary in September 1948. One of the Georgians who voted in that primary was Isaiah Nixon, a black man who lived with his family in Montgomery County. After casting his vote, he was shot by two white men and later died. Students at Emory University have been investigating the case as part of a class looking at cold cases during the Jim Crow era.

Three GA Governors | Race & Police Recruits | Year Of GA Music

Jan 28, 2016

Calls for reforming the nation's police departments have grown louder in recent years following several high-profile police shootings, particularly those involving African-American fatalities. In general, police forces are more diverse than they were just a few decades ago. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 25% of police officers belong to a racial or ethnic minority, but many people say that's not enough. Why are so many police departments across the nation facing racial imbalances, and what can be done to ensure they reflect the communities they're protecting?

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