On Second Thought

GPB Statewide and GPB Atlanta Monday Through Friday 9am

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

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Early last week, a flock of chickens at a Northwest Georgia farm tested positive for bird flu. It’s the first confirmed contamination of commercial poultry in the state. What’s being done to contain the virus? How do farmers and officials prevent future outbreaks? We ask Mike Giles, President of the Georgia Poultry Foundation and Bruce Webster, UGA Professor of Poultry Science.

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A new café in Atlanta caters to cats and their humans. At Java Cats Café, you can order coffee and hang out with adoptable cats. GPB’s Sean Powers stopped by to learn more about this purrfectly feline coffee shop.  

We’ve seen more acts of hate speech and racism in recent months. Are hate groups becoming more organized? Jeannine Bell, Professor of Law at Indiana University, and filmmaker Mike Ramsdell joined us to discuss the rise of white supremacy, and what we’ve learned from dealing with hate groups in our history.

 

Men Stopping Violence

April 2-8 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The Georgia Senate recently passed Marsy's Law and the House will take it up next session. It’s a resolution to amend the state constitution so that crime victims have rights equal to perpetrators and the accused. We spoke with Pastor Sabrina McKenzie. She lost her sister to a violent crime, and now advocates for increased victims’ rights. We also talked with Lee Giordano, Training Director of Men Stopping Violence.

Memaw's At LG's Restaurant

Georgia leads Southern states in hospitality, according to a recent survey from Twiddy.com. What does Southern Hospitality really mean?

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NASA announced last month it will recruit a team of Georgia Tech researchers for a new project. The team, called REVEALS, will study radiation on other planets and build radiation proof space suits. What can this technology do for us in space exploration?

We ask the team leader, Thomas Orlando, a Director in the Center for Space Technology and Research at Georgia Tech.

NASA announced last month it will recruit a team of Georgia Tech researchers for a new project. The team, called REVEALS, will study radiation on other planets and build radiation proof space suits. What can this technology do for us in space exploration? We ask the team leader, Thomas Orlando, a Director in the Center for Space Technology and Research at Georgia Tech.

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The closed section of I-85 carries more than 240,000 vehicles a day with few alternate routes. We talked with Emory University labor economist Tom Smith about the economic impact of the collapse on the state and the region.

The collapse last week of a portion of I-85 in Atlanta left the city in a state of gridlock and uncertainty. At a news conference on Monday, Georgia Department of Transportation officials told reporters work to repair the bridge won’t be finished until mid-June. For more on the I-85 disaster, we talk with GPB news reporter Sam Whitehead.  

Georgia Department of Transportation

The collapse last week of a portion of I-85 in Atlanta left the city in a state of gridlock and uncertainty. At a news conference on Monday, Georgia Department of Transportation officials told reporters work to repair the bridge won’t be finished until mid-June. For more on the I-85 disaster, we talked with GPB news reporter Sam Whitehead.  

Commentary: Who's To Blame For I-85 Collapse?

Apr 5, 2017
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Three homeless people are in police custody in connection with the I-85 fire. One of them is Basil Eleby, who is charged with first-degree arson and criminal damage. He was allegedly smoking crack under I-85. In a commentary, freelance journalist George Chidi says there’s more blame to go around.

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We get a new pair of songs for our essential Georgia Playlist. Members of Augusta band Funk You join the show to share two of their favorite Georgia tunes from Dixie Dregs and Otis Redding.

They perform at The Georgia Theatre in Athens Wednesday (April 5) at 9pm, and at Sky City in Augusta Thursday (April 6) at 10pm.

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Actress Aisha Tyler voices Lana Kane, the lead female character on “Archer.” Lana loves, hates, and cares for Archer, all while beating up the bad guys. Tyler talks to us about "Criminal Minds," "CSI," and being a bona fide geek.

Jon Benjamin has given a voice to the title character of the FX animated series “Archer” for seven seasons now. He’s also the voice of Bob on “Bob’s Burgers” and a featured comic actor in many more shows.  Benjamin joins us to talk about having one of the most recognizable voices in the world, his start as a stand-up comedian and the first time he was treated to a Southern gun range. 

Universal Studios

From the next installments of the Avengers series to a new television series on the Unabomber, there are a lot of major productions currently filming in Georgia. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Jennifer Brett gave us an update about the latest film and TV projects in the state.

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The new home of the Atlanta Braves opened Friday. Fans headed out of the city to SunTrust Park while the team’s former home sat empty. Turner Field was purchased by Georgia State University for millions of dollars. Now, those who live near the stadium want to make sure redevelopment doesn’t drive up the cost of living in their neighborhoods, and drive them out of their homes. At least 150 people marched from Mechanicsville to Turner Field this weekend. GPB’s Sean Powers was there, and brought back this audio postcard.

 

Demonstrators marched to Turner Field over the weekend, the former home of the Atlanta Braves. They want millions of dollars from the stadium’s purchase by Georgia State University to go towards projects that will benefit current residents in the area. GPB’s Sean Powers spoke to supporters of the Turner Field Coalition about their demands. Then we hear about how redevelopment can make neighborhoods unaffordable, driving out long-time residents. Deirdre Oakley is a sociology professor at Georgia State University who specializes in gentrification issues.

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The Breakroom gang joins host Celeste Headlee to weigh in on the week's news. The panel includes Atlanta-based LGBT educator and activist Robbie Medwed, former NPR correspondent Kathy Lohr, Amber Scott of the non-profit 'Leap Year,' and Steve Brown of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners.

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The banjo has many moods in the hands of Noam Pikelny. He’s best known as a founding member and banjo player for the Punch Brothers. The Chicago native has been performing since a very young age, and recently released his first full solo album “Universal Favorite.”

Pikelny spoke with GPB’s Trevor Young in advance of a performance at The Earl in Atlanta, Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. 

Some people who flee war-torn countries get a chance to start fresh elsewhere. That’s the case for Nemr Abou Nassar. He was a young child when he left Lebanon for the U.S. with his family. Nemr is known as Lebanon's King of Comedy. We talk to him ahead of a performance this weekend at the Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta.  

Nemr

Some people who flee war-torn countries get a chance to start fresh elsewhere. That’s the case for Lebanese-born comedian Nemr Abou Nassar. He was a young child when he left Lebanon for the United States with his family. Nemr is known as Lebanon's King of Comedy. We talked to him ahead of his performances this weekend at the Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta.   

Bill Monk / Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Atlanta is home to the fastest-growing Episcopal diocese in the world. Hispanic congregations are driving this growth, while providing sanctuary within Latino communities. Bishop Robert Wright talks about the role of his church in Atlanta. 

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Southern writer Greg Iles has written 15 novels, 12 of which have been New York Times bestsellers. His book "24 Hours" became the 2002 movie “Trapped.” His latest novel, “Mississippi Blood” is the last installment of the epic Penn Cage trilogy.

Greg appears at the Carter Library in Atlanta at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 31. He joins us live from Charleston, S.C.

GW Pharmaceuticals

One of the bills likely to pass in the Georgia legislature would expand access to medical marijuana. Patients being treated for AIDS are among those who would qualify for a prescription.

Happy, Sine Die! Thursday, March 30, marks the end of the legislative session at the Georgia State Capitol. GPB capitol reporter Lisa Rayam gives us a recap of which bills died, and which will proceed to the governor’s desk.

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Thursday marks the end of the legislative session at the Georgia state capitol. GPB capitol reporter Lisa Rayam gives us a recap of which bills died, and which will proceed to the governor’s desk.

NPR

One of the musical acts performing this week as part of the Atlanta Film Festival is the New Orleans group, Tank and the Bangas. The band won this year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest.

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When we watch baseball today, it’s hard to imagine teams being segregated by race. But there was a time when Atlanta had separate teams for white and black players. The history of integration in professional baseball is storied, and it began long before Jackie Robinson. We talked with Atlanta playwright Kerwin Sims, who wrote a play about that history

the Atlanta Braves

SunTrust Park opens with an exhibition game this Friday. The road to a new home for the Atlanta Braves has been a long and expensive one. The estimated cost of the project is now more than $1 billion. We talked about the massive undertaking with GPB senior sports correspondent Jon Nelson.

Sun Trust Park opens with an exhibition game this Friday. The road to a new home for the Atlanta Braves has been a long and expensive one. The estimated cost of the project is now more than $1 billion. We talk about the massive undertaking with GPB senior sports correspondent Jon Nelson.

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