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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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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The Breakroom gang is back, and we’ve got a lot to talk about. We’ll discuss whether Super Bowl performances by Lady Gaga and The Schuyler Sisters need really be controversial. Plus, we’ll look at why the online dictionary is going viral, and how social media sites are stepping up to combat fake news. 

The Breakroom for today is:

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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.

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A federal appeals court upheld a stay on President Trump’s executive order that temporarily bans travel to the United States for refugees and people from seven countries. But that doesn't mean the travel ban is dead. The president may take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Andra Day visited Georgia in December. Day has sung at the White House and on the BET Awards show. She was discovered, in part, by Stevie Wonder, who appeared alongside her in an iconic Apple TV ad in 2015. Her song “Rise Up” went multi-platinum. She joins us to talk about her explosive career.

Then, we hear a pair of songs from our essential Georgia Playlist. Jason Rodgers, conductor of the all-black orchestra known as “Orchestra Noir,” joins the show to share two of his favorite Georgia tunes from Ray Charles and James Brown.

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Author Sheri Riley began her professional life at a record label in Atlanta. As marketing director at LaFace Records, she helped put numerous hip hop artists on the map -- TLC, Toni Braxton, and Usher, to name a few. But Sheri gave all that up to research and write about healthy lifestyles. She joins us to talk about her new book, “Exponential Living,” which comes out this week.

Author Sheri Riley began her professional life at a record label in Atlanta. As marketing director at LaFace Records, she helped put numerous hip hop artists on the map -- TLC, Toni Braxton, and Usher, to name a few. But Sheri gave all that up to research and write about healthy lifestyles. She joins us to talk about her new book, “Exponential Living,” which comes out this week.

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The battle for equal rights in America has centered around many modes of transportation--buses, trains, and streetcars for example. But one more form of travel should be added to that list: Airplanes. That’s the assertion of a new book from UGA Press called “Jim Crow Terminals: The Desegregation of American Airports.” The book covers the largely undocumented segregation at Southern airports in the 20th century. With us to discuss this is the author, Anke Ortlepp. She’s a Professor of North American and British History at the University of Kassel in Germany.

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A new report from housing site Trulia suggests house flipping activity has increased to the highest in a decade in 2016, with the Atlanta metro area ranking eighth in the country. They find that in 2016, 7.9 percent of all home sales in Atlanta were house flips, a modest 0.6 percent jump from the year before. We speak with Ralph McLaughlin, Chief Economist for Trulia, about these findings.

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A recent report from the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows Georgia leads most states in harassment by debt collectors. Often these are for debts people already paid, or don’t even owe. Beth Kobliner is on a mission to make sure you and your kids don’t fall prey to one of these collectors.

This February is Black History Month, a time when the nation honors the contributions of African Americans. On Second Thought host Celeste Headlee says she doesn't really like Black History Month, but not for the reasons you might expect. 

This is show is a celebration of Black History Month. Since 1970, February has been dedicated to celebrating the contributions and achievements of African-Americans. We talk about the "Bank Black" movement, some tragic history in Savannah, a daring escape from Macon, and even how to handle a controversial term in the classroom.

 

A study by Emory University found that people view the term “African-American” more favorably than “black.” We talked with Erika Hall, who worked on the study, about what this might mean for prospective job seekers.

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Reverend Kim Sorrells grew up in conservative Alabama, and is now based in Atlanta. When Sorrells was in seminary, they, Sorrells' preferred pronoun, decided to transition to become gender-queer. Sorrells still faces daily struggles in reconciling Sorrells' identity with religious colleagues. We hear Sorrells' story, and a plight for a broader understanding of transgender individuals. 

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Atlanta has seen a striking number of attacks by loose dogs in recent weeks. One such attack resulted in the death of a 6-year-old boy in southwest Atlanta. We talk about these events with Ellen Eldridge, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. We also discuss how this may or may not affect the animal laws in the state with Jessica Rock, a Founding Partner at Animal Law Source.

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Abortion rights groups are keeping a close eye on Washington as President Trump vows to see the landmark Roe v. Wade decision overturned. Last week, he announced his choice to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Abortion rights groups are keeping a close eye on Washington as President Trump vows to see the landmark Roe v. Wade decision overturned. Last week, he announced his choice to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump has promised to only appoint “pro-life judges.” Members of Congress are also pushing legislation to restrict abortions. A bill sponsored by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice would legally define human life as beginning at conception. The bill also states that embryos are allowed the same “right to life” as human beings. We’ve explored the abortion debate before.

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Under a new, conservative administration, rights for LGBT individuals and families may come under threat. We discuss the status of current state and federal rights for LGBT citizens, and look at what battles might be ahead. With us is Atlanta-based LGBT activist Robbie Medwed, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Reporter Kristina Torres, and Lila Bradley, family law attorney at Claiborne Fox Bradley LLC.

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When you watch any high-profile awards ceremony, like the Oscars or the Emmys, you go in knowing a lot of it will be Hollywood fluff. But at least with those, you’re fairly confident that quality films and TV will be recognized.

 

 

That, unfortunately, is not the case with the Grammys. While the Emmys, for example, have rightfully helped put series like "Breaking Bad" or "Game of Thrones" in the history books of quality shows, the Grammys tend to write the wrong history.

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The Breakroom is back, and there’s plenty to talk about. We’ll discuss the firing of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, and if she has a place in Georgia politics. Then, we look at stories surrounding the Atlanta Falcons, including their increased national popularity and alleged overuse of painkillers. We’ll also see if classic movie reboots are any good, and we'll put to bed the debate whether Jack could’ve survived in “Titanic."

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On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. It will wind up as the Falcons first Super Bowl win, or the Patriots’ fifth. GPB Senior Sports correspondent Jon Nelson joined us for a preview.

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Doctor Tom Frieden was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Following President Trump’s inauguration two weeks ago, Frieden stepped down from the CDC. Tom Frieden joins us to talk about his work with the CDC, and what he hopes to see happen there moving forward.

Doctor Tom Frieden was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Following President Trump’s Inauguration two weeks ago, Frieden stepped down from the CDC. Tom Frieden joins us to talk about his work with the CDC, and what he hopes to see happen there moving forward.

On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. It will wind up as the Falcons first Super Bowl win, or the Patriots’ fifth. GPB Senior Sports correspondent Jon Nelson joins us for a preview.

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New legislation has passed the Georgia Senate which would allow local breweries to sell beer directly to consumers. The bill would do away with the current need to sell beer through tour packages. We talk with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin, and Andrew Lorber, brewer and co-founder of Orpheus Brewing in Atlanta.

Breweries are few and far between all along the bible belt. The Brewer’s Association found that Southern States make up the bulk of the ten states with the fewest number of craft breweries per capita--and Georgia sits right in the middle of that list. So why is the South pushing back more brewers? We talk with University of Louisville economics professor Steve Gohmann, and also Nancy Palmer of the Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild.

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