Athens

A month ago, 17 people died in a mass school shooting in Florida. To remember the victims, students nationwide are walking out of their classrooms Wednesday morning in solidarity. We talked with student Lauren Bengtson of Pope High School in Cobb County. Her father, Mike, also joined the conversation.  Then, we talked with Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center about whether schools can take action against students who participate in Wednesday’s walkout. 

All hour, we looked back at some of the best conversations by Celeste Headlee, who recently stepped down as host of ‘On Second Thought."

We started off the show with our chat with Henry Winkler, best known as “The Fonz” on TV’s Happy Days. Winkler came to Georgia last summer for the Decatur Book Festival. He’s the co-creator of a popular children’s book series that centers on Hank Zipzer, a young boy with learning difficulties.

Of Montreal / Polyvinyl Record Co.

Not too many indie bands can say they’ve gone strong for more than 20 years. Athens group Of Montreal is an exception. Founded by Kevin Barnes in the late 90s, the band has released 14 full length albums. Their 15th album, called "White Is Relic / Irrealis Mood," comes out on March 9th. We talk with Barnes about the vision behind this latest record.

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Last month, the DeKalb County Commission voted to relocate the Confederate monument in Decatur Square. But state law is tricky, and the county’s options are limited. What is the process for getting a monument successfully taken down? What legal barriers will make the effort difficult? We ask these questions with Elena Parent, state Senator for Decatur.

Audio Postcard: Athens' Confederate Monument

Feb 6, 2018
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We’ve spent a lot of time talking about Georgia’s Confederate memorials. Now we visit one. In Athens, you almost certainly run into the obelisk downtown memorializing confederate soldiers. It sits right on Broad Street, just feet away from UGA’s famous arches. Producer Trevor Young asks Athenians how they feel about the monument in an audio postcard.

red & black

This month on Nothing Funny About Money, Matt & Michael discuss various options for limiting student debt by paying for college while you are actually IN COLLEGE!

Neighbor Lady

We add two more tunes to our ever-growing Georgia Playlist. Merideth Hanscom plays with the Athens-based group Neighbor Lady. They perform at 529 Bar in Atlanta tonight [Jan. 31]. Hanscom brings us tracks by Deerhunter and Omni.

For years, Atlanta has worked to fix failing public schools. Charter schools have begun to appear as an alternative to many of those troubled schools. In author David Osborne’s latest book, Reinventing America’s Schools, he suggests charter school-like guidelines that all schools should follow, including Atlanta’s. We talked with him and Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Maureen Downey.

 

 

Last week, a federal judge temporarily halted the Trump administration's plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It’s unclear if legislative efforts to extend the program will be successful. 

How Ticks Are Making Us Allergic To Meat

Jan 9, 2018
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Little is known about the Alpha-Gal allergy. The condition causes people to break out or experience more severe conditions after eating meat. The allergy has spread via the Lone Star tick, a deadly culprit making its way across the Southeast. 

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