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A show featuring producer Trevor Young’s favorite OST segments of 2017. Hosted by Celeste Headlee:

This summer, more than sixty bands flocked to Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta for the fifth annual Shaky Knees Music Festival. Producer Trevor Young caught up with many musicians there, including rocker Ron Gallo. Gallo is best known for his philosophical musings and a care-free attitude. Trevor also spoke with Fantastic Negrito. The soulful artist was the first ever winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest.


With New Year's right around the corner, we're re-airing our conversation with Ambassador Andrew Young in the spirit of self-reinvention. We hope that Young, a man who has been working on himself for his entire life, will inspire you as you write your New Year's resolutions. 

On this special edition of Political Rewind, Khizr Khan joins us. When Khan pulled a copy of the U.S. Constitution out of his pocket and offered it to Donald Trump at last year’s Democratic Convention, he found himself thrust overnight in the national spotlight.

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  • Home Depot In Acquisition Mode?
  • Man Shot At Hospital

  • State Agencies To Share Data
  • UPS, Home Depot In Acquisition Mode
  • Cobb County Buyer's Remorse

If you want to see theater in one of its most nerve-racking forms, look no further than actor Colin Mochrie. The comedian is best known for his role on the short-form improvisational comedy show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Mochrie has a richly deserved reputation for his skill at improvisation. We talked with him about his craft.

The Georgia film industry is big business - $9.5 billion big in 2017. We spent the hour meeting the people who work on film and television projects that are produced in the state


“My Cousin Vinny” premiered 25 years ago to critical and popular acclaim. Filmed mostly in Monticello, Georgia, it tells the story of an inexperienced New York attorney who takes on the biggest case of his career --- a murder trial. We looked back on the film’s legacy with its director, Jonathan Lynn.

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  • Peach Drop Update
  • Sickle Cell Treatment At MCG

  •  Not So Merry Christmas
  • Sickle Cell Cure Attempt At Medical College of Georgia
  • JetBlue Savannah to Boston Flight Incident

  •  Confederate Monument Damaged
  • Missing 9-1-1 Funds
  • Falcons Last Chance

  •  Fire Displaces Dozens
  • 9-1-1 Fund Money Missing
  • Falcons Must Beat Carolina

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgians will continue to pay for an expansion of the Plant Vogtle nuclear power facility, thanks to a ruling by the Public Service Commission. Our panel will weigh in on how much we’ll pay and look at why the decision has sparked controversy. Plus, state legislators are considering a new tax on phones, television subscriptions and streaming services like Netflix. We’ll discuss the reasons. And, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

  •   New Tel-Com Tax Proposed
  • Georgia Obamacare Sign Up Numbers
  • Plant Vogtle Decision Financial Impact

  • Plant Vogtle Decision To Cost Consumers
  • Former Roswell Council Member Faces Kiddie Porn Charges
  • GDOT Clears Way For Holiday Travelers

A show featuring OST’s best music segments of 2017. Hosted by Celeste Headlee:

We talk with singer and songwriter Rhiannon Giddens, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the folk band the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Her new solo album, “Freedom Highway,” tells the stories of oppressed African-Americans. We caught up with her ahead of a performance at the Variety Playhouse in May.

Today's headlines:

  • GDOT announces holiday work stoppage to limit lane closures
  • Plant Vogtle will continue after PSC vote on Thursday
  • Former Roswell city council member indicted on child pornography charges 

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Georgia consumers will have to pay more for power, starting in 2021, now that state regulators have voted to let construction continue on two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

At a hearing Thursday, the Georgia Public Service Commission voted unanimously in favor of continuing construction at Plant Vogtle.

This is despite the project being billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.

Host Bill Nigut reads one of the most beloved of all holiday stories: Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” In this heart-warming memoir, Capote recounts the Christmases he spent with an elderly, distant cousin when he was a young boy living in Monroeville, Alabama.

  • Plant Vogtle Construction Continues
  • Obamacare Sign Up Extended
  • Apology From Airport GM

We spent the hour talking about what makes Southern food Southern, how collard greens played a role in the civil rights movement, and the politics of barbecue. 

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Georgia Power’s expansion of nuclear power at Plant Vogtle is still alive following a unanimous vote by the state’s Public Service Commission.

  • PSC: Plant Vogtle Construction To Continue
  • Airport GM Apologizes
  • Norwood Concedes

Troubled $25 Billion Plant Vogtle Project Gets OK To Continue

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Georgia's utility regulators are allowing construction to continue on two new nuclear reactors, despite massive cost overruns for the multi-billion-dollar project.

In today's news:

  • Mary Norwood officially concedes after recount in Atlanta's mayoral race
  • The Public Service Commission prepares to decide Plant Vogtle's fate
  • Officials at Atlanta's airport apologize for the blackout over the weekend

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On this edition of "Political Rewind," the Public Service Commission is about to make a momentous decision that will hit Georgia Power customers in the pocketbook and influence the future of nuclear power across the country. Will the PSC uphold Georgia Power’s plan to continue construction of the troubled Plant Vogtle? Will the commission approve a power company proposal to increase the surcharge customers are already paying for building the nuclear plant? Plus, we’ll look at the fallout from the blackout at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

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  • UPS Buying Tesla Trucks
  • Renovations At Sanford Stadium

For the first time, Atlanta has a police officer dedicated to cases of animal cruelty. The position was created in October. And the first cop to fill the post is Senior Patrol Officer Amy Soelder. She’s a 22 year veteran of the force, and joins us in the studio.

  • Delta Wants Compensation For Blackout Losses
  • Washington County Deputies Indicted
  • Kendrick Lamar Halftime Entertainment at College Football Championship Game

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For the first time, Atlanta has a police officer dedicated to cases of animal cruelty. The position was created in October. And the first cop to fill the post is Senior Patrol Officer Amy Soelder. She’s a 22 year veteran of the force, and joins us in the studio.

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Millions of American Christians are preparing to celebrate Christmas, but what about those who don’t celebrate? It’s a federal holiday, and most businesses are closed. What is Christmas like for the non-Christian?