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The list of nicknames and titles for filmmaker John Waters is long and legend. Waters is more than a filmmaker. He’s an actor, writer, fashion icon, stand-up comedian and art collector. He performs in Atlanta on Friday with his one-man show, “A John Waters Christmas.” We get his take on the holiday season.

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The list of nicknames and titles for filmmaker John Waters is long and legend. Waters is more than a filmmaker. He’s an actor, writer, fashion icon, stand-up comedian and art collector. 

Reinhardt: Greg Spell

In just two weeks, the University of Georgia will face Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl for a chance to play in the NCAA National Championship.

But another Georgia school, just north of Atlanta, will play for a national title tomorrow: the Eagles of Reinhardt University.

In today's headlines

  • Mary Norwood is considering legal action after her loss was confirmed in the mayoral race
  • Sam Olens will soon step down as president of Kennesaw State University
  • Reinhardt University prepares to play in the NAIA national championship on Saturday.

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On today's episode of “Two Way Street,” we talk to Sugarland artist Kristian Bush. He and his musical partner, Jennifer Nettles, have been on hiatus since 2013 but recently announced that they will be getting back together for a 2018 tour. We talk to him about Sugarland’s long-anticipated reunion, but since this is a holiday show, we start by talking to Kristian about his passion for Christmas music.

  • Olens Out At KSU
  • Georgia Dome Implosion, Take 2
  • Atlanta Mayoral Race Recount

Kennesaw University President To Step Down Early Next Year

Dec 14, 2017
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Georgia education officials say Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens will resign as president early next year.

  • Atlanta Mayor Race Recount
  • Tax Incentives For Moving To Rural Georgia
  • Atlanta United Big Acquisition

In today's news:

  • A recount will take place today in the Atlanta mayoral race
  • REPORT: Data shows police in DeKalb shoot far more black citizens than whites. 
  • ATL United sets a new MLS transfer record after acquiring US international Darlington Nagbe

On this edition of "Political Rewind," as the 2018 Georgia legislative session approaches, we’re joined by Speaker of the House of Representatives David Ralston. What does he see as the most compelling issues legislators will face? What about a plan to deal with sexual harassment under the Gold Dome? Will the speaker once again look to tamp down efforts to pass a religious liberty bill? And, what about the calls for the legislature to relinquish control over the fate of Confederate markers in local communities?

Panelists:

  • Keisha Lance Bottoms Chooses Transition Team Leadership
  • New High Speed Internet Technology For Rural Areas
  • Etowah High School Would-Be Bombers Indicted

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Getting the flu is, at best, unpleasant. It can kill you. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Georgia is one of seven states reporting widespread flu activity this year. In metro Atlanta, 47 people have been hospitalized for  influenza-associated conditions. That’s about double the number hospitalized at this time last year. The CDC recommends nearly everyone above the age of six months get an influenza vaccination. But people still seem to have questions about what these shots are, how they work, and if they are safe.

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A record number of guns were confiscated this year at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Though that follows a national trend, the Atlanta airport led the nation in the number of guns found for yet another year. We discuss this with Kelly Yamanouchi, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who focuses on airport-related stories. Tom Barton, a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, also joins us.

  •  Georgia Democrats React To Alabama Senate Race
  • Reed Gives Norwood An Ultimatum
  • Georgia Scores Poorly on Unemployment Insurance Evaluation

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All this year, we’ve paid homage to Southern food. Now, it’s time for cocktails.

Photographer Alison Wright has seen a lot of places. She’s trekked through Africa, to South America, to Asia, with many stops along the way: 150 countries in all. She has one goal: Documenting the human condition, one photograph at a time. Her new book, "Human Tribe," is a selection from those thousands of photographs, all showing our shared humanity.

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If you’ve ever visited any Reddit message board or YouTube comment section, you know internet trolls and hate speech go hand in hand. A new study from Georgia Tech suggests the most effective way of combating internet hate speech is to eliminate the spaces where it occurs, not the trolls individually. We talk with Georgia Tech Assistant Professor Jacob Eisenstein.

A record number of guns were confiscated this year at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Though that follows a national trend, the Atlanta airport led the nation in the number of guns found for another year. We discuss this with Kelly Yamanouchi, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who focuses on airport-related stories. Tom Barton, a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, also joins us. 

In GPB-Atlanta news:

  • Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms selects her transition team 
  • Georgia politicians react to Doug Jones' win over Roy Moore in Alabama senate race
  • Support for medical marijuana legislation grows, even among Georgia Republicans

Last month, Moody’s Investors Service issued a stern warning to states: address climate change or risk a credit downgrade. That report says Georgia is one of a handful of coastal states facing the highest risk from climate change. We talk with climate change reporter Christopher Flavelle of Bloomberg News and Jennette Gayer of Environment Georgia.

  • Mayor Reed Legal Action Against Mary Norwood
  • PeachCare Runs Out Of Money Next Month
  • Plant Vogtle Decision Due Next Week

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Last month, Moody’s Investors Service issued a stern warning to states: address climate change or risk a credit downgrade. That report says Georgia is one of a handful of coastal states facing the highest risk from climate change.

Georgia Commission May Vote Next Week On Vogtle Reactors

Dec 12, 2017
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The state agency that regulates utilities could decide next week whether to complete two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle or cancel the project that's been plagued by delays and escalating costs.

Georgia Power estimates the reactors will cost $12.2 billion and won't be finished until 2021 and 2022. The new reactors on the Savannah River near Waynesboro were initially expected to cost the company about $6 billion and be completed this year.

New CDC Director Questioned About Financial Conflicts

Dec 12, 2017
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A U.S. Senator is criticizing the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an apparent financial conflict of interest that the senator says may prevent the director from doing her job.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald became director of the Atlanta-based CDC in July, and was required to sell a range of stocks she owned, including beer and soda companies, the tobacco company Philip Morris International, and a number of health care companies such as vaccine manufacturers and health-care companies.

Official Atlanta Mayoral Runoff Results Retain Thin Margin

Dec 12, 2017
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The vote tallies for the runoff election in the Atlanta mayoral race are official, but with a razor-thin margin remaining, the trailing candidate said Monday that she plans to ask for a recount.

Election officials in Fulton and DeKalb counties, which both include parts of Atlanta, certified their votes, which still have Keisha Lance Bottoms winning the race.

Bottoms' lead grew from 759 votes in unofficial tallies released last week to 832 votes in the certified results. That still amounts to less than 1 percent of the votes.

Every year, the online magazine The Bitter Southerner picks its favorite Southern albums of the year. We listened to some of the featured tracks with Chuck Reece, the magazine’s editor-in-chief and co-founder. He recently compiled his list for the magazine.

  • Mayor Reed Legal Action Against Mary Norwood
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms Victory Margin Larger
  • Plant Vogtle Decision Coming Next Week

GPB: Taylor Gantt

What started off as an extra credit biology assignment for Morehouse student Julien Turner has now become a world of opportunity.

 

Last month, the college sophomore filmed a music video of a song he wrote inspired by Lil Uzi Vert’s hit single “XO Tour Llif3.”

 

Turner’s remix is called “XY Cell Llif3.” It breaks down the differences between mitosis and meiosis:

In today's news:

  • Keisha Lance Bottom increases her lead on Mary Norwood ahead of mayoral recount
  • Kasim Reed alleges that Norwood defamed him, could seek legal action
  • Atlanta students return to school after weekend snow storm

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On this edition of Political Rewind, as the Alabama Senate race heads to the finish line, President Trump rallies voters to turn out for Roy Moore, while former President Obama, along with other key African-American leaders, rally in support of Doug Jones. Meanwhile, Alabama business leaders worry the election results could be yet another setback for the state’s efforts to compete with Georgia.

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