Breakroom

First, retail stores are disappearing, but the economy’s not the bad guy. Rising pressure from online shopping is causing brick and mortar stores to file for bankruptcy at a record pace in 2017. We’ll talk about how this retail downturn is affecting Georgia with Amy Wenk, reporter for The Atlanta Business Chronicle, and John Brown, Associate Professor of Economics at Georgia Southern University.

One year ago, Atlanta-based Rapper Gucci Mane was released from prison. Since his release, he has been reinventing himself. He headlines a concert this weekend in Atlanta. We speak with Georgia-based hip-hop artist Makonnen and hip-hop scholar Regina Bradley about Gucci Mane’s influence on hip-hop in the South. Then, NPR Music hip-hop reporter Rodney Carmichael reviews Gucci Mane’s latest album, "Droptopwop."

The Breakroom gang is back to discuss the potential for Georgia to have its first African-American female governor, a debate over espionage vs. whistleblowing, and examining the feminism of Wonder Woman. Then we talk about Cumberland Island, why men refuse to seek medical help, and our favorite BBQ sauces. Our guests are Kalena Boller, Kathy Lohr, Stefan Turkheimer, and Jessica Szilagyi. 

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Happy Friday! The Breakroom returns to discuss controversies surrounding the Confederate flag, Trump’s cell phone, and… fruit juice. Then, we talk about the issues with Plant Vogtle, debate whether white guys should cook ethnic food, and vote on the best way to prepare shrimp. Our guests are Soumaya Khalifa, Greg Williams, Tomika DePriest, and Eric Segall.

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The Breakroom gang weighs in on the latest revelations about the White House and the quick fix of I-85. Then, we discuss the ongoing Uber vs. taxi debate, whether social media is healthy, and the return of "Roseanne." The Breakroom this week includes Kathy Lohr, HB Cho, Jessica Szilagyi and Robbie Medwed.

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The Breakroom is back to discuss grammar vigilantes, sexual assault settlements at Fox News, and overused terms like “break the internet.” Plus, we’ll talk about why Georgia might be a terrible place for millennials, why big houses are going out of style, and look at an April Fools' joke by a Republican candidate in the Sixth District race.

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The Breakroom returns with no shortage of news to discuss. We’ll talk about Snoop Dogg’s controversial new music video, and think about why the new "Beauty and the Beast" film is so upsetting to some people. Then, we’ll discuss whether Georgia should be encouraging coyote hunting, and look back at the viral video of a family exposed on a live BBC interview. 

The Breakroom panel today is:

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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."

The Breakroom gang is back in action. We talk about why people feel the need to raid grocery stores before an impending storm, how ParkAtlanta has issued tons of bogus parking tickets, and the Pope’s recent decision to give the go-ahead for women to breastfeed in church.

The small city of Sparta, Georgia made headlines this week. A lawsuit claims Hancock County and its Board of Elections systematically questioned the registrations of nearly two hundred Sparta voters - most of whom are black. A quarter of the voters were removed from voter rolls. This electoral move would have required the pre-clearance from the federal government three years ago. But the Supreme Court struck down that provision, saying the mandate was outdated and unconstitutional.

Preparations are underway for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio, and Atlanta is home to one of the best track and field teams in the world. The Georgia Track Club will send a number of athletes to this year’s games. We speak with three time Gold medalist Angelo Taylor about what it takes to train for the Olympics. We also talk with Hazel Clark, Executive Director of the Georgia Track Club, about some of the financial struggles athletes face on the road to the Olympics. 

 

The fourth annual Atlanta Zine Fest kicks off this Saturday, June 11. Zines are essentially handmade magazines. They’re not created to make a profit, but as a form of self-expression. This year’s theme is “Digital DIY” and will include workshops and discussions on digital tools in zine-making. We speak with Atlanta Zine Fest founder and Mumur Media Executive Director Amanda Mills about zines in the digital age and the DIY community in Atlanta. 

 

Biologists have studied animal intelligence for years, but primatologist Frans de Waal thinks humans are the ones not smart enough to understand animal intelligence and that we observe animal behavior with our own exceptionalism in mind. He bridges the dividing line between humans and animals in his new book "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?" We speak with de Waal about his research into breadth of animal intelligence. 

 

Guest host Adam Ragusea revisits a conversation about white nose syndrome, the deadly fungal disease that has rapidly reduced Georgia's bat population. We discuss the effects on the state's vulnerable agriculture industry.

 

Then, we add to our ever-growing, essential Georgia Playlist with help from singer Chandra Currelley. This weekend, she will perform at the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

First, we speak with Anthony Mackie, who is currently lighting up the silver screen as Falcon in “Captain America: Civil War.” Mackie’s next role is a completely different heroic challenge. He plays Martin Luther King Jr. in the upcoming HBO film, “All the Way.” Bryan Cranston will star alongside Mackie in the role of Lyndon B. Johnson. The story introduces the two political figures at the height of the Civil Rights movement in a country torn apart by the assassination of John F. Kennedy.