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On this edition of Political Rewind, the U.S. Senate shoots down Senator David Perdue’s plan to dramatically curtail legal immigration and it fails to find common ground on any immigration reform measure.  

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The Southern Poverty Law Center says there were two major spikes in the twentieth century for when Confederate memorials and symbols were dedicated: during the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights Movement. Elizabeth Herbin-Triant

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Across the South, you find Confederate monument relics: often outside a courthouse, or in a cemetery. One monument was vandalized the end of last year at historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome, Georgia. The statue featured a Confederate soldier holding a rifle. Cemetery staff found the soldier's face smashed, and his hands missing.

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When we talk about what to do with Confederate monuments, there are usually two ends of the spectrum: those who want to remove them entirely and those who want to leave untouched. Adding more historical context to monuments might provide a middle ground, but what would that look like, and would it even solve the problem? Andra Gillespie and Celeste Headlee discussed other states’ attempts to contextualize with Anne Marshall, assistant history professor at Mississippi State University. We also heard from Dan Moore, founder of the African American Panoramic Experience Museum in Atlanta.



Noir stories are dark, sometimes scary, and in a new anthology, also distinctly Southern. Tayari Jones is the editor and co-author of “Atlanta Noir.” She joined the Georgia Authors Hall of Fame this year, and we spoke with her back in August.


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Georgia’s legislative session begins January 8, 2018. But a bill addressing the debate over Confederate monuments has already been filed by Decatur’s State Representative, Mary Margaret Oliver. The bill would allow local governments to decide whether or not to keep or remove monuments.

Thomas Hicks was once a local hero in the small mining community of McCaysville, Georgia. He was the town doctor who made middle-of-the-night house calls. But Hicks had a terrible secret, one still reverberating today. From 1950 to 1965, he sold more than two hundred babies on the black market. Some parents knew, others were told their children had died. These children are now fully grown adults, still known as the “Hicks Babies.” We talk to Melinda Dawson and Kriste Hughes about their search for birth parents. 

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