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Breaking Down The March 15 Primaries

Mar 16, 2016
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In news from Washington, President Obama picked the top judge from the DC Circuit to be the next Supreme Court justice. Merrick Garland is a former federal prosecutor who had been previously been recommended to the president by a leading Republican for openings on the Court. 

Business Community Reacts To Expanded ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill

Mar 16, 2016

Some members of the Georgia business community are reacting to the expanded “religious liberty” bill that made it through the state legislature Wednesday. The “Free Exercise Protection Act,” HB 757, would allow faith-based organizations to deny services to same-sex couples.

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A case before the Supreme Court will determine whether a controversial Texas law places an undue burden on women who seek an abortion. Hundreds of these laws have been passed across the country. They're known collectively as "TRAP" laws, which stands for Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers. A new documentary called “Trapped” is now playing at the Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta and looks at how these laws have made it harder for abortion clinics in the South to keep their doors open.

In Georgia, state legislatures are conducted on a part time basis. Most legislators are also involved in major secular fields, including medicine, law, and real estate. A recent Atlanta Journal Constitution article cites that many of these legislators are bringing bills to the floor that will directly benefit their personal career field.

We talk to AJC reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin about the potential for conflicts of interest when part-time lawmakers deal with policies that can affect their own bottom line.

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Indie Musician Kishi Bashi announced the winners of his nationwide competition last Friday. Grady High School Orchestra was one of four finalists who made the cut.

Best known for his work with groups Of Montreal and Jupiter One, Bashi blends tradition and technology with a songwriting style centered around the violin. 

Tennessee Surf Rock With Repeat Repeat

Mar 15, 2016
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Repeat Repeat started its life as surf rock from high atop the Cumberland Plateau. East Nashville, Tenn. to be exact.

Bill Targeting PARKAtlanta Dies In Georgia House

Mar 15, 2016
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A measure aimed at barring Georgia cities from using private parking contractors failed to make it through the House State Planning & Community Affairs Committee Monday.

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A scaled-back medical marijuana bill is stalled in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, but the sponsor vows to fight on.

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It's that time of year again! This week is March Madness for music lovers: South By Southwest. The annual music festival in Austin, Texas is a treasure trove of exciting new music to enjoy and brilliant artists to discover. For this week's All Songs Considered, our hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR

Music's Stephen Thompson and Saidah Blount to talk about which bands they are most excited to see for the very first time at SXSW this year.

Being a teacher is not an easy job. Growing levels of career dissatisfaction, uncompetitive salaries, stress, low levels of teacher retention and many other factors make teaching a serious challenge. Ryan Neumann, a Cobb County teacher and host of the blog Neumannic Times, feels the weight of being a teacher and wrote a commentary based on the challenges voiced by many of his peers.

We take a listen to an excerpt of Ryan’s commentary and hear how he really feels about the his complicated career