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This week for Atlanta Considered, we “consider” Atlanta’s geek culture and why it matters.

It matters because Atlanta is home to The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Dragon Con, 75 video game companies and much more. 

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Starting out under the Gold Dome where the Senate passed HB 859, the “campus carry” bill. The legislation, if signed by the governor, will allow students, faculty and staff over age 21 with a Georgia Weapon Carry License to carry concealed firearms on Georgia’s college campuses. Opponents of the law say that it will make students, faculty and staff less safe on campuses around the state. Proponents of the legislation say that it allows licensed carriers the opportunity to protect themselves. Who’s right?

Fight Against Opioid Drug Abuse Gets Boost

Mar 11, 2016
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The Department of Health and Human Services awarded Georgia $731,250 Friday to help treat the growth of prescription opioid abuse.

The federal funding will help support two health centers in Georgia which are working to improve substance abuse services. Their focus is on opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

Dawn Randolph is with the Georgia Substance Abuse Council. She says Georgia is in a state of emergency.

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Musicians from all over the world are in Savannah this week for the annual Stopover Music Festival. One of Georgia's hometown bands performing is Twisty Cats. Peter Mavrogeorgis and Blake Olmstead are the creative forces behind the group. They're married, and moved to Savannah a few years ago from New York. By day, they run a recording studio, and by night they perform what they describe as "Electro-gothabilly-Psych-Punk-Pop."

'Campus Carry' Legislation Headed To Governor’s Desk

Mar 11, 2016
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The “Campus Carry” bill is headed to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal. After heated debate, HB 859 passed in the state Senate Friday with a vote of 37-17.

The bill would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses. However, it would not allow the weapons in athletics facilities or student housing, which includes fraternity and sorority houses.

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There are nine spare, simple songs on Julien Baker's debut album, Sprained Ankle, and every one of them is sad. In fact, she came to the Tiny Desk with an untitled new one — since given the name "Funeral Pyre" — and she appropriately introduced it as "Sad Song #11." But Baker's shimmering electric-guitar picking, the purity of her voice and the yearning way she sings make each of her songs lovely and memorable rather than merely somber. She takes raw emotions and weaves them into perfect bits of memorable poetry like this, from the song "Good News":

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, is getting a $6 billion facelift. 

The details were outlined by airport General Manager Miguel Southwell on Thursday. The announcements came as part of the inaugural State of the Airport address at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Southwell said the project will not only "be transformational for the airport, but they will enable the needed expansion to accommodate the growing demand we have at Hartsfield-Jackson." 

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After a long week, it’s time to kick back, relax, and look back at what’s happened since Monday. We talk about a call to ban homework, small churches vs. mega churches, and spending the night in slave quarters.

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Most people recognize the power of a midlife crisis, but two Atlanta performers are hoping to showcase  the funny foibles of life in your mid-20s. Celia Quillian and Shelli Delgado raised $10,000 through crowd funding in order to create their own Web series called "Quarter Life*."

We sit down with the two co-writers and producers of the show to talk about how we should really look at life during our mid-twenties. 

More info on Quarter Life*

Funny And Feminist

Mar 10, 2016
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A sketch comedy show at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta promises to deliver laughs and “smash the patriarchy right through the glass ceiling.” It’s called “Woman of the Year” and features sketches that challenge traditional notions of how women are supposed to act, dress and behave.

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