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The U.S. Senate’s proposed health care overhaul is likely to cut health coverage for poor people and children. We talk about what’s in the bill and the potential consequences with Georgia Health News Editor Andy Miller, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute Health Policy Analyst Laura Harker, and Karoline Mortensen, Professor of Health Sector Management and Policy at the University of Miami.

First, President Trump recently unveiled new trade restrictions with Cuba. We look at how this will impact Georgia’s poultry industry. Joining us is James Sumner, President of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council and Marisa Anne Pagnattaro, Associate Dean for UGA’s Terry College of Business.

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President Trump recently unveiled new trade restrictions with Cuba. We look at how this will impact Georgia’s poultry industry. Joining us is James Sumner, President of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council and Marisa Anne Pagnattaro, Associate Dean for UGA’s Terry College of Business.

Young Singer Finds Comfort In Opera

Jun 28, 2017
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How many sixteen year old opera singers do you know? Well, add Leah Duval to the list.

Duval is a student at Howard High School in Macon who just wrapped up her third year at the annual Otis Redding Music Camp. She may be a veteran camper, but opera is new to her.

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Atlanta is the fifth-highest metro area for new HIV diagnoses, according to federal dataA collection at Emory University sheds light on the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s by showcasing photos by Atlanta photographer Billy Howard.

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According to a recent lawsuit, hundreds of students at Worth County High School in Sylvester, Georgia were the subject of a humiliating pat-down by local sheriff's deputies. The case raises questions about privacy on school campuses.

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A recent survey by the University of Georgia finds that 16 percent of Georgians don’t have access to a high-speed internet connection. The vast majority of those effected live in the state’s rural regions. We talk about broadband deserts with UGA’s Associate Director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Eric McRae.

Finally, broadband deserts are a political issue as well. Kyle Wingfield, a conservative columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, brings us a commentary.

First, according to a recent lawsuit, hundreds of students at Worth County High School in Sylvester, Georgia were the subject of a humiliating pat-down by local sheriff's deputies. The case raises questions about privacy on school campuses. We speak with Robyn McDougle of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute.

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One of America’s most beloved species is making a comeback. The bald eagle was nearly extinct, before being labeled endangered in the 1960s. But a record number of bald eagle nests have been documented in Georgia this year, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. 

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Today on “Political Rewind,” during his presidential campaign, Donald Trump insisted he wanted to "drain the swamp" in Washington. But his own business dealings are causing their own set of issues. Alex Altman joins us to discuss his recent Time Magazine cover article, "The Swamp Hotel," which digs in on the Trump property in D.C. On Wednesday, Trump is planning to hold his first re-election fundraiser at the hotel; and criticism of this idea is mounting.

After Pricy Campaign, Karen Handel To Be Sworn In Monday

Jun 26, 2017
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Karen Handel is set to be sworn in after her victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

Handel's swearing-in ceremony is planned for Monday evening at the U.S. Capitol. Handel is the first female Republican to be elected to a congressional seat in Georgia.

She defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff last Tuesday in the most expensive congressional election in history, with spending expected to top $50 million. Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, ultimately won about 52 percent of the vote according to unofficial returns in the historically conservative district.

First, walking might be good for your health, but maybe not so good for your safety. Last year, 236 pedestrians were killed in Georgia. That’s a 40 percent increase in just two years. We discuss this with Sally Flocks, President and CEO of PEDS, which advocates for pedestrian safety in Georgia.

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President Trump has accused the news media of not covering terrorist attacks adequately. New research from Georgia State University shows the president is partially right. Researchers find there is a systematic bias in the way terrorism is covered, and an attacker’s identity can have an impact on coverage.

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Walking might be good for your health, but maybe not so good for your safety. Last year, 236 pedestrians were killed in Georgia. That’s a 40 percent increase in just two years. We discuss this with Sally Flocks, President and CEO of PEDS, which advocates for pedestrian safety in Georgia.

David Barbe is a legend in the Athens music scene. He runs the Chase Park Transduction recording studio, and has produced albums for Drive-By Truckers, Deerhunter, New Madrid, and many others. His new solo album, “10th of Seas,” is slated for release in August.

Some activists in Georgia were having flashbacks.

"It's like reliving November, right?" said Georgia resident Jessica Zeigler about Democrat Jon Ossoff's loss to Republican Karen Handel in the state's closely watched special election last week.

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On September 9, 2014, a team of medical specialists guided Dr. Ian Crozier into the communicable disease isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. He had Ebola; in fact, he had the worst case of the disease that doctors in the United States had seen since the deadly Ebola epidemic began in Western Africa earlier that year.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” Karen Handel is D.C. bound. What’s her new life going to be like on Capitol Hill? Our panel digs in on a quick recap of the 6th District race and what lies ahead for Democrats and Republicans in Georgia.

A new film called “All Eyez On Me” celebrates the life of rapper Tupac Shakur on what would’ve been his 46th birthday. The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library is home to a huge collection of Tupac’s works, including handwritten manuscripts, writings from his diary, song lyrics, and other personal items. We talk with hip-hop scholar Nsenga Burton about the collection and Tupac’s legacy.

After Legal Troubles, Atlanta Homeless Shelter To Close

Jun 23, 2017
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An Atlanta homeless shelter will close its doors for good after years of legal battles.

Media outlets report that Peachtree Pine homeless shelter will close Aug. 28. Its building will be turned over to the downtown development group Central Atlanta Progress.

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The Breakroom gang returns to discuss coconut oil, workplace sexism, and the odd partnership of Bill Maher and Ted Nugent. We also talk about some unusual stories surrounding prisons and whether Gene Simmons can justifiably claim ownership of the “rock on” hand gesture. Guests include Christian Zsilavetz, Natalie Pawelski, Jessica Szilagyi, and Hector Fernandez.

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All this week we get additions to the essential Georgia playlist from musicians playing at AthFest over the weekend, June 23-25. Today’s picks come from Athens singer/songwriter Thayer Sarrano. She adds some tunes from Don Chambers and Vic Chesnutt.

Thayer Sarrano performs at the Caledonia Lounge Friday at midnight as part of AthFest.

Six inmates at Georgia's Polk County Jail came to the aid of a deputy sheriff who collapsed on the job, calling 911 with his phone and staying with him as the ambulance arrived.

The inmates were on their weekly work detail on June 12, sprucing up a Polk County cemetery ahead of Father's Day, when the deputy collapsed, WXIA in Atlanta reports.

"I happened to look up and I seen the officer, he was going to his knees," one inmate tells WXIA.

Watch Ole 'Bandit' Run: Fans Ride To Georgia For Film's 40th

Jun 23, 2017
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They had a long way to go and a short time to get there, but hundreds of fans in Trans Ams have put the hammer down and made it to Atlanta to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Smokey and the Bandit."

About 350 cars this week retraced actor Burt Reynolds' wild ride from the Texas-Arkansas line to Atlanta in the movie that roared into pop culture in 1977.

"Every town we drive through, people come out to film us, take pictures and wave as our convoy of cars comes through - it's like being in a huge parade," said organizer Dave Hall of Lincoln, Nebraska.

In Atlanta, the buzzing of dirt bikes and ATVs is loudest on Sundays, when a loose group of riders called ATL Bike Life get together.

About 50 of them showed up outside a park in southwest Atlanta, popping wheelies and revving their engines.

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A nationwide report measuring child wellness has ranked Georgia near the bottom.

 

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count report, Georgia is ranked forty-second in the country.

 

 

We dissect the numbers with Rebecca Rice, the Georgia Kids Count Manager for the Georgia Family Connection Partnership.

 

She tells us how Georgia has improved since last year's rankings and where the state is still coming up short.

 

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Summer's officially here, and there's plenty to keep you busy in Savannah this weekend. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar and Bill Dawers of the Savannah Morning News and hissing lawns share their best bets for weekend fun.

Bill's picks:

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All this week, we get additions to the essential Georgia Playlist from musicians playing at AthFest over the weekend, June 23-25. Today’s picks come from Thomas Johnson, guitarist for Athens indie group Futurebirds. He adds some tunes from Star Room Boys and Now It's Overhead.

Futurebirds perform at AthFest on the Main Stage this Friday at 9 p.m.

Today, we revisit our conversation with musician Kishi Bashi. He was raised in Virginia, but has lived in Athens since 2011 when he started playing with the band Of Montreal. We spoke to him just before his concert at the Variety Playhouse last fall. He is up for "Best Album of the Year" at the Flagpole Music Awards tonight in Athens.

Just when it seems Atlanta's done all it can to decimate rap's beloved traditions, someone hops out of bounds again, crosses another line, slaughters a sacred cow.

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