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Over the last year, Atlanta’s soccer scene has blown up thanks to a new professional soccer club, Atlanta United FC. You can’t miss the black, red, and gold jerseys and flags that fans are sporting. In about three weeks, the team begins its next chapter when it plays at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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The video playing on Bruce Walker’s computer screen looks ordinary enough: a few fish flit around in a small aquarium. But the soundtrack is anything but normal. Tones pile up, sputter, and jump in random, atonal bursts.

“There’s a yellow fish, an orange fish, and a blue fish,” Walker explained. “And each of those fish is represented by a particular musical instrument.”

The music responds to the fish as they move across the scene, their movements tracked by a camera. It sounds like Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy tale "Peter and the Wolf" thrown in a blender.

People are descending upon North Georgia’s small towns to glimpse the total solar eclipse on Monday. We caught up with a Georgia Tech scientist and a city councilor from Rabun County about how they’re getting ready for the big event. 

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Today on “Political Rewind,” presidential advisor Steve Bannon is out. What led to his departure? How will President Trump’s nationalist supporters respond to their favorite West Wing advisor?

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Astronomy students at the University of West Georgia are using Monday’s solar eclipse to recreate an experiment that proved Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.

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The Breakroom gang joins host Celeste Headlee to weigh in on the week's news.

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We talked with Georgia native Karin Slaughter, the author of several international bestsellers. Her latest crime novel, just out, is “The Good Daughter.” It is about how a terrifying event rips apart a family, as well as their small town.

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Atlanta-based producer Will Packer’s new movie “Girls Trip” is doing quite well. It cost about $19 million to make, and it has grossed more than $90 million since opening in theaters last month. We talked with Will Packer last week about making hit movies with diverse casts, and his TV project “Black America.”

 

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Today's Music Minute highlights a middle Georgia blues legend who inspired a number of influential artists over the years.

You’re listening to "Statesboro Blues" by Blind Willie McTell, who was born in Thomson, Georgia in 1898.

Saturday will be the 58th anniversary of his death in 1959.

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It may be hot this weekend, but there's plenty of cool music (and other events) to check out. Bill Dawers of the Savannah Morning News and hissing lawns and Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune have a few recommendations.

Tanya's picks:

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The Woodruff Arts Center has a new chief executive.

The Midtown Atlanta campus includes the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Alliance Theater.

Doug Shipman takes the helm of the nation’s third-largest arts center at a time when public funding for the arts is under threat and institutions are facing new questions about inclusivity and diversity. 

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John T. Edge is the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Based out of the University of Mississippi, the SFA studies and documents Southern food cultures. A respected authority, Edge writes about Southern food and culture for publications such as Garden & Gun Magazine and The Oxford American.

First, Atlanta has a healthy appetite for improv. This week Dad’s Garage Theater welcomes Scott Adsit. You may know him best as Pete Hornberger on the show “30 Rock.” Scott joined us earlier this week to discuss the art of comedy.

Then, Atlanta-based producer Will Packer’s new movie “Girls Trip” is doing quite well. It cost about $19 million to make, and it’s grossed more than $90 million since opening in theaters last month. We talked with Will Packer last week about making hit movies with diverse casts, and his television project “Black America.”

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Atlanta has a healthy appetite for improv. This weekend, Dad’s Garage Theater Company welcomes Scott Adsit. He's best known for roles on the TV shows “30 Rock” and "Moral Orel."  We talked to him about the art of comedy.

Scott performs Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at Dad's Garage Theater Company in Atlanta.

How Should Georgia Handle Its Confederate Monuments?

Aug 16, 2017
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As politicians and activists call for the removal of Confederate monuments across Georgia, an Atlanta historian says there’s another possible solution: add historical context.

“If you don’t take them down, then you must contextualize them,” said Sheffield Hale, CEO of the Atlanta History Center.

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Today on “Political Rewind” we look at the fallout over the past five days from the violent confrontations in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

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August 16 marks the death of Coca-Cola founder and inventor John Pemberton. It has been over 130 years since he first brought the beverage to Atlanta. We took a trip to the Coca-Cola Freestyle Innovation Lab and learned the story behind the drink’s first pour.

First, rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend brought together many factions of the white supremacist movement, and put a younger generation of white supremacists in the spotlight. Reporter A.C. Thompson has been tracking hate groups for ProPublica’s “Documenting Hate” project. He joins us to talk about his reporting, and what he saw in Virginia. We also talk with University of Maryland psychology professor Arie Kruglanski, who studies the mental processes behind radicalization, de-radicalization, and terrorism.

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Rallies in Charlottesville over the weekend brought together many factions of the white supremacist movement, and put a younger generation of white supremacists in the spotlight. Reporter A.C. Thompson has been tracking hate groups for ProPublica’s “Documenting Hate” project.

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After three years of work, Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium is finally nearing completion.

The $1.6 billion facility will serve as the permanent home for two Georgia pro teams: the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United.

 

Music for American films is produced almost entirely in New York or Los Angeles. But as the film industry booms in Georgia, the demand for locally sourced musicians is growing. The newly formed Peach State Orchestra looks to meet that demand by becoming the first premiere movie scoring orchestra in Georgia. We talk with founder and conductor Phillip Allen.

“Shadow Of The Lions” is the debut novel of Atlanta author Christopher Swann. His thriller novel explores the life of a young man named Matthias as he reckons with the disappearance of a close friend. Christopher Swann is an English Professor at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, and our guest.

Chris Swann will appear at the Atlanta History Center on Thursday, August 17 at 7 p.m.

The Atlanta Dream

The WNBA’s Atlanta Dream has had a surprising season. The team lost to the New York Liberty on Friday, for its sixth straight loss, and the team is currently in ninth place in the league. But there is still enough time to make the playoffs. And in many ways, the Dream has exceeded many people’s expectations since it lost a star player for the summer.

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A new report finds chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 110 of 111 brains of deceased former NFL players. The study adds to a  growing body of knowledge about the connection between contact sports and brain-damaging concussions.

First, a new report finds chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 110 of 111 brains of deceased former NFL players. The study adds to a  growing body of knowledge about the connection between contact sports and brain-damaging concussions. We talk with Steve Broglio, Director of the NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan.

We also talk with former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Buddy Curry, who is working to improve football education with his group, “Kids & Pros.”

Isakson Encounters Testy Town Hall In Kennesaw

Aug 15, 2017
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This weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia was front and center at Senator Johnny Isakson’s first town hall of the year Monday night.

Before taking his first question from the capacity crowd of over 600, Georgia’s senior senator got right to the point.  He said America is no place for the KKK or white supremacists.

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Georgia's senior U.S. senator Johnny Isakson joins us in the studio.

First, when Donald Trump began his campaign in 2015, few thought he would climb to the nation’s highest office. But Jared Yates Sexton realized Trump was onto something. He was one of the first people to attend and report on Trump rallies. Sexton teaches creative writing at Georgia Southern University, and has a new book: “The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore.” He joins us for an hour exploring changes in the American psyche.

When Donald Trump began his campaign in 2015, few thought he would climb to the nation’s highest office. But Jared Yates Sexton realized Trump was onto something. He was one of the first people to attend and report on Trump rallies. Sexton teaches creative writing at Georgia Southern University, and has a new book: “The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore.” He joins us to explore the changes in the American psyche leading up to Trump.

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Donald Trump’s politics have often been described as “populist.” Populism, by definition, is the belief that average people should have more say in governance than the wealthy elite. But the term can be as misleading; Bernie Sanders was also called a populist. Since the word can cause some confusion, we break it down. Then we’re joined by a populism expert: Cas Mudde, a professor in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. And Jared Yates Sexton, a professor at Georgia Southern University.

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