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I loved talking to Bruce Feiler, our guest on today’s show. He’s a man bursting with original ideas; so many that when you talk to him, sometimes two, three thoughts seem to emerge almost simultaneously and you have to figure out which one to focus on at a given moment. That’s fine with me, because he reinterprets ancient stories in a way that allows us to think more deeply about who we are today.

'Tent City' Protesters Camp Out At Turner Field

Apr 7, 2017
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Georgia State University has been working to expand its campus, and the redevelopment of Turner Field is the university’s latest effort to do so. Some members of the community have come together to voice their concerns with the project.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump orders a missile strike on Syria and Georgia Senators Isakson and Perdue share their thoughts with us. 

Early last week, a flock of chickens at a Northwest Georgia farm tested positive for bird flu. It’s the first confirmed contamination of commercial poultry in the state. What’s being done to contain the virus? How do farmers and officials prevent future outbreaks? We asked Mike Giles, President of the Georgia Poultry Foundation and Bruce Webster, UGA Professor of Poultry Science.

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The Breakroom is back to discuss grammar vigilantes, sexual assault settlements at Fox News, and overused terms like “break the internet.” Plus, we’ll talk about why Georgia might be a terrible place for millennials, why big houses are going out of style, and look at an April Fools' joke by a Republican candidate in the Sixth District race.

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Early last week, a flock of chickens at a Northwest Georgia farm tested positive for bird flu. It’s the first confirmed contamination of commercial poultry in the state. What’s being done to contain the virus? How do farmers and officials prevent future outbreaks? We ask Mike Giles, President of the Georgia Poultry Foundation and Bruce Webster, UGA Professor of Poultry Science.

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A new café in Atlanta caters to cats and their humans. At Java Cats Café, you can order coffee and hang out with adoptable cats. GPB’s Sean Powers stopped by to learn more about this purrfectly feline coffee shop.  

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The Atlanta Dogwood Festival will feature a number of local talents. One of the musicians performing this weekend is Felicita.

She’s a vocalist, guitarist, and a student at Georgia State University. She’ll be performing at the International Stage throughout the weekend in Piedmont Park.

We chat with Felicita about her budding musical career. Then, we hear a live song recorded in the GPB Performance Studio. 

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival kicks off today. It will feature more than 50 performances over the next three days.

One of those performers is Antonio Rodriguez. He’s a musician and singer from Veracruz, Mexico. He’ll be performing each day at the International Stage in Piedmont Park.

 

 

Rodriguez traveled to our GPB Performance Studio this week to play us a song and tell us a little about his love for music.

 

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It started in 1936 as an event to put Atlanta on the map. Now it’s the oldest outdoor festival in Atlanta and a classic opening to spring. 

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival returns to the city for the 81st time this weekend. The three day event will include an extensive artist market, live music on two stages and food from a variety of vendors. 

The festivities kick off at noon on Friday at Piedmont Park and will run all the way until Sunday.

Publix Savannah Women's Half & 5K

With plenty of events on the calendar this weekend, Savannah Magazine's Amy Condon and Visit Savannah's Larissa Allen share some top bets for weekend fun.

We’ve seen more acts of hate speech and racism in recent months. Are hate groups becoming more organized? Jeannine Bell, Professor of Law at Indiana University, and filmmaker Mike Ramsdell joined us to discuss the rise of white supremacy, and what we’ve learned from dealing with hate groups in our history.

 

Men Stopping Violence

April 2-8 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The Georgia Senate recently passed Marsy's Law and the House will take it up next session. It’s a resolution to amend the state constitution so that crime victims have rights equal to perpetrators and the accused. We spoke with Pastor Sabrina McKenzie. She lost her sister to a violent crime, and now advocates for increased victims’ rights. We also talked with Lee Giordano, Training Director of Men Stopping Violence.

Memaw's At LG's Restaurant

Georgia leads Southern states in hospitality, according to a recent survey from Twiddy.com. What does Southern Hospitality really mean?

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NASA announced last month it will recruit a team of Georgia Tech researchers for a new project. The team, called REVEALS, will study radiation on other planets and build radiation proof space suits. What can this technology do for us in space exploration?

We ask the team leader, Thomas Orlando, a Director in the Center for Space Technology and Research at Georgia Tech.

NASA announced last month it will recruit a team of Georgia Tech researchers for a new project. The team, called REVEALS, will study radiation on other planets and build radiation proof space suits. What can this technology do for us in space exploration? We ask the team leader, Thomas Orlando, a Director in the Center for Space Technology and Research at Georgia Tech.

Tornadoes And Apparent Twisters, Rain, Hail Across Southeast

Apr 5, 2017
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Severe storms raking the Southeast unleashed one large tornado and more than a half-dozen apparent twisters Wednesday, toppling trees, roughing up South Carolina's "peach capital" and raining out golfers warming up for the Masters.

A powerful tornado toppled trees and downed power lines in rural Georgia and similar scenes played out in spots around Alabama and South Carolina amid drenching rain, high winds and scattered hail — some as big as baseballs.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the weather isn't the only thing that's stormy! 

Tornado Hits Georgia As Rain, Hail Pelts Southeast

Apr 5, 2017
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A large tornado touched down in rural southwest Georgia on Wednesday, toppling trees and power lines as dangerous storms battered the Deep South with heavy rain and hail as large as baseballs in some spots.

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With severe storms bearing down on Augusta National, the club has been shut down for the second time this week.

Masters officials suspended play at 1:25 p.m. EDT Wednesday, cutting short the final afternoon of practice before the start of the tournament as well as the popular Par 3 Contest.

Fans were ordered to leave the course as line of dangerous storms swept across the Deep South, sparking tornado warnings in Georgia and neighboring South Carolina.

Augusta National was also forced to close Monday because of heavy rains.

Lambda Legal

A federal appeals court ruling this week in Illinois could affect a LGBT-rights case here in Georgia.

 

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled for the first time Tuesday that federal civil rights laws protect LGBT employees from workplace discrimination.

I-85 Arson Suspect Could Face Federal Charges

Apr 5, 2017
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Investigators say the man accused of starting the raging fire that caused the collapse of a section of I-85 in Atlanta on March 30 could face federal charges.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assistant special-agent-in-charge James Deir told WSB-TV on Wednesday that Basil Eleby could be charged with federal offenses after the U.S. attorney's office reviews the March 30 incident.

Big Hail, Heavy Rains Pelt Deep South As Storms Move In

Apr 5, 2017
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Big hail and heavy rains pelted the Deep South early Wednesday, and schools and churches shut down as severe storms that forecasters said could spawn powerful tornadoes moved across the region.

Alabama's governor declared a state of emergency because of the threat, resulting in multiple school closings, and schools in South Carolina planned to dismiss classes early.

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The closed section of I-85 carries more than 240,000 vehicles a day with few alternate routes. We talked with Emory University labor economist Tom Smith about the economic impact of the collapse on the state and the region.

The collapse last week of a portion of I-85 in Atlanta left the city in a state of gridlock and uncertainty. At a news conference on Monday, Georgia Department of Transportation officials told reporters work to repair the bridge won’t be finished until mid-June. For more on the I-85 disaster, we talk with GPB news reporter Sam Whitehead.  

Georgia Department of Transportation

The collapse last week of a portion of I-85 in Atlanta left the city in a state of gridlock and uncertainty. At a news conference on Monday, Georgia Department of Transportation officials told reporters work to repair the bridge won’t be finished until mid-June. For more on the I-85 disaster, we talked with GPB news reporter Sam Whitehead.  

Commentary: Who's To Blame For I-85 Collapse?

Apr 5, 2017
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Three homeless people are in police custody in connection with the I-85 fire. One of them is Basil Eleby, who is charged with first-degree arson and criminal damage. He was allegedly smoking crack under I-85. In a commentary, freelance journalist George Chidi says there’s more blame to go around.

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We get a new pair of songs for our essential Georgia Playlist. Members of Augusta band Funk You join the show to share two of their favorite Georgia tunes from Dixie Dregs and Otis Redding.

They perform at The Georgia Theatre in Athens Wednesday (April 5) at 9pm, and at Sky City in Augusta Thursday (April 6) at 10pm.

NWS Peachtre City

The latest on severe weather moving across the Southeast.

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Actress Aisha Tyler voices Lana Kane, the lead female character on “Archer.” Lana loves, hates, and cares for Archer, all while beating up the bad guys. Tyler talks to us about "Criminal Minds," "CSI," and being a bona fide geek.

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