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Paying for Crumbling Stormwater Systems

Feb 23, 2016
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Clay Murphey, a project manager for Macon Bibb County, walked through an eight-foot-high stormwater culvert under a busy intersection. As sloshed through three inches of water, Murphey ran a hand along a jagged crack in the dusty red brick.

"This is the stuff we're concerned about. These large cracks," Murphey said. “You got seepage that's coming from above. That shouldn't be happening. Everytime you're seeping, you are washing away the mortar that's holding this brick in place.”

Then Murphey pointed down to brick rubble lying in the water.

Writer and performer Mike Schlitt has made it his mission to start an honest dialogue about American democracy. His traveling, one-man show, “Patriot Act,” tells a concentrated history of U.S. politics with some comic relief mixed in. Schlitt joins us to talk about why he calls the show “career suicide” and what he hopes people take away.

Donald Trump Rolls Through Georgia

Feb 22, 2016
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Donald Trump told the crowd in Atlanta Sunday afternoon he was confident he would win Georgia’s primary but only with their help.

Former President Jimmy Carter is concerned about the election for a new leader of soccer's governing body. Members of FIFA will cast ballots at a meeting in Zurich later this week. 

Carter doesn't usually weigh in on sports matters, but he often has something to say about elections. The Carter Center has monitored over 100 since 1989. 

Harper Lee Remembered

Feb 19, 2016

As we were finishing production on this week’s show, the bulletin crossed the wires announcing the death of Harper Lee at age 89. She was a giant of American literature and one of the most important chroniclers of the evolution of the American South in the mid-twentieth century.

Magnolia Crossing, an apartment complex in Cobb County, has recently been closed down in favor of clearing the land for higher-end commercial property. While the city claims that the renovation is a community investment, the continuing loss of low-cost housing continues to be a prevalent issue. We talk to Nathaniel Smith, who is the CEO of the Partnership for Southern Equity, about what can be done to assist low-income households with finding reliable living conditions.

About a week and a half ago, Beyoncé took the nation by storm with her music video for the song, “Formation.” It evokes images of Hurricane Katrina, unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Black Lives Matter movement. It's also sparked a massive conversation about race issues in this country - and revealed divisions that go deeper than black and white. Armstrong State University professor Regina Bradley, Aurielle Marie of the Atlanta based organization, “It’s Bigger Than You,” Cornell University PhD student J.

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This year, Georgia lawmakers will look at two bills dealing with a person’s right to religious practice, both of which are expected to inspire much discussion, even though they answer questions that already seem to have answers.

 

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Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to improve Georgia’s failing schools faces one final hurdle: passage of an amendment to the state constitution.

 

Georgians will vote on that in November.  In the meantime, education policy analysts still have questions about the proposal.

 

Georgia Lawmakers Push To Help Kinship Caregivers

Dec 28, 2015
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The story of how Bernice Smith’s grandson became her son is a story told by documents.

Some of the ones she flipped through in the living room of her Decatur, Georgia home were official looking, covered with stamps and seals. Others were more informal.

“This is his autobiography that Stephen wrote himself,” Smith said, holding a printed page. “It says, ‘God Works In Mysterious Ways.’”

Gullah Geechee File Suit To Stay On Sapelo Island

Dec 9, 2015
Sam Whitehead / GPB

Members of Sapelo Island’s Gullah Geechee community are suing local and state governments for practices they say are threatening their ability to live on land they've called home for generations.

Reed Colfax is an attorney representing the group and says many are descendants of slaves.

“When those slaves were freed after the Civil War, many started creating their own communities, had their own lives,” he says. “It was an extraordinary thing, and it's being ignored now.”

 

One Year Of The Atlanta Streetcar

Dec 9, 2015
Sam Whitehead / GPB

Bright blue streetcars roll up Auburn Avenue in Downtown Atlanta every 15 minutes or so, but from inside Condesa Coffee, you can't always hear them over the sounds of conversation and grinding beans.

Octavian Stan is one of the co-owners of the coffee shop. He said, so far, he’s pretty happy with the streetcar.

“Overall, I think it’s a great addition,” Stan said.

Friendsgiving: Taking Holidays Back From The Holidays

Nov 23, 2015
Sam Whitehead / GPB

Most holidays have some kind of baggage. Christmas has commercialism. Thanksgiving has travel headaches.

But one holiday celebrated this time of year seems, so far, to remain free of any such entanglements.

Speaking Up About Turner Field's Future

Nov 13, 2015
Sam Whitehead / GPB

On a recent Monday night, it was standing room only at the Martin Street Church of God in Summerhill. Neighborhood residents had come to the church, which sits less than a mile from Turner Field, to voice their concerns about the stadium's future.

 

Breaking The Cycle Of Generational Poverty

Oct 29, 2015
Sam Whitehead / GPB

The first thing you need to know about Lucille Perry is that she has a great laugh. The second thing is that she works…a lot.

“I got here at 7:00 a.m., and I’ll leave at 4:30 p.m. I have to be to my next job at 5:45 p.m., and I’ll probably get off at 10:00 p.m. tonight,” she said.

Making Designers Out Of Everyone With 3-D Printing

Oct 28, 2015
Sam Whitehead / GPB

3-D printing has been used for years to solve all kinds of problems. Ford Motor Company has been using the technology since the 1980s for prototyping, and, recently, scientists have even used it to print custom skin grafts for burn victims.

One Atlanta art museum is working to make sure 3-D printing and the problem solving it enables stays in the hands of regular people.

Where Transit’s Going In Gwinnett County

Oct 19, 2015
Sam Whitehead / GPB

 

It was Monday morning rush hour at the Gwinnett Transit Center, and Yvette MacPherson had missed her bus.

“What happened was we got to Doraville Train station, and the 10 we take was late getting us to the Gwinnett Transit County Center, and the 30 left before the 10 got here,” MacPherson said.

She was one of the smattering of people gathered at the modest transit center, which is just a few bus shelters in a parking lot next to Gwinnett Place Mall.

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Daufuskie island's population peaked in the 1940s with more than a thousand residents, mostly descendants of freed slaves brought to the coast to harvest rice and sea cotton.

Today, this quiet community has less than 100 people and is nestled between Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Once, Daufuskie Island was a home to Gullah people from all over the low country but when Daufuskie Island's booming oyster industry came to an end in the 1950’s after the beds were poisoned by pollution in the Savannah River, the population began to dwindle.

When it rains on Sapelo Island, it doesn’t take long for the roads to turn into mud according to Gullah resident Stacey Grovner.

“Back in March we had a torrential downpour over a week long period; we got over 11 inches of rain over one week. The roads were like soup.”

  Sapelo Island, Georgia is a coastal community with rich wildlife, an enviable coastline and towering moss draped trees. It’s no wonder many choose the location for vacations and second homes.

What you may not know is the island is also home to the last intact Gullah Geechee community.

Michael Shapiro – Director of the High Museum of Art. Shapiro has formed ground-breaking partnerships with some of the world’s most revered art institutions, including the Louvre. Before the partnership with the High Museum, the Louvre had never released works from its collection to any museum. 

Segment 1&2: During her 13 years as obituaries editor of the Atlanta Constitution Kay Powell developed a wide following for her ability to uncover unexpected, moving and often funny details about the lives of the ordinary people who were the subjects of most of her obits. Kay says her job was to write personality profiles – it just happens the people she wrote about were all dead. She shares wonderful stories about her career.

 

What Value Do You Put On The Work Of Low Wage Earners?

The fight over raising the minimum wage remains unresolved in Washington. But that debate, plus the fight over whether to allow those in this country illegally to seek jobs raises a deeper, more subtle question: what value do we put on the work of low-wage earners?

Ebola: Dispelling The Myths
With the arrival of Ebola patients Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol at Emory University Hospital, there is probably no city or state more aware of the fight to stop the spread of Ebola than here in Atlanta and Georgia.

Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President and CEO of the Task Force for Global Health joins Bill Nigut to talk about the questions surrounding the Ebola virus.
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Jimmy Carter And The Evolution Of Evangelical Christianity

On July 15, 1976, Jimmy Carter strode to the podium at the Democratic national convention in Madison Square Garden in New York to accept the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

In Atlanta's Core, The AIDS Epidemic Is Skyrocketing. Today, thanks to new medications, HIV infections and AIDS are no longer the death sentence they once were. That may be the reason AIDS has fallen out of the media spotlight. But that doesn’t mean the virus has gone away.

In Atlanta, HIV infection in some neighborhoods is skyrocketing, nearing the same level as some African nations.

The New York Stock Exchange And The Atlanta Dream: All In A Day’s Work For Jeff Sprecher And Kelly Loeffler

Kenny Leon is a Broadway and Hollywood director who makes his home in Atlanta. He won his first Tony award in June for directing a revival of "A Raisin In The Sun" starring Denzel Washington.

Now, Leon is appearing on stage in Atlanta in a production of Bernard Slade’s "Same Time Next Year" at True Colors, his theatre company in Atlanta. His co star is Phylicia Rashad, who created the iconic role of Claire Huxtable on “The Cosby Show”.

 

Bill Nigut debuts his new weekly radio program "Two Way Street with Bill Nigut" at 4 PM, Saturday, July 5 on 88.5, GPB Atlanta)

More than 40 years ago, I started my first job in broadcasting: hosting a one-hour daily radio show on WLTD-AM in Chicago, my hometown.

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