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President Obama is spearheading new legislation that could provide millions of Americans with access to overtime pay. The change could have major consequences for jobs in the future, but what is the history of overtime pay and the minimum wage? In our explainer series, we “break-it-down” and learn about the history of the 40-hour work week.    

Brett Harris can simply write a song. Each one is a pop gem, a full but never baroque combination of his capable tenor and finger picked guitar. Our friends at the Field Note Stenographers have spent some time with Harris' new album "Up In The Air" and have this full length review.

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The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied death row inmate Kenneth Fults’ plea for clemency. The board announced its decision Monday evening.

The 48-year-old is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Fults was convicted of the 1996 murder of his neighbor, Cathy Bounds, during a robbery attempt at her Spalding County home. He pleaded guilty, and a jury sentenced him to death. 

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In Athens in the 1980s, they formed one corner of a holy trinity: R.E.M, B-52s and...Pylon. Though they broke up, for the first time, in 1983, Pylon's itchy, dancey influence can still be felt around the world of what we now call indie rock.

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The conservation group American Rivers has put the entire Apalachicola-Flint-Chattahoochee River basin on top of its list of Most Endangered Rivers for 2016.

They say overuse, an outdated management plan, and a decades-long conflict over the rivers could lead to lasting economic and environmental damage in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

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In the age of social media, we spend a lot of time communicating and very little time listening. April 11 is the day to change that with Free Listening Day. People are encouraged to stand outside holding a sign that says "free listening", and then wait and see what people will say to them. This event is the brainchild of Benjamin Mathes, founder of a group called Urban Confessional.  He talks with us about how Free Listening Day grew from an idea to a global movement.

How To Sing Like A Southerner

Apr 11, 2016
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We’ve talked on the show about the history of y’all and how to lie like a Southerner… but how does one sing with a Southern accent? It’s a question tackled in the upcoming production of “The Light in the Piazza” at the Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta. The award-winning musical takes place in the 1950s and tells the story of a wealthy Southern woman and her disabled daughter on a trip to Italy.

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Jackie Robinson broke many barriers in his lifetime both on and off the baseball field. The Cairo, Georgia native's rise took many people by surprise when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African-American in Major League Baseball. A new documentary airing Monday and Tuesday night on GPB-TV tells Robinson's story through the lens of those who knew him best. Filmmaker Ken Burns talks with us about Robinson’s fight against prejudice.

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If you go to Amazon and search for books about Abraham Lincoln, you’ll get 101 pages of results; and that’s only the books that the online retailer has in its own inventory. There are no doubt hundreds of books that are out there that Amazon doesn’t stock for one reason or another. Lincoln is certainly one of the most written about figures in world history, and some of us just can’t get enough of reading about him. It doesn’t matter that a new biography may cover much of the same ground that the last six I’ve read do. Lincoln’s story is continually inspiring, and I find that at whatever age I read a new Lincoln biography, I come away with lessons that speak to me about who I am at that particular time in my life.

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On today’s show, our panel of insiders will look at the storm of controversy that has erupted around new religious liberty laws in Mississippi and North Carolina. Both states passed the measures just days after Georgia governor Nathan Deal vetoed a religious liberty bill here.

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Apr 8, 2016
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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has resumed service to Brussels, Belgium less than a month after the terrorist attacks there. A flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport landed at the city’s Zaventem Airport Friday morning.

 

 

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The tick tick tick with the turn of the key only meant one thing: this moving truck wasn't starting.

Battery? Dead.

Not too long before on this sunny Wednesday afternoon, Kenny Howell Jr. had pulled up behind the apartment he, his girlfriend and their three kids shared in the Tindall Heights public housing project in Macon, ready to load up and go.

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The I-75 corridor connecting Macon and Atlanta is one of the busiest interstates in the country. Trucks travel along the route to carry goods to and from the Port of Savannah. Traffic is expected to double, even triple, in the coming years as the port expands. The state hopes to mitigate congestion and make the interstate safer by building truck-only lanes along 40 miles of I-75. If successful, it’ll be the largest project of its kind in the U.S. and the most expensive, too.

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The man known as the "Phantom of the Fox" has died.  The beloved icon Joe Patten served as technical director of the Fox Theater in Atlanta for more than 35 years.

In the 1970s, Patten formed Atlanta Landmarks, which helped save the Fox Theater from demolition.

He was also responsible for restoring the theater’s organ, and even lived in an apartment inside the venue.

“Most any show is worth seeing, or I’m not in there," said Patten.

Family members say Joe Patten passed away after a stroke at age 89.

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Spring is here, which means dogwood trees are in full bloom and to mark the occasion, Atlanta’s 80th annual Dogwood Festival returns to Piedmont Park this weekend. Reporting live from the park, On Second Thought producer Sean Powers gets a lesson on Georgia’s beloved Dogwood tree from Valerie VanSweden, the curator of the Goizueta Gardens at the Atlanta History Center. Then,  Sean talks with Atlanta artist Dawn Martin, who’s showcasing her landscape paintings at this year’s festival.

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The Breakroom gang is back in the saddle to dissect and debate the week’s news. We talk about cultural appropriation of hairstyles, moving the NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte to Atlanta, and the difference between diversity and discrimination in the casting of Broadway’s “Hamilton.” 

After the break, the crew returns to chop up more of the week’s notable moments. We talk about the idea of a ‘gap year’ break for high school students, the new menu option known as the Burgerizza at Turner Field, and the idea that beautiful people don’t get substantial roles in Hollywood. 

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Spring is here and with it some beautiful fashion! 

There is a unique flair to southern fashion, says Molly McWilliams Wilkins, editor in chief of Southern Bon Vivant, a style and culture website.  She joins GPB Macon's Leah Fleming in a new segment taking a closer look at what makes "a look" so southern.  Listen to the conversation here:

Please join us this Tuesday, April 12 at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater. I'll be sitting down with prize-winning historian Randall B. Woods to discuss “Prisoners of Hope,” the first comprehensive history of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, exploring both the breathtaking possibilities of visionary politics, as well as its limits.

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The city of Demorest, Georgia has passed an ordinance allowing its employees to carry concealed weapons at work.

Mayor Rick Austin said the ordinance, which passed Tuesday, rolls back a previous rule that prohibited city employees from carrying concealed firearms. He believes the new policy makes Demorest the first city in the state to greenlight concealed guns in city buildings and vehicles.

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The National Basketball Association has traditionally been dominated by men on and off the court. But over the years, efforts to promote inclusion have made headway in the form of female referees, front office staff, and even coaching. Here in Georgia, Nzinga Shaw hopes to further promote progress alongside the Atlanta Hawks as the NBA’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

We talk to Shaw about her time on the job and hear what she thinks has improved and what is left to be accomplished.

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Two hundred teams from schools across the nation will gather at Morehouse College this weekend for the U.S. Universities Debating Championship. Students will compete to become the American National Champion of collegiate debate. Morehouse will be the first historically black college to host the tournament. 

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The city of Clarkston, known for its diversity and progressive politics, could become the first city in Georgia to decriminalize marijuana. The city is moving forward on a new policy that would allow police to issue fines rather than arrest those in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. 

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The state Department of Education has begun the process of closing Macon Charter Academy. Since it opened last fall the school has been plagued with numerous problems. Is there any way you see this school staying open at this point or is it better to cut the losses and get the kids into a more stable environment?

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Marianne Ganem Poppell, co-editor of Savannah Master Calendar, and Marcia Banes, events editor of South Magazine, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.

 Marcia’s picks:

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Savannah-Chatham schools let out for the summer in about six weeks. But district officials are already looking ahead to next school year. That’s when, for the first time in more than a decade, the district will run school buses instead of a private company. We looked at what that will mean for families - and bus drivers.

 

 

Just Off The Radar Ep. #451-Synth Special

Apr 6, 2016

This week Joe Silva goes 99.99% electronic with an all synth playlist and a special interview with filmmaker Dave Spiers on his new documentary project Bright Sparks

“Wait Out” – Ghost Suns

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Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is joining the fight against the Zika virus. Public health officials say the world's busiest airport plays an important part in stopping the disease.

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Wisconsin voters weren’t good to front-runners in the race for the White House.

Memory And The Atlanta Child Murders

Apr 6, 2016
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It’s been 35 years since a prime suspect was named in the disappearance and murder of nearly two dozen black children in Atlanta. The incident came to be known as the Atlanta Child Murders. Wayne Williams was named by law enforcement as the killer and he’s currently serving a life sentence for other crimes. “Serial Black Face,” a new play at the Actor's Express Theatre in Atlanta, explores the trauma for African-American families during this time.

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LGBT rights groups rallied near the State Capitol Tuesday to celebrate Governor Nathan Deal’s veto of a ‘religious liberty’ bill last week. 

More than 300 people turned out for the rally, including Jeff Graham of LGBT rights group Georgia Equality. He wants laws that protect minorities as well as the faith community.

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