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Drew Kirby of the Athens-based band Mothers contributes his nominations for our Georgia Playlist. He chooses songs by "The Olivia Tremor Control" from Athens and Atlanta-based "OutKast."

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We’ve heard a lot about the Evangelical vote during this presidential primary season. And when it’s referred to, it almost always means white, conservative Christians. But Evangelicals weren’t always defined that way. In fact, during the 1976 presidential race, it was progressive Evangelicals who helped elect Jimmy Carter to the White House.

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This week for Atlanta Considered, we “consider” Atlanta’s geek culture and why it matters.

It matters because Atlanta is home to The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Dragon Con, 75 video game companies and much more. 

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Starting out under the Gold Dome where the Senate passed HB 859, the “campus carry” bill. The legislation, if signed by the governor, will allow students, faculty and staff over age 21 with a Georgia Weapon Carry License to carry concealed firearms on Georgia’s college campuses. Opponents of the law say that it will make students, faculty and staff less safe on campuses around the state. Proponents of the legislation say that it allows licensed carriers the opportunity to protect themselves. Who’s right?

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The Department of Health and Human Services awarded Georgia $731,250 Friday to help treat the growth of prescription opioid abuse.

The federal funding will help support two health centers in Georgia which are working to improve substance abuse services. Their focus is on opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

Dawn Randolph is with the Georgia Substance Abuse Council. She says Georgia is in a state of emergency.

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Musicians from all over the world are in Savannah this week for the annual Stopover Music Festival. One of Georgia's hometown bands performing is Twisty Cats. Peter Mavrogeorgis and Blake Olmstead are the creative forces behind the group. They're married, and moved to Savannah a few years ago from New York. By day, they run a recording studio, and by night they perform what they describe as "Electro-gothabilly-Psych-Punk-Pop."

'Campus Carry' Legislation Headed To Governor’s Desk

Mar 11, 2016
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The “Campus Carry” bill is headed to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal. After heated debate, HB 859 passed in the state Senate Friday with a vote of 37-17.

The bill would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses. However, it would not allow the weapons in athletics facilities or student housing, which includes fraternity and sorority houses.

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There are nine spare, simple songs on Julien Baker's debut album, Sprained Ankle, and every one of them is sad. In fact, she came to the Tiny Desk with an untitled new one — since given the name "Funeral Pyre" — and she appropriately introduced it as "Sad Song #11." But Baker's shimmering electric-guitar picking, the purity of her voice and the yearning way she sings make each of her songs lovely and memorable rather than merely somber. She takes raw emotions and weaves them into perfect bits of memorable poetry like this, from the song "Good News":

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, is getting a $6 billion facelift. 

The details were outlined by airport General Manager Miguel Southwell on Thursday. The announcements came as part of the inaugural State of the Airport address at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Southwell said the project will not only "be transformational for the airport, but they will enable the needed expansion to accommodate the growing demand we have at Hartsfield-Jackson." 

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After a long week, it’s time to kick back, relax, and look back at what’s happened since Monday. We talk about a call to ban homework, small churches vs. mega churches, and spending the night in slave quarters.*(webseries)

Most people recognize the power of a midlife crisis, but two Atlanta performers are hoping to showcase  the funny foibles of life in your mid-20s. Celia Quillian and Shelli Delgado raised $10,000 through crowd funding in order to create their own Web series called "Quarter Life*."

We sit down with the two co-writers and producers of the show to talk about how we should really look at life during our mid-twenties. 

More info on Quarter Life*

Funny And Feminist

Mar 10, 2016
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A sketch comedy show at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta promises to deliver laughs and “smash the patriarchy right through the glass ceiling.” It’s called “Woman of the Year” and features sketches that challenge traditional notions of how women are supposed to act, dress and behave.

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Bill Dawers, editor of the music blog Hissing Lawns and columnist for the Savannah Morning News, and Mahogany Bowers, founder of Blessings in a Bookbag, offer up some ways to have fun in Savannah this weekend.

Mahogany’s picks:

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Another round of Tuesday primary voting has come and gone, and with it another round of opportunities for those trailing Republican front-runner Donald Trump to make a dent in his ever growing delegate lead.

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A new TV series called “Underground” premieres Wednesday night on WGN America.  It tells the story of a slave escape from a Macon, Georgia plantation in the late 1850s.

Actor Aldis Hodge of “Straight Outta Compton” stars in the series. We talk with him about how he prepared to take on the role. 

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Ahead of this week’s Stopover Music Festival in Savannah, we add another couple of tunes to our Georgia Playlist.

Trey Rosenkampff of the Athens-based group Chief Scout picks songs by Atlanta band Balkans and Athens’ Of Montreal.  

A Rural Hospital Needs Tax Dollars to Ward Off Closing

Mar 9, 2016

The hospital in Sandersville - Washington County Regional Medical Center - serves thousands of people in east central Georgia.


But, like so many hospitals in rural Georgia, it runs in the red. That's because of a combination of poor management decisions and struggles common to health care facilities in less populated areas.

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Voters across the country are choosing candidates in the presidential election. But pecan farmers in Georgia and more than a dozen other states are voting in an election of their own. It’s part of a proposal for better marketing.


Georgia’s decision not to expand Medicaid in 2012 has left rural and urban hospitals in a fragile position. Five rural hospitals have already closed their doors since 2013, and many more face potential financial collapse once federal reimbursements – known as Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments – are phased out by January 2018.

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State-funded road and airport construction projects in Georgia could soon be subject to a less rigorous environmental review process.


SB 346, a bill from Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) and Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga), would make that happen. It passed in the state Senate and currently awaits consideration in the House.


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Ahead of this week’s Stopover Music Festival in Savannah, we talk to one of the event’s featured artists for the Georgia Playlist. 


Andy Sutphen of the Savannah group Street Clothes tells us about two of his favorite songs by Georgia artists.

The Savannah Bananas

This is the first year since 1996 that the Sand Gnats baseball team will not play in Savannah. The team moved to South Carolina last year and changed their name to the Columbia Fireflies. But Savannah has a new baseball team to play inside Grayson Stadium, and that team finally has a name: The Bananas.

Do you like the team name? Or is it ridiculous? What's your favorite wacky sports team name?

We kick off our week of coverage of Savannah’s Stopover Music Festival with a Georgia Playlist from one of the artists performing. 

Anna Chandler of the Savannah-based band COEDS picks two songs from Atlanta’s Cat Power and The Gerbils of Athens.


Funeral services for author Pat Conroy are expected to draw thousands of people in South Carolina's Lowcountry Monday and Tuesday.


 The best-selling author of "The Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini" died Friday, just weeks after announcing he'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral director Carla Anderson-Smith tells the Beaufort Gazette she's expecting 1,500 to 2,000 people to turn out to pay their respects to the beloved author.

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A new survey examines Georgians' attitudes on the economy, education, and a number of other issues.

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Anthony Ponder has been cutting hair for most of his life. He has also spent a lot of time in prison. Ponder lost his equipment the last time he was incarcerated. A pair of Macon churches have set him up with gear again. In return he is cutting hair on Sunday mornings for other men who like him are getting back on their feet.

"I was told that my father was a barber. My father got killed when I was seven years old but I often heard that he was a barber. Maybe that stuck in my head that I wanted to be like my father.”

Mike Mantione, frontman of Five Eight, stops by for an acoustic set featuring music off their new album, Weirdo Reborn.  

Track List“Comin On Too Strong” – Stupid Cupids“Time Tells Me” – Pony Time“For The Week” – Lily & Madeline“For Someone” – Flora Cash“What A Beautiful Place” – Catherine Howe“Drummer Divorce” – Five Eight“Hurt You” – Five Eight“Smoke” – Five Eight“L.A. Freeway” – Five Eight“Full Moon Hungry Sun” – Kane Strang“Juicy” – Radiation City“Ritual Spirit” – Massive Attack“L (Dusty Brown Remix)” – Tycho

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I’ve never tried playing the game of imagining the guests I’d most like to invite to a dinner party at my house. But I do know that one of the seats would be saved for Cokie Roberts. I’ve interviewed her a number of times over the years, and in each case she displays great skills as a completely engaging conversationalist. She’s warm and funny, always enthusiastic about the topic at hand, and oh so smart. Cokie always makes me feel that she’s glad I asked each question I’ve thrown her way, and I’m sure she does the same for the others who talk to her, too.

Breaking Down the GOP Debate

Mar 4, 2016
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Well, the eleventh Republican presidential debate is in the books and what did we learn? Probably that a smaller, seemingly more manageable field of candidates does not necessarily lead to grand discussions of ideas and a spirited debate on policy differences. This debate might well be most remembered as the debate in which the front runner for a major party’s nomination for the most powerful elected office in the world declared that there was no problem with his “manhood.”

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AMC Entertainment is buying Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas for $1.1 billion. The deal would create the world's largest multiplex chain, with more 660 cinemas and nearly 8,400 screens.