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Today on “Political Rewind,” the Senate fumbles on health care, but President Trump tries to recover. Will a lunchtime meeting put a bill back in play? Our panel looks at the latest iteration of the attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare and what it means for those of us who rely on medical insurance. Our panel voted to draft Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, already lauded for his bipartisanship by the New York Times, to lead the way forward.

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We talk with actor Tony Hale, best known for roles on "Veep" and "Arrested Development." He stars in the movie, "Brave New Jersey." It’s showing at the Macon Film Festival this week, July 20-23. 

We talk with actor Tony Hale, best known for roles on "Veep" and "Arrested Development." He stars in the movie, "Brave New Jersey." It’s showing at this week’s Macon Film Festival, July 20-23.

Then, 21 years have passed since Atlanta became an Olympic city. The games were transformative. For a look back, we re-visit a conversation we had with former NPR correspondent Kathy Lohr and Georgia State University professor Maurice Hobson.

Jury: Railroad To Pay $3.9M For Train Death Of Film Worker

Jul 18, 2017
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A railroad owner must pay $3.9 million to the family of a movie worker killed on a Georgia railroad trestle in 2014, a jury decided Monday in civil verdict that found the company shared in the blame for the deadly freight train collision even though the film crew was trespassing.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” if money talks, what do Casey Cagle's campaign contributions have to say? So far, a fair amount of his donations have come from lobbyists and political action groups. What will voters make of it?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” will Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell prevail? At the moment, his version of the health care bill hangs by a thread. With Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) saying they'll vote "NO," McConnell can't afford to lose any more votes. And the full-court press is on with moderates who may be wavering. A vote is expected next week.

The Killer Tomato is this coming weekend. The Killer Tomato Festival, that is. Atlanta restaurateur and chef Ford Fry and Georgia Organics Director Alice Rolls join us to talk about southern cooking with juicy, ripe tomatoes. Then, Bitter Southerner editor-in-chief Chuck Reece provides his views on how to construct the perfect tomato sandwich.

Macon Symphony Orchestra Will Exit Stage This Fall

Jul 14, 2017
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After 41 years of performances, the Macon Symphony Orchestra has announced it will close its doors this October. Bob Veto, president of the symphony’s board, said the decision came after a decline in ticket sales and donations.

“We had a slow response to season ticket requests [and] we have had more and more local philanthropists and corporations saying that there's just too much competition for giving to the arts in Macon,” Veto said.  

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This week on “Two Way Street” we look at what’s being called the Great American Eclipse of 2017, with science writer David Baron.

Bicycles hang from the walls of a tiny room at Strong Tower Church while young boys move to their work stations. They pick up wrenches and wait for instruction.

 

These kids are part of Macon’s Learn and Earn bike program, where students are given a used bike and taught how to fix it up. After ten hours of repair work, they get to take their bike home.

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is out of the hospital after being treated for dehydration in Canada, a spokeswoman said Friday.

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At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Contour Airlines discussed their new partnership with Middle Georgia Regional Airport. The airline received funding from Essential Air Services, a federal program that subsidizes certain airlines to provide flights for smaller communities with limited air travel access. This airport is the only one in Georgia to still receive EAS funding.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” who needs journalists? Donald Trump Jr. scoops everyone by releasing emails proving he met with a Russian attorney last summer during the presidential campaign.

Jury Sees Video Of 'Midnight Rider' Film Crew Fleeing Train Before Crash

Jul 12, 2017
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The civil trial of a railroad company accused of negligence in the 2014 death of a movie worker opened Tuesday with jurors watching video of the film crew fleeing a freight train moments before the fatal crash on a Georgia railroad bridge.

Judge: Man Accused Of Threats To Rep. John Lewis’ Staff Is Competent

Jul 12, 2017

A man accused of threatening the staff of U.S. Rep. John Lewis has been deemed competent to stand trial.

A report from the warden at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, indicates that Dante Antione Rosser is competent to stand trial and understands the nature of the legal proceedings, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman said Tuesday.

Baverman had ordered a mental health evaluation during a hearing in March.

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Since its passage in the wake of 9/11, the Patriot Act has become a symbol to civil liberties activists for any law which invades personal freedoms in the name of preventing terrorism. But a new law which went into effect on July 1 has Georgia’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union saying it’s even broader than the Patriot Act.

Georgia state agencies have ramped up efforts to crack down on elder abuse, with law enforcement training and a tougher criminal code.

But an underlying anxiety exists among several officials who feel the issue will continue to plague at-risk Georgians until stricter protocols are put in place to track offenses, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Despite a new statewide focus on the issue, Georgia has no elder abuse registry, unlike Tennessee and New Hampshire, two leading states in addressing elder abuse.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we take a deep dive into the summer of ’72 and the botched burglary that eventually toppled a president. Bill Nigut and the AJC’s Jim Galloway spend the full hour with Richard Ben-Veniste, chief of the special prosecutor’s Watergate Task Force.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we have the first official face-to-face meeting of Trump and Putin. A conversation slotted for 30 minutes went longer than two hours, but what was truly accomplished? Set against the framework of a volatile G-20, we break down the conversation. 

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Wesleyan College is known for its diversity. A fourth of their students are international, and over a third are minorities. But it hasn’t always been that way.

 

In fact, back in the early 1900s, the Ku Klux Klan had something of a presence in campus life. Students named classes in honor of the KKK and even wore hooded robes and nooses. But dr. Vivia Fowler, president of Wesleyan, says the school’s past does not reflect its future.

Macon Museum Prepares For Solar Eclipse

Jul 6, 2017
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For the first time since 1918, the entire continental United States is going to experience a solar eclipse. And though it won’t be his first, Paul Fisher is looking forward to the eclipse on August 21.

"I've always really found them to be more exciting than I expected them to be," Fisher said.

Fisher is the science curator and planetarium director at the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences. This summer, he’s spending a lot of time educating guests on what exactly is about to happen.

Black Georgia Lawmakers Blast Trump Panel On Voting Fraud

Jul 6, 2017
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Black lawmakers in Georgia blasted President Donald Trump's election fraud commission for requesting extensive personal voter information Thursday, accusing the administration of trying to scare people away from voting.

Members of Georgia's Legislative Black Caucus, all Democrats in the General Assembly, said there's no logical reason the federal government would ask states for the information. They said releasing it would violate voters' privacy.

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Alan Alda’s acting career has spanned six decades, starting with an appearance on “The Phil Silvers Show,” an early network TV comedy hit, way back in 1953. In the years since, he’s appeared in countless television shows, including “The West Wing,” “ER,” “30 Rock” and many more. He’s been a star on Broadway and in dozens of feature films. But Alda is probably always going to be best remembered for his portrayal of Hawkeye Pierce, on the beloved television series “M*A*S*H.” The show ran for 11 seasons, and the finale, in 1983, broke the record for the most-watched TV series in history at the time - 125 million viewers.

In recent years, newspapers and magazines have moved to all digital formats. But one magazine in Georgia is making a print comeback. This year Decatur-based Paste Magazine started a quarterly magazine that looks and feels different. The second edition just came out. We learn more about the magazine’s reboot with founder and editor-in-chief, Josh Jackson.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” what happens next with the Senate health care bill? Georgia Health News editor Andy Miller joins us with the latest news on what the bill is looking like and how it might affect Georgians. In addition, there's news that Medicaid in Georgia is going to change regardless of what Congress comes up with. Miller provides some details.

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When Hollywood comes to your town, it can be exciting. It can also mean a lot of work.

 

The crew for the upcoming film "Best of Enemies" was in Macon recently. Filmmakers used the County Commission Chambers downtown as a stand in for City Hall in 1960s-era Durham, NC. For that to happen, there was a lot of 21st century stuff that had to move. That was Justin Crum’s job.

 

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First up Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to “Downton Abbey” for five seasons. Bruce’s personal story is as interesting as any plot on the award-winning historical drama.

Despite a bad growing season, there were peaches for sale recently at a small stand at the Mulberry Farmer's Market in Macon, Ga. The fruit caught the eye of Linda Marlow, visiting from the West Coast.

"We're from California so we want Georgia peaches," Marlow said with a laugh.

California, by the way, produces more peaches than other state in the country. It isn't like this is a novelty for Marlow.

"Well yeah, but we expect they are going to be better here," Marlow said.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” Gov. Nathan Deal weighs in on the health care debate and says he doesn't want states to get stuck with Medicaid costs. How does the congressional effort to replace Obamacare affect this piece of the puzzle?

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A new law that will help fight the opioid crisis in Georgia will go into effect on July 1.

House Bill 249 was sent to the governor on April 7 after making it through the House with a vote of 164-9 and through the Senate with a vote of 50-0.

“The overall goal of passing the law is really to reduce prescription drug abuse and enhance patient safety,” said Dr. Steven Walsh, president of the Medical Association of Georgia.

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