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Feb 16, 2018

We talked with Atlanta native Tayari Jones. Her latest novel, “An American Marriage,” was included this month in Oprah’s Book Club. Jones is in Savannah this weekend for the annual Savannah Book Festival.

Marvel’s Black Panther is now showing nationwide. It was produced and partially filmed in Georgia. We meet two of the people who worked behind the scenes.

In honor of the Savannah Book Festival, we headed into the Breakroom with an all-authors panel.

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Racial disparities in home lending, a practice sometimes called redlining, is alive and well in the United States.

That's the big picture takeaway from new data analysis by the Associated Press and the Center for Investigative Reporting of two years of mortgage lending.

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On this episode of “Two Way Street,” we’re reairing our conversion with Country legend, Bill Anderson.

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It's that time of year: several of Savannah's big annual festivals return this weekend. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar and Marcia Banes of Old Savannah Tours have some tips for the festivals and more.

Marcia's picks:

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On this edition of Political Rewind, three Georgians take center stage in controversies now swirling on Capitol Hill.  FBI Director Chris Wray contradicts the White House story on when administration officials learned that Rob Porter was suspected of abusing his two former wives.  Will Chief of State John Kelly get the boot over concerns about what he knew and when?  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue faces fire for a proposal to substitute food stamps for government-selected food boxes, but what's really behind the idea?  Also, David Perdue is in the spotlight as he pushes his plan to curt

On this edition of Political Rewind, to bring high speed internet to rural Georgia, legislators are looking at a broad range of taxes on services every Georgian uses, from streaming services to media downloads, even to satellite TV services.  Will the proposal fly in an election year?  Also, legislators look to impose a stiffer tax on used car purchases while also looking to bring back a tax break for electric vehicles.  As the legislative session unfolds, two GOP candidates for governor are dueling over a proposal to eliminate the state income tax. 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, we take the show on the road to Savannah, thanks to an invitation from the League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia.  Before a live audience, our panelists discussed news and issues in the Savannah area that have statewide implications.  Should the Talmadge name be stripped off the bridge that crosses over the gateway to the ever-growing Port of Savannah?  How do residents and local officials feel about the possibility of oil drilling just offshore?  We also talk about how funding is doled out for transportation issues facing the state as well as the fu

What’s your idea of quality time? Author David Giffels has an unusual answer to that. He enlisted his father to help him build his own coffin. That project is the subject of David’s new book, “Furnishing Eternity: a Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life.

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Enjoy your Savannah with some help from Connect Savannah's Anna Chandler and Paprika Southern's Siobhan Egan.

Siobhan's picks:

-Pick up some unique art at the Page Rippers Silent Art Auction. The art up for auction is all based on scenarios you might encounter in a library - and each then inspired a writer's poem, story or essay. Friday, 5-8 p.m.

Georgia could make it more difficult for underage girls to get an abortion. Legislation filed in the Georgia state Senate would require underage girls to justify why they should be allowed to avoid notifying a parent or guardian if they are getting an abortion. At the federal level, President Trump has vowed to see the Roe v. Wade decision overturned. We move away from the political side the abortion debate, and focus on the science. For that, we talked with Didi Saint Louis, an Atlanta-based physician for reproductive health.

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The rules embedded in the new federal tax law could mean many Georgians will pay higher state income tax.  State legislators want to find a way to give that money back.  Will they succeed?  Also, a new report confirms what Atlantans already know—the city has some of the worst traffic in the world.  Does that add urgency to the new push in the legislature for expanding transit?  Plus, a spokesman for Casey Cagle has an interesting response to a second GOP gubernatorial candidate using Cagle’s likeness in a campaign ad.

Panelists:

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Last month, the DeKalb County Commission voted to relocate the Confederate monument in Decatur Square. But state law is tricky, and the county’s options are limited. What is the process for getting a monument successfully taken down? What legal barriers will make the effort difficult? We ask these questions with Elena Parent, state Senator for Decatur.

On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia primary elections are three months away, but already candidates for governor have amassed $10 million, and one GOP candidate spends a chunk of his case on a Super Bowl ad.  We’ll look at the latest fundraising totals.  Then, the possibility of another government shutdown looks later this week.  Can the White House and Congress reach a deal on immigration before then or will they once again kick the government spending authorization can down the road?  Plus, President Trump insists the Devin Nunes memo proves the Mueller Investigation is a fraud. 

On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia’s senior United State Senator Johnny Isakson joins us just hours after the White House authorized release of the controversial memo purporting to show political bias in the FBI investigation of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.  We ask Isakson for his thoughts.  Plus, where does he stand on a compromise to protect DACA immigrants and build Trump’s wall, and what about another looming government shutdown next week?

Panelists:

AJC Lead Political Writer Jim Galloway

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On this episode of "Two Way Street," we’re separating fact from fiction about the Gullah people. Our guest is Rutgers University History Professor, Melissa Cooper, author of "Making Gullah:  A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination."

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Start your February right with some tips from Tanya Milton, Vice President of the Savannah Tribune, and Joshua Peacock, freelance writer and Do Savannah columnist.

Joshua's picks:

-Start the weekend a little early with a punk show at the Jinx. Athens band Shehehe will join Savannah's own Jeff Two-Names and the Born Agains and Ramages. Thursday, 10 p.m.; $8.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, another Georgian resigns from a high-level position in the Trump Administration.  We’ll discuss why the head of the CDC is out.  Also, Georgians respond to President Trump’s State of the Union speech.  Plus, we’ll look at news from the governor’s race: Stacey Evans wins a big endorsement and GOP candidates look to show fundraising muscle to compete with Casey Cagle as they face today’s disclosure deadline.

Panelists:

AJC Political Reporter Greg Bluestein

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Paul Stephen Benjamin is not your usual artist. The Atlanta native does not typically use paint or a canvas. Instead, he uses screens -- lots of them. In his exhibition, you might see TVs stacked high; each one with different images that blend or conflict. Benjamin has a new exhibit at the Telfair Museum in Savannah called “Reinterpreting the Sound of Blackness.” It opened to the public this weekend, and will be on display through May 6th.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health says flu is still widespread across Georgia. Their latest report shows 671 people have been hospitalized and 25 people have died from influenza, and the number of people being treated for the flu at home is six times above average.

Coastal District public health director, Dr. Lawton Davis says that’s why they’re offering free flu shots next Friday.

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At midnight on February 1, the Savannah-Chatham County Metro Police department will no longer exist. City leaders voted in July to dissolve the joint department after the county questioned the cost of the combined force. Starting Thursday the Savannah Police will patrol the city and Chatham County Police will patrol the county, with help from Chatham County Sheriff’s Department.

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