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A Romantic Evening At Waffle House

2/21/2018
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When you find a special someone, it’s important to show how much you care for them. Some do it with flowers, some use candy, and still others prefer a nice dinner ... at Waffle House. Each Valentine’s Day, Waffle House dresses up its restaurants with white-table cloth candle-lit dinners. On Second Thought intern Emily Bunker recently took her boyfriend on a Waffle House date in Marietta. She brought back an audio postcard.

Duration:00:05:12

How To Create More Affordable Housing In Atlanta

2/21/2018
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Last month, Atlanta became the first Georgia city to adopt inclusionary zoning ordinances. This requires developers to reserve housing for low income Atlantans around the Beltline and Mercedes Benz stadium. Is this a step in right direction for creating more affordable housing? We check in with Atlanta-based attorney Sasan Nematbakhsh and James Kunstler, author of the book, “The Geography of Nowhere.”

Duration:00:09:51

On Second Thought For Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2/21/2018
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Nikki Giovanni is one of the most celebrated poets of her generation. Her unique style weaves together strong family ties, experiences as an African American woman growing up in the South, and her pride as an activist. Giovanni speaks Wednesday night at Atlanta’s Lovett School. She tells us that the country needs to come together amid so many divisions. Last month, Atlanta became the first Georgia city to adopt inclusionary zoning ordinances. This requires developers to reserve housing for...

Duration:00:48:17

Georgia Band Turns Mariachi Music on Its Head

2/20/2018
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Georgia is a hub for first generation immigrants. For the last two decades, a mariachi band in the Atlanta metro area has been working to bring all people together through music by adapting to the culture of the South. The band is called Mariachi Mexicanisimo , and On Second Thought producer Sean Powers caught a performance at a Mexican restaurant in the town of Lilburn, Georgia.

Duration:00:04:14

Author Tells The Immigrant Story In Young Adult Fiction

2/20/2018
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In less than two weeks, a critical program for many immigrants in the U.S. illegally expires. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, shields immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children from being deported. The program’s future is still unclear . Emory University professor Marie Marquardt has been watching this closely. She’s an immigration activist, who brings her activism to young adult fiction. We talk with her about her latest book, “ Flight Season .”

Duration:00:11:28

Why America Still Needs Thriving HBCUs

2/20/2018
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We continue our look at Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Atlanta Journal Constitution reporters Eric Stirgus and Ernie Suggs. They recently rolled out a Re:Race series called “HBCUs: A Threatened Heritage.” The project looks at the enrollment numbers, finances, and the overall future of HBCUs in America. We also hear from some alumni and current HBCU students in Atlanta.

Duration:00:12:11

As Second 'Coyote Challenge' Nears, Activists Point to Lack of Research

2/20/2018
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On March 1st, Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources will open its second annual Coyote Challenge. It invites hunters to present coyotes they’ve killed in exchange for the chance to win some free prizes. The mysterious southern coyote is considered a nuisance to some people and other wildlife. First, we heard a report from GPB’s Grant Blankenship on researchers who catch and release coyotes to give them GPS tags. Then we were joined by Chris Mawry, associate professor of Biology at Berry...

Duration:00:15:58

On Second Thought for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2/20/2018
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We continued our look at Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Atlanta Journal Constitution reporters Eric Stirgus and Ernie Suggs. They recently rolled out a Re:Race series called “HBCUs: A Threatened Heritage.” The project looks at the enrollment numbers, finances, and the overall future of HBCUs in America. We also heard from some alumni and current HBCU students in Atlanta. On March 1st, Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources will open its second annual Coyote Challenge....

Duration:00:48:35

Marshalling Justice: The Story of Thurgood Marshall

2/19/2018
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In many ways, the battle for school desegregation might not have been possible without the support of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice. This month, Atlanta middle schoolers witnessed Marshall’s life play out before their eyes. Actor John Doyle portrayed Marshall in a one-man show at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum and Library. On Second Thought interns Emmanuel Johnson and Reid Williams produced an audio postcard from the performance.

Duration:00:04:49

Documentary Unravels The History Of HBCUs

2/19/2018
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For more than a hundred years, America’s historically black colleges and universities have graduated many of our most dynamic and influential citizens. However, some educators worry a quarter of those schools could be gone within the next 20 years. A new PBS documentary airing Monday, February 19 on PBS explores the complex history of HBCUs. We caught up with Stanley Nelson , the filmmaker behind “ Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities .”...

Duration:00:16:29

Oscar Nominated Film Based On Georgia School Shooting

2/19/2018
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Last week’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida was followed by scenes we have seen all too often. In 2013, a similar scene played out at Decatur’s Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy. Thankfully, no one was killed. A short film called " DeKalb Elementary " is based on that incident is nominated for an Academy Award. We talked with the film’s writer and director, Reed Van Dyk . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RHUJOevL1c&list=PLwX_zwxVbo5vR1ZnF0A_3hU5bETmTCU_R

Duration:00:13:59

On Second Thought for Monday, February 19, 2018

2/19/2018
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Last week’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida was followed by scenes we have seen all too often. In 2013, a similar scene played out at Decatur’s Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy. Thankfully, no one was killed. A short film based on that incident is nominated for an Academy Award. We talked with the film’s writer and director, Reed Van Dyk. For more than a hundred years, America’s historically black colleges and universities have graduated many of our most dynamic and...

Duration:00:48:35

On Second Thought For Thursday, February 15, 2018

2/17/2018
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What would you do for true love? How about travel back in time, to the middle of bloody war you already know ends badly for your beloved? That’s the dilemma of the heroine in the “Outlander” series of novels. Since the first book came out 27 years ago, the story has spawned a television series, a graphic novel and even a musical. All this was born from the mind of author Diana Gabaldon, who holds advanced degrees in marine biology and behavioral ecology. Gabaldon visits with us before an...

Duration:00:48:29

The Breakroom: Obama Portrait, Relieving Anxiety, Honoring Mister Rogers

2/16/2018
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Since we did our show live from Savannah for the Savannah Book Festival , we organized a special edition of The Breakroom featuring all authors. The panel included writer Tayari Jones , Christina Kelly , Nicki Salcedo , and Joe Hill .

Duration:00:29:42

On Second Thought for Friday, February 16, 2018

2/16/2018
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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. We were joined by writers Nicki...

Duration:00:47:59

Atlanta Native Tayari Jones Included In Oprah's Book Club

2/16/2018
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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 . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCu1nAKXf1E

Duration:00:10:51

Going Behind The Scenes Of Marvel's Black Panther

2/16/2018
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Marvel’s Black Panther is now showing nationwide. It was partially filmed in Georgia. We met two of the people who worked behind the scenes. These interviews were recorded for the podcast " The Credits ." It's produced by Zero Mile Media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfay3Bmi_c0

Duration:00:03:57

Why L.A. Musician Phoebe Bridgers Writes About Georgia

2/15/2018
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Los Angeles musician Phoebe Bridgers is only 23 years old. But she’s already toured and collaborated with artists like Ryan Adams and Julien Baker. She has a NPR Tiny Desk Concert , and was also featured in an Apple iPhone commercial in 2014. Last fall, she released her debut album “Stranger in the Alps.” She performs in Atlanta tonight at Aisle 5 , [February 15] and will likely perform one of her hit songs ‘Georgia.’ Producer Trevor Young caught up with Phoebe Bridgers.

Duration:00:08:28

Georgia State Project Uses Atlanta's Oldest Trash As Teaching Tool

2/14/2018
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Urban archeology has unearthed centuries-old artifacts from beneath Atlanta. And lots of it is simply very old trash, leftover from landfills and dumps. Now, a team from Georgia State University is working with students to catalog the artifacts and teach history, writing and anthropology in the process. It’s called the Phoenix Project, and we had three of the faculty involved with it in the studio: Jeffrey Glover, Brennan Collins, and Robin Wharton. Also with us for this Lesson from Left...

Duration:00:12:08

Right Whales Have Gone Missing From Georgia's Coast

2/14/2018
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Right whales are Georgia’s state aquatic mammal, and around this time of year they’re usually right off our coast having their calves. But this year, only three whales have been spotted, and none of them are calves. Environmental changes and human activity seem to be jeopardizing the endangered whales’ livelihoods. So, how worried should we be? With us by phone was Clay George, biologist and head of right whale work for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Duration:00:08:11

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