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On Second Thought

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On Second Thought is a one-hour news talk show hosted by Virginia Prescott that airs at 11 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Timely conversations about all topics relating to Georgia and the South — including politics, healthcare, education, music, literature and race. We bring you stories you won't hear elsewhere and voices that are often ignored. Subscribe for weekly episodes that highlight the stories and characters that are impacting the civic and cultural life of the South.

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On Second Thought is a one-hour news talk show hosted by Virginia Prescott that airs at 11 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Timely conversations about all topics relating to Georgia and the South — including politics, healthcare, education, music, literature and race. We bring you stories you won't hear elsewhere and voices that are often ignored. Subscribe for weekly episodes that highlight the stories and characters that are impacting the civic and cultural life of the South.

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43 Ratings
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iTunes Ratings

43 Ratings
Average Ratings
30
7
4
2
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On Second Thought

Latest release on Aug 06, 2020

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On Second Thought is a one-hour news talk show hosted by Virginia Prescott that airs at 11 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Timely conversations about all topics relating to Georgia and the South — including politics, healthcare, education, music, literature and race. We bring you stories you won't hear elsewhere and voices that are often ignored. Subscribe for weekly episodes that highlight the stories and characters that are impacting the civic and cultural life of the South.

Rank #1: Rebels and Ramblers: New Ken Burns 'Country Music' Documentary

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From the Civil War to the Dust Bowl and from baseball to jazz, Ken Burns documentaries have covered a range of critical events in American history and culture. Now, country music is getting the Ken Burns treatment. He and long-time collaborators and producers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey spent eight years researching and making an eight-part, 16-hour documentary called Country Music , which will air in six parts beginning Sunday, Sept. 15 on GPB.

Sep 12 2019

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Rank #2: 'The Suspect' Re-Examines The Story Of Richard Jewell And The Centennial Olympic Park Bombing

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On Tuesday, July 30, 1996, Richard Jewell was praised as a hero on NBC’s Today Show . The security guard hired for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta spotted a suspicious knapsack at Centennial Olympic Park, where tens of thousands of visitors gathered. Two people died and 111 were injured when the bomb inside the knapsack exploded. Jewell’s vigilance and the evacuation that followed likely saved hundreds of lives. But less than 12 hours after chatting with Katie Couric, Jewell was being questioned by the FBI as the primary suspect in that bombing.

Nov 12 2019

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Rank #3: The Personal Stories Of Youth Violence In Macon

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This week GPB’s Macon bureau is embarking on a yearlong look at youth violence, including its causes and potential solutions. GPB Macon is just one of the local newsrooms tackling the issue, with their partners, the Macon Telegraph, the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University and CBS affiliate 13 WMAZ.

Sep 17 2019

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Rank #4: 'The Work Was To Be With People': Nonprofit Leader Bill Bolling On Service, Community

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Bill Bolling knew from his first experience at the community kitchen at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta that he was destined for a life of service. "I thought wow, this is it. After three college degrees and being a veteran — I even called my mother up and said, 'Mom! This is what God wants me to do,'" Bolling said. "Make soup!" We spoke with Bill Bolling about founding the Atlanta Community Food Bank in 1979. The food bank has served over 750,000 people each year in Georgia. Bolling retired in 2015, but still actively works with food organizations like the Foodwell Alliance . He is also involved in collaborative efforts to combat poverty and housing inequality in the state.

Nov 27 2019

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Rank #5: Black Conservatives Share Their Mission Ahead Of Pres. Trump's Visit To Atlanta

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The overwhelming majority of African American voters in Georgia — and the rest of the U.S. — are democrats. About 93% of African Americans voted for Stacey Abrams in the last gubernatorial election, according to e xit polls . It's a powerful, dependable voting bloc on the left that has so far drowned out black conservatives, a slim minority of voters. The Pew Research Center says only about 8% of black voters identify as republicans.

Nov 05 2019

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Rank #6: The Roots And Effects Of Housing Segregation — And Why It Persists In Georgia Today

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A report by financial news and content company, 24-7 Wall Street, identifies the 25 most-segregated cities in America. Four are in Georgia, and one of those is in the top five. The area covering Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell is number 22. Columbus comes in at 19. Macon is number 11. Albany, Georgia, comes in at No. 3.

Aug 08 2019

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Rank #7: 'Retro Report' Adds Historical Context To Headlines Of Today

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In this age of divisive politics and news, a new PBS series from GPB questions the premise that this is the worst it’s ever been in American history. Retro Report on PBS aims to widen the conversation, exploring the origins of issues and ideas that continue to replay in our headlines and culture. The hosts of Retro Report , Masud Olufani and former OST host Celeste Headlee, joined On Second Thought to share what’s in store for viewers.

Oct 07 2019

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Rank #8: 'We Are All Good People Here' Raises Questions About Individual Roles In Collective Equality

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Susan Rebecca White's new novel, We Are All Good People Here, follows two women from the 1960s to the late 1980s as they follow different political paths in a time of extreme change.

Aug 16 2019

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Rank #9: OST Full Show: Refuge Coffee Co., Future of AI, Poet Jericho Brown

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When Refuge Coffee Co. founder Kitti Murray and her husband moved to Clarkston, Georgia, they never expected they’d be running a coffee shop to help refugees find their footing. Yet, that’s exactly what they do today. Hear from Kitti Murray and a former Refuge Coffee trainee on the impact of the cafe on the community.

Jan 03 2020

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Rank #10: How A Rural Georgia Doctor Is Taking An Holistic View On Maternal Care

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Through her work as a rural physician, Dr. Keisha Callins addresses the bigger picture of maternal morality in Georgia. Serving as the only OB-GYN for the 16 health clinics in the community heath care systems in Georgia, Callins believes in taking an holistic approach to women’s health. She says that maternal health care is often too narrowly focused on pregnancy and needs a broader scope.

Oct 02 2019

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Rank #11: On Second Thought For Monday, Sept. 3, 2019

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Helen Ellis's new collection of essays Southern Lady Code has been called "a cross between David Sedaris & Reese Witherspoon." It covers everything from marriage to thank-you notes. On Second Thought reads between the lines with her ahead of her book tour stops in Atlanta and Athens.

Sep 03 2019

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Rank #12: Georgia Author Explores Toxic Masculinity In Memoir, 'The Man They Wanted Me To Be'

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When Jared Yates Sexton ’s grandma researched their family tree, she discovered a long line of “scofflaws, debtors, drunkards and out-and-out criminals.” The working class men he grew up with in Linton, Indiana, could never quite get ahead, especially as industrial jobs dried up. But at home, their power was absolute. Often maintained by violence, intimidation and a rigid masculinity that was toxic to their families, communities and selves.

Aug 09 2019

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Rank #13: 'Slow Fashion Symposium' Aims To Spark Conversation About Sustainability

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For more than a century, Georgia cotton farmers helped grow the American economy and the garment industry. The clothing industry has evolved many times over since then — now, it’s easy to pop into a store and walk out with a $5 t-shirt, most likely synthetic and made outside of Georgia and even the United States. But after decades of increasingly cheap, “fast” fashion, there are signs of change. Sustainable fashion was featured on some catwalks for Spring 2020 collections, and fast fashion giant Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy earlier this week. A growing consumer movement is re-evaluating the social and environmental impacts of the global clothing trade.

Oct 02 2019

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Rank #14: Atlanta's First Presbyterian Church Creates 'Shark Tank' For Community Focused Business

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For more than a decade, the primetime reality series Shark Tank has given entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of wealthy business titans. These “sharks” then decide whether to invest in the idea or company. Last year, Atlanta’s First Presbyterian Church started their own “shark tank.” It’s a social entrepreneurship venture called Epiphany . Much like the show, the church’s Epiphany program puts out a call for budding business ideas and offers support to select entrepreneurs through business development “navigator” groups, which then help them refine their final pitch to be selected for a grant from Epiphany’s pool of money.

Jan 10 2020

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Rank #15: Ghosts, Graves And Gore: Writer Offers Haunted And Obscure Tales Of Savannah

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Savannah consistently lands on — or at the top of — lists of America's most haunted cities. On a given night, competing ghost tours tromp across town squares and gather at historic buildings to hear creepy legends of unquiet spirits lurking alongside the living. Christopher Berinato is no ghost hunter, but a Savannah-based writer who researched some of the city's most haunting sites, storied locations and urban legends.

Oct 31 2019

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Rank #16: From Ma Rainey to Otis Redding, The Musical Roots That Gave Georgia Its Sound

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Before Outkast, Goodie Mobb and TI burst out of Georgia, there was Blind Willie McTell and James Brown. Before Trisha Yearwood, Alan Jackson and Jason Aldean stepped onto the country music scene, Brenda Lee and Chet Atkins were changing the sound of country music altogether. What unifies those musical giants? Georgia. On Second Thought embarked on an audio tour of the dense and diverse musical roots of Georgia, from Ma Rainey and the Skillet Lickers to Emmett Miller and Otis Redding.

Sep 19 2019

29mins

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Rank #17: High Rate Of Prison Suicides In Georgia Draws Concerns

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When Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide last month in a New York Corrections Facility, questions about the state of mental healthcare in America’s prisons briefly dominated the national news. But suicides in jails and prisons are becoming more and more commonplace – especially in Georgia. The state has one of the highest rates of inmate suicide in the nation, nearly double the national average.

Sep 24 2019

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Rank #18: Atlanta Playwright, Author Offers Hope Through Poetry

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The season of holiday cheer and giving can be especially difficult for people going through loss, illness or other challenges that come with being human. Atlanta-based poet, author and playwright Jon Goode is a close observer of how people make their way through the world. You may have seen him on HBO's Def Comedy Jam or CNN's Black in America. He's also host of the StorySLAM events at The Moth in Atlanta.

Dec 24 2019

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Rank #19: How Schools Use Social, Emotional Learning Curriculum To Teach Mental Health

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As mental health becomes a political talking point, Georgia schools are finding innovative ways to make social and emotional learning part of the curriculum. Dr. Debra Murdock is the executive director for Cherokee County School District's Social Emotional Learning initiative. She spoke to On Second Thought on the importance of sustaining mental balance for students.

Aug 12 2019

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Rank #20: With The Resurgence of Protest Culture, Two Design Behemoths On 'The Design of Dissent'

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As 2019 drew to a close, protests spilled into cities from Hong Kong to Santiago, Paris to Tehran, and Khartoum to La Paz. People around the world flocked to the streets, often with handmade signs, addressing their objections to policy changes, power grabs and cutbacks. The power of images to communicate disagreement is the subject of an exhibition now on view at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA).

Jan 17 2020

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USPS' Challenges During COVID-19; Chef Lisa Donovan; Author Lara Prescott

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Taking stock of the U.S. Postal Service's ability to process parcels — and ballots — amid financial struggles; renowned Southern pastry chef Lisa Donovan on her new memoir, "Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger"; author Lara Prescott on her debut novel, "The Secrets We Kept"

Aug 06 2020

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Supporting Youth Mental Health: Are Georgia Schools Ready?

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For this special edition of "On Second Thought," we invited a panel to discuss one central question: are Georgia schools prepared to support youth mental health in the coming school year?

Jul 30 2020

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'Always In Season'; Remembering John Lewis; Author Bruce Feiler

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To mark this Saturday's annual Moore’s Ford lynchings reenactment, we revisit an interview with Jacqueline Olive, director of the film ‘Always in Season’; John Lewis on the redemption of the South; author Bruce Feiler on his novel "Life is in the Transitions."

Jul 23 2020

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QAnon In Georgia Politics; Atlanta Community Kitchen Project; Author Lisa Napoli

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A primer on QAnon and how it intersects with Georgia politics; how the Atlanta Community Kitchen Project is firing up underused kitchens to address food insecurity; author Lisa Napoli on her new book, "Up All Night"

Jul 16 2020

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'John Lewis: Good Trouble’; SCAD Film Graduate Launches Anacaona Pictures

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A new film reflects on the life, legacy and lessons of longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis; how a recent SCAD film graduate is trying to "create diverse, untold stories and provide a voice to the voiceless"

Show Notes:
John Lewis: Good Trouble: https://www.johnlewisgoodtrouble.com/
Mahalia Latortue's 'The Struggle is Reel' podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-struggle-is-reel/id1394949640

Jul 09 2020

49mins

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Spotlight on Savannah: Weathering Worldwide Crises on the Georgia Coast

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Savannah Mayor Van Johnson on leading the city through a global pandemic, a contracted economy, and protests against systemic racism; men across Georgia describe their experiences with “The Talk,” including Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter; a community-based plan to combat the spread of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness in Savannah

Jun 25 2020

49mins

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Corporate Statements on #BlackLivesMatter; Art as Rebellion Amid Movement for Racial Justice

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What it means when corporations declare support for Black Lives Matter, and how their statements stack up against internal policies and attitudes; two Atlanta artists share how their work functions as a radical act of rebellion against racial injustice, and how uncomfortable conversations are necessary to move forward

Jun 19 2020

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Re-imagining the Police; ICE Detention During COVID-19; The Neighborhood That Made George Floyd

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Making sense of calls to reform, defund and abolish the police; one reporter looks into the lack of COVID-19 protections in Irwin County's ICE detention facility; remembering George Floyd in the neighborhood that made him

Jun 11 2020

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Georgians Demand Justice: The Messages and Momentum Behind the George Floyd Protests

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Outrage and protests over the death of George Floyd show no sign of letting up. A diverse group of demonstrators in Georgia and worldwide say they’re fed up with racial discrimination and police violence. We speak to Georgians on the ground and get context for the history of resistance in the “city too busy to hate.”

Show Notes:
The New York Times: “Thousands of Complaints Do Little to Change Police Ways” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/30/us/derek-chauvin-george-floyd.html
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “6 Atlanta officers charged after confrontation with college students” https://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-news/live-fulton-announces-findings-atlanta-police-excessive-force-case/IwWL0tioOHNAtC29Ad2xGL/
The New York Times: “Many Claim Extremists Are Sparking Protest Violence. But Which Extremists?” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/george-floyd-protests-white-supremacists-antifa.html
CBS46: “APD Police Chief: “You’re a real cold son of a b---h”: https://www.cbs46.com/apd-police-chief-youre-a-real-cold-son-of-a-b---h/video_19031aa5-3e51-5b69-9a51-98403fb458a3.html

Jun 05 2020

49mins

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‘The Imperfect Alibi’: The AJC Unravels a Georgia Cold Case; Author Mary Beth Keane

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AJC Reporter Joshua Sharpe gives us the backstory on how his reporting about a 1985 murder case from southeast Georgia unveiled new DNA evidence and prompted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to reopen the case; author Mary Beth Keane on her New York Times best-selling novel, “Ask Again, Yes”

May 28 2020

49mins

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Reflecting on Ahmaud Arbery's Life and Death, With Those Who Knew Him Best

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The last 35 seconds of Ahmaud Arbery’s life have been viewed, studied, dissected and discussed all over the world. We sat down with some of the people who knew Ahmaud best — including his mother, friends, and neighbors — and heard about the nearly 26 years of life before he was shot on a shady street in Satilla Shores, Georgia. Learn who Ahmaud was, how his loved ones are remembering him, and how being thrust into the national spotlight is both compounding their grief and offering an opportunity to demand justice for his death.

May 22 2020

54mins

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Courts During Coronavirus; Remembering Little Richard; Bettye Kearse’s “The Other Madisons”

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How the justice system operates during a pandemic; Alan Walden remembers musical legend Little Richard; Bettye Kearse’s new book, “The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family”

May 14 2020

49mins

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The Merits, Risks, and Politics of the Swedish Model; COVID Dreams; Sue Monk Kidd on the Wife of Jesus

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The considerations behind — and U.S. political reactions to — Sweden's coronavirus strategy; the ways COVID-19 is affecting our dreams; author Sue Monk Kidd on her latest novel, “The Book of Longings”

May 07 2020

49mins

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Arts After COVID-19, Musician And Writer Billy Bragg, Author Julia Alvarez

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The impact of coronavirus on Atlanta's arts ecosystem — economically, culturally and artistically; poetry, politics and punk rock with Billy Bragg; author Julia Alvarez on her latest novel, “Afterlife”

Apr 30 2020

49mins

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The Impact of Isolation on Beauty and Self-Care, Farmer Response to Coronavirus, Helping Mamas, Jennifer Steinhauer

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How coronavirus isolation is changing people's beauty and self-care behaviors; one Milledgeville farmer shares how he’s turning the coronavirus crisis into an opportunity for service; Helping Mamas works through new challenges to meet high demand for childcare supplies; Jennifer Steinhauer on her new book, “The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress”

Apr 23 2020

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Triage Decisions, Sobriety in Lockdown, Chef Vivian Howard, Independent Cinemas During Coronavirus

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The ethical considerations and emotional impact of triage decisions on medical staff; how people in substance abuse recovery are staying sober and connected under lockdown; Chef Vivian Howard on her PBS series, “Somewhere South,” and how she’s addressing challenges brought on by coronavirus; and how local theaters in Georgia are innovating during quarantine

Apr 16 2020

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"Rage Baking," Wahida Clark, Getting Creative During Quarantine

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Kathy Gunst on the power of "Rage Baking"; how Wahida Clark transformed a federal prison sentence into a successful writing career; how a writer, high schooler and pastor are getting creative and staying connected during quarantine

Apr 09 2020

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Domestic Violence Amid Quarantine, Indigo Girls, Resilience Across Georgia Despite Coronavirus

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The impact of coronavirus on victims and survivors of domestic abuse; how Indigo Girls are using the power of music to uplift the vulnerable and find connection across social distance; stories of resilience from everyday Georgians who are finding creative ways to support restaurant workers, entertain children, and make at-home activities.

Apr 02 2020

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Digital Dangers During A Pandemic, Everyday Georgians Respond To Coronavirus, "Quarantainment"

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New hacking and privacy concerns during the coronavirus pandemic; stories of makeshift weddings and hand-washing stations for the homeless; what to stream if you're in quarantine

Mar 26 2020

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The Virality of Coronavirus Memes, and "East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story"

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What internet humor reveals about how we process anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic; an upcoming PBS documentary explores the policies — and community — behind one of Atlanta's most notorious public housing projects

Mar 19 2020

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