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Georgia Today

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Georgia Today is the daily podcast from GPB News bringing you compelling stories and in-depth reporting that you won’t hear anywhere else. Peter Biello hosts this quick and convenient way to get the best of GPB News’ extensive coverage of the topics that matter to you, delivered directly to your device every weekday afternoon.
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Narrative Edge

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Narrative Edge from Georgia Public Broadcasting highlights books with Georgia connections. Hosted by two of your favorite public radio book nerds who also happen to be your hosts of All Things Considered on GPB radio, Peter Biello and Orlando Montoya . In this podcast Peter and Orlando will introduce you to authors, their writings, and the insights behind their stories mixed with their own thoughts and ideas on just what gives these works the Narrative Edge.
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Twice a month, Mitch Leff, president of Leff & Associates Public Relations, offers his "4 Questions Journalist Spotlight, a conversation with a Georgia journalist. 4QJS dives into each journalist's background, their role at their current media outlet, beats and story interests, and talks about how public relations professionals can work with them, and stories on their radar. Then it gets fun! What's the coolest thing about them? What's their favorite book/podcast, favorite local getaway, hob ...
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WPPR Podcast

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The Northeast Georgia flagship public radio station is part of the GPB radio network, located in the Swanson Center of Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia.
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GPB News Podcast

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Updated throughout the day, this podcast features Georgia Public Broadcasting's Radio News Team. Our reporters give you the latest statewide news and features from all across the state.
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Political Rewind

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The political game in Georgia is more dynamic than ever. From local elected officials to state and federal government, we're facing complicated issues. On "Political Rewind" we take the time to break down these issues, speaking directly to the decision makers. We not only get you caught up on the week that was in state politics, but we look ahead so that you will stay informed.
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"Closer Look with Rose Scott" brings you the issues that impact where we live, how we interact, and how we can all thrive. It’s not just about Atlanta; it’s a program for Atlanta. Rose connects with community leaders, CEOs, policymakers, and people who don't often get a platform, and she brings you in on the conversation.
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Battleground: Ballot Box

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It’s been nearly three years since a failed attempt to overturn Georgia’s presidential results. Now, a grand jury in Atlanta will soon decide if former President Donald Trump and his allies will face criminal charges for their actions. In this special season of Battleground: Ballot Box, Georgia Public Broadcasting political reporter Stephen Fowler continues to track the fight for who we vote for and how those votes are counted with an in-depth look at historic investigation into election int ...
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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 civi ...
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“Nothing Funny about Money,” is the brainchild of hosts Matt Goren and Michael Gene Thomas from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics at The University of Georgia. Goren is an adjunct assistant professor and Thomas is a doctoral student in the department. Our intended audience is people who find personal finance a bit scary and frustrating but still need help,” Goren said. The focus is less on money and more on quality o ...
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"Shots in the Back: Exhuming the 1970 Augusta Riot" tells the story of one of the first major Civil Rights Era riots in the South. The immediate cause of the riot in Augusta, Ga. was the brutal murder of Charles Oatman, an African American teenager held by police in the county jail. During the riot, six Black men were killed by white police officers, all of them shot in the back. In a collaboration, students at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts join GPB in telling this story.
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The coronavirus pandemic has us all asking a lot of questions: How long will I have to practice “social distancing”? Will there be a cure for COVID-19? Can I ever touch my face again? WABE health reporter Sam Whitehead and guests will try to answer those questions. He’ll talk with experts, public officials, journalists, and everyday people about how the coronavirus is affecting their lives.
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In 1991, seven black and five white jurors convicted Troy Davis of murder in the shooting death of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. Davis sat on Georgia’s deathrow for 20 years. Leading up to his execution, there were mass protests. Some of Davis’ supporters included Pope Benedict XVI, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and former Republican Congressman Bob Barr of Georiga. Their efforts to stop the execution weren’t successful. On September 21, 2011, the state of Georgia executed Tro ...
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On Friday’s Closer Look with Rose Scott, in an era of inflation, the back-to-school essentials can be even more costly. With the school year starting in less than a month in DeKalb County, we speak with Stonecrest Mayor Jazzmin Cobble about how her city is preparing and equipping students. We also discuss the state of infrastructure and economic de…
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On the Friday June 12th edition of Georgia Today: A former Georgia insurance commissioner is convicted of money laundering and health care fraud; Savannah steps up their renewable energy efforts with the installation of solar panels in some municipal buildings; And Georgia joins a nationwide effort to save the bees.…
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LISTEN: On the Thursday, July 11 edition of Georgia Today: A Northwest Georgia city has settled a lawsuit over its drinking water; Sen. Warnock is proposing legislation to cover a gap in Georgia's Medicaid coverage; and we'll talk to the head of U.S. Soccer as Atlanta gears up to host World Cup matches.…
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On today’s Closer Look with Rose Scott, Republicans will hold their national convention in the battleground state of Wisconsin next week. GOP members will roll out their party’s platform at a time of growing concern about the Republican Party’s association with Christian nationalism. Rose is joined by Kiera Butler, a Senior Editor & Reporter with M…
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This week, our “4 Questions Journalist Spotlight” focuses on Luis Estrada, Anchor/Reporter with Telemundo Atlanta. This is our first bi-lingual episode, with Estrada talking with host Mitch Leff in both English and Spanish. Important Things to Know About Luis: Coolest Thing: He's a bad singer, but he's trying to be better! Favorite Local Restaurant…
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On the Wednesday July 10th edition of Georgia Today: The State Election Board is implementing new rules for how elections are certified; Savannah mayor Van Johnson responds after recent pedestrian deaths caused by city vehicles; And Atlanta opens a new autism center to help prepare kids for elementary school.…
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On today’s Closer Look with Rose Scott, we learn the details about a lawsuit that was settled between the ACLU and ACLU of Georgia against the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. The ACLU accused the DA’s Office of not adhering to a rule about unindicted individuals detained on felony charges for 45 days at the Fulton County Jail. Fallon McCl…
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Thousands of people have applied for the City of Atlanta’s e-Bike Rebate Program. The first round of rebates is scheduled to go out on July 15th. Roz Tucker with the Atlanta Regional Commission shares demographic data and more about the people who are taking advantage of the rebates. Michelle Dunbar, the owner of Clutch Bicycle Shop, also joins us …
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On today’s Closer Look with Rose Scott, we exclusively received the announcement that Fulton County’s interim Board of Elections Chair Cathy Woolard is stepping down. In a statement, she tells us, “Despite all the noise you hear, the Fulton County election department does excellent work in one of the largest election operations in the country.” Als…
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LISTEN: On the Monday, July 8 edition of Georgia Today: Georgia Tech engineers and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta team up to help get kids off ventilators using a new technology; Georgia creates a new subcommittee for funding improvements to the state's deadly prison system; and yellow-legged hornets are a big problem on Georgia's coast. Now a st…
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On the Friday, July 5 edition of Georgia Today: The U.S. Supreme Court and some federal health agencies are at odds over a federal statute; MARTA pauses plans to disrupt service at its busy downtown Atlanta rail hub; and the chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia says she will continue to support the Biden campaign after last week's debate.…
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LISTEN: On the Tuesday, July 2 edition of Georgia Today: A state law offering more protection to renters facing eviction goes into effect; Mercer University teaches kids about the ethics of AI technology; and a Georgia congressman pushes for a delay in a rule change that would protect endangered whales.…
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Tuesday marks 60 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. The landmark piece of legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, sex, religion, color, or national origin. Civil Rights icons such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis were in attendance for this history-making event in 1964. To reflect on…
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Violence haunts 1915 Atlanta and so does the golem a group of girls creates. A dark, lyrical blend of historical fiction and magical realism, "The Curators" examines an underexplored event in American history through unlikely eyes. All of Atlanta is obsessed with the two-year-long trial and subsequent lynching of Jewish factory superintendent Leo F…
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In a 6-3 decision by the justices, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that outdoor sleeping bans do not violate the Eighth Amendment. The decision essentially allows cities to make it illegal for unhoused people to sleep outdoors, even when shelter space is unavailable. Dr. Terence Lester, the founder and executive director of Love Beyond Walls, discusse…
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This week, our “4 Questions Journalist Spotlight” focuses on Gabriel Stovall, founder of the Newton County Journal. Important Things to Know About Gabriel: Coolest Thing: He's a Pastor and his son is top-ranked in Taekwondo Favorite Local Restaurant: The Town House Cafe in Covington Last Book: "Think Life A Freak" by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Le…
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The much anticipated first and maybe only debate between Pres. Joe Biden and former Pres. Donald Trump took place Thursday night in Atlanta. We hear insight from politics contributor, strategist and analyst Fred Hicks, former Wisconsin Congressman Scott Klug and GSU politics and policy professor Tammy Greer. The guests also discuss what's next for …
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LISTEN: On the Friday, June 28 edition of Georgia Today: We'll learn more about what Georgians wanted from last night's presidential debate; Savannah city council members vote to demolish a 10,000-seat arena; and we'll tell you about several art exhibitions on view in Atlanta this week.
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LISTEN: On the Thursday, June 27 edition of Georgia Today: The presidential debate will be held in Midtown Atlanta tonight; an effort is underway to make brain scans work equally well for Black and white kids; and the port of Brunswick continues to takes on more traffic after the Baltimore bridge collapse.…
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National HIV Testing Day is being recognized throughout the U.S. As the nation is working to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, metro Atlanta ranks third in the nation for new HIV diagnoses. Closer Look host Rose Scott talks with guests about several HIV-related topics including, combating the barriers and stigma that stop people from getting tested and…
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The battleground state of Georgia is hosting the first 2024 debate between the presumptive Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will make their bids for a second term on Thursday night in Atlanta. WABE politics reporter Rahul Bali returns to “Closer Look,” just ahead of a Biden campa…
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On the Wednesday June 26th edition of Georgia Today: Campaigners for President Joe Biden and Former President Donald Trump arrive in Atlanta ahead of the planned first presidential debate tomorrow; A new investigative report profiles the living descendants of enslaved people for whom the US government's promise of land was fulfilled; And what is th…
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LISTEN: On the Tuesday, June 25 edition of Georgia Today: Officials are warning drivers to avoid Midtown Atlanta later this week; delays at the U.S. Postal Service facility in Palmetto are now affecting the court system; and the city of Atlanta has officially entered the race to be the new host of the Sundance Film Festival.…
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Keith Reed, the editor of Capital B Atlanta, joins “Closer Look” to discuss the news outlet’s top priorities this election cycle and its Black Political Power Tour. The tour will bring together activists, experts and elected officials in battleground states across the country to discuss voting rights, the economy, climate, misinformation and educat…
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LISTEN: On the Monday, June 24 edition of Georgia Today: New federal legislation aims to strengthen the Pell Grant Program; lawmakers prepare to debate the definition of a navigable river or stream; and U.S. second gentleman Doug Emhoff explains why abortion is not just a so-called "women's issue."
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Book sales for romance novels reach at least $1.4 billion per year, making it the highest-earning genre of fiction. On today's special edition of "Closer Look with Rose Scott," we dive into the importance of having diverse representation in fiction, specifically love stories, and the challenges writers face as it relates to equality and inclusion i…
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On today’s “Closer Look with Rose Scott,” With Georgia’s decision-making vote in the last presidential race, expect the Peach State to be the focus of much campaigning by Democrats and Republicans. Atlanta-based political strategist Fred Hicks explains what voters will see leading up to November 5th. Also, Sunday marks 21 years since the passing of…
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Damon Hoyte, the only Black county commissioner in rural Chattahoochee County, and his attorney, Kamau Mason, discuss a pending discrimination lawsuit against Hoyte’s fellow county commissioners over a land use dispute. Despite similar manufactured homes surrounding his property, several community members and his fellow commissioners opposed Hoyte …
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LISTEN: On the Tuesday, June 18 edition of Georgia Today: Help is on the way for businesses affected by Atlanta's recent water main breaks; Georgia is conducting research to improve problems at its troubled prison system; and a Marietta native is named the NBA Finals' most valuable player.
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Josh Green has been the editor of Urbanize Atlanta since its start in January 2021, bringing real estate and urban design-focused reporting to metro Atlanta. Green talks with show host Rose Scott about the top stories readers have been following and the local trends he's noticing in urban design. He also shares details about the future of the publi…
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Join hosts Orlando Montoya and Peter Biello as they dive into the fascinating life of Asa 'Buddy' Candler Jr., the eccentric son of Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler, in this episode of Narrative Edge. Discover the bizarre yet captivating story of Buddy Candler, whose life of inherited wealth led to a series of spectacular ventures and notorious failur…
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Metro Atlanta is experiencing a heat wave. Rose talks with Don Smith, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service, about the temperatures that neared 100 degrees in the Atlanta area. Plus, the Center for Public Integrity, Mother Jones, and the show ,“Reveal”, recently launched their series, “40 Acres and a Lie.” The investigation aims to shed…
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On the Friday, June 14 edition of Georgia Today: House Speaker Jon Burns reaffirms his commitment to protecting access to in-vitro fertilization; Macon opens a center for people with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities; and who benefits from AI is an important question. So is: who does it leave behind?…
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Jim Alexander is a legendary award-winning photographer, photojournalist, and activist. Over his multiple decades-spanning career, the 88-year-old has taken at least a quarter million photos. His massive collection captures Black life in America and pinpoints pivotal moments in history such as the civil rights movement through the present day. His …
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On today's edition of "Closer Look with Rose Scott," we continue our weeklong Juneteenth series. For our annual Juneteenth event at the Atlanta History Center, Rose asks “What is Freedom?” and talks with panelists about the progress of Black Americans since 1865. Guests reflect on the triumphs and challenges that Black people have faced in the past…
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On the Thursday June 13th edition of Georgia Today: Nathan Wade says he's not to blame for the delay of the election interference case; Voters in Macon grapple with confusion over incorrect ballots; And a plan to compensate businesses hurt by Atlanta's water main breaks is taking shape.
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On today’s Closer Look, experts and a student from Georgia State University are researching the scope of enslavement from across the Americas. They’ve centered their studies in Salvador, Brazil, where they’re examining the history and culture amongst Afro Brazilians. We’ll ask our guests about their research and comparisons and noteworthy differenc…
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LISTEN: On the Wednesday, June 12 edition of Georgia Today: We'll tell you how yesterday's mass shooting in Atlanta and the bus hijacking are connected; Macon-Bibb County voters experience technical problems at the ballot box; and a historic Columbus baseball stadium is getting a $50 million renovation — and a new name.…
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LISTEN: On the Tuesday, June 11 edition of Georgia Today: Hotel chain Red Roof Inn is in court in Atlanta over sex trafficking allegations; Delta Air Lines shareholders demand the company stop fighting its workers attempts to unionize; and we asked, you answered: Abortion is near the top of your list of most important issues this election year.…
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Ahead of her visit to Atlanta, historian and scholar Dr. Kellie Carter-Jackson discusses her new book, "WE REFUSE: A Forceful History of Black Resistance." The book aims to explore and reframe the narrative of Black resistance, specifically by Black women, to white supremacy and oppression. Plus, The National Center for Race Amity is hosting a symp…
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This week, leading up to our annual live show at the Atlanta History Center, Closer Look’s programming will be in honor of Juneteenth. On Monday, show host Rose Scott talks with Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado chairs the Fulton County Reparations Task Force. The Morehouse professor, who has studied the history and culture of African Americans for nearly…
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LISTEN: On the Monday, June 10 edition of Georgia Today: A new lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the creation of the city of Mulberry; Republican congressional candidates face off in a series of televised debates. We'll tell you why one was cut short. And a bail assistance nonprofit ends its work in Georgia because of a new state law.…
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This week, our “4 Questions Journalist Spotlight” focuses on Zoe Seiler, Assistant Editor at Decaturish.com. Important Things to Know About Zoe: Coolest Thing About Zoe: She's played soccer all her life Favorite Local Restaurant: Pastries A Go Go Last Book: "The Good Part” by Sophie Cousens Favorite Non-Work Hobby: Gardening Favorite Local Getaway:…
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The recent water main break created several days of chaos and inconvenience for thousands of Atlanta residents and businesses. Atlanta’s Chief Operating Officer LaChandra Butler Burks discusses the city’s response to the turmoil, addresses the criticism they received for their communication, talks about the lessons learned and how city leaders will…
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