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For months after three white men chased Ahmaud Arbery to his death, Georgia of 2020 looked disconcertingly like Georgia of 1950. This is the story of the long arc of injustice in the American South -- and of the persistence that brought worldwide attention to coastal Georgia. Prior seasons tell the story of Isaiah Nixon, who was killed for voting in 1948 (season one), and A.C. Hall, who police shot in the back in 1962 because they mistakenly thought he was a thief (season two). Hosted by Han ...
 
Every Wednesday morning on the Political Breakfast podcast, veteran Atlanta journalist Lisa Rayam, Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson and Republican strategist Brian Robinson deliver Georgia’s best analysis of local politics with a weekly dose of informed, respectful and lively discussion. During Georgia’s state legislative session, Political Breakfast presents the pop-up podcast Gold Dome Scramble every Monday morning as host Lisa Rayam talks with reporters from the WABE newsroom to break ...
 
Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting. Discover a social media empire with an unapologetic vision of gun rights—generating millions of likes, follows, and dollars. From WAMU's Guns & America, reporters Lisa Hagen of WABE and Chris Haxel of KCUR expose how three brothers from the most uncompromising corner of the gun debate are turning hot-button issues into donations and controversy.
 
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.
 
Southern Hip-Hop: Explored. Explained. Exalted. Music journalist Christina Lee and hip-hop scholar Dr. Regina N. Bradley delve into passionate explorations and paradigm-shifting critiques of the culture that they love, and its undeniable impact on the world that clearly loves it. We make Bottom of the Map for all the ratchet intellectuals of the world. You know who you are. And we see you, because we are you. From Southern hip-hop’s connections to self-care, civil rights, marching bands, fai ...
 
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Just a week into the 2022 legislative session voting rights are back on the table in Georgia, where many politicians used the national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday to draw attention to the issue that was highly important to the civil rights icon. Republican state senator Brian Strickland is chairman of the judiciary committee where he could over…
 
It's budget hearing week at the Georgia state capitol where lawmakers will hear from members of the executive branch about how they want to spend money in the coming year. WABE Politics Editor Susanna Capelouto talks with Politics Reporters Rahul Bali and Sam Gringlas about the details in Governor Brian Kemp's record spending proposal that comes in…
 
Georgia’s 2022 legislative session began Monday with many hot-button issues on the table for lawmakers to consider, including voting, gambling and Medicaid expansion, among others. On the same day the the Georgia Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast to lay out he business community’s priorities for the session, Lisa Rayam, T…
 
The 40 day Georgia legislative session starts this week. WABE politics reporters Rahul Bali and Sam Gringlas talk with politics editor Susanna Capelouto about what's ahead. Some state leaders already signaled they will loosen gun laws and take up crime fighting bills as Republicans try to prove their conservative credentials ahead of contentious Ma…
 
On this week’s Political Breakfast podcast, host Lisa Rayam along with strategists Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson discuss the latest move by some Georgia school districts to protect students against the spread of the Omicron variant. Will a week of on-line learning have a severe impact on kids and schools? Brian and Tharon weigh in on both sides…
 
Former U.S. Sen. “Johnny” Isakson passed away earlier this month at the age of 76 after a long, accomplished political career. Brian Robinson hosts a special tribute episode featuring three former chiefs of staff and friends of the late Georgia lawmaker: Attorney General Chris Carr, along with political strategists Joan Carr and Heath Garrett. See …
 
Outgoing Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms talks candidly about Atlanta's crime rate, the ongoing federal investigation involving the previous regime, her rift with Governor Brian Kemp over his handling of the pandemic, and if her future aspirations include a role in President Biden's Administration. The Political Breakfast crew also discusses the race fo…
 
Former U.S. Senator David Perdue says he’s running for governor of Georgia in order to save the state and the Republican party. Incumbent governor and fellow Republican Brian Kemp, who is running for re-election says the move is egotistical and a way for Perdue to redeem himself after losing his U.S Senate seat in 2020. Does Democrat Stacey Abrams …
 
It’s a resounding win for Atlanta Mayor-elect Andre Dickens. His opponent, Felicia Moore. says now that the race is over she will support him 100%. During this live Political Breakfast, strategists Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson sort through the runoff election results with Morning Edition host Lisa Rayam. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com…
 
The jury finds all three defendants guilty of murder. Sentencing will come later, but the three will almost surely live out their years in prison. A case that was all about race comes to a close with almost no mention of race in the courtroom. Outside the court, two of the defense attorneys are condemned for comments that inflamed much of the natio…
 
Hours after state lawmakers sent the newly approved GOP-favored district maps to Governor Brian Kemp's desk for signature, 6th District Congresswoman Lucy McBath proclaimed that she "refuses to stand down" and announced a run for the newly created Democratic District 7. McBath vows to fight Republicans every step of the way. In addition, a new GOP …
 
Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Andre Dickens shares his views on crime, affordable housing and the proposed Buckhead City movement. He says his stance on all three issues is what sets him apart from his opponent, Council President Felicia Moore. Dickens also breaks down why serving as the city’s CEO would allow him to foster unity across party lines. Al…
 
The Atlanta Mayoral runoff is just weeks away and candidate Felicia Moore stops by Political Breakfast to share what makes her stand out from her opponent, Andre Dickens. Moore talks about crime and how a key component to getting the rising rates under control is to show officers some appreciation. In addition, she talks about the City of Buckhead …
 
Although the racial composition of the jury – 11 white jurors, one black – has set off alarm bells, the trial commences with three opening statements and the first prosecution witness. A Glynn County police officer’s body-cam footage filled the somber courtroom with horrific images from the scene of Ahmaud Arbery’s killing. See Privacy Policy at ht…
 
Since March of 2020, we've been bringing you different perspectives on living through and understanding the coronavirus pandemic. Today, host Sam Whitehead sits in the interview chair to share some of the things he's learned. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-in…
 
Atlanta’s mayoral race was THE closely watched race. 14 candidates in all, yet only three landed near the top. Just two make it into the November 30 runoff. What direction did the undecideds move in when they finally made it to the polls? Also, State lawmakers tackle redistricting. It stands to be a contentious fight that will likely end up in cour…
 
Dave O'Connor, a virologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, says there's lots of disagreement among scientists about the value of COVID-19 booster shots even as federal regulators make recommendations for them. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
The President of the Atlanta NAACP apologizes for publicly renouncing Kasim Reed for Mayor. This is after the National President cried foul and ordered Richard Rose to retract his statements. Also, some say Governor Brian Kemp played politics with the World Series. Did he use the Braves shining moment to revisit the state's new voting law and spin …
 
Dr. Kimberly Manning, an internist at Grady Memorial Hospital, says giving people a space to share their concerns about COVID-19 vaccines can make them more confident in getting them. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Larry Coty, a math professor at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College, admitted to sharing neo-Nazi and racist propaganda online. Rachel Janik, the editor of the Intelligence Project Southern Poverty Law Center, discusses her organization’s report and what’s next for the professor. Plus, K…
 
Gavin McGuire, the recently named executive director of the Grove Foundation, discusses his vision for the historic neighborhood and the importance of working with local partners to continue to create a healthy, equitable and vibrant community for legacy and incoming residents. The post Grove Foundation Names New Executive Director appeared first o…
 
Stacey Abrams campaigns for a fellow Democrat running for Governor in Virginia. While there, she tells a crowd she wasn’t in a position to “inherit” the Governor’s job in Georgia. That comment alone has some wondering IF she will announce another run for the job soon or is she implying that ship has sailed. In addition, Charlie Bailey is running fo…
 
Bob Siegel, a telecommunications industry veteran and the Advanced Technology Development Center’s 5G Connected Future program catalyst, discusses the goals of the 5G Connected Future incubator program and how technology startups can apply. The post 5G Connected Future Program Now Accepting Applications appeared first on 90.1 FM WABE.…
 
Fulton County Registration & Elections Director Richard Barron discusses early voting and the recent firing of two employees accused of shredding 300 paper voter registration applications. Plus, Dr. Lauren McCullough, a breast cancer epidemiologist and assistant professor at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, discusses her research that focus…
 
District 2 Atlanta City Councilmember Amir Farokhi discusses proposed legislation that would close a stretch of Peachtree Street on Sundays to drivers and open up the road for people to bike, walk and skate. The post Atlanta Councilmember Discusses Proposed Legislation That Would Make Peachtree Car-Free appeared first on 90.1 FM WABE.…
 
Dr. Joe Bresee, with the Task Force for Global Health, shares how the nonprofit's work on standing up influenza vaccination programs equip it to help countries establish COVID-19 vaccination programs. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger discusses his decision to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Fulton County elections following the recent firing of two employees who are accused of shredding 300 voter applications. Plus, Brittney Lindsay, Chamblee’s community engagement manager, shares how the Chamblee Nonprofit Partner…
 
Khadijah Abdur-Rahman, the Fulton County Commissioner for District 6, responds to Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron’s latest move to fire two employees who are accused of shredding 300 paper voter registration applications. Plus, in a series of conversations, Rose interviewed candidates running to be the next Atlanta City Council pres…
 
Amid the pandemic, now hiring signs are everywhere. Paedia Mixon from New American Pathways discusses new efforts to help Afghan resettled refugees and local residents to find jobs at the Tucker “Back to Work” Job Fair. Plus, the longest international border in the world between two countries is now back open. Canada’s acting Consul General Louise …
 
Fulton County's Elections Department remains under the microscope as early voting gets underway. Two workers are accused of shredding voter registration applications. What this could mean for the Director whose job has been in jeopardy for months now. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger calls for a Justice Department Investigation but also has ti…
 
On the heels of World Mental Health Day, Dr. Kashef Ijaz, the vice president for Health Programs at The Carter Center, discusses the importance of prioritizing mental health amid the pandemic. Plus, Partners for Home and the Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative (PAD) recently held an Atlanta mayoral candidate forum to discuss how each candi…
 
Stephen Paskoff, the president and CEO of the training company ELI, discusses how the push for more diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace can either drive results or resistance. Sam Manuel, an industrial worker and member of the Socialist Workers Party, shares why he’s running to be the next Atlanta City Council president. The post ELI F…
 
This week, we held a special live taping of the podcast with Dr. Lilly Cheng Immergluck, Immergluck, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Dr. Audrey Arona, who leads the Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale health district. The conversation focused on some of the challenges ahead and even some reasons for opt…
 
The Biden administration is pushing for employers with more than 100 employees to require mandatory vaccination or COVID testing. Ed Buckley, a managing partner and one of the founding partners of Buckley Beal LLP, a law firm that focuses on employment and business law, discusses the proposed mandate and employee rights. Plus, Stacey D. Stewart, th…
 
Pfizer recently announced its pediatric vaccine trials results. Dr. Andi Shane, an Atlanta-based pediatric infectious disease expert, discusses the results and the next steps for the pharmaceutical company. Plus, longtime lawyer and educator Anita Hill discusses her book, “Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence.” The post Pediatr…
 
Trump loyalists within the Cobb County GOP are making moves to derail Governor Brian Kemp’s re-election campaign. Attorney General Chris Carr responds as well as tackle other issues like SB 202 and human trafficking. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
Longtime Democrat Cathy Woolard reflects on her career path and her new appointment as chair of the Fulton County Board of Registrations and Elections. Plus, amid the pandemic, we are entering flu season. Morehouse School of Medicine’s Dr. Michelle Nichols discusses the importance of getting vaccinated. The post New Chair Named For Fulton County Bo…
 
Cecile Viboud, an epidemiologist with the National Institutes of Health who helps run the COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub, joins me to talk about the latest projections from the group, which show the pandemic slowing down in the next few months. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privac…
 
Cobb and Douglas County are seeing an increase in COVID cases. Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson discusses the city’s ongoing response to mitigate the spread of COVID and increase vaccinations. FEMA’s Chris Smith discusses the new policy changes to the agency’s Individual Assistance policies. The post Cobb and Douglas Counties Experience Steady …
 
It’s been 19 months since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in the United States. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp discusses leading the state amid the global health crisis. He talks about Georgia’s progress in combating the virus, the ongoing challenges and the path toward herd immunity. We then hear from WABE health reporter and host of the podcast “Did …
 
A new survey conducted by the Atlanta business leaders grade city council/mayoral candidates. Some are considered excellent leaders, others not so excellent. Plus, AJC reporter Greg Bluestein talks about his new book Flipped. It covers how last year’s Senate Races launched Georgia in the national political forum. He also addressed How all that will…
 
Political strategist Fred Hicks discusses Georgia Senate’s new proposal draft map that shows significant changes to at least two congressional districts. Plus, we continue one-on-one conversations with candidates vying to become the next Atlanta City Council president. Mike Russell, an experienced law enforcement officer, discusses why he wants to …
 
Natalyn Archibong has served on Atlanta’s City Council since 2002, now she’s running for City Council President. Closer Look’s one on one conversations with all the candidates as Archibong tells host Rose Scott why now is the time to seek the seat. Also, a three day symposium gets underway this week on the campus of Emory University. It’s called In…
 
It’s called Operations Allies Welcome. The Biden Administration expects thousands of Afghan refugees will come to the U.S. Essence Vinson, senior director for the Refugee Resettlement Services for Catholic Charities Atlanta, tells host Rose Scott how the agency plans to resettle families and individuals from Afghanistan to the Atlanta region. Zoo A…
 
On November 2nd, the City of Atlanta Municipal General Elections will be held. Of course the big race is the mayoral contest, but city council, Atlanta Board of education and city council president seats are ones to watch as well. Former APS board chair and current affordable housing advocate Courtney English is vying for the City Council President…
 
Sarah Jane Tribble, with Kaiser Health News, says top U.S. scientists started talking seriously about COVID-19 booster shots in January, at a time when many Americans hadn't received their first vaccine doses. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
Fay Twersky was recently named president and director of the Arthur M. Blank Foundation. Twersky reflects on her pathway to philanthropy, the philanthropic mission of ABF during the pandemic and shares how the pandemic has changed the philanthropic landscape. Lauren Groh-Wargo, the CEO of Fair Fight Action, talks about the organization’s mission, p…
 
Former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young talks about how the city should get tougher on crime. He also weighs in on a recent poll that indicates most residents are not impressed with the way current mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has handled tough issues like crime, affordable housing and traffic congestion. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and…
 
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