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February 24, 2015

What influences a new mother’s decision to breastfeed her baby? Could race, culture and tradition play a role in that thought process? Breastfeeding rates are significantly lower among African-American mothers compared with white and Hispanic mothers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We examine how different populations commonly respond when faced with the option to breastfeed a child with two health experts and an artist who are charged with understanding the challenges to child rearing faced by minority communities. Joining host Celeste Headlee are Dr. Elizabeth Collins of Emory University, health advocate Andrea Serano of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, and performance artist Anita Woodley who learned the importance of breastfeeding through her great-grandmother’s songs.

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Today's Show Segments

We talked about pink on the show -- specifically pink uniforms that inmates at a jail in Grovetown, Georgia are required to wear; we also aired part of a special GPB series on the Gullah Gechee people of Georgia; here are your first thoughts.



Atlanta is among dozens of cities set to file court papers in defense of President Obama’a executive actions on immigration. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Charles Kuck, an immigration attorney for the city of Atlanta.



Breastfeeding rates are significantly lower among African-American mothers compared with white and Hispanic mothers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Host Celeste Headlee talks about this with Dr. Betsy Collins of Emory University, actress and writer Anita Woodley, and Andrea Serano of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere Inc.



The Southern Photography Initiative of the charity The Do Good Fund is on a mission to return photographs to the places where they were taken and put them on display. Host Celeste Headlee is joined by Alan Rothschild of The Do Good Fund and Chuck Reece of The Bitter Southerner to talk about some of the striking images in the collection and what makes a photograph “southern.”



Host Celeste Headlee has an update on the day's news:

+The State Board of Pardons and Paroles is holding a clemency hearing for death row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner

+Republican State Rep. Allen Peak’s bill to approve the medical use of cannabis oil passed a state House Committee

+Georgia may soon get its first official state mammal