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Bio Lab Mistakes | Cost Of Living In GA | Writing The Modern South

If you’ve moved to Georgia from out of state recently, you may have been told what a “deal” it is to live here: cheap housing, lower taxes and great Southern cooking at lower prices. But what’s the real cost of living in Georgia? Plus, Harper Lee’s highly anticipated new book, "Go Set a Watchman," is sending tremors through the literary world, but what does it mean to be a Southern writer today? And an investigation by USA Today uncovered hundreds of biolab mishaps that are kept hidden from public knowledge.



Full Show - July 14, 2015



From missing vials of smallpox to accidental needle sticks, the public learns of lab mishaps only when the consequences are serious or fatal. An investigation by USA Today uncovered hundreds of safety violations that are kept hidden from public knowledge. Guest host Adam Ragusea speaks with reporter Alison Young and biosafety expert Sean Kaufman about the lack of transparency and what needs to be done to keep scientists and the public safe.

And if you’ve moved to Georgia from out of state recently, you may have been told what a “deal” it is to live here: cheap housing, lower taxes and great Southern cooking at lower prices. But what’s the real cost of living in Georgia? Guest host Adam Ragusea gets help breaking down the numbers with Georgia Tech behavioral economist Tibor Besedes, Jennie Allison of the Council for Community and Economic Research, and Jill Gonzalez from WalletHub.com. Plus, we open the Gripe Bag to find a rant about the cost of car registration in Georgia in the latest installment of our series.

Then, Harper Lee’s highly anticipated new book, "Go Set a Watchman," is already sending tremors through the literary world. But what does it mean to be a Southern writer today? Guest host Adam Ragusea talks about Southern identity in literature – past, present and future – with authors Tayari Jones, Daniel Wallace, and Susan Rebecca White.