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A new survey by mattress manufacturer Sleep Number Beds ranked Georgia the sleepiest state in the nation. It found that Georgians get an average of six hours of sleep a night. What's keeping us up at night? Plus, an art project that collects dream recollections and artist Alfred Conteh talks about his controversial work "The Preacher Pimp."



Full Show - August 3, 2015

A group of pastors protested the Harriet Tubman Museum in Macon over the weekend because of a work of art called “The Preacher Pimp." It’s a piece by Atlanta artist Alfred Conteh that is actually based off of a book by a pimp, Alfred Gholson. The artwork questions and criticizes the role religion and pastors play in a community. The museum is sticking behind Conteh and keeping his piece on the wall. GPB’s Michael Caputo brings us the story, and then host Celeste Headlee speaks to artist Alfred Conteh.

And with more than a year to go until key elections, candidates are already lining up. But a criminal justice watchdog group in Georgia says many people with felony convictions won't be voting even though they can. Host Celeste Headlee talks about felony voter disenfranchisement with Marissa Dodson of the Georgia Justice Project and history professor Pippa Holloway of Middle Tennessee State University.

Then, two more tunes are nominated to the Georgia Playlist, our collection of quintessential Peach State songs.

Plus, a new survey by mattress manufacturer Sleep Number Beds ranked Georgia the sleepiest state in the nation. It found that Georgians get an average of six hours of sleep a night. But the way we all think and talk about sleep has changed drastically in recent years says Benjamin Reiss. He’s an English professor at Emory University and the author of the forthcoming book, "Thoreau’s Bed: How Sleep Became a Problem in the Modern Word." He joins host Celeste Headlee to posit some ideas about what's keeping Georgia up at night.

And there’s an organization in Atlanta that wants to hear and record your dreams. The Dream Collection Agency is an art project and social experiment that collects dreams and recreates them into virtual reality. Kris Pilcher - the Chief Visionary Officer and Dale Adams of the Dream Collection Agency join host Celeste Headlee to discuss some of the strange and wonderful things that happen to Georgians when the REM cycle kicks in.