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Albany State Merger | Modern Southern Women | PrEP

Albany State University announced it would merge with a predominantly white college and deactivate several degree programs because of low enrollment numbers. Host Celeste Headlee talks about the school’s future with its president. Plus, a look at what it means to be a modern southern woman, and a drug that could save people from HIV infections.



Full Show - December 1, 2015

Big changes are coming to one of Georgia's historically black universities. Last month, Albany State University announced it would merge with a predominantly white college, and it also plans to deactivate several degree programs because of low enrollment numbers. Host Celeste Headlee talks about the school’s future with its president Arthur Dunning and University of Pennsylvania professor Marybeth Gasman, who studies HBCUs.

From “Gone with the Wind” to “Nashville” to “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” movies and TV shows tend to perpetuate stereotypes of Southern women. But are there truths in any of these stereotypes? And why do they continue to endure? We talk about the modern Southern woman with author Jessica Handler and Armstrong State University Professor Regina Bradley. And the news this week that University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt is out of a job took many by surprise. He had the second-highest winning record in UGA's history. GPB sports correspondent Jon Nelson tells us how Richt’s departure may impact the school’s football program.

Today is World AIDS Day, and we mark it with a discussion about PrEP. It’s a pill taken daily that has over 90% effective rate in preventing an HIV infection. But for one Atlantan, the side effects were too much to take. We hear from him and get an explainer on PrEP’s effectiveness from Dr. Philip Brachman of Kaiser Permanente’s Infectious Diseases Department.