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ATL's Reality | How Diet Science Confuses Us | Civil War Prison In GA

Do shows like “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” or “Atlanta Plastic” accurately depict what it’s like to live and work in Atlanta? Plus, with all the scientific research about diets out there, how can consumers cut through all the noise to know what's healthy and what to avoid? Also, the sordid conditions of a Civil War prison located in Georgia.



Full Show - December 10, 2015

Many of the soldiers who died during the Civil War did so in Northern and Southern prison camps. One of the most notorious of these was Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Thousands of Union troops there died while in captivity, and many of them came into contact with the same man --- Henry Wirz, a Confederate commander stationed at the prison. He was the only person executed for war crimes during the Civil War. A heavily criticized monument in his memory sits near the prison site and memorials for the victims. Host Celeste Headlee talks with a historian of the prison who says some of Wirz’s story is often misunderstood.

Plus, the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University released a study showing that mice with high fat diets experienced memory issues (for humans, an example would be forgetting where you put your keys.) So does fat make you forgetful? We get an explainer on that study from its corresponding author, Alexis Stranahan. From the Atkins diet to Weight Watchers to the Paleo diet, it feels as if we’re inundated with diet studies all the time. Then, host Celeste Headlee speaks with Dr. Laurence Sperling, a cardiologist at Emory, about which diets to trust and which ones to avoid.

And know a rich housewife? A celebrity’s personal assistant? A rapper? Plastic surgeon? How about a self-made millionaire? These are just some of the jobs and lifestyles of Atlanta reality TV stars. Do shows like “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” or “Atlanta Plastic” accurately depict what it’s like to live and work in Atlanta? Host Celeste Headlee talks about portrayals of Atlanta with reality TV blogger Michelle Brown, Georgia State University literature professor Gina Caison and Morehouse College professor of English Stephane Dunn.