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A Chestnut Revival | Coding Education | Decatur's Demographics

The American chestnut once dominated hardwood forests from Maine to Florida. But a terrible blight in the early 1900s forced the species into near extinction. Now, more than a hundred years later, researchers hope to restore the American chestnuts to their native forests. Plus, Decatur superintendent David Dude currently has one coding class in his schools, and he’s thinking about expanding the program. But what are the costs, and who pays for them? And can schools afford to keep up with the technology? And the face of Decatur, Georgia is changing. A diversity report sponsored by the city found that the African-American population has dropped by 50% from 1990 to 2010. Why? And what is the city doing about diversity? Also, AP reporter Kate Brumback got an inside look at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, where inmates are “sorted” and assigned to prisons.



Full Show - January 6, 2016

The face of Decatur, Georgia is changing. A diversity report sponsored by the city found that the African-American population has dropped by 50% from 1990 to 2010. It also revealed that the median household for black residents plunged by 50% in the past decade, while white household incomes increased by 10%. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Casie Yoder, former Decatur public information officer, about the report and the reasons why.

Decatur superintendent David Dude currently has one coding class in his schools, and he’s thinking about expanding the program. But what are the costs, and who pays for them? And can schools afford to keep up with the technology? Host Celeste Headlee poses these questions and more to Dude and to Cameron Wilson, COO of Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to promoting more computer science courses in schools. Plus, the AP got an inside look at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, where inmates are “sorted” and assigned to prisons. Host Celeste Headlee talks to the reporter, Kate Brumback, and to Kenneth Mantle from the Georgia Department of Corrections about what goes into the decision to place inmates in certain correctional facilities.

And the American chestnut once dominated hardwood forests from Maine to Florida. But a terrible blight in the early 1900s forced the species into near extinction. Now, more than a hundred years later, researchers hope to restore the American chestnuts to their native forests. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with biology professor Martin Cippolini, who spearheads the project for the Georgia chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, and musician and tree farmer Chuck Leavell.