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CDC Speaks On Pregnancy & Alcohol | Ag Outlook | Malcolm Mitchell

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta say about three million women may be exposing their developing babies to alcohol. The CDC says fetal alcohol syndrome is preventable, and it's been warning women about the risks. Plus, Georgia was one of many states in the midst of a farm crisis thirty years ago. Farmers have come a long way since then, but is our agricultural climate stable enough that it couldn't happen again? Then, Malcom Mitchell is a household name for college football fans in Georgia. He was a speedy wide receiver for the University of Georgia, and made a number of big plays over the course of his college career. Now, Mitchell has his sights set on the NFL. But when he's not on the field, he's in the classroom, reading to children. Last summer, he released a children's book called, "The Magician's Hat."



Full Show - February 10, 2016

Georgia was one of many states in the midst of a farm crisis thirty years ago. It was the worst since the Great Depression. Almost 300,000 farms nationwide faced financial failure by the mid-1980s. Farmers have come a long way since then, but is our agricultural climate stable enough that it couldn't happen again? Zippy Duvall is a Georgia farmer who recently took over as president of the American Farm Bureau. He gives host Celeste Headlee about his agricultural outlook.

Also, with arts funding almost always at risk of being cut from state budgets, theater groups like Theater Macon look to creative new approaches to classic work and new theatrical pieces to get theater goers in the seats. Leah Fleming reports. Then, Malcom Mitchell is a household name for college football fans in Georgia. He was a speedy wide receiver for the University of Georgia, and made a number of big plays over the course of his college career. Now, Mitchell has his sights set on the NFL. But when he's not on the field, he's in the classroom, reading to children. Last summer, he released a children's book called, "The Magician's Hat," and he'll be at the Savannah Book Festival this weekend. Host Celeste Headlee talks with him about how he became a champion for children’s literacy.

Plus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta say about three million women may be exposing their developing babies to alcohol. The CDC says fetal alcohol syndrome is preventable, and it's been warning women about the risks recently. Host Celeste Headlee learns more about the CDC’s recommendations from Tom Donaldson, the president of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. And she talks about why the CDC's advice for women has come under heavy scrutiny because of how that information was communicated. Host Celeste Headlee talks with Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri about why sensitivity matters in the public health community.