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On Second Thought Episodes

In Early 2016 GPB's radio programs moved to a new site. Listed below is content that was created prior to the transition to GPBNews.org. Please click here to access the latest news from On Second Thought.

The Weeping Time | Family Secrets, Shame | Mental Health Courts

One of the largest slave sales in U.S. history happened in Savannah, but it’s largely unknown. During a two-day period in 1859, more than 400 people were sold to slave owners from across the Southeast, an event that became known as “The Weeping Time.” Plus, Karen Branan grew up in a small Georgia town and observed the acute racism that marked the era. Later in life, as a journalist, Branan made a shocking discovery about her family involving a grisly lynching.

February 3, 2016

John Smoltz | Sanders' Rise In The Race | Campus Cyber Crime Lab

Atlanta Braves’ Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz spent the bulk of his career dazzling baseball fans on the diamond. Now, he has transitioned into the broadcasting booth and will soon receive the Atlanta Sports Award to honor his accomplishments. Plus, In the 2016 Presidential race, it was expected that Hillary Clinton would lock up the Democratic nomination early and decisively. One year ago, no reputable political analyst would have thought Bernie Sanders would come within a breath of winning the Iowa caucus. But he did.

February 2, 2016

The Point Of Polls | Diet Science | College Athletes & Mental Health

The presidential race is in full swing in Iowa on Monday as that state hosts the first-in-the-nation caucuses of the 2016 race. Undoubtedly, polling has become a central part of our election process. But have we as a nation become too poll-dependent, and how much of that is dictating the direction of the presidential race? Plus, how to know which diet is effective and which is just a fad?

February 1, 2016

The Breakroom | EV Car Sales | Emory Students Crack Cold Case

Host Celeste Headlee and The Breakroom guests discuss the unlikely rap beef between Atlanta rapper B.o.B. and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson and a new initiative by the USPS that could bring groceries, water, and alcohol straight to your door. Plus, students at Emory University have been investigating the murder of an African-American man as part of a class looking at cold cases during the Jim Crow era.

January 29, 2016

Three GA Governors | Race & Police Recruits | Year Of GA Music

A new book examines one of the most bizarre episodes in American political history. In 1947, Georgia had three active governors, who all claimed they were the true elected official. The situation became known as the “three governors controversy.” Plus, police forces are more diverse than they were just a few decades ago. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 25% of police officers belong to a racial or ethnic minority, but many people say that's not enough.

January 28, 2016

Atlanta Race Riots | Burns Suppers | 'Disgraced' Debuts At Alliance

It’s been 110 years since one of the bloodiest events in Atlanta’s history. In 1906, thousands of whites gathered in the city’s downtown to attack black residents. The race riot spanned four days and left death and destruction. Plus, each year, fans of the Scottish poet Robert Burns gather around food, drink and music to honor his legacy. These Burns Suppers, as they’re called, are held near Burns’ January birthday, all over the world, including Athens, GA.

January 27, 2016

Pups Or Property? | Rare Photos Digitized | Strippers Sue For Wages

The Georgia Supreme Court will hear the case of a family is suing an Atlanta dog kennel after their dog died during its care there. But the kennel denies any wrongdoing and argues pets have only market value. Plus, the New York Public Library released a digital collection of free, public domain photos this month. Some photos date back to the late nineteenth century and include snapshots of Georgia’s history.

January 26, 2016

Georgia’s Political Mood | Democracy In Black

How are voters in Georgia feeling about the upcoming presidential election? Excited? Anxious? Confused? Host Celeste Headlee gets a read on the Peach State electorate with help from Emory University political scientist Andra Gillespie and University of Georgia demographer Trey Hood. Plus, we hear the voices of Georgians around the state expressing their mood about Election 2016. Then, Celeste continues the conversation with representatives from three voter advocacy organizations: Kelli Persons of the League of Women Voters, Stephanie Cho of Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Nse Ufot of the New Georgia Project.

January 25, 2016

DeKalb Officer Indicted For Murder | Therapy Dog | The Breakroom

DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen was indicted on six counts, including felony murder, by a grand jury Thursday night. Olsen now faces criminal charges in the death of 27-year-old Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran who was unarmed and naked at the time he was fatally shot by the officer. Then, host Celeste Headlee talks about the week’s news with The Breakroom gang, including Murder Kroger’s new look.

January 22, 2016

Remembering Blowfly | Foraging For Food | Babe Lane

In recent days, we've lost some amazing musicians from David Bowie to Glenn Frey of the Eagles. This week, we mourn the loss of another star – this one from Georgia with two very distinct personas. Clarence Reid was an R&B singer, who at times transformed into his alter ego, Blowfly. He'd wear a flamboyant costume with a mask, and belt out racy lyrics. Host Celeste Headlee talks about Blowfly’s life with his longtime manager and collaborator, Tom Bowker.

January 21, 2016

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