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PSAT Problems | A Thousand Naked Strangers | Semaj Clark

The results for the PSAT were released for students and parents to analyze – more than a month later than they were previously promised. There were also problems plaguing the online database for viewing scores, changes in the way students are graded and categorized, and uncertainty surrounding some scholarship qualifications. And author Kevin Hazzard worked as a paramedic for Grady Hospital in Atlanta for ten years. He chronicles that experience in a new memoir, “A Thousand Naked Strangers.”

January 20, 2016

Soul Food Junkies | Atlanta's Soccer Scene | Civil War & Southern Health

Soul food is a major staple in Southern culture, particularly among African-Americans. Is it to blame for obesity rates and other health disorders? Plus, Atlanta’s soccer scene is going through some major changes in the next year. As one professional team prepares to enter its first season, another one is calling it quits. And new research links the Civil War to high rates of heart disease in the South today.

January 19, 2016

A Rare Interview With King | Is Spotify Stealing Sound | The Breakroom

In 1961, a reporter at the CBC held the first of three interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A portion of them focuses on King’s childhood in Atlanta and how his hometown shaped his ideas about race, prejudice and leadership. Plus, the highly popular music subscription streaming service Spotify has come under fire recently by two multi-million lawsuits from songwriters who claim that the company used their copyrighted material without any permission or compensation.

January 15, 2016

Martin Luther King On Screen | Tommy Davidson | The Appeal Of Chess

Every actor who’s had had the opportunity to play Martin Luther King, Jr. on screen offers a different take on the iconic Civil Rights leader. We examine how actors approach the role of King and what gets left out when films try to tell the story of a giant of history. Plus, Tommy Davidson has worn many hats in the world of entertainment. Now, Davidson travels to Georgia to bring his unique comic stylings to the Atlanta Comedy Theatre.

January 14, 2016

From Cities To Suburbs | Traumatic Brain Injuries | Cutting Crime

The suburbs are calling to more African-American households in Atlanta. What is precipitating this migration from city to suburbs and what will these families find when they finally put down roots outside the city? Plus, traumatic brain injury is often unrecognized in routine medical screenings following an event, but TBI poses a very real threat to an already vulnerable group.

January 13, 2016

The New Home Ec | Hip-Hop And Free Speech | VA Patient Privacy

Chef Hugh Acheson is a mainstay in the culinary world, but his most recent venture hopes to change the way that kids learn how to interact with food in the classroom by revamping the traditional home economics program. Also, next month, the U.S. Supreme Court may agree to hear a First Amendment case involving a Mississippi teenager suspended over rap lyrics he wrote. The lyrics were designed to raise awareness about alleged sexual misconduct at his school. The teen has garnered widespread support, including from Atlanta rappers T. I., Big Boi and Killer Mike.

January 12, 2016

Documenting Syria | Higher Ed For Sale | Gun Violence Research

This month, Gov. Nathan Deal rescinded his order to ban Syrian refugees from coming to Georgia. Atlanta photographer Elizabeth Chappell returned from the region last spring after visiting the Syrian border town of Kobani after it was freed from Islamic State militants. Plus, in the past ten years, groups led by billionaire chairman Charles Koch donated nearly $108 million to college and universities across the county. The bulk of those funds went to schools in the South.

January 11, 2016

The Breakroom | GA Lawmakers Start New Session | Georgia Playlist

The Breakroom panel discusses the rising rent prices in Georgia, and why Will Smith’s son, Jaden, has become the face of a women’s wear line. Plus, we add two more songs to the Georgia Playlist, courtesy of Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins. And AJC reporter Kristina Torres guides us through the hotly debated topics sure to arise this legislative session.

January 8, 2016

Active Shooter Training | Making Of Modern Atlanta | Corazon De Dixie

Police departments across the country are asking a very important question: “What more can be done to prevent mass shootings?” Some jurisdictions have started training residents on best practices, which include fighting back if they’re in that situation. And the documentary “Making of Modern Atlanta” explores how the city transformed under Andrew Young's leadership and the leadership of other Atlanta mayors.

January 7, 2016

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. 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?

January 6, 2016