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On Second Thought Episodes

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The Death Of Diners | Children And Celebrity Culture | Talent Scams

After nearly seventy years of business, Evan’s Fine Foods in Decatur, Georgia will serve its last meal this weekend. Producer Linda Chen brings us an audio postcard from the family-owned restaurant. Plus, diners like Evan’s are closing across the country. Why? And C.J. Pearson, a 13-year-old in Grovetown, has experienced more attention in the last year than most teenagers do in a lifetime. Could it affect him negatively?

November 18, 2015

Gucci Mane's Bars From Behind Bars | Puppetmaster Lucky Yates

Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane is almost as known for his run-ins with the law as he is for his raw, Southern-fried lyrics. From behind bars, he has released more than a dozen new albums, a movie, and an autobiography is in the works. Lucky Yates is best known as the voice of Krieger on the FX animated series “Archer." But before that, he worked as a puppeteer for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s kids show “Salsa."

November 17, 2015

Intersections | Juvenile Justice In GA | An App Against Police Brutality

Decaturish columnist and author Nicki Salcedo writes about her daily observations and struggles as a mother of four. Her columns have been culled into a book called “Intersections." Plus, Over the past few weeks, police have arrested Georgia teens and charged them with violent offenses in adult court because they committed one of the seven charges that automatically bump up a juvenile to the adult system.

November 16, 2015

What Comes After Tindall Heights? | MythBusters | The Breakroom

One of Georgia’s oldest housing projects is about to be demolished, and residents find themselves on the search for a new home. GPB's Grant Blankenship takes us to Tindall Heights and follows the process to find homes through the Section 8 housing voucher system, one of the oldest federal programs.

November 13, 2015

Marijuana Industry Diversity | Wherever There Is Light | GA Poverty Decline?

Should the state committee investigating the regulation of cannabis be more racially diverse? Host Celeste Headlee talks to the chair of that commission and the head of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. Plus, why more African Americans aren't in the marijuana business, a post-war love story, and some early indications that the poverty rate in metro Atlanta may be on the decline.

November 12, 2015

Judy Collins | Soldier Songs | Raising The Minimum Wage In GA

Singer Judy Collins is out with a new album and she performs this week in Atlanta. Plus, Wednesday is the Atlanta premiere of “Soldier Songs,” a multimedia opera experience that uses recorded interviews from war veterans to explore the perceptions of a soldier. And most states have a minimum wage higher than the federal rate of $7.25. Georgia is one of two states that doesn't.

November 10, 2015

Generation After Generation In Poverty In Georgia

This week, we explore the causes and complexities of poverty being passed down in a family from generation to generation. For some Georgians, like Lucille Perry, working 3 jobs is the new normal in order to make ends meet. That’s why local organizations like the Agape Youth and Family Center are stepping in to help children break the cycle of generational poverty with an education.

November 9, 2015

Wanda Sykes | Gripe Bag | The Breakroom

Wanda Sykes is a stand-up comedy legend who doesn’t hold her tongue, an actress with impeccable comedic timing, and a producer who supports budding comedians. Now Wanda Sykes is coming to Atlanta for her latest stand-up tour. And tattoos can say a lot about a person, but there are certain tattoos that get under the skin of On Second Thought producer Linda Chen.

November 6, 2015

Southern Hip-Hip In South Korea | HBCUs and Diversity | Politifact

Hip hop has influenced music around the globe, especially music from South Korea. Critics recently called out South Korean rapper Keith Ape’s song “It G Ma” for its striking similarities to Atlanta rapper OG Maco’s song, “U Guessed It.” And what does diversity mean at a historically black college or university?

November 5, 2015

Bean To Cup | Cameras In Court | Court Packing | Gun Violence

Our “Lessons From Leftfield” series about unusual classes travels to Costa Rica where students from the University of Georgia go to learn about coffee production at the source. Then, we meet a coffee grower in Georgia who puts some unconventional methods to use to bring beans to life in a Southern climate. And should cameras be allowed in court?

November 4, 2015