On Second Thought For Monday, October 17, 2016
As a result of Hurricane Matthew last week, more than 1.3 million gallons of partially treated wastewater was discharged into the Savannah River. Information about the spill was sent out to the public, but a recent story in Georgia Health News says many environmental spills in the state are left out of the public’s eye. We’ll talk about transparency in environmental disasters with Georgia Health News editor Andy Miller and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth.
Gambling laws in the Peach State are some of the most restrictive in the country. Georgia is one of only five states that does not allow commercial, tribal, or racetrack betting. But companies like MGM and Wynn Resorts are pushing for legalized gambling in Georgia. MGM has even unveiled plans for a $1.4 billion casino-resort in downtown Atlanta. We speak with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Scott Trubey and Georgia Tech economics professor Tibor Besedes about the impact legalized gambling could have on the state.
And finally, The Center for Civil and Human Rights will debut a new exhibit in Atlanta this month. It's called “Breaking Barriers” and will focus on historical moments when sports led to meaningful social change. Athletes and political leaders will be featured in the exhibit, including Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Nelson Mandela. The Atlanta Hawks will host a preview of “Breaking Barriers” at Phillips Arena this month. Political sportswriter Dave Zirin and ESPN’s Kevin Martinez join us to talk about the intersection of sports and social change.