Retail Jobs, Thayer Sarrano, and the Breakroom.

First, retail stores are disappearing, but the economy’s not the bad guy. Rising pressure from online shopping is causing brick and mortar stores to file for bankruptcy at a record pace in 2017. We’ll talk about how this retail downturn is affecting Georgia with Amy Wenk, reporter for The Atlanta Business Chronicle, and John Brown, Associate Professor of Economics at Georgia Southern University.

Next, all this week we get additions to the essential Georgia playlist from musicians playing at AthFest over the weekend, June 23-25. Today’s picks come from Athens singer/songwriter Thayer Sarrano. She adds some tunes from Don Chambers and Vic Chesnutt.

Lastly, the Breakroom gang returns to discuss coconut oil, workplace sexism, and the odd partnership of Bill Maher and Ted Nugent. We also talk about some unusual stories surrounding prisons and whether Gene Simmons can justifiably claim ownership of the “rock on” hand gesture. Guests include Christian Zsilavetz, Natalie Pawelski, Jessica Szilagyi, and Hector Fernandez.