Age discrimination, sex abuse, and model trains

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, alleging the company discriminates against older workers by not hiring them in the first place. This leaves in place a ruling from Atlanta’s 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. We discuss the implications with Paul Chichester, an Atlanta-based employment attorney. And Peter Gosselin, contributing reporter for ProPublica.

Next, Georgia has concluded a year-long review of physician sexual misconduct cases brought to light by reporting in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The state's plan focuses on educating doctors, rather than seeking new patient protection, as some states have done. We talk with two of the reporters of the AJC series: Ariel Hart and Danny Robbins.

Then, this year marks 155 years since a daring operation happened in Georgia to try and end the Civil War. A team of Union soldiers planned to steal a train, and destroy railroad bridges, tunnels, and telegraph lines to the South. All of this was a plot to derail the Confederacy. The locomotive captured in that raid is now on display at the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History in Kennesaw. We talk with historian Marc Wortman, who wrote about the train robbery for The Daily Beast.

Finally, we visit some more modern trains. Atlanta recently hosted a convention for model train enthusiasts of all stripes. GPB’s Sean Powers went and brought back an audio postcard.