James Forman Jr, Lady Sharp Shooters, Coal Ash, Sexual Assault

A new book explores why so many young men of color wind up in prison. “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America” is the work of Yale Law School Professor James Forman, Jr. His father was a leader of SNCC -- the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Forman, Jr. is also a graduate of Atlanta’s Roosevelt High. He joins us in the studio.

Women are a driving force behind rising gun sales, and they’re designing products to make it easier and more fashionable to carry concealed firearms. GPB’s Leah Fleming reports on a meeting of the Lady Sharp Shooters in Atlanta.

Coal ash is a toxic substance. For years it was haphazardly dumped into rivers and ponds. Within the last ten years or so, there has been a push to clean up the way coal ash is disposed. Georgia Power has vowed to close all its dump ponds. We talk with Chris Bowers, a senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center. We also hear from Jen Hilburn of the Altamaha Riverkeeper group.

Last year, at least 15 on-campus rapes were reported at the University of Georgia in Athens. As more women step forward, we’re having more conversations nationwide about sexual assault and harassment. So, what do people who commit these crimes tend to have in common? And what works to prevent sexual violence? We talk with Kevin Swartout, an associate professor of psychology and public health at Georgia State University. We also check in with Kathryn Young, a sociologist with Emory University and the Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health.

Atlanta cellist Nick Ogawa, better known as "Takenobu," is taking the cello beyond the orchestra. His latest album, “Reversal,” uses loops and percussive sounds to create thick soundscapes. We catch up with Takenobu ahead of a performance at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur this Sunday, Nov. 19.