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Friday, December 19, 2014

Lies, damn lies, and statistics. Tom Smith, of Emory’s Business School, discusses the seemingly contradictory report on Georgia’s unemployment rate, after more than 23,000 new jobs were created in November.

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Today’s Show Segments

This week, we talked about the sex trade in Georgia and efforts to protect the victims who are pulled into prostitution. We also talked about large municipal projects - why do they always seem to be over budget and behind schedule? Here are your first thoughts.

The Georgia Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate saw its largest monthly drop in nearly 40 years. It’s good news, tempered by recent federal data showing Georgia's unemployment rate is higher than the national average. Host Celeste Headlee talks with Emory University professor Tom Smith about the state's jobless rate.

The FBI confirms North Korea was behind a recent cyber attack against Sony Pictures. Host Celeste Headlee talks with Georgia State University communications professor Tony Lemieux about the attack, which prompted Sony’s decision to cancel the film premiere of The Interview.

Host Celeste Headlee talks with Andy Miller of Georgia Health News about the financial challenges facing rural hospitals in the state.

By the time we make it to Friday, we all need a break. So each week we gather a group of smart people to help us unwind, recline, and opine about the week’s news.

This week's panelists:

Kali-Ahset Amen -- host of Moving the Center on WRFG in Atlanta

Natalie Pawelski -- vice-president for Cater Communications

Hank Klibanoff -- professor of journalism at Emory University

Blayne Alexander -- reporter for 11 Alive News