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Monday, December 22, 2014

From schools to Grady Hospital, they’re seeing large numbers of people with flu, or about to be. The CDC says the disease is widespread in 28 more states than Georgia. Georgia’s Director of Health Protection for the Department of Public Health discusses the dangers and the precautions.

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In the past week or so, flu has spread through Georgia at an alarming rate. The state rates flu activity on a one to ten scale. Georgia’s now a ten. The situation is so bad that one school district in Polk County ended classes early. We speak with Patrick O'Neal, director of health protection for the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Georgia knows bad weather. There was the flood of 1994 in Albany, caused by Tropical Storm Alberto. In March of 2008, a tornado crashed through the heart of downtown Atlanta, causing extensive damage. We speak to Thomas Kostigen, author of the new book “Extreme Weather Survival Guide: Understand, Prepare, Survive, Recover.”

Georgia State University and the CDC are partnering on a two-year study of Atlanta’s Beltline. The researchers hope to understand what impact the project is having on people’s lives, but the essential question is: does the Beltline make people’s lives better? Georgia State University professor Alexander Sayf Cummings joins us to talk about his 2012 essay “Is the Beltline Bad for Atlanta?”

For the first time in more than forty years, West Point has authorized a new text on military history. This one focuses on the tactics and consequences of the Civil War. Colonel Ty Seidule, one of the book’s editors, joins On Second Thought.

Research tells us that about 17 million Americans put off shopping until Christmas Eve, possibly because they simply hate shopping. A new survey from the app Game It finds a third of Americans would rather get a root canal than shop for the holidays. Joining us to talk about why consumers hate to shop so much is Jim Mourey, professor of consumer behavior at DePaul University.