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Monday, November 3, 2014

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What are the under reported stories in Georgia?

On Tuesday, November 4, voters in Georgia will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate and who will run the state as governor for the next four years. Politifact Georgia editor Jim Tharpe talks about the races with host Celeste Headlee.

Robert Webster was an extraordinary man. One of the richest men in Atlanta during the Civil War and among the most influential, he was also a slave at the time. A photograph of Webster has surface recently that shows him wearing what looks like a Confederate Army jacket. Does that mean the former slave fought for the South?

Marc Wortman is author of “The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta.” He’s written a story about Webster’s photo for Smithsonian Magazine.

Candidates spend millions trying to convince voters that a politician is honest, strong, moral and decisive. But is that money well spent? When voters actually step into the voting booth, what kind of person do they vote for?

Joining host Celeste Headlee to talk about what voters look for in candidates is Frank Orlando, a political scientist at Saint Leo University in Florida.

Host Celeste Headlee updates a story that’s been simmering for more than a year. A leaked email from the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at Georgia Tech carried the subject line: Luring your rape bait. It apparently was meant to tell members of the fraternity how to get laid at parties.

Two women have filed separate lawsuits against the national Phi Kappa Tau organization, the Georgia Tech chapter, and the fraternity’s advisor. The plaintiffs are anonymous, known as Jane Doe and June Doe. They allege they were both raped by the same man after parties in the frat house on the Georgia Tech campus.

Voters have a lot of questions - not just about politicians but about all kinds of things. And sometimes you can tell a lot about people by what they search for online. Host Celeste Headlee talks with Sam Smith of Google’s Election Team.

We have no idea what turnout will look like on Tuesday. But we do know that some first-time voters will head to the polls, and that includes Georgia’s newest citizens. GPB’s Elly Yu visited one voter registration drive at a naturalization ceremony recently and brings us this postcard.

Come election day, don’t be surprised if you see reporters at your polling station. And not just local reporters - correspondents from the major networks will be in Georgia on Tuesday, waiting for voting tallies to come in. The attention that Ohio and Florida usually get in presidential elections is turning to the Peachtree State this time around.