For NPR’s All Things Considered
On Sunday, Jimmy Carter makes an appearance at a church in South Georgia alongside his eldest grandson, Jason. Jason Carter is the politician these days, a state senator, and is now making a bid for the governor’s office. Democrats haven’t won that office in 16 years. Now, the younger Carter, a Democrat, is neck-and-neck with the Republican incumbent, Nathan Deal.
For APM’s Marketplace
What’s the nicest building in your town? In Atlanta, many people would say it’s the historic Fox Theatre. From the street, you can see the original gold-encrusted ticket booth and the majestic marquee. Inside, the ceiling is painted to look like the starry night sky. Adina Erwin is the Fox’s general manager. She says people love the historic theater in their town because it’s beautiful. And it’s a tie to the past.
To Georgia now where the criticism is pouring in after the state’s governor Nathan Deal signed an Arizona-style immigration bill targeting undocumented residents. Tourism and convention officials in Atlanta fear it will lead to an economic boycott.
And there are concerns about the effect it’ll have on farmers as Jeanne Bonner of Georgia Public Broadcasting reports
For WABE 90.1 (Atlanta)
180 Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta first opened in 1927 as Davison-Paxton’s Department Store. Later it became a Macy’s. Investors who bought a part of the building in 2008 made one more change: they’ve added another address. If you walk through downtown near the Westin Hotel, the building at 180 Peachtree stands out. In fact, a three-dimensional sign that reads 180 sticks out into the street, high above pedestrians.
For Georgia Public Broadcasting
Babies learn to talk following an intricate biological progression. It may sound like babble, but those noises babies make represent distinct milestones along the road to talking. And the absence of sounds can be cause for concern. When GPB reporter Jeanne Bonner had her first child almost two years ago, she started recording the sounds of her baby’s voice. As she reports, Atlanta researchers are conducting the largest-ever study of infant vocal development.
Georgia’s new crackdown on illegal immigration has been law since July 1. Farmers say it’s scaring away both documented and undocumented workers. And now other sectors are beginning to feel the pinch. Some businesses say without these workers, they can’t get the job done. Jeanne Bonner reports.
A new political PAC in Atlanta is asking what it will take to elect more women to political office in Georgia. In more than two centuries of Georgia history, voters have elected only five women to statewide office and five women to Congress.
How do you create an Atlanta icon? For the owner of one of the city’s most venerable indie food businesses, it started with getting laid off. Steven Carse lost his job at an insurance company in 2009, and began working on his Plan B: an artisanal ice pop company called King of Pops.
In four years, he’s gone from hawking pops from a single refrigerated cart to churning out as many as 15,000 pops on peak summer weekends.