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podcasts: Perspectives with Condace Pressley

Perspectives with Condace Pressley

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Perspectives S30/Ep26: Healing Our Sick Neighborhoods

Topics: Buildings with mold trigger asthma and other respiratory conditions. Geographic lack of access to food and health care increases childhood mortality. Community violence traumatizes residents. Poverty, unemployment, inadequate housing, food insecurity, racial injustice, and oppression cause physical changes in the body, resulting in disease and death. But there is hope. Loving our neighbor includes creating social environments in which people can be healthy. While working in community redevelopment and treating uninsured families, Veronica Squires and Breanna Lathrop discovered that creating healthier neighborhoods requires a commitment to health equity. They believe Christ's ministry brought healing through the dismantling of systems of oppression and the overturning of social norms that kept people from living healthy lives. They are working to do the same in Atlanta communities by addressing social determinants that facilitate healing in under-resourced neighborhoods.
Posted: July 16, 2019

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Perspectives S30/Ep25: The Crowded Hour: Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

Topics: As our nation pauses to celebrate 243 years of the experiment called democracy, we sit down with Clay Risen, author and opinion editor at The New York Times to discuss his book, The Crowded Hour: Teddy Roosevelt, the Rough Riders and the Dawn of the American Century. The American military had been little respected by foreign powers until the often-disparaged but highly motivated Rough Riders decisively beat the Spanish, ushering in a new era of American expansionism. Using diaries, letters, and memoirs, THE CROWDED HOUR explores the motivations behind the rush to war, and the day-by-day narrative of the men who joined.

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Perspectives S30/Ep24: Uppity - The Willy T. Ribbs Story

Topics: The new documentary “Uppity” tells the story of “Auto Racing’s Jackie Robinson”. Despite being one of the most talented young drivers on the racing scene in the late 70s and early 80s Willy T. Ribbs had to deal with engine sabotage, unwarranted suspensions and death threats throughout his racing career. The establishment did everything in their power to keep this great driver down but Ribbs was never one to back down from a fight and would go on to become one of the most successful drivers in the history of the Trans Am series. He shattered the color barrier in professional racing by becoming the first Black man to race in the Indy 500.

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Perspectives S30/Ep23: What you need to know about genetic testing

Topics: With recent advancements in technology and increasing attention from the media, much has been in the news about genetic testing for cancer risk. Although the genes a person is born with may contribute to their risk of developing certain types of cancer, only about 5-10 percent of all cancers are genetic. These cancers are caused by a broken or mutated gene that is passed down in families from one generation to the next. We talk with Katie Lang a genetic counselor and Coordinator of Northside Hospital Cancer Institute (NHCI) Cancer Genetics Program.

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Perspectives S30/Ep22: A New Confession from Usher's Mom

Topics: Johnetta Patton, mother to R&B superstar Usher stops by to share her latest passion. Patton is coming out of retirement to partner with an organization called Hungry. The group says Hungry will do for corporate catering what Uber did for ride sharing. Patton, while not a chef, is a foodie and operates a shared kitchen for rising chefs. The partnership of "J's Kitchen Culinary Incubator with Hungry will bring new meaning to the phrase "working lunch" around Atlanta. What makes the partnership stronger is the fact that for every 2 meals served, Hungry will feed a person in need. Atlanta is the third and first southeastern market for Hungry and Usher along with Jay-Z, restaurateur Tom Colicchio are also project investors.

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Perspectives S30/Ep21: Emotional Breakthrough from Depression

Topics: Tonya and Jaqueline have been best friends for years. That's why Tonya knew something was not right with Jacqueline more than a decade after Jacqueline's mother died. Jennifer knew she was off, but was unsure about what to do. While at the South Fulton Service Center to get her tag, Tonya saw a sign for River Edge a service provider for the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. She urged her friend to make the call, and 60 days later Jennifer is emerging from the darkness of depression.

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Perspectives S30/Ep20: Birthing Healthy Babies

Topics: Today, 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely in the United States each year, including more than 14,000 in Georgia. March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of moms and strength of babies everywhere. Atlanta March of Dimes, in partnership with presenting sponsor Northside Hospital, is providing Atlanta Jeans & Jerseys: Provisions With A Purpose, a first-time event where top restaurants and some of their chefs are paired with local athletes to prepare dishes for guests who come to the College Football Hall of Fame dressed in their finest jeans and team jerseys on June 8, 2019 from 7-10 p.m. Chefs will be on hand to share delectable dishes for event supporters to enjoy. Working alongside the restaurants partners at the tasting stations will be some of Atlanta’s best athletes from the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Dream, and Atlanta United. Attendees will not only be able to rub elbows with athletes from these sports franchises, they will get to taste some of the best food Atlanta has to offer and tour the College Football Hall of Fame.

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Perspectives S30/Ep19: The Burn Zone - A Cult Survivor's Journey to Freedom

Topics: After seven years of faithfully following her spiritual teacher, Renee Linnell realized she was in a cult and had been severely brainwashed. She had graduated magna cum laude with a double degree. She had traveled to nearly fifty countries alone before she turned thirty-five. She was a surf model and a professional tango dancer. She had started five different companies and was getting an MBA from NYU. How does someone like her end up brainwashed in a cult? Renee Linnell’s The Burn Zone is an exploration of how we give up our power—how what started out as a need to heal from the loss of her parents and to understand the big questions in life could leave a young woman fighting for her sanity and her sense of self; ultimately emerging from the battle stronger than ever.

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Perspectives S30/Ep18: Mary Frances Early UGA's first African American Graduate

Topics: When you hear stories about the desegregation of the University of Georgia the names mentioned are of the late Dr. Hamilton Holmes and Journalist Charlayne Hunter. The name you'd not heard belonged to Mary Frances Early. This music educator graduated from Atlanta's Turner High School and Clark College. She was awarded a scholarship to pursue her master's degree in education at the University of Michigan because it was more accepting of black students. But when she saw how her Turner High classmates were being treated at UGA in 1961, Early transferred to UGA to complete her post-graduate education and in 1962 became the first African American graduate of the country's oldest land grant university. UGA plans to name the college of education in her honor. She was a 'Hidden Figure.' Not anymore.

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Perspectives S30/Ep17: Cooking with Ms. Quad

Topics: As spring moves into summer, we are outdoors more, enjoying the weather and all the activities living in the south affords us. That also means we are entertaining more. Whether that’s trying a new dish with the family or spending time with friends, there’s always time for something new. Which brings us to our guest today – from Sister Circle and Bravo’s Married to Medicine – Quad Webb whose new book is Cooking with Miss Quad: Live, Laugh, Love and EAT! The book features more than 100 delicious recipes.

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News

  • It's been a major distraction for drivers on Florida’s Turnpike in Osceola County. They don't know if she has a home, but a dog, whom some are now calling Ozzy, certainly has a lot of people watching out for her. >> Read more trending news  Dispatchers at the turnpike’s Traffic Management Center have spent months doing everything they can to catch the dog before she or a driver gets hurt. On Friday, Florida Turnpike officials said she was captured. She is very calm and quiet. There's a whole team of people watching hundreds of cameras along the turnpike and keeping an eye out for anything that may be dangerous for drivers. But consistently since May, in one particular part of the road, they kept seeing the same dog over and over. Road Ranger Jonathon Hester patrols a stretch of the turnpike near the Yeehaw Junction. “Our No. 1 job is safety,' Hester said. He's usually routing drivers around wrecks or helping with a flat tire. But lately, he's been determined to find the furry fugitive. 'This one has just evaded us for a long time and we keep trying to find him,” Hester said. For about two months, dispatchers were seeing the yellow Labrador between mile markers 196 and 205 on the turnpike, headed southbound. 'And just kind of runs up and down the roadway. It's a big distraction for the motorists driving by,” Hester said. “People see it and slam on their brakes.' Officials said they have no idea where she came from. 'It's possible it could've come from a vehicle crash,” Hester said. “A motorist could've been traveling with this dog, and crashed and the dog got scared and ran away.' Because she's been living on the road in Osceola County, they have affectionately named her Ozzy. Osceola County Animal Control let Hester borrow a trap in an effort to catch Ozzy. Now that the dog is caught, they plan to scan Ozzy for a chip to see if she has a home. If not, Ozzy may be up for adoption.
  • The Jacksonville Game Center has been burglarized twice in less than a month with thieves making off with nearly $10,000 worth of Magic the Gathering cards.  >> Read more trending news  Store owners told Action News Jax that both times, the thieves busted through a wall to get in. Hector Ortiz is a regular at the game center. Action News Jax caught up with him as customers and staff were preparing for their Friday night Magic the Gathering tournament. “The place is pretty packed, we have anywhere from 20-plus players,” Ortiz said. “It’s like a second home. A lot of people come to get away from issues.” So, when these crimes occur, Ortiz said the customers take it as a personal attack. “The first time it happened was really heartbreaking,” Ortiz said. Action News Jax first reported three weeks ago when thieves busted a hole in the wall to take more than $5,000 rare Magic the Gathering cards. The owner said they came back again overnight Friday. Surveillance video showed the glow of their flashlights. The owner said this time, they left another hole in the wall and stole more than $3,000 in those same, valuable cards.  He said they busted through the wall at the restaurant next door. Friday, Hunan Wok had a board up in the window where the thieves broke their glass to get in.Ortiz had a message for the thieves. “Just grow up,” Ortiz said. “It’s not necessary. You’re attacking us for a quick buck. Just go out there and get a job, man.
  • A woman is in jail facing felony charges after Clayton County authorities said she allegedly sneaked a firecracker into a courtroom and threatened to blow up the place.  >> Read more trending news  Whitney Jefferies, 32, was arrested Monday night after a judge saw the threat the woman allegedly posted on social media, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Judge Michael Garrett said Jefferies was in the front row in his courtroom. He told Channel 2 she seemed agitated that it was taking so long for her case to be called.  Later, he saw a video she posted on her social media page in which she held up a firecracker and said she was going to blow the courtroom apart, the news station reported.  It is not clear how Jefferies got the firecracker into the courtroom, and Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has not commented on the situation. Deputies went to Jefferies’ condo in Morrow to arrest her, Channel 2 reported. Nobody answered when agents first knocked on her door, according to the news station.However, deputies realized someone was inside the home when a pizza was delivered to the house later that evening, Channel 2 reported.  Deputies went back to Jefferies’ door and brought her out in handcuffs, the news station reported.  Jefferies was booked into the Clayton jail, where she remains held on a $35,000 bond. She face three charges, including making terroristic threats and possession of a destructive device.
  • A Charlotte, North Carolina woman and her Australian boyfriend were murdered while they were traveling the world, officials said. >> Read more trending news  Chynna Deese, 24, and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, were found shot and killed on a remote western Canadian highway Monday near their broken down van, WSOC-TV reported. Officials said they were exploring Canadian national parks and heading to Alaska. Police said this does not appear connected to any other crimes. Friday night, WSOC-TV interviewed Chynna's mother Sheila Deese, who said despite not knowing how her daughter died, she's comforted in knowing her daughter and Fowler were together until the end. 'It is a love story, a southern girl goes out of the country, meets this Australian and they were just the same personality,' Sheila Deese said. Canadian Police said they don't know if Deese and Fowler were targeted or if this was random. They said they are working with the FBI to find the couple's killer. 
  • A 77-year-old convicted murderer who was released from prison after being deemed 'too old' to kill again was convicted this week of fatally stabbing a Maine woman. >> Read more trending news  Albert Flick was found guilty Wednesday of killing 48-year-old Kimberly Dobbie in July 2018 outside a Lewiston laundromat. The attack happened in front of Dobbie's 11-year-old twin boys. 'I'm glad the verdict is done and over and I'm glad he'll never be able to walk the streets again,' said Dobbie's friend James Lipps, NBC News reported. This is Flick's second murder conviction. Flick was convicted in the 1979 death of his wife, Sandra. Similar to Dobbie's death, Flick stabbed his wife as her daughter watched, CNN reported. Flick was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1979 murder. He was released and was released in 2000 after 21 years for good behavior, The Washington Post reported.  By 2010, when he was in his late 60s, Flick had been convicted of assaulting two other women. Despite his record, the judge in the 2010 case sentenced him to four years. “At some point Mr. Flick is going to age out of his capacity to engage in this conduct,” Maine Superior Court Justice Robert E. Crowley said, according to the Portland Press Herald. “And incarcerating him beyond the time that he ages out doesn’t seem to me to make good sense.” Judge Crowley retired in 2010. He hasn't responded to media requests for comment. Flick is scheduled for sentencing August 9. He faces 25 years to life behind bars. “I firmly believe this could have been prevented,” Elsie Clement, whose mother was stabbed to death by Flick in 1979, told the Press Herald last year of Dobbie's death. “There is no reason this man should have been on the streets in the first place, no reason.”
  • Public school students in New Hampshire will be provided with free menstrual products thanks to the passage of a new law. SB 142, signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Chris Sununu, will require public schools to provide feminine hygiene products in women’s and gender-neutral bathrooms in high schools and middle schools starting January 1, The Concord Monitor reported.  >> Read more trending news  “This legislation is about equality and dignity,” Sununu said. “SB 142 will help ensure young women in New Hampshire public schools will have the freedom to learn without disruption – and free of shame, or fear of stigma.” The idea for the law came from 17-year-old Caroline Dillon, a high school student in Rochester, N.H. The high schooler was inspired to act after learning in U.S. History class about 'period poverty,' where those who can't afford feminine hygiene products miss work or school during menstruation. “It was sad to think about,” Dillon told The Monitor. “Girls in middle and high school would never dream of telling somebody that they have to miss school or use socks because they can’t pay for pads.” Dillon approached state Sen. Martha Hennessey with her idea, and Hennesey became a main sponsor of the bill. Educating some lawmakers was initially awkward, Dillon said. Most lawmakers are men, and wanted to avoid words like 'menstruation,' 'tampon' and 'feminine hygiene products,' The Monitor reported. “They would say ‘the thing’ or just try to avoid saying it all together,” Dillon said. “I would say to them, ‘If this makes you uncomfortable, think about how uncomfortable it is to be in this situation yourself. If you can't really picture it yourself, think about any woman in your life: your mom, your daughter, your aunt – think about how uncomfortable she feels – you are in the position to make it so these women don’t have to feel that way.’ ”  Dillon's efforts were ultimately successful. Funding for the new measure will come from school districts' budgets, according to CNN. Districts can partner with nonprofit organizations to provide the feminine hygiene products. Opponents of the bill said its amounts to an unconstitutional unfunded mandate,  USA Today reported. Similar laws currently exist in New York, Illinois and California.