Grant Blankenship

Grant came to public media after a career spent in newspaper photojournalism. As an all platform journalist he seeks to wed the values of public radio storytelling and the best of photojournalism online.

For years, there has been on again, off again conversation in Macon about moving the Confederate statue at the foot of Cotton Avenue. Now is a definitely an on again time, as it is for monuments elsewhere.

Coinciding with the Juneteenth holiday, artists in Macon built a box around the foot of the statue to create a place for creative expression and hopefully spurring positive conversation about what to do about the statue, conversations couched in love rather than hate.

Last week, in defending his decision to allow Georgia’s economy to reopen, Gov. Brian Kemp cited some milestones: Reductions in hospitalizations, ventilator use… and one other.

“And the percentage of positive cases continues to drop,” Kemp said from his now familiar press conference spot at the foot of the stairs in the Capitol rotunda.

But changes in how different types of coronavirus tests are recorded in the state have given the percentage of positive cases an unearned cushion of up to 3%.


How do you design a building in the South to cope with 100 degrees in the summer and sub-freezing temperatures in the winter without pumping more climate changing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere?

That’s a challenge being tackled in an experimental building on the campus of Georgia Tech.


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MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

You find all kinds of things in drawers when you're getting ready to move. Expired credit cards. Single socks. Concert tickets. Chargers from old phones. Two-foot-long dead squirrels.

Well, maybe not the squirrels - unless you're a scientist moving to a new lab. That's what happened in the Biology Department at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.