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Molly Samuel

Reporter

Molly Samuel joined WABE as a reporter in November 2014. Before coming on board, she was a science producer and reporter at KQED in San Francisco, where she won awards for her reporting on hydropower and on crude oil.

Molly was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.

She’s from Atlanta, has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.

Drought conditions exposed Lake Lanier's lake bed in 2007.
John Bazemore / Associated Press

The state of Florida is suing Georgia over water, including over how much water metro Atlanta can take from Lake Lanier. When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, officials expected it to take more than five years to be decided, but now, the case is expected to move much faster. 

States don’t sue other states that often. When they do, the case goes straight to the Supreme Court. So the process is different.

NASA's spacecraft Orion is intended to eventually help ferry people to Mars.
NASA

NASA is planning to launch a new spacecraft tomorrow morning. It will be the first test flight for Orion, a vehicle that will eventually help humans get to Mars. That’s exciting for Georgia Tech aerospace engineering students, some of whom could be among the first to set foot on the red planet.

Jimmy Williams, a senior at Tech, says he has a “crazy dream” to ride on Orion someday.

“I would love to be Jimmy Williams, first man on Mars,” he says. “That would be a great honor.”

The trees around the White House will be lit up for Christmas soon. Each state is represented by a tree, and this year, girls from around the country are invited to create patterns for their state’s Christmas tree lights. It’s part of an initiative to get more girls interested in computer coding.

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