Chris Shupe

Program Director

Ways to Connect

To “honor” Valentine’s Day, the Athens News Matters production team compiled a short playlist of bitter love songs – upbeat tunes for the downhearted. 

Facebook, Google and other social media megaliths are known for treating their employees well, but the contract workers on the front lines of content moderation face grueling duties, with mental health provisions that are rudimentary at best. University of Georgia professor Jonathan Peters joins Chris Shupe to talk about these workers and their needs.

 As medical experts, scientists and government entities continue to address the growing coronavirus crisis, there’s another aspect of the disease that is creating problems for leaders and officials – how to communicate about the disease responsibly.

The Guest List - January 2020

Feb 13, 2020

Gabe, Jordan, and Molly kickstart the new decade with a vibrant mix of bands coming through Athens in the early weeks of 2020. Whether you're looking to rock out to video game soundtracks, positive punk rock, or hometown heroes, we've got all these bases covered and more! Featured artists include Bit Brigade, Shovels & Rope, Drive-By Truckers, Ruston Kelly, Shehehe, Ishues (Classic City Wax Vol. 1), and Elf Power.

The Guest List - 2010s Decade in Review

Feb 13, 2020

The Guest List reflects on the highs and lows of the past decade in local Athens music. We discuss the formation of new groups, the disbanding of beloved bands, the rise of new venues, and the triumph of emerging artists and genres, as well as pay tribute to those who have left the scene better than they found it. Featured artists include R.E.M., The Gold Party, Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lera Lynn, Mothers, and Linqua Franqa.