Athens News Matters for December 3, 2021

Dec 3, 2021

This week on Athens News Matters, an expert on disease modeling, Dr. John Drake, sits down with Chris Shupe to discuss the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus as well as how scientists can not only track, but anticipate disease outbreaks. Alexia Ridley speaks with activist John Cole Vodicka about the memorial event taking place Saturday, December 4 which is an event to raise awareness about the brutal 1921 lynching of Aaron Birdsong, West Hale, and Georgia Low that happened in Watkinsville, Georgia. Alexia Ridley has the story on the best ways to give back to your community during the holiday season - volunteering or donating? UGA's Dr. Tracey Tuberville has been recently awared the 2021 Christine Stevens Wildlife Award, Chris Shupe sits down with Dr. Tuberville to get her thoughts about receiving this award. UGA's Performing Arts Center brings in the holiday season with the 2021 Holiday Music Festival that has something for everyone to enjoy and celebrate the season. Our panel breaks down the week in news and politics and discusses local and state eviction relief, potential redistricting lawsuits, and more.