Athens News Matters

Fridays at 1PM, Saturdays at 10AM and Sundays at Noon.

For over 15 years, Athens News Matters has been a vehicle to connect listeners with the stories that matter from Athens and around Northeast Georgia. In July 2019, the program was relaunched in a new format, an hour of content, including the panel of commentators which has been a mainstay of Athens News Matters, but adding more stories, features, interviews, and more.

The Athens News Matters team:

Hosts: Alexia Ridley and Chris Shupe

Senior Producer: Martin Matheny

Producers: Jeanne Davis, Jessica Wurst, Megan Wahn, Devon Zwald, Lucas Trevor

Contributors: Dr. James Cobb, Cathy Bradberry, Michael Cardin, Jimmy Sanders, John Slights

Today on Athens News Matters, a rise in anti-trans legislation across the country, and even though several Georgia bills targeted at the trans community have failed to pass, LGTBQ Athenians are concerned. Also today, part three of our series on anti-Asian discrimination. Those stories, our panel on the week in news, and more … coming up on Athens News Matters.

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In part three of this series, we explore the “model minority” myth and its effects on Asian-Americans.

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State legislatures across the country have seen a rash of bills that, if passed, would adversely affect transgender Americans. Several of those bills were introduced in Georgia, and while none of them made it to the governor’s desk, local members of the LGBTQ community are worried.

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Public health expert Amber Schmidtke joins us to talk about the vaccine rollout in Georgia.

The panel, consisting of Blake Aued, Gwen O’Looney, and Chris Dowd, discusses current news and more.