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

Alexia Ridley talks with this week's panel: Chris Dowd, Gwen O’Looney, and Stephanie Allen.

A few weeks ago, the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing on the part of ACC manager Blaine Williams after accusations by County Auditor Stephanie Maddox that he obstructed and intimidated her into dropping an open records request. But a separate investigation into Williams and Mayor Kelly Girtz, alleging discrimination and harassment continues. 

WUGA's Alexia Ridley talks with Stephanie Maddox:

Many experts agree that renewable energy is crucial to fighting climate change, and many Americans are on board with the switch to more renewable energy sources. Except, that is, if it means having a solar array or wind farm next door, according to new research.

As the battle against COVID-19 continues, one University of Georgia researcher says he may have found a “game-changer” – a drug used for years to treat gout.

WUGA's Alexia Ridley talks with Ralph Tripp:

Last week, the FDA made a partial decision on E cigarettes, but one of the biggest E cigarette makers, Juul, remains on the market for now.

On an earlier episode of Athens News Matters, following a Georgia Department of Public Health Advisory on vaping, Chris Shupe spoke to Dr. Randy Tackett of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy.

WUGA's Chris Shupe talks with Randy Tackett: