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

Segment Producers: Gemma DiCarlo, Alex Vanden Heuvel, John Slights,

Contributors: Dr. James Cobb, Cathy Bradberry, Michael Cardin

This week on Athens News Matters, hear Mokah Jasmine Johnson and Shannon Foley Martinez discuss race relations in Athens. Also hear Mayor Kellly Girtz talk about his first year in office, UGA professor John Hund talk about his opioid financing research and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe talk about his new single. Finally, WUGA's Jimmy Sanders takes us back to Folsom Prison, in honor of the 52nd anniversary of Johnny Cash's famous live album.

On January 13, 1968, country music legend Johnny Cash took the stage at Folsom Prison, creating one of music’s most celebrated live records. WUGA’s Jimmy Sanders takes us back to the performance, and considers where it stands today.

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe feels creatively liberated these days, and he recently put out a new single — with proceeds going to fight climate change. 

We discuss the fourth annual Athens Social Justice Symposium, which will take place on Saturday, January 25.

 As the opioid crisis continues to affect local governments, University of Georgia professor John Hund has found that communities with opioid issues could be hindered in issuing bonds to help address their problems.