Athens News Matters

Fridays at 1PM, Saturdays at 10am and Sundays at 11AM

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

Associate Producer: Gemma DiCarlo

Segment Producers: Sofia Gratas, Megan Wahn, Jessica Wurst

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

This week on Athens News Matters, hear: 

Athens News Matters: of Montreal Returns with 'UR FUN'

Feb 21, 2020

Athens staple band of Montreal is back on the scene with a new record that is equal parts poignant and political – and all rock-pop fun. WUGA contributor Jordan Meaker brings us this review.

The University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art and the School of Social Work will host their 10th annual symposium dedicated to the intersection of art and social justice next week. 

Researchers, especially women, face significant challenges in ethnographic research, including misogyny and sexual harassment. In her book "Harassed," University of Georgia professor Patricia Richards asserts that this behavior might encourage silence about sexual harassment and violence.

Athens News Matters: Adapting to Urban Wildlife

Feb 21, 2020

As urban populations expand, how does wildlife respond? The answer may seem simple, but species such as deer, coyotes, opossums and birds seem to be doing a better job of adapting to us than we are adapting to them.