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: Jeanne Davis

Segment Producers: Colin Bergen, Savannah Sicurella

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

This week on Athens News Matters, hear:

Jim Cobb, Athens News Matters' resident historian, joins Alexia Ridley to give us some historical perspective on the protests of the last 10 days, and whether there is a historical parallel with 1968.  

Some parents are struggling with how to talk to their children about police violence. Diane Bales from the University of Georgia's College of Family and Consumer Sciences joins Chris Shupe to give some insight on how parents can discuss racial and police violence with their kids. 

Commissioner Mariah Parker, Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement co-founder Mokah Jasmine Johnson and former mayor Gwen O'Looney join Alexia Ridley to talk about the Athens protests against police brutality. 

Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz joins Chris Shupe to talk about the police response to protests in Athens, and his decsision to take down a controversial Confederate monument in the heart of downtown Athens.