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, lawmakers and the Governor are starting work on the state’s budget. Also today, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement expands its operations with a new Justice Center. Plus, a historical look at the Trump presidency, an appreciation of poet Robert Burns, and our panel on this week's news.

The one thing the Georgia General Assembly is required to do every year is to pass a balanced state budget. Sometimes, that’s an easy process; other times it’s laborious and contentious. We’ll find out what to expect this year.

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Even though women are spearheading the workforce, over 30% of couples turned to the wife to provide most or all child care during the COVID-19 shutdown, according to a study from University of Georgia researcher Kristen Shockley.

Shockley sits down with us to discuss these patterns, and how they impact the wellbeing of the entire family.

Athens News Matters: AADM Justice Center

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The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement started the year 2021 by opening a new justice center.

Athens News Matters: Robert Burns

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Monday marks the 262nd anniversary of the birth of poet Robert Burns. We talk to Burns superfan Ian Hardin about the poet’s life and work, and what’s special about a Burns Supper (besides the haggis).