Athens News Matters

Fridays at 1PM and again 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

Host Alexia Ridley

Host Chris Shupe

Athens News Matters: Telemarket EP Review

Nov 15, 2019

WUGA's critic-at-large John Slights reviews the new EP from local band Telemarket. 

We pay a visit to Athens' first vegan vending machine, which opened Monday, Nov. 11. The machine is located at That Bar, but operated by Eden Cafe, which wants to make plant-based options more available downtown.

CBD oil is becoming more and more popular, with proponents claiming it helps everything from chronic pain to anxiety. UGA pharmacy professor Randy Tackett joins us to talk about the facts and fiction around CBD oil. 

A new study  in the journal "Child Development" indicates that parental depression might cause physical effects in their children. We speak to Katie Ehrlich, the study's lead author and an assistant professor of psychology at UGA. 

WUGA'S panel of commentators discusses the latest development in the ethics complaints filed against Superintendent Demond Means. They also discuss why the ACC Solid Waste Department is losing money.

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