Athens News Matters

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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

The Atlanta Highway and Lexington Roads that bring you into Athens have long been criticized by political leaders, business owners, and regular Athenians for being an eyesore, compared to the city’s vibrant downtown and other areas. Now, Athens Clarke County Government is seeking public input on how to give those highly-trafficked corridors more curb appeal.

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As more vaccines become available, some are still hesitant to receive the shot. University of Georgia professor Glen Nowak discusses strategies on how to talk with family members unsure about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mike DuBose via UM News

Governor Brian Kemp recently endorsed a proposal for new legislation that would ban governors from limiting religious institutions and practices from gathering during statewide emergencies, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. We explore how this potential act, as well as current levels of enforcement happening at places of worship, impacts attendance and isolates religious individuals.

Athens News Matters: Unfair Housing Policies

Mar 5, 2021
UGA College of Public Health

New research from the University of Georgia explores how Black Americans are being harmed by their social and physical environments.

Today on Athens News Matters, Clarke County Schools are on track to begin a phased re-opening next week. We’ll talk to Superintendent Xernona Thomas. Also today, new research on how pre-Kindergarten is helping students succeed in math as they progress through school. Plus, tackling mental health problems among athletes. Listen to the full segment to hear this news and more on Athens News Matters.