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.

In the past two years, Athens News Matters has received multiple awards for excellence in journalism from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Public Media Journalists Association.

The Athens News Matters team:

Hosts: Alexia Ridley and Chris Shupe

Senior Producer: Martin Matheny

Producers: Jeanne Davis, Devon Zwald, Lucas Trevor, Kara Nelson, Abby Bustin

Contributors: Dr. James Cobb, Cathy Bradberry, Michael Cardin, Jimmy Sanders, John Slights

Website Intern: Nicole Jordan

The science of disease modeling can give public health officials clues about how far and how fast diseases like the coronavirus might spread, and how severe they might be.

Omicron is yet another variant of COVID-19, and researchers and public health officials are actively working on figuring out more information on this new twist in the ongoing saga of the Coronavirus.

While public health officials are working to track where the virus is, other researchers are looking ahead modeling the future of the disease and its spread.

Conflicting and confusing information about booster shots - who can get them and when -- continues to hamper the effort to control Covid-19.

On October 29, 2021, the FDA authorized emergency use of pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old. Additionally, an FDA official states authorizing booster shots for all vaccinated adults is a high priority.

Dr. Ashley Hannings professor at The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy joins Chris Shupe to clarify what you need to know about boosters, as well as whether parents should delay vaccination for their children.

The Native American scholar and leader of the Cherokee Nation, Sequoyah, is one of the most remarkable figures in American history.

His creation of a system of writing for the Cherokee language, and his attempt to reunify the Cherokee people after removal from their homeland are only two of the events that marked his extraordinary life.

With Thanksgiving coming up, we'll take a look at Searching for Sequoyah, a new documentary honoring his achievements and legacy.

Please note that this story references self-harm, suicide, and other topics that may not be suitable for all listeners.

Social media platforms like Instagram can provide teens with a window into their peers' lives,and help them keep up with trends and connect with friends.

There's a much darker side to Instagram, though; one that encourages self-harm and bullying. New research from the University of Georgia suggests hashtags related to self-injury may be increasing on Instagram.

As the pandemic made working from home a necessity for many, Zoom, the online meeting tool, has become a popular way to connect with colleagues. But many users report that the hours spent online have resulted in "Zoom fatigue," or a feeling of exhaustion and burnout. The answer to this modern ailment may be as simple as turning off your camera.