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, Lora Yordanova, Lucas Trevor

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

Athens News Matters: COVID Checkup

Nov 13, 2020

The pharmaceutical company Pfizer says it has a vaccine that is 90% effective against COVID-19. Meanwhile, cases are surging across the US. How are Athens and Georgia managing the pandemic right now? Dr. Grace Bagwell Adams, Assistant Dean for Outreach, Engagement, and Equity in UGA’s College of Public Health joins us to shed light on the issue.

Athens News Matters: Panel

Nov 13, 2020

The panel discusses the week in news and politics including Ga’s recount of the presidential election, the local Western Judicial Circuit DA runoff, and CCSD's return to in-person learning

Athens News Matters: Hate Groups and Extremists

Nov 13, 2020

In the days before the election, Georgia was identified as one of five states that could see elevated militia activity around the 2020 election. Two experts on hate groups talk about the threats in Georgia, and the state of the far-right.

Below is the full interview with experts Cas Mudde, Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor of International Affairs, and Shannon Foley-Martinez consultant at PERIL at American University.

Athens News Matters: Abolish the Electoral College?

Nov 13, 2020

 A growing number of people say the Electoral College should be abolished, and that the President should be elected by popular vote. So, why do we have an Electoral College, and is it time to do away with it? We sit down with Dr. David Cottrell Assistant Professor in UGA's School of Public and International Affairs, and Pat Rosentiel from the National Popular Vote Compact to get their takes on the Electoral College and how it impacts our democratic system.

Athens News Matters: Feminist Mothers

Nov 13, 2020

According to new research conducted by Analisa Arroyo, a mother’s feminist attitudes impact her daughter’s ability to stand up for herself in close relationships. She sits down with us to discuss her findings.