Athens News Matters

Fridays at 1PM, Saturdays at 10AM and Sundays at 11AM

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, Gemma DiCarlo, Colin Bergen, Savannah Sicurella

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

This week marks the 110th anniversary of the premier of the ballet “The Firebird,” an important early step in the career of one of the 20th century’s most important composers, Igor Stravinsky.

A pair of dual-enrollment students at the University of Georgia produce “The Finch,” a podcast that takes a multidisciplinary and research-based view on the issues of the day.

It’s been several weeks since protesters turned out in Athens for the first weekend of demonstrations against racism and police brutality. WUGA's Jeanne Davis checks in with demonstrators to find out how they’re feeling about the movement.

Jesse Houle will probably take office in January as the Athens-Clarke County Commissioner for District 6, thanks to a quirk in Georgia’s election laws – a quirk that some district voters say is unfair and subversive of the will of the people. 

John Drake, director of the University of Georgia's Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases joins Chris Shupe to talk about infectious disease modeling, and what people should know about COVID-19 modeling.