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

Protests are a vital force in progressing the nation and implementing change. But what goes on behind the scenes? Aditya Krishnaswamy from the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement and Justin Simpson from the United Campus Workers for Georgia provide their experience with protest organization.

Athens takes a lot of pride in being a music town – the city that gave us REM, Widespread Panic, the B-52s, and so many more. Now some of the town’s biggest musical luminaries are getting a spot on the Athens Music Walk of Fame. Jimmy Sanders offers us this appreciation.

A beehive
Jessica Wurst

Some 30% of the food we consume is directly impacted by the efforts of bees, but veterinarians often don’t know much about maintaining the health of bee colonies. A new UGA initiative is working to change that.

Plus, Dr. Joerg Mayer and Amanda Saulnier were kind enough to provide us with some more handy bee facts:

Author and Athenian Denise D'Angelo Jones talks about her book, Spanish Influenza: Nineteen Days in 1919, which explores the deadly flu pandemic of a century ago through the diaries of one of the author's relatives.

Athens News Matters: Pregnancy in the Pandemic

Aug 28, 2020

For most moms-to-be, pregnancy is a challenging time, and the coronavirus pandemic adds a new layer of challenges to the process. WUGA's Megan Wahn spoke to three women at various stages of pregnancy, as well as a very busy nurse-midwife.