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

Associate Producer: Gemma DiCarlo

Segment Producers: Sofia Gratas, Megan Wahn, Jessica Wurst

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

This week, Athens News Matters focuses on the local impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. You'll hear: 

In a time where social distancing is key to "flattening the curve," how can parents make sure their kids are socializing in healthy ways? 

How exactly is a vaccine developed? University of Georgia pharmacy professors Scott Pegan, PBS Associate Professor and Director of the Drug Discovery Center, and Grace Gowda, Director of the International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Program joined Chris Shupe to talk about how vaccines are developed, tested and approved, and whether the process can be expedited safely. 

With many of Athens’ vulnerable populations expecting a big hit from COVID-19’s effects, some locals are taking the extra step to inform their neighbors on the extent of resources within the Athens community. 

While national, state and local leaders are encouraging citizens to stay at home, that could present significant problems for Athens' economy, which relies heavily on the service industry. 

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