WUGA Spotlight Interviews

WUGA presents one-on-one interviews with some of the most prolific artists and fascinating people who call Athens home. These interviews typically air mid afternoons during NPR's Here & Now and also over the weekend during Weekend Edition and Weekends on All Things Considered.

Michael Cardin w/Didi Dunphy and Pat Priest

Athens Human Rights Festival 2019

Apr 30, 2019
Photo: Michael Cardin

In May of 1970 events unfolded in a small Ohio town that had lasting effects on the country. 50 years later, the ripple effects are still being felt here in Athens.

John Miley and Chris Tidwell from the Athens Human Rights Festival join WUGA’s Michael Cardin to report on how the tragic events at Kent State, and a few days later at Jackson State in Mississippi, continue to resonate in Athens.

Photo: Michael Cardin

Jamie Calkin is WUGA's Artist in Residence for May 2019.  Jamie recently visited WUGA's studios for an in-depth conversation with Michael Cardin.

Our Artist in Residence event for May is Saturday, May 4 from 3-5pm. 

Admission is $15 for Friends of WUGA and $20 for non-members. Friends memberships are $30 or more annually. The event will be held rain or shine.

Light hors d'oeuvres will be catered by Marti’s at Midday, and Uncommon Gourmet (a shop on Baxter) provides uncommonly good wines.

Photo: Michael Cardin

This month WUGA’s Artist-in-Residence series celebrates the work of metal sculptor Harold Rittenberry. An Athens icon, Rittenberry has created amazing sculptures which have been featured in Southern Living magazine and can be seen in public settings all around the southeast. Earlier this week, he made time in his busy schedule to visit with WUGA’s Michael Cardin.

"The Passion According to St. John" at UGA

Mar 19, 2019

The UGA Hodgson Singers and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra present “The Passion According to St. John” by Johann Sebastian Bach, Thursday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m. at Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. WUGA’s Michael Cardin welcomed the John D. Boyd UGA Foundation Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Daniel Bara to talk about the event.

Enjoy "Don Pasquale" at UGA

Feb 19, 2019
Photo: WUGA

The University of Georgia Opera Theatre, along with several esteemed guest artists, will be commanding the Fine Arts Theatre stage as they take on the beloved opera Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti. The opera is set to run February 22 and 23 at 7:30 and Sunday, February 24 at 3:00. Don Pasquale epitomizes Italian opera buffa, so audiences should come prepared to have a good laugh. WUGA’s Michael Cardin welcomed guest artists Dr. John Stephens (Stage Director), and Maestro Hilary Griffiths along with Director of the UGA Opera Frederick Burchinal to discuss the upcoming event.