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This week on Athens News Matters: How much has the Paycheck Protection Program helped local businesses and workers? List...
06/19/2020

This week on Athens News Matters: How much has the Paycheck Protection Program helped local businesses and workers? Listen Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91. 7 and 94.5 FM.

Today on Political Rewind, we discuss the current state of the hate crimes bill as business groups continue to pressure ...
06/19/2020

Today on Political Rewind, we discuss the current state of the hate crimes bill as business groups continue to pressure Georgia Lawmakers to pass the legislation. Days after Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan unveiled the hate crimes legislation that he wants the Senate to pursue, business and civil rights groups began to reiterate their desire for the state to approve a comprehensive law. Tune into your local Georgia Public Broadcasting station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 2 p.m.
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This week on Athens News Matters: More on the proposal to cut funding for the Athens-Clarke police department.  Listen t...
06/19/2020

This week on Athens News Matters: More on the proposal to cut funding for the Athens-Clarke police department. Listen today at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on your local NPR station, WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

The #BlackLivesMatter movement spurred form the deaths of Travon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland. Y...
06/19/2020

The #BlackLivesMatter movement spurred form the deaths of Travon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland. Years later, the killings of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have forced America to reckon with centuries of racial injustice and police brutality in unprecedented ways. Protests calling for widespread change along with support form major corporations to fight racial injustice have created an awakening throughout the country to those who may have been silent and hesitant to embrace Black Lives Matter in the past. On Second Thought discusses the significance of the corporate response to this seven-year-old movement, aswell as new challenges these companies are facing to commit to righting past wrongs. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 11am.
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This week on Athens News Matters: State Representative Spencer Frye talks about the progress of the hate crimes law and ...
06/19/2020

This week on Athens News Matters: State Representative Spencer Frye talks about the progress of the hate crimes law and the state's budget. Listen Friday at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

This morning, BBC’s Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events. In other news, the US Supreme...
06/19/2020

This morning, BBC’s Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events. In other news, the US Supreme Curt justices upheld lower court rulings deeming Trump's action to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) policy as unlawful. Tune into your local BBC station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 a.m.
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This week on Athens News Matters: The surge in urban wildlife (seeing more deer, bats, bees and birds?) during the pande...
06/18/2020

This week on Athens News Matters: The surge in urban wildlife (seeing more deer, bats, bees and birds?) during the pandemic. Listen Friday at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

Today on NPR's Here & Now, we discuss the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's DACA. The Trump Administr...
06/18/2020

Today on NPR's Here & Now, we discuss the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's DACA. The Trump Administration has sought out to end this policy, which aims to protect against deportation for immigrants brought into the country illegally as young people. Dahlia Lithwick joins to discuss the latest on these measures. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 p.m.
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Today on Political Rewind, we discuss the current state of coronavirus in Georgia. For a number of weeks, the state seem...
06/18/2020

Today on Political Rewind, we discuss the current state of coronavirus in Georgia. For a number of weeks, the state seemed to have dodged the large spikes that occurred in neighboring states. However, it seems as if case numbers are multiplying faster again after broader testing has become available along with looser restrictions on movement and businesses within states. Tune into your local Georgia Public Broadcasting station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 2 p.m.
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This morning, BBC’s Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events. In other news, the United Sta...
06/18/2020

This morning, BBC’s Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events. In other news, the United States is imposing strict economic sanctions on Syria. The Caesar Act aims to persuade President Bashar al Assad to stop what the US describes as murderous attacks on the Syrian people. Tune into your local BBC station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 a.m.
Photo credit: BBC Newshour

Today on NPR's Here & Now, we discuss the draft released by Senate Republicans of a police reform bill. The draft includ...
06/17/2020

Today on NPR's Here & Now, we discuss the draft released by Senate Republicans of a police reform bill. The draft includes measures such as incentives to end chokeholds, funding for more body-cameras, and strengthened disciplinary and accountability measures. NPR's Kelsey Snell joins us to discuss competing Republican and Democratic police reform efforts. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 p.m.
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This morning, BBC’s Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events. In other news, President  Tru...
06/17/2020

This morning, BBC’s Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events. In other news, President Trump has signed an executive order on police reform after widespread protests sparked throughout the nation regarding police brutality, especially against black men. The order encourages "best practice" within the police, but critics have said it falls short of the deep reform they're calling for. Tune into your local BBC station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 a.m.
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Wednesday night we're bringing back one of our favorite Music from High Cotton episodes: great songs and performances fr...
06/16/2020

Wednesday night we're bringing back one of our favorite Music from High Cotton episodes: great songs and performances from Donna Hopkins and Chris Stalcup. Join us on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 at 9pm. Live stream anywhere at wuga.org.

The Arts at UGA
06/16/2020

The Arts at UGA

Virtual Family Day: Local Art (Art Rosenbaum)
Saturday, June 20, 10 AM-12 noon

Join a special collaboration between The Georgia Museum of Art and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies that will celebrate local artist Art Rosenbaum and his art on campus. Plus, free art kits available from K.A. Artist Shop.
LEARN MORE: https://georgiamuseum.org/event/virtual-family-day-local-art-rosenbaum/

Today on NPR's Here & Now, Democratic Representative and Majority Whip James Clyburn discusses the latest in national ne...
06/16/2020

Today on NPR's Here & Now, Democratic Representative and Majority Whip James Clyburn discusses the latest in national news. He hits many points such as the need for police reform, the protest movement sparked by the death of George Floyd, and the spike in COVID-19 cases in South Carolina and other states as they reopen. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 p.m.
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Today on Political Rewind, Georgia Public Broadcasting correspondents Stephen Fowler and Donna Lowry join us to discuss ...
06/16/2020

Today on Political Rewind, Georgia Public Broadcasting correspondents Stephen Fowler and Donna Lowry join us to discuss the latest about protests at the Capitol. Additionally, the guests also share their thoughts on Congressional discussion involving hate crimes, police reform, budget talks and more. Tune into your local Georgia Public Broadcasting station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 2 p.m.
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This morning, BBC’s Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events. In other news, the American S...
06/16/2020

This morning, BBC’s Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events. In other news, the American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has openly criticized a Russian court's decision to sentence a former marine. In Moscow, veteran Paul Whelan was sentenced to 16 years of hard labor on spying charges, causing outrage in the US. Tune into your local BBC station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 a.m.
Photo credit: BBC Newshour

Today on NPR's Here & Now, we discuss the Supreme Court's ruling which deemed the termination of employees for being gay...
06/15/2020

Today on NPR's Here & Now, we discuss the Supreme Court's ruling which deemed the termination of employees for being gay or transgender a violation of federal law. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick, host of the podcast "Amicus," joins us to discuss the details of the court's ruling. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 p.m.
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Today on Political Rewind, we are joined by Dr. Kofi Smith, who recently wrote a striking opinion piece for the Atlanta ...
06/15/2020

Today on Political Rewind, we are joined by Dr. Kofi Smith, who recently wrote a striking opinion piece for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In his article, Smith voices a powerful plea for white people to join the fight for social justice and help put an end to police violence against black people. "The only persons who can help me breathe again are those whose skin is different than mine," Smith says in the article. "So, white people, give me back my breath and provide me with some hope. I need you." Tune into your local Georgia Public Broadcasting station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 2 p.m.
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This morning, BBC’s Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events. In other news, a white police...
06/15/2020

This morning, BBC’s Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events. In other news, a white policeman accused of shooting a fleeing black man named Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta has been condemned after causing a night of uproar over Brooks' death. Another officer involved in the incident has been put on leave, while the city's police chief has resigned. Tune into your local BBC station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 a.m.
Photo credit: BBC Newshour

Today on Mountain Stage Radio, a show including Tank and the Bangas, Justin Townes Earle, Adia Victoria and more! Tune i...
06/14/2020

Today on Mountain Stage Radio, a show including Tank and the Bangas, Justin Townes Earle, Adia Victoria and more! Tune into WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 6 pm.
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Since protests sparked in Minneapolis against police brutality, calls to take action in reforming, defunding, or abolish...
06/14/2020

Since protests sparked in Minneapolis against police brutality, calls to take action in reforming, defunding, or abolishing the police have been escalating. Though these demands are not new pressures among activists, local governments committing to redirect police funds or even dismantle the departments all together has been unprecedented. On Second Thought breaks down the reasoning, history, and motivations behind the push to change how policing operates nationwide. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 11am.
Photo credit: Minneapolis Star Tribune

This week on Athens News Matters:  how local clergy has adapted to the current pandemic. Listen today at 12 noon on WUGA...
06/14/2020

This week on Athens News Matters: how local clergy has adapted to the current pandemic. Listen today at 12 noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

This week on Athens News Matters: budgeting for ACC schools in the current economic climate.  Sunday at noon on WUGA 91....
06/13/2020

This week on Athens News Matters: budgeting for ACC schools in the current economic climate. Sunday at noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

Today on Live from Here, a NEW episode entitled "Live from Home," featuring Rufus Wainwright, The War and Treaty, Lady M...
06/13/2020

Today on Live from Here, a NEW episode entitled "Live from Home," featuring Rufus Wainwright, The War and Treaty, Lady Midnight, and more! Tune into WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 6 pm.
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A programming note: Athens News Matters' Saturday 10am broadcast will not be hear today so we can carry a special 2 hour...
06/13/2020

A programming note: Athens News Matters' Saturday 10am broadcast will not be hear today so we can carry a special 2 hour Wait Wait episode. ANM can be heard Sunday at 12 noon and anytime on wuga.org.

This week on Athens News Matters: how to actually learn something while binge-watching.  Listen Sunday at 12noon on WUGA...
06/12/2020

This week on Athens News Matters: how to actually learn something while binge-watching. Listen Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

Today on Political Rewind, we discuss recent events regarding the hate crimes bill. On Thursday, Democratic members of t...
06/12/2020

Today on Political Rewind, we discuss recent events regarding the hate crimes bill. On Thursday, Democratic members of the Georgia Senate released a package of legislation calling for a wide array of changes to the ways the state handles policing -- starting with hate crimes. Other additions to the proposed legislation include regulating police body cameras, repealing the "stand your ground law" and banning police use of chokeholds. Tune into your local Georgia Public Broadcasting station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 2 p.m.
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This week on Athens News Matters: ACC Commissioner Mariah Parker on her call for a gradual 50% reduction in police fundi...
06/12/2020

This week on Athens News Matters: ACC Commissioner Mariah Parker on her call for a gradual 50% reduction in police funding. Listen today at 1pm and Sunday at 12 noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

Since protests sparked in Minneapolis against police brutality, calls to take action in reforming, defunding, or abolish...
06/12/2020

Since protests sparked in Minneapolis against police brutality, calls to take action in reforming, defunding, or abolishing the police have been escalating. Though these demands are not new pressures among activists, local governments committing to redirect police funds or even dismantle the departments all together has been unprecedented. On Second Thought breaks down the reasoning, history, and motivations behind the push to change how policing operates nationwide. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 11am.
Photo credit: Minneapolis Star Tribune

This week on Athens News Matters: we remember the work of Jerry Nesmith.  Listen Friday at 1pm and Sunday at 12noon on W...
06/12/2020

This week on Athens News Matters: we remember the work of Jerry Nesmith. Listen Friday at 1pm and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

This morning, BBC’s Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events. In other news, the Chairman o...
06/12/2020

This morning, BBC’s Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events. In other news, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley says he now regrets the decision he made to join Donald Trump for a photo op in Washington, D.C. The photo snapped of the pair took place after peaceful protesters had been tear-gassed and chased out of their path. Milley said he regrets taking part in this event, as it creates a perception that the military was involved in domestic politics. Tune into your local BBC station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 a.m.
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Great story on News Matters today by John Slights about the perennial problem of downtown Athens trash collection! Great to see WUGA really covering a local story with interviews and a well-produced report. (Also Gemma DiCarlo's piece on the "Scottish play"!)
Why am I hearing last Friday's edition of Marketplace right now?
With regard to Affordable Housing in Athens, Your notice on WUGA states that Athens, Georgia has one of the lowest home ownership rates in the state. Though this may be true, this can also be stated as "Athens has one of the highest number of multi-property home owners in the state." Affordable housing will come "on the market" quite often. I put that in quotes because, though they allegedly do come up for sale, they are often sold before they ever hit the market to the general public. Homes are being sold to multi-property rental companies and developers behind the scenes before they ever are offered to the general public. Large lots are split up by developers to create more housing which is then sold at a much higher price than the original cost of the property. There is a rental property down the street which long term tenants were hoping to purchase when the for sale sign was placed in their yard. After having been approved for loans and having a verbal agreement of sorts. The property owners, Stiles Properties, decided they did not want to sell the one house, but would rather sell their entire portfolio, thus eliminating a large amount of affordable housing from being sold to individuals rather than another property management company. Not everyone wants all the amenities added when the houses are "renovated" by developers and would like to buy a $150,000 house and do the work themselves rather than pay $250,000 for a new paint job, granite counter tops and neighbors one can high five out the kitchen window. My question therefore becomes: Is there any way to prioritize home sales to individual family units instead of the multi-property/developers, or is up to the individual realtors to prioritize single owner sales, rather than the quick sales and instant commissions of the "We Buy Ugly Houses" sect? Thank you, Paul Butchart
Thank you thank you thank you! Our Saturday morning was made when Car Talk took its rightful place at 10:00 a.m.!
So pleased that OUR Saturday morning was not ruined by the replacement of Car Talk with Nothing Funny About Money! It's a classic! Don't monkey with a good thing!😀
Every time I come to Athens, I love listening to WUGA and hearing that silky-smooth, sweet baritone voice of Martin Matheny.
Possible to regularly upload podcasts of Athens News Matters? Too good to miss...
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