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WUGA's interns continue their experiential learning from home.  Operations/production intern with Grady College of Journ...
04/01/2020

WUGA's interns continue their experiential learning from home. Operations/production intern with Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Sarah Thackston, helps produce weekly episodes of African Perspectives and other WUGA projects. Thank you for supporting WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

This week on Athens News Matters: a conversation on how neighboring Oconee County grapples with the pandemic. Listen to ...
04/01/2020

This week on Athens News Matters: a conversation on how neighboring Oconee County grapples with the pandemic. Listen to WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM Friday at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon.

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it’s relaxing environmental regulations for companies incl...
04/01/2020

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it’s relaxing environmental regulations for companies including factories and power plants. The new rule says businesses can decide for themselves if they can meet requirements for reporting air, water and other types of pollution. The Takeaway has the latest details, next. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 3 pm.

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Today on Here & Now, University of Washington epidemiologist Dr. Ali Mokdad discusses data that he and colleagues have s...
04/01/2020

Today on Here & Now, University of Washington epidemiologist Dr. Ali Mokdad discusses data that he and colleagues have shared with the White House, urging strict social distancing measures to remain in effect through summer. Tune into NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 pm.

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The Takeaway looks at one place where the coronavirus is taking hold in a big way. In Albany, Georgia, there have been m...
03/31/2020

The Takeaway looks at one place where the coronavirus is taking hold in a big way. In Albany, Georgia, there have been more than 160 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16 deaths. With a population of 73,000, that means Albany has one of the highest concentrations per capita of people known to be infected. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 3 pm.

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Today on NPR's Here & Now, in California, a debate is underway about what to do with it's overcrowded prisons during the...
03/31/2020

Today on NPR's Here & Now, in California, a debate is underway about what to do with it's overcrowded prisons during the pandemic. With over 7,000 confirmed cases, some have even started to surface inside of the state's prison and jails. We to go to the San Francisco Bay Area for the latest from KQED. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 pm.

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Getting the job done, while practicing social distancing. WUGA operations/production director, Michael Cardin and Akinlo...
03/30/2020

Getting the job done, while practicing social distancing. WUGA operations/production director, Michael Cardin and Akinloye Ojo, host of African Perspectives, working away from our regular studios. You can enjoy African Perspectives each Sunday at 4pm on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, the situation inside jails and prisons continues to get more dire, with la...
03/30/2020

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, the situation inside jails and prisons continues to get more dire, with lack of access to basic resources and testing. New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex is deteriorating, and already has dozens of confirmed cases. And federal prison guards could be catastrophic, causing “mass chaos” in a correctional system responsible for more than 175,000 inmates across the United States. The Takeaway has the latest details, next. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 3 pm.

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In New York City, overstretched hospital workers are bracing for a tsunami of illness. At Mount Sinai Hospital in Brookl...
03/30/2020

In New York City, overstretched hospital workers are bracing for a tsunami of illness. At Mount Sinai Hospital in Brooklyn, Chief Medical Officer Peter Shearer says they're seeing between five and 10 deaths a day, as patients crowd the emergency room, waiting for beds. We speak with him next on Here & Now. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 pm.

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This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the days global events. In other news, Senior US scien...
03/30/2020

This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the days global events. In other news, Senior US scientist Dr Anthony Fauci predicts coronavirus could claim as many as 200,000 lives in the US. Tune in your local BBC station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 am.

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Sunday at noon on WUGA's Athens News Matters: An audio essay from a UGA senior on her "3.75 years" on campus.  Listen on...
03/28/2020

Sunday at noon on WUGA's Athens News Matters: An audio essay from a UGA senior on her "3.75 years" on campus. Listen on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

Today's edition of Live from Here is a rebroadcast from October 12, 2019, New York City, NY. Featuring Trey Anastasio, T...
03/28/2020

Today's edition of Live from Here is a rebroadcast from October 12, 2019, New York City, NY. Featuring Trey Anastasio, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Sarah Jarosz, and more.

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This week on WUGA's Athens News Matters:Even though bars and restaurants are closed or carry-out/delivery only, some Ath...
03/27/2020

This week on WUGA's Athens News Matters:Even though bars and restaurants are closed or carry-out/delivery only, some Athenians are making sure their favorite service industry people still get tips. Listen Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

WUGA's engineer, Andy Riehm, keeps all our equipment up and running so we can bring you our local, GPB and NPR programmi...
03/27/2020

WUGA's engineer, Andy Riehm, keeps all our equipment up and running so we can bring you our local, GPB and NPR programming on a consistent and dependable basis. During the virus crisis Andy can often be seen working at his home office (if he's not off fixing something!) Thanks for your continued support of WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

This week on WUGA's Athens News Matters: As more socialization moves online, are hate groups taking advantage of the opp...
03/27/2020

This week on WUGA's Athens News Matters: As more socialization moves online, are hate groups taking advantage of the opportunity to radicalize youth? Friday at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

While online scams are always a danger, malware attacks and phishing schemes have found a new opportunity with coronavir...
03/27/2020

While online scams are always a danger, malware attacks and phishing schemes have found a new opportunity with coronavirus. That’s because millions of Americans are now working and learning from home, without the protections — or IT help — found in most offices and schools. And in some countries, the virus has upped the ante on government surveillance of online activity. On Second Thought hosts a conversation about the digital dangers that have developed alongside the coronavirus pandemic. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 11 am.

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This week's on Athens News Matters: How animal shelters are coping with an unexpected influx of surrendered companion an...
03/27/2020

This week's on Athens News Matters: How animal shelters are coping with an unexpected influx of surrendered companion animals..and how you can help. Listen Friday at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 . Your local NPR station.

You can hear WUGA's program director, Chris Shupe, as local host of NPR's Morning Edition, Monday-Friday. Thanks to digi...
03/26/2020

You can hear WUGA's program director, Chris Shupe, as local host of NPR's Morning Edition, Monday-Friday. Thanks to digital technology, Chris can host this complex and fast-moving show from his home studio. Thanks for listening and for your support of WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

Nearly 3.3 million people filed for unemployment last week as the coronavirus pandemic brought many industries to a stan...
03/26/2020

Nearly 3.3 million people filed for unemployment last week as the coronavirus pandemic brought many industries to a standstill. It's the highest number in the more than five decades that the U.S. Labor Department has tracked jobless claims. Here & Now gets an expert view from Diane Swonk, Chief Economist at Grant Thornton LLP. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 pm.

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This week on WUGA's Athens News Matters:UGA professor Grace Bagwell Adams with UGA College of Public Health on how the A...
03/26/2020

This week on WUGA's Athens News Matters:UGA professor Grace Bagwell Adams with UGA College of Public Health on how the Athens community is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. Listen Friday at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

When WUGA's Business Manager Cathy Bradberry works from her home office, her "assistant" is often close by! We're workin...
03/26/2020

When WUGA's Business Manager Cathy Bradberry works from her home office, her "assistant" is often close by! We're working to keep you informed (and entertained) during this health crisis. Thank you for supporting your local NPR station, WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the days global events. In other news, A quarter of th...
03/26/2020

This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the days global events. In other news, A quarter of the world’s population in lockdown. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told India’s population of 1.3 billion people to stay at home. The lockdown is currently planned for 3 weeks. Tune in your local BBC station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 am.

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In spite of the current health crisis, WUGA's service to the community goes on.  Our Grady College of Journalism and Mas...
03/25/2020

In spite of the current health crisis, WUGA's service to the community goes on. Our Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia graduate assistant, Jessica Wurst is seen working from home, preparing content for this week's edition of Athens News Matters. Thanks for supporting your local NPR station, WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

03/25/2020
GPB Originals

WUGA will broadcast this program Thursday night at 8pm.

Georgia unites in the fight against the coronavirus.WSB-TV,FOX 5 Atlanta, CBS46, 11Alive, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Univision 34 Atlanta are joining forces to bring you the Governor's Statewide Town Hall. Governor Brian Kemp and key members of his coronavirus task force provide critical information on what's being done to reduce the spread and explain what you need to do to protect yourself. Tune in Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. on GPB-TV, GPB News, and on gpb.org/virus.

We want to hear from you. Submit your coronavirus questions in advance of The Governor's Statewide Town Hall airing Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. by leaving them in a comment on this post. #GeorgiaUnites

The Takeaway checks in on Latin America. Cases of coronavirus have only slowly started growing there, but leaders across...
03/25/2020

The Takeaway checks in on Latin America. Cases of coronavirus have only slowly started growing there, but leaders across the continent are issuing a variety of different directives to contain the virus. Health care systems are already strained in Latin America, and economies across the region have been strained for years. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 3pm.

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The Senate is expected to vote on a $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill today, after reaching a bipartisan agreement wit...
03/25/2020

The Senate is expected to vote on a $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill today, after reaching a bipartisan agreement with the White House last night. The package includes direct payments to American families, a provision floated by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin last week. NPR's Claudia Grisales talks about what's next for the stimulus bill on Here & Now. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 pm.

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Mainstream media outlets continue to air daily press briefings with President Trump, even as he spreads misinformation t...
03/24/2020

Mainstream media outlets continue to air daily press briefings with President Trump, even as he spreads misinformation that the medical community has to scramble to correct. Media columnist Margaret Sullivan is calling for the media to stop giving valuable airtime to the briefings, during which Trump she says is “doing harm and spreading misinformation while working for his own partisan political benefit.” Coming up, The Takeaway speaks to Margaret alongside Adam Serwer of The Atlantic about how the media has handled this remarkable news moment. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 3 pm.

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Right now of NPR's Here & Now, New York State has ramped up its testing capabilities and found more than 20,000 confirme...
03/24/2020

Right now of NPR's Here & Now, New York State has ramped up its testing capabilities and found more than 20,000 confirmed positive cases of the new coronavirus. That's about half of the total cases in the U.S. We check in with WNYC's Gwynne Hogan. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 fm at 1 pm.

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Coming up, Health care workers on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. From hospitals being overwhelmed to burnout a...
03/23/2020

Coming up, Health care workers on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. From hospitals being overwhelmed to burnout and exhaustion, The Takeaway looks at the many challenges facing health care professionals during this time. They speak to two doctors, one in Boston and one in New York City, about preparedness, how this compares to past crises, and more. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 3 pm.

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On today's Political Rewind, we cover the latest stats on the number of cases diagnosed, where they’re happening, and de...
03/23/2020

On today's Political Rewind, we cover the latest stats on the number of cases diagnosed, where they’re happening, and deaths. This includes a 12 year-old girl in critical condition, an Atlanta cop who tested positive, and the new cases in state prisons. Also, the CDC is sending a team to Albany to investigate the cluster of cases and deaths there.

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Here & Now covers the latest on the economic stimulus bill that stalled in Congress last night, which would send most Am...
03/23/2020

Here & Now covers the latest on the economic stimulus bill that stalled in Congress last night, which would send most Americans direct cash assistance. help small businesses and also bail out large industries. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 pm.

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This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the days global events. In other news, there have been...
03/23/2020

This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news and analysis of the days global events. In other news, there have been more than 100 coronavirus deaths in the United States in the last 24 hours. The mayor of New York has warned that essential medical supplies could soon run out as the city prepares to go into lockdown.Tune in your local BBC station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 am.

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Today on WUGA's African Perspectives, a special episode featuring an interview with visiting Professor and African Studi...
03/22/2020

Today on WUGA's African Perspectives, a special episode featuring an interview with visiting Professor and African Studies 2020 Spring lecturer Ama Oforiwaa Oduonum. Join us today at 4pm. Please note: portions of the program may be preempted due to NPR carriage of the virus taskforce press conference. If the program is affected by this special coverage, the full episode is available on wuga.org. Thanks for supporting WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

This week on Athens News Matters:  If you’re following the guidance of public health professionals, you’re probably not ...
03/22/2020

This week on Athens News Matters: If you’re following the guidance of public health professionals, you’re probably not going out as much. So why not read a good book? We asked some friends of the show for their recommendations. Listen to this story and many others on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM Sunday at 12noon.

Here's a great suggestion from Walter Gordon with High Cotton Music Hall.  You can enjoy archived episodes from Music fr...
03/21/2020
Music From High Cotton

Here's a great suggestion from Walter Gordon with High Cotton Music Hall. You can enjoy archived episodes from Music from High Cotton and many, many more WUGA produced shows through our smartphone app or wuga.org. Thanks for supporting great music and your local NPR station WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM!

Music from High Cotton presents live, in-concert recordings from notable blues, Americana and rock and roll musicians. The shows are recorded by WUGA at

Trey Anastasio, Sarah Jarosz, Edward Norton, and more take the stage in this Rebroadcast of Live from Here in New York C...
03/21/2020

Trey Anastasio, Sarah Jarosz, Edward Norton, and more take the stage in this Rebroadcast of Live from Here in New York City. Tune into WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 6 pm.

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This week on Athens News Matters:How exactly is a vaccine developed? UGA Pharmacy Professor Scott Pegan joins us to talk...
03/21/2020

This week on Athens News Matters:How exactly is a vaccine developed? UGA Pharmacy Professor Scott Pegan joins us to talk about how vaccines are developed, tested, and approved, and whether the process can be expedited safely. Listen Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on your local NPR station, WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

This week Athens 441 gets the low down from Inez Mcclain of @theexbats on their new new album "Kicks, Hits and Fits."  L...
03/20/2020
#064: The Exbats — ATHENS 441

This week Athens 441 gets the low down from Inez Mcclain of @theexbats on their new new album "Kicks, Hits and Fits." Listen tonight at 9pm on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

“See Me Go” - Ancient Ethel “Gold Rush” - Cathedrale “Xian Man” - Stephen Malkmus “Vicious Romance” - Dark Blue “Merrie” - Savage Mansion “Detail of Preceding” - Indigo Bunting “Wet Cheeks” - The Exbats “Long Way” - Rider “Out of the Blue” - Roxy Music “Hands”...

This week on WUGA's Athens News Matters: With Athens’ important service industry sector posed to take a big hit from COV...
03/20/2020

This week on WUGA's Athens News Matters: With Athens’ important service industry sector posed to take a big hit from COVID-19’s effects, some service industry workers are taking steps to keep their colleagues healthy, protected, and informed. Listen Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM.

03/20/2020
On Second Thought

On Second Thought

Today's show was cut off early by the White House briefing on #coronavirus.

But if you want to hear the rest — or you want to check out the full interview — find the full conversation about the new PBS documentary "East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story" with filmmaker Sarah Burns and former resident Lawrence Lightfoot on our website: https://bit.ly/3a9g3Ex

And, a reminder that if you ever miss a show or want to listen on-demand, you can find the full show in the "On Second Thought" podcast feed; we post it every Thursday night! Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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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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