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This week on Athens News Matters: Could there have been a better way to fight the spread of COVID-19? Listen Saturday at...
05/14/2021

This week on Athens News Matters: Could there have been a better way to fight the spread of COVID-19? Listen Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. Live stream at wuga.org. #IListentoLocal #WUGA Photo: dph.georgia.gov.

This week on Athens News Matters: Could there have been a better way to fight the spread of COVID-19? Listen Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. Live stream at wuga.org. #IListentoLocal #WUGA Photo: dph.georgia.gov.

This week on Athens News Matters: What is "hostile architecture"? Find out today at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at ...
05/14/2021

This week on Athens News Matters: What is "hostile architecture"? Find out today at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. Live stream at wuga.org. #WUGA Photo: cnn.com

This week on Athens News Matters: What is "hostile architecture"? Find out today at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. Live stream at wuga.org. #WUGA Photo: cnn.com

This week on Athens News Matters: Find out about the return of AthFest Music & Arts Festival this fall. Listen to WUGA 9...
05/14/2021

This week on Athens News Matters: Find out about the return of AthFest Music & Arts Festival this fall. Listen to WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. Live stream at wuga.org. Friday at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA. #IListentoLocal #WUGA Photo:vistathensga.com

This week on Athens News Matters: Find out about the return of AthFest Music & Arts Festival this fall. Listen to WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. Live stream at wuga.org. Friday at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA. #IListentoLocal #WUGA Photo:vistathensga.com

This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news, and analysis of the day's global events. It was recently reported and...
05/14/2021

This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news, and analysis of the day's global events. It was recently reported and advised by top US health officials that fully vaccinated Americans can stop wearing a face mask in most indoor and outdoor settings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention " Physical distancing can also cease." The latest guidance comes as rates of vaccinations begin to slow, with about 35% of Americans now fully vaccinated. Catch all this and more when you tune into the local BBC station on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 a.m. It is also live streaming on wuga.org.
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This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news, and analysis of the day's global events. It was recently reported and advised by top US health officials that fully vaccinated Americans can stop wearing a face mask in most indoor and outdoor settings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention " Physical distancing can also cease." The latest guidance comes as rates of vaccinations begin to slow, with about 35% of Americans now fully vaccinated. Catch all this and more when you tune into the local BBC station on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 a.m. It is also live streaming on wuga.org.
Photo Credits: Getty Images
#ilistentolocal #WUGA

This week on Athens News Matters: ACC Commissioner Tim Denson talks about a program that could help stem a potential loo...
05/13/2021

This week on Athens News Matters: ACC Commissioner Tim Denson talks about a program that could help stem a potential looming spike in evictions. Listen Friday at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. Live stream at wuga.org. #WUGA #IListentoLocal Photo: accgov.com

This week on Athens News Matters: ACC Commissioner Tim Denson talks about a program that could help stem a potential looming spike in evictions. Listen Friday at 1pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 12noon on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. Live stream at wuga.org. #WUGA #IListentoLocal Photo: accgov.com

Today on the Takeaway: Join host Sarah Gonzalez as she holds conversations about how state politicians are trying to int...
05/13/2021

Today on the Takeaway: Join host Sarah Gonzalez as she holds conversations about how state politicians are trying to introduce laws that would make it easier to identify and remove officers who are affiliated with hate groups or extremist ideologies but they are meeting resistance from those who believe these laws encroach on an officer’s individual freedoms. To start the hour, The Takeaway has a conversation about the efforts across the country to keep extremists out of law enforcement and a look at Washington, DC’s efforts. Listen to all this and more today at 3 p.m. on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. It is also live streaming at wuga.org.
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Today on the Takeaway: Join host Sarah Gonzalez as she holds conversations about how state politicians are trying to introduce laws that would make it easier to identify and remove officers who are affiliated with hate groups or extremist ideologies but they are meeting resistance from those who believe these laws encroach on an officer’s individual freedoms. To start the hour, The Takeaway has a conversation about the efforts across the country to keep extremists out of law enforcement and a look at Washington, DC’s efforts. Listen to all this and more today at 3 p.m. on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. It is also live streaming at wuga.org.
#ilistentilocal #WUGA

Today on NPR's Here and Now, join hosts Tonya Mosley and Peter O'Dowd as they engage in conversations about  the Israeli...
05/13/2021

Today on NPR's Here and Now, join hosts Tonya Mosley and Peter O'Dowd as they engage in conversations about
the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being warned against "lynchings" by mobs of Jews and Israeli Arabs, as violence in the region continues to escalate. With this topic we will be joined by CNN's senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman. We will also be covering how the Labor Department said Wednesday that consumer prices rose 4.2 percent in 12 months, the largest gain since the financial collapse of 2008. Ali Velshi, MSNBC anchor and economics correspondent, explains the surge. Listen to all this and more today when you tune into your local NPR station at WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 p.m. It is also live streaming at wuga.org.
Photo Credits: AFP
#ilistenlocal #WUGA

Today on NPR's Here and Now, join hosts Tonya Mosley and Peter O'Dowd as they engage in conversations about
the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being warned against "lynchings" by mobs of Jews and Israeli Arabs, as violence in the region continues to escalate. With this topic we will be joined by CNN's senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman. We will also be covering how the Labor Department said Wednesday that consumer prices rose 4.2 percent in 12 months, the largest gain since the financial collapse of 2008. Ali Velshi, MSNBC anchor and economics correspondent, explains the surge. Listen to all this and more today when you tune into your local NPR station at WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 p.m. It is also live streaming at wuga.org.
Photo Credits: AFP
#ilistenlocal #WUGA

Today on Political Rewind from Georgia Public Broadcasting: Join host Bill Nigut and panelists Al Vivian, President and ...
05/13/2021

Today on Political Rewind from Georgia Public Broadcasting: Join host Bill Nigut and panelists Al Vivian, President and CEO of Basic Diversity Inc., and Steve Fiffer, who is a Community Activist and Co-author of "Its in the Action: Memoirs of a Nonviolent Warrior", and finally Kevin Riley, an editor for AJC. We will discuss the memoir of C.T. Vivian’s life and how it recounts decades of his activism and the lessons learned through the course of the civil rights movement. We’ll go over C.T. Vivian’s achievements for our listeners who might not be familiar with his importance. In the book, Vivian says the discipline of nonviolent protest is important to movement’s goals. Get all of this and more when you tune into WUGA at 2 p.m. on 97.1 and and 94.5 FM. It is also live streaming on wuga.org.
#ilistentolocal #WUGA

Today on Political Rewind from Georgia Public Broadcasting: Join host Bill Nigut and panelists Al Vivian, President and CEO of Basic Diversity Inc., and Steve Fiffer, who is a Community Activist and Co-author of "Its in the Action: Memoirs of a Nonviolent Warrior", and finally Kevin Riley, an editor for AJC. We will discuss the memoir of C.T. Vivian’s life and how it recounts decades of his activism and the lessons learned through the course of the civil rights movement. We’ll go over C.T. Vivian’s achievements for our listeners who might not be familiar with his importance. In the book, Vivian says the discipline of nonviolent protest is important to movement’s goals. Get all of this and more when you tune into WUGA at 2 p.m. on 97.1 and and 94.5 FM. It is also live streaming on wuga.org.
#ilistentolocal #WUGA

This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news, and analysis of the day's global events. They recently reported about...
05/13/2021

This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news, and analysis of the day's global events. They recently reported about why an Israeli town's mayor is warning of a civil war. When describing the situation after the violence exploded in the in the mixed Arad-Jewish Israeli town, Mayor Yair Revivo was quoted saying "Civil war has broken out in Lod." Tune into your local BBC station on WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 a.m. It is also live streaming on wuga.org.
Photo Credit: Reuters
#ilistentolocal #WUGA

This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news, and analysis of the day's global events. They recently reported about why an Israeli town's mayor is warning of a civil war. When describing the situation after the violence exploded in the in the mixed Arad-Jewish Israeli town, Mayor Yair Revivo was quoted saying "Civil war has broken out in Lod." Tune into your local BBC station on WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 a.m. It is also live streaming on wuga.org.
Photo Credit: Reuters
#ilistentolocal #WUGA

Congratulations to WUGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia Graduate Assistant, ...
05/12/2021

Congratulations to WUGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia Graduate Assistant, Devon Zwald, who receives her Masters degree this Friday during the University of Georgia graduate commencement. Devon will continue with WUGA as an assistant producer-reporter through the summer. Congratulations Devon!

Congratulations to WUGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia Graduate Assistant, Devon Zwald, who receives her Masters degree this Friday during the University of Georgia graduate commencement. Devon will continue with WUGA as an assistant producer-reporter through the summer. Congratulations Devon!

Today on the Takeaway: Join host Sarah Gonzalez as she discusses how the mass demonstrations continue to engulf Colombia...
05/12/2021

Today on the Takeaway: Join host Sarah Gonzalez as she discusses how the mass demonstrations continue to engulf Colombia, as people demand for President Ivan Duque to step down. In 2019, widespread demonstrations in Latin America took place, with Colombians fighting against austerity measures and widening inequality in the country. Then the Covid-19 pandemic struck, and conditions in Colombia worsened. Listen to all this and more today at 3 p.m. on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. It is also live streaming at wuga.org.
#ilistenlocal #WUGA

Today on the Takeaway: Join host Sarah Gonzalez as she discusses how the mass demonstrations continue to engulf Colombia, as people demand for President Ivan Duque to step down. In 2019, widespread demonstrations in Latin America took place, with Colombians fighting against austerity measures and widening inequality in the country. Then the Covid-19 pandemic struck, and conditions in Colombia worsened. Listen to all this and more today at 3 p.m. on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. It is also live streaming at wuga.org.
#ilistenlocal #WUGA

Today on NPR's Here & Now: Join hosts Tonya Mosley and Peter O'Dowd as they have a series of discussions about how the U...
05/12/2021

Today on NPR's Here & Now: Join hosts Tonya Mosley and Peter O'Dowd as they have a series of discussions about how the United Nations' Middle East envoy was warned today that "we're escalating towards a full-scale war" between Israel and Palestinian militants after Israeli airstrikes and rockets fired from the Gaza strip claimed more lives this morning. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd speaks with Hanan Ashrawi, a former member of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 p.m. It is also live at wuga.org.
Photo Credit: AFP
#ilistenlocal #WUGA

Today on NPR's Here & Now: Join hosts Tonya Mosley and Peter O'Dowd as they have a series of discussions about how the United Nations' Middle East envoy was warned today that "we're escalating towards a full-scale war" between Israel and Palestinian militants after Israeli airstrikes and rockets fired from the Gaza strip claimed more lives this morning. Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd speaks with Hanan Ashrawi, a former member of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1 p.m. It is also live at wuga.org.
Photo Credit: AFP
#ilistenlocal #WUGA

Today on Political Rewind from Georgia Public Broadcasting:Join host Bill Nigut and panelist Dr. Kurt Young, a Professor...
05/12/2021

Today on Political Rewind from Georgia Public Broadcasting:Join host Bill Nigut and panelist Dr. Kurt Young, a Professor of political science at Clark Atlanta University, also Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, a State Representative in Decatur County, as well as Leo Smith, a Republican strategist and President for the Engages Futures Group, and finally, Riley Busch, a State House reporter for CNHI News. We will discuss how the U.S. Capitol, and the Senate will take action on the so-called “For the People Act,” which is the House Democratic plan to established federal rules that would counteract election laws like those passed in Georgia. All of this and more when you tune into WUGA at 2 p.m.on 97.1 and 94.5 FM. It is also live streaming on wuga.org.
#ilistenlocal #WUGA

Today on Political Rewind from Georgia Public Broadcasting:Join host Bill Nigut and panelist Dr. Kurt Young, a Professor of political science at Clark Atlanta University, also Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, a State Representative in Decatur County, as well as Leo Smith, a Republican strategist and President for the Engages Futures Group, and finally, Riley Busch, a State House reporter for CNHI News. We will discuss how the U.S. Capitol, and the Senate will take action on the so-called “For the People Act,” which is the House Democratic plan to established federal rules that would counteract election laws like those passed in Georgia. All of this and more when you tune into WUGA at 2 p.m.on 97.1 and 94.5 FM. It is also live streaming on wuga.org.
#ilistenlocal #WUGA

This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news, and analysis of the day's global events.  Palestinian militants say t...
05/12/2021

This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news, and analysis of the day's global events. Palestinian militants say they fired 130 missiles at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv after an Israeli air strike felled a tower block in the Gaza strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the main militant group, the Hamas, had "crossed a red line" and by increasing air strikes the Hamas would be "hit in ways it did not expect". Tune into your local BBC station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 a.m. Live stream at wuga.org.
Photo Credits: AFP
#ilistenlocal #WUGA

This morning, BBC's Newshour has interviews, news, and analysis of the day's global events. Palestinian militants say they fired 130 missiles at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv after an Israeli air strike felled a tower block in the Gaza strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the main militant group, the Hamas, had "crossed a red line" and by increasing air strikes the Hamas would be "hit in ways it did not expect". Tune into your local BBC station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 9 a.m. Live stream at wuga.org.
Photo Credits: AFP
#ilistenlocal #WUGA

Today on the Takeaway: Join Sarah Gonzalez as she discusses how the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 hasn’t changed ...
05/11/2021

Today on the Takeaway: Join Sarah Gonzalez as she discusses how the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 hasn’t changed in close to 30 years. Today, there are advocates who would like to see a $15 tipped minimum wage by 2027, but there are also competing interests that are fighting to keep the wage as is and argue that raising the tipped minimum wage could reduce jobs and harm businesses, particularly businesses that are struggling because of the pandemic. To start the hour, The Takeaway has a conversation about Planet Money’s reporting on the tipped minimum wage and who stands to benefit from an increase, and much more. Listen today at 3pm on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. It is also live streaming at wuga.org
#ilistentolocal #WUGA

Today on the Takeaway: Join Sarah Gonzalez as she discusses how the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 hasn’t changed in close to 30 years. Today, there are advocates who would like to see a $15 tipped minimum wage by 2027, but there are also competing interests that are fighting to keep the wage as is and argue that raising the tipped minimum wage could reduce jobs and harm businesses, particularly businesses that are struggling because of the pandemic. To start the hour, The Takeaway has a conversation about Planet Money’s reporting on the tipped minimum wage and who stands to benefit from an increase, and much more. Listen today at 3pm on WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM. It is also live streaming at wuga.org
#ilistentolocal #WUGA

Today on NPR's Here & Now, we have a series of conversations on the history of of political party rifts. We discuss how ...
05/11/2021

Today on NPR's Here & Now, we have a series of conversations on the history of of political party rifts. We discuss how House Republicans will vote tomorrow on whether to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post. The move comes after Cheney repeatedly criticized Trump for his role in the capitol insurrection and for his false assertions that voter fraud cost him a second term. We take an historical look at political party rifts, and more. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1pm. It is also live streaming at wuga.org.
Photo Credit: Getty Images
#ilistentolocal #WUGA

Today on NPR's Here & Now, we have a series of conversations on the history of of political party rifts. We discuss how House Republicans will vote tomorrow on whether to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post. The move comes after Cheney repeatedly criticized Trump for his role in the capitol insurrection and for his false assertions that voter fraud cost him a second term. We take an historical look at political party rifts, and more. Tune into your local NPR station WUGA, 91.7 and 94.5 FM at 1pm. It is also live streaming at wuga.org.
Photo Credit: Getty Images
#ilistentolocal #WUGA

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Hey! I’m listening to the Athens Master Chorale concert on Christmas Eve, and I just wanted to say thank you. I live in Colorado, and I haven’t sung with the AMC since 2004, but it has been wonderful to sit and listen to their beautiful music. Thanks for making that possible. ❤️🎶
REPUBLICAN SENATORS WOULD BE BAD FOR GEORGIA AND AMERICA ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Senate Republicans are working for the wealthy elite and big corporations, not for the working and middle classes. They have been waging war against working people for many years in the following ways: #1 Republicans are supported by big business, which finances their campaigns, while shipping jobs overseas and decimating American factories and jobs. #2. Enabling illegal immigration (for example in meatpacking plants and service industries) in order to keep wages low on American workers and increase corporate profits, They express sham anguish over the problem of their own making whereas they could fine or prosecute the employers for ignoring the rules and using “contract labor” or the underground economy, but that would offend their donors. #3. Passing laws and regulations to weaken labor unions. Republicans have lowered tax rates for the wealthy by more than half since the Eisenhower years. This has widened the gap between rich and average people in the country, and now a small number of billionaires have more combined wealth than the entire 330 million rest of us. One of the first things the Trump administration did with Republican control, was to vastly lower taxes again -for the wealthy-, creating a deficit of more than a trillion dollars, which has come back to haunt us now that people are going sick and hungry and at risk of losing their housing in a troubled economy and with only grudging help from a callous Republican-controlled Senate and White House. Republicans have been trying to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, with no viable plan to replace it, and especially with the elimination of the pre-existing conditions clause during a pandemic. They have also been cozy with the drug companies and not made a serious effort to lower drug prices, which would be easy to do with the government’s buying power. They have collaborated with the failed leadership of the Trump administration, resulting in many thousands of deaths over the per capita rates in other advanced countries. They are trying to weaken and reduce medicare and social security coverage for senior citizens, destroy the post office, split-off aid from public schools to also benefit private schools, etc. I could list much more, but I need to keep this brief.----------------------------------------------------------------- I would like to add a simple but important note. If you- the average Georgian, were sitting at the kitchen table, would you be discussing these issues or the usual “red-meat” distractions the Republicans always use to distract you, such as guns, abortion and race? The wealthy elite control the Republican party, but they need lots of other people to vote with them, so they bring up emotional issues to excite people but which have no real impact on your lives. Perdue and Loeffler not only represent the wealthy elite, but they are among its’ ranks. They have used their power to enrich themselves with insider trading. They have supported attacks on our democracy. They have misrepresented themselves and made false accusations against their opponents. They have disdain for workers they controlled. Don’t let them stiff you. Fire them.
Of perhaps more importance than a list of states that Texas is suing is that both of Georgia's Republican senators are supporting the lawsuit. The Georgia Attorney General says the lawsuit has no basis. I think your listeners would be very interested to learn our "senators" stand in opposition to our governor and attorney general. Maybe you can add this detail? Thanks.
Whatever happened to opera on Sundays? I sure do miss it!
Trying to locate here (and on your wuga web site) interview with Deborah Gonzales. Is there one ?
Today is Monday, right?
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.!