Brandon Hollingsworth

All Things Considered Host/Producer

Brandon is WUOT’s All Things Considered host. From 2008 to 2010, he hosted Morning Edition on Alabama Public Radio. For two years before that he served as an APR bureau correspondent and anchored Morning Edition on WLJS-FM in Jacksonville, Ala.

Brandon's work has been heard nationally on the flagship NPR newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as the network's newscast service. He has contributed to NPR's midday newsmagazine, Here and Now, and his work has aired on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Inside Appalachia.

Brandon is a 2008 graduate of Jacksonville State University, and holds a B.A. in communications. He is a native of St. Clair County, Alabama.

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You probably remember from your grade-school science classes the tidbit that the growth of a tree is recorded in concentric rings visible when the tree is cut down. University of Tennessee scientist Henri Grissino-Mayer will tell you there's a lot more information encoded in those rings. The layers record climate change, forest fires, pollution and more. He talks about his research with WUOT's Megan Jamerson.

Russell Mayes, WKCS

It's estimated there are about 200 high school radio stations in the United States. They are more commonly found in the Midwest and around the Great Lakes, but others are here and there, in big cities and small communities. Four of them are in Tennessee, including two in Knox County. The oldest is WKCS, based at Fulton High School in north Knoxville. The FM station went on the air on December 18, 1952. Russell Mayes is WKCS's manager, and he teaches radio production at Fulton.

SYSTERS

On a recent Saturday morning, girls from high schools across East Tennessee gathered at the University of Tennessee. They were there to learn about careers in electrical engineering and computer science, fields that are historically male-dominated. The event was the brainchild of SYSTERS, a group of female STEM students at UT. Some of the girls that participated say they're now leaning toward careers in engineering and related fields. WUOT's Megan Jamerson has the story.

LBJ Presidential Library

May 7, 1964, was a beautiful spring day in Knoxville. There were no thunderstorms, but a Texas-sized whirlwind swept into town that afternoon. President Lyndon B. Johnson flew in to stump for one of his "Great Society" proposals, a plan to elevate the quality of life for people in Appalachia.

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Tim Burchett remembers the incident well. A old friend, staying in a home Burchett had arranged for him, wandered onto a neighbor's porch and stole a can of mixed nuts. He did it because voices in his head instructed him to do so. The man was taken to jail, but it wasn't until Burchett, then a state senator, intervened that his friend got treatment for what jail authorities came to realize was bipolar disorder. He got medications, and got better.

"But not everyone has a friend who's a state senator," Burchett says.

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