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. Regionally, 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, Ala., a fact of which he is intensely proud.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Haslam Formally Announces Compromise Health Coverage Proposal

Gov. Bill Haslam announces his Insure Tennessee proposal for health coverage on Monday, December 15, 2014.
Credit Brandon Hollingsworth/WUOT News

On Monday, Governor Bill Haslam formally announced his long-awaited compromise plan to provide health coverage to uninsured Tennesseans. It’s called Insure Tennessee, and though it’s been a year-and-a-half in the making, it’s not a done deal yet.

Bobby Allyn, a reporter with WPLN, Nashville Public Radio, joined WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth to talk about Insure Tennessee and how it will work.

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Arts and Culture
5:50 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

For John McCutcheon, Music Starts With A Story

In rare circumstances, a person can point to a single moment in which their eyes were opened to an event that changed his life. For John McCutcheon, the moment was in his family's living room on a hot afternoon in August 1963. He was eleven.

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Arts and Culture
1:50 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor On Life, Landscapes And Music

Ketch Secor, of Old Crow Medicine Show.
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It’s often been said that the three things America will be known for, once all is said and done, are jazz, baseball and the Constitution.

"I love baseball, and I love jazz, and I believe in the Constitution," Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor says. But, he adds, two things might outlast them all: The fiddle and the banjo.

The moment those two instruments met, he says, was "the Big Bang not of country music, but of all American popular music."

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Transportation
6:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

School Bus Safety: Seat Belts May Not Be The Answer

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Six states require seat belts on school buses. Tennessee is not one of them. Tuesday’s deadly school bus crash in Knox County prompted State Representative Joe Armstrong to draft a bill that would change that. But automotive safety experts say that the concept we're taught from childhood - buckle up when in a car -  works in personal vehicles. But it isn’t necessarily what’s best for children riding in school buses.

Counterintuitive, right?

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

The Method: Talking Turkey And Preventing Cyber Crimes

America's proud national bird. Ben Franklin wishes.
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The Department of Energy’s reservation in Oak Ridge is home to a variety of wild animals, including turkeys. But it wasn’t always that way. Matt Shafer Powell talks with a man who helped bring the turkeys back.

And Chrissy Keuper speaks with ORNL researcher Raymond Borges about his work designing cybersecurity systems.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Briggs Looks To Lead Seventh District In New Direction

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Knoxville physician Richard Briggs is one of 27 Republicans who will represent the GOP in the Tennessee Senate when state lawmakers get to work in January. He succeeds one of the most colorful characters to inhabit the Senate in recent years, Stacey Campfield. In fact, it's hard to have a discussion with Briggs about his upcoming tenure without mentioning his predecessor. But if you're looking for Stacey 2.0, Briggs says, he's not your guy.

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Dialogue
6:32 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Dialogue: Communicable Diseases And Community Health

A medical worker administers a flu shot.
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Communicable diseases are all around us. They range from the simple common cold to more serious illnesses, such as Ebola. One of these is dominating the news cycle. The other is not. In this edition of Dialogue, we find out why.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

The Method: Researching Auto Pollution And Protecting Nuclear Plants

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, near Spring City.
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Automakers decided to meet fuel economy standards by making new gasoline direct-injected engines. But scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered those engines may be bigger polluters than current motors, generating as much as ten times more particulate matter, or soot. ORNL researcher John Storey talks with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper.

At the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Rhea County, one man is paid to figure out how to destroy the reactors...and then keep it from happening. Brandon Hollingsworth meets him.

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Religion and Spirituality
5:50 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

USC Professor Explores Sharia And The Constitution

Professor Sherman Jackson.
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University of Southern California professor Dr. Sherman Jackson is both an American and a Muslim. That’s put him front and center on the debates over Islamic culture in the U.S. He’s been working to bridge the divides and provide answers he hopes both sides can use to understand each other better. On Tuesday evening, October 28, he brings that perspective to the University of Tennessee as a guest of the Religious Studies Department. He’ll speak on the concept of sharia and its interactions with U.S. laws and culture.

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Elections 2014
6:03 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Amendments In Review - A Series From WUOT News

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When early voting begins this week, Tennesseans will be asked to approve or reject four proposed amendments to the state constitution. All this week, WUOT News will give you a voter’s guide to each of these amendments.

Our series begins Monday, October 13, with the path a constitutional amendment takes from idea to the ballot box. University of Tennessee College of Law dean Doug Blaze spoke with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth.

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