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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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.

SpaceX

On Sunday, February 19, a group of students from Bearden Middle School watched as a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster lifted off from a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The children had a vested interest in the launch, because the rocket carried a science experiment they designed for use on the International Space Station.

Johnson City News and Neighbor

It's illegal to drink and drive in Tennessee. It's perfectly legal to drink and ride shotgun. That second part, often called the "pass the bottle" exemption, is what state Senator Jon Lundberg has been trying to undo for about ten years. Each time, the Bristol Republican has seen his effort fail.

Yale University

Dale Martin rejects the idea that there is a "correct" way to interpret Biblical passages. That might make some Christians uncomfortable, but Martin says the idea of unequivocal Biblical interpretation is a relatively new concept and not reflective of the religion's long history.

Martin, the Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, says interpretation of the Bible is very much an individual exercise. He says Christians shouldn't be afraid of divergent interpretations.

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