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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Science and Society
5:00 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

The Method: What's Up On Pluto; Checking Up On Waterway Health

As of this writing, this is mankind's clearest view of Pluto. Really.
Credit NASA

If all you know about the dwarf planet Pluto is that it’s small, cold and very far away, well, you’re not alone. Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has refused to give up much information. Even the best images from the Hubble Space Telescope show little more than a small dot with orange and black smudges on it.

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International Affairs
5:00 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

U.S. Ambassador On The Challenges Facing A Fragmented Libya

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones speaks with WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
Credit Nissa Dahiln-Brown, Howard Baker Center for Public Policy

How dangerous is Deborah Jones' job? So dangerous that she has been working out of another country for nearly a year.

The U.S. Ambassador to Libya is based in Malta, mainly over safety concerns. From there and many other locations around the Mediterranean, Jones works to bring together the various factions fighting for resources and political control in Libya.

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Politics
5:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Tennessee GOP's New Leader Hopes to Capitalize on Recent Gains

Tennessee GOP chair Ryan Haynes, pictured with another candidate who ran for the post, state Rep. Mary Littleton.
Credit Dave Boucher/Tennessean

Tennessee's state Republican Party has a new leader. Former state Representative Ryan Haynes says a big part of his job as chairman will be making sure Republicans don't lose the political ground they've gained in the state over the last few election cycles.

Haynes recently spoke with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth. He talked about how he thinks young voters perceive the party, what to do about intra-party divisions and his plans to lead state Republicans into the future.

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Politics
5:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

NRA Meets In Nashville As State Leaders Grapple Over Guns

On Friday, April 10, thousands of gun enthusiasts and second amendment advocates will descend on Nashville for the National Rifle Association's 2015 convention. They'll be joined by several Republican heavyweights, including Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker.

One prominent figure won't be there: Governor Bill Haslam. He wasn't invited.

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Science and Society
3:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

The Method: Joe Palca Talks Science Reporting; A Candidate For State Microbe

Photorhabdus luminescens bacteria living inside these nematodes glow with an eerie blue light. A class at the University of Tennessee has nominated photorhabdus to be Tennessee's official state microbe.
Credit Scientific American

National Public Radio science correspondent Joe Palca was in Knoxville this week, explaining the universe in just two minutes. He also found a few minutes to come by our studios to speak with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper.

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Government
5:50 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Your Right to Know: Sunshine Week In Tennessee

Tennessee Coalition for Open Government executive director Deborah Fisher.
Credit Tennessee Coalition for Open Government

March 15 - 21 is Sunshine Week, an annual event that commemorates the public's right to keep tabs on local, state and federal government. By coincidence, it was also a week in which secret House meetings were reported in the media. Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell asked that those meetings now be opened to the press and the public.

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Education
6:53 am
Tue March 17, 2015

For Ernie Roberts, Math Is A Lifelong Learning Process

Credit TN Learn/Mathline

Math teacher Ernie Roberts has a busy definition of retirement. He still teaches at Bearden High in Knox County. And every weeknight, he drives to the studios of East Tennessee PBS to teach to an even bigger classroom – a television audience.

Roberts' program, called Mathline, is designed to help students. But Roberts discovered curiosity about math is shared by people of all ages.

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Nature and Conservation
6:49 am
Tue March 10, 2015

New Smokies Superintendent: Preserving Park Involves Communities

Credit Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cassius Cash’s arrival as superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is something of a homecoming. A Memphis native, Cash’s path took him from owl habitats in Washington state to managing historical sites in Boston. But now, as the National Park Service official in charge of the system’s busiest park, he faces unique challenges and benefits that happen only in the Smokies.

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Nature and Conservation
3:58 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Dialogue: Tennessee Uncharted

"Tennessee Uncharted" host Erick Baker
Credit Bryan Allen

Whether you’re a native Tennessean or a newcomer, the state’s natural diversity and wild landscapes are among the most visible trademarks of the Volunteer State. But maybe you’ve never explored those places, even in your own neighborhood.

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Science and Society
5:50 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The Method: The Science and Art of Cartography; College Baseball's Quest for "Pop"

Willem Blaeu's 1643 map, Saltzburg Archiepiscopatus Carinthia Ducatus (The archbishopric of Salzburg and the Duchy of Carinthia).
Credit McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

Today, a map is something you look at on a tiny smartphone screen, showing where you are and what's within fifty feet. But for most of cartography's history, maps took a broader view, showing not only political and geographic boundaries, but culture and art. Cartography is a melding of science and art, as Matt Shafer Powell learned while looking through the McClung Museum's newest acquisitions.

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