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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Government
6:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

State Audits Finds "Concerns" In Grainger County

The Grainger County Courthouse, in Rutledge.
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County departments failing to follow state law. A clerk who admitted stealing $10,000 in fees. Five employees of the sheriff's department now facing trial on charges related to theft and rape. Those are just some of the findings of a state audit on Grainger County's government.

The report, released on Monday, highlighted what state Comptroller Justin Wilson called "a number of issues, up to and including criminal activity."

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Dialogue
6:14 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Dialogue: The "Uneasy Alliance" Between Pakistan And The United States

Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

The U.S. formally established diplomatic relations with Pakistan on October 20, 1947. The ties formed in the dying throes of the British Empire have been tested heavily over the ensuing six decades, from the Cold War to the challenges of the war on terror. The result is an uneasy alliance between the two nations, one that has been both dysfunctional and beneficial through the years.

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Government
6:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

State Looking Into Limited Privatization Of Some State Parks

Fall Creek Falls is Tennessee's largest and most-visited state park. It and ten other parks in the system are on a list being considered for partial privatization.
Credit Tennessee State Parks system

The agency that oversees the 54 locations within the Tennessee State Parks system is exploring the possibility of turning over some functions to private corporations. Officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) said the research is preliminary, but word of the project is ruffling feathers within a group that represents state employees.

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

The Method - Internal Clocks and Bright Lights From Above

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On Sunday, March 9, there's a good chance you'll wake up feeling a little jetlagged. And for good reason - without the aid of a flux capacitor, you'll have traveled one hour into the future, thanks to daylight saving time. University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences dean Teresa Lee speaks with Brandon Hollingsworth about the mental and physical effects of the twice-yearly time shift.

Then, Matt Shafer Powell finds out how the new LED lights illuminating Thompson-Boling Arena are breaking new ground for sports facilities.

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Politics
5:53 am
Fri February 28, 2014

State Minimum Wage Bill Fails In House Subcommittee

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A measure that would have established a state minimum wage system in Tennessee failed in a House subcommittee this week, effectively ending its legislative journey.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Proposed UT Policy Would Clarify Rules On Campus Speakers

Today, the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees will consider new policies it hopes will clarify people who use the university’s campuses as a platform for expression.

The first part of the language approved by the Board of Trustees' Finance and Administration Committee Wednesday evening established criteria for who can use university property, and for what purposes. Members of the general public, for instance, were covered for sporting events, plays, lectures and other occasions.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

MTSU President Concerned About Unintended Consequences Of "Tennessee Promise"

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The president of Middle Tennessee State University says he's all for expanding access to higher education in the state. But Sidney McPhee also says the proposed "Tennessee Plan" that aims to make two-year college tuition free for students could hurt some students at four-year institutions.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Henley's Four Lanes Open Again

Knoxville's Henley Street Bridge.
Credit Mark Nagi, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Three years into a lengthy renovation process, and four days ahead of schedule, drivers will now be able to use two northbound and two southbound lanes of Knoxville's historic Henley Street Bridge.

The additional lanes opened Monday afternoon, ahead of a February 28 deadline. For the time being, one side of the bridge will still be closed as additional work continues, so the four lanes of traffic will share close company.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Oak Ridge Officials Say Plan Could Settle Debt Debate

Credit Oak Ridge City Schools

For the past five years, Oak Ridge city officials and school board leaders have been trying to figure out how much financial weight each side must bear in paying off the debt incurred in renovating Oak Ridge High School. Now, two of those officials say they think they're hammered out an acceptable deal.

The details of of the plan proposed by Oak Ridge city manager Mark Watson and school superintendent Bruce Borchers will be unveiled at a midday meeting between municipal and school system leaders, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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Religion and Spirituality
5:50 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

'Green' Religion Finding New Adherents In Age Of Environmental Concerns

Credit Bron Taylor

Connecting with a kind of spirituality found in nature is a complicated thing. It’s simultaneously new age and one of society’s oldest ideas. It is woven into the fabric of Eastern philosophy, but almost unheard of in Western religions traditions. It’s at once intensely personal, but finding growing popularity among the public.

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