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
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.
Credit Mira Zimet/University of Southern California

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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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

The Method: Peering Into Past Weather And Turning Tires Into Power

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Here in East Tennessee, our thoughts turn to sunny days and cool nights as autumn sets in. But you might be surprised to learn September is typically the peak month for tropical weather, including hurricanes. Today, meteorologists use all kinds of modern tools to track hurricanes from start to finish. University of Tennessee researcher Kelsey Scheitlin goes a different route.

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Government
6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Audit Finds Improvements, Shortcomings At Tennessee Department Of Corrections

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Two years ago, an audit found that Tennessee Department of Corrections officers were turning in paperwork showing that they were conducting regular check-up visits to 82 parolees under their supervision.

The problem? The 82 parolees in question were dead.

Auditors also found that regular visits to living parolees weren't being conducted regularly, and there was no strong system for supervisors to keep tabs on officer parole visits.

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Elections 2014
6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Haslam, Bredesen Tout Bipartisan Support For Judicial Amendment

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Though they come from different political backgrounds, Bill Haslam and Phil Bredesen have a few things in common. They both know what's like to run the state of Tennessee. Both are considered moderate representatives of their respective parties. And both of them support a proposed amendment to Tennessee's constitution that would alter the way appellate court judges are selected.

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Elections 2014
6:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Tennessee Libertarians Still Seek Place On The Ballot

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Recent court rulings have given candidates belonging to the Green and Constitution parties a spot on Tennessee's election ballots. But libertarians are still looking for similar luck.

The Libertarian Party of Tennessee recently filed a suit seeking ballot access, according to the Associated Press. Attorneys representing the party argued Tennessee's ballot-access rules, crafted half a century ago, create an unnecessarily tough standard. That infringes on the party's rights of free speech and association, the lawsuit contended.

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Law Enforcement
6:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

UT Police Chief Part Of Team Addressing On-Campus Sexual Assault

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Here at WUOT, we receive e-mail messages each time a sexual assault is reported on the University of Tennessee campus. Less than a month into this new semester, it seemed we were getting more of those messages than usual. It turns out we were right. We were getting more sexual assault notices. But for reasons you might not guess.

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Urban Development
6:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Planned Tennova Hospital Still Faces Opposition

An aerial rendition of Tennova's planned Middlebrook Pike hospital.
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Tennova Healthcare still wants to build a new hospital facility off Middlebrook Pike in West Knoxville, and some residents still oppose it. The debate may come to a head in November.

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Labor & Workforce
6:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Tennessee Lacks Workplace Safety Structure For Tobacco Farms

A tobacco farm in Canada.
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Tennessee workplace safety officials don't carry out routine inspections of tobacco farms, creating an environment that labor advocates say leads to a higher risk for on-the-job injuries.

The Nashville Tennessean reviewed federal records and found that no safety inspections have been carried out at Tennessee tobacco farms since December 2006.

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