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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The Arts
5:50 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

"The Whipping Man" Explores Faith, Freedom And The Brotherhood Of Man

Daver Morrison, Steve Sherman and Trammell Tillman (l to r) in a publicity still for The Whipping Man.
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On April 9, 1865, the surrender at Appomattox ended the Civil War. Passover began the following day. The annual Jewish observance of freedom from slavery served as a remarkable parallel in that spring of 1865, because here in the South, another freedom from slavery was forging a new social order in the embers of the old one.

That’s the setting of Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man, a play currently in production at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville.

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Labor
6:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Haslam Voices Opposition As Union Vote Draws Near

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Less than a week before a crucial union vote at a Chattanooga auto plant, Governor Bill Haslam sent a letter to the facility's chief, expressing his opposition to unionization and questioning the fairness of the vote.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Still Hope For Medicaid Compromise, Says Haslam

Nearly a year after turning down federal funding to expand the state's Medicaid rolls, Governor Bill Haslam said he still hopes he can work out a compromise with federal health officials.

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Economics
6:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Tennessee's Economic Forecast: Partly Cloudy

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Each year about this time, Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research economist Matt Murray prepares a summary of the state’s economic health. Governor Bill Haslam and lawmakers use the information in that report to plan the state’s annual budget. Governor Haslam formally presented his budget proposal in  Monday night's State of the State address.

On Tuesday, February 4, Murray spoke to WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth about the report's forecast, why jobless rates are so slow to improve, and if tax cuts today will hurt Tennessee tomorrow.

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Government
6:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Education Headlines Haslam Budget Plan

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An ambitious plan to get more Tennessee high schoolers into college, along with capital improvement projects and funding to help adults go back to school to earn a college degree, featured prominently in Governor Bill Haslam's annual State of the State message.

The majority of Haslam's address, delivered Thursday night at the state capitol in Nashville, was dedicated to education.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Tennessee Board Of Education Reverses Course On Teacher Licenses

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In a compromise that seemed to satisfy both the state teachers' union and political leaders, the Tennessee Board of Education on Friday decided to change a policy that had tied teacher licensing to gains made in student testing.

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

The Method: Evolution Battles and Saving Species

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In this edition of The Method: Tennessee legislators are considering changing the ten-member panel that evaluates school textbooks. Brandon Hollingsworth asks University of Tennessee professor of journalism Ed Caudill about the risks of political pressure seeping into science education. Then, Chrissy Keuper reports on a fascinating program at the Knoxville Zoo that seeks to ensure the protection and survival of animal species.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Obama's Nashville Visit Comes As Approval Rating Shrinks

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Later today, Air Force One will touch down in Tennessee's capital city. There, President Barack Obama will deliver a speech not unlike ones he has delivered in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as the nation's chief executive continues a mini-tour to sell ideas he proffered in the State of the Union address.

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Child Welfare
6:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

State Audit Still Finds Big Problems at DCS

Tennessee Department of Children's Services Commissioner Jim Henry.
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Nearly a year after its director resigned under political and media scrutiny, a state audit asserted the Tennessee Department of Children's Services still struggles with some major issues.

The report, released by the state comptroller's office Monday, said DCS conducted subpar child abuse investigations and failed to keep proper tabs on juvenile delinquents. The report also indicates the agency's failure to report child deaths to the General Assembly violates state law.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Knoxville's Rogero To Visit Turkey

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Knoxville's first female mayor will soon travel to Turkey to help encourage more women to get involved in politics there.

Mayor Madeline Rogero's week-long itinerary will include meetings with Turkish municipal officials in cities that include the capital, Ankara. Nongovernmental organizations and other groups are encouraging women to become more politically active in Turkey, a country that ranked poorly on that measure in a 2010 World Economic Forum survey. Women make up a very small percentage of elected officials there.

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