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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In a speech at Pellissippi State Community College, President Barack Obama outlined plans to make community college tuition-free for certain students. Sound familiar? It should.

The president’s proposal is based in part on Tennessee Promise, Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to put college and technical education within reach of many Tennesseans.

The funding model that keeps the University of Tennessee in business is unsustainable. That was the message delivered to state officials last month from UT system president Joe DiPietro.

Now in the fifth year of his presidency, DiPietro says one of his biggest challenges will be finding a way to keep the university affordable for students and functioning as state funding stagnates. DiPietro isn't optimistic the General Assembly will significantly increase funding for the state's higher education institutions.


And just like that, another year is in the books. 2014 marked The Method's first full year on the air, and twelve times, Brandon, Chrissy and Matt brought you stories of the ways science affects our lives. In this special look back on the year that was, Brandon and Chrissy share some of their favorite stories from 2014.

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On Monday, Governor Bill Haslam formally announced his long-awaited compromise plan to provide health coverage to uninsured Tennesseans. It’s called Insure Tennessee, and though it’s been a year-and-a-half in the making, it’s not a done deal yet.

Bobby Allyn, a reporter with WPLN, Nashville Public Radio, joined WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth to talk about Insure Tennessee and how it will work.

In rare circumstances, a person can point to a single moment in which their eyes were opened to an event that changed his life. For John McCutcheon, the moment was in his family's living room on a hot afternoon in August 1963. He was eleven.

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It’s often been said that the three things America will be known for, once all is said and done, are jazz, baseball and the Constitution.

"I love baseball, and I love jazz, and I believe in the Constitution," Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor says. But, he adds, two things might outlast them all: The fiddle and the banjo.

The moment those two instruments met, he says, was "the Big Bang not of country music, but of all American popular music."

Six states require seat belts on school buses. Tennessee is not one of them. Tuesday’s deadly school bus crash in Knox County prompted State Representative Joe Armstrong to draft a bill that would change that. But automotive safety experts say that the concept we're taught from childhood - buckle up when in a car -  works in personal vehicles. But it isn’t necessarily what’s best for children riding in school buses.

Counterintuitive, right?

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The Department of Energy’s reservation in Oak Ridge is home to a variety of wild animals, including turkeys. But it wasn’t always that way. Matt Shafer Powell talks with a man who helped bring the turkeys back.

And Chrissy Keuper speaks with ORNL researcher Raymond Borges about his work designing cybersecurity systems.

Knox County GOP

Knoxville physician Richard Briggs is one of 27 Republicans who will represent the GOP in the Tennessee Senate when state lawmakers get to work in January. He succeeds one of the most colorful characters to inhabit the Senate in recent years, Stacey Campfield. In fact, it's hard to have a discussion with Briggs about his upcoming tenure without mentioning his predecessor. But if you're looking for Stacey 2.0, Briggs says, he's not your guy.

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Communicable diseases are all around us. They range from the simple common cold to more serious illnesses, such as Ebola. One of these is dominating the news cycle. The other is not. In this edition of Dialogue, we find out why.