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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Albert C. Goodyear

Archaeology is by definition the story of the past. But what we learn from it is quite often new and unexpected. Case in point: archaeological studies of Native American communities in the South that predate European exploration, or even the invention of written language. Anthropologist David Anderson will talk about what’s new in Southern archaeology at the University of Tennessee’s Pregame Showcase on November 7.

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At Maryville College, two of the picnic tables outside the student dining hall might look a little odd to you. It's because they've been outfitted with umbrella-like shades that contain solar panels.

The energy the panels produce goes into charging stations built into the picnic shelters, so students have the opportunity to soak up the sun while their devices charge. But students have been getting way more out of the picnic tables than a fully-charged smartphone.

Jonathan Brown converted to Islam almost twenty years ago. He's spent much of his adult life studying the history, evolution and scholarship of the religion that claims more than a billion adherents around the world. On Tuesday, October 27, Brown, a Georgetown University professor, delivered the University of Tennessee College of Religious Studies' annual Siddiqi Lecture in Islamic Studies.

Allen Institute for Brain Science

As America’s baby boomers continue to age, Alzheimer’s disease becomes a greater concern for the health care system, lawmakers and the public. It’s the sixth-leading cause of death among people 65 and older. It’s estimated that 110,000 Tennesseans suffer from Alzheimer’s and its effects, and that number is projected to increase more than 27 percent over the next ten years. And there is no cure.

Elizabeth Aaron

 John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men was nearly called something else.

The working title for Steinbeck's dark tale of drifters looking for work in Depression-era California was Something That Happened. The author wanted to emphasize the idea that some things transpire without the grand, overarching themes common in literature.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Tennessee’s state park rangers aren’t in the business just because they get to wear cool hats. Many of them are trained in the natural sciences, such as biology or geology. Method host Brandon Hollingsworth visits with Fall Creek Falls State Park ranger Matt Brown. He talks about sharing his love of science with the public.

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If you’ve never had to dig for public records, you might be surprised to know they’re not as public as you think. Obtaining copies of those records can rack up some hefty fees. Now, state officials are considering adding more fees, applying even when all you do is look at the documents yourself.

Pellissippi State Community College

This fall, thousands of Tennessee college freshmen entered the classroom with the help of state scholarship money. The program, called Tennessee Promise, is designed to boost college graduation rates. WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth reports one of its main tools is money to combat spiraling tuition costs.


It’s the first week of classes at Pellissippi State Community College, in west Knox County. 1,752 of the college’s 2,550 registered freshmen wouldn’t be here without Tennessee Promise. One of them is Gabbie Abbatmarco.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

 Early this year, virologist Colleen Jonsson moved from Kentucky to Knoxville, to become the new director of NIMBioS. That’s the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, located on the University of Tennessee campus. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Jonsson about the institute and her plans for its future.

Tennessee Valley Authority

 On Friday, August 21, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors approved a long-term plan for the utility’s future. Called an Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP, its intent is to forecast how TVA will generate power over roughly the next twenty years.