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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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"

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

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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Education
6:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

GOP Senators Say Accord Could Be Near On Voucher Proposal

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Two Republican state Senators say they're optimistic that a compromise could be close at hand on a long-debated school voucher proposal.

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Technology
8:55 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Agreement Capitalizes On ORNL 3-D Printing Methods

A large-scale 3-D printer creates a plastic chair frame at Oak Ridge National Lab's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, Monday, February 17, 2014.
Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

An agreement signed on Monday means parts for airplanes and cars, as well as household items, may soon be printed instead of manufactured using traditional methods. The research-and-development agreement links Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Ohio-based Cincinnati Incorporated. Together, they'll work on using 3-D printing to make bigger items more cheaply and faster than current methods allow.

"The additive manufacturing machines now make something the size of a shoebox," said Lonnie Love, a robotics team leader at ORNL. "This new machine can make something the size of a car."

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Guns In Parks Measure Passes Senate, May Face Changes In House

Credit Flickr/Steve Snodgrass

 A measure that would strip local governments of the authority to decide whether handgun carry permit holders can bring their firearms into city parks passed the Senate by a wide margin Thursday, but its future in the House is unclear.

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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.
Credit Clarence Brown Theatre

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

Credit Volkswagen Group of America

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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