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.

Pages

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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Education
6:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

GOP Senators Say Accord Could Be Near On Voucher Proposal

Credit http://www.rooseveltcampusnetwork.org/blog/public-option-school-textbooks

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

Read more
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."

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Economics
6:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Tennessee's Economic Forecast: Partly Cloudy

Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

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.

Read more
Government
6:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Education Headlines Haslam Budget Plan

Credit http://images.politico.com/global/news/100805_haslam_speaks_ap_605.jpg

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.

Read more

Pages