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Voting Board & Voting Machines

Voting Board & Voting Machines

October 14, 2019

Vicki Krugman, from Indivisible 10, and Jonathan Wallace, former GA State Rep. for HD119, join me in a discussion about the Athens-Clarke County and Oconee County Boards of Elections, the current situation with new voting machines, and what will be on the ballot this upcoming November election.  


Women’s Heart Health with Murem Sharpe

Women’s Heart Health with Murem Sharpe

October 7, 2019

Murem Sharpeis a Savannah, Georgia-based technology business founder and former corporate executive who serves in leadership position with local, state and national organizations in the fields of healthcare innovation, political change, technology entrepreneurship, and academic advancement. As Principal with the StrategyRx consultancy, the firm enables innovators in medicine and healthcare to bring breakthrough products and services to market. For WomenHeart, the national coalition of women heart patients advocating for women with or at risk for heart disease, Murem became a WomenHeart Champion through training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, as well as men. Through WomenHeart Savannah, which she founded in 2016, she and her sister volunteers bring patient support, community advocacy, and heart health education throughout Savannah and South Georgia and advocate on Capitol Hill for affordable, available healthcare for all. As a Cornell alumna, Murem was elected a Lifetime Member of the Cornell University Council, having previously served as founding Vice Chair of the President’s Council of Cornell Women and the Chair of the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship@Cornell program. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.

Resources (provided by Murem):

Georgia Health rankings and statistics: Georgia Department of Public Health Statistics Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

About WomenHeart:  The leading voice for the 48 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease.Trained more than 900 women heart disease survivors as community educators via the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium in collaboration with Mayo Clinic. Now in its 20th year, WomenHeart’s many accomplishments are a credit to the work of its committed Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Council, volunteers, staff and corporate partners who spend countless hours advancing awareness of women’s heart health. 

From WomenHeart: Know Your Rights: Breaking Through Barriers to Care:

Black Mamas Matter:

Murem Sharpe’s TED Talk: “Let’s Do Mammograms for the Heart” - TEDx Savannah 2016. A view of the colossal impact of a heart attack and how many people are at risk. An overview of the simple, yet informative process of a "heart mammogram" or calcium scan and how informative the results can be.



Erased Athens: Baldwin, Linnentown

Erased Athens: Baldwin, Linnentown

September 30, 2019

This is a special episode and a special format - we welcome Hattie Whitehead, Linda Davis and Joey Carter to the studio to have an in-depth discussion on the topic of the erased African American history of Athens by focusing on two particular locations and incidents - the African American cemetery under the current UGA Baldwin Hall and the African American neighborhood of Linnentown, which was condemned under "urban renewal" for UGA dorm halls.

After a recounting from Hattie Whitehead, former resident of Linnentown, and Linda Davis, Joey Carter and I discuss the importance of reparations and making the community whole after this kind of generational wealth loss.

These are somber and cautionary stories.  Unfortunately they are not the only ones.

This is an episode not to miss but also to share.  Please help us spread the work.


Music with Charles Thompson

Music with Charles Thompson

September 23, 2019

This is an episode filled with music - from smooth jazz to James Brown we got it all as we sit down with local Athens musician Charles Thompson to discuss what music means to him and where he gets his inspiration from.

We also discuss the recent Global Climate Strike that had over 4 million people and 163 countries around the world participate.  What are you doing to save our planet?


Hispanic Heritage Month with Beto Mendoza (Bilingual)

Hispanic Heritage Month with Beto Mendoza (Bilingual)

September 16, 2019

On our first bilingual show of the season we welcome Beto Mendoza, founder of the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition.  We go over the history of Hispanic Heritage Month and then put it into context in today's political environment of anti-immigrant sentiment.  

En nuestro primer espectáculo bilingüe de la temporada, damos la bienvenida a Beto Mendoza, fundador de la Coalición de Derechos de los Inmigrantes de Atenas. Repasamos la historia del Mes de la Herencia Hispana luego lo ponemos en contexto en el entorno político actual de sentimiento antiinmigrante.

All About ACC Probation with Dale Allen

All About ACC Probation with Dale Allen

September 9, 2019

This is a special program in our criminal justice system series where we explore different components of the system with those who lead them.  Today we speak with Dale Allen, Chief Probation Office of Athens Clarke-County.  He tells us about the history of probation in ACC, the services they offer and the philosophy he follows in his department.

Dale Allen has over forty years of experience in the criminal justice field, with the last fifteen specializing in probation and pretrial services. He has developed several innovative projects in Georgia for probation and pretrial, especially in the area of new technology use in supervision. He holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice and is a member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and Georgia Professional Association of Community Supervision.

Labor Day and Women’s Empowerment w Melanie Childers

Labor Day and Women’s Empowerment w Melanie Childers

September 2, 2019

We go over the history of Labor Day and send out some appreciation to Labor Unions.  Then we discuss women, politics and power with Melanie Childers.

Melanie Childers is a Master Certified Confidence and Leadership Coach, activist, yogi, writer, educator, and all around badass, with a M.Ed. in Learning Design and Development. She specializes in coaching progressive women activists and candidates by showing them how to build confidence, manage stress, handle criticism, and lead with integrity. She’s taught these concepts and more to VoteRunLead, Netroots Nation, RepGA, and PaveItBlue, and has appeared in and She's also a co-founder of, an online breast cancer magazine.


S2:E3 Art, Politics & Social Justice

S2:E3 Art, Politics & Social Justice

August 26, 2019

On our episode with have Noah James Saunders, wire sculpture artist and Lynn Sanders-Bustle from UGA's Lamar School of Art.


Noah James Saunders

A Georgia Native, working 25 years as a full time artist.  Manifesting wire sculptures, jewelry and ceramic forms. He has lived in Athens for the past 20 years

Winner of the People's Choice award at this years ArtFields: an annual, nine-day art competition and exhibition in Lake City, South Carolina, ArtFields awards more than $140,000 in cash prizes to artists from across the Southeast.

I'll be giving a detailed lecture about my Sculptural Practice at The Lyndon House  Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 5:00 p.m, all are welcome if you wish to know the deep ins and outs of how and why I create wire art.

AND!  As a gift to my fellow creative spirits residing in and around the City I call home, I've manifested two amazing and FREE lecture/work shops to help folks attain full expression of there creative dreams hosted by OCAF in Watkinsville

November 20th, 6:30pm-830pm;  Brainard Cary  founder of Praxis Center for Aesthetic Studies from NY will talk about the practical steps on needs to take to get the funding your dream requires, to getting your art shown in a gallery.


Lynn Sanders-Bustle holds an undergraduate and graduate degree in Art Education from East Carolina and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech.

Sanders-Bustle is currently Chair and Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Georgia. Prior to coming to the University of Georgia she served as Director of Programs at Greenhill Center for NC Art where she oversaw curatorial and education programs.

From 2002 through 2012 she coordinated the Art Education program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 2011, she received the National Higher Education Art Educator of the Year from the National Art Education Association.

She is editor of the book, Image, Inquiry, and Transformative Practice: Engaging Learners in Creative and Critical Inquiry Through Visual Representationpublished by Peter Lang. Sanders-Bustle has published in professional journalsandpresented at the International Arts and Society Conference, the International Society for Education and the Arts Conferences, the American Educational Research Association, the National Art Education Association and the Literacy Research Association.

Her research focuses on socially engaged art, community-based art education, service-learning, and teacher preparation.

November 22nd, 6:30-830pm;  creative development advisor Marc Zegans from CA will be discussing the Transitions on the Path to a Fulfilled Creative Life

S2:E2 Accountability & Women’s Empowerment

S2:E2 Accountability & Women’s Empowerment

August 20, 2019

In this episode we welcome Contura Thompson to talk about her Women's Empowerment Ministry and we talk a little about the Athen's accountability courts. 

  • Athens has 6 Accountability courts that serve to divert people from incarceration:

    • Treatment and Accountability Court (drug and mental illness court)
    • DUI/Drug court
    • Felony Drug Court
    • Veteran’s Court
    • Family Dependency Court
    • Parental Accountability Court



Season 2: Episode 1 Guns: Protecting Our Youth & Our Community

Season 2: Episode 1 Guns: Protecting Our Youth & Our Community

August 12, 2019

We start our Second Season with a great conversation with Lemuel LaRouche, aka "Life," who founded Chess and Community; Shane Sims, Athens-Clarke County Police Chaplain and Exec Director of People Living in Recovery; and Marisue Hilliard, of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.

We discuss the recent gun violence happening in our country and in our neighborhoods, solutions to what we must do to help our youth, recap a number of events regarding gun violence, and end with a callout to join Moms in their Recess Rally on August 17.

Lots to digest.