Justin Willingham

Host - All Things Considered

My mother introduced me to WKNO-FM and public radio long before I can remember. I suppose the first thing I really recall about WKNO-FM is that every afternoon, when my mother picked me up from school, the radio was tuned-in to The World, then All Things Considered, probably beginning around age 8. The way these reporters and hosts took you from the comfort of your mom's van to wherever in the world they were reporting from absolutely fascinated me. From then on, I was officially hooked.

I first volunteered for Sally Stover at age 15 (1998), working long shifts during the Action Auction and then as her unofficial summer intern. I would sneak back into radio and try to casually introduce myself to the on-air personalities (Kacky and Darel), hoping they'd say, “Hey! You've got just the voice we need for the radio!”

After returning to Memphis from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2006, I had the opportunity to work part-time as the Monday afternoon host on FM 88.9 and Saturday mornings on FM 91.1. Soon thereafter, I was asked to be the local host for All Things Considered and Marketplace every weekday. In 2008, I took over production duties and became the Assistant Operations Manager, editing shows such as The Memphis Symphony Radio Hour and engineering Friday Live Lunch. Since then, my job has included editing all of John Malmo's commentaries, Memphis Moments with Steve Pike, and being the producer of our newest radio program, Counterpoint, with Jonathan Judaken.

WKNO-FM is my constant source for news and information. My dog, Ethel, also enjoys listening every afternoon to All Things Considered, while I'm away at work. With the creation of our HD-2 and HD-3 streams, I am constantly connected to the news that matters, no matter where I am or what I am doing. I am very grateful and lucky to get to work at a job that constantly feeds my mind with informative conversations, interviews, music, and entertainment. I am proud to be a tiny part of WKNO-FM Memphis.

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COUNTERPOINT
6:30 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Preston Lauterbach on "the South's First Black Millionaire," Robert Church

Credit Preston Lauterbach / W.W. Norton and Company, Inc.

Following the Civil War, Memphis emerged a center of black progress, optimism, and cultural ferment, after a period of turmoil. Preston Lauterbach joins host Jonathan Judaken for an in-depth discussion in advance of the launch of Lauterbach's latest book, Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis.


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COUNTERPOINT
6:35 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Brian Greene on Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, and More

Author, Professor, and Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene
Credit http://www.briangreene.org/

Through a remarkable series of theoretical and observational breakthroughs, science has given a sharp insight into the universe's earliest moments and future. Author and physicist Brian Greene joins host Dr. Jonathan Judaken for an in-depth discussion.  


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COUNTERPOINT
4:22 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Scott Samuelson on Suffering and Soul-Making: On the Deep Value of the Liberal Arts

Dr. Scott Samuelson writes, "Wisdom isn’t a doctrine: it’s a style." Host Jonathan Judaken and Samuelson discuss his new book, The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone.  


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COUNTERPOINT
7:03 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

James Le Sueur on Algeria as an Example of Major Global Shifts in the Middle-East

Algeria has been on the front lines of the major global shifts playing out in the Arab world, in Africa and beyond. 


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COUNTERPOINT
6:30 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Michael Roth on Why Liberal Education Matters

Michael Roth, author and president of Wesleyan University

Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University, makes his case for what he terms "pragmatic liberal learning," and why a liberal university education matters today in America. 

  

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